Why Everton fans can forget about Raul Jimenez rumours

Everton manager Ronald Koeman at a press conference at Goodison Park on July 10, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton have been linked with the Mexican international but he is simply not good enough.

Raul Jimenez of Mexico in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Semi-Final between Germany and Mexico at Fisht Olympic Stadium on June 29, 2017 in Sochi, Russia.

According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Everton are interested in signing Benfica forward Raul Jimenez, but are they, really?

The Toffees need additional fire power after selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United yet they are not going to fork out a huge sum for a player who is only a striker in name.

Benfica's Mexican forward Raul Jimenez (C) vies with Sporting's defender Ruben Semedo (L) and midfielder Adrien Silva during the Portuguese league football match SL Benfica vs Sporting CP...

If forwards are judged on their goals, the verdict is in regarding Jimenez, who has found the net 24 times in 81 matches for Benfica.

A player who averages a goal every four matches is not worthy of the £45.8million his current club are allegedly seeking, and even if you knock £20million off that price it would still be a huge risk.

One goal in 28 matches for former club Atletico Madrid speaks volumes, and the simple fact is this smacks of a rumour created by the media to fit their own agenda.

Manager of Everton Ronald Koeman looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Play-Offs round first leg match between Everton FC and Hajduk Split at Goodison Park on August 17, 2017...

If Everton want Jimenez, they should sack their scouts.  But it seems far more likely this is just more silliness in yet another silly season.

Wayne Rooney is doing his best to prove his doubters wrong and Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen will come good in time.  However Everton do need another quality centre forward if they want to push for a top-four spot, which is well within their grasp whatever they naysayers believe.

The answer is not and never will be Jimenez, but expect the rumours to persist until deadline day has finally passed.

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