Moshiri must let cash fly for Dyche to sign new £30M striker as transfer news drops

Salernitana want around £30million to sell Everton target Boulaye Dia this summer and Sean Dyche’s desperation for a new striker should force Farhad Moshiri to open the Toffees chequebook.

Corriere Dello Sport print edition [29 July, pg 21] reported that the Toffees placed a £15.4m bid on the table as they look for a new number nine.

Dia has been a long-term target for the Toffees and already tried to buy him from parent club Villarreal for €16million [£14.1m] according to Tutto Salernitana in October last year.

However, following his permanent move to Salernitana, after a successful goalscoring season, the Serie A side want more than double that figure with the African talisman wanted around Europe as he looks set to move on to new pastures.

The Toffees reportedly offered Neal Maupay as part of the deal, but it seems as if Salernitana are sticking to their £30m demand, despite their own interest in the former Brighton striker.

Corriere Dello Sport wrote (29 July):

They wrote: “Today at 18 friendly at the Lineage between Frosinone and Salernitana.

“There will be no Boulaye Dia. The Senegalese striker is not ready yet, he could be for the Italian Cup. The [ex] Villareal is always at the centre of market attention.

Now, however, Salernitana asks for at least €35million to sell it. Everton, however, not because in the staff has Neil Maupay. The offer is €18million plus the tag of the French striker.”

It is no secret that Dyche is crying out for a new number nine before the Premier League season kicks off.

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Given the Toffees’ damning goalscoring exploits last season, finishing as the division’s second-lowest scorers (34 goals), signing a striker is absolutely high on their priority list and after the failure to tempt El Bilal Toure to join the club, Sean Dyche holds a huge decision on which striker seems the best fit for his Everton ambitions.

With Dominic Calver-Lewin currently fighting tooth and nail to put his injury trouble behind him and Maupay’s expected departure this summer, the need for a striker has been made abundantly clear to Moshiri.

Everton need to be brave and bold in the market if they want to avoid another relegation-infested Premier League campaign and to do that, Dyche needs quality in every department.

Dyche needs someone who can consistently play over 30 games a season and potentially hit up to and over 15 goals, with no over-reliance on the likes of Dwight McNeil and new signing Arnaut Danjuma.

Dia is the ideal solution and is clearly worth Moshiri taking risks in letting the cash fly, despite their financial uncertainty.

The 26-year-old scored 16 goals in 33 Serie A games last season, seeing him ranked among the top 16% of forwards across Europe’s top five leagues for non-penalty goals scored in 2022-23, as per FBref.

Dia has played – and scored – in three of Europe’s top five leagues, having netted 24 times in Ligue 1 for Reims, five times for Villarreal in LaLiga and 16 times in 33 Serie A games for Salernitana last season which means he may well be ready for the rigours of Premier League football.

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Dia also set up six goals, ranking him in the top 14% for assists [FBRef], showing that he is more than just a goalscorer – something that could see him form a solid partnership with the likes of Danjuma and Calvert-Lewin, assuming the latter can stay fit.

The Senegalese international is really a handful for defenders, possessing great strength, speed, and athletic ability and is a forward with real goal potential when called upon, which has earned him rave reviews in Italy over the past year.

Everton could make more money off Dia’s goals next season that they will lose spending £30m off him this summer. Surely it’s time for Moshiri to put his money where his mouth is, and address Dyche’s desperate need for a goalscorer.