Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth has confirmed that the Merseyside club is planning to sign more players when the transfer window re-opens in January.

The Toffees have endured a shambolic start to the season that sees them just two points shy of the Premier League relegation zone after the majority of Ronald Koeman’s summer recruits have failed to meet expectations.

Record sums were splashed on the likes of Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Gyfli Sigurdsson, with the former Sunderland goalkeeper perhaps being the only one to come anywhere near to justifying his price-tag at this stage.

That poor business was perhaps a large factor in what saw Koeman sacked over five weeks ago, and although Unsworth has confirmed that the board is in talks with potential permanent replacements for the Dutchman, he has not been afraid to suggest what is needed when January comes around.

“We need January because we…have areas we need to recruit,” he said on Tuesday in the press conference ahead of Everton’s clash against West Ham, as quoted by Liverpool Echo’s Phil Kirkbride on his personal Twitter account.

“I think we need proven Premier League players who know the demands of this great league.”

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Everton have spent a long time searching for their next manager but have appear to have made progress in recent days.

The Times has reported that a clutch of managers have undergone discussions with the Toffees, with Sam Allardyce, Paulo Fonseca and Andre Villas-Boas being sounded out by the board.

In other Everton news, the Toffees have been in talks with two more managers and a decision is now expected on Tuesday.

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