Everton are interested in signing Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta in the summer transfer window according to French outlet L’equipe.
The French striker reportedly is also a target for the likes of Newcastle United, Cardiff City, Southampton and Watford.
Still only 21, Mateta scored 14 goals in 34 games for the German Club in the last season.
Everton reportedly lodged a bid but were turned down swiftly by Mainz.
The Bundesliga outfit are holding out for their €35 million to €40 million (£31 million and £35.6 million) evaluation of the player while Everton are €5 Million shy of that mark.
Marko Silva is desperate to land a striker after Cenk Tosun endured another underwhelming campaign failing miserably to fill in Romelu Lukaku’s massive boots. (Figuratively and Literally).
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is another option available to the Toffee’s boss, the youngster while possessing a very good work ethic, falls short when it comes to producing quality in front of the goal.
Mateta strikes a resemblance to Lukaku, given both strikers, deploy a physical style of play.
The France U21 international is good with both his feet and in the air making him a complete package.
His physical aspect of play could be of great use in English football and given the striker’s age and the inflation in the transfer market, Everton should look to land the 21-year-old.