Everton are preparing to move on from the imminent exit of Romelu Lukaku by making a ‘concrete proposal’ for Bertrand Traore.
The Chelsea forward, 21, has been on loan at Ajax for the previous season and played in the Europa League final against Manchester United.
And according to reports, Ronald Koeman has been plotting how to make the most out of Antonio Conte’s apparent desire to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge by making a bid for the talented young forward.
The Burkina-Faso international signed for Chelsea in 2014 and was loaned to Vitesse where he scored an impressive 16 goals in 42 games.
His development at Ajax has been equally as impressive, making 37 appearances in all competitions for the Amsterdam club.
And he has netted six in all competitions for Peter Bosz’s side including a brace in their crucial semi-final smashing of Lyon.
Ahead of the Europa League final, Traore professed his admiration of former boss Jose Mourinho.
Traore said: “I owe him a lot. People would say that when he was there, I didn’t play a lot, and I understand that.
“But when you are at a club like Chelsea, and results are not going well, it is hard to change the team and put young players in.
“I wish he could have stayed. But this is football.
“He was the one who took me to pre-season at 17 for a trial, and gave me the opportunity to score goals.
“Then he decided to give me a professional contract and send me on loan to Vitesse. I had a great one-and-a-half years at Vitesse, and he called me back to the first-team squad and I got opportunities.”