Allardyce targets attacking boost

02 January 2018 20:49:50 GMTPlus11

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has warned his side that they need to tighten up in defence until they are able to pose more of a goalscoring threat to their opponents.

Allardyce was speaking after seeing his team beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester United, with the Toffees failing to register a shot on target in the game at Goodison Park on New Year's Day.

And the former England boss is well aware of the problem facing himself and his players, as they start to prepare for an FA Cup third-round showdown with Everton on Friday evening.

"We need to strengthen our frontline - I think we all know that," Allardyce told the club's official website.

"We're trying to do the hardest job of all by securing a player in that position. It wasn't achieved before the season and it may not be achieved this January, but we're trying.

"Until that happens, we have got to maintain our defensive solidity."

And the Toffees are hopeful that Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun will become the player to fill their attacking gap.

The 26-year-old Turkey international is reported to be the subject of a major offer from the Toffees, with Allardyce adding: We have done all we can. I presume we will know more in the next 24 hours.

"Our deal is in. It is up to them whether they accept our deal."

The Toffees are priced at 9.50 to defeat Liverpool in normal time at Anfield on Friday evening, with a 1-0 Everton victory available at 21.00, while the visitors are 8.00 to keep a clean sheet against their city rivals.

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