Everton FC launch £8.5m bid for Mahrez’s team mate

Everton have reportedly launched a bid for Standard Liege striker Ishak Belfodil.

Belfodil, 24, scored nine times in 21 outings for the Jupiler League side this season and has emerged as a key target for the Blues in the January transfer window.

New director of football Steve Walsh identified the Algerian’s international team mate Riyad Mahrez during his time in as chief scout at Leicester City.

And Sky Sports claim Everton have tabled an £8.5 million offer to Standard for the versatile attacker as Ronald Koeman looks to bolster his squad options.

Koeman revealed last week that Yannick Bolasie is set to miss up to 12 months out of action with knee ligament injury suffered against Manchester United in December.

Fellow winger Gerard Deulofeu remains in limbo over his future amid strong interest from AC Milan.

Cover for first-choice striker Romelu Lukaku is also increasingly short in supply as Dominic Calvert-Lewin faces potentially two months on the sidelines.