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Everton eye another free striker to follow Naismith to Goodison

| 06.07.2012

David Moyes has clearly targeted bolstering his striking options for this season and is hoping to follow up on the capture of Steven Naismith by signing Hugo Rodallega.

Working within tight financial constraints is nothing new to Moyes and it seems that this season will follow the path of many before it.

Naismith has arrived on a free after refusing to pen a deal with Rangers newco and will have the opportunity to rekindle his partnership with former strike partner Nikica Jelavic.

However, Moyes remains in the hunt for another frontman to compete for a starting spot and with Rodallega’s contract up at Wigan, he would be a useful addition to the squad.

The Colombian striker’s Premier League experience would be a big asset for Everton, while he would present a different threat from the likes of Jelavic, Apostolos Vellios and Victor Anichebe, who are all more physical in their approach.

Demand is expected to be high for Rodallega, with Tottenham showing a strong previous interest, while Celtic have also been linked.

But Everton may have the edge, with Andre Villas-Boas having his own list of targets at Spurs and Celtic potentially having difficulty meeting Rodallega’s wage demands.

Meanwhile, space in the squad could be made if an offer is forthcoming from Chinese club Guizhou Renhe for Tim Cahill.

Cahill has gained a reputation for his goals from midfield, but struggled to emulate his previous achievements last season when only managing to find the net three times.

Guizhou Renhe coach Gao Hongbo told reporters after a recent cup game at which Cahill was spotted in the crowd that negotiations had previously taken place between the two parties, but no agreement was reached.

Cahill does still have two years remaining on his Everton contract, but could be lured abroad, with interest also previously shown from Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.