Everton want a fourth signing this week as ‘talks have taken place’ over Ludovic Ajorque’s loan deal | Soccer | sport
Everton are keen to secure their fourth signing this week, with talks progressing well with Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque. Frank Lampard has already welcomed Conor Coady and Amadou Onana to his ranks recently, although he still wants to strengthen his squad.
The Toffees are close to re-signing Idrissa Gueye, who left the club in 2019 for Paris Saint-Germain. The Senegal international fell down the pecking order with the Ligue 1 side last season and has now been deemed surplus to requirements – and a cheap return to Everton is on the cards for the midfielder.
Gueye is not the only French player to be linked with Goodison Park, with foot market reporting that Everton were discussing a move for Ajorque. They have been discussing a potential deal with Strasbourg, and those talks are “getting momentum”.
Signing a striker has quickly become a priority for Lampard following a recent knee injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin which will see him sidelined for at least six weeks. Last season, Richarlison would have stepped up in the absence of the England international, but he joined Tottenham earlier this summer.
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Ajorque has scored 12 goals and registered eight assists in 36 league appearances in the 2021/22 campaign, and he could prove a valuable asset to the Toffees if a deal is agreed. It is reported that a loan deal with an option to buy is an option currently under consideration, with the fee to make the move permanent believed to be around £15.2million.
Everton have yet to submit a formal offer for the 28-year-old, although an offer is expected to arrive soon and the player ‘could be tempted’ by the prospect of a transfer in the Premier League. However, Lampard is keen on not putting all his eggs in one basket on the striker’s forehead.
His side are also interested in Coventry City star Viktor Gyokeres, although the Championship side are unlikely to receive any offers for the Sweden international. Everton have also opened talks with Stade Rennes over a deal for Sehrou Guirassy, who scored nine Ligue 1 goals last season.
And a deal for the 26-year-old is certainly on the cards as Rennes are set to welcome PSG star Arnaud Kalimuendo to their squad soon – who was also a Leeds target. It remains to be seen if a deal for Guirassy is done with Everton wanting a loan-to-buy deal rather than a permanent move, as Rennes would prefer.