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Everton lining up bid for Colombian duo Duvan Zapata and Carlos Bacca


Everton lining up bid for Colombian duo Duvan Zapata and Carlos Bacca

Everton want to sign Duvan Zapata and Carlos Bacca

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After completing the signings of Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen, Everton manager Ronald Koeman wants to sign Colombian forwards Zapata and Bacca to replace the outgoing Lukaku.

Everton scouts came back from Italy and confirmed the club will look towards Napoli's Zapata and AC Milan's Bacca to replace Romelu Lukaku, according to Italian news outlet Football Italia.

Zapata joined Napoli in 2013 and had a decent first couple of seasons, scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances. However, he was sent on loan after that to Udinese on a two-year loan deal from 2015 to 2017, where he has managed to find the back of the net 18 times. His performances earned him a call-up to the Colombian national team and he made his debut against Bolivia in the World Cup qualifiers.

Despite his average form in Serie A, Ronald Koeman thinks he will be able to bring more out of the 26-year-old in the more physical Premier League where his attributes will be more well-suited to the English game.

Bacca, on the other hand, is a proven goalscorer and has a stunning goal-return wherever he has played. Before joining Milan in 2015, Bacca banged in 34 goals in just 72 games in La Liga. The 30-year-old continued his hot form in Milan as he scored 31 goals in 69 games over the course of two seasons.

Everton's director of football Steve Walsh was in Italy with his scouts to discuss deals for various Serie A players. Zapata, Bacca, and Milan's M'Baye Niang are believed to be close to a move to Goodison Park.