As 2012 slowly creeps onto humanity’s calendar, so must the January transfer window darken the mind’s door of many a true football fan. Evertonian hearts yearn for fantastic winter moves, yet the rumors swirling around David Moyes’ side range from a euphoric high to a monochromatic mess of disillusionment and discontent.
All onlookers agree that Everton need goals, and the quickest way to produce them would be to employ the services of a striker who can score them. With Louis Saha invisible, Tim Cahill visibly struggling, Apostolos Vellios inconsistent and Leighton Baines a defender, the Toffees’ only recourse seems to be movement in January.
Strikers aplenty highlight the following list, but that position is not Everton’s only need.
Landon Donovan’s arrival will act as a balm for a chaffed, stiff midfield, but the effect will only be temporary. The unit needs a long-term cure, and Donovan isn’t quite the pill they’re looking for, with the American primed to race back to Los Angeles once his two-month loan spell is concluded.
Everton could use some attack-minded players up front and center, but the back line could also use polishing. Neither Johnny Heitinga nor Sylvain Distin has solidified a starting center-back role alongside Phil Jagielka, so perhaps Moyes would like a fresh talent in defense.
Whichever void Moyes attempts to fill, he’ll have to do it—as always—on a strict budget. Evertonians know full well the cash limitations chairman Bill Kenwright has despite the promise of more January spending money. Still, Moyes has a history of generating more with less, and will need to do so again in 2012.
Consider this list of 10 rumored Everton targets to sign as possibilities for a brighter future.