Allardyce speaks about Newcastle transfer swoop for Everton attacker in squad admission
Everton manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that he has too many players in his squad but will have to wait and see whether Newcastle United move for attacker Aaron Lennon.
The Toffees have seen a handful of new recruits join in the January transfer window, with striker Cenk Tosun and winger Theo Walcott having arrived from Besiktas and Arsenal respectively, and as a result he has seen the size of his playing squad increase beyond its capacity.
The Premier League allows for 25 players over the age of 21 to be registered in order to play, but Allardyce insists he has too much talent on his hands and that he is definitely looking to offload some of those before the end of the window.
However, as quoted by the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas on his personal Twitter account, he mentioned Newcastle potentially making a move for Lennon, stating that he does not know about a deal but did not rule out his departure.
He said: “We need to trim the squad. 33 players in the first team squad is too many. I’m not sure about Aaron Lennon to Newcastle. We’ll wait and see on that.”
Sam Allardyce this morning on Aaron Lennon. "We need to trim the squad. 33 players in the first team squad is too many. I'm not sure about Aaron Lennon to Newcastle. We'll wait and see on that."
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) January 19, 2018
Lennon, who has 342 Premier League appearances under his belt, has turned out 19 times across all competitions this season, nine of those coming as top flight starts, and he has just six months left on his current contract deal at Goodison Park.
In other Newcastle United news, Mike Ashley’s January plans have been revealed with a takeover bid still on the table.