By Harvey Byrne
Everton senior trio James McCarthy, Oumar Niasse and Aiden McGeady are in the firing line to leave the club in January, according to a report.
The Daily Mail has claimed that manager Ronald Koeman is looking to make wholesale changes to his Toffees squad in the winter window and the three are leading the line to leave Goodison Park.
It is stated that the experienced manager is looking for as many as five new players and alongside McCarthy, Niasse and McGeady he will also listen to offers for other fringe players.
The report states that Koeman wants to add a new goalkeeper, a centre-back, two midfielders and a forward to his side in January.
It also claims that the Dutch manager has concerns about the age of his squad with Gareth Barry, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines all in the first team and over 30.
Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri will back his appointed manager in the window, but it is reported that he also wants the books balanced by offloading some fringe players.
McGeady, 30, joined Preston on a season-long loan deal in the summer, while 26-year-old Niasse has been frozen out by Koeman since his appointment.
McCarthy, 26, would be the most noticeable departure from the club, having originally joined from Wigan in a £13million deal in 2013.
He was a key player for the Toffees under former boss Roberto Martinez, but injuries this season have limited him to just five appearances under Koeman.
The former Southampton boss added five senior players to his squad in the summer, and with just one victory from the last nine fixtures, he will be keen to add more quality to his side.
Football Insider verdict:
McGeady, Niasse and McCarthy are just several dead weights left behind in the Everton squad by Martinez. A clear out is vastly needed at the club following a couple of poor 11th placed finishes. This means that the likes of Baines, Barry and Jagielka should be eased out of the team, as they also aren’t up to the demands of the Premier League, or where Everton want to be anymore. However, in order to improve Koeman must do better business than what he conducted in the summer. Maarten Stekelenburg and Enner Valencia were unnecessary additions, while Ashley Williams was just added to an ageing squad and defence in particular. Idrissa Gueye looks the only solid signing, as Yannick Bolasie has done a job, but has far from justified his mega £25million price tag.
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