'I'm told': Everton and Newcastle both scouted giant £18m striker last weekend - Sky journalist
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'I'm told': Everton and Newcastle both scouted giant £18m striker last weekend - Sky journalist

According to Sky Sports, a number of Premier League clubs including Newcastle United and Everton have scouted Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque.

The report from Sky Sports suggests that the giant striker is available for £18m, and eight Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on the 28-year-old.

West Ham were previously credited with interest in the Frenchman in January, but a move never materialised.

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Ajorque started Sunday’s pre-season friendly against Liverpool, where the Ligue 1 club defeated a second-string Reds side 3-0.

The 6ft 6in striker wasn’t on the scoresheet against the Community Shield winners, but he provided an assist for strike partner Habib Diallo, winning the ball back in a dangerous area from a wayward pass.

Ajorque joined Strasbourg in 2018 from Clermont Foot for £1.8m, and the French side would be very pleased if they managed to sell him for ten times that price this summer.

Everton and Newcastle among clubs scouting Ajorque

Sky Sports haven’t identified a frontrunner in the race for Ajorque, but there’s no shortage of clubs who need another striker option.

Given Newcastle’s resources in the transfer market, it would be a surprise if any of the clubs interested in Ajorque could match what they would be able to offer if they’re keen to sign the Frenchman.

Ajorque scored 12 Ligue 1 goals last season, although his form dipped after Christmas, only adding three goals and three assists to his tally in 19 matches.

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The left-footed forward is a hard-working player off the ball, a useful target man, and capable of ‘deadly finishing’ inside the box.

According to FBRef, Ajorque was in the top 10 per cent of forwards playing in Europe’s top 5 leagues for tackles won and aerial duels won.

Newcastle have been linked with plenty of forwards in this window, including Chelsea’s Timo Werner and Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis.

Frank Lampard’s side are also keen on bringing in a striker, and Ajorque joins Michy Batshuayi as a possible incoming at Goodison Park.

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