According to The Sun, Everton are lining up a move to sign Monaco striker Lacina Traore - despite the Ivorian having already endured one torrid spell at Goodison Park.
Yet with interest no doubt building in his signature, Everton need to have contingency plans in place - and manager Roberto Martinez may be considering a familiar face as cover for Lukaku.
The Sun report that Martinez has sent Everton scouts to watch Ivorian hitman Lacina Traore, who is currently playing for Ligue 1 side Monaco.
The 6ft 8in striker spent the second half of the 2013-14 season on loan at Goodison Park, but endured a disastrous time on Merseyside, playing just twice as injuries curtailed his loan spell.
Now though, The Sun believe that Martinez is willing to hand Traore a shock return to Goodison Park, almost two years since his first spell with the club.
Traore's height, strength and remarkable aerial ability make him a dangerous presence, and having struggled at Everton in 2014, he may be keen to finally show the Toffees fans what he can do, should Martinez make a concrete move to sign him in January.