Toffees to go back in for Belgian striker after Anfield blank

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Everton’s solid start to the season looks like unravelling in the second half of the campaign unless Roberto Martinez can pull off a transfer coup today.

The Toffees have lost just four games this season and started the term with a six-game unbeaten run, however the recent 4-0 humbling at the hands of Merseyside rivals Liverpool has highlighted a lack of depth up front at Goodison Park.

On-loan Chelsea striker Romeleu Lukaku leads the Toffees’ scoring charts with nine goals, but the Belgian powerhouse is expected to miss a number of games through injury and the next highest scorer is Kevin Mirallas, who has proven unreliable with just four strikes.

Martinez identified 20-year-old Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi as a potential arrival earlier in the season and could be tempted to revive the deal despite signing Lacina Traore on loan.

Batshuayi disappointed the Blues recently by stating his desire to remain in Belgium, but Standard’s willingness to sell could see Martinez land his man yet.

In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, Batshuayi’s parents claimed the Belgian club are keen to cash in on the youngster, saying:”’To be perfectly honest, we often have the impression that the president is pushing our son to the exit door.”

Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund have also been credited with an interest for the striker but with Jurgen Klopp yet to table a concrete bid the ball remains firmly in Everton’s court.

Everton are 4/9 favourites to beat Aston Villa this weekend, but with the Toffees scoring just six goals in as many Premier League’s games their chances would be greatly enhanced with Batshuayi, who has bagged 32 goals in 80 games for Liege  – in the side.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.