Everton are interested in signing West Brom striker Salomon Rondon during the summer, according to the Daily Star.
The Venezuelan talisman is currently on loan with Newcastle United where he has scored 10 goals and contributed five assists.
The Magpies would surely love to land him permanently.
Toffees’ boss Marco Silva is hoping to pinch the target man from under the noses of Newcastle, however, by making a bold summer move.
Everton have struggled for goals this season and a striker is a summer must for Silva.
Some other news could alert more clubs towards the availability of Rondon.
According to the Express & Star, Rondon can leave the Baggies for just £16.5 million, if the Albion fail to win promotion back to the Premier League this season.
The Daily Star report does suggest that the player would prefer to stay at St James’ Park where he has struck up a rapport with the club’s supporters.
Newcastle aren’t exactly known to be forthcoming when it comes to splashing the cash however with Everton now preparing to move.
It is little surprise that other clubs are throwing their weight behind a move for Rondon.
Everton have struggled for a regular goalscoring all season and signing an out and out striker would allow them to get Richarlison out on the wing.
Losing out on the permanent signing of Rondon would be a massive blow to Benitez and Newcastle.
The fans love him and without his goals this season they’d be closer to the relegation zone.
As a result, the player’s desire could prove a decisive factor.
Rondon seems to want to stay at St James’ Park and that bodes well for Benitez.