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Everton have new double transfer priority as Anwar El Ghazi becomes third January signing

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Everton are in desperate need of some top signings. They have spent big but recruited poorly over the last few years which in turn has led fans to question why they are no closer to competing for European football.

The Toffees spent just a few million over the summer but brought in Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend, who have both impressed.

However, despite the good form of the pair, Rafael Benitez’s side are sitting in 15th place in the Premier League table and just eight points clear of safety.

Major changes are needed at Goodison Park to rescue the campaign and potentially set the Merseyside club up for a more positive 2022/23 campaign.

Everton sold fullback Lucas Digne to Aston Villa for £25million earlier this week and have already been busy in the January transfer window themselves.

Everton are in desperate need of some top signings. They have spent big but recruited poorly over the last few years which in turn has led fans to question why they are no closer to competing for European football.

They have acquired the services of defenders Vitalii Mykolenko from Dynamo Kyiv and Nathan Patterson from Rangers, as well as signing Villa winger Anwar El-Ghazi on loan.

But that isn’t where the Toffees intend on leaving their business, and they are already in talks with Monaco midfielder Aleksandr Golovin.

According to Sport Witness, the club are already in talks with the Russian international’s agent about the star coming to the Premier League and adding some much-needed quality to their midfield.

But Benitez is also keen on adding another option to his frontline, with David Neres being considered.

French publication Jeunes Footeux have claimed that Everton are very keen on the Brazilian winger and want to prise him away from Ajax.

The 24-year-old has scored three and assisted two in 15 Eredivisie appearances.

Neres would provide a lot of quality in the final third, however, it could see El-Ghazi’s opportunities become limited so Benitez may opt to prioritise Golovin instead.

Speaking after signing his loan deal, El Ghazi told evertontv: “I’m really excited. Everton is a big club, I cannot wait to get started.

“I want to show my quality to my teammates, to the Club and, of course, the fans. I want to put a smile on their face. I’m ready and willing to work hard for it and for all of us to work together.

“I’ve met a few fans already and it’s great to see how people live for the Club. It’s basically their religion. You just want to give it your all and show them what you can do to make them happy.

“I just want to focus on working hard, getting into the team, fighting for my place and, with the boys, to get Everton where it belongs – that is much higher up the table. We have a really good squad.

“I can always score a goal in an important moment. I can add a lot of value with my pace and technique going forward. I can hold the ball and I am decent in one-on-ones. I am ready and can’t wait.”

It remains to be seen what more business Everton will do in the January transfer window and whether they will be able to spark a reaction at Goodison Park.

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