Everton Winter Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates

Matt Cheetham@@Matt_CheethamCorrespondent INovember 5, 2012

PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - OCTOBER 07: Ashley Cole of England battles with Fatos Beqiraj of Montenegro during the UEFA EURO 2012 group G qualifier between Montenegro and England at the City Stadium on October 7, 2011 in Podgorica, Montenegro.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Eight weeks and counting until the transfer window opens, and as teams pass the quarter point of the season, fans start to wonder which potential new recruits could be poised to come in and bolster their roster in January.

Everton were huge beneficiaries of last year's window, as their new purchases instilled huge belief and momentum into the second half of their season. A year on, and although David Moyes' side have fared much better so far, a couple of new acquisitions could further boost their fortunes.

So where are the Toffees looking?

It was well documented Moyes feels he is short of options in the middle of the park. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe was expected to join on the final day of the summer window, but to Everton's frustration, they ran out of time to conclude the deal.

Considering this is an obvious area the Toffees will be looking to strengthen, there has been a surprising lack of central midfielders linked to the club in transfer gossip columns. 

Elsewhere, Moyes will be keen to add support for Nikica Jelavic up front, continue his recent focus on width and perhaps inject his squad with a couple of younger additions. 

Recently, Lewis Holtby, Tom Ince, John Stones, Adam Lallana and Sam Byram were all considered as potential January recruits, all of whom are worth tracking over the coming weeks. Here's a look at a couple more names, recently linked with Everton.

Moussa Sissoko

Sissoko is a French international, currently playing in Ligue 1 with Toulouse. Contractually the midfielder is set to become a free agent in the summer and is said to be attracting significant attention from Premier League clubs.

A reason he is so coveted on English shores is due to his dynamic style. Sissoko brings pace, power and energy to the middle of the field, facets so synonymous with numerous successful Premier League midfielders.

It makes a lot of sense for Everton to be one of those clubs keen on his services, as his physical attributes greatly contrast the options currently at Moyes' disposal—an option the Toffees had perhaps hoped Jack Rodwell would one day bring.

Newcastle are rumoured to be in the box seat at the moment, according to recent rumours, but anything is possible once clubs are permitted to speak to the player in January. He is certainly one to keep an eye on over the next few months.


Fatos Beqiraj

Dinamo Zagreb currently boast a plethora of exciting young talent in Croatia, and one of their leading performers is Montenegrin international Fatos Beqiraj.

Predominately used as a striker, the 24-year-old has all the physical qualities that make him an ideal fit for the Premier League, as well as an unexpected turn of pace and deceptively quick feet. 

Beqiraj is also versatile, occasionally lining up in a deeper or wider berth for his national team, doing so in the recent game against England, where he played well against Ashley Cole.

Everton have been linked in several foreign papers, although a decent fee would first have to be mustered up to take him away from Zagreb. 


Arkadiusz Milik

Another attacking prospect that is said to be on Everton's radar is newly capped Polish international, Arkadiusz Milik. 

The 18-year-old striker has been turning heads in Poland this season, where he has already hit seven goals playing for Gornik Zabrze. His fine form has quickly drawn the attention of a whole host of clubs, one of which is apparently the Toffees.

A tall, left-footed striker, Milik is strong in the air, quick, powerful, highly skilled at linking up play and possesses a rasping long range effort.

Supposedly available for as little as £1 million, he would certainly fit the Toffees' transfer structure should Moyes deem him to be a player to seriously hone in on.

As ever with Everton, finances are a continuous issue to navigate when it comes to recruitment.

The fact the Odjidja-Ofoe summer deal was moments away from completion shows the club should still have some resources available, and if Moyes elects to move a couple of players on, there should be more.

November may be a little premature for any concrete transfer links to surface, as so much can still happen to alter players' situations, yet it does seem likely Everton will be participating in some winter spending.

Over the coming weeks it will be interesting to monitor the rumours, and the club's overall approach, to gauge the direction Moyes and his board will take. These three players, along with last week's five, all seem possibilities for January.


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