Everton looking at Armando Broja as Richarlison replacement

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Armando Broja impressed while on loan at Southampton last season - GETTY IMAGES
Armando Broja impressed while on loan at Southampton last season - GETTY IMAGES

Chelsea striker Armando Broja is among several options Everton manager Frank Lampard is considering as he seeks to fill the void left by the £60 million sale of Richarlison.

Everton have enquired as to Broja’s availability on either a permanent or loan deal. Lampard is also weighing up a move for Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis as he seeks to reinforce his attacking options before the new season.

Albania international Broja, 20, spent last year on loan at Southampton and is likely to have a pick of several Premier League clubs during pre-season.

Losing Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur is a setback given the Brazilian’s sterling contribution to Everton’s successful survival quest in May. On the plus side, Lampard is planning for the new campaign in the expectation England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin will remain at Goodison Park.

Lampard was unable to call upon a fully fit or match sharp Calvert-Lewin during the early months of his reign, although there were signs of his returning to his best in the final games - not least when his winning goal versus Crystal Palace in the penultimate fixture ended the threat of relegation.

A full pre-season for Calvert-Lewin - Everton's players returned to work on Monday - will add another dimension to Lampard’s front line. Calvert-Lewin will be desperate to start the season well to push his claims for a World Cup place.

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates after Michael Keane scored their first goal - ACTION IMAGES
Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates after Michael Keane scored their first goal - ACTION IMAGES

Nevertheless, the need for reinforcements is obvious. Broja or Dennis can play as a No 9 or wide attacker. Securing Broja on loan would be attractive given Everton’s spending limitations. It remains to be seen how much of the £60 million fee received for Richarlison that Lampard will be able to spend, but it will not be the full allocation.

The club has, however, shed some salary expenses over the summer with the likes of Gyfli Sigurdsson and Cenk Tosun leaving the club at the end of their contracts.

Lampard is also an admirer of Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White, although the midfielder is discussing a new contract at Molineux.

As is often the case at Everton, there may be a waiting game until the final weeks or even hours of the window as Lampard surveys the market. Many of the most attractive loan deals may not come to fruition until closer to deadline day. Uncertainty about the club’s ownership is another complication since it is now obvious majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is actively seeking a buyer for the club.

Everton are expected to confirm a new deal for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford soon, an extension considered a formality given the player is eager to remain at Goodison Park.

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