Everton have had a disappointing season so far, with their injury-hit side currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table. It looks as though they will not have vast amounts of funds to spend on new players on January, so loan signings will be the top of manager David Moyes’ priorities. Moyes has already been busy before the transfer window even opens, with American star Landon Donovan being brought in from LA Galaxy. The forward will be a useful addition to the Toffees’ squad, but which other positions need strengthening in January?
David Moyes recently told Sky Sports that due to the financial situation at Goodison Park, loan signings are the only viable option to bring players to Everton in January. Moyes said “I feel we need to get players in. I have got one and I’m hoping to get another two or three. I’m working around the clock to see who I can bring in on loan.” So if Everton don’t sign anyone in January it won’t be due to a lack of effort, and Moyes has the opportunity to show how shrewd he is in the transfer market.
The sale of Joleon Lescott to Manchester City in the summer and the continued absence of Phil Jagielka means that Everton remain short at the back, and Moyes has identified that he “would like to bring in a centre-half if possible.” Newcastle’s Steven Taylor has once again been linked to Everton, but a lack of funds seems to have put paid to that possibility. A more viable target may be Sheffield United’s Matt Kilgallon, as the Blades star is out of contract in the summer and is looking for a move to the Premiership. But Moyes’ ideal man is probably Arsenal’s Philippe Senderos, as the Swiss international is currently out of favour at The Emirates and a loan deal may be an option. The centre back is much-maligned in English football, but the 24 year old would bring much-needed Premier League experience to Goodison.
Elsewhere a return to Everton may be on the cards for Valencia midfielder Manuel Fernandes who could make it a hat-trick of loan spells with the Toffees. His agent Jorge Mendes is certainly talking up the move, saying that “there is a serious chance of him going to Everton.” And talking of people talking up moves, last week The Daily Mail revealed that Moyes has been asking current Russian star Diniyar Bilyaletdinov about his compatriot Yury Zhirkov. Zhirkov is out of favour at Chelsea and may seek first team football in January, and the Russian would provide competition on Everton’s left hand side
Two former Premier League stars that are currently plying their trade in Spain’s La Liga have also been rumoured to be attracting the interest of Everton. Most notably the former Arsenal player Jose Antonio Reyes has been linked with a return to the Premiership. However the talented Atletico Madrid winger struggled in England first time round due to home sickness and it is difficult to see why the Spaniard would want to put himself through that again. A much more feasible option is 26 year old winger Jermaine Pennant, as relegation threatened Real Zaragoza look to offload the big earner. A £4 million move has been suggested, but Everton may be successful in taking Pennant off Zaragoza’s hands for a nominal fee in January.
Despite Everton’s financial problems, January looks set to be as busy for David Moyes as every other Premier League manager. As he sets his sights on loan deals, which of the above would you like to see at Goodison in January? But who else should Everton be targeting, and if Jo is sent back to Manchester City, then is a target man a necessity?