Everton are “looking at many areas” for the future but may not be in a “massive rush” to sign Joshu Zirkzee or any other striker this January. 

That is according to former Premier League star Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Daily Mail reported the Merseysiders want a £9million loan-to-buy deal.

The 19-year-old Dutchman is reported to also be the subject of strong interest from Parma.

But while Brown believes these sorts of deals make financial sense in the current climate, he doubts that Everton will be making waves in the market this January.

“Loan-to-buy deals are a good option at the moment for football clubs,” he told Football Insider.

“But Everton have said they’re not wanting to rush into too much business now.

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“They’ve said they’re happy and don’t want to do too much in this current window. So I don’t think they’ll be in a massive rush to sign anyone.

“I think they’ll be looking at many areas. Everton will want to keep improving to close the gap on the big six from where they are at the moment.

“But I think they’ll be patient in this window.”

Director of football Marcel Brands has stated that Everton’s focus this January will be on offloading rather than recruiting players.

At Everton’s General Meeting on 15 January, he told attendees: “We don’t expect to sign new players in this window.”

In other news, a top pundit and former Premier League goalscorer has labelled Everton’s reported pursuit of a former Manchester City striker as “outstanding.