Report: Everton want Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani after 20 goals already this season

Everton are reportedly looking to sign Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon.

According to the Daily Mail, Everton have joined the race to sign Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani after scouting him over the weekend.

The Toffees have been underachieving so far this season, and Sunday's 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City has piled the pressure on manager Roberto Martinez.

Striker Romelu Lukaku has been in outstanding form this term, but there is little quality depth behind the Belgian international, and fans have to be concerned that he could leave the club if Everton don't qualify for a European competition this season.

As a result, the Daily Mail report that Everton have been scouting Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, who has enjoyed a superb campaign in Portugal.

The 27-year-old hitman hit 25 goals in his previous two seasons since signing from CR Belouizdad in 2013, and has been enjoying his best form in front of goal this term.

With 20 goals in 29 games under Jorge Jesus this season, Slimani has become something of a goal machine - and his exploits have been attracting interest.

The Daily Mail report that Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Manchester United, Sunderland and West Ham United are all pursuing Slimani, but Everton have taken the first step to securing a deal by making contact with Sporting Lisbon, though it's stated that a move could cost as much as £22.5m.

Would Slimani be a good signing for Everton?

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