Wayne Rooney and Sam Allardyce, manager of Everton, shake hands during the Premier League match against Huddersfield Town.
New Everton manager Sam Allardyce has made signing a new striker his priority in January, according to the Daily Mail, with the club having failed to find a suitable replacement upfront since the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney is the topscorer this season with eight in all competitions and has played in the role, but is generally considered more useful when operating as a number ten.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match against Huddersfield Town.
Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have also impressed at times as a number nine, but Allardyce wants support and has identified Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace, Bournemouth's Jermain Defoe and West Ham United forward Andy Carroll as the three currently on his shortlist.
Due to their physicality both Benteke and Carroll would appear to be the natural fit to take the place of Lukaku, but in terms of developing youngsters already at Goodison Park would Defoe actually be the best option?
Bournemouth's Jermain Defoe gestures during the English Premier League football match against Chelsea.
The England international is now 35-years-old so is hardly a signing for the future, but by using his pace to run in behind during a long and successful career in the Premier League, could he be the ideal mentor for Calvert-Lewin?
At 20-years-old the youngster is the best current figure as a long-term solution in the position and even six months working alongside Defoe could improve his game hugely, in comparison to Benteke and Carroll who operate in a completely different way that would not suit the former Sheffield United attacker.