According to reports emerging over the weekend, Everton could be set to launch a significant bid for a new striker.
The print edition of The Sun on Sunday – via HITC Sport – claims that Everton are plotting a £40m bid for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.
Everton are chasing a new striker this month with Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin failing to nail down starting spots, while Richarlison is arguably better on the wing.
But Everton should cast their memory back to last January when thinking about whether to spend big money on Batshuayi this month.
Under the guidance of Sam Allardyce, Everton spent a reported £27m [BBC Sport] on Cenk Tosun. Just 12 months later and he could be axed after scoring just seven Premier League goals.
Batshuayi is a risk and could turn out to be another January panic buy in the same way that Tosun did.
The Belgium international has never found his feet at Chelsea, scoring just 19 goals since his summer 2016 switch from Marseille.
Last season, Batshuayi impressed on loan at Borussia Dortmund with nine goals in 14 matches but flopped on loan at Valencia this season with just one strike in 15 La Liga games.
The 25-year-old is back at Chelsea now and is available for £40m but Everton need to be wary that this could backfire just like Tosun’s big money move did.