Everton supporters have been significantly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in recent times following the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager, whose unbeaten start to life in the Goodison Park hotseat continued with a 0-0 draw at West Brom on Boxing Day.
The former England chief replaced the sacked Ronald Koeman at the end of November and has since overseen a huge upturn in form, a run which has propelled the Merseyside giants into the top half of the Premier League table. And the Toffees extended their unbeaten streak under the 63-year-old to eight matches with a goalless draw at the Hawthorns on Boxing Day, following on from their stalemate with Premier League champions Chelsea a few days earlier.
Subsequently, there have been several happier Evertonians in the Tavern in the last few weeks, many of whom are unlikely to be overly thrilled by recent comments from manager Allardyce, who has all but quashed his side’s chances of landing Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud in January.
The 31-year-old was reportedly close to a move to Goodison Park during the summer only for a no deal to materialise, yet he has since struggled for regular football at the Emirates Stadium, starting just one of their 19 Premier League matches so far.
As such, speculation has been building about a possible move in January, especially with a World Cup looming, but Allardyce has all but ruled out a deal for the France international in recent times.
Nonetheless, the Toffees should forget a move for Giroud, and as such they should target a move for one of these TWO strikers instead…