Everton and Crystal Palace are believed to be tracking the progress of Sochaux striker Karl Toko Ekambi ahead of the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old Cameroon international netted 17 goals for his current club last season and has already bagged three in the current campaign, alerting potential suitors on both sides of the channel to his presence.
Although Sochaux currently ply their trade in the French second division, both ourselves and the Toffees are said to have sent scouts to watch the prolific frontman and have been impressed with what they’ve seen so far, raising questions about a potential bidding war in the New Year, should his form continue along the same trend.
Thanks to the financial gulf between the Premier League and the French second tier, the desired fee is not believed to be a stumbling block, with Sochaux supposedly happy to part company with Ekambi for anything over £2 million, allowing English top flight clubs the chance of a real bargain, should they be taken enough with him to take the plunge.
Despite playing for Cameroon, Ekambi already holds a French passport, meaning that there wouldn’t be any problems obtaining a work permit, but you would assume that, were it to be a straight battle between ourselves and Everton for his signature, we may struggle to convince him that SE25 is the most desirable destination on offer.
Readily compared to West Ham star Diafra Sakho, Ekambi’s game is thought to be well suited to the high-octane nature of the Premier League, although, as well all know too well, it’s impossible to be sure of a player’s adaptability until they are regularly tested against the best this country has to offer.