By Dominic Toner

Ronald Koeman has explained that Everton could look to sign a midfielder in the January transfer window.

Everton may be forced to to fill a void left by Idrissa Gueye, who is set to be a part of the Senegal side who have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The competition takes place between 14 January to 5 February and Gueye could miss games against Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Stoke, Bournemouth and a FA Cup tie.

The 26-year-old has made a positive impact since his summer arrival and started in all seven of the club’s matches this season.

Manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that he may search for a replacement in midfield if injuries limit his options.

“If I get some midfielders back from injury then of course we can deal with it,” Koeman told the Echo. “If not, we need to sign another midfield player. But that is an issue for January.”

Midfield pairing James McCarthy and Darren Gibson are both currently sidelined with injuries and have left Everton with few options.

Gareth Barry and Gueye have been the preferred options in the middle of the park and have struck up a great partnership.

The Toffees are currently unbeaten in the league and have picked up 13 points from their opening five games.

Gueye has been the perfect shield in front of the defence and impressed under Koeman.

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