Everton Transfers: 7 Steps Toffees Must Take to Compete for a UCL Spot

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIJune 4, 2012

Everton Transfers: 7 Steps Toffees Must Take to Compete for a UCL Spot

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    Everton is in need of some help to really challenge for a Champions League spot next season.

    David Moyes continues to do excellent work with a team short on resources but can only take the team so far.

    Each year, the club loses a key player or two and cannot really replace them. The club needs to hold on to key players and finally sign the necessary pieces to really be able to get into Europe.

    Here are seven steps the Toffees must take to compete for a Champions League spot.

Raise Funds

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    According to Soccernet, David Moyes recently met with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright. Hopefully something good comes from that.

    Selling players may be the best way for Everton to raise funds, but the club will obviously want to steer away from losing key pieces.

    That being said, selling a few squad members could help the club. According to the Liverpool Echo, the club have tried to offload Joseph Yobo, which would be a start.

Re-Sign Steven Pienaar

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    Steven Pienaar returned to form in the latter half of the season, and was a major part of Everton's good finish.

    Pienaar's return to form could be due to playing in familiar surroundings, and a move back to his former club would be good for both Everton and the South African.

    The Daily Mail reported about the club's interest to re-sign the player at the end of April.

Make Sure Left-Back Position Is Solid

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    With Leighton Baines attracting interest from Manchester United, according to The Mirror, Everton must do one of two things.

    They must try their hardest to retain the English left-back's services or find a suitable replacement if they can't.

    According to talkSport, Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho may be targeted as a possible replacement. If that is the case, Everton would have a very suitable replacement indeed.

    Whether they keep Baines or sign Cissokho, the Toffees would have a solid player at left-back.

Keep Marouane Fellaini

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    Marouane Fellaini has been linked with Chelsea, and will surely attract more interest as the summer goes on.

    The Belgian's importance to the club is no secret, and if there is one player they must look to keep, it's him.

    If a transfer does start to become inevitable, Everton should get the highest fee possible. This will give David Moyes some money to work with.

Get Help Up Top for Nikica Jelavic

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    Nikica Jelavic came to Everton in the middle of the season and quickly became the team's top-scorer in the league with nine goals, with an overall total of 11.

    He may be able to double that tally and continue his solid impact on the team, but Everton will need more than that. Victor Anichebe scored six goals in 16 appearances but has struggled with injuries in the last few years.

    Clint Dempsey (via the Daily Mail), Icelandic striker Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (via the Liverpool Echo) and Oscar Cardozo (via CaughtOffside.com) are among a few of the names that have been linked to the club.

    Dempsey and Cardozo are more known and solid options, but certainly wouldn't come cheaply.

Get a Creative Midfielder

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    Mikel Arteta's departure for Arsenal left a void that was not easy to fill. Royston Drenthe led the club in assists during the season with eight to his name, while Landon Donovan was not far behind with six.

    Players like Niko Kranjcar and maybe even Yossi Benayoun could be available as cheaper options for the club. However, interest in these players from other clubs could see a price increase.

Sign a Centre-Back

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    According to the BBC, Sylvain Distin recently signed a one-year contract with the club. However, he turns 35 at the end of this year. Meanwhile, Joseph Yobo seems to be on his way out of the club, having been on loan at Fenerbahce since 2010.

    Everton have Phil Jagielka and John Heitinga to play in the middle, but with Distin's age and the possibility of injury to any one of these two players, the Toffees run the risk of having only two experienced players at the back.

    Some depth could come in the form of West Bromwich Albion's Jonas Olsson, who has been linked to the club since the end of the season.