According to a report from Sport, Everton have joined West Ham in the race to sign Real Madrid ace Mariano Diaz.
The Daily Mail claims that Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring the 27-year-old striker to the London Stadium in January.
Sport reckon that Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti wants the Madrid hitman at Goodison Park as well, however.
And that will represent an obvious problem for West Ham. Everton are going places and will surely prove to be an attractive proposition for Mariano.
The West Ham owners really need to pull out all the stops here, because the Real Madrid star would be an excellent addition for us.
Moyes desperately needs to bolster his centre-forward ranks with more competition and cover required for Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller.
The Dominican international would add another kind of threat to our attacking play.
Competition for Los Blancos ace’s signature
And The Daily Mail claimed earlier this week that a move to West Ham would appeal to the 27-year-old Dominican.
The 27-year-old has struggled since making his £23 million (the Sun) return to the Spanish capital in the summer of 2018. He proved during his time with Lyon that he has what it takes to succeed at the highest level, however. The Dominican ace racked up 21 goals in 45 games for the French club.
If West Ham can pick Mariano up for a decent fee in January, or even on loan with an option to buy, it would be excellent business for us.
Everton allegedly entering the race to sign the Read Madrid star could certainly be a problem for the Hammers, however.
Perhaps West Ham will need to either offer the 27-year-old more money or guaranteed regular game-time in order to beat the Toffees to his signature.
The former Lyon ace earns £70k-a-week at Madrid (Sport). So that kind of salary should be easily affordable for the east London outfit.
It now remains to be seen whether the Hammers owners are prepared to go all out to bring Mariano to the London Stadium.