Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands says the club are targeting ‘two or three’ new signings during the January transfer window, but admitted that a rumoured summer move for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha was ‘not realistic’.
The Merseyside club are predicted to be active over the remainder of the winter window as they seek to add reinforcements, with new manager Carlo Ancelotti keen to make additions following his arrival at the club last month.
Everton were among the highest spending clubs in the Premier League last summer, bringing in the likes of Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean and Jean-Philippe Gbamin for significant fees, though the Toffees are now prepared to invest once again following their recent managerial change.
However, despite revealing the club are ready to back Ancelotti in the market, Brands has warned fans not to expect huge fees having been strongly linked with a club-record move for Zaha last summer.
“Look at last summer, from the start there was a lot of rumours and news that we would like to take Zaha,” Marcel Brands told supporters at the clubs Annual General meeting in Liverpool City Centre.
“And if you see our numbers then you know it is not realistic for Everton to buy a player for £60m, £70m, £80m. So that kind of expectation is sometimes a different kind of expectation for fans and it is not realistic and we have to manage that.
“Of course, we want to get the best players but we have to be realistic if you see our numbers.”
Everton completed their first signing of the window with the capture of highly-rated Carlisle defender Jarrad Branthwaite, the 17-year-old moving to Goodison Park for a fee of around £1m.
Brands confirmed the club are still working on both incoming and outgoing deals ahead of the deadline, with the likes of Cuco Martina and Oumar Niasse being linked with an exit.
“Hopefully everything gets a little bit stabilised and Everton should get to a situation where we do, say, two or three deals coming in and a couple of deals going out.”