Everton have identified how many transfer signings they want to make ahead of the first day of the season.
That’s according to The Telegraph, who have reported that Sean Dyche wants at least four new additions following the arrival of Ashley Young.
The Toffees have had a very slow start to the summer transfer window before making their first signing in Young this week, with the defender joining on a free transfer after he was released by Aston Villa.
With the likes of Ellis Simms, Yerry Mina and Tom Davies all leaving Goodison Park, Everton need to majorly bolster their squad if they are to avoid a repeat of last season.
However, they have a very limited budget and will have to be very careful in prioritising transfer targets, though they will definitely have to fork out some cash if they are to bring in four fresh faces.
The Premier League outfit have been linked with a host of names, with Moussa Dembele continuing to be linked after becoming a free agent this summer. Dyche’s side have also reportedly made a bid for Almeria’s El Bilal Toure, while Anthony Elanga is also at the top of their shortlist.
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Who will Everton sign in the transfer window?
If Everton were to make four signings this summer then each transfer would have to be very strategical given their lack of squad depth all over the pitch.
The Toffees’ main focus is likely to be their attack and they will need to bring in a minimum of one striker and a winger, with Elanga looking set to fill one of those positions. Everton have plenty of options for Ellis Simms’ replacement, though it all depends on whether they are willing to splash out.
The Merseyside club will be eager to bring at least a new midfielder to replace the outgoing Tom Davies, though the potential departure of Amadou Onana and Andre Gomes will leave them very light in the middle of the park.
Ashley Young could prove to be a very useful signing as he can play on both sides of the defence, while a new centre-back could help strengthen the backline – though the return of Jarrad Branthwaite is almost like a new signing.