6 Strikers Everton Could Sign as a Replacement If Romelu Lukaku Leaves This Summer

Romelu Lukaku's refusal to sign a new contract at Everton, and his subsequent newspaper interview has left many Toffees fans fearing the worst for the summer transfer window. Should the Belgian leave Goodison Park, Ronald Koeman will need to find a reliable replacement quickly in order to keep up with the Premier League big boys. Here are six strikers that Everton could splash the cash on to ease the blow of a Lukaku departure... Since moving to England five years ago Benteke has scored 60...

Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)

Since moving to England five years ago Benteke has scored 60 Premier League goals.

 

This is even more impressive considering he has spent the majority of his time with relegation candidates Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, while he was not a regular starter in his one season with Liverpool.

 

It is rumoured that Benteke will leave Selhurst Park this summer regardless of whether Sam Allardyce's men avoid the drop, and playing in the same target man role as Lukaku, Benteke could offer a like for like replacement with proven Premier League experience.

Bas Dost (Sporting CP)

Free-scoring forward Dost moved to Sporting CP last summer from Wolfsburg, where he has been a revelation this season.

 

The 27-year-old Dutch international has averaged a goal a game in his 22 league matches this year.

 

Players at Portuguese sides have shown their willingness to move to England for higher wages in recent years, and Dost could be the latest to follow the well-worn path taken by forwards such as Islam Slimani, Benni McCarthy and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Andre Gray (Burnley)

Having worked his way up from Non-League football, Andre Gray has shown his ability to score in the Premier League this season.

 

The former Brentford man offers pace and acute finishing. He has managed eight goals for Burnley this campaign, and at 25, still has room to improve.

 

One sticking point for Everton, however, could be his price tag, with Sean Dyche unlikely to let his main asset go cheaply.

Anthony Modeste (FC Koln)

French striker Anthony Modeste seems to have finally fulfilled his potential at Koln, after a number of unsuccessful years in France and even a short period on loan at Blackburn.

 

The 28-year-old has netted 21 times in 27 appearances this season, and only Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have scored more Bundesliga goals this season.

 

As a powerful, leading man with a new-found clinical touch, Modeste can play a similar hold-up hold to Lukaku and would be natural replacement for the Belgian.

Ilija Nestorovski (Palermo)

Ilija Nestorovski has managed to score goals in a weak Palermo side, who are currently languishing 18th in Serie A.

 

The Macedonian striker has netted ten so far this season, but looks a dead cert to leave Sicily at the end of the season.

 

Speculation linking Nestorovski with a move to Goodison Park began even before the Lukaku story broke, so could be one to keep an eye on this summer.

Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)

The man who once wore a t-shirt which proudly proclaimed 'Once a Blue always a Blue' looks destined to leave Old Trafford this summer, 13 years after his move from Everton.

 

Ronald Koeman has already spoken about his interest in Wayne Rooney, and it now appears the ball is firmly in his court.

 

However, despite England's record goalscorer's obvious pedigree, Rooney's goal rate has deteriorated recently, some Everton fans may doubt whether he can muster enough goals to replace Lukaku.

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