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Everton linked with promising Championship striker

Koeman and Walsh leaving no stone unturned in search

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Kenneth Zohore of Cardiff City
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Everton have already been in Wales this offseason getting Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City, and now it appears the Blues could be returning this time to Cardiff City. Striker Kenneth Zohore has been the subject of transfer interest from Brighton & Hove Albion, and now it appears Everton are joining the chase, per ESPN FC.

Brighton have had a tough start to the Premier League, picking up their first points of the season in a goalless draw away at Watford, and are yet to score in three games. They have had two previous bids for the forward already rejected, with Hull City also mentioned as interested parties.

Despite knowing for months now that Romelu Lukaku would be leaving the club, Everton had failed to replace the striker as the Toffees strengthened across the squad. That failing is now coming back to bite the Blues as the transfer window is coming to a close and there’s only very slim pickings available.

Zohore does prove to be an interesting option, but is not the world-class forward that Everton will need to crack the top six this season. The offers rejected are in the £10m range, which appears to be a pittance in the current Premier League market for a striker who could get you a dozen goals. However, he does bring height and bulk to the front line, characteristics the Toffees’ forwards are missing currently.

Kenneth Zohore characteristics
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The 23-year-old has had a very good start to the season, despite scoring just once. The Bluedbirds have won five out of five so far and sit on top of the Championship.

A Denmark national, Zohore has scored 26 times in 61 appearances at various youth international levels. Left-footed and a strong finisher, he is a distant relative of Didier Drogba who has had succcess at various levels of world football.

He has proven worth his weight in gold for Cardiff, with a marked improvement under new manager Neil Warnock. This is from World Football Index from a fortnight ago -

Zohore is a massive physical presence up front, with the pace and skill to match it. He is the son of Didier Drogba’s cousin, and his style certainly has some similarities to his more famous relative. When you look at Zohore up against Championship centre-backs, it’s hard to not be impressed by his stature.

He likes to pick up the ball and run at defenders, taking shots from distance or playing off a team-mate to find his way in behind the defence. His size means that he is a danger from set-pieces.

Where Zohore has sometimes struggled is his intelligence, but his manager has worked on that with him and it is improving with every game.

“He’s learning all the time,” said Warnock in January, and his contribution to Zohore’s development is plain to see.

“He’s got a lease of life that might not have been possible a few months ago, and I think he understands my contribution to that,” the manager said of his desire to keep Zohore at the club for this season.

Here’s his top five goals for the Bluebirds -