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Koeman hoping for more signings, Jagielka could leave

Manager addresses transfer window

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Club captain Phil Jagielka
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There’s still twelve days left in the January transfer window, and Everton manager Ronald Koeman was asked today in his pre-match press conference if the Toffees were expecting to make any more signings.

“I hope, we are working on that. Only when we get players with quality that will make the team stronger. I don’t bring players in to get more numbers, that is not what I like.”

When asked how his relationship with Director of Football Steve Walsh is going, he commented that they are on the same page.

“It’s good. We have daily contact, we speak about the team.

“Of course he’s working hard to get every detail and on the scouting to bring new people in.

“In his function we need to have good relations and need to agree about players in our daily basic communication.”

January is usually a difficult time to sign players.

“I agree. It’s difficult. You are interested in players and they can’t leave the club now, but maybe in the summer. If we can’t sign a player now we’ll go back in the summer.”

Club captain Phil Jagielka has been linked with a move away from the club as well.

“I don’t know, it’s all about if there is interest for Jags. The last few weeks he did not start, but he is the captain of the team.

“In general, if players are not happy, we speak to them, then we find a solution. But first we do what is best for the club, then what is best for the player.

“He is not happy because he is not starting, and that is a good signal. What you need to do is fight and make it difficult for the manager.”