Everton: “Talented” £8m target could revive Calvert-Lewin as club in contention to sign

Everton are interested in signing a struggling Premier League star before the end of the month, with Sean Dyche looking to combat a poor start to the season.

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That’s according to TEAMtalk, who claim that the Toffees are in contention to sign Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, though they do stress that Nottingham Forest are currently favourites and Fulham also remain interested despite ostensibly pulling out of the race.

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The Evening Standard previously reported that Dyche’s outfit could make their move for the 22-year-old following Fulham’s reluctance to meet the Blues’ £8m asking price.

Everton have been working fervently to bolster the attacking ranks after a poor season, signing Arnaut Danjuma and Jack Harrison on loan, sealing teenage forward Youssef Chermiti’s signature for £15m and closing on a deal for Southampton striker Che Adams.

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Is £8m Hudson-Odoi the answer for Everton – or is he beyond repair?

Having been the subject of a failed £70m transfer offer from imperious German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in 2019, Hudson-Odoi has plummeted from prominence.

Once renowned as one of Europe’s pre-eminent youngsters, the three-cap England international is in dire need of a recalibration, having lost his way at Stamford Bridge and endured a subpar loan spell with Bayer Leverkusen last term, scoring just one goal and assist apiece from 21 matches, very much on the periphery.

At Everton, he would have an excellent opportunity to reinvent himself, potentially catalysing a weary attack, sapped of energy and bereft of confidence.

Indeed, the Toffees have lost their opening two matches of the 2023/24 campaign, yet to see the opposing net bulge, after surviving a startling relegation scare last term, finishing 17th – and the league’s second-lowest scorers – after beating Bournemouth in the final fixture.

Hudson-Odoi remains an “amazingly talented” winger, as has been said by talent scout Jacek Kulig, and with his pace and dynamism down – primarily – the left flank, Dominic Calvert-Lewin could rekindle his fire and serve as the thriving focal frontman once again.

The 6 foot 2 Englishman has been ravaged by injuries over the past several seasons, missing 51 matches since the summer of 2021 and consequently scoring only seven goals since.

His issues have been emblematic of the Goodison Park outfit’s own struggles, with Neal Maupay, who signed from Brighton & Hove Albion for £15m last summer, scoring just once from 31 matches for the club, failing to efficiently serve in Calvert-Lewin’s stead.

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