Everton and West Bromwich Albion are reportedly set to scout Richmond Boakye.
Boakye has endured a mixed career to date, starting out with Genoa before hitting 12 goals in 36 games on loan for Sassuolo and earning a move to Juventus – only to send up back out on loan with Sassuolo, adding another 11 goals in 32 games.
Moves to Elche, Atalanta, Roda JC and Latina followed with little success, but a loan move to Red Star Belgrade earlier this year allowed him to thrive, finding the net 16 times in 20 appearances.
This term, Boakye has notched a stunning 22 goals in 26 games for Red Star, which has unsurprisingly triggered major interest in his signature ahead of the January transfer window.
Serbian newspaper Informer report that a host of clubs are heading to Serbia to see Red Star take on Koln in the Europa League on Thursday night, with Everton and West Brom both watching him in action.
The 24-year-old – a Ghana international with six goals in 12 caps – possesses blistering pace, whilst his strength also enables him to hold the ball up and lead the line as well as getting in behind.
Everton are unsurprisingly in the market for a striker after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku over the summer, and new manager Sam Allardyce should be searching for a centre forward to spearhead his attack in January, with Boakye possibly fitting the bill.
Meanwhile, West Brom’s Salomon Rondon continues to be inconsistent in attack, and adding another option like Boakye may be a boost for new boss Alan Pardew, though the Premier League rivals look set to face major competition from Schalke, Borussia Monchengladbach and Guangzhou Evergrande.