Report: Everton prepared to quadruple 14-goal striker’s wages

Everton are understood to have entered the hunt to sign Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias during the summer transfer window, a report from Spanish publication El Desmarque claims.

The Toffees have endured another mixed season in the Premier League where they have struggled to compete against the elite and they are currently lying in the 11th position with 40 points on the board.

Whist Everton’s defence can be partly blamed for their poor season, the Toffees have likewise witnessed a weakness in the centre-forward role, where both Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have lacked consistency.

As such, it appears that the Toffees could be in pursuit for another marksman, with El Desmarque suggesting that Iglesias may seal the switch to Goodison Park at the end of the season.

Iglesias has spent vast parts of his career in the Spanish second division, but he has certainly impressed in La Liga this campaign, where he has racked 14 goals and a further two assists in 33 appearances for Espanyol.

As per El Desmarque, he has a £24.25m release clause in his contract, and Everton have an added advantage over Valencia in the race for his signature, given the fact that they are willing to quadruple his present salary.

The 26-year-old very much follows the trend of marksmen at Goodison with Calvert-Lewin and Tosun liking to hold-up play upfront while providing the aerial threat in the opposition box.

Calvert-Lewin, in particular, has recently risen to the occasion with a couple of standout performances of late, but Iglesias would still prove a quality addition, given that Tosun has failed to make a good impression.

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