Roberto Martinez says that things are up in the air regarding his chase of Romelu Lukaku, but he will sign a number nine this summer regardless of whether the Chelsea forward joins up or not.
Everton are known to be interested in acquiring the powerful front man, who impressed last season whilst on loan at Goodison Park, but convincing Lukaku to make the move a permanent one may be tough.
Lukaku has already spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League, if he is to leave Stamford Bridge, earlier in the year, saying: "It is high time that I play in the Champions League. It is the next step I need in my development. Full stop.
"Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were experienced already at that level when they were just 23-24 years old. I want to play Champions League football now. I must now show I'm ready for it.
Unfortunately Everton would not be able to grant him that wish, but the fact that he was so successful whilst temporarily there last season may be enough to make a compromise.
If he does it will put an end to Martinez’s chase of a striker, but the Spaniard is determined to get a clinical attacker in regardless of Lukaku’s decision.
“There have been a lot of reports, some even saying I’ve told people [a deal for Lukaku] is done, but the situation is very clear,” Martinez told the club’s official site.
“Everything is in the air and you can imagine there are options on the table. We need a number nine going into the start of the season and we will make sure we sign one.”
And, if the Belgium international doesn’t sign, that addition may come from the Football League.
Deeney has established himself as one of the finest marksmen outside of the Premier League and offers a lot of similar qualities to Lukaku, although he is less tested.
The former Walsall man is strong, but he can also link-up well and when given a chance he usually takes it.
That is the reason that he has scored 43 goals over the past two seasons in the Championship and, although he isn’t first choice, he would certainly pose a viable option for Martinez if Lukaku does decide to go elsewhere.