The Rumour Mill
Speculation, conjecture, whisperings, half-truths and outright nonsense. Disclaimer
Sunderland are prepared to bid £7m to beat Everton and Roberto Martinez to the signing of Callum McManaman, says Alan Nixon in the Sunday People. Paolo Di Canio hopes he can out-bid the star's old manager Martinez and his new side.
According to the Daily Star Roberto Martinez will this week make 30-year-old Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz his first signing for Everton.
Everton will rival Newcastle for £15m-rated St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to The Mirror.
The Mirror have gone into overdrive on the Honda puns, claiming that "Everton drive to the front of the queue with bid for Keisuke Honda" — supposedly £5M, according to Sky Italia.
If you believe The Mirror, Nathan Redmond has told Birmingham City he wants to go to Everton. Both Norwich and Swansea have agreed a £2m fee with Birmingham for the talented England Under-21 international. But Redmond, 19, is said to be holding out for a switch to join Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park.
Roberto Martinez's interest in Aiden McGeady has "cooled" since his interest in the winger in January according to the Echo.
Arouna Kone is apparently determined to follow manager Roberto Martinez to Everton – after turning down moves to Norwich, Swansea and Hull. But Everton will have to come up with the £6.5M sum stipulated in his buy-out clause.
Everton have had "an initial proposal" for Birmingham winger Nathan Redmond knocked back, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mirror claims that Everton are a likely destination for 20-year-old Barcelona striker Rafinha. The young Brazilian, aka Rafa Alcântara, is a attacking midfielder who has been with the Catalans for seven years and worked his way up to the Barcelona B-team.
Arsenal are believed to be uncomfortable about committing somewhere in the region of £50 million on Marouane Fellaini, who is apparently seeking a wage of £100k per week. The value of that commitment over five years would similar to the transfer fee required to trigger the rumoured buy-out clause in the Belgian's current contract with Everton.
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