Everton target Viktor Gyokeres could now be available for free next summer, as the Swedish forward looks set to fulfil the final year of his contract at Coventry City.

The £25m striker has been heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park, and journalist Fabrizio Romano says there are ‘key hours’ ahead with regards to his future.

Gyokeres has attracted attention across the Premier League this summer, with Fulham, West Ham and Wolves all keen, as well as Portuguese side Sporting CP.

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Indeed, as stated by Fabrizio Romano via his Twitter account: “Viktor Gyokeres future, key hours/days ahead. Decision has not been made by player and his camp – potential free transfer in 2024 being discussed.

Coventry owner, asking for huge amount with just 1 year left on contract. Fulham, Wolves, West Ham & Sporting are ready to push.”

Viktor Gyokeres could now be unattainable for cash strapped Everton

The 26-year-old forward scored 22 goals in 50 games in all competitions for Coventry City last season, so it is no surprise that the Sky Blues want to keep their star striker.

The Swede would be an excellent addition to Sean Dyche’s squad if the Toffees can secure his signature, but with such competition, the outcome of this transfer saga is a tough one to call.

Coventry owner Doug King recently claimed his was ‘quite calm’ over Gyokeres’ future when speaking with BBC Sport, stating: “I’m feeling quite calm – and Viktor is still contracted to Coventry City.”

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He continued: “He’s had a great season and is now playing international football. We bought the player, he’s had two good seasons with us, we’re still in the Championship and, from my perspective, he’s on another year.”

Should Viktor Gyokeres remain at Coventry for another season, he would be a superb player to recruit on a free transfer next summer.

However, Everton need investment in their forward line now, so the Toffees either need to push for a deal to be done or look for an alternative forward ahead of the 2023/24 season.

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