With Richarlison skedaddling to Tottenham and news of an impending £500million takeover in the pipelines, change is very much afoot at Everton.
After Indiana Jones-ing their way underneath the closing door of relegation last season, Frank Lampard's Toffees are in desperate need of pick-me-up. So how about a little retail therapy?
Everton have spent so recklessly over the past five or six seasons, but with new owners on the way all that might be about to change and as such, we thought we'd have a look at five forwards the club could go after to fill the glaring Richarlison-shaped hole in their squad.
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With Richarlison coming in Steven Bergwijn is all but guaranteed to leave Tottenham this summer, so why shouldn't Everton take advantage?
The Dutchman has never really been able to show the Premier League what he's capable of having wrestled with Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min, Dejan Kulusevski and others for a starting spot over the past two-and-a-half seasons in north London.
Still only 24, Bergwijn has plenty of potential to fulfil, and where better to do it than in front of 40,000 screaming Evertonians every week?
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With Watford dropping down to the Championship, Ismaila Sarr will likely represent decent value for money for an accomplished Premier League winger – though the Hornets will want to recoup most of the £30 million they spent on the 24-year-old in 2019.
The Senegal international has netted 24 goals in three years at Vicarage Road and has been steadily improving year on year.
The only trouble is if mega-rich Newcastle's interest materialises into a bid, Everton might not be able to compete.
Another gem just waiting to be scooped from the Championship is Dwight McNeil, who has arguably been Burnley's stand-out star for the past two seasons.
At 22-years-old he has the potential to be a key player for Everton for the best part of a decade and, if he continues on his upward curve, has some pretty decent re-sale value too.
West Ham are also interested in McNeil, but would they be able to offer him first-team football like Everton can?
Watford's Nigerian forward Emmanuel Dennis would be available for as little as £20million and is probably the closest stylistic match to Richarlison on this list.
He's also a proven goal threat, especially after netting 10 times in Premier League last season in a struggling Watford side, and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin's recent injury record, bringing in a proper goalscorer might be just what the doctor ordered.
Unlikely? Yes. A barking mad idea? Not in the slightest. Timo Werner might be considered a bit of a joke these days, but a man with the ability to score 28 Bundesliga goals in a single season ought to be taken seriously – especially for a side as desperate for firepower as Everton.
The German already has a relationship with Lampard – who brought him to Chelsea in 2020 – and would probably jump at the chance for some first-team football, especially if the Toffees offered to take him on loan.
The only sticking point is that with Romelu Lukaku gone Werner is Chelsea's only recognised striker, but if the Blues can source a replacement, this could be a smart move for everyone involved.
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