Yesterday felt a lot like Christmas morning when Everton unveiled their new record signing Romelu Lukaku for £28million.
However it was the press conference at Finch Farm the day before, announcing that Ross Barkley had signed a new four-year contract, that manager Roberto Martinez said he would like to add another three strikers to his squad.
Strikers have been the main priority in the transfer market for Martinez and Everton after selling Nikica Jelavic in January and Arouna Kone just returning from a long-term injury. Now that the club’s number one transfer target has been completed, the rest can now follow.
Even though David Henen looks to be the next Belgian to seal his move to the Blues, he would likely join the U21 squad so there is the potential for two more forwards to join the club after the 18-year-old.
Quite early in the summer it was reported that the Blues were in talks with Monaco about taking Lacina Traore on loan again after his absent spell with the club for the second half of last season. Although talk of the Ivorian’s return has quietened in the past weeks, it is possible that another forward’s return to the club has taken precedence.
After spending so much money on Lukaku I wouldn’t expect another big-money signing, having said that I never expected in my wildest dreams for Everton to spend such money on one player in the first place.
With Loic Remy’s proposed Liverpool move having collapsed, he may provide a cheaper permanent option the forward players that are available for transfer in this window – as many are reporting his release clause to a fifth-place team being £12million.
Perhaps I’m being slightly too optimistic. The more likely option, considering what has been spent on Lukaku, is that the two other strikers that Martinez wants to bring in won’t be permanent signings but loans instead.
Now that the deal for Everton’s new number 10 is complete, it wouldn’t be too optimistic in thinking that more transfers will be completed at Finch Farm.
The big Belgian was the Toffees’ number one target and every effort was put into that transfer. Now deals for Henen and possibly a loan deal for Chelsea’s Christian Atsu can be completed and hopefully a few more…