The Everton fans here in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for a better time of things in the old transfer market once this season ends. Indeed, the Toffees in our Tavern are still failing to understand exactly how so many of their expensive signings flopped so spectacularly, though are always eager for extra additions.
With that in mind, their collective attentions have largely turned towards the summer window. Sam Allardyce clearly has an imbalanced squad to work with on Merseyside and yet more money will need to be spent to have Everton reaching the sort of targets many set them on prior to this campaign.
To that end, they could do with a dynamic central midfielder. Too often this season have the Toffees proven one-paced in the middle of the park and the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye have underperformed, so someone to come in and move the ball faster would be very welcome indeed.
Having said that, they should look no further than a move for Celtic star, Olivier Ntcham. Impressing under Brendan Rodgers, the Frenchman has proven a revelation north of the border, emerging as a fixture for the talent-packed French U21 side, demonstrating a keen ability in moving the ball quickly and smartly before bombing on and taking up a forward position.
Talented on the ball, the former Genoa man may not have the widest range of passing but he rarely loses possession and seems to take the right option more often than not, something that could help Everton. The 22-year-old could help spring counter-attacks, as well as build from the back, two traits the Toffees have been severely missing for most of the season.
Valued at £2.48m by Transfermarkt, Ntcham would prove to be a rather astute signing after the millions wasted in the summer of 2017.