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Chelsea And Everton Pursue Italian Forward

Everton BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Ronald Koeman manager of Southampton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park on April 23, 2016 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

It’s expected to be a busy summer for Everton, with new manager Ronald Koeman having a transfer budget of £100m at his disposal following the arrival of majority shareholder Farad Moshiri.

With Romelu Lukaku looking likely to depart the club this summer and Arouna Koné the only other recognised striker on the Everton books, it’s anticipated a new forward will be arriving at the club.

One forward who may join the club this summer is Southampton’s Graziano Pellè. The Liverpool Echo is reporting Ronald Koeman is keen on a Merseyside reunion with the Italy international.

VALLETTA, MALTA - OCTOBER 13:  Graziano Pelle of Italy #17 celebrates after scoring the first goal during the EURO 2016 Group H Qualifier match between Malta and Italy at Ta' Qali Stadium on October 13, 2014 in Valletta, Malta.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Koeman rates the Italian forward highly, having first worked with him at Feyenoord, and then bringing him to Southampton on a three-year deal in 2014.

The move was a large success, having scored on his debut, the forward went onto score 23 goals in 68 appearances for Southampton, and with a scoring record of 7 goals in 17 international appearances, Pellè would certainly add some quality to Everton’s forward line.

Despite Pellè’s goal scoring exploits, the forward only has one year remaining on his contract at the south coast club, and it is thought Southampton are willing to cash in, should they receive an offer around the £16 million mark.

However hopes of Pellè following the Dutchman to Goodison Park could be scuppered by reported interest from Chelsea, with the Daily Star claiming Antonio Conte views his compatriot as a worthwhile addition to his Chelsea squad.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  Graziano Pelle of Southampton signals during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Pellè was a key player in Conte’s Italy side this summer at Euro 2016, scoring twice, and playing in all four of the nation’s critical games having been rested for the final group game defeat to Republic of Ireland when Italy had already won the group.

Pellè is currently on holiday after Italy were knocked out of Euro 2016 on penalties by Germany on Saturday night and it seems the forward will have a key decision regarding his future to make when he returns.

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