Everton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted he is “open” to signing Diego Costa on a loan deal this month.
The Spanish forward has made clear his intentions to leave Chelsea but Atletico Madrid – his preferred destination – are banned from making any new signings until January.
And while Everton have bolstered their squad with club record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson this week, Koeman has admitted he would still like to bring in another striker – as well as a left-sided defender.
When asked during a press conference whether those signings would need to be permanent or could be temporary, Koeman replied, “Is that about Costa?!”, seemingly in reference to comments made by Joey Barton about the wantaway Chelsea forward’s situation.
“Of course you like to sign players for the future, but if you can get the best one that way, then why not?” the Dutchman added.
“That’s for six months, the season, two years.
“It’s difficult because it needs to be a quality player, or a young player who can develop or improve.
“We have the possibility maybe to sign good players, but we don’t play in the Champions League – and that sometimes makes things very difficult.”
Costa has spent the summer at his parents’ house in Brazil and, while he has been using a personal trainer, a loan deal has been suggested as a way for him to gain match fitness ahead of a move to the Spanish capital in the New Year.