Everton Transfers: 6 Players David Moyes Should Target in January
We do like to look forward, don't we?
The summer transfer window is barely closed, and already Everton fans await January 1st.
After selling Everton legend Mikel Arteta to Arsenal for £10 million, manager David Moyes has been promised at least £8 million and with Moyes' love of the bargain, that £8 million will stretch a long way.
While winger Royston Drenthe and striker Denis Stracqualursi were Moyes' only first-team moves over the summer, Everton have a strong first eleven, but they seriously lack depth.
Of course, it is still very early, and it will be interesting to see how the smallest squad in the Premier League fares until the January window opens.
1. Dimitar Berbatov
Admittedly, this is a massive reach.
Berbatov is a fantastic talent that has been left to wallow on the United bench behind Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and now Danny Welbeck.
When a striker can score 22 goals in a season and then be left on the bench, it is a testament to the strength the club has.
Berbatov would obviously be an inquiry with the hope of a loan move, but just to be linked with a player of this stature would be great for the mood around the club.
With some Everton fans calling for a change at the top, signing a player of Berbatov's talent even just for the remainder of the year would be a great move.
Very, very unlikely but why not give Ferguson a ring and see what happens!
2. Landon Donovan
A sight that any Everton fan would love to see again, Landon Donovan back in Royal Blue.
Donovan has kept close Twitter links with the club since his highly successful loan move in January 2010, and the American playmaker has spoken of his desire to return to Everton.
While the fee would likely be the sticking point (as it always is with Everton), even a loan move would be good business for Everton.
With the lack of established strikers at Goodison Park, Donovan would offer another forward threat and would bolster the midfield.
Again, this move would lift the mood around Goodison Park as Donovan established himself as a fan favourite in his brief stint in the Premier League.
3. Antonio Valencia
With the rapid rise of Ashley Young and the always-stellar performance of Nani, Antonio Valencia has found himself on the Manchester United fringe thanks to an injury sustained at the Copa America.
Valencia returned against Benfica in the Champions League this week as he looks to build fitness and chip away at Young and Nani.
Having signed a new four-year deal at Old Trafford this summer, this would be a loan move, but Valencia would be a great addition to Everton's wing.
If Valencia doesn't get the playing time his talent deserves, expect to see him on loan somewhere come January even though he seems to be one of Ferguson's' favourites.
4. Nedum Onuoha
Consistently linked with the Blues over the summer, Nedum Onuoha's ridiculous Manchester City wages apparently stopped any move.
Maybe having spent the best part of the season on the bench or in the stands, Onuoha will reduce these demands or be more open to another loan move following his spell at Sunderland last season.
Everton already have a great defence, and Onuoha would only strengthen the group thanks to his ability to play across the back four.
5. Hugo Rodallega
With only six months left on his current contract at Wigan, Hugo Rodallega is destined to move; it is just a question of where he ends up.
The Colombian international has been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham in the past and would offer Everton a cut-price option for a Premier League experienced striker.
Rodallega offers Moyes his favourite virtues: the ability to hold up the ball, a scoring threat and he's cheap; surely Everton will make a move.
6. Federico Macheda
With Everton's recent transfer history with Manchester United, it seems only fitting that they dominate this list.
Another United striker who is so far back in the pecking order that he will barely see the pitch this season unless it's in the Carling Cup, Federico Macheda burst onto the scene with a spectacular goal against Aston Villa in 2009.
Having spent last season on loan at Sampdoria, Sir Alex Ferguson was keen for the Portuguese striker to gain more Premier League experience this season, but last-minute deals to both Newcastle and QPR fell through.
Macheda is still only 20 years old, and while his career at Old Trafford has failed to reach the heights of his phenomenal debut winner, a loan move could revitalise the striker and a purchase wouldn't be out of the question.