Cesena ace Gregoire Defrel has reportedly attracted the attention of a number of clubs.
According to a report in the Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, Everton have made a £3.6 million proposal for Cesena’s highly-rated striker Gregoire Defrel.
The French-born number nine had a wonderful personal campaign in Serie A last season, scoring nine goals and assisting a further five in 31 league starts.
The Baggies were reported to have sent an emissary over to watch him in action, although their interest failed to materialise into a January transfer as they were seemingly beaten by the deadline cut-off.
Now, it appears Roberto Martinez’s Everton side are pushing to the front of queue as La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that they have made an offer for the striker.
Do Everton need a new striker?
Everton signed Romelu Lukaku on a permanent contract from Chelsea last summer, but 24-year-old Defrel is a different type of striking proposition as he is capable of moving into wider areas.
Also happy to play as a winger, the former Parma ace is a keen dribbler and chips in from a creative perspective – averaging 1.2 key passes per league encounter last term.
With Lukaku through the middle, the Toffees need more options either side of the Belgian international, and Cesena’s Defrel is a typically talented Martinez type of player.
If the Toffees are to see Defrel as their ideal summer striker option, then they will have to move quickly as a number of fellow Italian clubs also see him as a potential coup, as per the report in La Gazzetta dello Sport.