By Peter Lynch

18th Nov, 2023 | 10:10am

Sean Dyche set for Demarai Gray 2.0 as Everton sent ‘highest level’ January transfer warning

Everton manager Sean Dyche has enough on his plate at this moment in time, with the boss eager to help the Toffees climb up the Premier League table.

The Merseyside outfit are also into the quarter-finals of the League Cup, with a run in that competition set to please fans massively.

But with the January transfer window creeping up, the man in the dugout will have a new set of problems, both in terms of recruitment and potential exits.

And it is the latter area in which he will be particularly worried about, with the Toffees not able to afford to lose any of their important players at such a key stage of the season.

But Dyche could be helpless in preventing some of his squad from making a switch to the Saudi Pro League (SPL) after the latest comments from its transfer chief Michael Emenalo.

In an interview with the official SPL website (15 November) Emenalo said of January signings: “Now, whatever additional improvement that we need to do for any club, with time on our hands and preparation, we believe will be additions of the highest level.”

Everton did, of course, lose Demarai Gray to the league in the summer, with the winger joining Al-Ettifaq. But that was by no means an easy situation for Dyche, who was given a huge headache by the player, telling the official Everton website (5 September) that “no moves are done” without the club’s permission after Gray told them a transfer had been completed.

The man in the dugout will want to avoid a similar scenario in January at all costs, but given the lucrative financial package awaiting anyone who moves to Saudi, Dyche may be put under such stress once more if any of his players are targeted.

In other Everton news, BBC Sport pundits have slammed one Toffees ace live on air during a recent international clash.