This wa supposed to be the season when Everton closed the gap on the top six and potentially even challenged for a place in it. So far things aren't going too well and Ronald Koeman now has to pay a lot for his striking target to turn things around.

In the summer Everton lost Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for a big fee. Considering the Belgian scored 25 Premier League goals for the Toffees last season replacing him was always going to be a big ask.

Ronald Koeman decided to replace his goals by bringing in several players rather than one out and out striker, he spent nearly £150 million on the likes of Wayne Rooney, Davy Klaassens, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sandro Ramirez.

Rooney's return from Old Trafford hasn't had the desired effect just yet although he was impressive against United without scoring. Image: PA

But things haven't gone well for the Goodison Park side at the beginning of the season and after seven games they find themselves on just seven points having scored only four goals.

Koeman finds himself under pressure but it preparing to strengthen the side in January with a striker his main priority but he's already received a blow. According to the Liverpool Echo the Merseyside club have been told by Sporting that they'll have to pay the £53.75m release clause to sign top target Bas Dost.

Dost is one of Europe's top marksmen but will not be joining the Premier League anytime soon. Image: PA

The 28 year old Dutchman has already notched five goals in eight games this season so it's no wonder that Everton were keen to add him to their ranks but they would only be able to sign him if they matched his release clause.

In five seasons for Wolfsburg he scored 48 goals in 117 games, a record that made him highly regarded throughout Europe before he made his move to Portugal, scoring 36 times in his first season.

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How Koeman could have done with adding all those goals to his team. Image: PA

A Bola reported recently that Dost clearly doesn't want to leave Portugal with the striker saying, "I'm not going out in the winter or waiting for the market. I'm happy and I want to be a champion at Sporting."

Everton would do anything to have his goals, apart from pay a ridiculous amount of money of course!

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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