The 2013/14 season was the first time in a number years that Everton have had an out and out striker getting goals for the team. However, with Romelu Lukaku's loan finishing the problem has been highlighted again for the coming season. A striker should be top of Everton's shopping List.
LOIC REMY (QPR) - With Liverpool's £8.5 million deal appearing to fall through, Everton should jump at the chance to sign Remy. The 27-year-old Frenchman scored 14 goals in 26 Premier League appearances last season which is better than a goal every 2 games. With Everton known for not being one of the richest clubs in the league this really is a bargain deal for a striker just coming into his prime.
ROMELU LUKAKU (CHELSEA) - After a highly successful loan spell last season, this should really be Everton's number one target. Romelu Lukaku was one of the key players at Everton scoring 15 goals in 31 games and highly influential in Martinez's maiden season. This transfer really is a no brainer. However, with Chelsea looking to offload the striker permanently, the cost of the transfer is likely to be the biggest problem. Reports have circulated anywhere between 18 to 25 million for the young Belgian. This is arguably a bargain with the inflated transfers we have seen so far this summer but can Everton stump up with the cash, it remains to be seen.
The next position Everton should be looking for is on the wing. They have lost Gerard Deulofeu back to Barcelona and although quite strong in the area could do with extra numbers considering their Europa League Campaign.
JAMES MILNER (MAN CITY) - Its hard to believe James Milner is only 28-years-old, he has been playing at the top for over a decade now. However after only 12 starts at Manchester City last season he is increasingly looking a surplus to requirements figure at the club. Milner, who's contract is up at the end of this season has the ideal hard working attributes for an Everton team and could be available on a cut price deal. Although his £80,000 a week wages would likely prove to be a stumbling block in a deal.
CHRISTIAN ATSU (CHELSEA) - An ideal fit for Deulofeu, a quick paced skilful player is a like for like replacement. The 22-year-old Ghanian spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem scoring 5 and providing 6 assists in his 28 games. At the 2014 World Cup he looked like he could be the one to provide a spark in a poor Ghana side. Any deal for Atsu, is likely to be another loan, leaving Everton with funds to strengthen elsewhere in the squad.
Finally a new problem area where Everton have been so secure in the past few years is the goalkeeping position. Tim Howard has recently signed a 4-year contract but is not getting any younger and therefore a ready made replacement needs to be lined. Joel Robles has not really blown the Everton fans away with his performances. The most recent friendly defeat to Leicester City in Thailand highlighted his frailties and many believe he is not up to the task.
JACK BUTLAND (STOKE) - The youngster who has 1 cap for England is arguably the hottest prospect in the goalkeeping position. He has been sent on-loan to the Championship 3 times in his short 18-month spell at the Britannia. If he was to come to Everton like at Stoke he would not be first choice, however with Europa League fixtures in the offing is likely to have more playing minutes at Everton than Stoke especially as Martinez likes to rotate his 'keepers during Cup competitions. However, with the inflated transfer prices of British players this deal is not likely to be on the cheap side which could be problematic for the finances at Everton.