Everton are “highly unlikely” to pursue Olivier Giroud, Christian Benteke or Andy Carroll in the January transfer window, according to a reliable journalist.

Freelance reporter Paul Brown, who also works for the Express, claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning that it wouldn’t be a surprise if bids were to be made for Watford’s Troy Deeney or Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe next month.

Everton are widely thought to be in the market for a striker in the January transfer window after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer.

Sandro Ramirez was the only real striking options that was signed by Ronald Koeman but he is yet to score a single goal in the Premier League and Dominic Calvert-Lewin has instead been the preferred option to lead the line of attack.

ESPN has recently reported that Watford target man Deeney is one of Sam Allardcye’s top targets for January and perhaps seems the most likely of the previously mentioned striker options with his future looking hazy at Vicarage Road.

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Everton’s squad has started to play better in the past week but that doesn’t mean that Allardyce should shy away from splashing a bit of cash. The Toffees are weak at full-back and centre-back but definitely still need a striker – and that must be Allardyce’s priority. Lukaku’s goals just haven’t been replaced and that is a large reason why the Blues have had such a tough start to the season. Things have picked up but that won’t last for long unless a true goalscoring machine can be snapped up next month. Out of the five names listed Giroud would perhaps be the best option but with bids being most likely for Deeney and Defoe, Everton should be just fine with one of them.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are in a race to sign this lightning quick flyer with West Ham.

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