Five goals in 11 games: Ishak Belfodil still firing after Koeman rejected his planned Everton transfer

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Everton cancelled a proposed January deal for striker Ishak Belfodil.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman applauds fans after the matchEverton manager Ronald Koeman applauds fans

Everton made two first-team additions during the January transfer window, with midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and young attacker Ademola Lookman arriving from Manchester United and Charlton Athletic respectively.

Young winger Anton Donkor joined the Everton youth ranks from Wolfsburg in a loan deal, but the Toffees actually cancelled a deal to sign a new centre forward during the transfer window.

Whilst Romelu Lukaku has starred, and sits as the Premier League's top goalscorer right now, he has very little quality depth behind him – and Director of Football Steve Walsh appeared to have found a striker to take some pressure off the Belgian.

As reported by The Guardian, Walsh had picked out Standard Liege hitman Ishak Belfodil as the man for Everton to sign in January, setting up a £10million deal for the Algerian, having witnessed his compatriot Riyad Mahrez star at Leicester.

However, Everton boss Ronald Koeman allegedly cancelled the deal due to having reservations over the striker, who has endured a nomadic career to date.

The 25-year-old striker, who stands at 6ft 4in tall, has had spells with Lyon, Bologna, Parma, Inter Milan, Livorno, Baniyas Club and now Standard Liege with varying degrees of success, meaning Koeman's concerns are understandable.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesStandard Liege's Ishak Belfodil (R)

Since Everton's snub though, Belfodil hasn't shown any signs of slowing down with Standard, he has hit five goals in 11 games, though he did receive a red card in the 0-0 draw with Anderlecht in late January.

That record should keep Belfodil on Walsh's radar, but convincing Koeman to change his mind could be difficult having cancelled the deal just months ago.

Belfodil's form may attract the interest of other Premier League clubs though, and it seems that Everton have moved on, given that the Daily Mail claim that contact has been made with Real Sociedad over a deal for striker Willian Jose.

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