Everton look to bolster attack with move for West Ham’s Maxwel Cornet

Everton are desperately trying to add more firepower to their squad before Friday’s deadline – Reuters/Ian Walton

Everton are preparing an offer for West Ham forward Maxwel Cornet on a season-long loan to bolster Sean Dyche’s attack following a poor start to the Premier League campaign.

Cornet was a target at Goodison Park before he moved to West Ham a year ago from Burnley, and he played 15 times last season under David Moyes but suffered injury problems which limited his action.

He is back on Everton’s radar with West Ham looking to bring in Serbia international Filip Kostić from Juventus to cover a similar role to Cornet.

Dyche has been looking to add firepower to his attack and has landed Portuguese striker Beto from Udinese. The new signing scored on his debut in the League Cup win over Doncaster, although Dyche’s team struggled to overcome League Two opponents.

Demarai Gray has been subject to approaches from Saudi Arabia and Premier League clubs and could leave before the deadline, which would leave Dyche with a hole to fill in attack. Cornet would fit into their budget this summer with minimal outlay for the loan.

Dyche’s message after the Doncaster win was “we will see” about further additions before the deadline on Friday. In Beto he has a No.9 who will benefit from players like Cornet delivering chances, as Everton look for their first Premier League points of the season.

“I think it is an important factor of what he can do, he [Beto] will develop on the way we play,” Dyche said. “He has been around a while at Udinese, we have told him to go and enjoy it and to go and use his instincts we know he can run and head it. We know he can play on his own we have seen that second half.”

Ashley Young has also arrived on a free transfer along with young forward Youssef Chermiti, while Jack Harrison and Arnaut Danjuma are loan arrivals. The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four.

Nuno Tavares finalising Forest loan move

By Sam Dean and John Percy

Arsenal full-back Nuno Tavares is set to complete his loan move to Nottingham Forest in the coming hours.

The 23-year-old is understood to have passed his medical checks and the two clubs are now in the process of finalising the last details of his temporary move.

Tavares joined Arsenal for around £8 million in the summer of 2021 and he spent last season on loan at Marseille, where he scored six goals in 31 Ligue 1 appearances.

The Portuguese youth international is not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans in north London and has not featured in pre-season or at the start of the campaign.

He will become the second left-back that Arsenal have loaned out this summer, after Kieran Tierney signed a 12-month deal with Spanish side Real Sociedad.

West Ham targeting Frankfurt wing-back

By Sam Dean

West Ham United are hoping to strike a late deal with Juventus for the transfer of Serbia international Filip Kostic.

Kostic is a long-term target for West Ham, who tried to sign the 30-year-old from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer, before he joined Juventus instead.

Kostic, who usually plays as a left-winger or left wing-back, moved to Italy for a fee of around £14 million including add-ons.

He made a total of 53 appearances for Juventus last season, scoring three goals, but has been an unused substitute in both of their league matches so far this campaign.

Kostic has three years remaining on his contract at Juventus, who reportedly value him at around £20 million

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