The Liverpool Post is reporting that Everton boss David Moyes, facing the loss of up to four players for the African Cup of Nations, is plotting some sneaky loan moves. Moyes is a big fan of the ‘try before you buy’ loan policy, as evidenced with the loan – then signing of Joseph Yobo. Moyes beamed:
“We are not big spenders but we are good spenders.”
But come January there is a big possibility that Yobo, Pienaar, Anichebe, and even Yakubu (if he makes friends with the Nigerian management) will be toddling off for some African fun. Moyes said:
“Loan signings tend to be the best way round to get things through in January. We will definitely lose Steven Pienaar and Joseph Yobo, although I’m not sure about Victor Anichebe and Yakubu. We can cover in defence but the bigger concern is in midfield and I think we will need strengthen there.”
And he claimed that Everton might have to stop scouting at Grimsby Town on wet wednesday’s and move to more glamorous, and under-soil heated, pastures. Moyes continued:
“In the past we have mainly looked at home for players, but now we are buying players to get into the top six we have to start looking in a different pool…We have looked in the lower leagues and brought in players like Joleon Lescott, Andrew Johnson and Tim Cahill, and we will continue to do that.But now we have to spread our wings to make sure that we get the best players in. There will be extensions to the scouting department that can hopefully help us in that way.”
Whisper this quietly, there could be some glamour coming to Goodison in January.