By Harvey Byrne
Leon Osman has shared that Everton need to sign a striker and a goalkeeper in January, while airing his surprise at the links to Morgan Schneiderlin.
The Toffees have been heavily linked to the Manchester United midfielder, who Ronald Koeman sold in 2015 for £27million in 2015 when at Southampton.
However, Osman believes that the Blues are well stocked in midfield and that they must prioritise other areas of their team in the winter.
“I don’t think Everton need him,” Osman told BBC Five Live, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“I think Everton need a striker and a goalkeeper.
“The goalkeeper has not done enough for me but the place I think Everton are reasonably strong is central midfield.
“They’ve got James McCarthy, they’ve got Idrissa Gueye, they’ve got Gareth Barry already in there.
“Tom Cleverley can play there and Ross Barkley can play deeper.
“It is probably their strongest area so it does surprise me (that Everton are in for Schneiderlin) but with Koeman having worked with him before and wanting to bring in his own players, he obviously sees him better in the team.”
The Everton squad currently contains Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles for the goalkeeper spot, while Romelu Lukaku is considered the top striker at the club by some distance.
The experienced Dutch shot stopper has been Koeman’s number one this season, but an injury suffered against Liverpool means that he could be set for a spell on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Lukaku has six more goals than second top scorer Ross Barkley this campaign with the Belgian on nine and the attacking midfielder on a minimal three in all competitions.
Everton will be keen to push on from their poor ninth placing in the league in the second half of the campaign and some quality acquisitions from Koeman in January could help the club to do so.
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