Everton manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that his main priority is still signing a striker, after his side failed to register a shot on target against Manchester United.
The Toffees have been searching for a prolific goalscorer since Romelu Lukaku left the club to join United in the summer transfer window, with summer signing Sandro Ramirez failing to make an impact at Goodison Park.
The club have scored won goal in their last four Premier League games and are chasing 26-year-old Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, who has scored 14 goals in all competitions for his club side this season.
Everton were beaten 2-0 by United at Goodison Park, thanks to second-half goals by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard and lacked quality going forward.
After the game Allardyce admitted that securing a new striker remains his top priority.
“Our attacking powers are limited – that’s why I’ve worked so hard on keeping clean sheets,” said the Everton boss, as quoted by the Mirror.
“We need to strengthen the front line. We’re trying to do the hardest job of all by securing a player in that position.
“We’re trying and until that happens, we have to maintain our defensive solidarity.”
Everton have scored 25 goals in their 22 Premier League matches this season. Allardyce will be looking to strengthen the squad he inherited from former manager Ronald Koeman last month in the January transfer window.
The defeat to Jose Mourinho’s United, Everton’s second in successive games, leaves the team in ninth place in the Premier League table.
The Toffees face Merseyside rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup third round on Friday before their next Premier League game against Tottenham at Wembley on January 13.