Player News - Everton

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Manchester United set to use Jonny Evans as bait to land Everton right-back Seamus Coleman…

After missing out on Nathaniel Clyne and Dani Alves, Manchester United are set to up the ante in their pursuit of Everton right-back Seamus Coleman. Converted winger Antonio Valencia did a decent job in the role for much of last season, but the Republic of Ireland international has emerged as one of the PL’s best in recent years. Recording ten clean sheets, three goals and three assists last season – even though it was Everton’s worst showing for six campaigns. Everton are in the market for a centre-back too. With Sylvain Distin gone, there is no cover for Phil Jagielka and John Stones so the availability of Jonny Evans might sweeten the deal. Evans has not been offered a new contract at United, whereas other centre-backs Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett have and with the £30 million Sergio Ramos apparently on his way, he may be surplus to requirements.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 3 - 4:27 AM

Manchester United are reportedly ready to make a move on Everton right-back Seamus Coleman…

The route between Everton and Manchester United is a fairly well-trodden one in the transfer map. Current United stars Marouanne Fellaini and Wayne Rooney were both picked off for big fees. Leighton Baines was vigorously pursued during David Moyes reign and young starlets such as John Stones and Ross Barkley are understood to be window-shopped regularly. In return, United are happy to send players the other way when their use has expired – Tom Cleverley, Phil Neville, Tom Howard and Louis Saha among others. Everton right-back Seamas Coleman is the latest to attract United’s attention. They are in the market for a right-back with converted winger Antonio Valencia currently filling the role ahead of Rafael – who increasingly has the look of a Cleverley/ Neville/ Toward et al about him. A fee of £20 million should do it, with Adnan Januzaj in the opposite direction on loan possibly greasing the wheels.
Source: The Sun
Jun 28 - 7:08 AM

Mauricio Pochettino is looking to revamp Spurs as an attacking force. The club are believed to be preparing a double swoop with Chelsea winger Victor Moses and Everton speedster Kevin Mirallas high on his shopping list this summer.

Tottenham tailed off during the latter part of the 2014/15 season, a dip in form which ultimately cost the Lilywhites a shot at Champions League qualification. Only Harry Kane was able to deliver consistently while the form of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli was patchy at best. With Aaron Lennon expected to depart over the coming weeks Pochettino has focussed his attention on Victor Moses who impressed on-loan at Stoke before injury curtailed his season and Kevin Mirallas. The Belgian only started 8 BPL games in 2015 and failed to complete 90 minutes in any of those.
Source: London24
Jun 27 - 8:53 AM

Everton look set to lose winger Kevin Mirallas with Tottenham standing by to swoop…

Mirallas is in the last year of his contract at Everton and reportedly keen on a move to London, which could prompt Tottenham to reignite their pursuit of the Belgian. A swap deal involving Aaron Lennon almost went through in January – Lennon spent a successful second half of the season at Goodison and both parties seem keen to make the move permanent – but Tottenham are expected to make a straight cash offer for Mirallas. With a figure of around £7 million mooted. The mercurial Mirallas scored seven goals from just 18 starts last term and is highly thought of at Everton, but the relationship between him and manager Roberto Martinez soured after the ‘penalty gate’ incident v West Brom in January. The arrival of £4.3 million winger Gerard Deufoleu from Barcelona this week and an enquiry about the availability of Man United’s Adnan Januzaj on loan will not have improved relations between the two.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 27 - 8:36 AM

Everton have confirmed the £4.3 million transfer off winger Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona…

Everton fans will be delighted to see the return of Deulofeu on a permanent basis, after making a big impact during a loan spell in season 2013/14. Then just 19-years-old, the skillful winger started nine PL matches and featured in another 16 from the bench, scoring four goals and demonstrating the quality you’d expect from a Barcelona academy product. He struggled to make a breakthrough at Camp Nou though and spent much of last season on loan at Europa League winning Seville. But Roberto Martinez never lost gave up his pursuit and at £4.3 million, Everton look to have done a sound bit of business. The Spaniard is the club’s second signing of the summer after bringing in midfielder Tom Cleverley on a free from Manchester United.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Jun 25 - 9:50 AM

Everton and Sunderland are battling it out with each other – and German club Schalke – for the signature of Cagliari centre-back Davide Astori…

The 28-year-old Astori spent last season on loan at Roma – featuring in Champions and Europa League campaigns – but now faces a drop into Serie B with parent club Cagliari, who were relegated in his absence. This has alerted PL pair Everton and Sunderland, who are both in the market for central defensive cover. Sunderland are seeking a regular partner for Sebastian Coates, with neither John O’Shea nor Wes Brown convincing this season. Everton meanwhile are down to the bare bone of Phil Jagielka and John Stones, following the release of Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz – and no progress in their pursuit of Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann. Astori is an Italian international (10 caps) and likely to be available for somewhere in the region of £3 – 4 million.
Source: HITC
Jun 24 - 6:22 AM

England Under-21 left-back Luke Garbutt has signed a new contract with Everton but will spend next season on loan at Bournemouth…

It looked like Garbutt would leave permanently with his contract ending this summer. But the 22-year-old seen as Leighton Baines’ long-term successor has agreed to a five-year deal that will see him spend next season with PL newcomers Bournemouth, then return to challenge Baines in season 2016/17. Garbutt was signed from Leeds in 2009 but has featured just five times in the PL, playing most of his football on loan with Cheltenham and Colchester or in Europa League matches. He is highly thought of though, with a number of PL clubs – including Martinez’s old club Swansea – monitoring his situation. And it looks like Garbutt could be lining up alongside ex-Everton teammate Sylvain Distin. The 37-year-old was released this summer and in talks with The Cherries over a one-year deal.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 23 - 5:22 AM

Everton’s England Under 21 international John Stones is getting admiring glances from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho…

Everton are bracing themselves for a bid from Chelsea for centre back John Stones. He is currently with the Under 21s in the European Championships, but made his breakthrough into the senior squad this season. His elegant style, pace and ability on the ball has drawn comparisons with Real Madrid’s Rafael Varane – another central defender apparently on Jose Mourinho’s wanted list. Everton boss Roberto Martinez would hate to lose Stones after establishing himself at the heart of the back four, but money talks and Everton are usually ready to listen. A fee in the region of £15 million would be very hard to resist.
Source: The Express
Jun 21 - 5:34 AM

Goalkeeper Tim Howard’s Everton future has been thrown into doubt after the club make an enquiry about Burnley’s Tom Heaton…

Just a few weeks after Roberto Martinez saying that the goalkeeping area was the one ‘line’ of his team he was happy with and not looking to strengthen, Everton have made an approach for Burnley’s Tom Heaton. Tim Howard was a star of the 2014 World Cup for the US and has been an outstanding servant at Goodison as he enters his testimonial (10th) year. But last season was perhaps his least consistent. The 50 goals conceded was a full 10 more than in any of the previous three seasons and the ten clean sheets five down on the year before. This is not all down to Howard, of course. But the news that his ex’wife has now returned to the United States with their children will create further uncertainty. Heaton was one of Burnley’s star performers despite their relegation. And would relish the chance to follow his team-mate Danny Ings to Merseyside, albeit the blue side.
Jun 20 - 6:18 AM

John Stones has been ruled out of England's first two matches in the U21 Euro Championships with concussion-like symptoms.

The details are a little murky but it sounds like Stones will miss out on England's matches with Portugal and Sweden. New concussion protocols dictate that Stones miss the two matches both of which he likely would have started if healthy. Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough appears to have the inside track on replacing Stones in the starting line-up in the first two matches. England kick off tournament action today (Thursday) against Portugal.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 18 - 11:52 AM

Louis Van Gaal has targeted Everton striker Romelu Lukaku as the man to lead the Man United attack – if they can’t get Mario Mandzukic…

Belgian hitman Lukaku has had a quiet summer regarding transfer speculation after being the name on most people’s lips for the previous two. He cost Everton £28 million from Chelsea, after a promising season on loan, scoring 15 goals in his 31 matches. That was two goals less than the season before on loan at West Brom and last season was less productive still (just ten in 36 matches). Perhaps that’s why the deal is dependent on United failing to prize Mario Mandzukic away from Atletico Madrid. Everton will not want to see another big hitter exit towards Manchester though. Fellaini and Rooney have previously done it, with the less than spectacular Darron Gibson, Phil Neville and Tom Cleverley making the opposite journey. And with Lukaku Everton’s only established striker – Kone is yet to make an impression and Naismith is not an out-and-out attacker – his absence would leave a gaping hole that could prove tricky to fill.
Source: The Sun
Jun 18 - 5:00 AM

With interest cooling on making Tottenham loanee Aaron Lennon’s move permanent, attention has switched to Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa.

The Japanese number 10 is believed to be surplus to requirements at Dortmund, as the new manager Thomas Tuchel begins the re-build operation after the departure of larger-than-life Jurgen Klopp. Kagawa joined Manchester United in 2012 for £16 million, but never really established himself as first choice. His 38 appearances over two seasons returned just six goals (three of them in one match) but he was popular with the home crowd. Many feeling he suffered due to the Ferguson-Moyes transition. His neat, inventive play will suit the game Martinez wants to play he will be able to link up with another victim of the United/Moyes experiment. A fee of around £7 million is thought to be required.
Jun 16 - 5:14 AM

Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu could be on the verge of a return to Goodison Park for a bargain £3 million.

Everton fans took the skillful winger to their hearts after a successful loan spell in the 2013-14 season. Deulofeu started nine PL matches and featured in another 16 from the bench, scoring four times. Though still a teenager at the time and exposed as a little lightweight in some matches, his quality was clear to see. Two years on and with the additional experience of another successful loan spell at Europa League winning side Seville last term, the reported £3 million transfer fee looks good business. An agreement was apparently reached between Martinez and Barcelona director of football Josep Maria Bartomeu a month ago, but the deal has not yet been rubber-stamped.
Jun 15 - 5:46 AM

Everton starlet Ross Barkley is in danger of falling between two stools, when he might be better suited putting his feet up this summer.

Ross Barkley did a stint of media duty alongside skipper Wayne Rooney ahead of the Republic Ireland friendly last weekend. When a journalist asked why he wasn’t with Gareth Southgate’s U-21 squad preparing for next week’s European Championships, his answer was short and sweet: ‘Don’t know’. So far his England career has been equally short, but less sweet. Barkley has started just two of his 13 appearances, most of them reduced to 20-odd minute cameos like last Sunday. Begging the question whether he would be better off getting tournament experience and developing at his own pace, rather than trying too hard to live up to the ‘new Gazza’ tag that is becoming an albatross around his neck. Or even putting his feet up over the summer so he is ready to kick-on next season.
Source: BTSport.com
Jun 13 - 9:33 AM

Manager Martinez looks to strengthen all three areas of the team, but the stats say the defence is the area that needs to improve.

Roberto Martinez is looking to add a ‘player per line’ this summer – defence, midfield and attack - but his goalkeepers are safe, despite perhaps Tm Howard’s least consistent season in an Everton shirt. Last season’s total of ten clean sheets was five down on the previous season and Everton’s worst for the last four. More strikingly, the 50 goals conceded was at least ten more than the previous three outings (39, 40 and 40 respectively). In front of Howard, the departing Sylvain Distin’s partnership with Phil Jagielka was key to recent success – and leaves big boots to fill for young John Stones. In front of them, Gareth Barry’s biggest contribution was in cards – his 10 yellows and 1 red was the 4th worst in the PL. And these positions look to be the most pressing matters for Martinez.
Jun 9 - 2:25 AM

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