The Blues’ senior squad currently consists of 27 players, and Brands has said the Everton hierarchy will attempt to trim the bloated group when the window re-opens next month.
Marcel Brands has confirmed a "one-in one-out" transfer policy for #Everton in January. The Blues Director of Football says having 27 professionals on the books means they have to manage the squad size while helping to realise the long-term ambitions of their young players. pic.twitter.com/oayEQ1focQ— BBC Merseyside Sport (@bbcmerseysport) December 13, 2018
Three players on the Toffees’ books, Oumar Niasse, Morgan Schneiderlin and Mason Holgate, have all struggled for a game time under new boss Marco Silva, with none of them making a matchday squad since early October.
The Mirror report that the trio could leave the club before any more arrivals at Goodison Park.
Centre-back Holgate has been linked with a loan move, as has Niasse to Cardiff City, though Silva said this week midfielder Schneiderlin, who reportedly interested Marseille in the summer, remains in his plans for now.
Though it seems that any incomings will follow outgoings at Goodison in January.