In The Guardian, Andy Hunter reports that Sam Allardyce plans to question his Everton players about wanting to stay before the January transfer window opens.
Allardyce will ask every member of Everton's first-team squad whether they wish to be part of the club's future before finalising transfer plans for January.
“If every player is honest enough when I finally get through the one-on-ones they will tell me if they want to stay or they don't,” Allardyce said. “If you are going to be honest with the manager, or if they want to leave it a bit longer and see how it goes to January, then I'll deal with it.
“I don't want anyone here who doesn't want to be here. By the same token there's always a price to pay and the club accepts we are not going to be mugs and let people leave under value in today's market. People might want to move because it hasn't quite worked or they have not settled as well as they thought. Up until then all these guys have a chance.”
Allardyce also hopes to sign a proven goalscorer when the transfer window reopens after the club failed to replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer. Allardyce admits his first signing “has to be correct for Everton and for my future here – make bad signings and you get the sack, it's that simple”.
» Read the full article at The Guardian