Sam Allardyce only wants Champions League players
Everton manager Sam Allardyce will continue to look at Champions League clubs for new signings.
The Blues boss watched a “couple” of Sevilla players in their last 16-tie with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Allardyce has made no secret of his admiration for Steven N’Zonzi and the French midfielder starred in the Spanish side’s 2-1 win.
Allardyce signed Cenk Tosun from Besiktas in January with the striker giving up knockout tie with Bayern Munich to seal his switch to Everton.
And the Blues manager believes there are players at Champions League clubs Everton can look at despite recently complaining the club are operating in an “inflated market”.
“You’ve got to find out about the players, in the main,” he said.
“Sevilla are a fantastic club.
“Cenk is playing Champions League football but wants to come to the Premier League so you look out for a bit of that and see what might improve you in the future.”
Allardyce declared himself “very impressed” after a Sevilla scouting mission and says they managed to silence the home fans with spot-on tactics.
“I was very impressed with Sevilla on the night, they were absolutely outstanding and how they mastered the pressure of Old Trafford,” he said.
“Which meant I’ve never seen an Old Trafford quite so quiet as I saw them.
"There was not a lot of intimidation that you normally get and they capitalised on that in the end by putting on a goal-scorer and, in the end, it looks like mastered tactics by the coach because he barely had two touches and one of those touches he finished brilliantly.”