Everton 1, MFK Ruzomberok 0: Ronald Koeman suggests Toffees closing in on new No9 after narrow Europa League win

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Baines scored the winner for Everton in their Europa League third qualifying round, first leg clash (Source: Getty)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman hinted that the Toffees are close to signing a new striker after his side’s slender victory over Slovakian minnows MFK Ruzomberok in Thursday’s Europa League third qualifying round clash.

The match marked Wayne Rooney’s official return to Goodison Park, 13 years after leaving Everton for Manchester United, although it was a deflected strike from full-back Leighton Baines which settled the first-leg encounter.

“When Sandro came on, Wayne Rooney had more freedom and we had pace up front which made the team better,” said Koeman. “We know that we would like another striker, you normally need two No9s in the squad. I am really confident that we can bring in a good one to make us better.”

Everton, who have signed seven players this summer, dominated possession but needed goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to turn a Jan Maslo header onto the crossbar.

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