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Everton: Journalist confident of spending in January

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Tony Scott has claimed on the All Together Now podcast, that Everton will be spending money in the January transfer window.

The Toffees had to operate in the transfer market essentially with their hands tied behind their backs given their issues with Financial Fair Play regulations and high earners at the club, but spending little does not appear to have affected them, with their two standout performers costing a combined total of £1.8 million in Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend.

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Having been able to shift James Rodriguez out of the club and off the wage bill, this may now allow a significant amount of wiggle room in the upcoming transfer window, and the Toffees have already been linked with for Newcastle duo Sean Longstaff and Allan Saint-Maximin – with the latter having a contract until 2026, amid a reported cost of £50 million.

Scott discussed how Everton will be spending in the January transfer window.

“We know Everton are spending a few quid in January, we know that for certain, with the likes of Rodriguez and whatnot off the wage bill now. Everton are probably saving, almost £1 million every five weeks now in wages.

“So think about that from September right up until January, you’ve got that to spend on wages alone, so I fully expect Everton to be spending a few quid in January.”

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Just because the Toffees are able to splash the cash in January, that doesn’t mean they have to, as they have experienced a high number of transfer blunders in the past including Davy Klaassen, Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun, whereas being smarter with their money has recently paid off with Gray, Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure costing less than those three previously mentioned.

They remain interested in Donny van de Beek, which could be a sort of try-before-you-buy for Everton if a loan deal is reignited, instead of just shelling out a chunk of money for someone with four Premier League starts under his belt.

Meanwhile, they’ve also reportedly got an interest in Longstaff, whose contract is set to run out in the summer, so they could strike up a bargain deal for the midfielder.

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The latter may likely be a bit like Townsend when he signed – not arriving as a big name or massive pedigree, but his stats prove what he is, a hard-working and dedicated midfielder. The Newcastle man leads his side in the number of pressures and tackles won (FBRef), so he could be a good rotation option alongside Allan and Doucoure.

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