Perhaps unsurprisingly, Everton scouts have been left enamoured with Dike’s convincing displays, but the report adds he could set the Toffees back by $20 million (£14.6 million).
Indeed, the young American has played an integral role for his new side since his February switch from Florida to Oakwell, with Barnsley pushing hard to defend the play-off position they find themselves in.
With such an impressive spell of form to his name, Everton scouts were not the only figures left impressed.
Dean Windass – who famously received three red cards in one game – spoke to the Transfer Tavern on the attributes that Dike possesses and how he could step up if Everton sell their talismanic striker:
“He’s going well, and speaking to Mark Crossley, one of my ex-teammates, he said they’re very direct and play to the boy’s strengths.
“I can see him at Everton, I can’t see him at Leeds. I can only see it at Everton if Calvert-Lewin isn’t there. The boy from Barnsley, is it too big of a step at this present time? So Everton I can see, if Calvert-Lewin goes.”
With Richarlison serving more as a winger than a direct forward, and Josh King only on a short-term deal with minimal action to his name for the Blues this season, it is hard to see Calvert-Lewin leaving.
However, a deal for Dike could be a useful contingency plan if a gargantuan and irresistible offer did come in for the England international.