DAVID MOYES insists he will not pressurise Everton’s board to provide funds they haven’t got in the January transfer market.
The Blues boss said he remains realistic about the club’s finances, and is comfortable with the quality if not the size of his squad.
Moyes still hopes to add a couple of loan recruits this month as injuries continue to take their toll at Goodison, but would have to sell a player if he wanted to further invest in new signings.
He said: “People know our situation here. There’s no point me asking for something that we have not got so I wouldn't do it.
“We are out there looking. I don’t want to put the club in any situation. We have a good squad and if we can get them fit then we are okay.
“If I ask you for a grand out of your pocket, you can’t give me a grand. If you've not got it, you've not got it. I’ve got a great respect for the people who run Everton. They have a stability.
“The chief exec has come out and said there is a very small amount available and that is what I am saying. Maybe a couple of loans if we could come up with them.
“I joined Everton and I knew what it was about. I will always keep pushing and keep asking but at the end of the day I am the manager and my job is to win the games with the players I have got.
“The players who we had available came close to beating Chelsea.
“We have got a squad, we are a bit unfortunate that we have got some injuries but so have all clubs so the last thing I want to be is someone who is complaining about injuries.
“Maybe in comparative terms we might have a small number of injuries. We have some injuries to key players, self-inflicted suspension to one player, I think you accept that you accumulate yellow cards. You accept that you pick up injuries.”
Everton must contend without Kevin Mirallas against Newcastle once again this evening, although the Belgian forward is making progress with his hamstring troubles, and Moyes is also without Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert,and Seamus Coleman.
Further compounding the situation is injury concerns over Leighton Baines (ankle) and Steven Pienaar (dead leg) although both will be given a chance to prove their fitness ahead of tonight’s clash at St James’ Park.
But Moyes has confidence in his squad overall, and admits the prospect of selling to buy – with John Heitinga increasingly linked with a Goodison exit this month – is out of his hands
He added: “It was the same question last year and we got it and were not expecting it (when the Blues sold Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for £5.5m). That came up and sprung us into life. The difference is this year is that we don’t necessarily need to be sprung into life. We are in a strong position, healthy.
“Last year there were still hints we had to be looking over our shoulder to the relegation side of things. We needed to give the supporters something to shout about. We had given them nothing in the first half of last season, I would not have paid to watch some of the stuff we were producing. We did that and that came from nowhere. Who knows what will happen? We are probably working in the short term. If somebody left that player would have to be replaced before even talking about someone else. So you would need to be talking about someone who is complete surplus to what we need and we don’t have an awful lot of surplus hanging around.”