By Sean Fisher

27th Nov, 2022 | 11:30am

Frank Lampard and Kevin Thelwell in constant Everton transfer talks amid attacker signing reveal

Frank Lampard has revealed that he and Everton director of football Kevin Thelwell have identified attacking positions as a “priority” in January.

Everton sit 17th and just one point above the relegation zone over the winter break, and with another relegation fight looming Lampard is keen to get some business done in January.

The Toffees boss spent his money wisely in the summer with Amadou Onana, Conor Coady and James Tarkowski all performing well in the first half of the season, however, Neal Maupay’s arrival hasn’t quite had the intended impact.

The Frenchman has been unable to provide a consistent number of goals and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin still struggling after an extended spell on the sidelines, Lampard has hinted at new attacking reinforcements joining in January.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Lampard said: “The reality is we will try and do the business that we can with an understanding of what we want to do.

“We want to help the squad in attacking areas, that is clearly the area that we want to help as a priority.”

The Liverpool Echo add: “Lampard and Thelwell have a list of targets and the pair, who get on well with each other, are in constant communication over their plans.”

Thelwell decided against joining the side for their Australia trip so that the 11-hour time difference didn’t stop him from making important transfer calls.

Essential

Everton look as though they’ll be in real trouble this season unless they can find a striker to inject some goals into the side.

Lampard showed at the start of the season that he can get this Everton side to play compact and organised football defensively, with the Toffees at one point boasting the best defensive record in the Premier League.

Even after a terrible run of results in November, only the top three teams in the league boast a better defensive record than Everton – it’s the number of goals scored that has let the team down.

Only 20th-placed Wolves have scored less than Everton’s 11 goals this season. In the club’s last six Premier League games, five of them saw Everton not find the back of the net.

The squad boasts enough creativity, with Alex Iwobi, Demarai Gray, Anthony Gordon and two attacking full-backs crying out for a reliable striker to be on the end of their passes.

Finding and signing the right striker in January could be the difference between survival and relegation this season.