Everton Transfers: Potential Bargains David Moyes Should Look at in January
Everton's spending in the January transfer window is likely to be reliant on how much the club can raise through the sale of fringe players.
With that amount unlikely to be excessive—unless a staggering offer comes in for a Marouane Fellaini or Leighton Baines—bargains will undoubtedly be the order of the day.
Here's a look at a few options for the Toffees' manager, as January draws ever closer.
Sell Johnny Heitinga First
To maximise his spending, this move is a necessary first step for Moyes and would also represent a bargain. This was also a strategy mooted in the Daily Mirror last week.
Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin have been Everton's most reliable tandem at centre-back this season, making Johnny Heitinga the club's most marketable asset.
While there is value in fringe players such as Magaye Gueye or Victor Anichebe, it is not in the same league as the former World Cup finalist, which must be capitalised on.
Heitinga is out of contract in 18 months and unlikely to be keen on extending his deal, meaning now is the optimum time to move him on.
If Everton could recoup a figure somewhere around the £5 million mark, it would represent an obvious bargain for the club that would make some of the following targets that little bit more realistic.
On the pitch he would crucially provide Moyes with a different set of skills at the back.
Everton have lacked a physical presence in the heart of their defence, specifically around crosses and set-pieces—an area of the game where Forren excels.
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Continuing with the Scandinavian flavour, a player it would make sense for Everton to enquire after would be Manchester City's John Guidetti.
The Toffees are short of fire-power behind Nikica Jelavic and the Swedish international is completely suppressed by the wealth of talent above him in Roberto Mancini's side.
Still just 20, Guidetti has the potential to become a top level striker, something he demonstrated when unleashed on loan at Feyenoord last season.
In just 23 games he scored an impressive 20 goals in the Eredivisie and he deserves another chance to showcase his talent and further hone his craft.
Having recently signed a contract extension, it's unlikely he's going anywhere permanently, but City would be wise to test his quality on the Premier League circuit and loan him out to a domestic rival.
Each player is clearly talented, but Everton cannot afford to take gambles with their slender offerings. Ben Yedder looks a fine prospect, but Moyes would presumably prefer to monitor him further and it may be wiser to focuse his attention on the proven skills of Gameiro.
The French international has had a prolific career in France, but has found his recent chances limited at PSG with the recent arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Despite reduced minutes, he has still managed four goals in just three starts this season—highlighting his predatory instincts—and would surely jump at a chance to move to the Premier League.
Finally, a slightly more obscure option that would be seen as a major gamble from Moyes would be targeting Olympiakos' Ioannis Fetfatzidis.
Everton were vaguely linked in the summer with the Greek starlet, and although no move ever transpired, Moyes would have watched a lot of his matches when monitoring Kevin Mirallas.
Fetfatzidis is proficient in any attacking midfield slot and linked up well with Mirallas last season. He brings similar pace and raw trickery that his former team-mate has already improved Everton with this year.
Any move would be viewed as a risk due to the fact Fetfatzidis has mysteriously been away from the team since the summer, despite finishing last season in such impressive form.
The talent is clearly there in Fetfatzidis, and although it would be seen as an extremely bold transfer, his recent stagnation would also considerably bring down his price and the subsequent risk.