Everton don’t expect to make any signings in January, sporting director Marcel Brands said, focusing on offloading fringe players.
Moise Kean, who is on loan at Paris Saint-Germain, is the one who may be on the verge of leaving Everton with the Italy international keen to make his loan transfer permanent. Bernard and Jonjoe Kenny are also said to be among those likely to move this month.
Everton have been busy in the summer transfer market – signing James Rodriguez, Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Ben Godfrey and Niels Nkounkou – and Brands are now focused on clawing back some funds and cutting payrolls.
“We are still working to unload some players for new challenges in their careers,” Brands said at Everton’s general meeting on Thursday. “We don’t expect to recruit new players in this window.
“In the current squad we have a good balance of experienced players, young players and also players with local status.
“The average age of the team is just over 26. It’s a big difference with the team from two seasons ago where the average age was much higher.”
The winter transfer window is open until Monday February 1 at 11 p.m.
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Ancelotti to emulate Kendall’s success at Everton
Ancelotti says winning trophies is a “big motivation” for Everton going forward as they look to recreate the past success of former manager Howard Kendall.
Everton made an impressive start to the Premier League season in Ancelotti’s first full campaign, with the Toffees just four points behind leaders Manchester United in fifth. They also reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Ancelotti has a way to go to match Kendall’s Trophy in Merseyside – two league titles, an FA Cup trophy and the European Cup Winners’ Cup – but has vowed to bring the silverware back to Everton .
“It’s a strong motivation for each of us to bring this club to where it was when Howard Kendall was here, so we’re working on that,” Ancelotti said of his quest for trophies.
“But, we don’t have to be obsessed, the fact that we want to win has to be a strong motivation, not an obsession. Because sometimes obsession doesn’t allow you to give 100%.”