Championship

Nicky Maynard could arrive at Everton in £3m transfer from Bristol City

Everton boss David Moyes is rumoured to be interested in Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard in order to fire his underperforming side up the Premier League table.

Maynard’s contract at Ashton Gate is due to expire at the end of the season and would be available in January for around the £3m mark. Everton are notoriously pot-less in the funds department but could scrape together the required funds for a player Moyes feels could light up the Premier League.

City’s top scorer, who has been likened to Jermaine Defoe, has been put up for sale after failing to agree a new deal with new Bristol boss Derek McInnes.

A number of Premier League clubs have shown their hand to Bristol City, including Swansea and Bolton, but no firm offers have been received.

Everton have also yet to make an official offer, but are rumoured to be close to tabling one as they look to boost their attacking options which has seen them only score 20 league goals in 19 games this season.

Maynard joined Bristol City for £2.25million from Crewe in 2008 and has gone onto score 45 goals for the Robins, securing an impressive goal ratio of nearly a goal every two games.

Despite wanting away from the club Maynard has remained professional whilst performing for the Robins and scored a vital winner for the club against Millwall last Wednesday to boost their Championship survival hopes. The goal was a typical Maynard strike, poaching from six yards out.

He isn’t great in the air but does hold the ball up well, and his eye for goal is something that could make him a shrewd signing for Everton.

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