Everton eye potential Kelechi Iheanacho signing

Edwin  - CEO July 25, 2023
Updated 2023/07/25 at 8:03 PM
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Kelechi Iheanacho

The Nigerian is up for a move to Goodison Park, if Big El Bilal Touré transfer falls through


Everton table offer for El Bilal Toure and make him a contract offerAlmeria striker Big El Bilal Touré is hot on the transfer trail


Everton continues to track Almeria striker El Bilal Touré and are in negotiations for his potential signing, but may choose alternative targets such as Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Gnonto, while Che Adams is equally on their radar.


Despite conflicting reports suggesting the Mali star may join Atalanta, Goodison Park remain optimistic of landing the Almeria forward and are continuing talks with the La Liga side.


Touré acquired prominence for his form last term, notching seven goals with two assists to his credit, in 25 outings for Almeria. Touré’s future at Almeria is uncertain as conflicting reports swirl around the Almeria forward.


In his update on Touré earlier this week, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano stated on his handle on Twitter X: “Atalanta are closing El Bilal Touré deal — to be signed on Tuesday… here we go soon. More details after late night bid. €28m fixed fee, €3m add ons. 15% sell-on clause to Almería. 15% sell-on clause to Almería. Medical this week. Medical this week.”


However, journalist Alan Myers claims otherwise, as he also said on Twitter X: “Everton remain in negotiations with Almeria for El Bilal Toure’ despite reports suggesting the player had already decided to join Atalanta The 21-year-old Mali striker is set to decide his future in the coming days with Everton having agreed a deal with Almeria, EFC still in it.”


On the other hand, the influential L’Equipe claims that Almeria have started talks with Lorient for striker Ibrahima Kone, who would act as a replacement for Touré as he gets set to depart the Power Horse Stadium.


Blackburn Rovers will provide competition in the hunt to sign Kone, who is likely to cost in the region of €7-8 million to purchase from the Ligue 1 outfit.


As per Capology, Toure’ makes €11,154 (£9,648) per week on a contract at Almeria that will run through June 2028. Meanwhile, the Almeria man has a release clause worth €40 million (£34.4 million).


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Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Daily Express reporter Taylor expects to see ‘movement’ on Toure’s future ‘in the coming days’ in the midst of interest from Everton and Atalanta.


Taylor stated: “Yeah I think we’re likely to see that ramp up this week. I think talks were advanced from what I understand and we could see movement in the coming days.


“He’s a player that’s been tracked for a while by Everton. The links with him started sort of months ago.”


Everton boss Sean Dyche will be looking to perform some smart deals in the transfer market following the additions of Ashley Young and Arnaut Danjuma to his squad, as per Transfermarkt.


FootballTransfers claim that if a deal for Toure goes off the rails, Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho is a potential alternative that could be targeted at Goodison Park.


Leeds United attacker Wilfried Gnonto is another player being tracked by Everton and it is believed that they are frontrunners to acquire the Italy international, as per Football Insider.


Southampton striker Che Adams has also garnered attention from Everton alongside Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and overseas clubs, according to The Daily Mail.


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