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Transfer Rumours Round Up - 1st February 2016

Posted by 1878 on February 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

IT'S DEADLINE DAY!!


So, I'm currently writing this at 5:30pm, so there's 5 and a half hours left of the window.


Let's get into the rumours from deadline day!





Oumar Niasse Joining the Blues?


Baye Oumar Niasse, a 25-year-old winger and forward from FC Lokomotiv Moscow, is very close to joining the blues. A £13.5 million transfer fee was accepted by Lokomotiv, and Niasse is said to have almost completed his medical.He seems to be a player Everton could do with, giving Romelu Lukaku service on the wing whilst also adding competition for Rom for a first team spot up-top. Niasse was voted the Russian Premier League's player of 2015 and has scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 21 matches for Lokomotiv this season.  If completed, the deal would be the third most expensive signing in the toffees's history - let's hope it's a good signing then!


Darren Gibson is Going Nowhere


As we could've guessed, Darren Gibson looks to be going absolutely nowhere, despite rumours of him leaving earlier today. Gibson hasn't had a major role in the blue's first team this season, and would benefit from a loan move away, yet it is said he is staying at Goodison Park.


Goodbye Aiden!


Aiden McGeady has left Everton Football Club to go to Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season. McGeady has not played any games for the blues this season, so a loan move seems fitting for the Irish winger. This loan move is great for both parties, as Everton do not feel Aiden McGeady is good enough, , Sheffield Wednesday feels this is a great Premier League experienced player added to their club, and McGeady himself is happy as he'll gain game time, so everyone's sorted. Good luck Aiden, I hope you do well so Sheffield Wednesday will decide to buy you on a permanent deal!


Basically, that's all so far. What a shite deadline day. There's not even a bullshit Yarmolenko rumour I have seen today, just more news that he's more than likely joining Arsenal. Anyway, I'll keep you updated on our Twitter (@1878Blog) on the Niasse transfer, so keep checking to see where that transfer goes.

Cheers.


-Rhys Jones

Transfer Rumours Round Up - 22nd January 2016

Posted by 1878 on January 22, 2016 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We're jumping back into the transfer news in the January transfer window!


This time, it's heavily focussed on completed deals, not that they're deals in Everton's favour.



Goodbye Naisy!


Yes, you read that correct. Steven Naismith has left Everton Football Club to join Norwich City for an undisclosed fee, but it is rumoured to be a fee around £8.5m. Personally, I'm devestated that the albino Pele has left the club. He is a great squad player for us, and sadly didn't get much of a chance this season. He has had many highlights with the club, most recently scoring a hat-trick against Chelsea earlier this season.

I'm also annoyed at how wrong it looks seeing Naisy in a Norwich shirt:



But in all seriousness, good luck to Naismith in his next step in his career. I hope you do well at your new club - as long as you don't score three against us!


Mirallas, McGeady and Gibson Not Going Anywhere!?


In Roberto Martinez's pre-Swansea press conference earlier today, he mentioned that, currently, there will be no moves away from the blues for Kevin Mirallas, Aiden McGeady and Darren Gibson.

"Kevin Mirallas has always been a very important player for us. His performance last weekend was his best this season." The boss explained, "we hope Kevin can carry on that form now until the end of the season. He won't be going anywhere."

So, one good point - Mirallas stays, two bad points - McGeady and Gibson stay also. Hopefully Mirallas will get more of a chance in the rest of the season, as he's been allowed to stay, whereas I'd prefer McGeady and Gibson to not be starting players at all. Keep them as squad rotation players, they're not good enough for the first team.


Missed out on Byram...


Yes. We missed out on signing Sam Byram from Leeds United. Byram was on the verge of signing for the toffees, having contract talks with the club, but we just missed out at the last second, as West Ham swoop in and take the defender. Honestly, as soon as West Ham's bid was accepted, there was no chance of us winning the battle for the 22-year-old, as Byram is a West Ham fan, plus he wanted first team football, whereas we couldn't promise him to start over Seamus Coleman.

In the same press conference, Martinez said, "We identified Sam Byram as a talent, but in the end it wasn't right for us with the squad we have & not the right move for him either."

So really, according to Martinez, he wasn't right for the club, which is fair enough. To be honest though, I'd love Byram at Goodison, he'd have been great for the squad. I'm not most annoyed that we didn't sign him though, I'm most annoyed that he signed for West Ham. Fans of the hammers have recently been obsessed with Everton after James McCarthy injured Dimitri Payet, so now there's always arguments over Twitter between Everton fans and West Ham fans. I'd have prefered Byram to sign for any other Premier League club instead of West Ham but, what's done is done, and Byram has joined the Hammers.



Will Yarmolenko EVER Sign for the Blues....?


Andriy Yarmolenko has been linked to a move to Goodison since last year and we've always been said to be the front-runners to sign the Ukrainian. Once again, we've been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, apparently using the Naismith money to help fund the deal. Despite these rumours, I'm doubtful he'll sign. We've heard it too many times now. The Mirror has claimed Dynamo Kyiv president Ihor Surkis will now not be tempted into selling the winger as Kyiv are still alive in the Champions League, and Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Yarmolenko, so I'd predict we'd lose out on another race to sign a player, like with Byram. Oh well...


That's all from me today. We'll keep you updated with the latest transfer news and rumours in a few days or so.

Cheers!


-Rhys Jones

Tim Howard vs Joel Robles

Posted by 1878 on January 17, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Who should be our number one? Who is the better goalkeeper? Who deserves the more first team football?




These are all questions Evertonians ask every week after another game with Tim Howard in goal. Many question whether Howard should make room for the younger, less-experienced Joel Robles. I'll take an in-depth look into the stats of the two shot-stoppers and compare to see who deserves the first place in goal.


Now, just a disclaimer, I don't claim to be a pundit or any sort of statition; I'm just a fan, who is interested in seeing the statistics of Howard and Robles after seeing many stats comparing the two on Twitter.



So let's look at their profiles, first:


Tim Howard is a 36 year old, American goalkeeper. who joined Everton back in 2007, with 3410 appearances in all competitions (including his loan spell at the blues in 2006/07). He has been the number one for many years.


Joel Robles is a 25 year old, Spanish goalkeeper, who joined Everton in 2013, with only 23 appearances in all competitions. He has the official number one on his shirt for the club, but has never been our first choice keeper, due to Tim Howard.



Now let's compare the stats for this season, the 2015/16 season:


Tim Howard:

22 Appearances

6 Clean Sheets

32 Goals Conceded

6 Wins

11 Draws

5 Loses


Joel Robles:

6 Appearances

2 Clean Sheets

6 Goals Conceded

6 Wins

1 Draw (Won on Penalties)

0 Loses


So, from the stats, this year, Joel Robles has been better. Compare Howard's 6 wins in 22 appearances to Robles' 6 wins in 6 appearances.



Now, let's talk about the league. Tim Howard has has 22 appearances in the league this season and has drawn 11 and lost 5, and also winning 6, giving us 29 points in the league so far. From the draws and the losses, we have lost 37 points.


Let's say we play Robles as our first team goalkeeper for the games that were drawn and lost. From Robles' showing and stats in his 6 appearances this season, I'd estimate that out of the 16 games that were either drawn or lost, we'd win about 9 games.


If we tally the points from winning the 9 games, we'd gain 27 points. If we say we take away 3 losses and 5 draws from our current season to have as wins, we'd have 37 points in the league.


With 37 points, and the league table staying exactly the same for every club other than Everton, we'd be 5th in the league, which is where we should be aiming for.


Obviously, this is only a thought and not accurate enough to be fact as I literally just made up that we'd win 3 of our losses and 5 of our draws, it was just a guess based off his cup form, so I wouldn't use it as solid evidence for Robles being our number one, but it's certainly interesting to think about.



I wasn't 100% sure that Robles was the best man for the job, so I looked at their form over a certain period of time. Joel Robles joined Everton at the start of the 2013/14 season, so I will compare the stats from then, to now.


Since the start of the 2013/14 season, Tim Howard has had 101 appearances, with 28 clean sheets, in all competitions. Howard has a clean sheet percentage of 27.7%.


Joel Robles, on the other hand, has had 23 appearances, with 5 clean sheets, in all competitions. Robles has a clean sheet percentage of just 21.7%.


So since Robles joined the blues, Howard has been performing better than him overall, but only by 6%.



With Robles perfoming so well this season in the Capital One Cup, I'd still say that with only a 6% difference, and with a better record this season, Joel Robles should be our number one.


Howard is past his prime at the age of 36, and Robles seems ready for the first team, and we can see his quality throughout the Capital One Cup this year. No matter what though, if it's not Joel Robles that should take over Howard, it's a new goalkeeper we need to bring in. Like I said, Howard is past it, so whoever steps up between the goalposts, if it's Joel Robles or another keeper we buy in, we need to replace Tim Howard.


Cheers for reading, it was a long one.


Sorry it's not the greatest analysis in the world, and being so badly worded, but I really wanted to write this.


-Rhys Jones

Transfer Rumours Round Up - 11th January 2016

Posted by 1878 on January 11, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It's the first Transfer Rumours Round Up of 2016, which means the transfer window is now open!


So, here are a few players that we have been linked to all in one place for you so you don't have to search the internet for the players we're linked to but probably won't sign!


Plus, we will keep you updated throughout the transfer window and we will also keep you updated with more frequent Round Ups than usual. Lucky you. 





We Desperately Need a Goalkeeper!!


That sub-heading has hit the nail on the head. We need a replacement for Tim Howard. There are a few keepers we've been linked with through the past few weeks. Jack Butland, Denys Boyko, Geronimo Rulli, Steve Mandanda, David Marshall and Diego Lopez have all been said to be targets of the blues. Personally, Jack Butland, Geronimo Rulli and Steve Mandanda are all keepers I'd prefer to have at Goodison out of all the main targets, but if I'm honest, any goalkeeper out of the few I've mentioned could do a better job than Howard. If we don't happen to sign anyone in the transfer window, Joel Robles is good enough to start every game, as he's proved throughout the Capital One Cup, taking us to the semi-finals, and giving us confidence for reaching the final after the 2-1 first-leg win against Manchester City a couple of days ago to give us the advantage going into the second-leg. Anyway, despite me giving Roberto Martinez a few options to choose from there, I doubt he'll change who is our number one for two reasons. 1, he's stubborn and 2, he'll never read this blog post anyway. Oh well.



Another Right Back?


Yes! That's right. You might think we have too many right backs. Coleman, Hibbert, Browning and Holgate, as well as Mattioni who is on loan at Doncaster Rovers, but if you think about it, we are in need for someone to step into the right back role. Coleman is confirmed to be injured for a month-or-so, Hibbert has been injured for a while, Browning is out for the rest of the season and Mattioni has also been injured whilst on his loan. So, who have we been linked to? Sam Byram from Leeds United. He is a young, right back that seems to be very good and would fit Everton when all the right back's are injured. If Byram doesn't get signed, Stones can play right back, buuuut who want's that when he's doing so well in centre back? At the end of the day, we need someone to fill the gap, and as we have a void to fill due to injury problems in the right back position, Byram seems the perfect fit.



Will Andriy Yarmolenko Ever Join the Blues?


Yarmolenko has been a target of the toffees for, I'd say, for about a year now and he has constantly been keeping Everton fans guessing if he'll ever finish a deal with the blues. Yarmolenko has always been close to signing with Everton though, as despite signing a new contract deal with Dynamo Kyiv, his agent has said he still wants a move to the Premier League, more specifically Everton. His agent and resresentatives were at Goodison the other day apparently, but I'd take it with a pinch of salt considering they've been there many times... The most recent report is that we are considering making a £21 million bid for Yarmolenko.



Who's Come in and Who's Going out?


So, despite all the rumours, we have actually signed two players. Our first signing of the window was Matty Foulds from Bury. The 17-year-old defender recently come through the Bury youth academy, signing a first team contract in 2015, but joined Everton on the 2nd January 2016, with Roberto Martinez saying the extremely young in just 2 years. Our second signing of the January transfer window was Shani Tarashaj from Grasshopper Club Zurich. The 20-year-old from Switzerland has made 8 appearances and 5 goals for Switzerland U21's and seems very promising for the future. Due to having to finish his International Duties, Tarasaj has been loaned back to his former club until the end of the season.


The players on their way out are apparently Steven Naismith, Aiden McGeady, Darren Gibson and Kevin Mirallas. Steven Naismith has been linked to a move away from Goodison Park to Norwich in an £8 million move. Aiden McGeady and Darren Gibson have been said to both go out on loan but it is unsure how true that is, and finally Kevin Mirallas has been out of the team for a while, only recently being re-added back into the starting lineup, so many have speculated that he is on his way out. It has been suspected that a move out for these players will make room for a move for Yarmolenko to the blues, but I am unsure how much truth is behind the rumours.



That's all for now to keep you satisfied, hopefully we make some of these rumours true.


Cheers for reading.



-Rhys Jones

Martinez - In or Out?

Posted by 1878 on January 4, 2016 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)





So. The ultimate question. Martinez, in or out? As a fan, I have one answer myself. However as a 'writer', I'm going to try and deliver a non-biased discussion of whether or not sacking Roberto is a good choice.


Over the past few weeks, Martinez has been called every name under the sun, you name it. But it is hard to differentiate whether this is a serious concern, or once again our famoulsy fickle fans picking a scapegoat for our defensive frailty. You can't help wonder if this is the beginning of the end.


We certainly hold more of an attacking threat than the nightmare of last season, with the addition of Deulofeu, and Lukaku and Barkley finding form.We play very attractive attacking football at times, which looks pretty, but can sometimes leave us open and vunerable on the counter attack. 


Our fragility at the back is what is costing us, it seems. We were blinded in two high scoring wins, and it shielded us from the fact our defense is, in fact, pretty shite. We even conceded two goals to a woeful Sunderland side.


Whilst Funes Mori can sometimes look like a class little player, he is prone to mistakes, and sometimes I worry that the inexperience of Stones is not helping him. With a relatively young back line at times, maybe inexperience is the problem. Perhaps the absence of captain Phil Jagielka is the experience and leadership we are missing at the back. However, even with Jags, at times we still looked shaky and uncertain.


Maybe its the lack of trust in TIm Howard, as the defence certainly seemed reluctant to pass back to Tim against Spurs on Sunday. Or maybe it is as simple as the fact Bobby doesnt have a clue at how to get his team to defend, and irritatingly won't practive defending set pieces in training. This seems to one of the most dominant factors that is causing unrest amoungst fans. Our defensive performance was more convincing against Spurs on sunday though.


Another fume enraged problem is the stubborness to play players such as Tim Howard and Arouna Kone every week, when we have players with much more quality and deserve their place in the starting 11. Mirallas and Joel come to mind.



The way I see it,  there are 2 options.


Option 1 - Sack him now.


As a fan, this is my preferred option, even though the 'Martinez Out' shouts have been cooled for a bit after the draw to spurs, I still believe this is best option. I fear we will fall back down into mid-table again if we continue with this manager. And with that, all our best players will want to leave (Lukaku, Stones, Barkley etc).


With this option comes some problmes, such as, who would be his replacement? For me, Frank De Boer. A proven manager of quality at Ajax, and has expressed his interest at managing in the premier league. For me this would be the perfect replacement. There are more possible replacements, however not too many of the quality we would need.


Another hurdle with this option is that Martinez pretty much has tenure at his position. No matter where we finish this season, the nonces of the board don't have the balls to sack him, even if it means jeopardising the status and reputation of our club.



Option 2 - Stick with him.


After all, this is our biggest chance to win silverware in recent years. Maybe if Martinez can get past his stubborness, admit he was wrong, he will make the nescessary changes.


All this negativity and complaining isn't going to change much. But it does get me worried. If we don't start to progress we are going to get dragged into mid-table and we will fall behind. We will no longer be Everton, fighting for top 4. We will be Everton, nothing special. Mediocre. Average.


This was more a bit of rant if I'm honest, but I felt like I needed to get it all out of my system, so maybe I can enjoy the game on Wednesday and not have my week ruined. I hope you've enjoyed this, whatever the hell it was. Its's just an opinion from a fan, like us all, who feels change is needed.


That's it from me.




- Harry Hayes




Takeover Talk - £200 Million US Takeover!?

Posted by 1878 on December 22, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Don't get your hopes up, like I am, but a takeover for Everton Football Club could be happening very soon...



You may have seen this on Twitter this evening about tomorrow's Times back page...



This is exciting; The Times is a reliable source.


We are reportedly being lined up for a takeover from an American-led consortium in JUST SIX WEEKS!!


Now, this is obviously good news. Reliable source, a lot of money, only six weeks... But let's look into this a bit deeper.



Bill Kenwright has granted John J Moores, Charles Noell and their partners a period of exclusivity to examine finances at Goodison Park.


The period expires at the end of January, when a decision is likely to be made.





Moores is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, and the former owner of the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB) who is 71 years old.


I could not find too much information about Noell but has been called a "little-known big businessman".



This seems promising, but much like our current form, we'll get so far, and then Everton it up again.


Moores and Noell were in talks over a share purchase of Swansea last season before a proposed deal fell through, so hopefully we don't go down the same route and have the deal fall through.


Should the sale occur, it will make Everton the second Premier League side in two months to receive a cash injection from the States after Crystal Palace chiefs sold a stake in their club.


Overall, this is exciting, but I feel I could be getting too excited. Hopefully this is a good thing and actually goes ahead, but knowing Everton, this has a high chance of not happening, but it's promising.


Thanks for reading, I'll keep you updated with news of progress in this takeover.


-Rhys Jones

Match Review(s) - 4 Games, 9 Points Lost

Posted by 1878 on December 20, 2015 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I'll admit, we've been slacking with the match previews and reviews, but we've been busy with real life stuff. Hopefully we can get back into the swing of things soon.

As we have missed the past four matches to review, I have combined them into one blog post. 



Bournemouth v Everton (28th November 2015)


Everton lead most of the game, but somehow, Bournemouth managed to secure a 3-3 draw in an incredibly thrilling but also annoying game for the blues.




The blues couldn't keep their 2-0 lead they had at half time and only managed to end with a dissappointing 3-3 draw.


Despite being the better side the whole game, the blues managed to lose 2 points in a fustrating match.


The toffees were on top at the break, with a solid-looking 2-0 lead, but obviously, as we're Everton, we managed to mess it up...


Everton bottled the lead twice. Firstly, having a 2-0 lead at half time which then was equalised by Bournemouth. However, the blues did get a 95 minute goal from Ross Barkley, causing fans to invade and celebrate with the diamond. Sadly, due to the pitch invaders, the referee added 3 extra minutes of added time, causing Bournemouth to equalise, AGAIN, in the 98th minute.


This was the start of a long, hard and fustrating run of form.



Everton v Crystal Palace (7th December 2015)


The blues, once again, were the better side but could only secure a 1-1 draw with Palace.



The blues were all over pretty much the whole game but couldn't produce the goals.


Scott Dann headed it in on the 76th minute, but luckily, inform Romelu Luaku managed to cancel it out in the 81st minute, giving him his 50th goal for Everton in his 100th appearance.


Lukaku has been unbelieveably good so far this season, with only Jamie Vardy scoring more than him. Big Rom is also on track to beat, or at least equal Jamie Vardy's record of most consecutive Premier League games with a goal, a record previously owned by Ruud Van Nistlerooy. The Crystal Palace game gave Rom 5 goals in 5 Premier League games, the record being 11 goals in 11 games.


Overall, this game was fustrating, but there was also something to take from it - an Everton player could have a Premier League record!!



Norwich v Everton (12th December 2015)




Lukaku gets his 6th goal in 6 games against Norwich, but the Blues could only get a point from the fustrating game.


The blues could've won the game by a HUGE margin (like 8-1 or something) but once again Everton'd it up and got a 3rd draw in a row.


Everyone thought a vital player for our team, John Stones, was injured and could potentially be on the sidelines for a while after somehow injuring himself in the warmup.


Luckily, for Stones and Everton, he was okay, and continued to play the game after recieveing treatment.


The draws keep coming and the fans keep complaining. We all just hope we can get our form back to where it should be.



Everton v Leicester (19th December 2015)




This game was a mess. We should've won. We could've won. But we lost 3-2 to a Leicester team that weren't at their best.


We could've won if we hadn't have given away 2 penalties. You've got Funes Mori and Tim Howard (Better known on Twitter as "Starjump Nonce") to blame for that. 


On the brightside, Rom managed to score a goal to get his 7th in 7 Premier League games, meaning he is one step closer to equalising, or even beating, Jamie Vardy's record! The record is 11 goals in 11 games.


Kevin Mirallas also made a suprise appearance today and got himself a goal! Kev hasn't played for a while now, and is only just returning to the team. We are not sure what has happened, or why Martinez feels it's better to play Arouna Kone over Kevin Mirallas week-in, week-out, but it's good to see Kev get a goal to make the loss less painful.


Back to Starjump Nonce (Tim Howard) now though, and how AWFUL he is. Admittedly, nobody gave Funes Mori much abuse when he gave away a penalty, whereas everyone jumped on Tim Ho- sorry, Starjump Nonce's back when he gave one away, but the difference is that FUNES MORI IS A PLAYER CAPABLE OF PLAYING FOOTBALL! As much as Starjump Nonce is a good servant for Everton, his time has passed and he needs to give room for Robles, or even a new keeper we buy in a transfer window (I have been praying for Butland to join ever since the rumour began).


This was the 4th Premier League game we dropped points in. We have been the better team in all of the games mentioned in this blog post. We have lost 9 points in our last 4 games. If we had won all the points we've deserved, we'd be in a top 4 spot over Christmas, rather than in 10th place.


I just hope this form is quickly turned around.



Many people are turning against Martinez again, saying #MartinezOut on Twitter. We wanted to see what the majority of blues thought on the matter, whether they are #MartinezIn or #MartinezOut, so we held two polls on Twitter.



Majority are #MartinezOut but a good portion still feel Martinez should be given more chances.


There's still some time left to vote, and we always use our Twitter, so there will be more interactivity on our Twitter, so give us a follow to have your say - @1878Blog.


Thanks for reading; hopefully we're going to get more active on here, we have just had important things to deal with this past month-or-so.


-Rhys Jones

Transfer Rumours Round Up - 16th December 2015

Posted by 1878 on December 16, 2015 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)



Its been a while! We've been busy with life etc. but I'm here to bring you rumours round for this week... It's a good one - 




Stones to Stay


Hopefully this will put an end to the pointless rumours (Just joking, we all know it won't). After recently hyped interest from the media regarding Arsenal, United and Chelsea's Stones enquiries, Martinez puts a firm foot down. The Catalan said that "It's very different (in January). When you are right in the middle of the season I think players understand you can't sell someone if you can't replace him.". Confidently said by Roberto. If there's at least one positive attribute in Martinez, is his ability to keep hold of (and attract) highly rated young talents.

 

"The uncertainty comes in the summer where everyone speaks about possibilities. That's where there is constant talk and debate.", he continued. Slightly more worrying, Bobby! 


"We'll never lose anyone in January unless it is somebody who hasn't been playing and we need to find a solution."

 

"If he is a top performer, it's not even a consideration."


More encouraging words there, possibly hinting at a Naismith exit? Anyway, at least we know John is staying, for now.



Vidic Linked



An interesting one. TalkSPORT are reporting that we have expressed our interest in the Inter man, Nemanja Vidic.



Having been heavily linked with him in the summer after the departure of Distin and Alcaraz, the link has resurfaced. With the Stones injury scare on Saturday, Ty Browning out and Jags sidelined, could this be a good move?



With the Serbian struggling at Inter so far, a short term loan perhaps might be a viable option to add some experience to the current young squad and would relieve some anxious fans nerves. A leader amongst men, he may be a more solid back up than Holgate etc. However with Galloway's natural position at centre half, this transfer may just be a waste of wages.



Embolo Interest Resurfaces



Breel Embolo, the Basel Wonderkid, has once again been linked with us. The 18 year old is said to be one of Europes most talented and sought after young players. Having already playing first team football being just a teenager, he has already scored 8 goals this season. 



The Daily Mail report that the Swiss man would be the perfect understudy for Romelu Lukaku, or also an 'insurance policy', if Romelu was ever to leave Goodison.



The fee is said to be around £18m, but we will face competition from a variety of other Premier League clubs such as Tottenham and Manchester United. However Everton are said to be expressing the strongest interest out of all other interested PL clubs.



Out of Favour Powell Interests Martinez



21 year old Manchester Uniteds Nick Powell has impressed Martinez recently, reports the Daily Star.

The youngster interested  Everton scouts in Powells two goal display in Uniteds developments sides victory over Leicester u21s. The young lad will be out of contract in the summer. This one certainly doesn't get the blood pumping, but could be one for the future.




Harry Hayes

Transfer Rumours Round Up - 20th November 2015

Posted by 1878 on November 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Welcome to another Transfer Rumour Round Up on our blog!

 

There will be a round up of the weeks transfer rumours every Wednesday!



One for the Future?


Everton are reportedly in talks with 16 year old Samuel Chukwueze. The nigerian is a promising forward who is also being chased down by Malaga and Red Bull Salzberg.


However, the toffees seem to be closest to the deal. Ifeanyi Elegbua Igwenjoku, scout, said "We hope to get the best deal for Samuel. He is still a young player so we need to be sure that whichever club he ends up signing for is in his best interest."


The youngster scored 3 and assisted 3 when his team, Nigeria u17s, won the U17 world cup in Chile.



Ever Banega... Again?


Once again we've been linked to Ever Banega. Benega, the play maker, almost joined us back in 2009 when Moyes tried to sign the Argentinian international from Valencia. The 27 year old is out of contract in the summer, so could be available for free.


With Barry and Osman not getting any younger, Banega could be a very good move, and could also play in that Number 10 role. He could bring an unmatchable element of creativity to the squad. It would cetainly be an excellent move if we could pull it off, however we may face competition from European giants such as Manchester United and Roma.


Stones to United?


Yeah, I know! The papers just love to sell our players. And guess who the source is? Yep, you guessed it. Bloody Mirror. Apparently (and thats a big apparently), Manchester United have been told that the promising England International will cost them £45 million.


With interest also coming from catalan giants Barcelona, United will have a fight on their hands. However, I wouldn't watch this one too closely!



Deulofeu Buy-Back Clause to be Activated?


Martinez has admitted that he would be powerless if Barcelona were to activate the buy back clause in Gerry's contract. With Deulofeu in fine form, some questions have been asked about whether Barca would be bringing him back to spain already.

Martinez said "There is nothing we can do if they activate the clause," he states. "That was the deal and the only way we could access the player in the terms that we wanted. I'm delighted with the deal. It is €9m for the first year and €12m in the second year."


However with the likes of Neymar and Messi at Barcelona, Deulofeu may still struggle to get into the starting 11. Luis Enrique may want the young spaniard to develop some more before returning.


If the buy-back clause was activated, I for one, would be inconsolable. Tissues would be needed on that day.


And on that sad note, that's it for this week!


-Harry Hayes

Transfer Rumours Round Up - 11th November 2015

Posted by 1878 on November 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the second Transfer Rumour Round Up on our blog!


There will be a round up of the weeks transfer rumours every Wednesday!



Mirallas Considering Move?


28-year-old Belgian winger, Kevin Mirallas has been linked with a potential move away from Everton in January again, the source being Mirallas himself.

The Belgian hasn't been getting much gametime at Everton this season, and has been expressing his views during the international break. Speaking at the Belgian National Team training camp, Mirallas said: "In January, if my situation is not changed, I will ask questions and perhaps consider a departure. I want to first of all be playing at my club. I'm not asking for a transfer, I still have the prospect of staying at Everton." Mirallas seems to prefer staying with the toffees, but would you be happy for Mirallas to depart? Where would he go? A few teams such as Spurs and West Ham are apparently interested but nothing has been officially said.


Williams Still on Radar


Everton scout have been continuing their scouting on Inaki Williams from Athletic Bilbao, according to Spanish reports. The 21-year-old striker has scored three goals in five La Liga appearances this season, with Bilbao suggesting a new contract to shoo off any potential buyers of the young, prolific forward, but no contact has been signed yet. 



Random Link to Odegaard!?


For some strange reason, Everton have been seen to be one of the five clubs to pick up 16-year-old "wonderkid" Martin Odegaard in January. Odegaard was signed by Real Madrid last summer and has already gotten international football for Norway, but not as much gametime for Madrid. He is suggesting to leave the Bernabeu on loan for some first-team experience, and the toffees have been noted as a suitable club. Imagine!


Loan Roundup


Many Everton players have come and go on loan in the past few weeks, mainly in the under-21's squad.


New signing, Felipe Mattioni, joined Doncaster Rovers on loan, immidiately after joining the blues on a permanant deal.


Russell Griffiths, an Everton academy goalkeeper, joined Halifax Town on a one-month loan spell.


Chester FC captured youngster Callum Dyson on a one-month loan.


Just today, David Henen joined Fleetwood Town for one month on loan.


Finally, Conor McAleny returned to Everton after completing his loan with Charlton Athletic.



That's it for today! We'll be back next Wednesday with more rumours!


- Rhys Jones


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