Everton boss prepared to break club-record for Celtic Ace

Everton manager Ronald Koeman could be prepared to shatter the club’s transfer record for the second time this summer as he looks to bolster his forward line.

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has emerged as the prime target for the Toffees, who have given up on keeping hold of Romelu Lukaku for another season. The Belgium international is eyeing a fresh challenge at a Champions League-based club, and this has urged him to turn down a fresh deal with the Merseyside outfit.

According to The Express, Koeman has set his sights on breaking the club’s record once more with Moussa Dembele the latest player to emerge on his radar. The Toffees have already secured a cut-price deal to sign Sandro Ramirez from Malaga, but Dembele still remains a reasonable target as Koeman looks to make progress in both league and Europe during the 2017/18 season.

Celtic signed the Frenchman for a £400,000 compensation fee from Fulham last summer, and he has since bagged 32 goals across all competitions while guiding the club to a domestic treble. Celtic also went unbeaten through their league campaign, thus becoming the first British side since Arsenal (2003-04) to achieve the feat.

Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has previously insisted that the club will do all within reach to keep hold of their key performers, but a sum in excess of £30m could be sufficient to prise away from the France under-21 international from Parkhead this summer. Koeman has already recruited the likes of Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen from Sunderland and Ajax respectively while the deal for Ramirez will be announced once Malaga solve discrepancies on their end.

Dembele had previously attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur in the winter of 2016, but a deal failed to materialise after they declined to send him back to Fulham on loan for the remaining of the 2015/16 campaign.