Everton now want to sign Japanese centre-forward Keisuke Goto this summer, though the Blues could face competition for his signature.

The 6ft 3inch striker has been monitored by Sean Dyche’s side, but West Ham United are also keen, as are the likes of Sevilla, Juventus and Feyenoord.

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As per the Daily Mail, 18-year-old Goto is one of the brightest prospects in Japanese football, scoring five goals in 17 games so far this season, contributing one assist.

Alongside his notable height, which could give Everton a strong presence upfront, Goto is known for his pace and his proclivity to drop deep to pick up possession, before bursting into the penalty box.

Goto signing would be a star for the future at Everton

The teenager could be brought to the Premier League under the GBE rule, whereby young players of exceptional talent are granted permission to play in the UK.

His deceptive speed and aerial threat are ideal attributes for a Sean Dyche side and with a ratio just shy of one goal every three games, Goto is a promising young talent.

A product of Jubilo Iwata’s youth academy, Goto was due to represent Japan at the U-20’s World Cup but was sadly ruled out through injury.

However, the young forward has been tipped to make his international breakthrough in the senior squad should he continue his progression.

It is no secret that Everton will be looking to strengthen their attacking options this summer, especially with Ellis Simms linked with a move away, and £15m forward Neal Maupay also linked with a Goodison exit, after just one season on Merseyside.

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Goto’s potential arrival on Merseyside could be a welcome change to Everton’s transfer strategy and an example of the club seeking a prodigious talent to develop over time.

He may not be a striker to come and make an immediate impact, but he could be a star for the future at Everton, provided the Blues win the race for his signature.