The Rumour Mill 2003-04

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



Helveg rumour reappears
29 Jun - Everton are supposedly one of the clubs interested in Thomas Helveg, but at 33 years of age, that sounds highly unlikely...

Rooney to sign 5-year deal
28 Jun - Well, at least it's a positive rumour, allegedly from a "very close source," that Our Kid will sign a new contract to stay at Goodison for the next 5 years.

Next it's Earnshaw
28 Jun - Robert Earnshaw, Cardiff City and Wales international striker will move to Everton for £4M, so says The News of the World.

Inter's Daniel Adani
28 Jun - In addition to Simone Perotta, Everton are apparently keen on Blackburn target Daniel Adani of Internazionale.

Gravesen to Athletico
27 Jun - Athletico Madrid will supposedly target Everton's Tommy Graveson if they can't get Peter Luccin from Celta Vigo...

Seyi Olofinjana
26 Jun - The Nigerian defender, who apparently favours a move to England over the French Riviera with Monaco, has been linked with a number of Premiership clubs, including (of course), Everton.

French club join Bulykin chase
26 Jun - Sochaux of the French league are apparently interested in bidding for Russian striker Dmitri Bulykin following his performances at Euro 2004. Everton tried to sign him earlier this year but the 23 year-old hadn't mad enough international appearances to qualify for a work permit.

Rooney, United... yawn
26 Jun - Seizing on rumours posted here at ToffeeWeb and on the People's Forum that young Wayne doesn't want to move to London, The Times report that Manchester United are confident of landing the teenager this summer, despite his broken foot, because it means he'll be able to stay in the northwest. Isn't The Times supposed to be above this kind of thing?

Simone Perrotta
25 Jun - The Chievo man played every game for Italy as they crashed out of Euro 2004 at the group stage and has been linked with a move to Porto or Everton.

Euro 2004 rumours
25 Jun - Everton are being linked with moves for Denmark fullback Thomas Helveg and the Czech Republic's free-kick-scoring midfielder Marek Heinz.

Free agent targeted
25 Jun - Midfielder Jermaine Wright has told Ipswich Town that he won't be signing the new contract they have offered him. Rumour has it that he has been offered a better contract by a Premiership club, believed to be Everton who have just signed Marcus Bent from the East Anglian club.

Flamini negotations over
25 Jun - Everton have apparently dropped their interest in Marseille defender, Mathieu Flamini because of the apathy of his agent. The 20 year-old defender is likely to sign a new deal with the French club but on reduced wages.

Rooney wants to stay
24 Jun - According to the latest "reliable sources" rumour, Wayne Rooney doesn't want to leave Merseyside to live "dahn sahf" in London but is worried the club will cash in on his value and force him to join Chelsea's collection of money sponges. Also, the much-vaunted but still-to-be-confirmed Chang sponsorship deal is very much dependent on Rooney staying at Everton.

Kenyon: No Rooney bid at £50m
24 Jun - The Sun read between the lines of quotes by Chelsea executive Peter Kenyon and suggest that the Stamford Bridge club will offer Everton £30m for the teenager. What Kenyon actually says is that at the price tag Everton have put on Rooney "he'll be going nowhere." The rumour-mongering tabloid blather on about how Roman Abramovich has told Kenyon to get Wayne but not at any cost. However, if they are successful in signing Rooney, Chelsea will give him an £85,000-a-week pay packet.

Cole and Bent at Goodison
22 Jun - According to rumours, Chelsea's Carlton Cole and Ipswich's Marcus Bent are at Goodison Park today discussing loan and permanent moves respectively. With subsequent confirmation of Bent's presence at Bellefield coming with the news that he held talks with David Moyes today regarding a £450,000 move from Ipswich, it is highly possible that Cole was on Merseyside too,

Lua Lua?
21 Jun - David Moyes is apparently an admirer of Portsmouth target Lomano Lua Lua and wants to bring him to Goodison.

Zurich offer Nyarko lifeline
21 Jun - Grasshopper Zurich are rumoured to be interested in offering Alex Nyarko a contract after his Everton career came to an end a year short of his five-year deal because he failed to secure a work permit. The Swiss league is familiar territory for the Ghanaian who had a spell with FC Basel.

Blues peg Rooney value at £45m
18 Jun - BBC Sport understand that while Everton are not interested in selling Wayne Rooney, they certainly won't entertain any bids for less than £45m. That figure is close to the world record fee Real Madrid paid for Zinedine Zidane.

David McGoldrick
17 Jun - Who is he?  A Notts COnty schoolboy whom Everton have expressed interest in...

Spurs raid
15 Jun - Everton are looking at signing Freddie Kanoute (who doesn't get on at all well with new Tottenham manager Santini, apparently) for £4m and defender Dean Richards for £1.5m according to "my mate's a Spurs supporter" rumours.

The two that got away
9 Jun - Rumoured Everton targets Martin Laursen, a Milan defender, and Ajax star Jelle Van Damme, a Danish International, have signed for Aston Villa and Southampton, respectively.

Jamba Jamma
9 Jun - Everton are interested in signing midfielder Jermaine Wright from Ipswich Town.

Trying to sign Mathieu Flamini
9 Jun - This bloke has a great name, and he's an Under-21 player at Marseille, so yes, Davie: Go for him.

Everton call on Kallon
7 Jun - Drugs ban recipient Mohammed Kallon, who plays for Inter Milan has been linked with — you guessed it — three Premeiership CLubs, including Everton.

Now Stan is the man
7 Jun - Funny how these players are linked so often with not one but three Premiership Clubs?  This time it's Brummie Aussie Stan Lazaridis.

Thai PM to invest in Blues too?
6 Jun - According to the BBC, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, is interested in investing his spare millions in both Everton and Liverpool.

Moyes planning Savage Bid
4 Jun - David Moyes is supposedly planning to tempt Robbie Savage away from Birmingham, where he is stalling on a your-year deal, but how could Moyes justify this for a player who will pass 30 next year?

Matteo chased by the Blues
3 Jun - Everton and Manchester City lead the chase for ex-Red defender Dominic Matteo, currently plying his trade with newly-relegated Leeds United. Fulham wanted him in part-exchange for striker Barry Hayles but Matteo apparently wants to stay up north, leaving the Blues of Merseyside and Light Blues of Manchester to duke it for the player who is valued at £750,000.

Everton interest in Iuliano
2 Jun - Everton are supposedly looking at Juventus defender Mark Iuliano.

Gravesen to Spurs
2 Jun - And he hasn't even starred for Denmark in Euro 2004 yet. Maybe Tottenham are stealing a march on any other potential suitors before the price goes up. Knowing Dr Jekyll, he'll play a blinder for the Danes this month.

Savage will cost Everton £4M
29 May - Everton will need to up their offer for Robbie Savage — the third bid they have made for the feisty Welsh midfielder — says The Sun.

Darren Purse tipped as target
24 May - According to this item, Birmingham City's Darren Purse has long been a target of Everton and Charlton.

Kenwright looking to raise £10M
24 May - According to The Independent, Bill Kenwright is looking to raise £10m for David Moyes's transfer kitty — including the possibility of re-mortgaging some of his own property. The conclusion of a new shirt sponsorship deal with an unnamed Thai company will help. David Moyes wants to rebuild the team with the likes of Sean Davis and Marseille centre-half Daniel van Buyten (what happened to Bulykin then?).

Grav, Radz out; Davis, van Buytun in
24 May - Sean Davis and Marseille centre-half Daniel van Buyten are summer targets for David Moyes. Tomasz Radzinski (Fulham) and Thomas Gravesen (Charlton) could be sold to raise cash for signings as well.

Rooney joins Utd for £40M
23 May - That's the ridiculous headline on the back of today's Sunday People, with now as amany as four players coming to Goodison Park in exchange for our Wayne.

Everton to appoint new CEO
22 May - Rumours have suggested that Michael Dunford would leave the position of Everton Chief Executive this summer, supported now by strong suggestions on Merseyside that former Chelsea exec. Trevor Birch will be installed at Goodison Park this month. Birch has significant experience with club's in financial trouble, having worked with Chelsea's £80m debt and Leeds United's mountainous deficits.

Rangers centre back to sign
22 May - Our bethren over at efc-online.net report that Rangers' Australian defender Craig Moore more or less admitted that a move to Everton was on the cards in a recent television interview.

Kristján Ari Halldórsson
21 May - Another young Icelander, 17-year-old Kristján Ari Halldórsson, has been on Everton's radar screen for some time...

Next up: Stan Lazaridis
21 May - Birmingham City full back Stan Lazaridis has apparently been attracting the interest of David Moyes according to sources in Australia.

Moyes interested in Cole loan
19 May - Sky Sports report that David Moyes is interested in bringing Joe Cole to Goodison on loan from Chelsea next season.

Bjarni Thor Vidarsson
18 May - The hottest prospect in Icelandic football (if not the best 16-year-old) will sign for Everton today. His name is Bjarni Thor Vidarsson and he can play anywhere; contract is believed to be 3-4 years.

West Brom want Stevie
18 May - Conjecture in The Mirror sugests that West Brom are interested in getting Steve Watson from Everton.

More player unrest
15 May - Another dressing-room bust-up apparently followed David Moyes's decision to cancel a team golf outing in the wake of the abysmal defeat at Wolves. The performance at Manchester City would seem to confirm the fact that many of the current players don't want to play for the manager.

Fulham to bid for Radzinski
13 May - The Mirror claims that Fulham will make a bid for Tomasz Radzinski, who is pondering a two-year extension from Everton.

Simonsen may end up at Leeds
13 May - Steve Simonsen, once Britain's most expensive goalkeeper (stop laughing at the back!), may end up at Leeds when his Everton contract expires this summer.

Chadwick to Crewe?
12 May - Crewe may be liniing up Everton's Nick Chadwick for a season-long loan deal.

Rooney to United for £20M
12 May - We've heard this one a million times already but this apparently comes from a member of Wayne's family.  The deal will be done after Euro 2004.

Paul Connolly of Plymouth?
11 May - As we near the summer silly season, Plymouth Argyle's Paul Connolly is linked with Everton and otther clubs, but his agent denies all knowledge...

Unsworth talking to Bolton
11 May - David Unsworth and his agent are trying to negotiate a three-year contract at Bolton for the defender, who has rejected an improved two-year deal with Everton.

Ashley Williams a target?
7 May - Everton are interested in signing up Stockport defender Ashley Williams, say Sky Sports.

Players can't be arsed?
2 May - This season's Players Awards dinner was officially cancelled because of "unforeseen circumstances" but rumour has it the players preferred to jet off to Spain for an end-of-season piss up organised by Duncan Ferguson (who he?) than show up for the fans.

Rangers interest in Unsworth?
1 May - Hardly a transfer rumour really as Alex McLeish says nothing specific about being interested in David Unsworth.

Danny Szetela in town
29 Apr - Everton were first to make a written offer to young American Danny Szetela, who is on Mersyside this week assessing his options.

Bulykin still a target
29 Apr - David Moyes watched Norway play Russia... and target man Dinmitry Bulykin edge closer to the number of international appearances that would allow the 24-year-old to move to the Premiership in the summer.

No Way says Jay Jay
29 Apr - Jay Jay Okocha doesn't think it would be nice to move from Bolton to Everton — a team not doing as well!

Pennant on loan
28 Apr - Jermaine Pennant, who has spent the season on loan from Arsenal at relegation-threatened Leeds is being lined up for another year's spell away from Highbury, this time at Goodison Park.

Bryan Hughes' dream move
28 Apr - Birmingham City midfielder Bryan Hughes is out of contract this summer and is a rumoured target of David Moyes. The 27 year-old is an Everton fan.

Cole, Koumas and others linked
26 Apr - According to one of our sources, Jason Koumas remains a David Moyes target at £500K; Joe Cole could be secured on a season-long loan with an option to buy; Pablo Inez, valued at £8.25m, is also a possibility from Athletico Madrid; as is Celtic's Bodo Balde if Francis Jeffers agrees to make the switch to Park Head (not sure how this would be dependent on a decision by a player whose contract Everton don't own — Ed).

Inter star Mohamed Kallon?
23 Apr - Inter star Mohamed Kallon is once again available after his ban for failing a drugs test ended, with speculation that Everton are one of four clubs reported to be battling for his signature.

Could Michael Ball return?
22 Apr - Glasgow Rangers are considering offloading Michael Ball, who was transfered from Everton 3 years ago for a reported fee of £6M.

Everton chase US starlet
20 Apr - No, not Freddie Adu: Everton are set to fight with other Premiership clubs for 17-year-old Danny Szetela.

Cardiff striker linked
19 Apr - Cardiff City striker Robert Earnshaw is apparently on the shopping list of Celtic, Charlton and Everton.

Sunday morning madness
18 Apr - Today's collection of silly speculation includes Gravesen to Newcastle as well as the now utterly boring Rooney to United.

Jay-Jay Okocha?
15 Apr - The Independent  suggests that David Moyes is seriously interested in bringing talented midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha to Goodison Park on a free transfer next season.

The Rumour Mill starts turning
14 Apr - Plenty of speculation is surfacing concerning David Moyes looking at various players this summer and the possibility of Kevin Campbell joining Ipswich on a season-long loan next season.

Gravesen not for sale
30 Mar - David Moyes answered speculation that that Thomas Gravesen could return to the Bundesliga this summer by insisting that the Danish nutter is not for sale.

Forest star looking up
30 Mar - Andy Reid, left-sided midfielder and Ireland international, sounds like a perfect fit for Goodison in the summer... oh, hang on: it's the centre and right side that are our problem areas.

Ibanez flattered by link
22 Mar - Skysports.com stunning reveals that Everton are monitoring Albacete's highly-promising young centre back Pablo Ibanez.

Cahill? Moyes says it's rubbish
18 Mar - The Rumopur Mill is obviously alive and kicking.  Moyes attends FA Cup replay; Moyes watches game; Moyes must be after Milwall palyer Tim Cahill.  But David Moyes firmly states he has no interest in Cahill.

Millwall look for Chadwick return
24 Feb - Millwall are being tipped to sign Nick Chadwick permanently following his recent loan spell at the New Den. The 21 year-old striker has announced his intention to look elsewhere than Goodison Park for his future.

King expects to sign O'Hanlon
20 Feb - Andy King expects that Sean O'Hanlon will become a permanent Swindon player next week.

May as well get used to it
16 Feb - As Everton hover above the relegation zone, media speculation is building that Manchester United and Chelsea will make firm bids in the region of £25m for Wayne Rooney in the summer. This could be a constant theme despite Rooney's insistence that he's happy at Everton and will only leave if the club no longer want him.

Notts County fear kid swoop
15 Feb - Everton are supposedly dead set on signing 16-year-old David McGoldrick, a forward who just made his first appearnace for Notts County... transfer windows notwithstanding?

McLeish admits Jeffers interest
10 Feb - Rangers boss Alex McLeish has signalled his interest in Francis Jeffers as he seeks a striker for next season. Jeffers' loan at Goodison ends in the summer and, on current form, may not get an offer of a permanent deal from David Moyes.

King keen to sign O'Hanlon
8 Feb - Andy King is keen for Swindon Town to sign Everton's Sean O'Hanlon on a permanent deal after the young defender has impressed during his short stay.

Clarke headed for Division 2?
7 Feb - Port Vale seem to think they may get Peter Clarke to move permanently in the summer, but Blackpool may also be in with a shout for the young Everton defender.

Alexandersson set for Gothenburg
4 Feb - IFK Gothenburg say that it is possible Niclas Alexandersson could sign for them this summer.  The 32 year-old is out of contract and very much surplus to requirements at Goodison.

It was Joe Cole, supposedly
3 Feb - Everton apparently asked Chelsea if they could loan Joe Cole until the end of the season.  That must have been a short phone call.

Deadline passes peacefully
2 Feb - If we are to believe the whispers, it was feverish to the end, but it would seem that nothing was finalized before today's 5pm deadline that firmly closes the mid-season transfer window with no Everton players coming or going.

New player(s) coming in?
1 Feb - According to a close personal friend of Bill Kenwright, the Everton Vice-Chairman is working desparately to bring in a new player for David Moyes before Monday's deadline.  Joe Cole and/or Jesper Gronkjaer on loan?  Bodo Balde, swapped for Franny Jeffers?

No future for Simonsen
29 Jan - Steve Simonsen acknowledges that he will be playing his football elsewhere next season, since his Everton contract expires in the summer.

Blackburn want Radzinski
27 Jan - The Sun  claim that Graeme Souness will make a paltry £1.5M bid to bring Tomasz Radzinski to Ewood Park before the transfer window closes, but David Moyes confirms he's not for sale.

Bulykin in the summer, perhaps
26 Jan - Dimitry Bulykin is training with Everton, but will not be moving to the Premiership until after the summer as he needs more international caps to quality for a work permit.

Moyes makes Butt enquiry
26 Jan - Despite the fact that he is 29 years old, will cost upwards of £5m and come with astronomical wage demands, David Moyes, going completely against his youth-orientated policy, is rumoured to have made an enquiry about Nicky Butt.

Another Russki linked
24 Jan - According to Yuri Zavarzin, president of Dynamo Moscow, striker Dmitry Bulykin is scheduled to have a medical at Everton in the next couple of days with a view to a permanent move.

Clarke to Dundee?
23 Jan - Peter Clarke may become the subject of a bid from Ian McCall at Dundee United.  Surely not? — with Yobo in Africa, O'Hanlon on loan, Weir injured...

Nicky Gillet attracting interest
19 Jan - Nantes' Nicolas Gillet is attracting interest from Everton (the Club with no money) and Aston Villa, according to sources in France...

Moyes rejects Butt speculation
16 Jan - Everton will wisely not be making a bid for Manchester United's unsettled 29 year-old midfielder, Nicky Butt. David Moyes has reiterated that there will probably not be any incoming or outgoing moves during the current transfer window.

Another target in France?
13 Jan - Lyon's Eric Deflandre is the latest player to be linked with a move to Goodison. The 30 year-old defender has announced he's leaving Lyon in June.

Jeffers to Pompey
11 Jan - The Sun claims that Portsmouth are looking to take Francis Jeffers on loan... but only if Jason Roberts, on loan from West Brom, goes to Wigan...

Hands off our Tommy!
9 Jan - Mutterings that Schalke could be in for Tommy Gravesen have been firmly smacked down by the Everton management.

Pearson Joins Celtic
8 Jan - Stephen Pearson, McFadden's ex-teammate at Motherwell, has joined Celtic for just £350k.

Ciggy smuggler considers offer
5 Jan - 31-year-old Poland captain Tomasz Hajto, currently with Schalke 04 (and alledgedly involved in some cigarette smuggling ring) claims to be mulling over an offer to join Everton.

Another Strasbourg ace linked
2 Jan - Despite the abundance (albeit a mixed bag) of strikers at Goodison, Everton have apparently joined Paris St Germain in the race to sign Danijel Ljuboja from Strasbourg.

No chance of landing Reid
31 Dec - Everton have been linked with Nottingham Forest's highly-regarded midfielder Andy Reid but the Midlands club are holding out for £5M for the Irishman — way beyond David Moyes's budget.

Moyes could miss out on Pearson
30 Dec - With Everton likely to wait until the summer to sign Motherwell's Stephen Pearson, Celtic could step in during the transfer window next month. Moyes is unlikely to get the estimated £300,000 he needs from the board to land the midfielder now even though the squad is absoutely desperate for some talent in the middle of the park.

Rovers and City eye Rhino
27 Dec - Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City are both apparently interested in speaking to David Unsworth who is free to hold talks about a free summer transfer when the transfer window opens next week.

United stalking Rooney
27 Dec - Sublime Football suggest that Manchester United are preparing a summer bid for Wayne.  Couldn't be just a coincidence that we've just played United, surely!?

Big Yin to go home on loan
27 Dec - The rumours linking Duncan Ferguson with a loan move back to Rangers are doing the rounds again. Just make sure they're paying most of his wages!

Espanyol tempt Bassila
27 Dec - Spanish Primera Liga side Espanyol have apparently signed former Everton target Christian Bassila on loan until the end of the season. Cash-strapped David Moyes ended his interest in the midfielder when it became clear Strasbourg were not keen on taking Alex Nyarko in exchange.

Mersey duo vie for young Yank?
21 Dec - Speculation has it that Everton and Liverpool are battling it out for the signature of American prodigy Danny Szetela, the latest player to be dubbed the "new David Beckham."

Ground share back on the table?
21 Dec - According to The People, Everton and Liverpool have been conducting further secret talks over a possible shared stadium.

Moyes in for David Wright?
18 Dec - Crewe's manager reckons David Moyes is eyeing up his defender David Wright...

French midfielder linked
9 Dec - David Moyes has Strasbourg's Christian Bassila, who is rated at £2.5m, on his shopping list according to recent speculation.

Onopko to hold talks?
2 Dec - A rumour posted on the People's Forum suggests that 34 year-old Russian defender, Victor Onopko, could sign for Everton on Friday.

Moyes looks to Motherwell again
28 Nov - With his transfer value falling the closer it gets to the expiration of his contract next summer, The Independent report that Stephen Pearson, Motherwell's next gem after James McFadden's departure, is a £400,000 target of David Moyes.

Fan-fan in the plan-plan?
24 Nov - Jose Karl Pierre Fan-fan cannot change clubs more than once in a season — so say Fifa.  Makes ya wonder what on earth is the point of claiming he'll be joing Everton, doesn't it?

Koumas linked — again!
23 Nov - Now that Sean Davis has pledged his future to Fulham, Moyes is set to offer £2.5m for West Brom's Jason Koumas whom Tribal Football think he watched at the Wales-Russia game last week.

Moyes second on Spurs list
23 Nov - If Tottering Not-so-HotSpurs can't persuade Martin O'Neill (apparently bound for Anfield in the summer) to be their new manager, our Davey is next on their target list.

Darren Purse
17 Nov - Everton to pay £1M for Birmingham's Darren Purse... so say Tribal Football.

Ferguson given the boot?
17 Nov - We've received word at ToffeeWeb Towers that there are 'strong rumours' that Duncan Ferguson has been sacked by Everton!

Savage interest rekindled?
17 Nov - Everton are being linked with a January swoop for Birmingham duo Robbie Savage and Darren Purse, while Steve Bruce hopes to use the cash to buy Forest's Andy Reid. Erm, can we forget about Savage and go for Reid ourselves, please, Mr Moyes?

Agent talks up his player
16 Nov - Willie McKay talks up Everton's interest in Strasbourg midfielder Christian Basilla.

Moyes to ease up?
16 Nov - Tribal Football are running the first story concerning what has thus far been just a disconcerting rumour: In crisis talks this past week, the players told their manager that he's working them too hard.

Radz to Blackburn II
6 Nov - Tribal Football claim that Graham Souness will bid £3M for Tomasz Radzinski come January.

Martin Andresen
30 Oct - David Moyes is, according to Tribal Football, battling with Rangers and Borussia Dortmund for Stabaek midfielder Martin Andresen.

Allasane N'Dour
27 Oct - Yes, we are supposed to believe that Everton are interested in signing this Senegalese lad from St Etienne, currently on loan with West Brom.

Now it's Parker — supposedly
22 Oct - Everton are thought to be preparing a £5M bid (where do these idiots think the money is coming from) to bring Charlton's Scott Parker to Goodison.

Pearson another Motherwell target
21 Oct - Everton are reported to be set to swoop in for Stephen Pearson, a defender at Motherwell who had a good game against Rangers.

Moyes checks Kris Commons
19 Oct - Moyes has apparently made extensive personal checks on Kris Commons, the promising 20-year-old Stoke City winger who is out of contract in the summer, so could be had for as little as £400k.

Radz to Blackburn
15 Oct - Souness will make a bid to take Tomasz Radzinski to Ewood Park... apparently.

Everton track Cahill
6 Oct - Everton are reported to be keeping tabs on Australian Tom Cahill, who currently plays for Millwall

Archie in after Alex?
18 Sep - Archie Knox might be interested in taking Alex Nyarko on loan to his new club, Milwall.

Gradi eyeing Chadwick loan
15 Sep - Rumours suggest that Crewe Alexandra manager, Dario Gradi, is looking to bring Everton's Nick Chadwick who has seen himself drop in the pecking order at Goodison with the arrival of James McFadden and Francis Jeffers.

Ferguson out on loan
7 Sep - The People  claim that Everton are trying to persuade a Nationwide team to take Big Dunc on loan — and the same fate my lie ahead for Nick Chadwick.

Moyes made Smith enquiry
2 Sep - Planet Football report that Leeds United manager Peter Reid turned down approaches for a number of his players before the deadline, including enquiries from Everton about striker Alan Smith.

Moyes dismisses quit rumours
1 Sep - David Moyes quashed rumours this morning that he will leave Everton due to frustration over not being able to add to his squad (this was before his eventful Monday).

Brum rebuff Savage bid
31 Aug - On the penultimate day of the transfer window, Birmingham have rejected an Everton bid for Robbie Savage as "derisory."

And there goes another
30 Aug - John Carew, David Moyes's latest panic target, will not be joining Everton, or Rangers for that matter. The Norwegian has joined AS Roma for the season, confirming rumours that he prefers more salubrious surroundings than the rough-and-tumble of the Premiership.

Another one gets away
29 Aug - As we exclusively revealed yesterday, Steve McManaman will join Manchester City and will be paraded before their game against Arsenal if he passes a medical on Saturday.

Going... going... GONE!
29 Aug - To the highest bidder, Barry Ferguson joins Blackburn Rovers for the sum of ±£7.5M.

Nelson for a year?
28 Aug - According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton are about to sign Portuguese goalkeeper Alexandre Nelson from Sporting Lisbon on a one-year loan, as backup for Richard Wright, who could miss Saturday's derby through injury. But PlanetFootball suggest that he's actually turned Everton down.

Moyes makes final McManaman pitch?
28 Aug - Yep. That old chestnut. According to The Independent, David Moyes will offer him a £2m contract and hope that that is enough to tempt him back to Blighty. If he's as Blue as he says he is, what on earth is he waiting for?

Rovers still in the hunt
27 Aug - Despite some stories claiming that Blackburn had dropped out of the bidding, it seems they have now lodged their third bid for Barry Ferguson, believed to be £6.5m — surely too much for Everton to compete.

Now it's Savage and/or Reyna
26 Aug - The sound of desparation is beginning to seep into the rumours surrounding Everton's disasterous attempts so far to strengthen the squad for this vital season of consolidation...

Kenwright KOs Ferguson bid?
25 Aug - Tomorrow's Scottish Herald reports that David Moyes's hopes of landing Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson have been dashed by Bill Kenwright's refusal to stump up the £5M cash.

Everton to enter bidding war...
24 Aug - ... for Barry Ferguson of Rangers.  Teamtalk are having a bit of a laugh, aren't they?

Mexican World Cup star on trial?
23 Aug - The rumours linking the Gerardo Torrado, who was the driving midfield force behind Mexico in last year's World Cup, with Everton are lent credence by a BBC report that he is on a 3-day trial with a view to a 1-year loan and possible permanent deal thereafter.

Two more trialists
22 Aug - Everton have taken goalkeeper Alexandre Nelson from Sporting Lisbon and midfielder Philippe Delay from Rennes on trial with a view to signing both on short-term contracts for the season.

Davis signing to be announced
22 Aug - The Guardian reports that the £5.2M (£1.75M up front) deal for Sean Davis will be signed today if the midfielder passes a medical.

Davis talks are imminent
21 Aug - David Prentice suggets that Everton will finally get to hold talks with Sean Davis.

Davis talks delayed again
20 Aug - Claudio Reyna's demands for a pay-off from Sunderland are delaying his move to Fulham, with obvious consequences for the Sean Davis deal.  It actually suits Everton who want to spin things out as late as possible so that the injured midfielder can pass his medical.

Nyarko may not threaten Macca deal
19 Aug - Will Alex Nyarko's return from China without a loan deal put the kibosh on attempts to sign Steve McManaman? Not necessarily, according to the Official Site.

Moyes to abandon Davis chase?
18 Aug - After a summer chock full of speculation... more speculation, this time from a source on the People's Forum suggesting that Everton are about to terminate their interest in Sean Davis. Probably someone at Everton playing mind games, but we thought we'd post it nevertheless.

Macca now Newcastle-bound?
17 Aug - The Sunday People  claim that Newcastle are now leading the pack to get Macca back... [Link Fixed]

Jeffers deal in the balance
17 Aug - Francis Jeffers could return to Everton if the club is prepared to guarantee a permanent deal for around £3M following a season-long loan.

Blues reject Cole offer
15 Aug - David Moyes has apparently knocked back an offer from Chelsea to take striker Carlton Cole on loan for the season because the Stamford Bridge club are not keen on allowing the move to become permanent next summer.

Moyes hopes to bring in two more
14 Aug - Following the Cyril Chapuis debacle, the Echo hint that David Moyes is looking at bringing in two more players (one could be Nigel Martyn, the other Francis Jeffers) before the 31st August transfer deadline if he can persuade Sean Davis that his future lies at Goodison.

French chappie on trial
13 Aug - According to Ananova, Everton would have taken striker Cyril Chapuis of Marseille on a week's trial.  PlanetFootball might have been on to something after all... except that the lad refused to train and was promptly packed off by David Moyes (see below).

Moyes to up Davis bid
12 Aug - According to the BBC, Everton will make an improved offer to Fulham for want-away midfielder, Sean Davis. It's unlikely David Moyes will increase the total bid past £5m; he will probably just improve the down payment.

Vareilles... c'est vrais?
12 Aug - The Daily Mirror  claims that Everton are bidding to sign 30-year-old French striker Tony Vareilles, previously of Lens, to boost the attack at Highbury.

Martyn, six years later
11 Aug - David Moyes could hijack Chelsea's attempts to sign Nigel Martyn, who controversially turned Everton down in 1997. He wants the 37 year-old for £400,000 as temporary back-up to Richard Wright while Iain Turner continues his development. For more, see the Blog.

Inching ever closer...
11 Aug - David Moyes expects that Li Tie's transfer will be resolved this week and the player will be in the squad for Highbury.

Pass the salt
10 Aug - For all those eyeing Chelsea jealously, an unamed source claims: "There is going to be a takeover by a South African business man called Ian Kilbride [You might remember him from the time of Kenwright's bid three years ago] and he has backers with big bucks." Yea, right.

Everton enquire about Jason Roberts
10 Aug - Everton and Charlton have heard the now familiar claim from West Brom that Jason Roberts will not be sold cheap.

Blues 'winning the race for Davis'
8 Aug - David Prentice in the Liverpool Echo hints that despite interest from Middlesbrough, Sean Davis has his heart set on a move to Everton and that David Moyes's patience may pay off if a fee can be agreed with Fulham. Davis gets the Howard Kendall seal of approval, though.

Davis asks for a transfer
7 Aug - Sean Davis has finally asked Fulham for a transfer, with Everton, Middlesbrough and Spurs the main contenders for his signature.

Healy to Sunderland
6 Aug - One time a rock-solid certainty to join Everton, Colin Healy looks set to be transfered from Celtic to Sunderland.

McBride to return?
5 Aug - Everton supposedly want to bring Brian McBride back from the USA in a £500,000 deal — even though he is injured and out for 6 weeks!!!

Ferguson for Savage?
4 Aug - Could you put up with the lairy Welsh tart if it meant getting the Scottish lamp post off the wage bill? You might have to if this rumoured swap deal is true.
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Surely wide of the mark?
4 Aug - Everton are willing to offer Perugia £6M for their widemen Ze Maria and Fabio Grosso.

Moyes denies Etuhu speculation
3 Aug - David Moyes has ruled out a rumoured move for Preston's Dickson Etuhu, saying the player is too expensive for his budget.

Much ado about nothing
1 Aug - The massive fuss over Robbie Savage as an Everton transfer target evaporated as the Welsh one explained it had all been a big mistake because his words had been taken out of context.  Whatever next?

A new striker from Holland?
31 Jul - Serbia & Montenegro striker Mateja Kezman, who plays for PSV Eindhoven.  We've had him watched, apparently.

More grist to the Mill
31 Jul - Lazio's Dino Baggio.  Isn't he a famous World Cup star?

Savage: An Open Invitation
30 Jul - Robbie Savage — a controversial choice at best — says, in effect, "Come and get me" to David Moyes, while covering his bases by telling Birmingham he'd be happy to stay at St Andrews.  Read the deluge of widely divergent views on The People's Forum.

Another rumoured target
30 Jul - Having missed out on Fritz Hall, Everton are apparently looking at Oldham Athletic's Will Haining. Elsewhere, former target Colin Healy has joined Sunderland.

Another run at Macca
29 Jul - The Daily Post claims that David Moyes will be making a concerted effort to bring Steve MacManaman to Everton. Officially, Davey still maintains that nothing is happening on that front.

Midfield rumours
28 Jul - While a source tells us that Robbie Savage has agreed terms and an agreed fee between Birmingham and Everton is all that stands in the way of the transfer, David Moyes insists there is no truth to the speculation. Meanwhile, US international Claudio Reyna has been linked with the Blues and Blackburn.

Dunc to the Reebok?
28 Jul - Bolton or Wolves are interested in signing Big Dunc.  Can't see it somehow, with Wayne being injured.

Li Tie negotiations ongoing...
27 Jul - ... but David Moyes feels he is not worth £1M — despite yesterday's wondergoal at Ibrox.

£1.5M Savage bid
27 Jul - That's according to the News of the World.  Other rumours suggest that this is just a smokescreen for another transfer target which is plausible because David Moyes wouldn't actually sign the Welsh tart, would he?!

Davis, Dunn enquiries all a sham?
26 Jul - According to a "my mate works at Everton" rumour, there've been no new signings because the Everton Board haven't given David Moyes a penny more to spend after teh £4.5M outlay on Yobo.  Li Tie is the only other player he has been given the green light to buy. 

Kilbane next in line
26 Jul - Sunderland's Kevin Kilbane is now a £1m target for David Moyes.

Everton to hijack McCann move?
24 Jul - That's what is suggested in the Daily Post , but it was quickly denied by Everton.

Davis injured in Friendly
23 Jul - Sean Davis came on as a sub in a Fulham friendly, but soon retired with a twisted knee. Interestingly this is front-page news at the Everton Official site...

McCann going to Villa?
23 Jul - Another rumoured Everton target going elsewhere... the fee: £2.25M.

Gerrard longs for Portman Road — NOT!
22 Jul - "It would be like moving from one Premiership club to another." — all subsequently denied as journo invention and nonsense.

Parker signs Charlton contract
21 Jul - The future appears to lie elsewhere for another rumoured Everton target.

Shock Horror: Harper rumour a Prank?
20 Jul - Could it be that Internet pranksters successfully perpetrated a completely unsubstantiated piece of transfer speculation nonsense into the media?

Li Tie deal close...
18 Jul - Once again, it is reported in China that Everton are close to securing a deal to sign Li Tie on a permanent basis.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
18 Jul - More one-time Everton targets sign for others as Bobby Zamora joins Spurs and Zura Khizanishvili completes his move to Rangers.

Macca rumours are nonsense
17 Jul - So says the man himself!

Moyes admits McCann interest
17 Jul - ... but Sunderland's asking price is too high.

Moyes admits Davis defeat?
16 Jul - That's the spin from this story.

Radio Merseyside's 'red herring'
15 Jul - Radio Merseyside had the Blue two thirds of Liverpool aflutter today with reports that Steve McManaman had signed on a free transfer. There was much back-tracking after Ian Ross denied the story.

Beasley not looking for move
14 Jul - Rumours suggest USA international Demarcus Beasley, he of the infamous pitch-side "Jimmy Riddle" in the 2002 World Cup, is a target for David Moyes but the player says he's happy in the MLS for now.

Moyes would take Macca
14 Jul - David Moyes says that he would consider adding Steve McManaman to his Everton squad.

A new name in the hat
14 Jul - James Harper of Reading, for £2.5M?

Dickson Etuhu
13 Jul - The Sunday People  claims that Preston's Nigerian midfielder Dickson Etuhu tops the list of names David Moyes will chase in lieu of Sean Davis.

Hall chooses Saints
12 Jul - Oldham's Fitz Hall has decided to sign for Southampton despite a higher bid of £350k for him coming from Everton.

Davis asks for talks
10 Jul - Sean Davis wants talks with the Fulham manager, presumably to discuss Everton's interest in him.

Now chasing Scott Parker
9 Jul - David Moyes's transfer efforts will now shift to Scott Parker, says the Daily Mirror.

Or maybe it's £4.5M...
8 Jul - The latest PA Sport  outlets think David Moyes has had to bid another million for Fulham's Sean Davis.

Moyes lodging his bid for Davis
8 Jul - The BBC  says that David Moyes is lodging a formal £3.5M bid for Sean Davis today.

No deal for Fitz Hall
7 Jul - The Evening Standard  reports that Everton have stalled over the asking price for Oldham's Fitz Hall: £500k.

Moyes bids £3.5M for Davis
6 Jul - So says the Sunday People, claiming that David Moyes is looking to get a quick decision from Fulham.

Rooney to Chelsea for £30M?!*@#
6 Jul - Yeah, right.  Dream on, Mr Abramovich.

Hulse: No bid
5 Jul - Everton have apparently not made any bid for Crewe striker Rob Hulse.

Davis is a target
4 Jul - David Moyes has candidly acknowledged that Fulham's Sean Davis is on his shopping list.

McLeod to sign?
4 Jul - David Moyes believes he has persuaded Kevin McLeod to accept Everton's 1-year deal and fight for a place in the Premiership squad.

Is Scot Parker a real likelihood?
3 Jul - Scot Parker may now be the main target for David Moyes...

Slap in the face from Fulham
3 Jul - "Sean Davis is not for sale, and even if he was, Everton could not afford him."  Cheeky twats!

Dunn goes to Brum
2 Jul - Yet another of Everton's supposed transfer targets goes elsewhere...

Essien finally goes to Lyon
2 Jul - Mickael Essien has finally joined Lyon and not PSG.

Today's new name: Nakata
1 Jul - Everton have been linked with Nakata but he is bound for Elland Road...
 
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