‘They need him’ – Everton boss Silva told to sign one ‘absolutely perfect’ transfer target

Marco Silva has been told Diego Costa would be “absolutely perfect” for the Toffees.

That’s the verdict of former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane.

The Portuguese boss is on the look-out for a new No 9 having been largely reliant on Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison for goals last term, the pair scoring 26 of their 54 top-flight strikes.

Silva’s first-choice striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, meanwhile provided just six league goals from 35 outings.

Atletico Madrid frontman Costa has been linked to Goodison Park having struggled on his return to Spain, rejoining the La Liga club from Chelsea two years ago in a £57m deal.

Suggestions Everton owner Farhad Moshiri had ordered the club to look into the feasibility of recruiting the Brazil-born Spain international are understood to have been misplaced.

The Liverpool Echo reported that Everton would not be willing to commit the kind of finances required to sign Costa because he is nearly 31 years old.

But with Costa having scored 52 times in 89 Premier League games at Chelsea, player-turned-pundit Kilbane – who made 122 appearances in three years at Everton – thinks Costa would be ideal on Merseyside.

“I would love it. I’d love to see him at Everton,” Kilbane told Irish outlet Off The Ball.

“Considering how he left Chelsea and he’d spoke a little bit about homesickness, not really settling in London, I don’t necessarily see him settling in Liverpool if that’s the case as much as I’d love to see it happen and see him back in the Premier League.

“I think he’d be perfect for Everton, he’s exactly what they need.

“They’re desperate for a No 9, they need a striker of his ilk that is going to be everything, score goals, cause a bit of s**thousery around the pitch as well.

“They need him. He’d be absolutely perfect. Everton fans would love him, he’d be a star and he’d go down – I like to think – as a real top Everton striker over the Premier League era.

“I’d love it but I can’t see it given how he left Chelsea. Fabian Delph going in there, he’ll be on big, big money.

“Everton can afford it now, they can pay big wages but I just can’t see it given how he left Chelsea.”

So far this summer, Silva has signed Jonas Lossl on a free transfer from Huddersfield while Andre Gomes who spent last season at Goodison on loan has made his move from Barcelona permanent at the cost of £22m.

But the Portuguese tactician’s hopes of recruiting Kurt Zouma from Chelsea have been hurt with Blues boss Frank Lampard declaring that he wants to keep the Frenchman at Stamford Bridge.