HITC Sport spoke to three Everton fans ahead of the transfer window.
Though Everton's season is finally up and running under new manager Sam Allardyce, he will nonetheless want to put his own stamp on the side he inherited from Ronald Koeman when January comes around.
But who could be coming through the Goodison Park doors this winter? HITC Sport spoke to some knowledgeable Blues to find out...
Sean Lunt [@Sean_Lunt]
What do you think Everton's budget will be? It’s easy to imagine Everton will have a decent budget for this window. Owner Farhad Moshiri wasn’t afraid to spend in the summer and with things improving under Sam Allardyce he’ll be keen to back him and ensure that continues.
In what positions do they need to strengthen? There are three positions that desperately need improving if we’re being honest. A striker will be chief among the targets with the failure to replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer one that’s haunted the side for the first half of the season.
In defence, both a centre-back and a left-back are needed too. Leighton Baines has been injured a lot this season and Cuco Martina is not an adequate replacement. At centre-back, Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are getting on and their lack of pace has been an issue.
It would not, however, be a surprise to see a defensive midfielder and a winger added to the list of needs too.
Who would be your dream January signing? [Crystal Palace winger] Wilfried Zaha would be an absolutely perfect signing. This Everton team is desperately lacking in pace up front and is weak on the wings as well. Zaha would fix both of those problems, as well as adding a proven match winner into the squad.
Who would be a realistic January signing? Steven N’Zonzi would be a smart capture. He wants out of Sevilla, is available at a good price and has worked under Sam Allardyce before. He would also improve Everton’s midfield ten fold, the current squad doesn’t have a proper, defensive midfielder at present with Morgan Schneiderlin struggling for form.
Which players do you expect Everton to sign in January? A deal for [Besiktas] striker Cenk Tosun appears to have already been sorted. N’Zonzi is definitely on the radar and it wouldn’t be surprising to see that one completed. At left-back, [Crystal Palace's] Patrick van Aanholt is surely on the list too given Allardyce has worked with him before.
Phil Seddon [@phil_seddon]
What do you think Everton's budget will be? We clearly need to rectify some of last summer's mistakes but the amount of money spent then makes me wonder how much Sam will actually be given. You'd have thought he will have been promised funds for January to attract him in the first place. As such, I think he will be given one of the biggest budgets of any Premier League club in the coming window and I wouldn't be surprised if we spend the most.
Recent reports linking us with [Borussia Dortmund striker, Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang lead me to think we will have around £60 million to spend with extra funds available if players are sold.
In what positions do they need to strengthen? We need a centre-back, left-back and striker and if we finish the window without strengthening in those positions it would be a failure.
I'd imagine we'd target a centre-back who is versatile and can also play at left-back to reduce costs, and we could always promote Luke Garbutt to the first team as specialist cover. I could also see us signing another central midfielder if we can offload others there.
Who would be your dream January signing? Aubameyang would be great, although I think that's massively unlikely. I'd like us to go back for [Arsenal striker, Olivier] Giroud - he'd be the ideal target man for us and would work in our system. I'd like to think he'd consider us more thoroughly with the World Cup around the corner and his game time being limited at Arsenal.
But I also think we should go for [Moussa] Dembele at Celtic - he's a future prospect as well as someone who'd fit straight into our team and make a difference.
Who would be a realistic January signing? I think Dembele is the most realistic out of those mentioned above. I'd certainly welcome a move for [Celtic left-back, Kieran] Tierney, too - he'd be the ideal replacement for Baines long term.
Which players do you expect Everton to sign in January? I expect Everton to finalise a deal for Tosun. He seems like the exact type of striker we need and it's encouraging to see us making a move before the window has opened. In an ideal world, we'd sign a proven Premier League striker who could hit the ground running - something Tosun may struggle to do. We can't really afford for another situation like that of Sandro [Ramirez] or [Davy] Klaassen where we have to be patient. Hopefully our pro-activity means [director of football] Steve Walsh and Allardyce have done their research this time around.
I also think Sam will want his own central midfielder and I can see N'Zonzi arriving from Sevilla.
Mathew Nash [@hitcmathewnash]
What do you think Everton's budget will be? It seems Everton are willing to spend this winter, to plug the gaps they failed to address in the summer. At least £50 million appears to be put aside but it would not be a shock to see upwards of £70 million thrown at January by new boss Sam Allardyce.
In what positions do they need to strengthen? Clearly, Everton need a striker. Over reliance on youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the ageing Wayne Rooney is not wise. The fact they never truly replaced Romelu Lukaku is still mind-boggling.
Everton also need a new left-back, with Leighton Baines’ injury and fading fortunes. Cuco Martina is not an adequate cover in the position and Everton need to think long-term starter in the role.
Wide options are also slim, although Yannick Bolasie’s return may negate that need. Another centre-back would also be welcome.
Who would be your dream January signing? Well it has to be a striker, but [Bayern Munich's] Robert Lewandowski is probably a little bit of a wish too far! Being more realistic, a player like Wissam Ben Yedder of Sevilla would be perfect for Everton.
Who would be a realistic January signing? Jonny Evans. For me, Everton are still lacking in defence. With Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka both moving well into their 30s the club need a new stalwart at the back. It looks like Evans is leaving West Brom in the winter and at 29 has a few good years left in him. Evans and Michael Keane could form a fantastic centre-back pairing for the next few seasons.
Which players do you expect Everton to sign in January? It looks like Cenk Tosun might be a done deal from Besiktas, which could hopefully solve the striker issue. Steven N'Zonzi is also being sought. Given his previous working history with Big Sam that also looks like a signing that could happen.
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