Player News - Everton

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Everton confirm Ramiro Funes Mori will miss the majority of 2017/18 after suffering a setback in training.

The Times [UK] correspondent – Paul Joyce – revealed last week that Everton could be forced back into the transfer market after Funes Mori had more surgery in Barcelona to address continuing problems in his left knee. The defender originally damaged his meniscus while representing Argentina in a World Cup qualifying game back in March, but following a small medical procedure, he was expected to be ready for pre-season. However, in a statement by the club on Wednesday, they confirmed Funes Mori faces even more time out, although specific details have not been released: "[He] will require prolonged rehabilitation of a minimum of six to nine months." The setback leaves the Toffees a little short defensively, particularly on the left-hand side, and Koeman will want to address the issue ahead of the season opener [vs Stoke City] with no cover for Leighton Baines.
Jul 19 - 5:21 PM

Ross Barkley will miss the start of the new Premier League season after going under the knife to remedy the groin injury which has hampered his pre-season progress.

The 23-year-old was not part of the squad which recently played in a sponsor's game in Tanzania while Ronald Koeman confirmed earlier this week that the Everton midfielder would remain at Finch Farm to undergo further treatment. The news prompted many to speculate whether Barkley, who has not signed an extension to his current deal, could be on the move with Tottenham being heavily linked to the England international. However, the club released a statement on Wednesday confirming Barkley has had a surgical procedure to correct the problem: "The surgery has been a success and he is expected to be able to return to play in approximately four weeks." All being well, Barkley should be available for the away trip to Manchester City in game week two or the match at Stamford Bridge five days later.
Jul 19 - 4:48 PM

Ramiro Funes Mori is said to have suffered a major setback which could force Ronald Koeman back into the transfer market.

The Argentina defender was injured while representing his country in a World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia back in March. But, after successfully undergoing knee surgery to repair his damaged meniscus, Funes Mori was expected to be ready for pre-season. However, it now looks like the 26-year-old won’t return anytime soon, if Northern Football Correspondent for The Times - Paul Joyce - is to be believed. He revealed, Funes Mori is "facing [a] lengthy absence" due to an unspecified knee injury. With Michael Keane and Ashley Williams poised to link up in the heart of defence, Funes Mori was never a likely starter, but with limited options on the left, Koeman may now consider bringing in cover for Leighton Baines. The Toffees have been linked with Guilherme Arana, from Corinthians, in recent weeks and this latest development could force a move for the young full-back.
Jul 13 - 6:30 PM

Ross Barkley has been omitted from the Everton squad which travelled to Tanzania on Tuesday casting a doubt over his future at the club.

Officially, Everton cite a groin problem, saying that Barkley will remain at Finch Farm to receive ongoing treatment. However, the 23-year-old was pictured in pre-season training as recently as Monday with many speculating his absence is linked to his refusal to sign a contract extension having entered the final year of his current deal. Back in May, Ronald Koeman said he would "need to think" about the situation if an agreement could not be reached, and given Everton’s recent transfer activity, the risk of losing Barkley doesn’t overly concern the Dutchman: "I am not worried because I like to work with players who like to stay and we will go on – we will look for players in that position and even if he stays, there will be more competition for him."
Jul 12 - 5:59 AM

Everton have completed the signing of Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, 13 years after he departed his boyhood club as a teenager.

Rooney, now 31, became United's top scorer in a trophy laden career at the club. However, he was at best a squad player under José Mourinho last season and it has been clear for while that Rooney's heart has been set on a return to his Merseyside home. United manager José Mourinho paid tribute to Rooney in a club statement about his departure, while chief executive Ed Woodward also sung the England top scorer's praises. Rooney himself expressed his delight at the move, revealing that he has secretly worn Everton pyjamas in all his time as a United player. He described potentially winning a trophy with Everton as "the pinnacle". United have reported waived any transfer fee for the player and may be contributing to a portion of Rooney's hefty salary. That said, the deal suits both clubs. United are expected to announce the signing of Romelu Lukaku on Monday. The number 10 jersey he has vacated will be filled by Rooney.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 10 - 1:14 AM

Leicester City have reportedly made an enquiry for Everton midfielder James McCarthy.

The Daily Mail claims the Foxes have approached Everton over the availability of McCarthy, with the Toffees slapping a £25 million price tag on the Republic of Ireland international. The 26-year-old looks increasingly like his time at Goodison Park is coming to an end after an injury-riddled 2016-17 season, which saw him limited to just 12 Premier League appearances, and the January signing of Morgan Schneiderlin. But despite serious uncertainty surrounding his future, it remains to be seen if Leicester are willing to table a bid on par with Everton's valuation. Although the Foxes look set to lose Papy Mendy to Bordeaux this summer, manager Craig Shakespeare still has plenty of options in central midfield—Danny Drinkwater, Andy King, Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey and summer signing Vicente Iborra.
Jul 9 - 10:14 PM

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set to return to Everton on a free transfer.

BBC Sport are reporting that there is "quiet optimism" that the deal will be closed in spite of interest from a variety of other clubs. As part of the transfer, United may even contribute some of Rooney's £13 million per annum wage bill. Rooney is entering the final year of his current deal at Old Trafford in 2017/18, but there is no intention on the club's side that that period be extended further. Meanwhile Rooney was quoted in May saying he'd like to stay at the club but he was quick to add that he also needs to play football. Rooney's transfer is independent to Romelu Lukaku's move in the opposite direction, though The Guardian are reporting that the Rooney deal is notionally considered as part of a £100 million agreement for the Belgian's signature.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 7 - 10:26 PM

Manchester United record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is subject to rampant speculation regarding a potential move back to his boyhood club, Everton.

The BBC are reporting that there is "increased momentum" behind Everton's pursuit of the veteran striker. Everton were heavily linked with a move for Rooney earlier in the window, but they appeared to shrink back from the possibility as time wore on. However, a deal now seems to be on the table again, after Rooney's agent Paul Stretford met the Toffees' Chairman Bill Kenwright on Wednesday. While a number of PL clubs are interested in signing Rooney, he himself has previously stated he would not play for another PL club after his United career other than Everton. An agreement would suit both clubs, with the Red Devils looking to offload the fading and non-playing Rooney's large salary. Everton, meanwhile, are ambitiously going about their business this summer as they aim to break the glass ceiling into the Top Six. The arrival of a highly marketable player like Rooney would be a huge coup from a global marketing point of view.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 5 - 3:35 PM

Everton signed off on a busy day in the transfer window with a move for Malaga forward Sandro Ramirez.

The 21-year-old joins Burnley's Michael Keane as the second signing of the day and fifth of the summer following Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru. The former Barcelona striker joins after scoring 16 goals for Malaga last season and could be a potential replacement for Romely Lukaku should he leave the club this summer. Said Sandro: "I’m very happy, this is a big step in my career. I know I’m signing for a massive club in England. Everton is the ideal place for me, I’ve got the ideal manager who is going to keep giving me the confidence to improve my game."
Jul 3 - 11:57 PM

Everton has finally completed the transfer of defender Michael Keane from Burnley.

The 24-year-old moves to Goodison Park in a £25 million move after a standout season under Sean Dyche in his first full year in the Premier League, which saw him make 35 league appearances and earn his England debut. The move for Keane will bolster the Toffees defense still reeling from the loss of John Stones, giving Ashley Williams a proven partner in central defense. Keane, a Manchester United academy product, said playing under a renown defender like manager Ronald Koeman helped him seal the move: "He’s convinced me that he can still improve me in certain areas of my game. I’m only 24 which, for a centre-half in the Premier League, is relatively young. I’ve still got a long way to go and I know this and hopefully under his guidance I’ll keep improving."
Jul 3 - 11:48 PM

Aaron Lennon was back at Finch Farm today as the Everton players underwent rigorous pre-season testing ahead of the new campaign.

Lennon, 30, was detained under the Mental Health Act in May after concerns for his welfare, while a statement from the club at the time said he was "receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness." However, the winger was back at the clubs training ground full of smiles on Monday as the squad began preparations for 2017/18. Despite a bright start to his career at Goodison, Lennon struggled to nail down a starting berth last season, but following the departure of wide men Gerard Deulofeu and Aidan McGeady to Barcelona and Preston North End respectively, he will be hoping to force his way back into Ronald Koeman’s thinking. Lennon is well-placed, particularly for the first half of the season, with Yannick Bolasie expected to miss the remainder of the year after suffering a serious knee injury back in December 2016.
Source: talkSPORT
Jul 3 - 5:45 PM

Everton announced the signing of Eupen forward Henry Onyekuru as its third signing of the summer.

However, the club lost Gerard Deulofeu to Barcelona after the Spanish giants re-signed the winger after an impressive U21 European championships. While Onyekuru will be loaned out to Anderlecht for the upcoming season, Ronald Koeman has lined up the Nigerian as a future replacement for Romelu Lukaku in a move for just £6.8 million. The 20-year-old was the joint top scorer of the Belgian Pro League this season with 22 goals.
Jun 30 - 7:03 PM

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has confirmed that his club have not entered discussions with Manchester United over the mooted signing of Alvaro Morata.

Reports claim that Morata's agent, Juanma Lopez, has spoken to Madrid in an effort to secure his client's departure for the club. The same agent has also confirmed that AC Milan have already had a bid rejected for the Spaniard. Speaking to El Primer Palo radio, Perez said: "I believe we are not negotiating with Manchester United, which does not mean that there are not people around him who are talking, which is normal." He went on to establish that reports claiming a fee has been agreed between the clubs are false. Morata's name has appeared to have been at the top of José Mourinho's wishlist all summer as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, however United may have to meet Real's €80 million valuation of the striker to whisk the player away to England if some reports are correct.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 28 - 6:35 PM

Everton are on the verge of completing a £25 million move for Burnley centre-back Michael Keane.

The 24-year-old looks set to snub a switch to Manchester United, after Jose Mourinho secured the services of Victor Lindelof from Benfica, in favour of a move to Goodison Park. The deal is close to being finalised and should be completed within the "next couple of days" to take Everton’s spending to over £78 million during this transfer window. The signing of England Under-21 international goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was quickly followed by the arrival of Ajax star Davy Klaassen as the Toffees prepare for life without Romelu Lukaku. The addition of Keane to Ronald Koeman’s squad could pave the way for Phil Jagielka to rejoin former club Sheffield United who have been linked in recent weeks. Current manager Chris Wilder said he would "welcome him back with open arms" should Jagielka fancy a return to Bramall Lane. "He's gone from here to have a wonderful career and if we wants to come back and play here for a couple of years we'd be delighted."
Source: The Express
Jun 27 - 4:10 PM

Manchester United striker and captain Wayne Rooney has been told he can leave the club this summer, but he is struggling to find a potential destination.

Rooney has been at Old Trafford for 13 years since arriving as a young man from Everton but he has been informed that he can leave the club this transfer window if he wishes even though he has a year to run on his current contract. There has been a lack of genuine interest from potential suitors for Rooney, who is reluctant to go to China or the Middle East with his family. Presumed interest from MLS sides has not materialised, while Rooney's boyhood club Everton have recoiled early interest as the club's upper echelons has signalled their disapproval of such an expensive deal for the declining player. The Red Devils are holding out for a trasnfer fee for Rooney's services and are not keen on a loan deal where they are forced to contribute to Rooney's £300,000 per week salary. The future is in Wayne's hands, stay at United and earn good money, or take a pay cut to fight for regular first team minutes elsewhere.
Jun 23 - 10:15 PM


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