EVERTON boss Marco Silva has been told the club don’t have the funds to sign Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea permanently.
The Toffees are in the market for another forward and remain keen on the Chelsea man but can only do business if they can offload Cenk Tosun.
Everton are unable to make a loan approach for Batshuayi as they already have defender Kurt Zouma at Goodison Park.
The loan market puts restrictions on the amount of players a team can have from another club meaning any deal for Batshuayi would have to be a permanent one.
Batshuayi is seen as a good addition and Everton believe they can get the forward after his most recent loan spell to Valencia failed to spark an upturn in form – but they may have to wait until the summer.
Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth claims a deal for for Batshuayi will only be possible if they sell a player this month.
“Everton are interested in Batshuayi but they can’t take him on loan because they’ve already got Kurt Zouma from Chelsea,” Sheth said.
“Would they want to bring him in permanently? Marco Silva has been told by the board they haven’t got the conditions in their finances to be able to pursue such a deal as Michy Batshuayi permanently.
“But if they were to sell someone, then maybe.
Silva spent close to £100m in the summer transfer window with marquee signing Richarlison arriving from Watford for £35m.
The Brazilian has notched nine goals this term but the Everton manager is still trying to add further firepower to his front line.
Chelsea signed Batushayi for £31.
5m in 2016 but the Belgian played second fiddle to Diego Costa under Antonio Conte before being loaned out to Borussia Dortmund 12 months ago.
Despite enjoying success during his brief stint in the Bundesliga, Batshuayi has not been able to replicate that form in Spain.
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has not been shy to invest on new players since he purchased a majority stake in the club back in 2016.
However it seems he is unwilling to part with yet more cash given the outlay in the summer and Everton’s inconsistent form of late.
The club though have received a £21.
5m bid for midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain but have rejected the offer.
The Senegalese international has responded by asking to leave the club in an effort to force through a move to Paris.
The Toffees think very highly of Gueye whom they signed from Aston Villa back in 2016 and would rather not lose the midfielder midway through the campaign.