Everton must ‘break the bank’ to sign ‘premium’ Serie A forward after Dyche fails with late January move

Lazio defender Patric and Udinese striker Beto Credit: Alamy
Lazio defender Patric and Udinese striker Beto Credit: Alamy

Everton have been told they must spend big money to land a ‘premium’ Serie A striker in the summer transfer window after they failed with a January swoop for him.

Sean Dyche was appointed as Everton’s replacement for Frank Lampard on January 30. This gave him just two days to try and bring in new players to help with the club’s battle against relegation.

There were links with several stars who possess Premier League experience. Southampton forward Che Adams, Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips and former Chelsea attacker Michy Batshuayi – now shining for Fenerbahce – were all under consideration.

Everton made several approaches for new signings at the instruction of Dyche but were not able to bring anyone in.

Despite this huge disappointment, the ex-Burnley boss must press ahead and try to drag Everton up the Premier League table.

The Toffees impressed during Dyche’s first match in charge, picking up a shock 1-0 victory over league leaders Arsenal. They were beaten 2-0 by local rivals Liverpool in their next outing but recorded a huge 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Leeds in their last match.

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That result saw Everton reach 21 points and move up to 16th place. Leeds, in contrast, have been dragged into the relegation zone and now occupy 19th spot. Like Everton, the Whites have conducted a change in manager by sacking Jesse Marsch and bringing in Javi Gracia as his replacement.

If Dyche can keep Everton in the top flight, then he will want new players to join in the summer to prevent them from being involved in another relegation scrap next term.

Everton to go back in for Portuguese ace

And according to CaughtOffside, who cite reports coming out of Spain, Dyche wants Everton to get back in the mix for Udinese forward Beto.

On transfer deadline day, reports in Italy claimed Everton made a last-ditch €25million (£22m) offer to sign Beto. However, it was rejected.

But Dyche remains keen on adding the Portuguese to his squad and apparently wants Everton to re-enter negotiations in the summer.

The striker has been in decent form this campaign, netting seven goals in 23 Serie A appearances. That includes a brace during a 3-1 win over Sassuolo earlier in the season.

Beto’s goalscoring record is certainly not blistering, but he is doing well considering Udinese are generally a mid-table Serie A team.

The report claims Beto has the physical attributes, mentality and eye for goal to become a success if he moved to the Prem.

However, he will not come cheap. Everton will have to ‘break the bank’ and pay a large sum of money to get Udinese to agree on an exit. This is because Beto is a ‘premium’ Serie A attacker.

It is unclear exactly how much Everton will have to pay for the 25-year-old. But it will have to be more than the £22m they offered during the winter window.

Everton are in need of a new striker after only finding the back of the net 17 times in 23 league matches this season. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has not been able to rediscover his form from the 2020-21 season after recovering from injury, while Neal Maupay is not a prolific scorer.

Beto should be able to add more goals to Dyche’s team. His potential arrival would also push Calvert-Lewin and Maupay to get better, as their places would be under threat.

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