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Conte culpable in uneven season

By ESPN Staff

Moyes eyes new faces for January

David Moyes has revealed that he is ready to spend in the January transfer window if Everton maintain their form on three fronts.

Everton go into tomorrow's home game with Birmingham looking for their fourth successive victory in 10 days in three different competitions.

These are heady days at Goodison Park with Everton at last having a good domestic cup run alongside a European campaign.

And although Everton have increased the size of their squad over the past year to cope with the increased workload that manager Moyes has been aiming for, he accepts he will need more of the same come January.

Moyes said: 'We may well look to strengthen the squad in January, if the right players are available.

'We will assess that at the time and see what we can do. In the past it may well have been loan deals for us at this time of year, but a lot will depend on where we are and how things are going.

'That will play a part. But I have not been told that there will not be money to spend in January.'

Everton's recovery from the shattering Mersey derby defeat by Liverpool saw them achieve a fine home victory against Larissa in their opening UEFA Cup group match, a Premier League victory at Derby and then Wednesday's Carling Cup success at Luton.

But although cup success has been in short supply at Everton over the years - they are in the league cup last eight for the first time in nearly 20 years - Moyes would not swap cup glory for league success.

He said: 'We are doing okay in the UEFA Cup and Carling Cup, but it is the league that is more important.

'We have always wanted cup runs, but I would not sacrifice a place in the top six for winning a cup. You are always judged on your achievements in the league, not in cups.'

But for now, with the Carling Cup quarter-final draw tomorrow, Moyes wants to keep the current impressive run going, particularly with another trip into Europe on Thursday in Nuremberg.

Moyes has minor doubts over Nuno Valente, Alan Stubbs and Steven Pienaar for the visit of Birmingham, but said: 'It's been a very important few days for us, we won a UEFA Cup tie, a Premier League match and then a Carling Cup tie. Now we have to keep this going.

'It's been three good victories and the football has been pretty good too. Our football has improved generally, although it wasn't that good at Luton, but we have started to put together good performances on all fronts.

'It has helped that we now have a stronger, deeper squad. If we had not had that, I don't think we would have coped with the workload in three competitions.

'I have needed the numbers and we will continue to need those numbers to handle injuries and tiredness.

'But we have always wanted this, the extra games, Europe, a good cup run. The Champions League teams have got extra games, and I wish I was in the Champions League.

'I want these extra games for a long time to come, we are in the UEFA Cup now and I want the Champions League.

'We want to stay in all the cups and improve in the league. It is not easy but it is where I want to take this club, we are handling it and that is our target.'

Everton will again be without striker Andrew Johnson, but his recovery from an ankle operation is going well and he could be back in training next week.

Johnson said: 'I have done all my rehabilitation and, thankfully, everything is coming to an end now.

'All being well, the problems with my ankle will then be over. I was gutted that it needed to be done but I supposed the timing was ideal because I have only missed a couple of games and we are about to start an important period.

'The team have been doing tremendously. Everyone is contributing and this is an exciting time for the club and everyone wants to be a part of it.

'Hopefully it will not be too long before I am back now. A win against Birmingham would take us near to the top six and that is where we want to be. We are top of the group in Europe and everything is going well. I cannot wait to be involved again.'