Deadline passes without striking addition

Thursday, 31 August, 2017 0comments  |  Jump to last

Nikola Vlasic was the only first-team acquisition of the day

Transfer deadline day at Everton brought the expected acqusition of Nikola Vlašić from Hajduk Split but not the centre-forward that Ronald Koeman has been at pains to point out he badly needs.

The Dutchman used the occasion of the Blues' dismal 2-0 at Chelsea last Sunday, a game in which they failed to register a shot on target, as evidence of what is lacking in his side but despite the usual flurry of speculation, Everton will go until January at least without having signed a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney arrived earlier in the window to bolster the attack and Gylfi Sigurdsson was signed for a club-record fee but a forward to offer height and physique up front remains elusive.

The likes of Olivier Giroud, Edin Dzeko, Raul Jimenez and Islam Slimani had been floated as options in recent weeks, while less attractive names like Watford's Stefano Okaka and Cardiff's Kenneth Zohore have emerged in the media this week.

A late rumour involving Red Ball Leipzig's Timo Werner ended up having no verifiable substance but there was a report that Everton failed to land Jimenez despite offering £35m.

Another option, Swansea's Fernando Llorente, signed for Tottenham after looking a likely candidate to join Chelsea. Had he moved the latter, Michy Batshuayi might have thought twice about warming the bench at Stamford Bridge and make him a late target for Everton but he was named in Belgium's squad this evening, ruling out any real chance of him moving.

Instead, the only transfer news involving Everton and a striker was the proposed sale of Oumar Niasse to Crystal Palace in a £10m deal that would end the Senegalese player's fruitless 18-month spell at Goodison Park. That deal was still awaiting completion when the window officially closed and although Palace were granted two extra hours to get the paperwork done on their deals, it seems as though Niasse's transfer south fell through.

Vlašić, meanwhile, completed a switch from Hajduk Split for what will initially be an £8m fee but which could rise further depending on appearances.

And Fulham's 18-year-old midfielder Dennis Adeniran has reportedly followed the Croatian through the door at Finch Farm when he was signed for the Under-23s.

In terms of further outgoings, Everton reportedly rejected a £25m offer from Chelsea and any further pursuit by the Champions was apparently nipped in the bud by Barkley rejecting the option of signing for them amid rumours his relationship with Koeman is warming and he could yet stay at Everton.

Meanwhile, it emerged that Everton would only have let Kevin Mirallas leave Goodison in a permanent deal after they reportedly rejected an offer from West Ham to take him on loan for the rest of the season.

The Blues are thought to have knocked back a similar offer from his former club Olympiacos over the weekend when the Belgian was left out of the squad to face Chelsea. Ronald Koeman explained to the media that it was due to his attitude.

Under-23s defender Callum Connolly, who deputised for Leighton Baines at left back in pre-season, joined Ipswich Town on a season-long loan while midfielder Liam Walsh was farmed out to Birmingham City until January.