Everton have spent big already this summer but with the transfer window shutting on Thursday evening, Ronald Koeman is still desperate to add another striker.

The signings of Sandro Ramírez and Wayne Rooney have gone a long way to bolstering the Toffees' forward options but a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku is still needed.

Football Whispers has a unique algorithm which gives each transfer rumour a score out of five so you can separate the fact from the fiction.

Here we've rounded up the top four Everton transfer rumours according to the Football Whispers' Index and looked at whether the deals could happen.

Everton transfer targets

Jamie Vardy – Leicester – 2.8

Everton director of football Steve Walsh knows exactly what he's getting with Foxes forward Vardy after working with the England international at the King Power Stadium.

After rejecting Arsenal's advances last summer, Vardy must have regretted showing such loyalty to the Premier League champions as they slid down the the table towards the relegation zone.

But after misfiring in the first half of the season, Vardy and Leicester got their act together once Craig Shakespeare succeeded Claudio Ranieri and the 30-year-old finished with 18 goals for club and country – ten of which came after Ranieri was sacked in February.

Vardy is, reportedly, a Chelsea transfer target. But Everton are keen to flex their financial muscle by putting in a £40million offer.

With the Blues also keen to raid Leicester for Danny Drinkwater, the idea of Antonio Conte's side parting with the thick end of £80million for two Foxes players – neither of whom are likely to be regulars.

Freddie Woodman – Newcastle – 2.3

One of Everton's big weaknesses last season was their goalkeeping department. Neither Maarten Stekelenberg nor Joel Robles fully convinced as No.1 and it was no surprise to see Everton spent a British record £30million of Sunderland's Jordan Pickford.

Robles remains on the books at Goodison Park but a higher-calibre keeper to push Pickford is required at some point. And Newcastle youngster Woodman could be that player.

The Magpies stopper starred for England at the Under-20 World Cup this summer and his performances clearly caught the eye with Crystal Palace and Tottenham also reportedly keen.

However, despite the goalkeeping turmoil at Newcastle – where Karl Darlow has been ousted as No.1 while Rafa Benítez searches for a more experience keeper – Woodman is one for the future and someone the Tynesiders would be reluctant to sell.

Leander Dendoncker – Anderlecht – 2.1

A Manchester United transfer target once upon a time, Anderlecht midfielder Dendoncker caught the eye as the Belgian side reached the Europa League quarter-finals last term only to see their run halted by the Red Devils.

Dendoncker, 22, has remained coy despite speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League. “For the moment, I’m still here. So we’ll see if something happens,” he said earlier this month.

Anderlecht director of football Herman Van Holsbeeck is reported to have said a fee between £25million and £33million would be enough to prise the Belgian youngster away from the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. That is a big investment, even for newly cash-rich Everton.

A holding midfielder would be high on Koeman's shopping list after allowing Gareth Barry to join West Brom. But anyone moving to Goodison Park would have to battle against Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies, James McArthur and Morgan Schneiderlin for a starting berth.

Raúl Jiménez – Benfica – 1.5

The Mexican forward has been linked with a move to Merseyside throughout the summer having also been a Liverpool transfer target at one stage.

A record of a goal every 110 minutes in Liga NOS last season represents a good return. But Jiménez only made six starts for Benfica and that makes him a gamble.

The 26-year-old, who managed five in eight the season before, is available. But there are question marks over whether the £36million asking price represents good value – particularly for someone who has managed just 20 league starts in the last three season for four clubs.

Jiménez moved to Europe from América in 2014, joining Atlético Madrid. But he was a bit-part player in Spain, making just four La Liga starts in his solitary season at the Madrid club.

If Everton have designs on breaking into the top six on a regular basis there could be one question mark too many against the forward who has scored 13 times in 31 starts for his country.

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