Everton manager Roberto Martinez has indicated that the club may delve into the transfer market if long-term absentee Arouna Kone does not return from his knee injury soon.
Martinez did not comment on speculation that the club could move for 33-year-old Samuel Eto’o, who was released by Chelsea last season after a relatively unsuccessful year at the club.
The Toffees’ manager only recently said that it was unlikely any new moves in the transfer market would be made.
However, speaking on ESPN Martinez said, “Of course, that [signing a new striker] comes into the thinking. But we've got a bit of time, and the next two weeks are vital towards that.
"It's important Arouna is fully fit, it's important he can show what he can do.
“Every Evetonian has been so supportive because they want to see him back on to a football pitch, and we're all desperate to see that happening.”
Goals burden needs sharing
The club’s main goalscoring responsibilities rest on the shoulders of Romelu Lukaku, who recently moved to the club for £28m from Chelsea, after spending last season on loan with the Toffees.
Lukaku managed to score 15 goals in 29 league appearances last season and he will therefore be crucial in the upcoming campaign.
Different options available
Martinez also has Kevin Mirallas and Stephen Naismith, but neither are orthodox strikers and both may be used in the attacking midfield position whilst Ross Barkley recovers from a long-term injury sustained in training last week.
Given that Koune is likely to return at some point in the near future, the club may pursue a loan move if they do decide to delve once again into the transfer market.
An additional concern is that the window closes on the 1st September and players are known to get more expensive as the closing date nears, due to the fact that clubs have to find replacements for any outgoing players.