Search For A Striker

by Mark Rowan

Manager David Moyes is poised to enter the transfer market in search of a temporary replacement for youngster Wayne Rooney.

The teenage hot-shot is almost certainly ruled out of the opening games of the new Premiership campaign after damaging ankle ligaments during last Saturday' pre-season friendly victory over Rangers.

With Rooney sidelined and Duncan Ferguson suspended for the first three matches of the new season it leaves Moyes with a front two of Kevin Campbell and Tomasz Radzinski plus Nick Chadwick in reserve.

The Blues Boss is not 100 per cent comfortable with that level of strength in depth and he may look at signing a new striker temporarily or on a permanent basis in the coming weeks.

"At this time I may need to go into the market for a centre-forward, whether it will be on-loan or to buy," Moyes told from the Blues' St Andrews training base.

"We have Duncan suspended for the first three games and with Wayne looking likely to miss a couple of games we are down to Kevin, Tomasz and Nick

"I am not too sure that is strong enough for Everton and the start of the new season."

Brian McBride, who had a successful spell on-loan at Goodison earlier this year, is a name that continually crops up when there is any mention of a striker shortage at Everton.

But he is under contract to the MLS and due to him not being available on a loan deal would cost an estimated £500,000 - a fee Moyes was reluctant to pay when his original loan spell ended in March.

As well as searching for striking cover attempts to bolster the midfield are continuing and the Goodison Chief told ToffeeTalk last night that he still hoped to introduce two or three new faces before August 16.

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