Two years after selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, Everton appear to be closing in on the ideal replacement.

The Blues have spent the last two summers and more in search of someone to fill the void left by the Belgian striker and this year appears to be the one in which they’ll do it.

Everton have pursued Juventus striker Moise Kean throughout this transfer window, pushing hard to get a deal done and remaining patient while the Serie A champions decided what to do about the youngster.

This week the situation has progressed in Everton’s favour, and it seems that a deal is now close.

Tuttosport report that the Toffees are ‘on pole’ to sign Kean this summer and are also ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers in their pursuit of the striker.

Juventus director Fabio Paratici is even in England ‘closing’ a €40m deal, according to the newspaper, suggesting this move is very close to being completed.

Tuttosport don’t mention whether Kean wants the switch, although it has been suggested elsewhere that he is now positive about it.

There is also no talk of a buy-back clause, which is strange given that’s something Juventus have been insisting on from the start.

Nonetheless, the sounds coming from both sides are now very positive, and with Paratici in England, Everton could complete this coup sooner rather than later.