Marco Silva has suggested that he could look to sign another midfielder once the January transfer window opens.

Everton have been plagued by injuries this season, and if “big doubt” Fabian Delph cannot recover in time to face Southampton this weekend then Everton will be without Andre Gomes, JP Gbamin and the England international in the midfield area.

Tom Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin and Gylfi Sigurdsson remain as Everton’s senior midfield options, and Silva has indicated that he could look to boost the squad depth of this group.

Delph will only miss the trip to St Mary’s through a slight knock, while Gbamin has been out since the second game of the season, and Andre Gomes’ recent horror injury against Spurs will keep him out for the rest of the season at the very least.

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While Gbamin will return in January, Silva has claimed that he doesn’t want to rush him back, with the Ivorian still needing time to adjust to the Premier League.

As such, the Liverpool Echo report that Silva will sit down for talks with Marcel Brands in the coming weeks to discuss midfield targets and whether the club should move for a midfield option in January.

Silva already has plans to discuss centre-back targets ahead of the January window, and he will now bring discussions over a midfielder to the table.

Talking to the Echo, Silva said:

We have to look for our solutions now because we are talking about JP being back in January but let’s see how he will react, how he will come back, he is still a new player in the Premier League so there will be an adaptation.

We are not talking about J-P coming back in January and being ready to play straight away.

It is possible in the next few weeks that we will sit again to talk about the possibilities as well and what we should do or not. It is not the moment to talk now but, for sure, we will talk about the possibilities and what we should do during January.

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Personally I thought another midfielder was needed in January before Andre Gomes got injured, so I’m pleased to see that Silva is now willing to dip back into the transfer market.

There was talk about a bid for Abdoulaye Doucoure in the summer, with the midfielder supposedly interested in linking up with his former Watford boss, and I’d very much be into that deal being resurrected.

Marcel Brands is also likely to have a list of promising gems across the continent and beyond that he has been keeping track of, so it just comes down to the club getting to work and this time ensuring that every target position is actually filled when the window closes.

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