Celtic youngster Anthony Ralston is said to be of interest to a number of Premier League clubs, including Tottenham and Everton.
The Everton manager’s side were involved in a damage-limitation exercise.
Matters got worse for Everton with the second goal and, before the interval, Alli nearly connected with a Kane cross from six yards and the latter shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area as the home crowd responded by booing off their team.
The Everton manager says that despite planning otherwise, “option 3, 4 or 5” became more realistic for his club at the end of the window.
Forget moving next summer’s Premier League transfer deadline day, perhaps all Mauricio Pochettino needs to do to ensure his Tottenham team start the next campaign in more productive fashion than this is move the big kick-off to September 1.
Pickford had partly redeemed himself with a point-blank save from Ben Davies after Dele Alli had found space on the right, but the goalkeeper could not hold the ball and Eriksen was on hand with an emphatic follow-up.
Even with Mason Holgate at his disposal, Koeman resisted the temptation to enlist a seemingly more competent option than the Curacao worldwide.
It threatens to be the decision by which Everton’s season will live and die. Wayne Rooney’s late runs into the box have been their only source of offense. The Everton fans are really loud and get right behind the team, which is why it was never a nice place to come as an opponent. Sandro Ramirez leads the line and will be supported by Rooney as well as Davy Klaassen.
Tottenham signed Vincent Janssen last summer to add another worldwide option in attack alongside Harry Kane, but the Dutchman struggled to make an impression and has since been loaned out to Turkish side Fenerbahce.
Everton had an exciting draw 1-1 against Manchester City and a 2-0 loss to Chelsea in their last two games.
Signing a 31-year-old whose statistics had seen better days was always going to have obvious drawbacks, not least after the feel-good factor had worn off.
The only surprise was that Kane was unable to complete his hat-trick, although it took another point-blank save from Pickford to deny him the match ball on an afternoon to forget for the Merseysiders.