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The Rumour Mill 2008-09

Speculation, conjecture, whisperings, half-truths and outright nonsense. Disclaimer

Gudjohnsen Sr. claims Everton interest

Everton, Aston Villa and Fulham are the three Premier League clubs interested in signing Eidur Gudjohnsen, according to the Icelandic striker's father, Arnor.

Now 30, Gudjohnsen was a big hit with Chelsea before joining Barcelona and while his father suggests he probably will leave the Nou Camp this summer, his astronomical wages and advanced years would probably make a move to Goodison unlikely.
30 Jun   |  Source: Fox Sports

Bradley linked again

Everton are again being linked with a move for United States international, Michael Bradley, who again garnered recognition for his performances in the Confederations Cup in South Africa this month.

The 21-year-old was hotly tipped for a move to Goodison last year after making a big splash in the Dutch Eredivisie with Heerenveen but ended up joining Borussia Moenchengladbag instead.

The Bundesliga side only avoided relegation by a point but Bradley nevertheless scored five times in 26 starts, cementing his reputation as a goalscoring central midfielder.

Even though David Moyes is a known admirer of the 21-year-old, there is little substance so far to the reports linking him with a move to Everton this summer.
30 Jun   |  Source: New Football Pools

Everton in pole position for M'Bia?

Updated: Reports in France suggest that Everton and Marseilles have both lodged official bids for Stephane M'Bia, with the Blues' 12m offer trumping that of l'OM, thought to be 9m.

Given the choice, however, M'Bia would opt for Marseilles over Everton according to his lawyer. "If Marseille makes a small additional effort, he will sign there. Otherwise he will move to England," says Ralph Isenegger.

The report in Foot Mercato indicates that Rennes are satisfied with the Everton offer but will sell the Cameroon international to the highest bidder, which can either be taken at face value or could merely be an attempt to extract as much money from Marseilles before the 22 year-old midfielder makes his preferred move to the French south coast.

29 Jun   |  Source: Foot Mercato

A Ruud-iculous notion?

The Guardian's irreverent Rumour Mill page mentions a link between Everton and Rudd van Nistelrooy without citing the original source of the rumour. Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City are also mentioned as potential sutiors for the aging Dutch star.
29 Jun   |  Source: The Guardian

No approach for Lewis yet

Peterborough United's director of football, Barry Fry, has denied reports that he has received an offer from Everton for goalkeeper, Joe Lewis.

Reports suggested that David Moyes had lodged a 2m bid for the England U21 international but Fry is adamant that no firm offer has been made.
29 Jun   |  Source:

Moyes interested in Berg

The Daily Mail report that Everton are interested in Sweden U21 striking sensation Marcus Berg, though with Ajax expected to make a 10m bid, there seems to be little to the link.
29 Jun   |  Source: Daily Mail

Everton alerted to Cana availability

Everton may follow up their long-time interest in Albanian international Lorik Cana if he decides to leave Marseilles this summer, which may be on the cards seeing as his club appear willing to cash in on his current value.

L'OM sporting director Jose Anigo told L'Equipe: "It's not that he's asked to go particularly, it's just that at this moment Lorik has spent four years here, and he has the right to look for something else."

"Today it's clear that if something comes up, we will listen to offers."
29 Jun   |  Source:

English clubs meet M'Bia price

Everton and Manchester City appear to be leading the chase for Stephane M'Bia after Rennes admitted that "Engilsh clubs... are ready to meet our valuation".

Marseilles are also believed to have held talks with their fellow Ligue 1 side but are not prepared to offer enough for the 22 year-old midfielder.
28 Jun   |  Source: Sky Sports News

Reyes and Huddlestone bids dismissed

Everton have apparently rubbished reports linking them with moves for Tottenham's over-rated midfielder Tom Huddlestone and Jose Antonio Reyes.

The Mirror, and reports in the Spanish media suggested that the Blues want to bring the former Arsenal star back to the Premier League after an injury-ravaged spell at Atletico Madrid but the Spaniards want Steven Pienaar in part exchange.

But Dominic King in the Echo says the Club have poured cold water on reports of an 8m bid for Huddlestone and a 4m move for Reyes.
28 Jun   |  Source:

Pennant ponders crossing the Park

The News of the Screws' Sunday bollocks suggests that Everton want to sign Liverpool flop Jermaine Pennant on a free transfer but the midfielder is concerned about the reaction from Liverpool fans.

The red-top rag also furthers the rumour that the Blues are keen on signing Obafemi Martins from relegated Newcastle.
28 Jun   |  Source: News of the World

Blues looking for 20M?

Everton appear set to reject City's rumoured 15M bid for Joleon Lescott and are likely holding out for 20M.
25 Jun   |  Source:

Hutton links continue

Having been linked with an attempt to sign Kyle Naughton from Sheffield United, David Moyes is regularly being touted as a suitor for Alan Hutton.

The Scottish full back was signed for a hefty 9m by Tottenham but a foot injury severely limited his playing time for the Londoners and the Daily Mail suggest that he could be available for a cut-price 5m, with Aston Villa also strongly linked.
24 Jun   |  Source: Daily Mail

City to lodge 15M Lescott bid

This morning's newspapers are full of reports that Manchester City are going to put their gobs of money where their...erm... gobs are with a formal offer for Joleon Lescott, believed to be 15M.

The expectation is that Everton, who have insisted they have no interest in selling their best players, will reject this opening bid and how this all shakes out may ultimately come down to how high City will go or to the player himself.

Reports suggest that the Eastlands club with their Arabian riches will offer to double Lesott's 40,000-a-week wages while others speculate whether a bid north of 20M would give David Moyes cause to consider cashing in on a player for whom he paid 5M two years ago.
24 Jun   |  Source: The Guardian

Standard reject Defour bid

Everton are reported to have had an offer for Steven Defour rejected by Standard Liege.

The midfielder was instrumental in the Blues' exit from the Uefa Cup at the first hurdle last year and Moyes is known to have been admirer of his even before then.

Liege, from whom the Blues acquired Marouane Fellaini last August for €15m are thought to want the same amount for Defour.
22 Jun   |  Source: Sky Sports News

Owen link pedaled again

Everton are still intent on signing Michael Owen if the Mirror's Sunday nonsense is to be believed.

Nothing concrete is offered by way of support for the report which suggests that the Blues believe they represent Owen's best option as he seeks to remain in the Premier League following Newcastle's relegation to the Championship.
21 Jun   |  Source: Sunday Mirror

Sesma link lacks substance

The agent of Vallodolid striker Jonathan Sesma says that a Premier League club has enquired about his client's availability, with some news outlets reporting that the club in question is Everton.

The 30 year-old Spanish midfielder is believed to have been scouted by Everton this season and agent Antonio Lopez says:

We have received phone calls from an English team and from a Greek one, but they are yet to make any bid

I have been in touch with the club's directors, but at the moment I cannot do anything.

Possible suitors must make a firm offer and reach an agreement with the club, something that is yet to happen.

All very vague, really and very little substance to the Everton link.
21 Jun   |  Source: Setanta Sports

Offer received for Everton target

CSKA Moscow say that they have received "a very interesting offer from abroad" for Russian international defender, Sergei Ignashevich who has been linked with Everton in the press in that country recently.

Bringing up continuing reports that Manchester City are chasing Joleon Lescott, Sky Sports suggest that the Blues may sign Ignashevich to replace Lescott, although at 29, the Russian doesn't fit the David Moyes age profile.
19 Jun   |  Source: Sky Sports

Miguel price too rich for Everton

There didn't seem to be much to reports linking Everton with Portuguese full-back, Miguel wen they surfaced yesterday but the Blues appear to have at least made enquiries about his availabiity.

The 29 year-old's agent, Paulo Barbosa told Maisfutebol: There is interest from more than one club, Everton is one of them. The problem at the moment is the money Valencia want for him. It is too high a value and makes it impossible to do business. Valencia need to lower the asking price.

Aston Villa are also being heavily linked with the former Benfica man who has apparently signaled his desire to play in the Premier League.
19 Jun   |  Source:

Everton linked with Lyon winger

French press sources are reporting that Everton are weighing up a 5m offer for Ivory Coast international, Kader Keite.

Nicknamed "Popito", the 27 year-old can operate on both flanks and he arrived at Lyon from Lille for €16m amid great anticipation but he has failed thus far to set the world on fire with the former French champions.
18 Jun   |  Source: New Football Pools

Cameroon starlet calm about Blues interest

Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik says he is flattered by Everton's reported interest in acquiring his services but the 19 year-old is leaving it up to his current club, Ligue 1 side Le Havre.

The Cameroon international is quoted by as saying, "I am calm about the links to Everton, they are a great club, and it is appealing when you hear about them wanting you, but I have a three-year contract with Le Havre. If they agree with Le Havre, I will join them, but it is in the hands of Le Havre. So let's wait and see."
16 Jun   |  Source: Sky Sports

Saha cool on Besiktas link

Louis Saha has dismissed speculation regarding interest in him from Besiktas in Turkey, reaffirming his desire to stay at Goodison Park.
16 Jun   |  Source: TribalFootball

Everton lodge 5m Naughton bid

Sky Sports News is reporting that Everton have made a formal bid for Kyle Naughton, Sheffield United's highly-rated young fullback.

The 22 year-old was a key member of the Blades team that came to within 90 minutes of returning to the top flight last month but lost to Burnley in the Championship Playoff Final.

The Blues' offer is understood to be 3.5m up front, with another 1.5m dependent on appearances. Should he sign, Naughton would become David Moyes's first senior acquisition of the summer.
16 Jun   |  Source: Sky Sports News via

Deja-vu with M'Bia

Stephane M'Bia says that he is "keen to join" Everton after hearing that the Blues have renewed their interest in him.

Reports in the French press suggest that David Moyes will lodge a 10m bid for the Cameroon international whom he courted unsuccessfully last summer.

In almost the same words as a year a go, M'Bia talks up his desire to move to Goodison: ""I have been aware of Everton's interest since last year when I almost joined them," he is quoted by Sky Sports.

"I am keen to join them because, if what is reported is true, they have said that they want me and that they value me as a player."

He added: "I am waiting on news. I have not heard anything yet, but for me it is time to move on in my career.

"I have already told the club (Rennes) of my desire to leave but they have the final say.

"They know and understand my position."

M'Bia looked set to join Everton last summer but a combination of a high asking price and improved terms on offer at Rennes led to him staying put.
16 Jun   |  Source: Sky Sports

Burnley eye Jacobsen

Premier League newcomers Burnley are reportedly ready to offer Lars Jacobsen a contract at Turf Moor if the Dane doesn't extend his stay at Everton.

Jacobsen wasn't mentioned in Everton's list of released players last week which suggests that negotiations are in progress with the fullback to keep him at Goodison for next season.

The rumour started in the notoriously unreliable News of the World and Jacobsens agent, Karsten Aabrink, denied there has been any contact from the Clarets.

There has been nothing but maybe it will happen, he said.

I dont know if they are interested, I only heard about it when I read it in the press.
15 Jun   |  Source: Liverpool Daily Post

Young 'keeper turns down Everton move

16-year-old goalkeeping prospect Andre Grube turned down a move to Everton because he did not want to leave home.

The Hannover 96 keeper had a four-day trial at Finch Farm and was offered a deal to join the Academy but he elected to stay in Germany and finish his schooling rather than move to Merseyside.

I did not want to leave home, he told Bild, via Thats why I said no to Everton.

I am going to finish my studies. School is important. With football you can get an injury and it can all be over.

Grube will be staying in the Bundesliga after signing a new at Hanover deal that ties him to the German club until 2011.
15 Jun   |  Source: Setanta Sports

Moyes to make Matuidi bid

Everton are to launch a bid for St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi in addition to following up their interest in Rennes' Stephane M'Bia according to Setanta Sports.

Tottenham are also thought to be interested in the 22 year-old Matuidi.
13 Jun   |  Source: Setanta Sports

Media mischief-making re Lescott?

Joleon Lescott's answer to questions regarding his theoretical interest in a move to Manchester City is being construed as a refusal to commit to Everton by The Guardian

City are expected to lodge a 15m offer for the England defender, a bid that will be rejected by David Moyes who has no interest in selling his players, and Lescott said, "That's not a question I want to be answering. Nobody has told me otherwise, so I'm an Everton player."

Not a ringing pledge of his desire to stay at Goodison but classic non-committal footballer talk from a player who is perhaps mindful that an offer may come in that is too big for the Blues to turn down.

Set against the backdrop of these rumours are reports that Moyes wants to bring Jô back from Eastlands for a season-long loan.
12 Jun   |  Source: The Guardian

Anichebe targeted by Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws has apparently made Victor Anichebe one of his top transfer targets this summer.
10 Jun   |  Source: BBC Radio Sheffield

Blues to sign Leeds ace

Everton have beaten off competition from a number of other Premier League clubs, Manchester United among them, for the signature of Leeds United's highly-rated prodigy, Fabian Delph.

That's according to The Mirror who report that David Moyes will sign the 19 year-old midfielder for 4m. Already an England U21 international, Delph was voted the 2008/09 Football League Young Player of the Year.

Leeds' CEO, Shaun Harvey, however, says that despite the speculation, no bids have been received for the player.
10 Jun   |  Source: The Mirror

Everton in €14m offer for Niang?

The website for RMC Info Talk Sport in France report that Everton have offered €14m for Marseilles striker Mamadou Niang. L'OM boss Didier Deschamps is keen to keep hold of his best players, however, so may not be keen on selling.
9 Jun   |  Source:

Moyes plans double Reading raid

Stephen Hunt is once again being linked with Everton and this time his Reading teammate Kevin Doyle is also being talked about in terms of a move to Everton.

The Daily Star would have you believe that David Moyes is planning a 7m swoop for the pair this summer.
8 Jun   |  Source: Daily Star via

City offer Richards as bait for Lescott

The News of the Screws's exclusive this week is that Manchester City will offer defender Micah Richards in a part-exchange deal for Mark Hughes's "top transfer target", Joleon Lescott.
7 Jun   |  Source: News of the World

Everton deny M'Bia move

So, after "agreeing to an Everton move", the word now is that the club are denying any contact with the Cameroonian player... In a strange story in the Echo, that lacks any direct attribution, Everton have reportedly rejected all speculation that they are set to enter negotiations for the 23-year-old.
6 Jun   |  Source: Liverpool Echo

Everton linked with Ivorian striker

Everton are in the race to sign Ivory Coast international and Roda JC player Sekou Cisse, according to Ralph Wetzels, a Dutch Evertonian following this story for us.

Although it's rumoured he already signed a pre-contract with FC Twente, it seems both Portsmouth and Everton are also interested in signing him. The Blues are rumoured to be preparing an offer, with the possibility of an Academy talent being loaned to Roda as part of the deal.
6 Jun  

M'Bia “agrees to Everton move”

Setanta Sports cite unnamed reports that Cameroon midfielder Stephane M'Bia, one of David Moyes's top transfer targets last summer, has agreed in principle to joining Everton.

The defensive midfielder's chances to moving to Goodison last summer were hampered by injury and his club Rennes' huge demands — 10m for the 24 year-old.

This latest reports suggests that the French club are open to selling him but are awaiting a suitable offer, though his current value could be as low as 4m.
5 Jun   |  Source: Setanta Sports

City targeting Lescott; Moyes looks at Neill

Manchester City have reportedly sounded out Everton regarding Joleon Lescott and are thought to be initially offering 12m for the star defender.

The Blues are clearly not interested at that price but rumours suggest they may be tempted to cash in for around 20m.

While useful to a club with Everton's limited budget, few would regard 20m as enough for one of the Blues' most import, an England international to boot, and many fans feel that moneybags City should shell out an awful lot more for a player of his calibre.

David Moyes, meanwhile, is reported to be interested in talking to Lucas Neill after the fullback rejected a new contract at West Ham. The Australian international is 31 but could be a useful addition given Everton's weakness at right back.
4 Jun   |  Source: Various, Everton Banter

Agent: Premier League interest in Martins

The agent of Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins claims that his client has been the subject of enquiries by three clubs from the upper echelons of the Premier League.

The Nigerian hotshot is almost certain to leave St James' Park after the Barcodes' demotion to the Championship and has been linked with a big-money move abroad, as well as with Everton, Arsenal and Aston Villa.

The Blues would be the underdogs in a bidding war for the 24 year-old, though, given David Moyes's comparatively small budget.
3 Jun   |  Source: Sky Sports

Moyes to bring Owen back to Merseyside

Everton are again being strongly linked with a move for Michael Owen and The Mirror suggest that David Moyes will sign him on a free transfer from Newcastle if the striker will reduce his salary demands to 50,000 a week.

The Blues are likely to have little more than 15m to spend on new players this summer which makes Bosman-style transfers attractive to Moyes.

Owen, despite his England credentials, is now 30, however, and continues to struggle with injuries.
2 Jun   |  Source: The Mirror

Serbian defender in Sunday papers link

The rumour du jour in the News of the World has David Moyes targeting 20 year-old defender Neven Subotic.

The 6' 4" Yugoslav-born centre half who currently plies his trade with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
31 May   |  Source: News of the World

Cardiff interested in Anichebe

Cardiff City are apparently interested in taking Victor Anichebe on loan or perhaps use him as a makeweight in any Everton move for Bluebirds midfielder, Joe Ledley.

Anichebe is currently injured but expects to be fit in time for the start of next season and Cardiff boss Dave Jones is reportedly a fan of the striker according to the Daily Mail
26 May   |  Source: The Daily Mail

Spanish side retain interest in Castillo

Segundo Castillo says that Spanish side Almeria, who have been interested in him for the past 6 months, are still keen to offer him a long-term contract.

Everton have first option on signing the Ecuadorian from Red Star Belgrade on a permanent deal if David Moyes decides to do so when his loan contract is up at the end of the season.

Moyes has confirmed that he will be discussing Castillo's future and that of Lars Jacobsen next week when the FA Cup Final is out of the way.
26 May   |  Source: Setanta Sports

Allardyce to hand Shandy a lifeline?

Andy van der Meyde is hoping for one more crack at making it in the Premier League with a trial spell at Blackburn Rovers.

The 29 year-old Dutchman's Everton contract officially ends this summer but he's apparently already been released by the Club and is training with Rovers with a view to signing on a free transfer.
25 May   |  Source: The Mirror

Moutinho move a step closer?

An "exclusive" report in the print edition of the Sunday People claims that Joao Moutinho has agreed personal terms with Everton and that his much-vaunted move to Goodison would depend on fee being agreed with Sporting Lisbon.

That was the sticking point that scuppered David Moyes's hopes of signing the Portuguese international last summer but rumours have kept the possibility that the Blues will get their man alive ever since.

In the interim, the 22 year-old signed a new contract with the Lisbon club that added a 22m release clause which looked to have ended the speculation but newer reports suggest that Sporting would accept less after Moutinho's recent falling out with his manager.

Setanta Sport claim their own exclusive under the headline "Everton in talks for Moutinho" but then offer nothing of substance to back up that suggestion. Their report has it that Moutinho can't wait to come to England, though the only mention of Everton is the player reiterating that it was Moyes who wanted him last year... hardly confirmation of anything.

"I am able to play in a foreign league and The Premier League is the best thing that could come, he says.

I know several clubs are interested, but the coach of Everton wanted me last year."
24 May  

Gear up, Peter Reid

The News of the World's rumour du semaine has it that Peter Reid is heading up a bid from an international investment fund to buy out Bill Kenwright.

The Everton midfield great is apparently senior advisor to London Nominees Ltd, an international investment company raising funds to take over a leading Premier League club, and Reidy's Blue credentials make Everton an obvious target.
24 May   |  Source: News of the World

Honduran striker on Moyes's radar?

Also in the News of the Screws is a report linking Everton, Manchester City, Sevilla, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid with David Suazo, Inter Milan's Honduran international who has just completed a loan spell at Benefica.

At 29 and rated at 7m, he may be too old and too expensive for Moyes's taste and budget respectively, though.
23 May   |  Source: News of the World

Celtic eye Moyes as potential Strachan replacement

Celtic are apparently looking in the direction of Goodison Park for their next manager. It's being mooted that Gordon Strachan could leave Parkhead this summer and the Glasgow giants want David Moyes to be his replacement.

Moyes grew up in the area, was a boyhood Celtic fan and many believe that managing the Hoops is his lifelong dream but there is every indication that he is happy to wait for his opportunity and see out his task at Everton.

Chairman Bill Kenwright sounded a hands-off warning though, saying: ""He is good enough to manage Barcelona, but he's going nowhere. It is laughable to suggest that David is going anywhere.

"David has just signed a new long-term contract. Is he the kind of man who would do that if he is not going to stay here?"
22 May   |  Source: Belfast Telegraph

Blues in race for Elia

Everton, Bayern Munich and half of the Premier League, it seems, are vying for the signature of Dutch winger Eljero Elia, according to Sky Sports.

The FC Twente winger is hot property in the Eredivisie and recently won the Johann Cruyff award as the top young player in Holland this season.
21 May   |  Source: Sky Sports

Moyes's eagle eye on Aquilani?

Everton are being linked with a move for Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani as David Moyes looks to bolster his squad for next season.

The 24 year-old won't be fit until the start of the 2009/10 campaign, though, having just undergone surgey on his ankle, a fact that would make him something of a gamble.

The Italian press, however, are suggesting that even though Roma are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League this season, they'll be reticent to lose any of their homegrown stars.
13 May   |  Source:

Loan move for Chelsea defender mooted

David Moyes is keen to add to his English defensive contingent with an offer to Chelsea to take Michael Mancienne on a season-long loan for 2009/10.

The former Wolves defender is unlikely to break into Chelsea's first team next season and could be allowed to get regular senior experience at Goodison Park.
13 May   |  Source: The MIrror via

Everton trial Czech teenager

17 year-old Czech striker Matej Vyrda had a week's trial with Everton recently after learning of the Blues' success with young players.

He made his debut in the Czech second division at the age of 16 and has attracted the attention of scouts from clubs in Germany and Italy.

He enjoyed the experience but is keeping his options open. "[E]verything was very nice at Everton. I am proud to have received a chance to visit such a great club. Their training facilities were very impressive and it was a pleasure for me to see how such a big club works."
13 May   |  Source: IM Scouting

Moyes lines up Ledley

David Moyes will revisit his interest in Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ledley this summer after the 22 year-old rejected a new contract at Ninian Park.

The Welsh international has 12 months left of his current contract and would cost around 3.5m according to reports in the Liverpool Echo and The Guardian.
13 May   |  Source: The Guardian

Blues in pole position for Smithies

Everton look likely to win the race for Huddersfield Town's 2m-rated goalkeeper Alex Smithies according to The Mirror.
5 May   |  Source: The Mirror

8m Guinea hotshot linked

Everton are being linked with a summer move for Dinamo Kiev striker Ismael Bangoura in today's News of the World.

The Guinea striker apparently has a release clause of 8m but the report claims that the Ukrainian club will accept 7m for a player who has scored 37 times in 58 games for them.
3 May   |  Source: News of the World

Owen linked with Everton switch

Three years after David Moyes last seriously tried to sign him, Michael Owen is being linked with a move to Everton after stalling on a new contract with Newcastle United.

The injury-prone England international was a boyhood Evertonian but ended up making his name at Liverpool. For that reason, he has been hesitant when asked about a move to Goodison but may feel that the Blues offer him a decent shot at playing out his career at the right end of the Premier League and in European competition.

He would have to take a massive cut in his 100,000-a-week wages, though, to fit in Everton's rigid pay structure.
30 Apr   |  Source: The Telegraph

Moyes misses out on top target?

David Moyes has reportedly seen his hopes of signing Raul Meirles from Porto dashed when the midfielder signed a new contract with the Portuguese side, one which now carries a massive 30m release clause.

According to reports, Meirles was an ambitious target of the Everton manager as he seeks to strengthen his squad this summer.
30 Apr   |  Source:

Qatari takeover rumours resurface

This one has flown under the radar a little this weekend but a report citing The Daily Mail suggests that a rumoured 200m takeover of Everton FC by Qatari Investment Authority is once again on the cards.

Rumours suggesting a buyout of the club by QIA CEO Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al Thani with $40bn worth of assets at his disposal, he is cited by Wikipedia as the fifth richest man in the world first surfaced in October but was denied by Everton at the time.

Now, this report in the Mail suggests that a deal is place and will be completed at the end of the season. Normally, the Mail should be treated with extreme skepticism but you never know...
26 Apr   |  Source: The Daily Mail via Tribal Football

Sporting up the Moutinho ante

Joao Moutinho has signed an extension to his current contract at Sporting Lisbon which would keep the midfielder at the club until 2014.

And in a move clearly designed to either discourage interested buyers or ensure a high fee for the 22 year-old, the buyout clause in his contract was also increased to €22m (19.4m).

Reports of Everton's interest persist and it had been suggested recently that the Lisbon side would sell Moutinho for as low as 10m. That would no longer appear to be the case.
21 Apr   |  Source:

Kenwright mulling Goodison redevelopment?

The News of the World will have many Evertonian hearts aflutter today with an "Exclusive" report that Bill Kenwright is considering plans for the redevelopment of Goodison Park.

"Club officials have been shown plans for the redevelopment of one of the Premier League's oldest grounds," says the report.

"And there could be a dramatic twist in a saga that has split Everton down the middle... Supporters' action groups will be buoyed by the news plans for Goodison have been seen by club officials."

No further details were offered. Keep Everton In Our City (KEIOC) have already shown proposals for a redeveloped Goodison drawn up by Tom Hughes and Trevor Skempton but the Club have consistently maintained that relocating is the only feasible option, both logistically and financially.
19 Apr   |  Source: News of the World

Hamburg winger linked in Sunday papers

The News of the Screws suggests that Everton are tracking SV Hamburg's versatile winger, Piotr Trochowski.
19 Apr   |  Source: News of the World

Sporting may put Moutinho up for sale

Reports in the Portuguese press suggest that Sporting Lisbon may look to cash in on Joao Moutinho and Miguel Veloso this summer by putting the duo, both targeted by Premier League clubs, up for sale.

Moutinho was David Moyes's top transfer target last year but was priced out of transfer by Sporting's apparent insistence on a fee in the region of 18m. This time, however, reports suggest that they could let the Portuguese international midfielder go for around 10m.
15 Apr   |  Source:

Moutinho is still a top Moyes target

Everton are still keeping close tabs on the availability of Sporting Lisbon's Joao Moutinho according to a report in The Mirror.

David Moyes has apparently made fresh enquiries about the 21 year-old midfielder after failing to land him following protracted negotiations last summer.

Then, the Blues were priced out of buying the Portuguese international when Sporting apparently insisted on an up-front fee of around 18m. Now, however, it seems as though they will listen to offers in the region of 10m for a player whom Moyes believes would compliment the quality of Mikel Arteta in Everton's midfield.
8 Apr   |  Source: The Mirror

Potential Bayern switch for Jacobsen

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are apparently weighing up a move for Lars Jacobsen when his Everton contract expires this summer.

The Dane has made just one appearance, albeit a highly promising one, for the Blues after he arrived in August and then promptly dislocated his shoulder.

Jacobsen, who is clearly second-choice behind Tony Hibbert at right back, has indicated that he will have to move on if he doesn't get regular first-team football.
8 Apr   |  Source: Everton Banter

Krancjar eyed as Arteta replacement?

David Moyes is apparently weighing up a 6m bid for Niko Krankjar as a potential replacement for Mikel Arteta while the Spaniard recovers from surgery on his cruciate knee ligaments.

The Daily Star suggest that the Croatian international is keen on joining a club challenging for Europe and the Blues would fit the bill.
26 Feb   |  Source: Daily Star

Fresh bid for Pienaar

Newly-crowned Russian champions Rubin Kazan have apparently stepped up their interest in acquiring Steven Pienaar in the summer, increasing their 4m bid from last month to 6m.

The Daily Mail report that Kazan will try to entice the South African international with an offer of 45,000 a week.
26 Feb   |  Source: Daily Mail

Late Kurnyi and Anichebe deals failed

The agent of German international Kevin Kurnyi has revealed that Everton were close to signing the 6' 3" striker from Schalke 04 until the Bundesliga side pulled the plug at the last minute when they refused to allow him to go out on loan ahead of a permanent move in the summer.

Very wisely, the Brazilian-born player has been quick to insist that he sees his future with Schalke.

"I have had many talks with the club over the past days," he is quoted by Setanta Sports. "For me it is clear: I want to continue and prove myself here at Schalke."

Meanwhile, Swiss international Eren Derdiyok apparently turned down an approach from Everton. Insisting that he has "no interest" in making a move to the Premier League, the striker apparently has his heart set on a move from FC Basel to Bayer Leverkeusen.

And Hull City apparently made a late bid to take Victor Anichebe on loan for the rest of the season. Not surprisingly, David Moyes decided to keep hold of one of only two fit strikers on the books, particularly in view of Lukas Jutkiewicz's loan move to Huddersfield.
3 Feb   |  Source: Daily Mail

Blues keep tabs on Moutinho

According to the Portuguese press, Everton sent a representative to meet with Joao Moutinho's agent this weekend to discuss a potential move for the midfielder this summer.

The Blues famously tried to sign Moutinho last summer but feel short of Sporting's €22m valuation of the Portugal international and the move collapsed.

Keen not to lose the race to sign a player who apparently remains a key target of David Moyes, the Club are keeping the dialogue open with Moutinho in the expectation that his desire to play in England remains strong.
1 Feb   |  Source:

Everton looking at City's Jo

Everton are in talks with Manchester City over a possible loan deal for 19M Brazilian striker Jo, who has been something of a flop at Eastlands... scoring just three goals this season.
1 Feb   |  Source:

Double Rennes swoop mooted

Yes, it is The Sun but Everton are reportedly close to concluding a loan-cum-permanent move for Ghana international Asamoah Gyan.

Rennes have apparently been persuaded to part with the 23 year-old, who scored the fastest goal of the 2006 World Cup when he netted against the Czech Republic, with a view to selling him to Everton on a permanent basis in the summer for 8m.

Part of the deal would see Lucas Jutkiewicz move in the opposite direction until the end of the current season.

And, adding weight to rumours else where, the Blues will also secure the services of the French club's 16 year-old central defensive prospect, Wesley Yamnaine.

David Moyes appeared to have resigned himself to failure in the loan market in reports on the Official Everton site on Wednesday evening but seemed to soften his rhetoric today when he intimated that, while he isn't hopeful, anything could happen between now and midnight on Monday.

The story also features on the GhanaWeb site but matches The Sun's report practically word-for-word so could well have been lifted from there.
31 Jan   |  Source: The Sun

Almeida staying put

Everton's chances of signing Hugo Almeida appear slim after the Portuguese striker stated that he will be staying with Werder Bremen. quote the 24-year-old as saying: "No formal offers have arrived, only contacts and questions but nothing serious. Werder Bremen were also unsure of the transfer and I know that Everton changed their mind over the price so there was no agreement in the end."
28 Jan   |  Source:

Zenit block Pogrebnyak move

Zenit St Petersburg striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has revealed that he was close to signing for Everton this month but the deal was scuppered by the Russian side's refusal to allow him to leave on loan.

"About Bolton, I heard most recently of them for the first time. But Everton's interest was quite serious. One could even say that I had one foot already there.

"But, as I said then, in the end they had to buy me but did not find the funds."

If nothing else, it shows that the Blues are actively looking to add striking reinforcements this summer. Let's just hope there won't be massive disappointment come midnight on February 2nd.
27 Jan   |  Source: Setanta Sports

Nothing concrete on Coleman

Despite reports suggesting that Everton were on the verge of signing Republic of Ireland U-21 international, Seamus Coleman, his club, Sligo Rovers, insist that no concrete bids have come in for the highly-rated fullback.

Setanta Sports report that "an inside source" says that "[Sligo] has been contacted by phone by four UK clubs, although none have submitted an actual bid and nothing can happen until a bid comes in."

Coleman had a trial at Birmingham City last year but the Midlands side didn't follow up their interest, while Celtic are believed to be Everton's biggest rivals for Coleman's signature.
23 Jan   |  Source: Setanta Sports

Almeida gets the lowdown from Valente

Everton target Hugo Almeida says that playing in England would be "a dream" but until he receives an firm offer, he will remain committed to Werder Bremen.

The Portuguese striker admitted, however, that he has spoken with his compatriot, Nuno Valente, about life at Goodison in anticipation of a possible bid by David Moyes.

"...I have to remain calm while negotiations take place. [A move to Everton] is a possibility that pleases me.

"I am open to offers and am happy that Everton are interested in my services.

"I have spoken on the telephone with Nuno Valente to find out things about the club and the impression is very positive.

"Now I am in Bremen but if the offer from Everton materialises, I will have a final decision to make."

Reports that Bremen could demand a "rental fee" for Almeida could scupper the move for David Moyes, though, particularly as Liverpool are also believed to be interested.
22 Jan   |  Source: Sky Sports

Man City Jo.. ke?

On last night's phone-in on Radio Merseyside, the presenter (Alan Jackson a red in denial) during a conversation said he had heard rumours that Everton were lining up a loan deal with Man City for one of their Brazilians. Later, a Man City fan, claiming to have good contacts at the club, (don't they all) also made a similar comment but went on to name the player as Jo...
20 Jan  

Almeida is latest loan link

With striking options limited and Everton's lack of potency underlined at Anfield on Monday evening, David Moyes is again being linked with moves to bring in reinforcements on loan.

This time it's Werder Bremen forward Hugo Almeida, the 24 year-old Portuguese striker who has notched 17 goals in 57 appearances for the German club since signing from Porto in 2007. The Guardian report that Everton have made a loan-deal offer to Bremen. The same article also suggests that Moyes will tie up the 200,000 capture of Irish right back Seamus Coleman before the weekend.
21 Jan   |  Source: The Guardian

Irish defender agrees Goodison switch

Newspaper reports in Britain are today suggesting that Sligo Rovers defender Seamus Coleman has agreed to join Everton and will travel to Merseyside this coming week to hammer out personal terms.

David Moyes apparently traveled to Ireland last week to meet the 21 year-old who recently had a trials with Birmingham City, and although Celtic are believed to be very interested, the Blues appear to be favourites if these reports can be believed.
18 Jan   |  Source:

Sunday papers roundup

Everton are plotting a double raid on Tottenham Hotspur this month according to The People. David Moyes is interested in acquiring Darren Brent who, it is assumed, would cost far less these days than the 16m+ that Spurs paid for him two seasons ago.

The report also suggests that Moyes wants to take David Bentley on loan from the North Londoners.

Meanwhile, although the Blues have rejected the speculation this past week, the News of the World insist that a deal to sign Israeli striker Elyaniv Barda is still on the cards with Everton preparing an increased bid than the 2.5m that was reportedly turned down earlier.
18 Jan   |  Source: The People, News of the World

Tchité link gathers strength

Spanish paper Marca [Google translation] report that Everton held talks with Racing Santander on Friday regarding striker Mohamed Tchite as David Moyes looks to solve his striking crisis before the transfer window closes.

The report goes on to say, though, that Racing would prefer an immediate sale for the their 12m-rated forward while Everton, of course, want to bring him on loan until the summer with a view to signing him permanently then.
17 Jan   |  Source: Marca

Moutinho on loan?!

The Daily Mail, a paper whose website seems to know no bounds when it comes to unfounded transfer speculation, would have you believe that Joao Moutinho a player who has captained Sporting Lisbon, no less "believes he could move in the transfer window on loan."

No quotes, no reason why Sporting would allow one of their best players to leave on loan, just a brief article sans quotes or evidence. The Telegraph are also running the story, though, raising the angle of the player himself who could persuade his current employers to let him go on loan initially and then permanently in the summer if he wants to play in England badly enough.

Moutinho was the name on every Evertonian's lips last summer when a big money move was mooted, the anticipation fueled by Chairman Bill Kenwright's suggestive nudge-nudge-wink-wink "watch this space" comment.

Ultimately, Sporting's 18m evaluation proved too much and the proposed move collapsed, the Portuguese midfielder, probably at the behest of Kenwright via his agent, eventually saying that he never wanted to join Everton in the first place.

Now, of course, with Everton flat broke in this transfer window, Moutinho is as far away from reach as ever... unless, of course, he arrives on loan.

It's being reported elsewhere, meanwhile, that the Blues could revive their interest in buying the player outright, with a fresh 14m bid in the offing. Of course, with David Moyes saying he is in no position to buy anyone, he would have to sell and sell big in order to fund incoming transfers.
17 Jan   |  Source: The Daily Mail

Door open for Saviola bids

Real Madrid appear to be ready to let Javier Saviola leave the Bernabeu this month. Sky Sports report that the Spaniard's sporting director, Predrag Mijatovic "has been handed the task of securing an exit for Saviola" whose contract is up in 2011.

The Argentine striker wants to fight for his place at Real, though, insisting that he is not keen on leaving unless he receives "an offer of a big project," in other words, that old "bog club" chestnut. A temporary move may still tempt him, though, but there is no indication that Everton have made more than tentative enquiries.

Portsmouth chairman, Peter Storrie, though, has confirmed that he has already held talks with Real regarding Saviola.
16 Jan   |  Source: Sky Sports

Barda speculation quashed

Speculation linking Everton with a 2m move for l Elyaniv Barda appear to be wide of the mark after representative denied receiving any contact regrarding the Israeli international.

"I have had no calls from Everton regarding Elyaniv Barda," Wolfgang Voge told

"Nobody has spoken with me or the player about any move. I think the reports are just speculation as I am not aware of any interest from Everton in Elyaniv."
14 Jan   |  Source: Sky Sports

Jenas loan offer rebuffed

According to TalkSport yesterday, Everton were in talks with Tottenham Hotspur regarding a possible 3.5m move for Jermaine Jenas.

It now appears that discussions took place over a loan move for the former Newcastle United midfielder with a view to making the transfer permanent in the summer.

Talks broke down, however, as Spurs are only interested in a player swap deal and with Everton already down to the bare bones, there was little scope for an agreement.

Harry Redknapp is quoted by as saying: "Everton made an offer of taking Jermaine for loan till the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal. Its not something we were interested in as we asked if there players would be available for a swap but Bill said no. So I think that's done."

Jenas has flattered to deceive during Spurs' turbulent last few seasons and the North London side could be tempted into cashing in on him if a willing buyer can be found this month.

David Moyes has been adamant since the start of the transfer window, however, that he has no money to spend so despite what is a relatively modest fee, it could be just more media misinformation.
12 Jan   |  Source: BBC Sport via

Perennial Saviola link surfaces

It wouldn't be the transfer window without Javier Saviola being linked with Everton and, sure enough, the Sunday papers have the Blues going head-to-head with Portsmouth for the Argentine forward's signature.

The 27 year-old has been unable to hold down a first-choice place at Real Madrid and could be available on a short-term loan until the end of the season.

With David Moyes restricted to loan acquisitions this month, Saviola would make sense, though his high wages could cause a problem.
11 Jan   |  Source: The Telegraph

Icelandic starlet happy at Coventry for now

19 year-old Icelandic midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has revealed that Everton, Stoke City and Celtic have made enquiries as to his availability but doesn't appear to be looking at leaving Coventry City in the near future.

Though his manager, Chris Coleman, admits that he is realistic enough to know he'd have to let one of his brightest prospects leave if a "whacking great" offer was made, the player himself says, "I know there is interest from various clubs... but I really don't see the point in leaving Coventry. I am still young and I get to play a lot here. That's what counts."
9 Jan   |  Source: Daily Express

Keeping tabs on Berra

Reported elsewhere yesterday, the Daily Mail also suggest that Everton are keeping tabs on Hearts captain Christophe Berra who is a candidate to be sold to ease the Scottish club's money woes.

Coach Alan Stubbs was apparently despatched north of the Border by David Moyes to check on the 26 year-old who is rated at around 2m.

His left-wing teammate Andy Driver is also interesting the Everton hierarchy according to the report.
8 Jan   |  Source: Daily Mail

Blues in contact with Norwegian winger?

Everton are thought to be in talks with Bodo Glimt regarding attacking wide midfielder, Trond Olsen. Several newspapers in Norway report that Glimt confirm that they have received an offer from a club "in the top half of the Premier League table" for the 26 year-old, with the belief being that that club is Everton.

Olsen [Link is in Norwegian], who scored 10 goals in 26 games as Glimt finished fourth in the Norwegian league, is valued at around 1.1m.
8 Jan  

Pazzini deal unlikely

Everton appear unlikely to pursue their interest in Italian striker Giampaolo Pazzini after it emerged that he will likely be negiotiating a new deal with Fiorentina.
8 Jan   |  Source:

Villarreal cool on Altidore approach

Everton have apparently approached Villarreal about the prospect of taking 19 year-old striker Jozy Altidore on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Spanish side paid €7m to land the highly-rated USA international and would prefer that he spends more time settling in with them than playing in a foreign league so are thought to have rebuffed David Moyes's initial enquiries.

Weak rumours have also suggested a return to Goodison for aging American Brian McBride.
8 Jan   |  Source: Sky Sports

Maldonado is latest loan link

Everton have apparently made a move to sign Venezuelan international striker Giancarlo Maldonado on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy him in the summer.

The 26 year-old currently plies his trade for Atlante in Mexico but has told the club he is desperate to play in the Premier League. Setanta Sports quote Atlante president Jose Antonio Garcia as saying, We want him to stay. He has a year and a half of his contract remaining but he is asking to leave.

[Everton] want to take him on loan with an option to buy at the end of the deal. He told us he wants to play in England as these opportunities are very rare.

Maldonado has scored 16 goals in 41 appearances for his country and would, according to the report, cost the Blues around 380,000 to take on loan until May.
7 Jan   |  Source: Setanta Sports

Loan move for Roma forward mooted

Everton have lodged a bid to take AS Roma forward Stefano Okaka Chuka on loan as David Moyes seeks striking reinforcements before the transfer window closes again at the end of the month.

The 19-year-old is Nigerian by descent but is an Italian passport holder which would remove any work permit problems, the like of which robbed the Blues of Victor Obinna on deadline day back in September.
7 Jan   |  Source:

Moyes tracking Bristol City prospect

David Moyes is hoping to beat Tottenham and Arsenal to the signature of Bristol City defender James Wilson.

The 19-year-old former Wales U-19 captain can play at right- or centre-back and would cost around 500,000.
7 Jan   |  Source: The Mirror via The Daily Mail

Moyes linked with another crock

Everton will sign Michael Johnson from Manchester City this month despite the midfielder being no closer to returning to fitness.

David Moyes was linked with a move for the highly-rated player in the summer but he has hardly played this season. The Daily Mail report that Johnson is still suffering from pain in both of his hips but would still have you believe that Everton, having acquired and released Anthony Gardner a year ago and then picked up currently injured striker Louis Saha in August, will sign him anyway.
6 Jan   |  Source: Daily Mail

Potless Blues linked with Gomis

Bill Kenwright has still not found a spare 10m behind the couch cushions of his sofa and Nuno Valente's attempts to win the lottery have so far failed to pay dividends so David Moyes's transfer kitty remains empty. still haven't received the memo, though. After linking Everton with Mohamed Tchiti over the weekend, they now suggest that the Blues are battling Manchester City and Arsenal for St Etienne striker Bafetimbi Gomis, rated at 9.5m more pound coins than Moyesey has to rub together.
5 Jan   |  Source:

Fantasy rumour du jour

Soccer Globe get off the blocks early in the unlikely rumours stakes, suggesting that Real Madrid are looking to swap Dutch World Cup star Rafael van der Vaart for Mikel Arteta in the current transfer window.
5 Jan   |  Source: Soccer Globe

Lita a cut-price option

Everton and Newcastle are reportedly looking at Reading's Leroy Lita. The 24 year-old, who has spent much of this season at Norwich City, would be available for a cut-price 350,000 according to the News of the World because his contract is up this summer.
4 Jan   |  Source: News of the World

Everton linked with Tchite swoop

Everton are being linked with an unlikely 8m move for Racing Santander striker Mohamed Tchite.

The 24 year-old has been in :scintillating form" this season according to the report on the website which also suggests that the Spanish side are looking to cash in on their star striker. Pity Everton have no money...
4 Jan   |  Source:

Arsenal prepare 12m Arteta bid

Arsene Wenger will test Everton's resolve to keep hold of their star players by offering 12m for Mikel Arteta when the transfer window opens this week.

The Guardian suggest that the Arsenal boss is looking to bolster his side's flagging title hopes by opting for the experienced Basque midfielder, though Blues fans would likely scoff at the price seeing as Everton paid more for Marouane Fellaini in the summer.
30 Dec   |  Source: The Guardian

Blues linked with Pazzini

Everton are being linked with a move for Fiorentina striker, Giampaolo Pazzini. The 24-year-old has fallen down the pecking order for the Viola since the arrival of Alberto Gilardino in the summer.
29 Dec   |  Source: Channel 4

City eye Lescott swoop

According to the Manchester Evening News, newly minted Manchester City could be preparing a bid for Everton's England international defender, Joleon Lescott.

It's hard to see how, with Joseph Yobo facing a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring strain, David Moyes could even consider selling Lescott, especially for a paltry 10m.
24 Dec   |  Source: Manchester Evening News

The “meejah” just Love this story

Still the rumours linking Everton, a club with no money that has said repeatedly that it has no money to spend in January, with 12m-rated Vagner Love continue.

The player, top scorer in Russia this past season with CSKA Moscow, and his agent, obviously keen to keep his name in the press as he positions himself for a dream move to Real Madrid, confirm that Everton are the only club to have opened formal negotiations with the Brazilian.

What the media reports don't mention is that it was back in August when David Moyes was confident that he'd negotiated with Love's agent a one-year loan deal, only to be told by CSKA that, not surprisingly, they would only let their star striker go in a permanent deal worth 12m.

The Blues' interest is believed to have ended there and with barely two pennies to rub together when the January transfer window opens on the 1st, Moyes is almost certainly not going to be splashing out eight-figure sums on anyone.
19 Dec   |  Source: The Daily Mail

Owen looking for free transfer back to NW

According to the Daily Mail, Michael Owen will turn down a new contract with Newcastle and wait out his current deal with a view to landing a lucrative free transfer back to his native northwest.

The report says that the England striker has "told his Newcastle team-mates he is hoping for Liverpool, Manchester City or Everton to make him an offer he cannot refuse."

Adding fuel to the rumours, Captain Pip is quoted as saying that while "it's all just speculation" at the moment, he would welcome the signing of Owen by Everton.
17 Dec   |  Source: The Daily Mail

Zenit striker's agent claims Everton interest

Oleg Artemov, the agent of Zenit St Petersburg striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, says that he has had contact from a number of clubs regarding the 25 year-old but specifically named Everton as one of the interested parties.
9 Dec   |  Source: Eurosport; Various

Obinna deal still on the cards?

Victor Obinna, the pacey 21 year-old Nigerian who many feel would have been the signing of the summer for Everton if his loan move from Inter hadn't been scuppered by the Home Office, could yet come to Goodison Park.

Eurosport are reporting that the move could be resurrected next month as Jose Mourinho looks to trim his squad. Obinna was denied a work permit on transfer deadline day in September but he has played more games for his country since and Everton may get more time to appeal this time, especially on the grounds that they have so few fit strikers!
5 Dec   |  Source: Eurosport via

Moyes may turn to Nugent

With striking options limited, David Moyes may look again at boyhood Evertonian, David Nugent as a cut-price option.

The former Preston striker was hotly linked with the Blues before he made a 7m move to Portsmouth where he has, some would say, demonstrated that the Premier League may have been a step too far and fallen down the pecking order at Fratton Park.
2 Dec   |  Source: Liverpool Echo

Larsson and Kleber eyed on loan

Everton will renew their interest in veteran striker Henrik Larsson as an emergency loan replacement for Yakubu when the January transfer window opens.

The 37 year-old is stalling on a contract extension at Helsingborg and hasn't ruled out another spell abroad.

Dynamo Kiev's Brazilian forward Kleber, currently on loan with Palmeiras is also an option according to the highly unreliable Daily Mail.
1 Dec   |  Source: Daily Mail

Kinnear sounds out Baines on loan

Newcastle United manager has apparently approached Everton about the possibility of taking Leighton Baines on loan when the transfer window opens in January.

The former Wigan fullback has been frozen out of the Everton first-team by the form of Joleon Lescott.
30 Nov   |  Source: The People

Blues in Podolski link

Even though they have no money and David Moyes has admitted as much, Everton are being linked with German striker Lukas Podolski. The Bayern Munich striker has been rated at between 8m and 10m.
30 Nov   |  Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Moyes in for Dutch winger

David Moyes is "confident of winning the race for Dutch winger Eljero Elia" according to the News of the Screws. The Blues apparently face competition from Hull City and Birmingham for FC Twente's 21 year-old ace who would cost around £3.5m.
16 Nov   |  Source:

Middle Eastern takeover talks continue

The Daily Mail keep peddling stories of Everton's imminent sale and the Club keep denying them but that hasn't stopped a new report suggesting that the Blues are top of the list for Amanda Staveley, "who put together the £210million purchase of Manchester City by Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan," and "is now working on bringing more Middle Eastern money to the Premier League."

The report suggests that Everton are "almost certain to be bought by a Middle Eastern royal family" by the end of the year.
9 Nov   |  Source:

Santacroce rumour doing the rounds

The next transfer window doesn't open for another two months but that isn't stopping the rumour mill from grinding out stories linking Everton with various players from home and abroad.

The latest suggests that David Moyes will look to bolster his defence with a £6m swoop for Napoli defender, Fabiano Santacroce.

The Brazilian-born centre back is being dubbed the new Nesta by Serie A observers.
2 Nov   |  Source:

Mideast takeover group identified

Zabeel Investments, owned by Dubai’s royal family, are set to make a £200M bid for Everton. Company chairman Mohammed Al Hashimi and his representatives are willing to wipe out Everton’s £52M debt and provide the £78M needed for Destination Kirkby.
18 Oct   |  Source:

Ambani linked with takeover again

Having passed on Newcastle and found Liverpool's American owners still reluctant to sell, Anil Ambani, the world's 6th richest man, is again being talked about in terms of a takeover at Everton.

This Mirror report claims that Bill Kenwright has "entertained" Ambani and his advisors and is hoping to further discussions.
29 Sep   |  Source:

Moyes to the Hammers???

The Mirror claims that David Moyes is being considered for the vacant manger's position at West Ham.
7 Sep   |  Source:

Moyes linked to Newcastle job

The name of David Moyes has not surprisingly taken centre stage in the betting as to who will take over from Kevin Keegan at Newcastle Utd. Unless you are of a nervous disposition, try this People's Forum Conspiracy Theory for size...
5 Sep   |  Source:

Gazumped on Smith Bid

Everton missed out on striker target Alan Smith on deadline day after discovering his price tag had gone up. Everton believed they already had a £2.8m deal agreed and expected Smith to arrive for a medical to clinch the move. But a late change in his price tag forced Everton to reconsider their options and they backed out of the deal.
2 Sep   |  Source:

Hunt “wounded”

Stephen Hunt last night spoke of his anger and disappointment after Reading blocked his move to Everton on transfer deadline day. But Coppell denies there ever was any offer from Everton.
2 Sep   |  Source:

Coppell: No Hunt bid lodged

Reading boss Steve Coppell has denied a report on Sky Sports yesterday that he received and turned down a £3.5m bid from Everton for Bon Scott Jr.

He says that he spoke with David Moyes over the weekend but no specific players were discussed and he did not hear from Everton again after that.
2 Sep   |  Source:

Love to arrive in January

The summer window's only been closed a few hours and already the first story for January has broken! According to The Mirror, Everton have secured the £12m signing of Brazilian striker Vagner Love but he won't arrive until January.

The report claims CSKA Moscow wanted to hold on to him until the Russian league finishes this winter but until there is some sort of confirmation from Everton, this one gets filed in fantasy pile...
2 Sep   |  Source:

Marouane Fellaini signed in record deal?

Everton have signed Marouane Fellaini for a club record €16m (£12.9m) fee Standard Liege's official site has now confirmed.

Unconfimed reports in Belgium, that started at under an Exclusive! banner but have now been picked up by and, around 11pm UK time initially reported it as a done deal after the Liverpool Echo had suggested that the Club have been locked in negotiations with Standard Liege all day but it could all be a carefully constructed ruse.

"EXCLUSIF Everton, adversaire du Standard en Coupe de l’UEFA, a allongé 16 millions d’euros pour que le Standard cède le joueur. Marouane Fellaini a signé 5 ans pour un salaire mensuel net de 90.000 euros".

Google translation of Lesoir report
1 Sep   |  Source:

Zigic to Santander

Another one to add to the increasingly long list of "targets linked to Everton" who ended up going elsewhere...
1 Sep   |  Source:

Hunt bid rejected

Reading have rejected a late bid from Everton for Stephen Hunt but we're told that Sky say that a move for Standard Liege midfielder Marouane Fellaini is close to completion.
1 Sep   |  Source:

M'Bia in a sea of uncertainty

Stephane M'Bia did his best to contribute to the last minute fun and games, claiming he is uncertain about the future, while clearly looking for a nice big fat contract extension with Rennes.
1 Sep   |  Source:

Last-minute Nash Dash

Everton are trying to bring aging Wigan keeper Carlo Nash in as cover for Tim Howard.
1 Sep   |  Source:

Everton want Owen too

Moyes has been given funds by chairman Bill Kenwright to launch an audacious bid for boyhood Everton fan Michael Owen, though matching his St James's Park wages will be a problem.
1 Sep   |  Source:

Smith and Fellaini

The Daily Mail report that Everton will wrap up the £3m capture of Alan Smith tomorrow when the player arrives to undergo a medical and put pen to paper on what will surely be a reduced package from the £60,000-a-week he is on at Newcastle.

The same report says that David Moyes was in Belgium yesterday to watch Standard Liege midfielder Marouane Fellaini and The Sun are running a story suggesting that the Blues and Spurs are "locked in an £11.2million tug of war" for the defensive midfield man. Tottenham apparently had a bid for the 20-year-old turned down last week.
1 Sep   |  Source:

Zayatte signs for Hull City on loan

Another one to strike from the "dead cert" list as the Guinean defender joins newly-promoted Hull on loan for the season.
31 Aug   |  Source:

Larsson staying in Sweden

While flattered by the offers extended to him from the Premier League, Henrik Larsson says he is staying in Sweden.

Citing reports from Scandinavia, Sky Sports said yesterday that Everton are believed to have offered a contract to Henrik Larsson, although Tottenham are also thought to be interested in the 36 year-old Swede.

Assuming Louis Saha passes his medical and becomes the third signing of the summer, it's hard to believe that Larsson would be needed, but it might have been an insurance measure by Moyes.
31 Aug   |  Source:

Still clinging to Moutinho dream

According to a number of rumours doing the rounds today, Joao Moutinho is on Merseyside to tie up his record-breaking move from Sporting to Everton.

Bluekipper suggest as much — additionally, posters on their forum say that confirmation came "from the very top" — as do some fans writing in to ToffeeWeb Towers but it's all just unfounded hearsay at this point, even if it has been picked up for tomorrow's edition of the News of the World. The figure of €20m (£18m) has been bandied about amid the speculation.

Reports in the Portuguese media suggested that the Lisbon club do expect a third bid from the Blues for the 21 year-old Portugal international but there has been nothing thus far to suggest that it's been lodged.

If you're not completely beaten down by the relentless rumours and let downs, you can allow yourself to dream. For the rest, take comfort from the fact that it'll all be over at midnight on Tuesday.

Some of the same sources claim that Alan Smith will undergo a medical this weekend and be added to the squad before the deadline on Monday.
30 Aug   |  Source:

Hunt is next on the list

Irish winger Stephen Hunt is on his way back to the Premier League with Everton leading the queue of top flight clubs eager to sign the Waterford man before Monday's close of the transfer window.
29 Aug   |  Source:

Topal back on the radar

Everton are still hoping to thrash out a deal for Joao Moutinho before Monday's transfer deadline but could go back to Galatasaray with a £10m offer for Mehmet Topal if they aren't able to prise the Portuguese international from Sporting Lisbon. That's according to The Guardian.

The Turks were eliminated from the Champions League this week and could be persuaded to cash in on the defensive midfielder who featured for his country at Euro 2008 this summer.

Everton are believed to have failed with a £6m offer around the time Keith Wyness left the club as Galatasaray signaled their intent to keep Topal.
29 Aug   |  Source:

Everton one of three tracking Larsson

Everton are one of three clubs who have reportedly approached Henrik Larsson about the possibility of bringing him back to the Premier League.

The 36 year-old veteran striker has apparently fallen out with the brass at Helsingsborg and that has alerted the likes of the Blues and Tottenham Hotspur to his potential availability.

Larsson had a spell with Manchester United but his biggest achievements within these shores were with Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.
28 Aug   |  Source:

Blues lodge £10m Milner bid

Everton will go head to head with Aston Villa in a deadine-beating attempt to land James Milner after the winger handed in a transfer request at Newcastle yesterday.

The Times report that both clubs have lodged bids "in excess of £10m" — our source says that the Blues' offer was dead on £10m — after relations between the Tyneside club and the 22 year-old midfielder soured over stalled contract talks.

Manager Kevin Keegan was adamant that Milner would not be sold this summer but talks over a new deal at St James Park apparently broke down last week, prompting him to request a move away.

David Moyes is looking to add width to his side and failed last week with a bid to bring Spanish winger Albert Riera to Goodison when Liverpool drew him over to the dark side, although that deal has still not been concluded.
28 Aug   |  Source:

Zayatte move stalls

Yesterday it looked as though Kamil Zayatte's move to Goodison was on but according to Setanta Sports, the deal appears to have stalled and Newcastle United are poised to nip in and land the Guinean defender.

His agent Roger Boli indicated that Zayatte was set for Everton yesterday after impressing during a two-day trial but while Sky Sports News are reporting that he will indeed sign for Newcastle United, further quotes from Boli say that nothing has been decided.

"I don’t know what is happening at Everton," he says." Actually there might be a slight problem between David Moyes and his president regarding the signing, and I’m also aware of the fact that Newcastle want him as well,” Boli told

“I can’t tell with which club he is going to sign for the moment, but I may tomorrow.”
28 Aug   |  Source:

Rennes reject second M'Bia offer

Rennes have reaffirmed their desire to keep Stephane M'Bia after it was reported that have rejected an improved, "attractive" bid by from Everton for the Cameroon international, believed to be as high as £9m.

French media suggest that the Ligue 1 side will now put together a boosted salary package that will satisfy the midfielder's demands. M'Bia was apparently being offered €1.5m a year by Everton but he said that he would be happy to stay with Rennes if they matched that wage proposal.
28 Aug   |  Source:

Wright-Phillips completes City return

Everton have officially failed in their attempts to sign Shaun Wright-Phillips after the diminutive winger chose a permanent move and a reputed £80,000-a-week contract at his old club Manchester City.
28 Aug   |  Source:

Arsenal snap up De Guzman

Arsenal are set to snap up Feyenoord’s Jonathan de Guzman, with boss Arsene Wenger making a £12million approach for the midfield enforcer, despite interest from Everton.
28 Aug   |  Source:

Wright dismisses agent quotes

A Wayne Lindsey, claiming to be the agent of Shaun Wright-Phillips says his client has no wish to join Everton or Manchester City.

Ian Wright, Shaun's faither, said on TalkSport this afternoon, however, that he's never even heard of Wayne Lindsey, so the plot thickens. Wright, the former Arsenal striker, said that there are four clubs involved, that "it's up to Shaun" and hinted the decision has already been made but did not divulge the all-important details.

The latest report from is that they "understand" that SWP will undergo a medical at Manchester City tomorrow.
27 Aug   |  Source:

Obinna arriving on loan?

Chievo Verona striker Victor Obinna has apparently joined Internazionale and immediately been farmed out on loan to Everton according to The 21 year-old was a teammate of Victor Anichebe at the Olympics this month where Nigeria picked up the silver medal and Obinna was the so-called Dream Team's top scorer.

La Gazetta dello Sport are carrying the story but there has been no official confirmation from either club so far.
27 Aug   |  Source:

Agent: Zayatte is joining Everton

Kamil Zayatte's agent says that his client is on the verge of signing a permanent contract with Everton after impressing on a two-day trial this week.

Even though Young Boys' president denied that a bid for the 23 year-old Guinean defender had been made, Roger Boli says, “He is going to sign with Everton,” Boli told

“I can tell you the deal is a permanent one; we are not speaking about a loan.

“He visited the club’s facilities and was impressed.”
27 Aug   |  Source:

Riera on the verge of Anfield switch

Everton will find out today what was largely inevitable anyway when Albert Riera seals an his preferred move to Liverpool.

According to Spanish site, Espanyol have accepted what appears from the translation to be an offer of €8m, considerably less than the £12m that Everton were reported to have offered.

The deal will be announced within the "next few hours" subject to the remaining conditions, perhaps appearance-based add-ons, being ironed out.

It looked as though Everton had got their man when the notoriously unreliable Mirror reported that David Moyes would break the Blues' transfer record and land the Spanish winger, who had a largely unsuccessful spell with Manchester City before returning to Spain.

But when it emerged that Riera had his heart set on joining Liverpool, the only question was whether Espanyol would accept their bid.
26 Aug   |  Source:

Dutch midfielder is next to be linked

It's going to be a long week. A flurry of names has entered the equation as Everton, their desperation laid bare to the world by David Moyes's comments in recent days, continue to be linked with players from across the Continent and Africa.

The latest is Jonathan de Guzmán, the highly-rated Canadian-born midfielder currently playing for Feyenoord. Reports on a number of Dutch websites suggest that the Blues are preparing a bid for the player whom Feyenoord have apparently registered a willingness to sell at the right price.

De Guzmán, 21 next month, has just returned from Beijing with the Netherlands squad who drew against Victor Anichebe's Nigeria in their opening game.

Update: The Echo report that Everton have denied the speculation linking them with De Guzman while reports elsewhere in the media suggest that Arsenal are preparing a £12m bid.
26 Aug   |  Source:

SWP on his way... but where to?, the Chelsea site that first suggested that Shaun Wright-Phillips might be Goodison bound, have finally added some meat the bones of that report yesterday now that Manchester City have entered the race to sign the England winger.

They believe that with Wright-Phillips surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, he is almost certainly on his way but it is not clear at this point where to. City would appear to have the edge at this point, not least because they have reportedly offered £10m cash as opposed to Everton's initial loan proposal. Wright-Phillips, though, is apparently reluctant to leave London even though City would represent a return "home" for the player.

Rumours that Wright-Phillips was at Finch Farm today are believed to be suspect... as most of them are in this silly season!

With thanks to Andy Fredson
25 Aug   |  Source:

Ghanaian... erm Guinean to follow Jacobsen?

Rumours that an unnamed Ghanaian could be the next player in through the door on a free transfer had some speculating that Sammy Kuffour, the 31 year-old defender who is without a club after being released by AS Roma, would be drafted in.

Another, more exciting prospect, of course, would have been long-time target Stephen Appiah.

It now appears, according to Alan Nixon at The Mirror, as though the player in question, Kamil Zayatte, is Guinean not Ghanaian and is only at Finch Farm on trial. He's a 23 year-old defender who currently plies his trade at BSC Young Boys after a brief spell with Lens in League 1.
25 Aug   |  Source:

Weak Motta link report that Everton and Portsmouth have made "tentative enquiries" about Atletico Madrid's Thiago Motta after the he was told that he is surplus to their requirements.

Recurrent knee Injuries have plagued him in recent seasons and restricted him to just six appearances for the Spanish side last season. Just what Everton need then...!
24 Aug   |  Source:

Shaun Wright-Phillips signs for Everton!

That's according to a brief report on the unofficial Chelsea site, with the promise of more details to come (not fulfilled so far).

The plot thickened after Chelsea's 1-0 win over Wigan this afternoon when boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, quizzed specifically on the Wright-Philips stories, refused to deny or confirm the speculation. He said he may sit down tomorrow (Monday) and discuss who's coming and who's staying at Stamford Bridge.

"My director said something about this," he is quoted by "Tomorrow I will discuss it.

"Maybe tomorrow, yes, I will discuss this or that, who comes and who goes, which team wants which player... but today I want to come back to London, and tomorrow I'll start the new week."
24 Aug   |  Source:

Riera prefers the dark side

Albert Riera's agent has confirmed that both Everton and Liverpool have lodged firm bids with Espanyol for the Spanish winger but that Anfield is his preferred destination.

Andiarena Angel Castell said: "Both of them have put in an offer and although he would prefer to go to Liverpool, Everton have put in a better bid so you cannot tell yet where he will go.

"Everton said they are looking for a good player in his position and he is one of the best in Europe at attacking.

"Reira is desperate to leave Espanyol — absolutely desperate.

"He wants to play in the Premier League and to play against bigger clubs."

The Mail on Sunday quotes "a source at Goodison Park" as saying that David Moyes tabled a €10m bid but also confirmed that the player is swaying towards Liverpool: "Everton can try their best but he really wants to move to Liverpool."
24 Aug   |  Source:

£1.8m Egyptian striker link

The News of the World reports that Everton have instructed their agents to do a deal for £1.8m-rated striker Emed Meteb.

Those giants of English football, Bristol City, apparently pulled out of a £1.5m deal to sign the Egyptian last month but this report suggests David Moyes is looking to the 25 year-old to replace Andy Johnson.
24 Aug   |  Source:

Milito not keen on English move

In his rumours blog, Guillem Balague claims that Everton, one of three teams to have shwon serious interest in the Argentine along with Tottenham and Manchester City, had agreed a loan arrangement with Real Zaragoza for the 29 year-old but like Tiago, he turned it down on the basis that he didn't fancy playing in England.

Balague also opines on the Albert Riera situation, saying that Liverpool are expected to up their initial bid — Antonin Veronin + €5m — by another €2m in the next couple of days. Anfield is, apparently, the Spaniard's preferred destination.

[Thanks to Ric Wallace]
23 Aug   |  Source:

Riera bid rejected, fresh offer succeeds?

Everton and Liverpool have both had formal bids for winger Albert Riera rejected by Espanyol according to The Spanish club apparently value the player at €10m.

Nevertheless, rumours on a couple of other Internet sites say that a massive £12m bid has been made for a winger and The Mirror is running a story in today's edition that the Blues will break their transfer record for Riera. The 26 year-old had a brief and unspectacular spell at Manchester City a couple of years ago and they passed on what would then have been a £3m deal.
22 Aug   |  Source:

All about the moolah for M'Bia

Stephane M'Bia says that he would be happy to stay In Ligue 1 with Rennes if they can match the salary package on offer from Everton.

Backtracking on his earlier statement that he wanted to leave the French side for the Premier League, the Cameroon midfielder says, "I never said I didn’t want to stay at Rennes. If they give me the wages I want there’s no problem.

“If Rennes give me what I want, I don’t see why I would join another club."

Chalk him off the list, then...
22 Aug   |  Source:

Moyes ready for Inler bid

Another day, another player we won't sign. This time it's The Mirror reporting that David Moyes is ready to launch a £7m bid for Udinese midfielder, Goekhan Inler.

The Swiss international is, apparently, being chased by Newcastle and Arsenal.
22 Aug   |  Source:

Blues linked with Zigic move

It was only a matter of time. Nikola Zigic has been linked with all and sundry this summer and now, with the transfer deadline looming, it's Everton's turn.

In a boon to lovers of passing football everywhere — we won't resort to route-one, Duncan Ferguson-era football if we sign him, honest — David Moyes is apparently battling Paul Ince for the loan capture of the 6' 7" giant forward after Valencia indicated he didn't feature in their long-term plans.
21 Aug   |  Source:

Tiago cold on Goodison switch

It seems that despite Everton and Juventus coming to a loan-cum-permanent agreement for Tiago Mendes, the player doesn't appear willing to make the switch to Merseyside.

A report in Correio dello Sport quotes the Portuguese as saying that he won't to go to Everton which would heap further frustration on David Moyes's transfer plans as the clock ticks on towards 1st September. The 27 year-old midfielder apparently favours a move to Athletico Madrid over the sunny climes of Merseyside or Tyneside.
21 Aug   |  Source:

Moutinho staying put?

According to Portuguese daily A Bola, Moutinho is staying with Sporting. Yesterday, a representative of Everton met with his agent but no agreement was reached as Sporting refuse to drop the price.

It would have appeared that that was that... but rival publication Correio da Manha, regarded as less reliable, says that the 21 year-old could be an Everton player by Friday after the Blues submitted an offer of €19m.
20 Aug  

Ball in Tiago's court

Tiago Mendes could become Everton's long-awaited first signing of the summer if they can overcome the player's reluctance to return to England after being labeled a flop in his brief spell with Chelsea.

The Blues have reportedly beaten Newcastle United to the chase and struck a deal with Juventus to take the Portuguese midfielder on loan for a year, covering his £500,000-a-year wages, with an option to make the move permanent next summer for a final fee of £8m.

Tottenham apparently came to similar terms with the Italian giants in January but the 27 year-old rejected the move back to London.
20 Aug   |  Source:

Tiago: coming or not?

The Echo insists "negotiations are continuing", while this source suggests Tiago has no intention of returning top the Premier League
19 Aug   |  Source:

Danko Lasovic

You know the drill by now... player linked to Everton. Unlikely to come to anything... NEXT!
19 Aug   |  Source:

M'Bia still keen on Everton move

The Rennes player Stephane M'bia, back from his Olympic exploits with Cameroon, insists "I haven't changed my mind, I want to join Everton. We are still in contact. I hope now that Rennes will accept to enter into negotiations with this English club." Now that sounds very promising....
19 Aug   |  Source:

Everton agree on Tiago loan

Italian Press reports suggest that Everton have reached an agreement with Juventus to loan unsettled midfield flop Tiago Mendes until next summer
19 Aug   |  Source:

Jimmy Bullard for £3M

Everton will make a £3M bid for Jimmy Bullard, according to the Daily Star.
18 Aug   |  Source:

Freddie Ljungberg!!!

Now is this getting really, really silly or what??? Perhaps we could give him a 4-year contract? Or perhaps he will invest some of his £6½M payoff in Everton!?!
17 Aug   |  Source:

Love's Labours Lost

According to The Mirror, David Moyes was convinced Everton were getting Wagner Love from CSKA Moscow on loan but is now fuming because the Everton negotiating team were misled by one of the agents involved. He may turn again to Alan Smith...
14 Aug   |  Source:

Tiago — next name on list

Tiago is the next name on the increasingly long list of "players linked with Everton who never arrive"...
13 Aug   |  Source:

Everton to join Johnson hunt?

Sky Sports speculate that EVerton may be one of the clubs looking to sign Michael Johnson from Man City following the breakdown of his contract talks with the club.
13 Aug   |  Source:

CSKA reject reports of loan move for Love

Russian site,, quote CSKA Moscow's Director General, Roman Babaev, in saying that they are not negotiating with Everton on the basis of an initial season-long loan for Vagner Love as reports in the British press are suggesting.

CSKA apparently value Love at between £13m and £15m and Babaev doesn't seem to be rejecting outright the speculation linking the Brazilian with Goodison, just the loan aspect. Love is reputed to be undergoing a medical today with a view to joining the Blues but there has been no official confirmation thus far.
11 Aug   |  Source:

Toon pull plug on Smith deal

"[Alan] Smith was close to completing a £3m transfer to Goodison Park in the middle of last week, only for Newcastle officials to pull the plug on the deal at the final minute and order the 27-year-old to continue training with the Magpies."
11 Aug   |  Source:

Vagner Love set for Goodison

Everton are close to sealing a deal for Vágner Silva de Souza (aka Vagner Love) according to various sources, most recently The Daily Mail and The Times with the latter reporting that the Brazilian is due on Merseyside today for a medical.

Somehow it seems as though Everton have persuaded CSKA Moscow to allow the 24 year-old to join the Blues on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent £13m signing next summer.

The same reports also suggest that Alan Smith will follow this week and Stephane M'Bia will sign after the Olympics, while Joao Moutinho remains a possibility before the deadline if Sporting Lisbon can be tempted with 16m of our English pounds.
11 Aug   |  Source:

CSKA's Love linked once again

The News of the Screws resuscitate the Wagner love link, suggesting that Everton will conclude a deal, more likely a season-long loan initially, for the £15m-rated Brazilian striker this week.

It's given a bit more credence by the BBC — who aren't given to peddling unfounded rumour in its main editorial — who report through Phil McNulty that David Moyes hopes to land Love, Alan Smith and Stephane M'Bia this week. Those would be, we assume, the three players Bill Kenwright was promising match-goers yesterday that the club would be signing before next weekend's opener against Blackburn.
10 Aug   |  Source:

M n' M set for imminent medicals

We're loathe to even post this one after such an unreliable summer and advise the usual pinch or ten of salt but we've heard from three different sources, two in the Mailbag, that Joao Moutinho is due on Merseyside, either tomorrow (Sunday) or Monday to undergo a medical.

One source, who was the first to correctly report that Andy Johnson's medical had thrown up problems, also says that Stephane M'Bia is scheduled for a medical on Monday.

There are, of course, obvious problems with these rumours that make them eminently unbelievable — 1) M'Bia is on the other side of the world on Olympic duty with Cameroon and 2) would Moutinho have played for Sporting in their friendly against Sampdoria this evening if he were about to have a medical at Everton?

Privately, we're told Everton are doubtful that they will be able to prise Moutinho away from Sporting without meeting their enormous £20m price tag so the likelihood of that one happening is looking less and less all the time.
9 Aug   |  Source:

Everton up Moutinho offer

According to a report in the Portuguese press today, Everton have lodged a second official bid of €16.5m (£13m) with Sporting for Joao Moutinho.

If true, it's clear that the Blues are determined to test the resolve of the Lisbon club's president who has spent much of the past week insisting that the 21 year-old is going nowhere.
9 Aug   |  Source:

Blues linked with Tymoschuk

Everton, Newcastle and Blackburn are supposedly interested in Zenit St Petersburg's classy defensive midfielder, Anatoly Tymoschuk who played at Goodison for the Russian Champions last December and starred for Ukraine in the 2006 World Cup Finals.

He would cost around £7m but has thus far shown no real inclination to leave his current surroundings.
9 Aug   |  Source:

It's a No on JoMo

Sporting Lisbon president Filipe Soares Franco insists Everton target Joao Moutinho will not be leaving the club.
8 Aug   |  Source:

£2m fee agreed for Smith

The Times say that Everton and Newcastle United have agreed a £2m fee for midfielder-cum-striker, Alan Smith who has stuggled to revive his career at St James' Park.
8 Aug   |  Source:

Cana back on the radar

Originally linked with a move to Everton towards the beginning of the summer, Marseilles midfielder Lorik Cana is again being touted as a target of David Moyes after the player indicated that he would welcome a new challenge away from l'OM and Stephane M'Bia committed his future to Rennes.

Arsenal are also said to be tracking the £5m-rated Cana.

Another player hotly linked with the Blues is Diego Milito who appears to be looking to continue with top-flight football rather than make the step down a division with relegated Real Zaragoza.

The 29 year-old Argentine has averaged a goal every other game for the past three years according t this Setanta Sports report and could be a decent replacement for Andy Johnson, even if he is slightly older than Moyes likes his new signings.
8 Aug   |  Source:

Moutinho and Smith edge closer

Everton's ambitious move for Joao Moutinho looked all but dead a couple of days ago when the Sporting president insisted that he would remain with the Lisbon club, a conviction seemingly confirmed by the dearth of news of any kind of bid having been agreed for the player.

Hopes that a deal could still be struck appeared to be raised by Dominic King in the Echo today but his report is suspiciously devoid of any specifics and talks vaguely about an increased offer in the manner consistent with spin to keep the impression that an acquisition of that magnitude is still possible given everything that is going on at Goodison at the moment.

The same report, meanwhile, suggests that Alan Smith is close to signing for Everton. Sadly, due to Smith's poor form, low transfer value and ability to play as badly in attack as he can in midfield, he's a much more likely candidate to be the Blues' first signing of the summer. Rumours that Bill Kenwright is hoping to land a bigger fish before announcing the Smith deal to avoid supporter backlash are probably bang on the money!

Kevin Keegan, however, dealing with a lack of strikers to rival that of David Moyes, would appear to be reluctant to sell the former Manchester United man if this report in the Daily Mail is true.
7 Aug   |  Source:

Smith missing for Magpies with knock

The incoming transfer of one Alan Smith looked to be ominously more likely as he was left out of Newcastle's squad to play PSV this evening but Kevin Keegan says he rested the player because of a "sore ankle".

That would seem to put paid to rumour that Smith is due to have a medical at Finch Farm tomorrow, just another murmur in an unpredictable summer.
6 Aug   |  Source:

Moutinho and M'Bia going nowhere

Sporting president Felipe Soares France says that there is "little chance" of Joao Moutinho moving to Everton, reiterating that he believes the 21 year-old, whom he values at £22m, will stay with the Lisbon club despite Everton's interest and the player's stated desire to leave. Bill Kenwright confirmed that the Portuguese international was one of David Moyes's top transfer targets but despite sources claiming a bid had been accepted, nothing concrete appears to have happened for days.

Meanwhile, Stephane M'Bia, another player rumoured to be high on Moyes's wishlist, has said he's staying with Rennes and not moving to Everton (or Sevilla).
6 Aug   |  Source:

Competition from Arsenal for Moutinho?

Everton's failure to lock down the acquisition of Joao Moutinho in a timely manner could allow Arsenal to enter the running. A speculative report in Correio da Manhã suggests that Arsene Wenger could turn his attentions to Moutinho after being priced out of a move for teammate Miguel Veloso, and he could more readily afford the 21 year-old than Everton who have apparently lodged a €17m bid (rising to €21m) with Sporting.
6 Aug   |  Source:

Johnson saga close to conclusion

Andy Johnson's protracted move to Fulham is close to completion according to several sources this afternoon, with one claiming that Bill Kenwright met with officials of the West London club to smooth out the final details of a transfer that is still worth a possible £13m to Everton based on appearances but will likely involve a smaller down payment.
5 Aug   |  Source:

Moyes looks to Alan Smith to boost numbers

A rumour that first came to our attention in ToffeeWeb's Mailbag last night has been lent credence by the last line of this report in the Daily Express.

Everton will apparently seal the £1.75m capture of former target, Alan Smith, within the next day or so.

The ex-Manchester United striker, now 27, should be in the prime of his career but has struggled to revive his career at Newcastle but could be given a chance to reinvent himself at Goodison where numbers are in worryingly short supply as the season approaches.
5 Aug   |  Source:

£5M bid for Martinez fails?

Maybe Everton bid £5M for for Athletic Bilbao star Javi Martinez... and maybe they didn't. Who knows anymore???
4 Aug   |  Source:

Clubs agree on Moutinho? M'Bia bid lodged

While an unusually garbled web translation of the Portuguese report in Correio da Manhã on the Joao Moutinho saga claims that Everton are prepared to offer €20m for the international midfielder in a final bid to get their man — presumably based on quotes by Ian Ross, the Blues Director of Communications, that €20m would be Everton's limit — rival publication Abola report that Everton have asked his agent Pini Zahavi to return to Sporting to "deal with the matter" after their initial bid of €15m was rejected last week.

A source, however, maintains that a €17m fee has been agreed with the Lisbon club with a further €3m due if Everton qualify for the Champions League during the 21 year-old's five-year contract. Zahavi has been handling negotiations as Moutinho's contract stipulates that Sporting have to pay him 10% of any bid that is rejected. [As an indication of his willingness to reach a deal, the Portuguese international has agreed to Zahavi's method of informal bid discussions which means he'll forego around €1.5m in bonus payments from Sporting.]

It appears that after Sporting balked at receiving payment over five years (even though they're standard terms these days) Everton's agreement to pay a larger down payment up front has greased the wheels of negotiations and allowed a deal to finally be struck.

Meanwhile, it appears as though Everton have followed up their interest in Cameroon midfielder Stephane M'Bia with a bid, believed to be in the region of £4m.
4 Aug   |  Source:

48 hrs for Fulham

Everton are getting exasperated with Fulham over the transfer of Andy Johnson, which has become bogger down over a knee injury that affected AJ's Crystal Palace career — but not his time at Everton. Fulham playing silly buggers and Everton having none of it!
3 Aug   |  Source:

Foreign tycoons ready to pounce

The Guardian report that potential buyers from Russia, India and the US are ready to launch takeover bids if Destination Kirkby is given the green light by the Government this coming week.

The report, which relies heavily on what appears to be speculation — albeit speculation that rings true with many rumours put forth by Everton sources this past week — suggests that disagreement both among the Board members and its unofficial benefactor, Philip Green over the direction of the club means that an offer would not be rejected out of hand.

If posters to ToffeeWeb's MailBag are any indicator, the prospect that the Kirkby scheme will avoid a Government enquiry when the decision is announced, perhaps as early as Monday, is as good as it has been for a few weeks.

Meanwhile, details are emerging from the same newspaper of a confrontation between Robert Earl and Sir Philip Green on one side and Keith Wyness on the other in the wake of the outgoing CEO's sudden exit from the club.

The story goes that Earl and Green, holidaying together in the Mediterranean on the latter's £32m yacht, sailed to Mallorca for a showdown with Wyness demanding answers about his involvement with Paul Davidson, the prospective new owner of Real Mallorca, and whether he was "advising" the man nicknamed "The Plumber" on Everton FC's time.
3 Aug   |  Source:

Ochoa loan bid fails

"We had a meeting with Ochoa to tell him we refused the offer from Everton and Galatasaray's proposal was just unsatisfactory," club president Michel Bauer told the Mexican press. "Neither us or the player think that a loan for a player of the quality of Ochoa is something serious."
1 Aug   |  Source:

Fulham stall on Johnson deal

It seems that there may have been something to rumours first floated in the ToffeeWeb Mailbag that Fulham were sufficiently concerned by Andy Johnson's medical, specifically an old knee injury, that they want to try and restructure the deal. The Guardian report along those lines today.

The Cottagers employed the same modus operandi with negotiations over Marlon King and John Carew — eventually backing out of both transfers — and could be trying to pressure Everton into lowering the down-payment and raising the amount due based on appearances, no doubt assuming that the Blues are waiting on this deal before completing their much-vaunted move for Joao Moutinho.

In today's Echo, however, Dominic King insists that the hold-ups to the deal were minor issues that are expected to be resolved today.
1 Aug   |  Source:

Moyes looking to get rid of Baines

Coming out of left field at the end of an exhausting week of rumour, counter-rumour and startling revelations is this report from your ever-reliable *cough* Sun newspaper.

Apparently, David Moyes doesn't feel as though Leighton Baines, whom he bought for £6m last summer, is good enough and wants to swap him and a wad of moolah for Blackburn's Stephen Warnock.

We're not sure if this is mischief-making on the part of The Sun but coming at a time when what little squad we have needs to be as unified as possible; it's not a positive development.
1 Aug   |  Source:

Interest in Ochoa... but no offer

Everton have apparently now expressed some interest in Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa... but no bid has been submitted.
31 Jul   |  Source:

Transfer pot is empty

There are a number of rumours from usually reliable sources doing the rounds at the moment, some insisting that all is well and that the manager will have funds to spend on new players (starting with Moutinho) but most claiming that the transfer pot is virtually empty and that the manager is close to the end of his tether as a result.

Some sources suggest that Sir Philip Green — according to some insiders the man behind the curtain at Everton where finances are concerned — has closed his chequebook and could call in the loans that have propped the Blues up over the last couple of seasons.

Another claims that it is Robert Earl withholding funds for the Moutinho transfer over the Wyness affair.

In either case, it would provide context to David Moyes's comments in the press today about the club's need to bring in players but also add to fears that the manager himself could throw the towel in.

Moyes is reputed to have been apopleptic after discovering that if the Andy Johnson move doesn't go through — still no word on that one, with speculation mounting that there was a problem with his medical — there will be precious little in the way of funds for transfers, leaving him with a dangerously thin squad going into the new season.
31 Jul   |  Source:

Fee agreed for Moutinho

An uncorroborated source (aren't they all in this summer of conflicting information?) informs us that Everton and Sporting have agreed a fee for midfielder, Joao Moutinho, more than likely the €17m reported in the Portuguese press yesterday.

If true, the deal is expected to be announced either today or tomorrow. Personal terms are believed to be largely agreed with the 21 year-old Portuguese international who will earn £2m a year and become the Blues' record signing.

Everton appear to be exerting some pressure on Sporting to get a deal done, with Head of Communications, Ian Ross, quoted in the Portuguese press as saying they want everything concluded by Sunday.

Ross also insisted that Everton will not be meeting Sporting's €25m valuation of the player. "We have not yet made a formal offer but €20m will be our limit."

Nor will the Blues be paying the full fee up front. "[Sporting] are somewhat naive in thinking about it, because nobody pays in cash and we do not pay all at once," Ross is further quoted.
31 Jul   |  Source:

Fulham concern over Johnson medical

One of our readers says: "I have just been told by a player who I know well that AJ has failed his medical. Fulham now won't pay anywhere near our asking price. Don't know what this means to the Moutinho bid? Said it was his knee... Everton trying to hush it up at the moment..."

Further posts to the same thread by people claiming to be in the know seem to suggest that rather than him failing the medical it "threw up some questions" and, as a result, Fulham want to restructure the deal to £7m up front and £5m dependent on appearances.

Others merely claim that Fulham's CEO has not been on hand to rubber-stamp the deal but will do so tomorrow morning.
30 Jul   |  Source:

Nowt to do with Kirkby

An "Everton spokesman" sates that the sudden departure of CEO Keith Wyness has nothing to do with the Destination Kirkby project.

Meanwhile, there are rumours that Wyness' Deputy CEO, Robert Elstone, has followed his former boss out the door.
30 Jul   |  Source:

Sporting anticipate €17m Moutinho bid

Sporting are expecting to receive an increased offer of €17m (£13.4m) from Everton for Joao Moutinho once the sale of Andy Johnson to Fulham is confirmed.

Portuguese paper Correio de Manha report that the Lisbon club are increasingly resigned to losing their no. 28 — personal terms appear to be largely agreed with Everton offering to double his current salary and bring — but will hold out for closer to €25m (£19.7m) for the 21 year-old.

When pressed for confirmation that the bid was imminent, David Moyes insisted that he won't speak of other clubs' players.
30 Jul   |  Source:

Ochoa: No bid

There has been no bid from Everton for Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, according to his agent. David Moyes has also confirmed that he is not interested in signing him.
29 Jul   |  Source:

Taxi for Wyness?

The plot thickens on a rumour that began on the Betfair forum earlier today and was touted in the early evening as official via an "Exclusive" report on fans site

According to the story, Keith Wyness has resigned from his post as Chief Executive of Everton FC. Deputy CEO Robert Elstone will assume his duties, notably transfer negotiations, in the interim.

No official response has been received from the club but Head of Communications, Ian Ross, apparently inisisted via an unofficial channel that Wyness is still CEO.

Rumours from fans citing reliable sources within the club, both in Liverpool and in Chicago where the team is currently on summer tour, continue though that Wyness has indeed resigned and flown to Spain in order to take a position with Real Mallorca who were recently acquired by British businessman, Paul Davidson.

Bluekipper are not usually given to reckless speculation of this nature (the infamous Riquelme rumour of last summer started on its forum not the main site) so it's therefore an interesting development. There are others, though, who are adamant that Wyness is in Germany conducting club business along the lines of the Turkish press report yesterday that said he would be meeting with representatives from Galatasaray to discuss a bid for Mehmet Topal.

It has long been assumed by supporters tracking the progress of Destination Kirkby that Wyness would be compelled to call it quits if the project was called in by the government for public inquiry, a decision that would effectively kill Everton's part of the proposal. The government's decision is expected any day now.
29 Jul   |  Source:

Blues keen to pursue Topal deal

Despite Galatasaray's reluctance to entertain bids for Mehmet Topal and having reportedly slapped a £10m price tag on his head, Everton CEO Keith Wyness will, according to the press in Turkey, fly to Germany this week to hold talks with representatives of the Turkish club in the hopes of hammering out a deal.

The Turkish international himself is leaving it up to the clubs, saying that he doesn't particularly want to leave the Istanbul giants but would be happy to move if Galatasary strike a deal.
29 Jul   |  Source:

Everton expected to increase Moutinho bid

The imminent £10.5m transfer of Andy Johnson to Fulham — expected to go through even though the Independent suggest that there is "some distance" between the two parties over personal terms — will pave the way for Everton to up their offer to Sporting for Joao Moutinho from £11.8m plus add-ons if the Blues achieve Champions League qualification to a straight cash bid of £15m.

Sporting are reluctant to part with the Portuguese international and are citing the passing of a 15th June deadline to activate a release clause in his contract as a real impediment to any deal. With Moutinho having already stated his desire to leave, though, the Lisbon club may have little option but to accept an offer that falls short of their apparent £20m evaluation of the midfielder.
29 Jul   |  Source:

Johnson set to join Fulham

Andrew Johnson is nowe fully expected to join Fulham, with the news that he is having a medical at the club.
28 Jul   |  Source:

Next Keeper: Ochoa

The next goalkeeper on the list for Everton is Mexican Guillermo Ochoa, who plays for Club America.
27 Jul   |  Source:

Moutinho hoping for Everton move

Everton target Joao Moutinho has told Portuguese journalists that he wants to leave Sporting Lisbon after he was made aware of the Blues' strong interest in bringing him to the Premier League.

"'I said I want to leave", the 21 year-old midfielder said. "There is talk that... Sporting rejected [a bid from Everton]. Now, I would hope that Sporting and Everton have reached agreement."

The consensus remains that Andy Johnson's move to Fulham will fund any move for Moutinho. The one-time England international striker remained behind as the squad flew to the USA yesterday in the expectation that he will be sold.
26 Jul   |  Source:

Johnson stays behind

Andy Johnson seems destined to complete his move to Fulham after failing to travel to The States with the rest of the sqaud. Dominic King adds plenty of dubious spin to the story here also , and still maintains that Everton did accept Fulham's bid last Tuesday, despite denials from the Club.
26 Jul   |  Source:

No formal Moutinho bid yet

Everton may be linked regularly with Joao Moutinho and Keith Wyness may have told a Portuguese newspaper that his signing is a "big possibility" for Everton but Setanta Sports report that to date no formal offer has been lodged.

The 20 year-old is valued around £18m but Everton wouldn't be able to pay the full amount up front.
25 Jul   |  Source:

The beat goes on

Silence from Everton yesterday despite repeated reports of Andy Johnson's imminent departure for London and the Daily Mail keep the pot boiling by insisting that Fulham boss Roy Hodgson will rush through the £10.5m capture of the striker when his team returns from tour in Korea next week to beat off potential competition from Sunderland and, possibly, West Ham.

Meanwhile, no sign of incoming tranfers at Goodison, lending credence to two schools of though: first, that Everton need to sell in order to buy; and second that the club's transfer plans are dependent on the decision regarding Destination Kirkby which the club expected to have resolved by now.
25 Jul   |  Source:

Vlad says he's not so bad

Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic has denied claims he lasted barely an hour in his trials at Everton. "I stayed there for three days, trained three times, once with the goalkeeping coach and twice with the rest of the team, and the coach praised me." Oh dear... who to believe...???
24 Jul   |  Source:

Riki wants to stay put

Riki insists that he doesn't want to leave Deportivo La Coruna after Bolton Wanderers failed in an attempt to bring him to the Premier League.

Everton have been hotly linked with the striker but don't appear to have made a firm enquiry.

Riki said, "I have been very clear since I came here. There are usually rumours, but my intention is always to stay and I still have three years on my contract."

Another reported Moyes target, Miguel Veloso, also appears to be happy where he is. The Portuguese's agent says: "He will not leave just for the sake of leaving, only for a club with a different dimension and is good for him and Sporting.

"Miguel will not leave for an average club that cannot match his expectations or surpass what Miguel could do at Sporting.
24 Jul   |  Source:

AJ out, Love in

AJ is going to Fulham. No, really this time, say The Sun who report that Everton have accepted a bid of £10.7m from the Cottagers.

And they'll spend the money on a long-time target, Brazilian striker Wagner Love from CSKA Moscow after dropping their interest in his ex-teammate Jo — he, of course recently joined Manchester City and this latest report suggests that Mark Hughes will battle David Moyes in order to reunite the pair.

It was The Sun who reported yesterday that Johnson was on the brink of joining Roy Hodgson's men but Keith Wyness went on record to say that no bid had been received. Will he be issuing denials again today or will AJ be on his way?
24 Jul   |  Source:

Moyes ticked off with AJ

This looked like bit of mischief-making by the Daily Star who claim that David Moyes is "furious" with Andy Johnson after he "pulled out" of Tuesday's friendly at Preston after he "learned of Fulham's bid".

With Everton seemingly confirming rumours yesterday that the club has yet to receive a firm offer for AJ, it doesn't look like there even was a bid from Fulham.

The Times, however, have also weighed in in a similar vein, saying that Johnson was told that negotiations with Fulham were at an advanced stage so he informed David Moyes that he was "not in the right frame of mind" to play.

Something must have been afoot for the player to leave Deepdale before the game when he was expected to play. Either the club felt it better that he didn't take part because a bid or talks regarding a move were underway or they want to protect him in the expectation that he will move on this summer.

With AJ insisting all summer that he doesn't want to leave — Moyes doesn't want to lose him either — it stands to reason that he'd be a bit pissed off that he's being sacrificed in order to bring in fresh funds.
24 Jul   |  Source:

£10.5M Bid for AJ Accepted

Andy Johnson is set to leave Everton after the Club accepted a £10.5M bid from Fulham... so says the ever reliable [Not!] Echo

Meanwhile, on the Official Everton website this storystarts with the contrary statement: "Everton have dismissed reports claiming a deal to sell Andrew Johnson to Fulham has been agreed."
23 Jul   |  Source:

AJ on his way to Fulham

The Sun seem fairly confident that Andy Johnson will sign for Fulham before the week is out after being left out of Everton's friendly at Preston last night.

The fee quoted is a massive £10.5m, a million shy of the Blues' own transfer record. Johnson had been a rumoured target for Wigan, Sunderland and West Ham but all three's interest has apparently waned in recent weeks.
225 Jul   |  Source:

Kirkby decision NOT imminent

Despite confident predictions in the Daily Post that a decision would be made yesterday or today, the BBC now understand that the decison to call in the Destination Kirkby project or not won't be made until next week.

There is a number of theories and rumours as to what's going on. A call to the Communities Office by a curious Evertonian seemed to reveal that the decision had been made to call the project in but that "it has gone back to GONW (Government Office for the North West) for some reason."

Meanwhile, this account of a separate call comes from another supporter to Hazel Blears' department: "She told me that the announcement in ready to go and 'the reasons for the call in will be made public on the net'. When I asked about the phrasing she used she laughed and then repeated it!" A further call from a journalist to the same office had them backtracking saying the woman was "getting confused."

A call to GONW had the person at the other end of the line saying "another few days," so it's still as clear as mud!
22 Jul   |  Source:

Goodison Park is not falling down!

The following came from BlueKipper via the People's Forum. Its veracity can't immediately be ascertained so we'll treat it as rumour but after all the mis-representation of "facts" and figures since the Kirkby debate began, who would bet against it being 100% true? Decide for yourself...

"I don't know if I ever told you all this.

But anyway...

All of this talk from Buster Bully got me scratching my head. After all, the club has sold me a season ticket for the past ten years, then he comes out with a statement saying that in a few years Goodison would probably not get its safety certificates. "Should I really be risking my life every week I thought?!!! Since Mr Bully is such an honest and admirable person, I better verify his comments for him, as obviously he is far too busy to do that himself...bless."

(maybe that wasn't the exact thought I had... )

Anyway, I was SO concerned that I decided to get off my arse and do some research about it. I firstly rang the council and asked if I could speak with the relevant department who dealt with the issuing of safety certificates to football grounds...she told me to talk to the I rang them...who told me to ring the council...brilliant.

Anyway, it is indeed part of the Environmental Health that does issue the certificates. I sent an initial email and received a number to call. My request was initially under the Freedom of Information Act could I have any document that shows the previous and current inspection reports of Goodison Park in relation to the issuing of its safety certificates. I got a number to call, so I did indeed call a very very very helpful gentleman. I say very very very, is the guy who has issued safety certificates to Goodison Park in the past and presently and whenever the next is straight from the horses mouth.

To cut a very long conversation short I had with the gentleman, he talked me through the ENTIRE process, which was very extensive and detailed, and for each part I asked him if the ground passed or were there any major concerns from a a match goers point of view... on every count, all was fine. I dug a little deeper, I asked him if he had any concerns in the future for these, i.e. any signs of severe deteriation at the moment which will need on all counts.

The above lasted for a good 40 minutes. I asked him for any documentation, that would prove that Goodison had no safety worries currently or in the Councils opinion in the near future, he told me that there was no 'all in one' document, the only document would be the full file which consisted of about 900 pages!!! However I'm sure its available to read on the Public Register.

What the man did concede is that IF both Goodison and Anfield were built as they are today, then they wouldn't meet current I asked...what does this mean in terms of the issuing of their certificates today? "Absolutely nothing" was his reply

So I thought, I would give Bully some benefit of the doubt, and thought, 'well, maybe honourable, pure, wonderful Wyness was talking about, future legislation that could mean that significant improvements would be needed...' So I asked the question.

"Are there any pieces of legislation or any rules coming into force to change the current situation?" He laughed.

After he stopped, he said "could you imagine if a piece of legislation came in suggesting retrospective amendmants to old buildings? It would be chaos." Goodison and Anfield were built to the correct safety standards at the time, and that is good enough. He explained the Green guidlines coming in, POSSIBLY. But he said they will only apply to building new stadia, and not amending current, so Goodison wouldn't be affected in its safety certificates.

So I asked him bluntly...are Everton in danger of not receiving their safety certificates with Goodison in its current state and in the near future...

He said no.

...unless you've found a staircase about to fall down?!!!

We laughed...

I said cheerio and hung up...

Oh how I laughed.

Bully Beef deceiving the fans?!!! Who'd have thunk it..."

21 Jul   |  Source:

Moutinho and Veloso not for sale?

Setanta Sports report that Sporting Lisbon's Miguel Veloso and Joao Moutinho, both reported targets for Everton, will be staying put this summer but comments by the Portuguese club's president — if translated correctly — seem to suggest that the decision is based on the lack of firm offers.

“I think the squad is closed,” Soares Franco told RTP. “Sporting has no proposal nor any contact for Joao Moutinho and Miguel Veloso. Without offers they cannot leave. They are our players."
21 Jul   |  Source:

Kirkby decision imminent

Baroness Andrews, the Parliamentary under-secretary of state for communities and local government, is expected to make an announcement before Parliament goes into recess on Wednesday, on whether the government intends to "call in" plans for Tesco's Destination Kirkby project that includes a proposed new stadium for Everton FC.
21 Jul   |  Source:

Club record deal for Moutinho?

It's not clear whether the Mail have some inside scoop on this or whether they're just picking up Keith Wyness' comments in the Portuguese press and running with them, but they suggest that Everton are hoping to tie up a deal for Joao Moutinho that would eventually eclipse the club-record fee paid for Yakubu last year.

The report suggests a down-payment would be made followed by a complex set of performance-related add-ons that could rise to £18m.

Other sources, most notably in our MailBag and on the People's Forum, suggest that Moutinho is David Moyes's top target followed by Diego Milito, Stephane M'Bia, Michael Johnson and Manuel Fernandes, with Mehmet Topal still in the frame... even though Galatasary are reluctant to sell the last-named player in that list.
21 Jul   |  Source:

Loan move for Milito kiboshed

Everton's hopes of trying Diego Milito before they buy have been quashed by Real Zaragoza's refusal to loan their £7m-rated marksman out rather than sell him.

The Argentine wanted to sign for Genoa but negotiations have stalled with the Italian club over the size of the transfer fee — and perhaps also the 29 year-old's personal terms.
21 Jul   |  Source:

McDonald linked again

The News of the World link Everton again with Celtic's Scott McDonald but say they have had to put their interest in the £5m-rated striker because they have yet to sell Andy Johnson.
20 Jul   |  Source:

Wyness: Moutinho a “big possibility”

In what sounds like another soundbite from the CEO aimed at placating fans who are unnerved by the fact that Everton haven't signed a single player going into the fourth week of July, Keith Wyness tells Portuguese n newspaper A Bola that “The arrival of Joao Moutinho is a big possibility for us.”

Sporting apparently value the diminutive midfielder — he is couched as a potential replacement for Lee Carsley in Setanta Sport's article but he is more of a playmaker — at €20m; but the Blues are hoping to do their "you don't need 20m to buy a 20m player" Jedi mind trick on the Lisbon club to prise him away.

Moutinho, linked with the Blues towards the start of Euro 2008, would be a great signing but, to be frank, this just smells like Bully bullshit.
20 Jul   |  Source:

Manny wants permanent Blues move

Manuel Fernandes wants a permanent move to Everton, but he thinks the release clause in his contract is too high.
19 Jul   |  Source:

Two more to strike from the list

Two players who won't be arriving at Goodison Park as the first new signings of the summer are Pablo Aimar and Stephane Lichsteiner.

After being linked with Everton and Newcastle, Aimar has completed a €6.5m move from Real Zaragoza to Benfica, while Lichsteiner — who was reportedly ready to buy out his own contract in order to secure a transfer to the Blues — has opted for Lazio.
17 Jul   |  Source:

Incoming: Stephane M'Bia

David Moyes is ready to make giant Cameroon midfielder Stephane M'Bia his first signing of the summer in a £4million deal from French side Rennes.

Everton boss Moyes watched the powerful 22-year-old in action at the end of last season and has turned to him for the 'enforcer' role after Lee Carsley left and Gilberto Silva opted to sign a three-year contract with Greeks Panathinaikos.
17 Jul   |  Source:

No Johnson bid

Everton have dismissed reports that they have rejected a £9m offer for Andy Johnson. The Telegraph reported today that Wigan Athletic had made their interest in the striker official with a firm offer but this has been denied on the Official Site.

David Moyes does not want to lose Johnson and won't let the striker leave for anything less than £10m. Furthermore, in an interview ahead of his return to Cambridge United for the Blues' upcoming friendly, he suggested that if the fans want AJ to stay as well they should make it known vocally during the pre-season round of games.
17 Jul   |  Source:

£12M too much for Topal

Everton won't be pushing to sign Mehment Topal from Galatasary in view of his £12M pricetag.
17 Jul   |  Source:

Chase on for Chimbonda

The protagonists are familiar but the object of their tussle is a new one: Everton and Newcastle will go head to head in a battle to sign Pascal Chimbonda for £4m according to The Sun.

One potential stumbling block to this report is Chimbonda's age — the Spurs right back is 29 and therefore a little on the old side for a David Moyes signing.
17 Jul   |  Source:

D-Day is next Monday

The Liverpool Times — "fighting for the poor against the evils of the New World Order and Globilisation" — claim unconfirmed reports have come in to say the Ministerial decision on whether to “Call In” the Everton/ Tesco Plan is likely to be announced next Monday 21 July 2008.
16 Jul   |  Source:

City's Johnson back in the frame

Everton may yet make a run for Michael Johnson if he has not signed a new contract at City.
15 Jul   |  Source:

Engelaar will join Shalke

As expected, Everton target Orlando Engelaar will sign a three-year deal with Bundesliga side Schalke.
15 Jul   |  Source:

Topal keen on Everton move

David Moyes is set to sign on for another five years at £60,000 a week and make Mehmet Topal his first signing.

That's according to The Daily Mail who say that after a last-minute attempt to hijack Gilberto Silva's move to Panathinaikos failed, the Blues have turned their attention to the Galatasaray "anchorman" in their attempts to fill the void left by the departure of Lee Carsley.

And Moyes has been boosted by the fact that Topal, who was part of Turkey's impressive run to the Euro 2008 semi-finals, would be keen on a move to Goodison Park. The Mail quote him as saying, "I am aware of Everton's interest, and if the club feel it would be good for them to accept an offer, I would be more than willing to make the move."
15 Jul   |  Source:

No AJ sale before replacement signing

David Moyes won't sanction the sale of Andy Johnson until he has his replacement in place according to the Echo.

Moyes has been told he has to sell before he can buy big this summer and Johnson has been earmarked as the most saleable and dispensable asset in an already small squad.

It is believed that neither the player nor his manager are happy about it; indeed, Johnson told fans who travelled to Switzerland to watch the friendly against FC Sion that he doesn't want to leave but is being forced out to finance other deals.
14 Jul   |  Source:

£2.4m bid made for Riki

Citing "fresh reports", Sky Sports suggest that Everton have lodged a formal bid for Deportivo La Coruna striker Iván Sánchez-Rico Soto — or just Riki to you and me — but the Spanish club's president, Augusto Cesar Lendoiro, is holding out for closer to £3.7m (€4.7m).
14 Jul   |  Source:

Beevers and Wood?

Add the name of Richard Wood to that of Mark Beevers, both are defenders at Sheffield Wednesday who are being put under review by Everton.
14 Jul   |  Source:

Striker first before AJ leaves

Ian Doye claims that David Moyes will not sanction the sale of Andy Johnson before a replacement striker striker has been identified, with Real Zaragoza’s Argentina international Diego Milito still the preferred choice.
14 Jul   |  Source:

Blues to nip in for Gilberto SIlva

Sky Sports report that Everton are hoping to hijack Gilberto Silva's move to Panathinaikos.
13 Jul   |  Source:

Moyes interest in Swiss winger

According to "French sources", Everton are interested in Swiss international winger, Stephane Lichsteiner who has confirmed interest from Real Madrid.

Meanwhille, Argentine "starlet" Angel Di Maria, wants to spend another year at Benfica before trying his hand the Spanish or English League. according to Sky Sports, Everton, Blackburn and Newcastle are "rumoured to be admirers" of the 20 year-old.
13 Jul   |  Source:

Moyes to sign new five-year deal

The News of the Screws say that David Moyes will double his money when he extends his current contract to 2013 and gets a bumper pay rise to £3m a year. Reporter Andy Dunn suggests it'll be done in the next fortnight... which is vague enough a time-frame to give him a chance of being right.

The same reports claims that West Ham have entered the race for Andy Johnson and will gazump the likes of Wigan, Sunderland and Fulham with an £11m bid. A move for Darren Fletcher is rated as unlikely.
13 Jul   |  Source:

Now it's Fulham ahead in AJ race

The media seem to be chasing their tales on this one but the Mail insist that Fulham now lead the chase for £10m-rated Andy Johnson because the player says he will only join a London club... and West Ham don't appear to be interested this time around.
12 Jul   |  Source:

Sunderland launch AJ bid

After their move for Darren Bent stalled, Sunderland have reportedly lodged a £10m bid for Andy Johnson, the first club to meet Everton's valuation of the former Crystal Palace striker.
12 Jul   |  Source:

Fletcher staying focused on United

Darren Fletcher has downplayed speculation linking him with a move to Everton, saying he doesn't know if there's any truth to the recent media reports.
12 Jul   |  Source:

Genoa can't afford Milito

(Assuming they're actually interested) Everton could still be in with a chance of landing Argentine striker, Diego Milito after Genoa, the 29 year-old's preferred destination, said that he is beyond their financial means.
11 Jul   |  Source:

Andrei's officially out of reach

Andrei Arshavin's agent has announced that an unnamed English club — almost certainly not no-pot-to-piss-in Everton! — has had a £19m bid for the Russian star rejected by Zenit St Petersburg.

The Russian Champions are apparently looking for double the £12m offer from Barcelona that was also turned down. Speculation suggests that Arshavin is now looking to the Premier Leaque after the Spanish giants' interest dwindled and the BBC's Gossip Column says Arsenal were behind the £19m bid.
11 Jul   |  Source:

Government decision on Kirkby today

The Government Office for the North West could announce their decision on the future of Destination Kirkby today if rumours are correct.

The Tesco-led proposal for a massive regeneration of Kirkby Town Center with a £400m retail development and stadium for Everton FC has been under review by GONW since Knowsley Borough Council voted 20-1 in approval of the scheme. Its sheer scale, however, prompted objections from five neighbouring councils and also led GONW to request more time beyond the initial 21-day time-frame (the deadline for that was 3rd July) in order to review what is being proposed.

While the two-week extension means that they could delay any announcement until 17th July, there are strong indications that the decision over whether to give the scheme the green light or recommend that it be called in for public inquiry has now been made and will be made public today.

Given the possibility that it will go before an inquiry — which would likely delay the project by a year at least — Everton's rhetoric has changed in recent months to include reconsidering the redevelopment Goodison Park; CEO Keith Wyness appears resigned to the fact that if Destination Kirkby is called in, it would end Everton's participation due to the rise in construction costs in the interim.

Having already purchased much of Kirkby's core retail properties from Development Securities in April, Tesco have a Plan B in the form of a much-reduced development that would transform the town centre without the need for a stadium component to justify its size and scope. Likewise, Knowsley hope to attract other business and commercial interests to the area if the original proposal doesn't get passed.
10 Jul   |  Source:

Bent back on the list

Despite the strenuous denials two weeks ago that Everton were NOT interested in Darren Bent, he is now top of the list to replace Andy Johnson... but the £12M price tag is too high!!!
10 Jul   |  Source:

Topal the Turk

Mehmet Topal is the next on the list as the incoming Carsley replacement. The 22-year-old Turkish international made four appearances for his country during their run to the semi-finals of Euro 2008.
10 Jul   |  Source:

First refusal on Manny at £6M

Apparently, Valencia have told Manny he has NO future at the club and have given Everton first refusal. The transfer fee is supposed to be £6M.
10 Jul   |  Source:

Saha inbound if AJ leaves?

Everton are lining up Manchester United's injury-prone French striker, Louis Saha, as a replacement for Andy Johnson should the latter make his anticipated move to Wigan Athletic this week.
8 Jul   |  Source:

Milito is high on the list

Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito, a clever Argentinian international with outstanding aerial ability, is high on Moyes’s wanted list.... according to Dominic King.

The player, though, would apparently prefer to join Genoa in Italy than try his hand in the Premier League with the Blues.
8 Jul   |  Source:

Johnson heading to the JJB

Despite vigorous protestations by David Moyes that he isn't for sale, Andy Johnson looks to be on the verge of joining Wigan Athletic for £9.5m. Well-founded rumour has it that he spent today (Monday) in talks with Wigan representatives — although the Official Site has him among the traveling party that flew to Switzerland this afternoon — and will sign for the Latics tomorrow morning.

If true, it might be the clearest indication yet that another strong rumour, namely that Everton have very little money to throw around this summer despite needing about half a dozen players, also holds water.
7 Jul   |  Source:

Fletcher in to replace Carsley?

Coming in as this season's not-entirely-inspiring midfielder? Darren Fletcher from Manchester United's reserve team... The 24 year-old is apparently no. 2 on David Moyes's revised "we're skint so cut the cloth accordingly" transfer list.
7 Jul   |  Source:

Lennon for £10M

David Moyes is looking at bringing in Aaron Lennon from Spurs for £10M...
7 Jul   |  Source:

Another Arteta scare story

The Mirror claims Atlético will test Everton with a £12M bid for Mikel Arteta. But fortunately this story contains no substance, only recycled stuff from previous scare-mongering.
5 Jul   |  Source:

Laughable Fulham bid for AJ?

The Daily Mail report that Fulham have had a miserly £5m bid for Andy Johnson rejected out of hand by Everton.

Johnson has said he has no desire to leave, David Moyes says he's not for sale and yet rumours persist to the contrary so it'll be no surprise if this isn't the last bid that will get reported for the striker this summer.
4 Jul   |  Source:

Bassong on a fishing expedition?

“I have approaches from Germany and in England. There is Everton in The Premier League as well as Wolfsburg and Hamburg in the Bundesliga. But it’s only touches; I’m waiting to see what’s going to happen in the future. I don’t want to leave just to leave. I’m waiting for a real project. There’s no hurry but I want to leave, to see something elsewhere, but I still have time. There’s no emergency. Negotiations are just starting.” — Metz defender Sebastien Bassong... lost in translation?
4 Jul   |  Source:

Eyeing up Stojkovic

Add the name of Vladimir Stojkovic to the list. Sporting Lisbon's 20-year-old Serbian goalkeeper could be under consideration by Everton as back-up for Tim Howard.
4 Jul   |  Source:

Betis hammer out Aurelio deal

It looks as though Everton have lost out on Mehmet Aurelio after terms were agreed between his agent and Spanish Primera Liga outfit, Real Betis.

Negotiations stalled when the Turk's agent balked at Betis' offer to pay the signing-on fee in three installments and talks were opened with Everton.

Betis eventually agreed, however, to pay the fee up front and in full so the player will get his wish to play in Spain over England's Premier League.

With thanks to Glen Anderson for the translation

Meanwhile, Dutch midfielder Orlando Engelaar has completed his protracted move to Schalke in the Bundesliga for a fee believed to be between €6m and €8m. David Moyes's search for a replacement for Lee Carsley goes on...
4 Jul   |  Source:

Tenuous Pavlyuchenko link

Everton have apparently been watching the situation with regard to Russian striker Roman Pavlyuechenko but it's Tottenham who are believed to be the English team who have made a firm enquiry.

The 26 year-old was one of Russia's star players in their run to the semi-finals of Euro 2008 so it's no surprise that he could be leaving Spartak Moscow this summer for one of Europe's premier leagues.

His agent is quoted as saying, "‘At the moment we have received two invitations to negotiate his move. One of them is from an English team.

"Since it’s not a team playing in the Champions League we are more likely than not to reject their offer."

That would seemingly preclude any interest the 6' 2" striker might have in coming to Goodison Park.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have emerged as serious rivals to Barcelona for the signature of Andrei Arshavin who hasn't ruled out Stamford Bridge as an option according to his agent. His value currently stands at a modest £12m but seeing as that is almost all of David Moyes's budget this summer, it doesn't look likely that the Blues are in with much of a shout.
3 Jul   |  Source:

Blues battle Betis for Turkish midfielder

Everton and Real Betis are locked in a battle to secure Turkish international, Mehmet Aurelio, according to Marca but there is some confusion over who's winning.

It is believed the 30 year-old Brazilian-born midfielder, who played in all of the Turks' Euro 2008 games except the quarter final for which he was suspended, was due to fly into Merseyside for talks after Everton came in with an 11th-hour offer.

His agent, Pedro Pastor, told Estadio Deportivo: "We're going to take a new course of action and will go to the Premier League."

The Spanish paper reports, however, that although the Blues offered more than Betis' €1m signing on fee, the player wants to play in Spain. Whomever he agrees to sign for, he will sign on a free transfer from Fenerbahce.

If he does opt for Goodison, it would be an excellent stop-gap signing as David Moyes looks for a long-term replacement for Lee Carsley. Aurelio was one of Turkey's most consistent players in the tournament and can certainly find a man with a pass.
3 Jul   |  Source:

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