Everton-linked Deportivo striker Florin Andone is not justifying reported price-tag

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on September 20, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

La Liga striker Florin Andone is the latest striker to be linked with a big money move to Everton.

Andone of RC Deportivo La Coruna reacts during the Pre-Season Friendly match between FC Porto and RC Deportivo La Coruna at Estadio do Dragao on July 30, 2017 in Porto, Portugal.

Just six games into the new La Liga season, the previously imperious Real Madrid are already seven points behind a Barcelona side who started the season in crisis.

The deficit might have been more, too, if Florin Andone had his shooting boots on in Real’s opening day clash with Deportivo La Coruna. Zinedine Zidane’s side posted a 3-0 away win that looks routine on paper but the scoreline could have been a lot closer with the Romanian striker missing four presentable chances, including a second-half penalty.

TOPSHOT - Real Madrid's Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas stops a penalty shot by Deportivo La Coruna's Romanian forward Florin Andone (R) during the Spanish league footbal match RC...

In total, Andone has scored just one goal from 16 shots in La Liga this season. It is not exactly the sort of tally that would justify a big money move to the Premier League. Yet, The Sun reports that Everton have enquired about the 24-year-old’s availability as they look to find a long-term replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

Spanish publication AS also reported last month that Burnley were interested before they completed the club-record signing of Chris Wood from Leeds United. They launched a bid of around £11 million but were told in no uncertain terms by club president Tino Fernandez that Andone would not be going anywhere unless his £27.3 million release clause was triggered.

Deportivo La Coruna's Romanian forward Florin Andone celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match RC Deportivo de la Coruna vs Real Sociedad at the Municipal de...

Needless to say, Andone, who scored a decent 12 goals in 37 La Liga games last season, would once again test the depth of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s pockets.

He is strong, hard-working and deceptively fast but, unless he improves his conversion rate, that £27.3 million fee looks a little steep even in today’s market.

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