Report claims forward Felipe Caicedo is keen on joining Everton this month

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Everton have been linked with Espanyol’s Felipe Caicedo.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Everton are willing to meet Espanyol forward Felipe Caicedo’s release clause of €10 million [roughly £7.5m] in order to sign him this month.

The Spanish editorial claims the Toffees are making a big effort to bring him in during January and the player is likely to move on, finding a switch to Goodison Park too tempting to turn down.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is looking for a new striker to bolster his ranks but importantly to take the pressure off top scorer Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international has been banging in the goals for Everton this season, yet at his young age, the club are rather alarmingly becoming more and more dependent on him to win football matches.

Caicedo would help share the burden somewhat, and he would offer the Merseyside club plenty of options in the final third as he is versatile enough to feature in a number of roles.

The 27-year-old has scored six La Liga goals and a further two in the Copa Del Rey this season.

The report by Mundo Deportivo claims Caicedo rejected two proposals to move on last summer, yet with Espanyol struggling a little this season he is now seemingly ready to leave the Catalan club.

The Ecuador international has a contract with Espanyol until 2019, but his release clause of just €10 million means a potential bargain deal switch to Goodison Park is on the cards.

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