Everton are now reportedly leading the race to sign Udinese forward Beto ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Portuguese forward, who scored 10 Serie A goals last season, was close to joining the Blues in January, but the deal failed to get over the line.

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However, Sean Dyche’s side now look like they will reignite their interest in the 25-year-old, who has been valued at around the £30m mark.

That is according to Mondo Udinese, who report that whilst Everton currently lead the way, Serie A champions Napoli could also be interested in the striker.

Everton signing Beto would be a big boost to Sean Dyche’s starting XI options next season

Everton desperately need reinforcements in attack and cannot gamble on Dominic Calvert-Lewin avoiding injury, while Sean Dyche’s other options are scant.

£15m Neal Maupay managed just one goal last season, and Ellis Simms, recalled from his loan at Sunderland in January, also provided a solitary strike for Everton.

Beto managed 10 goals in 33 league games for Udinese last season, a tally that would have made him Everton’s top goalscorer, shadowing Dwight McNeil’s return of seven strikes.

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Indeed, with a ratio just shy of a goal every three games, Beto had an impressive season in Italy and it is no surprise to see him linked with a move to the likes of Napoli.

Though unproven in the Premier League, Beto has already shown that he is capable of scoring goals in a top European league, however his hefty price tag may be an issue.

It remains to be seen what type of budget Sean Dyche will have to work with this summer and whether or not the club will have to sell to buy.

Ideally, Everton need two centre-forwards this summer, and could do worse than securing a player like Beto.

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