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Mitrović the latest striker linked with Blues move

Serbian striker has seven Premier League goals for Fulham this season

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Mitrović in action against Everton in September
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Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrović is the latest forward to be linked with a January move to Everton.

According to Serbian publication Blic, the Toffees see the Cottagers’ top scorer as a ‘realistic’ option to lead the line at Goodison Park. Though given Fulham’s struggles to stave off relegation, it is highly unlikely that they would be willing to sell their top scorer mid-season.

The Mirror also reported on Sunday (December 16) that Mitrović feels he has outgrown Fulham, who are bottom of the Premier League, three points adrift of safety. His compatriot, Slaviša Jokanović, was sacked as Whites boss is November, having previously been cited by Mitrović as one of the main reasons the player decided to sign for the club.

The Serb originally arrived at Craven Cottage on loan from Newcastle United in January, and scored 12 goals in 17 Championship appearances to help Fulham win promotion from the Championship.

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Mitrović’s goals were vital to Fulham winning promotion to the Premier League last season
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He moved permanently for a fee potentially rising to £27 million in July, and has seven league goals so far this season. But after an excellent start to the campaign, he has only scored for in just one league game - a brace against Southampton in November - since September 22.

Everton will surely be on the lookout for reinforcements up front after their senior strikers have toiled in front of goal this term, with 24 goals in 17 league games reflecting a sense of profligacy in the Blues’ game of late.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the club’s top-scoring striker with five goals, while Cenk Tosun has only two and Oumar Niasse, who looks set for a January departure having failed to make a league matchday squad since September, is yet to get off the mark.

Everton have been linked with several strikers in recent weeks, including Nantes forward Emiliano Sala and RB Leipzig’s Jean-Kévin Augustin.