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Everton: Phil Kirkbride sets out January plan

Everton: Phil Kirkbride sets out January plan -Everton Transfer Rumours

Everton have up to three positions in mind as they look to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window, The Liverpool Echo’s Phil Kirkbride reports. 

The lowdown

Everton spent just £1.8million in the summer, the lowest of any club in the Premier League.

They found their hands tied by Financial Fair Play (FFP) obligations.

All that money went on Demarai Gray, while they also brought in Andros Townsend, Salomon Rondon and Asmir Begovic on free transfers.

Gray and Towsend have been hits so far, each recording five goal contributions (via WhoScored).

But Benitez may feel further additions are needed, with his side lingering in the bottom half of the table after dropping 15 points in their first 11 fixtures.

The latest

Chief Everton writer Kirkbride reports that Everton want to add ‘quality’ to their ranks in January and that Rafael Benitez has asked Marcel Brands to seek out ‘suitable loan targets’.

Up to now, discussions have centred on the wide areas and central midfield, but Benitez is also ‘keen to strengthen’ at right-back.

The verdict

This tallies with the Blues’ reported interest in taking Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek on a temporary deal. He’d certainly bring quality, if his performances at Ajax are anything to go by.

It seems that Everton are still limited in the amount they can spend on transfer fees, hence their preference for the loan market. But that doesn’t mean they can’t significantly improve the squad, even if it’s just on a short-term basis.

One right-back who has been mentioned in connection with a switch to Goodison is Lille’s Zeki Celik, who started 28 games in the French outfit’s road to Ligue 1 glory last season, scoring three times. At 24 years of age he seems the perfect understudy for the ageing Seamus Coleman.

In other news, fans were buzzing over this injury update

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