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Everton set their sights on deadline day swoop for Benfica striker Raul Jimenez – should Ronald Koeman make an offer?

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Reports surfacing from Portugal over the past day believe that Everton are continuing to show firm interest in signing Benfica striker Raul Jimenez before the transfer window shuts at 11:00pm tonight.

A Bola claim that Ronald Koeman – who is actively seeking another goal-scorer to add to his ranks before September – is contemplating whether to make a last-gasp attempt to bring him to Everton.

Yet the clock is ticking and the transfer deadline is looming, and the report suggests that the Mexican international could snub Everton’s interest in favour of a big-money move to China in the future.

What would Jimenez bring to Merseyside?

It was always going to be a likely story that Romelu Lukaku’s exit left a gaping hole at the top of the Everton team, and boss Ronald Koeman looks set on having a plethora of options to use this season.

The arrivals of Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez have bolstered attacking options already, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin also developing well, but there is still a need for another piece of the jigsaw.

Rooney won’t get 30-goals-a-season – despite getting off to a good start – whilst both Ramirez and Calvert-Lewin are quick strikers that play off the shoulder of the last defender; this is all well and good but, in Lukaku’s absence, they need a strong, powerful player that can create his own chances.

And in Raul Jimenez they could find exactly that, with the 26-year-old’s 6ft 3in frame lending him extremely well both in the air and in getting himself into tough and physical battles with defenders.

He’s a mobile forward that is comfortable operating across the front-line, confident enough in his ability to take players on and draw them into a challenge, and he can add a new dynamic in attack.

Despite being on the precipice of the Benfica first-team last season he still managed seven goals in 18 appearances, showing he has a knack for finding the net, and the fact that 62% of his shots found their way on target – 16 from his 26 attempts – shows that he’d bring the final product to Everton.

With his role at Benfica firmly as a substitute – coming on late in their opening three games of the new Primeira Liga season – the lure of first-team football at Goodison Park may be hard to say no to.

It is understood that the 26-year-old is currently on international duty with Mexico but, should Koeman continue his interest and look to force a late deal, his residence in South America shouldn’t be a problem.

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Ronald Koeman has set his sights on adding one more striker to his squad before the deadline tonight and, with less than 12 hours to go, he would no doubt settle for the arrival of Jimenez. Yet time is firmly against the Everton boss, and the fact that the striker didn’t seem massively keen on a move to Merseyside when he first heard the interest doesn’t bode well for any potential move.

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Everton round-up: Mooy wanted, Loftus-Cheek and Wilshere on radar, Niasse targeted

Mathew Nash

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Please sir, may I have some Mooy?

The Sun are reporting Everton’s interest in Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy. They suggest that the Toffees are keen on the Huddersfield Town star, who is also wanted by West Ham United and Southampton.

The former Manchester City talent was crucial for the Terriers last season in their hunt for Premier League survival.

Now valued at around £18 million it appears the midfielder is now on the radar at Goodison Park.

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England internationals wanted

He is not the only midfielder being linked with Everton this weekend. The Mirror are reporting two England internationals are catching the eye of Everton this summer.

The report suggests Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere are being targeted.

Loftus-Cheek, currently on England duty at the World Cup, is said to be available on loan again after his brilliant stint at Crystal Palace. Wilshere, on the other hand, is a free agent after failing to agree on a new deal with his boyhood club Arsenal.

Niasse exit?

Oumar Niasse is being considered as the back-up transfer option for Galatasaray this summer. The Istanbul club want Ahmed Musa of Leicester city to be their new striking option. However, they are also keeping tabs on the Everton star.

The report from beIN Sports, as relayed by Goal.com, suggest that Marco Silva will have the final say on Niasse, with the rest of the Everton hierarchy happy to let him go.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek could prove the silver lining in Ross Barkley exit

Everton are believed to be interested in a deal for the England midfielder.

Mathew Nash

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Everton are said to be in the hunt for Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer. The Mirror reports that the Chelsea and England midfielder is wanted at Goodison Park along with Arsenal’s out-of-contract star Jack Wilshere.

Loftus-Cheek dazzled during a loan spell at Crystal Palace last season and has made his way into the England team since. He is widely expected to start England’s second game of the World Cup against Panama later today.

The report claims he is available for another loan deal. But Everton will surely have designs on him becoming a permanent fixture if they decide to bring him in.

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If that transpires to be the case, then Everton might end up having the last laugh regarding the sale of Ross Barkley.

The enigmatic midfielder joined Chelsea from Everton in January. The fee, as reported by The Times, was around £15 million. It was a controversial deal. Six months previously the two clubs had agreed a £35 million deal, only for Barkley to pull out. With just months left on his contract, Everton had to accept the depreciated value of Chelsea’s second bid. The deal was so controversial, even Liverpool’s mayor got involved.

But if Barkley’s presence is preventing Loftus-Cheek, and he ends up at Everton, then the Toffees will have struck lucky.

The midfielder looks like everything Barkley has always promised to be but with just a little bit extra.

Loftus-Cheek could end up being the silver lining in the debacle that was the Barkley transfer.

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Everton’s reported move for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida would seriously improve defence

The Croatia international would bolster Marco Silva’s options significantly.

Jamie Watts

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The world’s eyes were on Croatia last night, as Zlatko Dalic’s side dismantled Argentina 3-0. And a number of high-profile targets for Premier League clubs were in action. However, it appears Everton have identified a potential target that isn’t one of the household names, in Domagoj Vida, according to reports from Turkish outlet SABAH.

The defender currently plies his trade for Turkish giants Besiktas, having joined from Dynamo Kiev on a free transfer in January. But the 30-year-old has struggled to nail down a regular starting place at Vodafone Park. And Marco Silva could now swoop for his services, as he looks to bolster his defensive options ahead of his first season in-charge at Goodison Park.

The defender’s performance last night suggests he could be a serious coup for Silva if a deal can be completed. Vida partnered Liverpool regular Dejan Lovren at centre-back and managed to keep a star-studded Argentina attack; including the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala quiet for the duration of the game.

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His aggression and determination was evident for all to see, as a string of last-ditch blocks and slide tackles rounded off a brilliant display for Croatia, as they secured a clean-sheet. And the dogged attitude the player showed last night, is what was largely missing from Everton’s rear-guard last term.

Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are coming to the latter stages of their careers with the Blues, and with the departure of Ramiro Funes Mori yesterday (BBC Sport), a deal for Vida would make perfect sense on Merseyside this summer.

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