Koeman reveals the signing Everton must make to challenge top six


Everton will grind out a hard-fought win in this one.

Everton's net spend is, in fact, still barely over £1 million, although £50 million-rated Gyfli Sigurdsson, and another big-name striker, would greatly increase that figure if Koeman signs them before the window closes. We are stronger than last season but being stronger than last season does not mean you will win against the big six because they also will be more strong.

As he prepared for the visit of Stoke to Goodison on the opening weekend of the season, he offered cautious comparison between his own threadbare forward line and the powerful attacking units that last season's top six can boast.

The former Manchester United skipper starts up front alongside fellow summer arrival Sandro Ramirez in a 3-5-2 formation.

Koeman says he will only be able to make a true assessment of his team after they complete their transfer business.

"Like everybody knows we are still working on some targets and that is hard, but if we can do the business we want I think we are stronger than last season".

"It is hard still because we really have one striker".

"If we get in all the players we wants and have Bolasie and Coleman back then it is a totally different picture".

"We know we have spent money but everybody is spending money, everybody is looking for the best players". "I heard some rumours that the talks broke down but we are still in negotiations with Swansea".

After Diego Costa fell out of Antonio Conte's plans, the champions paid Real Madrid a reported £70million to sign Alvaro Morata, while United parted with £75million to buy Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Mark Hughes has warned his Stoke side not to get dazzled in the spotlight of the Rooney show.

Everton welcome Stoke City to Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and are favourites to come out on top with the Blues so strong on home soil compared to the poor form of Stoke on the road.

"It's one that's frustrated a lot of people, not least myself, but now it's likely to get done unless there's any last-minute hitches, but we don't anticipate any".