Everton boss Sam Allardyce says his aim now is to improve his team's defensive record having bolstered his attacking options.

Clean sheets the priority for Allardyce

Clean sheets the priority for Allardyce

The Toffees have splashed the cash this January to bring in Turkish striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas and Theo Walcott, who completed his £20million-plus move from Arsenal on Wednesday.

Allardyce hopes the duo can provide the goals needed to ease Everton's relegation worries and is now setting his sights on improving his backline with a new left-back thought to be a priority.

Having seen his team lose their last four Premier League games, shipping 10 goals in the process, Allardyce says it is vital the Merseysiders tighten up at the back if they are to avoid being dragged back towards the bottom three.

"We've still got a little bit to do to get away from being dragged back into the relegation zone," Allardyce told Talksport.

"Adding a striker and attacking wide player will hopefully give us more goals.

"I've got to try and revert back to a more defensive structure with the team again and try to get those clean sheets that gave us so many wins when I first came here.

"We simplified the game which helped. Played a simple game to get the basics right and build the confidence back up again."