Everton are set to allow Oumar Niasse and Cenk Tosun leave the club this month. The pair have struggled to settle at Goodison Park and Everton are hoping to raise some funds by allowing the pair an exit.
However, with no guarantee that Everton will bring in new faces this month, it could leave them short in the striker position.
So could Fraser Hornby be in line for a first-team chance?
Hornby made his debut for the club last season in the Europa League clash with Apollon Limassol. Previously a central midfielder he has now carved out a niche as an old-fashioned centre-forward. Excellent in the air, strong on the ball and surprisingly technically gifted, no wonder the Scot has been compared to countryman Duncan Ferguson.
Hornby enjoyed a brilliant summer, playing a key role as Scotland made the semi-final of the Toulon Tournament. His form with Scotland continued with five goals in two games in September’s under-21 qualifying.
Unfortunately, his season was disrupted by ankle surgery in October. However, he is now back in action and will no doubt hope to force his way into Marco Silva’s thinking this month.
With ‘Big Dunc’ on the coaching staff, Hornby might have the chance to prove he is the next big Scot to make it as an Everton striker.