Report: Everton want French striker Valere Germain but Southampton have major advantage

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer in action with Monaco's Valere Germain

AS Monaco's second most famous forward has been in impressive form of late - so much so that Everton and Southampton could make a bid.

Everton are interested in adding French forward Valere Germain to their squad this month but face competition from Southampton, according to L’Equipe.

The Toffees’ transfer targets are starting to fall into place after spending so long missing out on potential signings, with Morgan Schneiderlin finally completing his protracted move from Manchester United and a £10.45 million fee for Standard Liege forward Ishak Belfodil agreed, The Guardian reports.

However, with misfiring strikers Oumar Niasse and Arouna Kone heavily tipped to depart this month, Ronald Koeman is on the lookout for new centre-forwards to take the goalscoring burden of Romelu Lukaku and it appears that he has settled on France as his favoured market.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman before the game

And L’Equipe report that Monaco striker Germain has also earned The Toffees admiration. An intelligent, versatile centre-forward, the 26-year-old has formed an effective partnership with Radamel Falcao while his five goals have played a part in Monaco becoming the most prolific side in Europe’s top five leagues in 2016/17.

However, fellow suitors Southampton appear to have a major advantage with Germain having enjoyed the most prolific campaign of his career on loan at Nice last season under current Saints boss Claude Puel.

Valere Germain

Only Middlesbrough and Hull City have scored fewer goals than The Saints this season and, with top scorer Charlie Austin still on the sidelines, it’s understandable that a striker would be at the top of their January wishlist.

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