Everton were reportedly very close to signing Tammy Abraham earlier this month.

That’s according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, who have revealed that the Toffees were in advanced negotiations over a £34.2 million deal for the striker before he picked up a major injury.

The Sun previously reported that Everton were eager to bring Abraham back to the Premier League to solve their goal-scoring woes and it looks like they could have welcomed him to the club this summer if it wasn’t for his setback.

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Abraham has suffered a horrific knee injury that will leave him sidelined for the next six months, leaving Everton with no option but to look elsewhere.

The 25-year-old has netted 25 goals in Serie A since his move from Chelsea in 2021 and he had previously scored 21 goals across two seasons for the Blues.

Everton have been heavily linked with a number of forwards since the season ended and could instead turn to Moussa Dembele or Udinese’s Beto.

Everton have better options than Tammy Abraham

Everton fans will be left disappointed at the prospect of signing the Roma star, however he was never guaranteed to be a success at Goodison Park.

While the striker enjoyed a brilliant first campaign in Italy, he managed to only half his goal tally in Serie A this time round.

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His time at Stamford Bridge also raised plenty of questions and a move to Everton could have been a risk if he wasn’t surrounded by the attacking players he needed to become a prolific goalscorer.

With Fabrizio Romano confirming that Everton are chasing Moussa Dembélé earlier this week, the Frenchman’s arrival would certainly make Abraham’s absence easier to take.

Dembele bagged 56 goals in 129 league appearances for Lyon since joining from Celtic in 2018.

While he is a target for a number of clubs, the 26-year-old seems like a real bargain if the Toffees can bring him in on a free transfer.