By 90Min
December 29, 2017

Sam Allardyce has reiterated his desire to add goals to his Everton squad amid speculation over a £25m swoop for Besiktas star Cenk Tosun.

The Toffees boss fielded questions from the media ahead of his side's trip to Bournemouth on Saturday (h/t the Liverpool Echo) and revealed once more that he intended to bolster his forward line at Goodison Park.

Tosun is reportedly expected to pen a four-and-a-half year deal with Everton after he underwent a medical at USM Finch Farm on Wednesday and, whilst he didn't namedrop the Turkey international into his media briefing, Big Sam did state a new striker was his priority in the January window.

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He said: "We're actively looking for more goals in the transfer window. It's still a problem we have at the club and we can't cloud the fact that we've had more penalties than any other club, but that won't always happen.

"Young Dominic Calvert-Lewin is battling away. I think he's got a bright future but I don't think we can rely on him week in, week out at the moment."

Calvert-Lewin has led the line impeccably during Allardyce's early weeks in charge, but looked tired in the Boxing Day stalemate against West Brom.

The 63-year-old's other options in Sandro Ramirez and Oumar Niasse have failed to take chances afforded to them when called upon too, so it's no shock to see Allardyce pinpoint a new frontman as his main target ahead of next month's window.

Meanwhile, Allardyce also provided an update on his injured contingent ahead of the clash with Eddie Howe's Cherries.

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The ex-Sunderland and Crystal Palace boss revealed that Wayne Rooney was fit again after a week-long illness, but the Blues would once again be without Idrissa Gana Gueye due to a hamstring strain picked up against Chelsea.

Allardyce went on to discuss the recoveries of Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines in more detail, however, as he suggested when the full-back duo could return to the first-team fold.

He added: "We expected Baines to be back in full training next week but it won't happen because he's had a setback in his rehab. Seamus has been doing a lot of work and has been helped by a new machine we’ve been using. He’s making progress.”

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