Everton are ready to table £20million for Manchester City’s Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho as a possible replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
Iheanacho, 20, has been a bit-part player under Pep Guardiola this season, making 19 league appearances and scoring four goals.
He has fallen behind Argentine international Sergio Aguero and new Brazilian signing Gabriel Jesus in City’s forward line.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman reportedly sees Iheanacho as a possible replacement for Lukaku should the Belgian join Manchester United or Chelsea this summer.
According to reports, an Etihad source said: “Everton have shown an interest in Kelechi, who has been frustrated with a lack of game-time this season.
“He is highly-rated here, but has not started a match since January 2nd where as I’m sure he would get lots of first-team action elsewhere.
“Pep is looking to bolster his ranks and spend a fair chunk of cash this coming transfer window and the club could be persuaded to sell should the right offer come in.”
Since joining City in 2014, Iheanacho has scored 21 times in 63 appearances since breaking into the first-team at the start of the 2015-16 campaign.