If you were to place your money on any current manager changing the fortunes of Everton Football Club, Ronald Koeman would be one of the first names on the list.
The new man at the helm at Goodison Park brings with him a stellar reputation from his time at Southampton and looks to be the perfect man to spend the money that is at Everton’s disposal, after the arrival of new owner Farhad Moshiri.
However, with the valuation of Europe’s elite players rising to unprecedentedly high levels, clubs like Everton will need to be savvy in order to land the right talent at a reasonable price.
Here are five unknown players that Everton should target in order to ensure they are getting value for money in the super competitive transfer market…
Asenio burst onto the scene in Spain three years ago, when aged just 17, he played in almost every league game for Mallorca and was arguably the best player at the Iberostar.
A year later and Real Madrid came calling and signed the youngster to a six year deal. Having spent last season at Espanyol, Asenio was superb yet again and was on the shortlist for La Liga Young Player of the Year.
While a loan move would be the only option for Everton, Asenio would be a superb addition; his talents would provide an excellent attacking option for Koeman.
At just 19, Riechedly Bazoer is fast becoming the most exciting prospect in Dutch football. Having been with Ajax since the age of 15, the midfielder has now broken into the first team at the Amsterdam Arena and has also garnered six caps for the national team.
Bazoer is a classic centre midfielder, who combines the aggression and energy of Edgar Davids with the simplicity and gracefulness of Clarence Seedorf.
Koeman’s Dutch connections would undoubtedly make a move for Bazoer a genuine possibility.
With the departure of Tim Howard, Everton are on the hunt for a goalkeeper to battle Marten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles for the number one shirt.
The little know Marwin Hitz is a Swiss international who currently wears the gloves for Augsburg in the Bundesliga.
The 28-year-old was exceptional last season, coming third in the Bundesliga Goalkeeper of the Year voting behind Manuel Neuer and new Liverpool man Loris Karius.
Many rumours were circulating last month regarding Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa and a proposed move to Arsenal. However, with the arrival of Japanese youngster Takuma Asano, reports seem to have diminished.
This will give other Premier League sides the chance to bid for ‘Gabigol’, the 19-year-old Santos forward who has been drawing comparisons to Neymar in his homeland.
After struggling in his first few months at Torino, Andrea Belotti stepped up to become one the signings of the season in Serie A.
At just 22, the midfielder has bags of potential and a keen eye for goal, netting 11 last campaign.
Considered a future international prospect in Italy, Torino are keen to keep Belotti but would find it hard to turn down a £10 million bid.