West Ham's transfer struggle should be a warning to Everton, as Koeman chases Bas Dost

Sporting's Dutch forward Bas Dost celebrates after scoring a goal during the Portuguese league football match Sporting CP vs Vitoria FC at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on August 11, 2017.

Everton could be the latest Premier League club to try and convince Sporting CP to sell one of their star players.

Sporting's Dutch forward Bas Dost celebrates after scoring a goal during the Portuguese league football match Sporting CP vs Vitoria FC at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on August 11, 2017.

According to ESPN, Everton's search for a new striker could take them to Sporting CP's Bas Dost – though negotiating a deal with the Portuguese giants could be a struggle.

The Toffees couldn't find a new centre forward to replace top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku over the summer, and manager Ronald Koeman has seen his side struggle to score goals as a result.

Koeman must find a striker in January to boost his goal-shy side, and with the Dutchman often preferring target men, it's no great surprise to see Sporting CP's Bas Dost being linked with a move to Goodison Park.

Sporting's President Bruno Carvalho acknowledges the crowd at the end of the Portuguese Cup football match Sporting CP vs SC Praiense at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on November 17,...Sporting President Bruno Carvalho

ESPN report that Everton are lining up a January bid for Dost, after the towering striker hit 41 goals in 53 games for Sporting, having joined from German side Wolfsburg in the summer of 2016.

Dost fits the bill for Everton as a strong centre forward with a proven goalscoring record, but the Toffees may face a real battle convincing the Portuguese side to sell for a reasonable price.

Sporting president Bruno De Carvalho has become notorious for his tough negotiating stance, driving huge prices for the likes of Joao Mario and Islam Slimani in recent times – but many will know him from the William Carvalho saga involving West Ham United.

Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho from Portugal  during the Five Violins Trophy match between Sporting CP and AC Fiorentina at Estadio Jose Alvalade on July 29, 2017 in Lisbon,...

The Hammers wanted to sign midfielder Carvalho this summer, but – as reported by The Independent – they were left frustrated when Sporting kept moving the goalposts on the fee, causing the deal to collapse, whilst sparking a furious row between De Carvalho and West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan.

De Carvalho regularly keeps to the release clause of his players, and Zero Zero in Portugal claim that Dost's is a huge €60million (£53.5million), which may be the fee that Sporting demand after De Carvalho told Gianluca Di Marzio earlier this year that he would only be sold for a 'crazy' fee.

Dost may well be perfect for Everton right now, but if they are serious about making a move to sign him in January, they should be prepared for a long, drawn-out battle to sign him after seeing just how much West Ham struggled to deal with De Carvalho – unless that pay that outrageous £53.5million release clause.

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