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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

Everton
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By ESPN Staff

Moyes wants four new signings

Everton head into their Europa League play-off second leg at Sigma Olomouc a defender down - but manager David Moyes expects to have at least four new faces in his squad by the time the transfer window closes next week.

The Everton squad touched down in the Czech Republic on Wednesday for their first match since Joleon Lescott completed his protracted big-money move to Manchester City.

But instead of dwelling on the former Wolves player's exit, Moyes focused on his plans for the future and a number of players he has in his sights now the Goodison Park coffers have been swelled.

"I would be disappointed if we didn't get at least four, maybe more,'' Moyes told the club's website. "We've made quite a bit of progress I feel and maybe I'll be able to announce something shortly, but not yet.

"The job is to try and make it [the squad] stronger every year and that's what we'll aim to do.''

For now the Scot will have to work with what he has, though a 4-0 cushion from the first leg should ensure the make-up of his side tomorrow will not be too important.

One player back in the frame is Aiyegbeni Yakubu, who marked his comeback in the reserves last night with a goal after only 31 seconds against Burnley.

It was his first game since last November when he ruptured his Achilles at Tottenham.

Also on the flight were youngsters Kieran Agard and Hope Akpan who both impressed for the reserves alongside Yakubu.

Phil Jagielka, Mikel Arteta and Victor Anichebe remain sidelined through injury while new man Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is currently ineligible.

Olomouc coach Zdenek Psotka vowed his side would not make the mistakes they did at Goodison Park.

"We will try to do everything not to repeat the first match with Everton,'' he said. "We will have to be productive and score from our chances.

"I believe that if we score at the beginning of the match we could make Everton a bit nervous and make Everton's way to the Europa League less simple.''

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