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Wednesday 22 January 2020

No Toffee transfer targets

Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Pic: Reuters
Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Pic: Reuters

New Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti insists there will be no discussions about transfer targets until after next week's FA Cup Merseyside derby.

The Toffees have been in need of a reliable goalscorer since Romelu Lukaku left for Manchester United in 2017 and their late 1-0 win over Burnley on St Stephen's Day only highlighted that fact to the Italian.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored with a diving header but that was only after his side had dominated possession - 75 per cent in the first half, 68 per cent overall - and had 21 shots, only five of which were on target.

But Ancelotti will not be talking transfers with director of football Marcel Brands until the completion of the festive period of matches, continuing at Newcastle on Saturday and including Manchester City on New Year's Day and another trip to Anfield four days later.

Asked whether he would be asking for a striker in January Ancelotti said: "No. We didn't talk about this but for sure I am not asking for a striker.

"Up front we are really good but we didn't talk about this because until January 5 we have to be focused on the three games. After that we can talk about whether we need something or not."

It seems an opportune time for the Italian to get an early overall assessment of all the players he has inherited. However, he said changes would be made out of necessity and not to get an idea of what he had to work with. "I rotate the players only to avoid injury," he added.

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