Everton’s summer spending spree is showing no signs of slowing down. It has been an unrivalled summer of recruitment for The Toffees, a total of seven players arriving for just shy of £100 million.
However, it appears that Ronald Koeman is still looking for the jewel in his crown, finding a playmaker to replace contract rebel Ross Barkley and a goalscorer to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku at the top of his ‘to-do’ list.
And perhaps Everton are hoping Las Palmas’ attacker Jonathan Viera could combine both roles at Goodison Park.
Viera won one cap for Spain's Under-21s
Wales Online reported at the weekend that Swansea City are interested in the 27-year-old but will not meet his £26 million release clause. Whether this changes depending on a club meeting the £50 million price-tag put on the head of talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is also a target for Everton, per The Guardian, remains to be seen.
Sigurdsson replacement or Sigurdsson alternative?
For now, however, it appears that Everton have an advantage in the race for Viera, who netted seven goals and produced another seven assists in La Liga last season. Marca claim that The Toffees would be willing to meet the release clause of a player who has arguably become one of the most enjoyable to watch in Spain’s top flight.
The report adds that Las Palmas are determined not to lose their talisman this summer though they will be powerless to prevent Viera’s exit if Everton offered £26 million.
This is not the first time Everton have been linked with one of Las Palmas’ key men, with classy centre-back Mauricio Lemos frequently linked with a move to Merseyside earlier this year.
Lemos won't be moving to Goodison Park
However, The Sun claimed that the Canary Islanders were again demanding a fee close to £30 million, meaning Everton quickly ended their interest. This time, however, it appears they are serious about Viera.