By Kieran Maguire

12th Sep, 2021 | 2:00pm

Kieran Maguire: Moshiri running out of time amid £400m Everton reveal

Farhad Moshiri must soon see a return on his enormous investment in Everton – or else the club will be shackled by financial fair play.

So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a recent report from the CIES Football Observatory.

Data collated by CIES and published on 6 September showed that the Toffees’ squad was the 13th most expensive in world football.

Everton spent £400million on players currently on books, and that figure soars to £467m with add-ons included.

That is more than the likes of title winners Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, and only marginally less than La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

And Maguire insists that Moshiri must see his huge spending reflected in the Toffees’ league position.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “We’re going to need to see them qualify for Europe to justify the spend.

“Otherwise, FFP will effectively start to act as an anchor in terms of the club’s ability to spend.

“We have already seen this in terms of what they are doing in A) the transfer market and B) with their players.

“We have got people like Keane who has just extended his contract. Every time you extend a contract, you reduce the amortisation cost.

“They have done that with a few, and I suspect we are likely to see it with likes of Doucoure and others as well.

“When you get a new owner with a generous chequebook approach, initially the transfer recruitment policy tends to be hit and miss.

“Then it usually settles down later and you tend to get more hits than misses. Everton paid premium prices because they want to get up the table quickly.

“The problem for Everton is that if you look at their revenue, in 2018 it was £189m, in 2019 it was £188m, and in 2020 it was £186m.

“That puts them £200m or £300m behind other clubs. Meanwhile, their wage bill has gone from £105m to £165m in three seasons.

“FFP means that if you have income that is static and a significant increase in your wage bill, those two things are going to meet up.”

In other news, Everton star was handed astonishing £250,000-a-week deal by Marcel Brands.