Sam Allardyce is looking to bolster his attacking options this January
The newly appointed Everton manager has made it clear he is looking to add firepower to his team and strengthen his forward line, having claimed the Blues failed to replace Romelu Lukaku last summer.
Troy Denney is a name that has been mentioned already, but who else could they target? Sam May takes a look…
Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)
The Toffees could make a move for the former Liverpool forward Christian Benteke having worked with the Belgium international during his short spell at Crystal Palace. Benteke, 27, has failed to score so far this season, having made 10 appearances, but re-uniting with Sam Allardyce could kick start his season.
He is your old fashioned centre forward and right now that is what Everton need, somebody to put the ball into the back of the net. They are lacking goals and have scored just 18 in total, having let Lukaku join Manchester United in the summer window for a fee that could rise to £90 million.
Under Allardyce, Benteke netted 17 times in total helping the Eagles to avoid relegation, so a move to Goodison Park would certainly be a perfect option for player, manager and club. The fact he has proven Premier League experience could also be a factor for director of football Steve Walsh and Big Sam to consider.
Jermaine Defoe (Bournemouth)
Defore, 35, would be seen as a temporary option until the end of the season. He has netted just once this campaign, his goal coming against Brighton back in September to roll back the years, when he first scored for the Cherries as a teenager in 2001.
When Allardyce took the experienced striker to Sunderland from Toronto FC, not only did he score 34 goals in two seasons, but also got an England re-call. Clearly, he likes working under Big Sam. He has found game time hard to come by on the South Coast, so a loan move away could well be on the cards.
Danny Ings (Liverpool)
The third option is not as controversial as you might think. He could – and it would be a great move for all concerned, to go for a loan move for the Reds 25-year-old forward. Now before you KOP diehards go crazy, think about it. Ings is the forgotten striker in the Premier League.
He is wasted in the Reds under-23 side and is way down the first team pecking order behind Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke. True, the Reds have been loyal and patient with his injury problems, but his open market stock value is at an all time low.
The player needs first-team football and is happy to be on Merseyside, training each day. A loan move across Stanley Park can only be good for both sides. His value would increase, and the Reds could cash in this summer – maybe with a permanent move to the Toffees.
No doubt he could help keep the Blues up and that keeps the Derby clashes alive. After all, who on the Kop would relish a derby against Stoke under the lights at Anfield over the Toffees? Or if you’re a Gladys Street true Blue, the same against Preston North End or Bolton Wanderers over the Reds – it just doesn’t cut the mustard. Big Sam won’t be afraid to call Jürgen Klopp, and if the call comes, let’s hope it’s a positive for the player and both our city clubs.