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Could Everton have a new Romelu Lukaku in their sights at Brugge?

| 21.04.2015

At the age of 16 Romelu Lukaku was banging in goals for Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League, and now five years on, he is leading the line at Goodison Park.

And it seems Everton are on the hunt for a candidate to make that same transition in the near future.

Obbi Oulare only made his senior Club Brugge debut this season, but is firmly on the radar of a handful of Premier League sides.

Netting seven times from 24 appearances (mostly from the bench) for the Flanders side, the powerful attacker has certainly caught the eye.

The 6ft 5in striker looks a natural to translate his form on the continent to the English game, and could make the switch as soon as the summer, with the likes of Manchester United also reportedly interested.

Having arrived from Lille where he spent most of his youth career in 2013, the 19-year-old has gone on to flourish at youth level for his nation.

Capped at under-18, under-19 and under-21 level, with five goals from 12 caps between them, he’s progressing nicely in his top-level development.

Stoke fans may be familiar with the Oulare name, as his father turned out for the Potters in the 2001-02 season.

However Obbi will be hopeful any spell in England will be more successful than his father Souleymane, who played just twice, scoring once with his back-side before returning to Belgium.

Toffees scouts were reportedly in attendance for Brugge’s 2-1 victory over title rivals Anderlecht on Sunday and they would have liked what they saw.

The front-man netted the second goal for the Blauw-Zwart to seal all three points and move them to back to the top of the table.

He may not slot straight into the team, but with Everton lacking real strength in depth in the striker department, Oulare could prove to be the perfect understudy for his elder compatriot.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.