Everton's Mariano Diaz hopes have been boosted by Koeman's one-that-got-away

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks dejected during the Premier League match between Hull City and Everton at KCOM Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Hull, England.

Everton and West Ham United both want to bring Lyon's Ligue 1 sensation Mariano Diaz to the Premier League.

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks dejected during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on September 17, 2017 in Manchester, England.

A man Ronald Koeman tried and failed to lure to Everton could make The Toffees’ task of landing one of Europe’s hottest striking prospects a little easier this summer.

According to Calciomercato, Everton and Premier League rivals West Ham United are both interested in Lyon’s powerhouse frontman Mariano Diaz.

The 24-year-old Spaniard arrived in Ligue 1 last summer after failing to make the breakthrough at Real Madrid but is now showing Los Blancos what they are missing with 18 goals in 30 starts in the French top flight. No wonder Lyon are demanding £25 million for a striker who appears to have it all.

Lyon's Spanish forward Mariano Diaz reacts after scoring during the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais and Amiens Sporting Club, on April 14, 2018, at the Groupama Stadium...

And, in an interesting twist of fate, Everton could just have been boosted in their pursuit of Mariano by none other than Memphis Depay, the erratic yet highly gifted Dutchman who current Holland boss Koeman admitted trying to lure to Goodison Park before he was sacked in October.

Depay, after that dreadful spell at Manchester United, is finally starting to find the electric form he showed at PSV Eindhoven – and that is largely thanks to his reinvention as a centre-forward by Lyon coach Bruno Genesio.

Lyon's Dutch forward Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Metz (FCM) and Lyon (OL) on April 8, 2018 at Saint Symphorien stadium in...

Depay has started Lyon’s last five games in the centre of the attack and has scored or assisted 12 goals in that time. As a result, Mariano has lost his place and has started just once in Ligue 1 since the start of April, making another two substitute appearances.

If Mariano cannot win his place back, Lyon might just be a little more inclined to sell.

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