Football - Moyes looking for home comforts

Everton boss David Moyes hopes back-to-back home games will see his side push on in their pursuit of Champions League football.

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The Toffees host West Brom at Goodison Park in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday night before struggling Aston Villa visit on Saturday.

Whether or not Leroy Fer will be an Everton player when Villa come to town remains to be seen, after the midfielder's £8.6million deal from FC Twente hit a snag as he underwent his medical.

Press Association Sport understands during those assessments medical staff identified an issue which raised enough concerns for Everton to go back to Twente in an attempt to renegotiate the deal, something the Dutch club are reluctant to do.

In the meantime, Everton continue to hang on to the coattails of the top four and Moyes was disappointed that they only took two points from their last two games against Swansea and Southampton, both of which were goalless draws.

"We've worked hard to be in a strong position in the Premier League," Moyes said. "We're slightly disappointed that we drew the last two games but it hasn't got us in any worse position.

"We've now got a couple of home games and we have to try to take advantage of it. But West Brom are a tough nut to crack. They're one of the only teams who have beaten us this season and I think Steve Clarke's done a really good job.

"If anybody's turning up thinking this is a foregone conclusion, they're quite a bit off the mark I think.

"We just have to keep ploughing on and picking up the points. January's a long hard month, which it's proved to be. Once we come out of this month we can maybe look to see where we've got to go."

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