Everton eye £15m Deportivo striker Lucas

Lucas Perez Martinez

Martinez scored 17 goals in 36 games in La Liga last season

Everton have identified Deportivo La Coruna’s Lucas Perez Martinez as the striker to provide support for Romelu Lukaku.

Director of football Steve Walsh is a long-time admirer of Lucas, 27, who scored 17 La Liga goals last season.

The Spaniard is likely to command a fee in the region of £15m.

Lukaku had been strongly linked with a return to former club Chelsea but the Belgian has decided to stay at Goodison Park for at least one more season.

Manager Ronald Koeman confirmed the 23-year-old told him on Friday he wished to stay, with the possibility Lukaku may sign a new contract.

Oumar Niasse, a £13.5m signing, has been told he has no Everton future despite only arriving in January.

Everton still hope to do a deal for Sunderland’s unsettled central defender Lamine Kone, while Koeman also wants to sign a goalkeeper.

The possibility of Joe Hart arriving on loan from Manchester City is being complicated by the possible £7m cost of a potential season-long loan, with Hart on a reported £135,000-a-week at the Etihad and a loan fee also being involved.

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