Stoke manager Tony Pulis believes that Everton counterpart David Moyes requires more financial backing from the Goodison Park board if the Merseyside club are to achieve a lucrative top four finish in the Barclays Premier League this season.

Everton managed to break the stranglehold of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool when they finished fourth in 2005. But it was a one-off as Moyes' side have finished 11th, sixth and fifth in the three seasons that have followed.

And Pulis believes the Toffees need investment to keep up with the influx of foreign owners in the Premier League saying: "It is no secret that money talks in football - we have seen it recently at Manchester City with the signing of Robinho."

He added: "Did Robinho know about Manchester City? I'm not sure Robinho did know much about Manchester City but the money was there and as we all know that money attracts players.

"David (Moyes) has done a fantastic job at Everton, last year they finished fifth and now he is looking at it to see if he can take them into the top four again.

"But to break into the top four you need more resources, and that's not having a go at Bill Kenwright or anyone at Everton Football Club.

"David Moyes is being really, really ambitious from a personal point of view to take them on to that next step again, and there is nothing wrong with that at all."

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