Andy Gray has told BeIN Sports that Everton should be looking at AFC Bournemouth goal machine Callum Wilson and Watford skipper Troy Deeney, but is unsure if the Toffees would be able to lure either player to Goodison Park.
Everton have been crying out for a striker since losing Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in the summer of 2017. In the summer, Marco Silva opted to splash £27million on rookie striker Moise Kean.
The Italy international is yet to get on the score sheet and the pressure is alreayd building on the former Juventus ace. Gray believes his old side need a striker, and reckons either England international Wilson or Deeney would be smart buys.
But the former Toffee has questioned whether Everton would be able to tempt either Deeney or Wilson to leave Watford or Bournemouth respectively, despite being of the belief that Everton are a bigger club than either side.
“I agree. But could you get Deeney out of Watford? He seems like part of the fabric there,” Gray said. “Callum Wilson, I agree with you, but he might be very happy where he is playing. I agree, they need to test Bournemouth’s resolve.
“The Everton I know, did [manage to tempt the likes of Bournemouth or Watford into selling. This Everton should, but perhaps the manager likes a foreign player. But there’s definitely something wrong.”
TBR’s view – Everton need Wilson or Deeney, but why would they leave?
A proven Premier League goalscorer is just what Everton need. Yes, Kean is a good signing and he has enormous potential, but relying on the Italian to supply the club’s goals is beyond realistic expectation.
A Deeney or a Wilson would be ideal. But Everton have underachieved, and although expected to challenge the top six in recent seasons, they have failed to do so – despite major spending. Watford and Bournemouth are on their level, so why leave?
Deeney has less than two years left on his contract and is now 31, while Wilson is valued at £75million by Bournemouth, according to The Sun.(Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)