Everton leading chase for Ivory Coast international


29-year-old Hannover star Didier Ya Konan has emerged as a chief transfer target for Everton this summer.

With Romelu Lukaku set to return to Chelsea after the completion of his successful loan spell, Roberto Martinez has apparently cast his eyes elsewhere to fill their striking berth. The stocky and powerful Ivorian is ideally suited to Premier League football, and could potentially attract interest from elsewhere.

Hannover 96 are loath to lose him this summer and could offer him new terms before the World Cup, knowing that it will provide their star man a shop window in which to display his talents.

Ya Konan has scored 37 goals in his 117 games for Hannover since his arrival in 2009, but he may be tempted by the promise of a move to the Premier League and European football.

Everton will likely need to add significant┬ástriking options this summer, given Lukaku’s departure and the fact that his only genuine backup, Lacina Traore, is also on loan and has made only one appearance since his arrival. Everton will also have to deal with the heavy┬áschedule that the Europa League brings.


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