Everton forward Ellis Simms could be set for a departure this summer.

As stated by The Times journalist Paul Joyce on Twitter, three Championship clubs – Swansea City, Coventry City, and Ipswich Town – are all interested in securing the services of Ellis Simms this summer. The Toffees will want at least £7 million to let him go.

The 22-year-old striker graduated from the academy of the Merseyside club, and has made 11 Premier League appearances for the Toffees since making his debut in the competition 2021. He has also gained valuable experience during loan stints with Blackpool, Sunderland, and Hearts.

Simms certainly has plenty of quality. He is a powerful runner and makes smart movements in the box. However, he has only netted once for Everton across all competitions. As Sean Dyche seeks the solution to his side’s wastefulness in front of goal, Simms seems unlikely to be given a real chance.

The 6’3” forward could bring in some useful funds this summer though if Dyche were to sanction his exit. Given Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s fitness concerns and Neal Maupay’s awful form, Everton would be wise to re-invest what they get for Simms in a reliable goalscorer.

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Who could lead the line for Everton?

Two potential options for Dyche to consider are Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal and Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City.

Following the Foxes’ relegation, Iheanacho may be keen to force a move away from the King Power Stadium. Like Simms, Iheanacho is a strong physical presence. However, there are question marks over his finishing. There have already been stories linking the Nigerian with a move to Goodison Park this summer, but Everton will have to act fast to ensure they don’t lose the race for his signature.

Nketiah represents a more ambitious target, given the terms of his contract with the Gunners. He may also be a less natural fit for a Dyche side. He is certainly a ruthless finisher though.

The sale of Simms wouldn’t fund the acquisition of either of these players in full. Any funds coming into the club this summer can only help though.

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