Everton are struggling to find a suitable left-back to target before the close of the transfer window.

Sam Allardyce has repeated his desire to find a solution to the Blues’ problem position but admits few defenders fit the bill.

Allardyce is unable to put a time frame on Leighton Baines’ return from a niggling calf injury but confirmed surgery has been ruled out.

Cuco Martina continues to deputise in Baines’ absence but Big Sam says everyone is aware that he is not the long-term answer.

Asked by the ECHO if he still wants to sign a left-back, Allardyce said: “If you could find me one I suppose it would possibly be a position we would like to try and fill.