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Everton set to miss out on summer striking target

We’re not really sure Seydou Doumbia was on Everton’s radar anyway....

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Reports in Portugal suggest Sporting striker Seydou Doumbia will leave the club for China this summer, ending any chance of Everton signing the Ivorian forward.

Sport Witness cite a report from Portuguese paper Record, which claims Sporting will try to sell Doumbia to a Chinese side during their summer tour of the country.

The Portuguese press are not always known for their reliability so any links are to be taken with a huge pinch of salt.

Everton, Newcastle and Swansea have all been credited with an interest in Doumbia, who has already played for 13 clubs in a nomadic career to date.

The 30-year-old has already had an unsuccessful loan spell with Newcastle in 2016 where ha played just three times and failed to score a goal.

He’s not exactly a striker to set the pulses racing.

The Toffees were last linked with a move for Doumbia in January when the club’s desire for a new striker was well known.

Cenk Tosun has since come in to bolster the club’s forward line, so any move for Doumbia looks unlikely.