By Will Butcher
Ronald Koeman has revealed Everton are not looking to sign a striker in the remaining two days of the January transfer window.
Everton are light in the striker department, with little cover for Romelu Lukaku.
Despite this, Koeman was quoted on Times correspondent Paul Joyce’s personal Twitter account as saying that Everton are not in the market for a new attacker, with Koeman relying upon Valencia to provide cover for Lukaku.
That news will come as a disappointment for Everton fans as Valencia has only scored one goal in 20 appearances this season.
Koeman says not looking to sign a striker- Enner Valencia is back up for Romelu Lukaku
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) January 30, 2017
Earlier this month, the Daily Mail claimed in their transfer blog (January 16, 6.04pm) that Standard Liege striker Ishak Belfodil’s move to Goodison Park had hit the rocks.
In what was believed to be a £10.4million deal, the move was called off as another agent became involved in the transfer of the Algeria international.
With a move for Belfodil off the table, it looks like Koeman has decided not to re-enter the January transfer window for a new striker as he places his faith in Ecuador international Valencia.
Lukaku has been in wonderful form for the Toffees, scoring 13 goals in 23 league and cup appearances for the blue half of Merseyside.
Football Insider verdict:
Fans will be disappointed in Koeman for not looking to add competition in the final third, with Lukaku’s long-term future in doubt too. However, the former Southampton manager has less than 48 hours to bring in new recruits and signing a striker should not be at the top of his transfer priorities. A new centre-back is needed with growing speculation surrounding the future of Phil Jagielka, which would leave Koeman with just Ramiro Funes Mori and Ashley Williams. Lukaku – as long as he stays fit – is more than capable of providing the goals for the blue half of Merseyside.
In other Everton transfer news, fans have reacted on Twitter as the Toffees are set to complete two last-minute deals.