Everton have opened talks with Udinese over a move for Beto.

That’s according to journalist Alan Myers, who has claimed that a deal could be done next week.

Beto joined Udinese from Portimonense on loan in 2021, before making his stay permanent last summer. The striker has scored 21 goals in Serie A and earned himself a place in Portugal’s preliminary 2022 World Cup squad, though didn’t make it to Qatar.

Beto’s form in Italy has attracted the attention of Everton, who have been heavily linked with the forward this month.

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The 25-year-old still has three years remaining on his contract, however Udinese could be prepared to part ways with him if they receive an offer of around €30 million (£25.7m).

Everton are clearly looking to have a busy final week of the transfer window following their 4-0 thrashing by Aston Villa, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin faces another spell on the sidelines after fracturing his cheekbone.

Writing on his Twitter account, Myers said: ‘Everton have opened discussions with Udinese striker Beto, however any deal is unlikely to be completed this week.’

The Toffees already looked increasingly likely to land Che Adams from Southampton after submitting a second bid of £15 million at the weekend, however it now appears that they are still looking at options elsewhere.

Could Everton spend big on Beto next week?

Sean Dyche’s side have already splashed around £15m on the arrival of Youssef Chermiti, so it would be surprising if their finances would allow them to almost double that figure to lure in Beto.

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However, with the transfer deadline rapidly approaching, Everton are coming under increasing pressure to fork out for a number of new attackers.

The Toffees are yet to get off the mark this season after conceding five goals and converting none in their opening two matches. Arnaut Danjuma proved to be one positive from their trip to Villa Park, while they remain without Dwight McNeil and Jack Harrison due to injury.

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