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Report: Everton to make £30m bid for Chelsea striker Diego Costa

Diego Costa of Spain looks on during a friendly match between Spain and Colombia at La Nueva Condomina stadium on June 7, 2017 in Murcia, Spain.

Everton are looking to add a striker before the transfer window closes.

Diego Costa of Spain looks on during a friendly match between Spain and Colombia at La Nueva Condomina stadium on June 7, 2017 in Murcia, Spain.

According to reports from the Daily Star Sunday (printed edition; page 44), Everton are ready to submit a £30 million bid for Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Costa has refused to play for Chelsea following a bust-up with Antonio Conte, and is angling a move away from Stamford Bridge.

The Spain international, who has 16 caps under his belt, prefers a move to his former club Atletico Madrid, but with the Rojiblancos currently under a transfer embargo, they cannot sign him in the summer transfer window.

Diego Costa of Chelsea in action during the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England.

The Merseyside club have been strongly linked with a loan move for Costa, but the report suggests that Ronald Koeman is weighing up a £30 million move or higher for the striker.

The Champions value the 28-year-old at around £50 million. The report adds that talks are expected to be held today when Everton face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Spain's defender Gerard Pique and Spain's forward Diego Costa stand during the training session at the New Condomina stadium in Murcia on June 6, 2017 on the eve of their friendly match...

Chelsea are planning to hold talks with Everton for midfielder Ross Barkley, who is also a reported target of Tottenham Hotspur.

Everton have bolstered their attacking department but Koeman is still looking to add a striker to his ranks. The Dutchman wants the club to make every effort to bring Costa to Goodison Park before the transfer deadline.

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