Football Insider sources have disclosed that Everton is willing to entertain offers for their striking duo, Neal Maupay and Ellis Simms, during the summer transfer window. The club, currently facing financial difficulties, needs to generate funds to support Sean Dyche’s pursuit of new signings.
It was reported on Friday that Everton is eager to bolster their squad with two strikers in the upcoming window. Dyche is determined to enhance his team’s attacking prowess following a close call with relegation in the 2022-23 season, making the acquisition of multiple forwards a “top priority.”
However, before making further additions, Everton will likely need to offload Maupay and Simms from Goodison Park. On Tuesday, Football Insider revealed that Ipswich Town, a Championship newcomer, had a £4 million bid for Simms rejected by Everton. Several clubs, including Sunderland, Middlesbrough, and Stoke City, are also pursuing the 22-year-old striker.
Simms is approaching the final year of his contract with Everton. On the other hand, last month, Football Insider reported that Maupay has been attracting interest from clubs in France and Italy. Despite joining Everton just last summer, the Frenchman has struggled to make an impact, registering only one goal in 29 appearances across all competitions.
He faced difficulty securing a regular starting position under Dyche, despite Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s frequent absences. As for Simms, he scored once for Everton last season after being recalled from his loan spell at Sunderland in January. Prior to his return, he netted seven goals in 17 appearances in the Championship.