David Moyes is already working to improve Everton's scoring department that has managed only 31 Barclays Premiership goals all season.
The Everton chief has agreed a fee for Oldham's 17-year-old striker Scott Spencer, but despite travelling to Cardiff to watch England Under-21 hitman Cameron Jerome on Friday, his interest is believed to have cooled on the Welsh club's £3million-rated front man.
With James Beattie having not scored for six games, and Duncan Ferguson unlikely to be retained when his contract runs out in the summer, Moyes needs to work hard to solve his goalscoring problems.
Spencer will cost a £225,000 down payment and could sign by the weekend, subject to a medical.
Oldham's chief executive Alan Hardy said: 'A deal has been agreed in principle with Everton, it is now down to a medical and whether the boy wants to move.'
Moyes has trailed the 29-goal academy product for some time, and clearly sees Spencer as a long-term prospect.
But he will need more front men and has been linked with Blackburn's Paul Dickov.
However, there is a strong chance that the Scottish international could return to Manchester City on a free transfer this summer.
One player Moyes hopes will be able to have a more productive season next term is Dutch winger Andy van der Meyde who has been dogged by injury since joining last summer, and has only just returned from a three-match suspension after being sent off in the recent Merseyside derby.
Van der Meyde said: 'I cannot wait to start the new season. I want the coach, my team-mates and the fans to see I can be important for them.
'I really want to play again. After a long time of not playing I want to give something back to the people.
'I was only on the field five minutes at Liverpool after coming back after so long out injured. The referee was nervous because it was such a big match and it was difficult for him.
'But I don't think I really touched the player (Xabi Alonso), I just had my hand up. But that has gone now and I want to play in the games coming up.
'Every game now is important. It will be hard for me to come back because if you have not played for a long time, it is tough, but that is what I want.'