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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.