With Wednesday night and the end of the transfer window looming, it is crunch time for Everton and David Moyes.
His squad, though strong, remains short on numbers. Everton are the only Premier League club without any new blood and fresh impetus going into the new season—a factor that has left many fans experiencing resentment towards the club over the summer. As each Premier League squad enhances their troops, the ante is raised for the Toffees, who continue to battle much wealthier adversaries.
Another more upbeat take on the window is that, despite Everton not being supplemented, their squad has also stayed intact. Many were gloomily forecasting Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini and perhaps a few more, becoming embroiled in elongated transfer sagas and eventually moving on. As of yet, that has not materialised. It seems the only first team player surrounded in speculation is Phil Jagielka, but his potential move depends on whether Arsenal almost double their previous offer.
If Jagielka did depart, which would prove a late transfer window surprise, David Moyes would be handed a portion of the income to spend, although the end of this window may prove too immanent for that. Moyes would most likely store the precious capitol for future investment, instead of splurging it away at a time when the value of players peak most.
Therefore, Everton are almost guaranteed to not be spending at all come Wednesday night, yet this might not wholly limit their activity. With Joseph Yobo’s eventual transfer to Fenerbahce still probable, his departing wages would free up some space for Everton to add a new player.
Even if Yobo stays, there may be some way chairman Bill Kenwright can squeeze in a loan or free agent before the window closes. As many Evertonians are sure to appreciate, these free agents and loans that are still available this late in the window are not always the prettiest.
But here are five feasible last minute targets Everton could ponder over.