Everton transfers: David Moyes hints at ‘Christmas Eve’ shopping spree

Everton transfers: David Moyes says the Toffees will wait until the last minute to make any new signings in the January transfer window

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David Moyes has hinted Everton could make a last-minute move to strengthen their squad before the January transfer window ends.

The Toffees boss is yet to make any new signings this month, with Ross Barkley leaving Goodison Park after agreeing a loan switch to Leeds United.

Moyes has been linked with a move for Wigan Athletic’s Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy and Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

And the 49-year-old, who snapped up Steven Pieenar just before the 2012 January deadline, hinted Everton would leave any deals until the last minute again this season.

“I think from the start I said that January wouldn’t be full of signings, I don’t think I’ll be changing my tune from where we started,” said Moyes.

“You never know, we might. We’ve tended to be Christmas Eve shoppers in the past, so hold on to your hat.

“I said at the start, and the chairman has said, there was a little bit of money that we could do some business with and that hasn’t really changed. But it makes it harder to get the level of player you might be looking for.

“If you have a couple of injuries you might need something in to give you a back-up to get you through but really I’d be hoping that we’d only be bringing someone in who could play at the top end of the Premier League, and that comes down to availability or costing that makes it difficult.”

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