The one player Everton need to sign this January is Lille defender Simon Kjaer

Danish defender Simon Kjaer should be top of the pile for Everton this January.

Everton are certainly not hitting the heights of last season in 2014-15. The Toffees finished last season fifth, narrowly missing out on a place in the Champions League to Arsenal in the process.

With that lofty finish they ended up qualifying for the Europa League, which has proved to be something of a poisoned chalice.

They have struggled to juggle the responsibilities of playing in Europe, but have excelled in the Europa League itself.

But there is no doubt they need to make some improvements to the team in the upcoming transfer window.

So who is the one player that Everton should target this month?

Interestingly enough, it is a player they have faced in the Europa League this term - Lille defender Simon Kjaer.

The Danish international was excellent in the teams meeting in France, even if he was not on top form for the side in their Goodison Park clash.

They need a new centre-back, that is clear from recent performances. Phil Jagielka has been off form, John Stones has struggled with injuries this term while Sylvain Distin has certainly passed his peak. Meanwhile Antolin Alcaraz has never looked up to scratch as an Everton player and Gareth Barry has played at the back twice this season, Everton losing to Krasnodar and Hull City on those occasions.

Kjaer is a strong, pacey and cultured defender who would not cost much from the cash strapped Ligue 1 side. He is the perfect defender for Roberto Martinez's system and would relish the challenge of Premier League football.

Kjaer is ideal and possible, but in truth any central defender in his ilk should be the target for Everton this winter, or else their plummet down the table could become far worse than just a small blip.

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