Koeman still looking for a No.9

Wednesday, 16 August, 2017 0comments  |  Jump to last

Ronald Koeman says that Everton's summer spending is not yet over as he seeks extra options up front to replace Romelu Lukaku.

The much-anticipated addition of Gylfi Sigurdsson to the ranks was finalised today and the bulk of the recruitment energy will be focused on adding another striker.

While Koeman acknowledges that the Icelandic midfielder's addition plus that of Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez will allow the Blues to spread goals around a greater number of players than was the case last season when Lukaku notched almost half of the team's Premier League tally, he says a new signing for the No.9 role is important.

Olivier Giroud was said to be high on the list of targets but despite being behind the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order at The Emirates, the Frenchman looks likely to stay with Arsenal.

“We still need to sign a striker,” Koeman said. “Everybody knows that we lost Romelu Lukaku. We brought in Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramírez and now Gylfi, and maybe they can share the goals around more than happened last season, but we still need another one to play the No.9.

"When you play in Europe — and let's hope we reach Europe — and in the Premier League you cannot do it with just one or two strikers.

"We have brought in some good young players in important positions and that is good for the future of the club. We are still trying to get more but they have to be of the best quality. We don't sign players just to get numbers in.

Of course you like to sign players for the future but if you can get the best one why not?" the Dutchman said when asked if would consider a loan signing to bolster his team.

“That's for six months, the season, two years. I am open to everything to get the best quality players for the team.”  

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