Lucas Perez Martinez: Everton eye £15m Deportivo striker

By Phil McNultyChief football writer
Lucas Perez Martinez
Martinez scored 17 goals in 36 games in La Liga last season

Everton have identified Deportivo La Coruna's Lucas Perez Martinez as the striker to provide support for Romelu Lukaku.

Director of football Steve Walsh is a long-time admirer of Lucas, 27, who scored 17 La Liga goals last season.

The Spaniard is likely to command a fee in the region of £15m.

Lukaku had been strongly linked with a return to former club Chelsea but the Belgian has decided to stay at Goodison Park for at least one more season.

Manager Ronald Koeman confirmed the 23-year-old told him on Friday he wished to stay, with the possibility Lukaku may sign a new contract.

Oumar Niasse, a £13.5m signing, has been told he has no Everton future despite only arriving in January.

Everton still hope to do a deal for Sunderland's unsettled central defender Lamine Kone, while Koeman also wants to sign a goalkeeper.

The possibility of England international Joe Hart arriving on loan from Manchester City is being complicated by the possible £7m cost of a potential season-long loan, with Hart on a reported £135,000 a week at Etihad Stadium and a loan fee also being involved.

Koeman is also keen on bringing in cover at right-back with Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman currently injured - and he is considering returning to former club Southampton to sign Dutchman Cuco Martina.

Koeman signed the 26-year-old last summer when he was at Saints and Martina appears surplus to requirements after Koeman's successor Claude Puel brought in Frenchman Jeremy Pied.

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC