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Everton Interested In Atletico Madrid Striker: Right Man To Solve Koeman’s Woes?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Everton are planning a surprise swoop for Atletico Madrid’s Kevin Gameiro. The much-awaited Diego Costa’s move to the Spanish giants has paved the way for Everton to pounce on the player.

Ronald Koeman is very concerned with the current performance of his forwards. Both Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney have failed to live up to the expectations. The Toffees decided to use the money sparingly which they got by selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United but the plans got foiled and the Dutch gaffer is now chalking an alternative plan.

The 30-year-old might not be the preferred choice at the Wanda Metropolitano but was very prolific last season. The French international managed to rack up 12 goals from 21 starts which are very encouraging figures keeping in mind Atletico’s attacking contingent.

Gameiro is concerned over the transfer of Diego Costa which would definitely curtail his game time. Currently, the Spanish giants are going through a transfer ban which will be lifted in January. Chelsea have struck a £57m deal with the Spanish club for the Spanish forward which would definitely put a big question mark to Gameiro’s future.

Atletico would be happy to recover some of the money they already have invested in Diego Costa and might get ready to offload the player for a sum close to £20m.

Koeman tried to bring a more powerful frontman at the Goodison Park and had enquired about the availability of Olivier Giroud and Diego Costa but was unsuccessful in his effort. But now, the gaffer is adamant to land a quality forward and might go all out for the Atletico Madrid man.

Despite investing so much in the summer, Everton’s performances have been far from impressive and the gaffer has been trying to put an end to it. With Europa League also in the offing, the former Southampton manager would be needing a much bigger squad this time and a move for Gameiro makes sense.

Gameiro has done more than enough for Atleti and a player like him would be more than happy to don the Toffees jersey. Everton could also take the player on loan in January until the end of this ongoing season and can buy him permanently once the season ends.

The Merseyside club is backed by billionaire businessman Farhad Moshiri who shouldn’t have any problem with this move and a formal offer is expected to be tabled once the winter transfer window kicks off.

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