Everton have made an initial €25/26 million (£21.5/£22.3m) bid for Beto.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Toffees’ approach is likely to be unsuccessful as it remains some distance away from Udinese’s valuation.

After a successful loan spell in Italy that saw Beto net eleven goals in Serie A, Udinese coughed up less than £10m to sign the striker permanently.

He went onto bag a further ten league goals last season and quickly attracted the attention of clubs across Europe, while he had caught Everton’s eye back in January.

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It was reported earlier this week that the Toffees had opened talks with Udinese and it now looks like they have made a concrete approach for his signature.

However, the Italian outfit are only open to parting ways with Beto if they receive a bid matching his release clause of €35m (£30m).

Everton’s offer is still a way off meeting their valuation and Romano believes that the club are very likely to reject the bid this weekend.

Romano’s tweet read: ‘Everton approached Udinese with initial €25/26m package for Portuguese striker Beto — he was already on Everton list last January.

‘Sources feel that’s not enough yet to convince Udinese.

‘Release clause into Beto’s contract: €35m.’

Can Everton sign Beto before next week’s deadline?

Everton are rapidly running out of time to secure a striker and their interest in Beto makes it seem like the move for Che Adams is now off the table.

The Merseyside outfit had offered £15m for the Southampton striker but now appear to have turned their attention elsewhere.

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Beto could be a very strong addition for Everton, who are certainly in need of some physicality and height up top.

The 25-year-old is thought to be around 6 ft 4 – the same height as Erling Haaland, only Beto won more headers and completed three times as many take-ons in the league last season.

However, Everton are going to have to offer a lot more cash to sway Udinese, otherwise this whole pursuit will have been a waste of time.

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