Everton have been linked with numerous attackers this summer. The ties have only grown since Dominic Calvert-Lewin suffered a knee injury which sidelined him for six weeks. Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque is the latest striker wanted by Everton.
Richarlison left in the summer, joining Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth £60million. Since then, the Toffees have been on the hunt for a new striker to support Calvert-Lewin. To make matters worse, Calvert-Lewin suffered a freak knee injury in training before the season opener, sidelining him for six weeks.
The Toffees want to bring in another striker who can share the goalscoring load. Previously, Chelsea duo Armando Broja and Michy Batshuayi had strong ties with the club. In fact, Lampard still likes Broja, but interest in Batshuayi has waned.
Even though Everton have signed Dwight McNeil to bolster the flanks, the Merseysiders are desperate for a striker. Manager Frank Lampard said after the game against Chelsea that the club wanted to sign a striker to replace Calvert-Lewin when the 25-year-old is unavailable.
Everton interested in Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque
According Receive French football newsEverton are considering signing Strasbourg striker Ajorque, who was also linked with Newcastle United in the summer. Besides the English sides, there was Hertha Berlin who tried to sign the 28-year-old, making a €10m (£8.4m) bid for the French side.
In response, Strasbourg imposed a €15m (£12.6m) price tag on Ajorque. LOSC Lille also wanted to sign the striker but the Frenchman rejected a move alongside Paulo Fonseca. Ajourque scored 12 goals in 36 Ligue 1 appearances last season and was a key reason Strasbourg finished sixth in the league.
Everton know they will have to empty around €15m from their pockets to sign the 28-year-old who has two years left on his current contract. Ajourque comes with a fair share of European football experience and was also an integral part of the Strasbourg side that lifted the 2018-19 League Cup.
Much like Calvert-Lewin, Ajoruque likes to get on the end of crosses and use his aerial ability to score goals. Standing at 6ft 4in, the Frenchman can be a threat in the air, causing all sorts of problems for defenders in the goal area. His imposing silhouette allows him to protect the ball and hold it easily.
Bringing him to Everton will mean the Toffees bring a player into the attack, who crosses can be aimed at and there’s little chance he won’t connect.
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