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Everton told they should sign Swansea City star Alfie Mawson – and more competition for Cenk Tosun

Former Everton forward Tony Cottee believes that the Blues still have work to do in the transfer window – including the signing of Swansea City star Alfie Mawson.

The Blues have already secured their first signing of January with Turkish international Cenk Tosun arriving from Besiktas, with Sam Allardyce also confirming that talks are underway with a hope to bringing in Theo Walcott from Arsenal.

The boss earlier in the window confirmed that he would also be on the hunt for a full back, with Cuco Martina still deputising for the injured Leighton Baines.

TV pundit Cottee agrees that Everton should be targeting additions to their defence in this winter, but believes that it should be a centre-back coming in – and has identified Mawson as a good fit.

He told SportingBet : “I think Everton badly need a new central defender to replace Jagielka and Williams and to build a relationship with Michael Keane. I think Alfie Mawson could be a good signing for Everton.

“The club should also look for a proven striker who would be happy in a squad role, competing with Calvert-Lewin as back up for Cenk Tosun.”

Despite wanting to see a back-up option arrive for the Turkish international, Cottee is looking forward to seeing Tosun play for the Blues.

New Everton signing Cenk Tosun in training
(Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

However, he also knows the pressure that the 26-year-old will be facing thanks to his large transfer fee.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Cenk Tosun play. £27m is a lot of money for Everton to spend on a striker so Tosun will be under pressure to hit the ground running and score goals from the start.

“He’s got Champions League and international experience, scoring a lot of goals for Besiktas so I’ve got high hopes he will deliver for Everton.

“It’s hard to predict because a lot of players have come into the Premier League with similar pedigree and flopped, so it’s a case of fingers crossed.”

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