Everton earmark Italian striker as an eleventh hour signing: A smart move by Koeman?

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Everton have been one of the busiest buyers and sellers this transfer market, having been involved in many transactions. They have signed quality players to challenge for the top four and it seems they are not done with their transfer business just yet.

With the will to sign Stefano Okaka from Watford on a loan deal. He could join Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez, Cuco Martina and Henry Onyekuru.

They want to bubble wrap their list to compete with the best, with the signing of the tall centre forward from Watford as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku. His future at Watford looks uncertain as Marco Silva hopes to bring Islam Slimani to Vicarage road alongside forwards with high potential such as Andre Gray and Richarlison.

West Brom and Udinese too are in the race now to sign the Hornets’ striker and the fans are in for a deadline day thriller.

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He joined the Roma youth system in 2004 and made his debut in September 2005. He made 48 appearances for them but found the back of the net only on four occasions for Roma.

He then had to pack his bags too many times as he went on loan to Modena, Brescia, Fulham, Bari and Parma. He was permanently transferred to Parma but the following day, was loaned out to Spezia where he scored 9 times in 47 appearances. His next stop was at Anderlecht where he beat the opposition keeper 17 out of 49 times he stepped on the football pitch.

In 2016, he was signed by Watford and has bagged 4 goals for them. He represents Italy but has just one goal for the Azzurri. He will be looking for a fresh start if he were to join Everton on deadline day and maybe a bigger club will nourish the forward, as he aims to flourish.

What’ll Okaka offer the club?

He will offer depth to a side that lost their best player and one of the best strikers in the league, if not in the world, Romelu Lukaku. Everton just have Sandro who looked a toothless tiger against Chelsea and a young talent in Calvert-Lewin.

Okaka brings bags of experience as he has made over 280 senior club appearances. He is a strong lad, capable to quickly breaking while counter attacking and can bring the wingers into play very well. He is a good through-ball supplier, is more than capable in dribbling and is exceptional in the air and is capable of being a nightmare in the opposition box.

Worth the deal?

A one-year loan deal will do no bad to his exposure and to Everton’s aspirations. The Italian is highly talented and will be a good buy as he will increase Koeman’s options up-front as possesses a different threat in the box from the other two, Sandro and Calvert-Lewin.

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