Everton agree Mejbri deal as Danjuma and Onana close to January exit

The Toffees could be gaining a new player as two of their current squad members Arnaut Danjuma and Amadou Onana are rumoured to be leaving Goodison Park this month.
Crystal Palace v Everton - Emirates FA Cup Third Round
Crystal Palace v Everton - Emirates FA Cup Third Round / Vince Mignott/MB Media/GettyImages

These stories come as Everton face a challenging January transfer window with very little wriggle room financially and continued uncertainty over the club's future ownership.

And this was coming after a tough first half to the season which included that notorious ten point deduction in November.

On top of all that the Blues have a catalogue of injury problems to deal with the latest of which was Dwight McNeil's in the 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park last Thursday evening.

The winger was stretched off on a night of frustration and anger for Evertonians with Dominic Calvert-Lewin's sending off representing the latest example of highly debatable officiating adversly afffecting the team this season.

To my surprise the Toffees appeal against that red card has been successful and so at least Sean Dyche won't now have to cope without his first-choice centre-forward for three matches.

Amidst all the bad news and problems facing the club that is at least something positive given how stretched Dyche's squad is.

McNeil's absence would in a sense be the more significant and difficult to deal with because Calvert-Lewin has a ready replacement in the form of Beto, while there is no-one who can replicate McNeil's contribution as easily.

The one player who would be an obvious replacement is Danjuma and he did come in against Crystal Palace, performing well too although he failed to score.

However, the Dutchman hasn't had much playing time under Dyche since finally joining Everton last summer on loan and the manager seems less than convinced by him.

It would appear though that Danjuma would have to now be selected if McNeil is out for a considerable time with injury.

But today comes news that he might well be looking for a move away from Merseyside in the next few weeks with French side Lyon apparently interested in him.

Obviously when he signed, Danjuma was anticipating more football at Everton than he actually has had and so his desire for a move is perhaps understandable.

But of course, if McNeil is out for any length of time (and we still don't know for sure yet if and for how long) he will now get that chance in a royal blue shirt.

As well as Danjuma's rumoured desire for an exit, the stories about Amadou Onana's future don't stop with more today that Arsenal are serious about a bid for the Belgian midfielder.

Clearly the Blues can't afford to lose both these players in the January window - even if a new face could be coming though the doors - and the chance of that happening surely remains slim.