Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands has ruled out any major signings during the January transfer window, and admitted that he is more focused on transfer activity this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The Toffees’ transfer plans were outlined during the club’s AGM, where it was also announced the Brands will become a full board member with responsibility for football strategy at the club from the academy to the first team.
“We don’t have big plans. It’s a very difficult period to bring players in,” the Everton executive said.
He also added that he had no interest in selling any of Everton’s best players, if they were to receive any bids throughout this month.
Last summer Everton were busy in the transfer market, splashing out an estimated £86 million on Richarlison, Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne, and bringing Andre Gomes in on loan.
At the meeting Iranian majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright agreed that this season so far has failed to match expectations, and are looking to the FA Cup to claim their first piece of major silverware since winning the competition in 1995.
The Merseysiders’ form has nosedived is recent weeks, with Everton winning just one of their last eight league games, and taking just two points from their last four home games, culminating in a an abject 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City on New Year’s Day.
Everton will now face a tricky fourth round tie away to Millwall in the FA Cup, having just managed to defeat Lincoln City at home in the previous round with a 2-1 scoreline.
The Toffees’ chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale also set an ambitious target at the AGM for the club to win the Premier League.
It is anticipated the planning application for the club’s new £500m Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium will be submitted later this year, and Barrett Baxendale argued that this should be a catalyst in challenging for major honours.
She admitted at the gathering that this is an ambitious targtet, but it was an achievable one under the ownership of Moshiri.
Everton were last league champions back in 1987, during the glory days of Howard Kendall’s first spell as manager.