The Dutchman addressed the press today as part of his media duties ahead of Saturday's season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur and transfer targets were an inevitable topic with the deadline less than three weeks away.
Koeman had already told the television media that he will do everything he can to keep Romelu Lukaku but he is also targeting another striker among the three or four new faces he hopes to land before 31st August.
“That is one of the positions where we are looking,” Koeman told the Liverpool Echo.
“It is that position and that is one of the reasons why I put [Gerard] Deulofeu in front at No.9 to see if he can occupy that position.”
Deulofeu performed well in a central attacking role in the early pre-season friendlies in the absence of Lukaku and Arouna Kone but Koeman is clearly on the lookout for a more natural striker to bolster his attack.
The fact that he has discounted Niasse as a viable option means that he will need to look elsewhere for a solution but, overall, realistic links with goal-scorers have been few and far between this summer.
Wilfried Bony has been linked with a move to Goodison Park from Manchester City but some media outlets, the Echo and the Express's Paul Joyce among them, insist there is no interest there.
Meanwhile, Utrecht forward Sebastian Haller was strongly tipped to join the Blues earlier in the summer but nothing has come from the speculation thus far, while talk of a bid for Sporting's Islam Slimani has been revived this evening.
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1 Posted 11/08/2016 at 20:34:55
2 Posted 11/08/2016 at 20:42:35
3 Posted 11/08/2016 at 20:52:38
4 Posted 11/08/2016 at 20:53:47
5 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:22:31
6 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:51:57
If we're targeting 3 or 4 players, surely these would be Bolasie, Mata, Kone and Slimani?
7 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:53:23
I know he's raking in good money under his contract but in terms of football the whole thing has just fallen apart for him.
A truly bizarre story.
8 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:54:43
9 Posted 11/08/2016 at 22:26:11
We need Bony plus another very very quickly.
Bernard Troare from Chelsea, about to be loaned to Ajax should have been someone we took a serious look at, got goals in him and he's hungry.
10 Posted 11/08/2016 at 22:38:51
11 Posted 11/08/2016 at 23:02:25
We need someone fast, fit, hungry, and full of venom up front.
12 Posted 11/08/2016 at 23:15:05
When have we ever had any luck with a player direct from the Russian league? He was terrible in pre season going on what was reported, and he's coming out with stuff like I wont be rushed into a loan spell.
Nice one Roberto you played a blinder there, and by blinder I mean someone must have maced you in the eyes when you were making a decision, or you didn't have a clue in which case I hope the scout in question was asked to move to Russia forever.
13 Posted 11/08/2016 at 23:37:29
Personally I think Niasse is a great striker with bags of potential.
14 Posted 11/08/2016 at 23:38:55
15 Posted 12/08/2016 at 01:52:51
16 Posted 12/08/2016 at 06:43:39
I think we are still discovering the true aftermath of the Roberto legacy; imbalanced team structure, no passion, poor quality players over-promoted by marketing bullshit and all that. I find it fascinating hw when a charlatan is exposed the system rallies round to cover up for them? Perhaps this is the biggest embarrassment of BK, but he's thick skinned enough to deal with it.
Yes in a way I do feel sorry for Niasse. I wonder what the reaction would be if he moves on for buttons and bangs in loads of goals . . . . . . . . ? Naw, would never happen. Surely not . . . . . . . .
17 Posted 12/08/2016 at 06:50:31
Niasse is a completely different situation. He's not just poor, he's sub-amateur standard. I've never been more convinced about a player. How on earth did we pay all that money? How was he playing professionally at all? Just to remind people this is the guy who, in a low key pre season friendly against Jablonec, stood on the ball while shooting and fell over.
18 Posted 12/08/2016 at 07:53:24
Finally Everton have got some financial backing and a good new manager who has the potential to get the best out of some of our existing players. (Mirallas, for one, couldn't get in a Martinez side yet Cleverley could... ridiculous!). Also, the new manager has global respect as both a player and a manager, which will draw the bigger names in over the next few seasons. (Williams had been wanted by Arsenal but came here to Koeman.)
If Lukaku stayed, he could let Koeman build the team around him. If the money's there, it shouldn't be too long until we are back up at the top of the table where we belong. Anybody remember how bad Man City, even Chelsea, were until they got their money?
But, if he wants to go, run on son. I just hope it doesn't turn into a graveyard for you, like all the other good players who have gone to Chelsea, and Man City for that matter, spent too much time on the bench and ended up not being able to kick snow off a rope.
But, send Begovic and Remy the other way. Begovic is one of the best in the game (why did he go to Chelsea with Courtois there?) and Remy was a star at QPR before the Chelsea bench ate him. I reckon he could be a good fit for the toffees.
Another one worth a shot is Bony but only at the right price (I'm assuming Remy will be cheap). Sign Slimani and let the two other boys fight for the other spot, or back up spot depending on the formation. Also get Kone and Bolasie, I think they will be great additions.
But most important of all, sign Juan Mata. He could be the most important signing Koeman could make right now, no matter who else comes or go. One of the best players in the league since he came into it, I was delighted to hear Mourinho was taking over Man Utd. If we got him, I'd make him captain and we could just sit back and watch that happy little spaniard tear the league apart! I reckon if that man had the right club he could be one of the best in the world.
Anyways, glad I got that rant out! Also Gueye and Williams two of the best transfers anywhere this summer - wait and see. COYB! NSNO
19 Posted 12/08/2016 at 08:58:07
20 Posted 12/08/2016 at 14:11:31
He would probably fall on his face, but maybe not..
21 Posted 12/08/2016 at 20:44:36
22 Posted 12/08/2016 at 20:51:50
I have watched him for some years as I've got mates who are Celtic supporters and he has only got worse. His faults have worsened as he's got older (and fatter).
Personally, I don't think he's got that winner's mentality or the 100% desire that could have made difference. Reminds me of the best player in the playground who never did much for the school team.
23 Posted 12/08/2016 at 20:57:48
Why would that mean he is playing 2 up front? Think a little man, come on!
24 Posted 14/08/2016 at 16:58:33
25 Posted 16/08/2016 at 19:27:18
26 Posted 19/08/2016 at 10:25:09
My priority would be a decent striker plus a top playmaker.Silva the Portuguese or Ziyech would be really good buys.
Slimani and one of those two would be a fantastic pair of signings.
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