Rafa Benitez discusses further Everton additions in January transfer window and makes trophy admission

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Everton have already made two January transfer signings but would like more additions.

Rafa Benitez has admitted that Everton will continue to be on the lookout for the “best possible options” during the January transfer window.

The Toffees manager has already made two early swoops since the window opened less than a week ago.

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What’s been said

Meanwhile, right-back Nathan Patterson joined the Blues from Rangers on Tuesday. The deal was worth an initial £11 million but could rise to £16 million with add-ons.

Everton are said to have had a bid rejected for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff, while a centre-back and winger could also be on Benitez’s wish list.

Although it’s generally difficult to recruit in January, Benitez revealed he would like to bolster his options.

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He told Everton’s club’s website: “This is a difficult window but we saw we can do things and, hopefully, can continue looking for the best possible options for us,” he said.

“The idea is to bring new faces and increase the competition between players.”

Nathan Patterson celebrates in action for Scotland. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty ImagesNathan Patterson celebrates in action for Scotland. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
Nathan Patterson celebrates in action for Scotland. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images | Getty Images

‘Not just winning games, winning trophies’

Benitez has come under intense pressure from Evertonians amid a lacklustre run.

After a bright start in the Goodison hot seat, a run of just six points in the past 12 games has resulted in the Toffees jettisoning to 16th in the Premier League table.

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However, Benitez is hopeful the additions of Mykolenko and Patterson won’t just propel Everton back up the standings - but see them challenge for silverware.

The Spaniard added: “If you analyse my teams, they are aggressive, they go on the front foot and press, and try to regain the ball high up the pitch, create chances and score goals.

“And at the same time, keep the balance. Keeping the balance between defence and attack is key for winning something. Not just winning games, winning trophies.

“That is the style I want to install here. Bringing in these two young players with energy, they can go forward and attack, is key for the future of the club.

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“I hope they can give us fresh legs and faces to improve the competition [in the squad]. And thinking about the future. I like to see Everton growing and improving – and improving the winning mentality.

“Not just being in a comfortable position where people are more relaxed.”

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