David Moyes has conceded that Everton could consider the possibility of selling winger Steven Pienaar to raise the funds necessary to buy a striker.
The Toffees frontmen have come under some criticism this season owing to their inability to deliver, with Louis Saha in particular having not scored a single league goal since February. The Scot has admitted that the club need a striker, and maintains that the Merseysiders would likely look to dispose of the South African as his contract expires during the summer.
"It may well come to it in the January transfer window that we have to consider selling Pienaar to raise money, because he is out of contract in the summer," Moyes told reporters.
"But we know we need a striker, and realistically, the sort of money we will raise through that route, what type of player is it going to buy for us in the January market.
"The sort of money I'd raise, I don't think it will attract the type of player we need, the type of player we are looking for to provide the goals.
"The sort of money it will cost, I don't think selling a player will solve that particular problem, and it is probably a reality that we will have to look at bringing in a loan player, that it will be the loan market we will need to look at to provide some sort of solution."
Goal.com UK recently revealed exclusively that Everton are eyeing a £2.5 million swoop for fellow South African Siphiwe Tshabalala as a replacement for Pienaar.