The Rumour Mill — Summer 2004
Speculation, conjecture, whisperings, half-truths and outright nonsense. Disclaimer
[Note: most links in this section are to external media/internet
sources, where available.
If the link is recursive (ie, leading back) to this page, it means that
no external story exists — Editor].
Beattie to sign soon
30 Dec - Rumours in September suggested that James
Beattie had promised David Moyes he would sign for Everton
in January after the Scot telephoned him personally on the
August transfer deadline to apologise that the funds to
sign him then were not yet in place.
The latest rumour suggests that the England striker, who
was left out of Southampton's match at Liverpool on
Tuesday, is due to have a medical at a Liverpool hospital
on December 31st (although Everton have all the required
equipment at Bellefield, a fact that throws doubt on this
The Liverpool Echo reported earlier in the week
that Everton were one of three clubs to have lodged bids
with Southampton in the region of £6.5m for the striker.
Dunc gone by the summer
29 Dec - Possibly the easiest journo prediction to
conjour up after Ferguson's latest inexcusable indiscretion
at The Valley.
Yakubu for £6M
27 Dec - Everton will supposedly now chase Yakubu
after Beattie may go to elsewhere for a price higher than
David Moyes wants to pay.
Royle wants Dunc at Ipswich
26 Dec - A 'shock' move to Ipswich in the summer for
Duncan Ferguson, so say the jurno-hacks at The People.
Beattie for £6M
26 Dec - The Independent parrots a claim from
Sportsweek that David Moyes will bring in James
Beattie for a fee of £6M.
Mon dieu! It's Matthieu
22 Dec - Everton are among the scouts eying Sochaux
forward Jeremy Mathieu for the Premiership.
Ricksen for Gravesen shocker!
22 Dec - According to this story in the Daily
Record, Everton have already watched Fernando Ricksen
of Rangers on seven separate occasions this season, and
have earmarked him as a ready-made replacement for Thomas
Gravesen (!!!) ... but not until the end of the season.
This story then prompted
the usual denials.
Bulgar me, it's Berbatov!
21 Dec - Dimitar Berbatov, the Bulgarian striker
currently plying his trade for Bayer Leverkausen, is
supposedly the ready-made replacement for Duncan
AC Milan in for Grav
19 Dec - Tommy Gravesen is attracting the attention
of AC Milan as the January Sales near...
Crewe's Dean Ashton
17 Dec - Everton may try to tempt him away from
Blues not tempted by Savage
16 Dec - David Prentice does not believe that
Everton will go for Robbie Savage, whom David Moyes has
expressed interest in before.
Campbell to leave early?
16 Dec - Kevin Campbell may move away from Everton
in the January Sales to get more playing time. Not so, says
15 Dec - The Newcastle left-back is a "possible
target" for Everton and others...
James Beattie for
12 Dec - The Sunday Mirror suggest that
Everton are leading the chase to sign James Beattie, valued
at £7.5m, during the transfer window.
Barcelona eyeing Mad Dog?
9 Dec - Thomas Gravesen's stock has risen so high
that he is now being linked with a move to Barcelona. His
agent, Jon Sivabaek has been a busy boy, lately!
Spurs midfielder linked
7 Dec - Fans FC, not noted for the accuracy of their
recent rumours, suggest that Everton are considering a
£2.8m move for Tottenham midfielder Simon Davies.
McCarthy No on McCartney
2 Dec - Mick McCarthy today slammed any suggestion
that his star defender George McCartney might be moving to
Everton (I hope you are all keeping up with this nonsense).
Ricksen nixes move
2 Dec - Fernando Ricksen of Rangers doubts that he
will be moving to Goodison Park (Who said he would be???)
Keane to make Colm happy
2 Dec - Everton to go for Robbie Keane? At least
that would make Colm Kavanagh a very happy lad!
1 Dec - Sky Sports report that rising Aussie
prospects Kristian Sarkies (18, midfielder) and Adrian
Leijer (18, defender) are due on Merseyside (they don't say
when) for trials with Everton.
Next: Wigan left-back
30 Nov - It's Leighton Baines, another glorious name
to add to the lengthening list of Moyesey's new boys...
Ricketts the ticket
30 Nov - Well he might be, if this silly story about
Rohan Ricketts of Spurs actually even mentioned Everton.
Who be Doumbe?
30 Nov - That would be Mathias Doumbe, Plymouth
Arglye striker, and could-be Everton target?
29 Nov - With a name like that, it can't have been
too hard making up a Merseyside connection to Sunderland's
up & coming defender.
Oh no... Julio!
26 Nov - The most unreliable website in the world
for transfer news reckons David Moyes will bid for
Sunderland's Juilo Arco come January...
Titus Bramble, anyone?
24 Nov - David Moyes is targeting Newcastle defender
Titus Bramble... Why? It's strikers we need, you dullards!
Phil Neville for Tommy G!!!
23 Nov - So says the soaraway Sun... oh deary me. A
farm club for Man Utd? Say it ain't so, Bill!
£7M for Robbie Keane!!!
21 Nov - Surely not... but that's what Alon Nixon
says David Moyes will pay Spurs come January.
Mark Wilson, defender
19 Nov - David Moyes apparently watched Mark Wilson
of Dundee United (as well as Iain Turner and perhaps some
of ther other 20-odd players on show???) in last week's
Scotland Under-21 encounter.
Dan Harding, left-back
19 Nov - Brighton's left-side defender Dan Harding
is a traget for David Moyes, apparently...
Moyes knows of Mido ...
17 Nov - Ah, well then... if David Moyes know of the
player, he must be interested, yes?
Chadwick off to Hull?
17 Nov - Nick Chadwick may be arousing the interest
of Hull City in view of his perennial failure to impress
McFadden laon deal rejected
15 Nov - Everton have given Paul Jewell's enquiries
about Jamie McFadden's availability on loan the cold
Celtic drop Naysmith interest
9 Nov - Celtic will apparently not pursue their in
interest in Gary Naysmith. The defender is out of contract
in the summer and could end up at Rangers instead.
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