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Youssef Chermiti: Everton sign Sporting Lisbon striker in £15m deal

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Everton have signed teenage striker Youssef Chermiti from Sporting Lisbon on a four-year deal for £15m.

The 19-year-old Portuguese forward broke through at Sporting last season, scoring three league goals and making 22 appearances in all competitions.

Now the task of showing he can be a finisher in the Premier League awaits the talented youngster.

“I couldn’t turn down this opportunity – it’s a big moment and I’m fully focused to get to work,” said Chermiti.

Everton begin their Premier League campaign against Fulham at Goodison Park on Saturday.

“It’s a big move for me. Joining Everton is a new beginning, a new page and I’m very happy to be here. It is a beautiful city and a beautiful club,” Chermiti added.

“I have new goals now. I’m here and I want to do my best for Everton. I want to help the team. I hope the fans will like me and I want to show them what I am capable of.”

Chermiti becomes the Toffees’ third signing following the arrivals of full-back Ashley Young from Aston Villa and winger Arnaut Danjuma on loan from Villarreal.

Everton avoided relegation on the final day of last season with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth but were evidently missing a striker.

Injury-prone Dominic Calvert-Lewin managed just two goals all campaign, while fellow striker Neal Maupay has netted only once in his past 40 league and cup appearances.

Manager Sean Dyche said after Everton maintained their Premier League status that things would need to change but admitted they had missed out on some signings in the summer transfer window.

“Youssef is a talented young striker who can add a different dimension to our squad,” said Dyche.

“He is still a teenager who is learning his game, which we will be mindful of, but we think he has the raw talent and ingredients to be a very good player and that’s why we are pleased to have signed him for Everton.”

Wolves and Bournemouth had also expressed interest in youngster Chermiti.

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Transfer: Trabzonspor keen to extend Onuachu’s loan for another season

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Transfer: Trabzonspor keen to extend Onuachu’s loan for another season

Trabzonspor want to take Southampton forward Paul Onuachu on loan for another season.

Onuachu joined the Turkish Super Lig side on a season-long loan last summer.

The Nigeria international has registered nine goals and three assists in 17 league appearances for Trabzonspor.

The Black Sea Storm are keen to sign the striker permanently but cannot meet up with Southampton’s €15 million valuation.

According to a report in Transfermarkt, Trabzonspor president, Ertugrul Dogan is pushing hard to have Onuachu at the club at least for another season.

A return to Southampton is highly unlikely for the lanky hitman, who struggled to establish himself during his six-month stay at the club.

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Transfer: Napoli identify top striker to replace Osimhen

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Transfer: Napoli identify top striker to replace Osimhen

Napoli have identified Lille striker, Jonathan David as the top target to replace departing Victor Osimhen.

Despite signing a contract extension with Napoli last December, Osimhen is set to leave the Italian side at the end of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain is leading the race to sign him as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Kylian Mbappe.

Chelsea are also said to be interested in signing the Nigeria international as their marquee forward signing to take the club to the next level.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Jonathan David is the top preference for Napoli.

David has scored 23 goals and provided 7 assists in 39 games so far this season, mirroring his output from the 2022-2023 campaign.

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Transfer: Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Barcelona, others battle for Ndidi

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Transfer: Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Barcelona, others battle for Ndidi

Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi could be playing for Tottenham Hotspur or Newcastle United next season.

The two Premier League sides have joined a host of other European clubs keeping close tabs on the Nigeria international.

The 27-year-old, who is helping Leicester City make a swift return to the Premier League, is currently in the last months of his contract at the King Power Stadium.

Ndidi could leave on a free transfer after the expiration of his contract with the Foxes.

Tottenham, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove, and Wolverhampton Wanderers are all monitoring the situation of Ndidi, according to HITC.

With Ndidi’s experience, Leicester City have worked themselves into a position to return to the top-flight of English football next season.

DAILY POST reported yesterday that La Liga giants, Barcelona are keen on bringing the Nigeria international in the summer.

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