Everton boss Lampard declares striker signing plans

Everton boss Frank Lampard will seek to buy a new striker in January.

Lampard had hoped for big things from Dominic Calvert-Lewin this season but it has not gone to plan for the England striker, who will miss the crucial trip to Bournemouth due to an amalgamation of injuries.

Calvert-Lewin dislocated his shoulder during a defeat at Newcastle on October 19 and came off during last Saturday’s loss to Leicester with hamstring damage; he has also suffered a recurrence of the knee issue that forced him to miss the first two months of the campaign.

“It’s not my job to be sure of exactly what we’ve got (to spend) but I know we’ve got the support and a joined-up understanding that we want to help the squad in January,” said Lampard. “It’s not an easy window in January for starters, we know that.

“Generally players who are playing well stay where they are and big moves rarely happen or, if they do, they are at the top end – and we won’t be at that end. We’ll be looking at how we can help the squad in different ways, maybe with different profiles to what we’ve got.”

Lampard, who insists the club’s hierarchy understand that this will be a season with challenges, added: “The top end of the pitch for sure is where we are looking. I feel for him in that sense but in the short-term we also have to look at how we can protect around that top end of the pitch.”