So it’s inevitably happened, and Ronald Koeman has finally been confirmed as the new manager of Everton. Whilst you’ve got to feel a tad sorry for the Saints, it’s a cracking appointment for the Toffees, and their supporters will be hoping the Dutchman can turn their fortunes around as quickly as possible.
And a good way to start would be to bring some big names to Goodison Park in time for the new season. Backed by the new-found financial power provided by Farhad Moshiri, Koeman will be expected to improve on the 11th place finish from last season. Failure to do so will result in the season being branded a failure, but there’s a gentle hum of optimism at Everton following the appointment.
So with that in mind, here’s FIVE signings that could really kick-start Everton’s season…
This former Inter Milan winger has been in fine form for Stoke City since his arrival at the Britannia Stadium, however it was last season where he’s really kicked on. 12 goals and a handful of assists helped his side into a ninth place finish and he’s since been linked with a move away due to his good form.
And what a good signing it would be for Everton – he’s been one of the Premier League’s best attackers for some time now and his signing would be a coup.
Khouma Babacar is a man that’s been on the Premier League radar for a couple of years now and he’d make an excellent signing for the Toffees. Whilst he struggled with injury last season, his potential is undoubted and at 23, he’s got his best years ahead of him.
Everton may need to swoop quickly though, as he’s a wanted man and may want to leave Fiorentina for first-team football.
Berahino’s time at the Baggies has been unstable to say the very least, and Koeman may want to bring Berahino to Goodison to lead them up the Premier League table.
With Romelu Lukaku making it extremely clear he wants out, they will need another striker to lead the line and this England U-21 ace could fit the bill.
This Club Brugge man has been a stalwart of the Belgian giants for over five years now and he provides a fantastic attacking option from right-back. At 24, he was one of Brugge’s top performing players last season and has featured over 150 times for his club.
He’d be a fantastic option both defensively and offensively and would come cheaper than some of Europe’s other seasoned defenders.
Arguably one of PSV Eindhoven’s star players, Luciano Narsingh has been ever-present in the side for a while. The winger, who is known for his lightening-quick pace, scored nine goals for his side last season and some have asked whether one of Europe’s giants are going to take a risk on him next season.
A move to Everton could be perfect, with Koeman expected to make a barrage of signings to better on last season’s performances.