Phil Jagielka outlines transfer hopes after new Everton investment, says fans can get excited

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The Toffees defender says that the club will not have to 'wheel and deal' anymore after Farhad Moshiri buys into the club.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka hopes that the club's days of wheeling and dealing in the transfer market will be over if they receive new investment, telling the Liverpool Echo that fans should be able to look forward to a new 'exciting' approach.

Iranian investor Farhad Moshiri is expected to complete a purchase of 49.9% of the club in the next few days in a move which should bring greater wealth to Goodison Park.

Toffees owner Bill Kenwright has run a tight ship financially in his 12 years as chairman, but Moshiri's cash injection is likely to allow them more freedom in the transfer market.

Jagielka expressed his hope that the club will have more license to spend, and admitted that it is an exciting time for the club's fans.

He told the Echo: "The fans can see the potential in this squad but if you can go and buy that one extra, special player then it will be nice. We don't bring in a tremendous amount of money so wages have to be thought about.

"It's ok going and buying a £50m player but you can't pay him £500 a week. You need to take that all into consideration but it is nice that the fans can get excited, they have been patient over a number of years since I've been here.

"We have had to wheel and deal for many years but, hopefully now the new man is in, he can structure the club. We don't need to go crazy but a few exciting tweaks could make the world of difference."

Everton have begun to spend a little more freely since Roberto Martinez took over as manager from David Moyes in 2013, with signings such as James McCarthy for £13 million, Oumar Niasse for £13.5 million, and the club-record signing of Romelu Lukaku for £28 million.

On thing which would boost the club's income even more would be if they could launch a late challenge to qualify for Europe in the final months of the season.

Martinez's side currently sit 11th in the Premier League table, nine points off a place in the top four but with a game in hand over most of their rivals.

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