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Everton: McManus claims Moshiri needs to spend regardless of Lampard

Pundit Tam McManus has claimed that Everton owner Farhad Moshiri may “take control” and make some much-needed signings regardless of Frank Lampard’s uncertain future.

What’s the word?

The Toffees’ recent woes continued this weekend as they fell to yet another defeat – this time losing 2-0 away at West Ham United – leaving themselves stuck second last in the Premier League.

Due to the club’s poor form, pressure continues to grow over manager Lampard with BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty now claiming “it will be a greater shock if he survives than if he is sacked”.

Everton are yet to sign anyone this window and some may feel as though Moshiri doesn’t want to buy anyone specifically for Lampard when he could be on his way out of the club shortly.

While talking about it all in an interview with Football Insider, McManus suggested that the owner may opt to spend regardless as they really need some new blood this winter.

He said: “Maybe the owner will get involved, he could take control, with a huge spree.

“We saw last year, Nathan Patterson came in, it was a Benitez signing. Then Rafa was gone a few days later. So you maybe put it down as a club signing.

“Could that happen again? Lampard might not have a choice. If the recruitment team sees someone they like then maybe that’s how it works at Everton.

“You have to question any club that operates like that but Everton are a special case, as well all know. They have to bring in a couple more players, for me. Just to freshen the place up if nothing else. Fresh blood works wonders in a relegation scrap.”

Incomings imminent?

Everton brought in a number of new faces in last summer with the likes of Amadou Onana, Dwight McNeil, Neal Maupay, James Garner, Idrissa Gueye, James Tarkowski, and Conor Coady arriving.

Clearly, Lampard was backed up to a point but that hasn’t seen the club’s fortunes change for the better and so it would be no surprise to see the board fire the former Chelsea man in the near future.

At the very least, it looks as though Arnaut Danjuma has decided to join on loan until the end of the current campaign, which will certainly come as a big boost for the Toffees.

Perhaps that deal will spark a few others with Moshiri looking to salvage the season. For instance, Lyon striker Moussa Dembele has also been linked of late.

There is plenty of unhappiness going around at Everton right now and something has to change soon. Perhaps the chairman will feel as though a new manager and a few transfers can do the trick. The next few weeks should certainly be interesting for those who follow the club.

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