Koeman fires Everton FC transfer warning

Ronald Koeman has warned that Everton will not settle for second-best in the transfer market this month.

Charlton winger Ademola Lookman became the Blues’ first signing of the January window in a deal worth an initial £7.5 million, which could rise to £11M overall.

Further additions are expected with Koeman keen to secure a reunion with Morgan Schneiderlin despite seeing Manchester United reject a £19M bid.

The France international’s team mate Memphis Depay is also being targeted as Old Trafford officials seek a permanent exit for the out-of-favour winger.

Everton endured a difficult summer window in which they missed out on several key targets, including Lucas Perez, Manolo Gabbiadini and Moussa Sissoko.

And Koeman insists that he will not be sourcing alternative options if his primary targets prove unattainable before the January 31 deadline.

He said: “We know what we want.

“We know the players that we want. It’s up to the board to make a deal.

“If we don’t get that positive call from the board we will focus on what my job is; prepare the team for the next game.

“We will see if we finally get those players in because that’s really important for the team.

“If not, we don’t sign other players because that’s not what I want.”