DAVID MOYES has underlined the difficulty of signing players in January – although he remains hopeful Everton can add fresh faces before the end of the month.
The Blues were thwarted in their attempts to sign French international midfielder Yann M’Vila last week, with the 22-year-old eventually choosing to join wealthy Russian club Rubin Kazan in a deal worth £9.6m.
And although work is going on behind the scenes at Goodison to recruit another midfielder and possibly a striker before the deadline on Thursday night, Moyes insists his options are limited and any business is likely to happen at the end of the week.
He said: “I think from the start I said that January wouldn’t be full of signings, I don’t think I’ll be changing my tune from where we started.
“You never know, we might. We’ve tended to be Christmas Eve shoppers in the past, so hold on to your hat.
“I don’t think there has been a big market at the moment.
“There have been a certain few clubs and there’s been the odd buy, Liverpool buying Sturridge, but not many clubs have done an awful lot. QPR, Newcastle, and Reading have tried to bring in players to help them but there isn’t a lot around the mid-group. I don’t think January’s a good market.”
Moyes said he has a list of targets he is working on, even if it is hardly stacked with realistic options.
“We have targets but a lot of them, the club might not want them to go until the summer or you can’t get them until the summer,” he said.
“So there are some players we would be keen on if it was possible but most clubs don’t want to be doing an awful lot.
“Maybe some clubs need the money and might sell a player and that’s something we have to look at.
“There aren’t 20 (players) available.
“If you realistically look around, you would look at 20 and say ‘I don’t want him, I don’t want him, I don’t need that position, I don’t want him, he’s too old, he’s not ready’ so you might come down to one or two.
“By the time you’d done all that you might find there aren’t that many, but I’ve got a wry smile. There’s no science at all. Far from it.
“It’s a bit of luck or just the way things work.”
Whatever business he manages to do, the Scot would prefer to add quality rather than just depth to cover injuries to his squad.
He added: “If you have a couple of injuries, you might need something to give you a back-up, but I’d be hoping that we’d only be bringing someone in who could play at the top end of the Premier League and that comes down to availability or costing – that makes it difficult.”