By Laura O'Leary

16th Dec, 2017 | 3:21pm

Allardyce confirms who Everton are looking to replace in the January window

Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Everton are still in the hunt for a left-back in the January transfer window despite being impressed by Cuco Martina.

In his press conference for the game against Swansea City on Monday, the Toffees boss praised Martina but admitted that it still might be an area the club strengthen in January.

“It’s [Cuco Martina’s form] obviously made the need for a full back less desperate, there’s no doubt about that,” revealed Allardyce.

“But, it isn’t his natural position, so I feel that he’s filling in and doing an exceptional job.”

With Allardyce adding , “that might be an area I’ll want to consider strengthening if that’s at all possible in the January window.”

Martina is naturally a right-back but after Leighton Baines sustained a calf injury during Everton’s 4-1 defeat to Southampton, the defender has been playing out of position.

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Baines is Everton’s only recognised left-back which is why Martina has being playing on the left.

However, since replacing Baines, the defender is yet to taste defeat, with the Toffees not losing any of their last four league games.

Martina has helped his side keep three clean sheets in four games, with the only goal being conceded at Anfield against Liverpool.

The defender has been at Everton since July 2017 after moving from Southampton, and if he plays against Swansea City on Monday it will be his longest run in the team.

Martina made 18 appearances for Southampton last season before signing a three year deal with the Toffees in the summer.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are joint favourites to sign Champions League striker in January.

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