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Everton source links club with Premier League striker

Oh Al, you’ve got us all worked up now!

Everton Unveil New Signing Wayne Rooney
Everton fans are waiting for the next big name!
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These are heady days indeed at Everton. Not only did we unveil Wayne Rooney yesterday as the highest paid player in the club’s history, now the club is being linked with a marquee signing that we’ve been hearing about ever since Farhad Moshiri became majority shareholder of the Toffees.

Former Everton head of media relations Alan Myers teased this evening on Twitter that the club was looking at a player that has so far not been linked (much) with the Blues, which severely narrows the pool of players available since we’ve either bought or rejected half of the Premier League so far.

Poring through his tweets has been a bit like Hansel and Gretel following the trail of breadcrumbs back home, but here is a shortlist we’ve come up with from the criteria mentioned.

Sergio Aguero

A white whale type of possibility. A clinical finisher. Signing him would vault Everton right into the Champions League discussion. Aguero has been one of the best goalscorers in world football for his entire career, and he’s still just 28.

Wilfried Bony

The Ivorian is decidedly out of favor at the Etihad, and his loan move to Stoke City didn’t work out, either. Bony may have a little bit left to offer, but going into the season with just him and Sandro Ramirez sounds scary.

Islam Slimani

Just heard today that he wants out. Hasn’t quite worked out at Leicester City this season, and a bit of an intriguing possibility, but not really a marquee signing either.

Edin Dzeko

This one is a just-breaking story, with Bosnian radio reporting that the Blues are to start talks with AS Roma for the former Manchester City forward. Dzeko is 31 and plundered 39 goals last season in defensive-minded Italy, so would be quite the get for the Blues.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Indeed a possibility while we’re at it. A big-name striker past his best, but still hungry enough with something to prove - the Ibra doesn’t usually go to a club that are not contending for the League title. He’s also out until the winter with a severe knee injury.

Michy Batshuayi

An exciting possibility, to be sure. But he just signed for Chelsea a year ago and the Champions are thin at the position. Would have to think they bring in a player prior to allowing Bats to leave.

Alvaro Negredo

His first couple of stints in England didn’t work out that well. Was decent on a good City side a few years ago, and was okay on an offensively-challenged Middlesborough side last year. A bit underwhelming if he’s it.

Fernando Llorente

It’s unlikely Swansea City would want to sell the Spaniard, as they likely have plans to pair him with Tammy Abraham. However, he certainly has the pedigree to be productive.

Who could it be? Is the deal for Olivier Giroud off the table? Stay tuned.

UPDATE: 4:36pm EST / 9:36pm BST

UPDATED UPDATE: 6:00pm EST / 11:00pm BST

Turns out it’s a name that most fans would not like to hear. He’s Belgian too, and a former Red to boot. Ugh.