A report last weekend by the Mirror linked Everton with a summer swoop for Danny Ings.
The report claimed that Ings would cost in the region of £30 million, and he has just one full year remaining on his Southampton contract.
During an exclusive interview with Everton News, we asked former Toffees goalkeeper Nigel Martyn whether Ings would be a good signing.
Ings of course used to play for Liverpool, but Martyn doesn’t feel that would be a problem and that he would improve Everton in an area they ‘definitely’ need to strengthen.
“The team needs two or three high quality players if you want to get into the top four,” said Martyn.
“I would say they need forward players – defensively they’re not too far away. The amount of goals Everton score is down a little bit on their rivals and to get more would be nicer.
“Ings is a good footballer, he knows the Premier League, he scores goals. He would strengthen the forward line.
“There wouldn’t be so much reliance on two strikers, that’s what it’s been season – that’s literally been it. You’d get that real competition and drive for positions. Good signing if you can get it.
“He didn’t set the world alight at Liverpool so I don’t think that side of things would be a problem. It’s not like Robbie Fowler! He’d go with a pretty clean slate with the Everton fans.
“It would strengthen that department and it definitely needs strengthening. You need someone who will be pushing for a place – that would be a good signing.”
The report claims Manchester City are also keen on Ings and that might make it very hard for Everton to sign him.
If Ings has the opportunity to join a Champions League club, he’s likely to take it, especially at this stage of his career.
Martyn’s right though, Everton do need more firepower up front and less reliance on the front two.
Moise Kean has impressed with Paris Saint-Germain, but the sensible course of action there looks to be selling him and investing in someone with Premier League experience.
Of course those are the kind of strikers every club is looking for, which means it’s not easy to sign them at all. Everton qualifying for European football of some description would help.