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The Rumour Mill

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


Claims that Man Utd are reviving interest


30/06/2012    14

On the basis of nothing substantive, plenty of the internet crowd are touting Leighton Baines to United once again, after their supposed prime target Jordi Alba joined Barcelona.

There's nothing new in the guesswork that claims Everton are looking for between £15M and £20M for their star left back, who played no part in England's Euro2012 demise. — Source: Manchester Evening News

Second time lucky for Pranjic?


30/06/2012    12

Daniel Pranjic could be set for the move he was all set to make in January with a free transfer to Everton — if the Daily Star is to be believed.

The Croatian international, already linked with Everton in the past week, is quoted as being devastated after a move to Goodison fell apart in the last transfer window when Bayern Munich blocked the deal:

?I had an agreement with Everton for two-and-a-half years.

?I was ready to board a plane and was really happy because I knew Everton were serious and that they had big plans for me.

?But now it is all over and this is a catastrophe.?

The 30-year-old wingback is available on a free transfer after his Bayern contract expired this month and the Star will have you believe that it's Everton who will snap him up as a replacement for Leighton Baines.

Never mind that Pranjic was apparently targeted six months ago when there was little talk of Baines leaving. — Source: Daily Star

Sivok's agent claims Everton interest


30/06/2012    3

Everton, Fulham and Valencia have made inquiries about Tomas Sivok according to the defender's agent.

The 28-year-old is out of contract and available on a free transfer if Besiktas decide not to re-sign him on a new contract.

"We have been in touch with Everton, Fulham and Valencia," the Czech international's agent Jiri Muller told isport.cz."

"Besiktas are very much back in the game."

"It will depend on the offer and Tomas's feelings." Muller continues.

"He wants to quietly think things over because every day there are more clubs showing an interest in his services." — Source: TeamTalk

Everton 'target' goes to Bayern Munich


29/06/2012    1

Yet another rumour proves to be total bullshit with Croatian striker Mario Madzukic moving to Bayern Munich and not Everton, as widely touted by the silly-season rumour-mongers. — Source: Football 365

Everton linked with MLS defender


28/06/2012    15

Everton are mentioned again in connection with Houston Dynamo central defender, Geoff Cameron, whom the Club scouted recently according to reports.

The 26-year-old United States international could be available for as little as £500,000 and is also apparently being tracked by Stoke City. — Source: Bleacher Report

Everton eye up Pierce Sweeney


27/06/2012    6

The Daily Post calims that Everton are pondering a move for cut-price Irish import Pierce Sweeney.

The highly-rated 18-year-old League of Ireland Premier Division defender impressed in his first season of top flight Irish football after his move to Bray Wanderers from Belvedere, making 12 Premier Division appearances.

— Source: Liverpool Daily Post

Moyes keeps tabs on Naismith situtation


26/06/2012    17

David Moyes is monitoring Steven Naismith's contract situation at Rangers before deciding whether or not to make an approach for the 25 year-old.

Naismith and teammate Steven Whitaker have both declared themselves free agents rather than agree to have their contracts transferred to the Rangers newco which is being established in the wake of the Scottish club's liquidation.

The Charles Green consortium that bought Rangers' assets say, however, that they will block the players' attempts to become free agents and have warned that potential suitors like Everton and West Bromwich Albion could face legal action to recoup damages if they signed them.

Naismith had a hugely productive partnership at Ibrox with Nikica Jelavic but is recovering from a second cruciate knee ligament injury in his relatively short career and that may give Moyes pause before paying any fee for the forward. — Source: Liverpool Echo

Heitinga facing Dutch axe


26/06/2012    23

Voetbal International are apparently reporting that should Bert van Marwijk keep his job as national coach of the Netherlands [27/6/12 Update: he didn't] through to the 2016 European Championships, John Heitinga will be one of three players who will not be considered for international duty.

The report suggests that the Everton defender, Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart, and striker Klass-Jan Hunterlaar will be axed by Van Marwijk as part of a post-Euro2012 shake-up.

Heitinga was dropped for the Oranjie's final Group B match against Portugal but Van der Vaart was reinstated for that game and scored the opening goal upon which the Dutch were not able to build and they lost the game 2-1.

The Netherlands lost all three of their group games, their worst performance at a major tournament thus far. — Source: Voetbal International via Goal.com

Moyes watches game involving Pranjic


25/06/2012    6

Clubcall actually admits the dubious nature of this link to Daniel Pranjic, in whom David Moyes is supposedly interested on the basis of having been at a Euro2012 game where he played recently — although the link between Everton and the wing-back pre-date the tournament.

Pranjic, 30, is out of contract after a tough season at Bayern Munich where he was hardly played by coach Jupp Heynckes. The Croatian, who featured in his country's 1-0 defeat to Spain last week, fired a parting shot at Heynckes last week by criticising his substitutions in the Champions League final.

Moyes went to that match and the link may be based purely on that and the fact that Pranjic is looking for a new club, having admitted last week that he had an offer from China. — Source: ClubCall

Fenerbahηe set to pay ?2M for Yobo


24/06/2012    9

Fenerbahηe are close to completing the transfer of 31-year-old Everton defender Joseph Yobo. According to The Sun, Fenerbahηe are set to make a ?2 million offer which The Toffees are likely to accept. — Source: The Sun (via Turkish Football)

Fellaini is next up on SAF's list


24/06/2012    21

The notoriously fictional 'Caught Offside' website now claims that Manchester United are set to go head-to-head with Chelsea for Everton's big-haired Belgian Marouane Fellaini.

The £20-million rated enforcer is said to be wanted by both the European Champions and Real Madrid but they claim that Chelsea lead the race for his signature after supposedly making initial contact with Everton last month.

It has now emerged (from where?) that Manchester United are thought to be also pursuing the 24-year-old and are prepared to enter a bidding war with the West Londoners. Madrid are monitoring the situation but would prefer to sign Tottenham's Luka Modric and see the Belgium international as a secondary option. They think that David Moyes would be reluctant to lose Fellaini but believe cash-strapped Everton to be ready to sell for the right price.

They also state that Moyes has been left frustrated by the rumours that the Goodison Park club will also listen to offers for left-back Leighton Baines, who is supposedly being targeted by United. — Source: Caught Offside

Everton in talks over Castaignos


23/06/2012    18

Sky Italia reported last night that Everton are in talks with Internazionale about signing striker Luc Castaignos.

The Italian club are looking to offload the 19-year-old, whom they signed from Feyenoord, after just six appearances and one goal, and West Ham are believed to have agreed a £6m fee for the Dutch U-19 international.

Inter are also reportedly open to loaning Castaignos for the season for £1.6m but in that instance would prefer he remained in Serie A.

Liverpool are also said to be interested. — Source: Sky Italia

Dutch site pegs Heitinga's wife as leak


22/06/2012    21

In trying to get to the source of the revelations of apparent disharmony in the Dutch squad and their disrastrous Euro2012 performance, a football site in the Netherlands is citing John Heitinga's wife as the conduit to the press.

Wesley Sneijder had gone public with his suspicions that there was a leak in the Holland camp and this Wegannflammel.nl rumour cites Heitinga's omission from Bert van Marwijk's team against Portugal as evidence that the coach had found out that the defender's wife, Charlotte Sophie, had been passing on information to RTL Boulevard.

Despite his magnificent form the Blues this past season and his first-choice status under Van Marwijk, Heitinga was part of a Netherlands defence that was criticised for its porousness in their first two group games which they lost to Denmark and Germany.

So it's highly plausible that he was dropped because of form and not for the reasons speculated by Wegannflammel.nl. — Source: Wegannflammel.nl (via Google Translate)

Next new name: Olof Mellberg


22/06/2012    20

Everton are lining up a swoop for former Aston Villa star Olof Mellberg, according to the Daily Mail.

The 34-year-old defender, who left Villa Park last season after seven years at the club, reminded everyone of his talent by scoring twice against England during Sweden's 3-2 Euro 2012 defeat last week.

And the Toffees hope to pounce now that contract talks between Mellberg and his club, Olympiakos, have broken down, according to the Mirror.

The BBC's Phil McNulty Tweeted, however, that word from the Swedish camp is that this story is "wide of the mark" and there is no interest from Everton. — Source: Daily Mail

Donovan on a longer loan?


21/06/2012    16

This highly speculative article suggests Everton could negotiate a longer loan deal for Landon Donovan next season and have him boosting the side from mid-November to mid-February. — Source: Here is the City

Wigan could trade one Vic for another


21/06/2012    41

Wigan Athletic could move for Everton's Victor Anichebe this summer if they decide to sell Victor Moses.

Chelsea have already had a derisory bid for Moses rejected out of hand but Roman Abramovich could return with an improved offer for the striker, and there are sure to be other suitors if it emerges that he is available.

If he does move on, the Latics could look up the road to Goodison Park where Anichebe is itching for more first-team opportunities but has struggled to hold down a first-team place because of injury and competition for places from Nikica Jelavic and Tim Cahill. — Source: Liverpool Daily Post

Everton eyeing Castaignos and Lukaku


20/06/2012    7

David Moyes is after Inter Milan's young forward Luc Castaignos according to the unreliable talkSPORT and his chances of landing the 19-year-old have got better now that Feyenoord have dropped out of the race to sign him.

The Italian club would apparently prefer to sell him outright rather than loan him.

Meanwhile, the Blues continue to eye a potential loan move for Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku according to the even more unreliable Caught Offside site. Also 19, the giant Belgian striker is also wanted by Aston Villa and West Ham according to the report.

West Ham have apparently been told by Inter that they can have him for £6m or loan him for £1.6m, although the Italians would prefer that he stay in Serie A if he is only going to go out on loan. — Source: talkSPORT

Yobo talks still stalled


19/06/2012    32

While Joseph Yobo is confident his future will "be settled soon", KickOff.com report that Everton and Fenerbahçe are still gridlocked over the valuation of the 31-year-old defender.

The initial loan agreement between the two clubs stipulated a £5m fee but the Turkish giants have apparently offered a paltry £1m for a player who has helped guide them to a championship and cup win in his time there.

The report states that Everton have told Fenerbahçe that they want Yobo back at Finch Farm by 1 July if nothing has been resolved by then.

The Turks are close to tying up a deal for Brazilian defender Lucio and are believed to be looking at Vedran Corluka as an alternative option to Yobo. — Source: Kick Off

Moyes off Spurs' shortlist


19/06/2012    17

Tottenham have "ruled out" an approach for David Moyes and added Laurent Blanc to their shortlist according to The Telegraph.

Blanc is believed to be the Euro2012 coach reportedly in Spurs's sights and he would join to Andre Villas-Boas and former Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick as the leading candidates to replace Harry Redknapp.

The report also claims that Daniel Levy has cooled any interest in Wigan boss, Roberto Martinez. — Source: The Telegraph

Moyes set to sign new 3-year deal


17/06/2012    70

In the Express, John Richardson reports that David Moyes is "poised to sign a new lucrative three-year contract" to stay at Goodison Park.

Moyes has been one of the bookies' favourites to take over from Harry Redknapp, who was sacked last week but it appears as though he is ready to commit his future to Everton, providing certain assurances are given by Bill Kenwright.

Providing there is no desire from within the boardroom to part with their big players unless the cash is immediately reinvested in new players then Moyes is prepared to extend his stay at the club. He can expect a big raise as Kenwright is aware that the bigger clubs are always likely to have his bright manager on any wish list of replacements.
— Source: Sunday Express

Everton want Mandzukic to join his pal


16/06/2012    38

Everton are said to be 'trailing' Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic The Mirror claim they could land him for a 'bargain' £7million. The Croatia hitman is one of the stars of Euro 2012 so far with his three goals in two games.

Mandzukic is supposedly on the radar of other Premier League sides too, because he is available at a 'fair' price from his German club, Wolfsburg.

The 26-year-old was signed by Wolfsburg's then-coach Steve McClaren — a friend of Everton boss David Moyes's No 2 Steve Round — for £6million and has two years left on his contract. — Source: The Mirror

Huth no longer an option


16/06/2012    3

Everton have 'missed out' on defender target Robert Huth as he has penned a new four-year deal at the Britannia Stadium.

Huth still had a year to run on his current deal but there were fears he could look to move on this summer with both Everton and Sunderland said to be 'watching developments'.

Everton may now turn their attentions somewhere else as they look to strengthen their squad. — Source: Setanta

Man United cool on Baines


16/06/2012    9

The supposed 'Insider' at the Daily Mail claims that, although Everton left-back Leighton Baines continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, Everton have not had an enquiry from United.

The dethroned champions need to recruit another midfielder and a striker and, while they have reservations about Patrice Evra, finding his replacement is not necessarily their top priority.

They have searched across Europe and have found flaws in most left-backs they have watched with Lyon's Aly Cissokho, Copenhagen's Bryan Oviedo, Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis and Valencia's Jordi Alba among them.

Baines will not push to go and could well be still at Goodison Park come September. Tim Cahill remains the most likely to depart with the Middle East beckoning. — Source: Daily Mail

Stoke expected to beat Everton to Michael Owen


16/06/2012    20

Michael Owen is expected to join Stoke later this month despite supposed interest from Everton.

And, despite playing just 10 times since January 2011, Press Association Sport understands there has been plenty of interest in Owen, with Stoke now looking like the preferred option for England's fourth highest scorer.

There is some competition from Everton, although whether Owen would be willing to join the Goodison Park outfit given his status as a former Liverpool player is open to debate. — Source: The Independent

Spurs approach Villas-Boas


15/06/2012    31

With much of the the media rushing to install David Moyes as Tottenham's clear first choice to replace Harry Redknapp, the speculation now is that Daniel Levy has contacted ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas about his managerial vacancy.

Elsewhere, with David Moyes now back from his holiday across the Pond, press suggestions from the Telegraph to the Daily Star have it that the Everton manager is interested in the Spurs job but will hold talks with Bill Kenwright over his future at Goodison, with the red-top rag claiming that the Scot would be swayed by an approach from Spurs if he isn't given a transfer kitty by Everton's Board this summer. — Source: The Guardian

Tottenham install Moyes as top target to replace Redknapp


14/06/2012    176

Bill Kenwright's ability to hold onto David Moyes could be facing a genuine test this summer after Harry Redknapp parted company with Tottenham last night and Daniel Levy reportedly made the Blues' boss his first choice replacement.

Talks between the Everton Chairman and his coveted manager have thus far not resulted in Moyes penning an extension to his current contract which has just 12 months to run.

Moyes, currently on holiday in the United States before flying to Eastern Europe to take in some action at Euro2012, is reportedly seeking assurances over his transfer budget and the Club's resolve to keep its best players.

With Everton finishing the season strongly and optimism that a challenge for Europe could be mounted next season improving, Blues fans were expectant that Moyes would be at the Goodison helm come August. However, according to speculation in a number of the national newspapers, he may be tempted by the lure of more money and transfer options at White Hart Lane after a decade in charge at Everton.

Everton's Director of Communications, Paul Tyrell reacted on Twitter to claims made — and subsequently withdrawn after a stern rebuke — by talkSPORT's Ian Abrahams by categorically denying that Moyes has already met with Levy and that his compensation has been agreed with the Blues.

It should be noted that BBC sources do not believe that Moyes is Spurs' first choice. — Source: The Guardian

Moyes is evens favourite for Tottenham job


13/06/2012    199

In a story so snappy it would make your head spin, Sprot 360 claim that, with rumours sweeping the 'Twittersphere' that Harry Redknapp has parted company with Tottenham, London bookmakers have made Everton boss David Moyes the early favourite to take over at White Hart Lane.

Unconfirmed reports on Tuesday night suggest Redknapp, 64, has ended his near four-year stay with north London club after a falling out with chairman Daniel Levy.

Bookmakers have wasted little time in drawing up their own shortlist for the post should the rumours prove accurate... with David Moyes the favourite for the position at evens.

Redknapp, however, has angrily refuted the rumours, calling them an outrage, and insisting that he has not reigned his position at the North London club. — Source: Sport 360

Cahill to be granted Chinese meal-ticket?


13/06/2012    21

If you believe the Daily Mail (stop laughing!), Chinese side Guizho Renhe are ready to make Tim Cahill a lucrative offer to leave Everton.

The 32-year-old has two years on his contract but the mail says he looks increasingly likely to leave Goodison with Saudi Arabian clubs Al Hilal and Al Nasr also claimed to be interested and offering wages of around £3.5m a year.

The Australian has already turned down a three-year deal worth AUD$16.5m from an unnamed club in the Middle East but the Daily Telegraph down under report that "it is believed" Cahill would consider a move abroad even though he is happy at Goodison. — Source: Daily Mail

Madrid unlikely to meet Fellaini valuation


12/06/2012    33

Marca.com report that Jose Mourinho has his eye on Marouane Fellaini in the event he can't land top target Javi Martinez but the report casts doubt on whether Real Madrid would spring the €30m Everton would demand for the Belgian. — Source: Marca.com (via Google Translate)

Moyes now the focus of media mischief


11/06/2012    53

The Mirror continue their baseless speculation regarding Everton by claiming that David Moyes could walk this summer if Everton follow through with plans to sell his star players.

Though the Blues' financial situation remains tight, there have been no indications thus far that the Club is planning to sell any of its best players and sources remain insistent that there have been no inquiries for either Leighton Baines or Marouane Fellaini. — Source: The Mirror

Plan B: City pair Milner and Johnson


10/06/2012    10

In a ridiculous made-up story from the Daily Star, David Moyes has devised a 'stunning plan B' if the unthinkable happens and he loses both Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines this summer.

Moyes would love to immediately invest his unwanted windfall on Manchester City and England team-mates James Milner and Adam Johnson.

Milner would be a welcome addition to his midfield with his ability to push forward and grab vital goals. But his value has increased since joining City from Aston Villa in a £26m deal back in 2010, which could be a problem for the Merseyside club.

And it will take around £16m to prise Johnson away from the Etihad, with Liverpool showing huge interest in City's left-footed star. — Source: Daily Star

Real Madrid to try for Fellaini


10/06/2012    19

Real Madrid will supposedly 'battle' with Chelsea for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, as 'reports' claim that Mourinho has turned to the Belgium ace to add strength to his midfield and will now rival former club Chelsea for his signature. — Source: ClubCall

Ward set to be Baines's replacement


10/06/2012    14

The Mirror also claims that Manchester United will be 'encouraged' to find out Everton have already starting looking for ­Baines's replacement as they have 'made plans' to recruit Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ward.

Ward is in Poland and Ukraine on Euro 2012 duty but the 26-year-old is expected to quit Molineux this summer.

Sunderland and Stoke have already made their interest known in left-back Ward, but Everton have also asked to be kept up-to-date with ­developments.

Ward was one of the few highlights of Wolves' dismal ­relegation campaign and was one of only two players, Fulham's Brede Hangeland being the other, to play every minute of the Premier League season. — Source: The Mirror

Moyes troubled by Transfer Talk


10/06/2012    14

The Mirror claim that the thought of losing Leighton Baines to Manchester United is troubling David Moyes. He will seek talks with chairman Bill Kenwright if the likes of Baines and Marouane ­Fellaini are sold.

Moyes has discussed extending his contract, which has 12 months to run. But he has asked for assurances that he would not have to cash in on his star players to raise money for recruitments.

During his 10 years at the club, Moyes has been given the final say on both arrivals and departures from his dressing room.

But he has become increasingly disillusioned about working under a budget that doesn't even allow him to spend the cash he generates through player sales. Kenwright's hopes of extending the 49-year-old Scot's contract until 2015 are likely to hinge on the club's resolve to keep two of their most ­important players. — Source: The Mirror

Moyes to steal Rodriguez from under Saints' noses?


09/06/2012    21

The Mirror claim that Everton are planning to snatch Jay Rodriguez from Burnley ahead of Southampton in a deal worth £6.5m.

The England U-21 striker was on the south coast at the end of the week discussing a £7m move to the newly-promoted Saints, but Alan Nixon suggests that David Moyes has told the striker to delay any decision while he gets the finances together to bring him to Goodison to partner Nikica Jelavic.

Quite where those finances are supposed to come from given that a) Everton barely have any unless they sell first and b) Steven Pienaar is believed to be the priority this summer is anyone's guess. — Source: The Mirror

Tranmere interested in James Wallace


09/06/2012    1

Sky Sports understands Tranmere Rovers are lining up a move for Everton youngster James Wallace. The 20-year-old midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at Prenton Park after impressing coaching staff. Manager Ronnie Moore has seen enough of the player to want to bring him to the Birkenhead club on a permanent basis.

However, the Tranmere hierarchy will have to negotiate a deal with their Merseyside neighbours if they wish to sign Wallace. The Fazakerley-born youngster is a product of the Toffees youth system and has previously spent time on loan at Bury, Stockport and Shrewsbury. He has also represented England at Under-19 and Under-20 level. — Source: Sky Sports

Holtby would like a chance with Everton


09/06/2012    10

Everton could be in with a chance of landing German international midfielder Lewis Holtby, who would love to play for Everton in the Premier League and could come into Moyes's thinking if he has funds at his disposal following player sales.

The Schalke 04 midfielder has talked up a move to the English top flight, describing his boyhood club Everton, and Arsenal(!), as his two favourite sides.

The 21-year-old, who shares dual English and Germany nationality, has made 36 league appearances since making his debut in 2009, netting five times, and has won two caps for the German national team.

?I have always said that my aim is to come to the Premier League one day because I love the league,? said Holtby, who missed out on Joachim Low's Euro 2012 squad.

?My father is English and of course my favourite teams are Everton and Arsenal. My father was born in England and was an Everton fan since the age of five. He immediately infected me with the Everton virus! Since then I have been an Everton fan. My thoughts now are first with Schalke but you never know.? — Source: Liverpool Daily Post

Media speculation turns back to Fellaini


06/06/2012    37

Chelsea are looking to take their summer spending to the £100m mark with a move for Marouane Fellaini, claim The Mirror.

The report suggests that the Belgian beast could be available for £20m, although with 4 years left on his contract and his value to Everton almost incalculable, it's unthinkable that the 24-year-old would be sold for less than £25m unless Fellaini himself pushed for a move.

The ex-Standard Liege man is thought to have a £24m release clause in the new deal he signed last autumn. — Source: The Mirror

Loan sweeteners for Baines deal


06/06/2012    26

Both Goal.com and SportsVibe carry similar stories claiming that Manchester United will continue to pursue a cut-price deal for Leighton Baines, sweetened by the offer of one or two more United rejects coming in on loan. — Source: Goal.com

Italians enter the frame for Baines


05/06/2012    12

Napoli have entered the "race" to sign Leighton Baines according to a report in the Mail, though Everton's reputed asking price of £20m is likely to deter the Serie A side who are looking to replace Milan-bound Andrea Dossena.

Meanwhile, the Manchester press are doing their best to keep the speculation linking the England international with a move to Old Trafford alive, suggesting that United will need to increase their bid to £20m if they are to land Baines... this despite the fact that Everton insist they have not had any contact regarding the left back, let alone an official bid. — Source: Daily Mail

Cahill mulling bumper Saudi deal


05/06/2012    38

According to The World Game, Tim Cahill has been offered a one-year contract by Al Nassr worth a head-turning $4m, while The Guardian suggest that the 32 year-old has already rejected a three-year contract for £10.3m from another, unnamed club in the Middle East and is also the subject of interest from China.

The claim is that Cahill's London-based agent Paul Martin has been in contact with the wealthy Al Nassr club as well as other clubs in the Persian Gulf, as the 32 year-old Socceroos mulls a possible career move after eight years at Goodison Park.

With Everton's finances as tight as ever, David Moyes could be willing to let the Australian and his estimated $75,000-a-week salary go to free up cash for squad building.

The report says that Cahill rejected a $4.5m offer by a UAE Pro-League team last season but turned it down to stay at Everton. — Source: The World Game

Pienaar price problem...


04/06/2012    35

According to The Sun and the Mail, Harry Redknapp has fallen out with Tottenham Hotspur owner David Levy over Steven Pienaar.

Redknapp has requested cash to bolster his midfield, but has failed to utilise the talents of Pienaar - something which Levy has taken issue with.

This disagreement threatens to disrupt the 30-year-old's move back to Everton, with Redknapp's valuation (£3M) being lower than Levy's (£6M). — Source: Daily Mail

Ferguson quoted £20m for Baines


03/06/2012    32

According to a Manchester United source, Sir Alex Ferguson inquired about Leighton Baines and was told that Everton wanted £20m for their prized left back.

The source, quoted in the Daily Mail, suggested that the Old Trafford boss was not going to pay "these ridiculous prices", which included £20m for Cheick Tiote and £32m for Luka Modric.

Sources closer to Everton insist, however, that while the Blues expect a bid this summer, they have still not had any contact from United regarding Baines. — Source: Daily Mail

Cheeky Rodgers bid for Fellaini?


02/06/2012    11

What appears to have the hallmarks of a completely made-up story at the infamously inaccurate Caught Offside website links new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with plans for a cheeky bid to take Marouane Fellaini across Stanley Park. — Source: Caught Offside

Fenerbahηe want to make Yobo move permanent


31/05/2012    26

After enjoying the Nigerian's services on loan for the past two seasons, Fenerbahηe want to finally make Joseph Yobo's move from Everton permanent but are reportedly ?1m short in their valuation of the player.

According to Turkish-Football.com, Everton are looking for ?3m while the "Yellow Canaries" have only offered ?2m for the 31 year-old defender.

The report also suggests that the Turks face fresh competition from Leicester City for Yobo. — Source: Turkish-Football.com

Belgians hint at Fellaini for Lukaku


31/05/2012    28

In the Belgian media, Le Soir [original French version] claims a rumour that Chelsea would consider a deal with Everton for the purchase of Marouane Fellaini, with Rumelou Lukaku in exchange, or on loan. — Source: Le Soir [via Google Translate]

West Ham [are not] interested in Osman


28/05/2012    142

The Twitter rumour du jour is that West Ham are looking at the experience of Leon Osman to help them in their bid to stay up next season.

And if you suspend your belief long enough, you can accept that Everton have turned down a £6m bid for the midfielder!

Madness, if true, but it almost certainly isn't.

Update: As if to underscore the ridiculousness of the "silly season", the caveat emptor that accompanies our Rumour Mill section and the scepticism with which you should approach anything transfer-related on social media, the Twitter account that originated this Osman rumour is dragged over the coals on Football Editorial  for making stuff up, including a Naismith-to-Everton story. — Source: Twitter

£8m price tag slapped on Rhodes


26/05/2012    23

Huddersfield have told reported suitors like Everton and Fulham that it'll take £8m to prise free-scoring striker, Jordan Rhodes, away from them this summer.

David Moyes apparently scouted the 40-goal man earlier this season but if he is to follow up any interest, it'll take more than the £3.5m Fulham are reported to be offering. 'We may have to consider acceptable offers, but £3.5m doesn't come close," says Terriers boss, Simon Grayson.

"It might be the right figure for someone who has scored 10-15 goals, but not 40. It wouldn't be enough to buy Jordan's right boot, let alone all of him." — Source: Daily Mail

Moyes mulls move for N'Doye


25/05/2012    4

David Moyes is weighing up a move for Senegalese striker Dame N'Doye but would likely have to sell one of his prized assets to pay for him say the Mail.

The report claims that Moyes had the £6m-rated 27 year-old scouted in FC Copenhagen's last game of the season and was suitably impressed to consider a bid. — Source: Daily Mail

Blues in pole position for Sigurdarson


25/05/2012    12

Reports from the Midlands suggest that Wolves fear they will be trumped by Everton in their efforts to sign Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, with David Moyes said to have lodged a £3m bid for the Icelandic striker. — Source: Setanta Sports

Everton eye Lyon fullback


23/05/2012    25

Delivering the news as if Leighton Baines's move to Old Trafford is a certainty, talkSPORT claim that David Moyes is tracking Lyon fullback Aly Cissokho as his replacement.

The French international is apparently valued around £6m but is also wanted by Napoli, Roma and Newcastle, though the report suggests that the 24-year-old wants to move to the Premier League. — Source: talkSPORT

Chasing a Claret and Blue Jay


23/05/2012    12

Everton are said to be seriously interested in luring Jay Rodriguez to Goodison Park — but won't be able to finance a big money move for the striker until they sell.

Reports from Merseyside over the past 24 hours had suggested the Toffees have had a £6.5million bid accepted for the Turf Moor favourite but that is understood to be premature.

The Lancashire Telegraph understands Everton are big admirers of the Burnley hot shot but need to bring cash into the club before they can make their move.

Even if they were able to finance a move, it is believed they would be reluctant to match Burnley's £8million valuation of the 22-year-old. — Source: Lancashire Telegraph

United open Baines bidding at £12m


22/05/2012    102

Manchester United have approached Everton with an opening bid of £12m for Leighton Baines, according to tomorrow's Mirror.

The England international has been the subject of mounting speculation linking him with Old Trafford but it remains to be seen whether David Moyes is willing to sell one of his prized assets, particularly at that price.

The BBC's Phil McNulty claims that Everton have had no contact from United as yet regarding Baines, however. — Source: The Mirror

Moyes inquires about Richardson


22/05/2012    27

Sky Sports "understands" that Everton have approached Sunderland about the possibility of signing Kieran Richardson.

The 27 year-old, a loan target of Arsenal in January and also interesting West Ham, is a versatile player and that could be fueling David Moyes's interest.

The former Manchester United player can play left back or left midfield and could therefore provide back-up for Leighton Baines.

The Echo's Greg O'Keefe tweeted, however, that northeast sources have rejected the story saying there is no truth in the reports that Everton have lodged an enquiry.

Meanwhile, the links between Everton and Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez persist with the Blues regarded as favourites to land him, although with a fee of £6.5m being bandied about, that may be unlikely. — Source: SKy Sports

Moyes looking at Icelandic striker


21/05/2012    17

David Moyes could go head-to-head with new Wolves boss Stale Sokbakken in bidding for Icelandic international Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson.

The 21 year-old scored 11 goals in 10 for Lillestrom in Norway this season and is rated at £4m. — Source: Daily Mail

Cahill emerges as target for Saudis


21/05/2012    59

Tim Cahill is reportedly a target of "super-rich" Saudi club Al Nassr who want to cash in on the player's high profile in Asia.

The Riyadh-based outfit are prepared to offer the Australian a bumper pay package if they can prise him away from Everton. — Source: The Mirror

Everton watching Huth situation


20/05/2012    43

Everton are monitoring the situation at Stoke where Robert Huth has apparently reached an impasse over an extension to his contract at the Britannia Stadium.

The imposing German defender has been on David Moyes's shopping list before and The Mail report that he could be interested again if no agreement is reached and Stoke decide to offload Huth this summer rather than lose him for free in a year's time. — Source: Daily Mail

City's Johnson linked again


19/05/2012    38

Yes, it's the Daily Star but this surely won't be the last time Everton are linked with Adam Johnson this summer.

The winger is apparently disillusioned with his first-team prospects at the Etihad Stadium — they'll only get worse if Eden Hazard joins City in the coming week — and that has "alerted Sunderland and Everton".

Johnson was snubbed by Roy Hodgson for Euro2012 and could be on the move before next season to improve his international chances.

His reported £70,000 a week wages could be a big stumbling block for Everton, as would the fee required to land a player the Blues were heavily rumoured to have tried to sign on loan in January. — Source: Daily Star

Everton hopeful of finally offloading Yobo


18/05/2012    22

David Moyes is hoping he'll be able to sell Joseph Yobo this summer, with reports saying there are more potential suitors for the Nigerian than just Fenerbahce, who have first option on him after loaning him for the past two seasons.

The defender has been good form for the Turks this season and his value is said to be around £3m to £4m. He has two years to run on his Everton contract making this the ideal time to sell him seeing as Moyes has little intention of retaining him in his squad.

The player has just been ruled out for a month through injury and will miss Nigeria's AFCON qualifiers. — Source: Liverpool Echo

Three clubs vying for De Guzman


17/05/2012    40

Everton are apparently rivalling Wigan Athletic and Fulham for Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman.

The Dutchman is on the market after the Spanish side's relegation from La Liga this season and is also attracting interest from Holland.

There are also unsubstantiated rumours on Twitter that the Blues are interested in bringing Park Ji-Sung to Goodison from Manchester United.

Elsewhere, Oscar Cardozo has been told he can leave Benfica and is being linked with Chelsea and Everton, though quite where the Blues are supposed to get the reported £7m it would cost to land him is anyone's guess. — Source: Click Lancashire

Sunderland sniffing around Pienaar


16/05/2012    59

Amid reports that Tottenham want as much as £5m for Steven Pienaar, Sunderland are said to be lining up a bid for the South African.

The 30 year-old's emotional interview after the season closer against Newcastle suggests that he'd rather stay at Goodison Park but such a price would probably be well beyond David Moyes's budget.

The Blues' boss would surely balk at paying so much for a player in the later years of his career even if he had that much cash to splash this summer. — Source: Daily Mail

Moyes eyeing Naismith


16/05/2012    35

David Moyes could raid Rangers again with a bid for Nikica Jelavic's former partner in crime, Steven Naismith.

The 25 year-old has a £2m release clause in his contract at Ibrox after agreeing to a substantial paycut earlier this season as the crisis-hit Glasgow side tries to stay afloat.

West Bromwich Albion have apparently tried to land the striker on the cheap but without success and that may open the door for Everton. — Source: Daily Mail, Twitter

Blues to be outbid for Dost


15/05/2012    9

Assuming he was interested in the first place, David Moyes looks set to miss out on Heerenveen striker Bas Dost after Wolfsburg lodged a £6.5m bid for the striker. — Source: Daily Mail

Blues target Mackie staying put


15/05/2012    3

Reported Everton target, Jamie Mackie, says that he has no interest in leaving Queens Park Rangers after the Rs secured their Premier League status on Sunday. — Source: Ful Chronicle

Everton tracking Hungarian 'keeper


14/05/2012    3

David Moyes apparently has his eye on Balazs Megyeri as potential competition for Tim Howard.

The Mirror report that the manager has watched the Hungarian U-21 international who currently plays for Olympiacos and is valued around £800,000.

The 22-year-old is believed to have signalled his desire to play in the Premier League. — Source: The Mirror

Moyes blows off Baines Rumours


13/05/2012    14

David Moyes has blown off the transfer speculation about Leighton Baines moving to Manchester United for £10M.

Moyes said: ?Leighton's been mentioned again but I don't know why. It's certainly not been mentioned by me. I think if United or whatever club were interested in him they wouldn't mention it; anyway, I certainly don't know anything about it.

?I haven't heard anything. He's a real key player to us. I want to keep him.? — Source: Daily Star

Moyes keeping an eye on Matt Phillips


11/05/2012    7

The Daily Mail claims that David Moyes went to St Andrews on Wednesday night to watch Blackpool striker Matt Phillips, who just happened to score the crucial second goal to ensure his side's place in the Championship play-off final. — Source: Daily Mail

The litany of false Baines rumours


10/05/2012    32

This article analyses the recent history of total bullshit written about Leighton Baines as an indication of how ridiculous the Rumour Mill is. The current 'link' with Man Utd is characterized as the ninth in a serious of completely rubbish pieces of conjecture that have been bandied about over the last two years... meanwhile Leighton Baines remains an Everton player. — Source: Sport Witness

Moyes considers Crewe's Nick Powell


09/05/2012    11

David Moyes is considering a move for Crewe's coveted midfielder Nick Powell this summer having joined a host of Premier League admirers to scout the 18-year-old at Gresty Road on Saturday.

The Everton manager, and Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan, attended Crewe's 2-2 draw against Aldershot to watch the midfielder, whose 15 goals this season have helped the League Two club into the play-offs and attracted strong interest from Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Powell is rated at £3m and Moyes hopes the teenager's desire to sign for a Premier League club that can offer an immediate first-team opportunity will enhance Everton's prospects of landing the latest talent to emerge from Crewe's youth system. — Source: The Guardian

Drenthe wants to return to Rotterdam


09/05/2012    6

With his Real Madrid contract up this summer and the chances of staying at Everton remote, Royston Drenthe is considering his options and would jump at the chance to return to Feyenoord.

"I want to do what I like to do again, and that's football. And, Rotterdam is my city", Drenthe is quoted as saying by InsideFutbol.

"Feyenoord have not called me yet, but of course I would not mind if they did", he added.

"Maybe I will call them myself." — Source: InsideFutbol

Blues to 'pounce' on Olsson


07/05/2012    25

The Daily Mail claims that Everton are ready to pounce for West Brom contract rebel Jonas Olsson with the defender's stay the The Hawthorns heading for an end this summer.

The towering Sweden international is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract and with just 12 months left to run, the Baggies could be forced to cash in on the 29-year-old rather than risk losing him on a free.

David Moyes is believed to be a huge admirer of 6ft 4in Olsson, whose future is further complicated by the uncertainty of departing manager Roy Hodgson's future replacement.

Olsson is prepared to wait until after Euro 2012 - in which he will play against England in Ukraine this summer - before deciding his fate but the defender has previously hinted he wants to move on to a bigger club. — Source: Daily Mail

Baines's price now set at £15M


06/05/2012    36

The dubious Daily Star now claims that Sir Alex Ferguson has kept a close check on Leighton Baines, as a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra and has supposedly had him 'monitored' for the last two years.

The Star claims Ferguson was hoping to snatch him for a cut-price £5million but Everton's 'top brass' (sic) will apparently only talk at £15m.

Bayern Munich are also claimed to be keen to land Baines at the second attempt — the German giants are believed to have tried two years ago to tempt the defender, who has just over three years left on his current Everton contract. — Source: Daily Star

Moyes watches Crewe teenager


06/05/2012    6

David Moyes was in attendance at Crewe Alexandra yesterday watching teenage prospect Nick Powell against Aldershot.

The Blues' boss was joined in the crowd by Sir Alex Ferguson and his assistant Mike Phelan to scout the 18 year-old who has been turning heads in League Two this season with 15 goals and is valued at around £3m.

Powell has 50 appearances already under his belt for Crewe and has represented England at U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels. — Source: Goal.com

Le Havre striker linked


04/05/2012    8

Everton are hoping to land 22-year-old Ryan Mendes of Le Havre in France's second tier this summer according to reports.

The striker's contract has a year left to run and David Moyes, who has sent scouts to watch him, is eyeing a £1.5m capture of a player also being watched by Montpellier and Lille. — Source: talkSPORT

Moyes keeping tabs on Dost


04/05/2012    19

Everton have joined Aston Villa and Wolfsburg as rumoured suitors for Heerenveen striker Bas Dost.

The Mail report that David Moyes and Steve Round watched the 22 year-old in action against FC Twente on Wednesday but the Bundesliga side believe they are leading the chase for the 6' 4" Dutch U-21 international who is valued at £7.5m. — Source: Daily Mail

Moyes linked with Burnley striker


03/05/2012    15

David Moyes is being linked with a summer move for Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez but he faces a fight to land him.

Both Fulham and newly promoted Southampton are being linked with a move for the England under-21-striker and their interest has pushed up the asking price to around the £8m mark. That could put Everton off as Moyes will again face financial restrictions over the summer and may have to sell before he can add to his side. — Source: ClubCall

Neville in the frame for England coaching role


03/05/2012    8

Roy Hodgson is apparently looking at a handful of veteran England players to bring on as his assistant coach, with Phil Neville among them. — Source: The Telegraph

Chelsea plan £32M double swoop


29/04/2012    79

The Daily Star claims that Chelsea are ready to make a 'stunning' £32million raid on Everton to secure two midfielders from Goodison — Marouane Fellaini and Ross Barkley.

They are supposedly prepared to pay £22M for Fellaini, who signed a five-year contract with Everton five months ago. And Chelsea would also sign Barkley for £10m and then loan him back to Everton, if David Moyes would agree to the deal. — Source: Daily Star

Everton eyeing up Mohamed Diame


27/04/2012    12

Everton are believed to be interested in trying to sign Wigan midfielder Mohamed Diame who will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season when his contract expires. — Source: Sportsvibe

Everton after Icelandic youngster


25/04/2012    22

In a completely unsubstantiated report, Everton are said to be looking into the signing of Icelandic international Bjorn Sigurdarson.

The 21-year old forward plays for Norwegian side Lillestrom, and Everton are reported to face competiton from Sunderland and new boys Reading for his signature. — Source: talkSPORT

Moyes hopeful of re-signing Pienaar


24/04/2012    26

David Moyes is hopeful of bringing Steven Pienaar back to Goodison Park on a permanent basis when his six-month loan deal expires in the summer.

Pienaar left Everton for Tottenham in a £2.5m deal in January last year but jumped at the chance to return to Merseyside at the end of the last transfer window after struggling to break into Spurs' first team.

The midfielder has been in terrific form since then and Moyes says that the 30 year-old is keen to stay with the Blues. It's likely that a similar fee of around £3m would be required to land the South African international. — Source: The Sun via Sportsvibe

United look at Baines for just £5M


23/04/2012    42

Manchester United are supposedly weighing up a summer move for Everton full-back Leighton Baines as well as Valencia defender Jordi Alba.

They claim that Manager Sir Alex Ferguson sees the England international Baines as a long term replacement for captain Patrice Evra.

And United apparently believe they will be able to snap up the defender for as little as £5million due to Everton's financial situation. — Source: Daily Mail

Everton linked with Dempsey move


22/04/2012    27

Everton are being linked with a summer move for Clint Dempsey. The Fulham forward has a phenomenal return of 16 goals so far this season from midfield and, with a year left on his contract, will have plenty of suitors when the transfer window opens.

The Daily Star report that the Blues could offer £4m for a player who would be the ideal replacement for Tim Cahill if he were a couple of years younger, and that Landon Donovan has recommended Everton to his USA international teammate. — Source: Daily Star

Everton eyeing young full back


20/04/2012    10

According to TalkSport, Everton are supposedly one of the clubs on the trail of one of the hottest prospects in Italian football — Acharaf Laazar from Serie B side Verase.

The Moroccan youngster, 20, has lived in Italy since he was a child and will be entitled to an Italian passport this summer. He has been converted from a winger to a full-back and has been earning rave reviews since the switch of position.

Everton are likely to face competition for Laazar's signature, however, with Arsenal also understood to be interested, along with a host of clubs across Europe, including Milan and La Liga outfit Real Mallorca.

His agent Ali Barat, from LYD Sports, told TalkSport: ?There's been a lot of interest from plenty of clubs from around Europe. He's very similar to Gareth Bale in terms of his pace and athleticism. I think he will be a big player in the Premier League very soon.? — Source: TalkSport

Fellaini wants Champions League football


20/04/2012    74

Marouane Fellaini is rumoured to be considering his future at Goodison Park, with both Arsenal and Chelsea believed to be interested in the player.

According to a report on Goal.com, the Belgian midfielder has growing concerns about the aspirations of the club and is worried about uncertainty surrounding David Moyes future.

Despite signing a new five-year deal with the Toffees in November, Goal claim that he will consider a move to a top four side, with both Arsenal and Chelsea though to be monitoring his progress. — Source: Goal.com

Blues tracking Leverkusen 'keeper


18/04/2012    9

Everton are one of four clubs chasing Bayer Leverkusen 'keeper Fabian Giefer.

The 21-year-old is currently Bernd Leno's understudy and is wanted by Bayern Munich and they appear to be favourites given his representative's statement:

"Fabi has got four alternatives," Tobias Sander told Bild. "Bayern Munich, Fortuna Dusseldorf, SpVgg Greuther Furth and Everton.

"It will be a gut decision in the end.

"Bayern Munich definitely has a special status. The training facilities, as much as the atmosphere at the club, are just a class in their own." — Source: Sky Sports

Drenthe-to-Anfield rumours gather pace


18/04/2012    42

Rumours that Royston Drenthe has signed a pre-contact agreement with Liverpool are gathering pace, particularly on Twitter.

With the Dutchman seemingly on his way out of Goodison following one transgression too many in David Moyes's eyes, speculation in the press at the weekend suggested that Liverpool were interested in stepping in to snap him up.

Now, with his marriage seemingly over, there are suggestions that the controversial winger is looking to stay in England. Drenthe has apparently bought property in Hale which would, of course, make staying at Everton or making a switch to Anfield very handy.

A source at Anfield has dismissed the rumours, though, saying that Liverpool aren't looking closely at Drenthe. — Source: Twitter

City will price Johnson beyond Everton reach


12/04/2012    22

The Daily Mail claims that Man City will be looking to offload Adam Johnson for £10M. This and his £50k/pw wages are likely to price Everton out of the running. — Source: Daily Mail

Spurs to price Pienaar out of reach?


8/04/2012    24

Based on nothing beyond supposition, this story in the Daily Star claims that Everton are concerned Spurs could price them out of a transfer move for Stephen Pienaar that would secure his return to Goodison Park beyond the end of this season, when his loan deal from Spurs expires in the summer.

There have been suggestions by those in the know, however, that a deal to sign Pienaar permanently in the summer — presumably together with a fee — was agreed by Everton with Tottenham on 31st January. — Source: Daily Star

Beckford in trouble at Leicester


04/04/2012    34

Part of the reason why Jermaine Beckford was moved on last June — apart from the profit motive — may well have been an issue with attitude: Beckford has apparently had a bust-up with Leicester Manger Nigel Pearson and may be moving on again in the summer... — Source: Daily Mail

Brentford want to keep loanee


29/03/2012    1

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler will hold talks with Everton today over Adam Forshaw's future, according to the Hounslow Chronicle.

The midfielder's loan spell at Brentford has been cut short after suffering a broken jaw in Saturday's victory over Rochdale — an injury which will keep him out for the rest of the campaign.

Forshaw is out of contract at Goodison Park in the summer, and Bees boss Rosler admits he wants the 20-year-old back in TW8 next season. He said: ?I am going to see him today to see how he is after his injury.

?We will talk to the player and his parents about what might happen and speak to Everton to see what their plans are for him. — Source: Hounslow Chronicle

Heitinga set for new Everton deal


29/03/2012    20

John Heitinga is in line for talks over a new contract. The Holland defender and World Cup Finalist will be invited to open discussions over another deal, as a reward for his outstanding form.

The 28-year-old has established himself as a key member of David Moyes's squad but is now in the final 18 months of the agreement he signed after arriving from Atletico Madrid in August 2009. — Source: Daily Mail

Pienaar set for permanent return


27/03/2012    31

Reportedly, Everton will engage Tottenham Hotspur over the possibility of bringing Steven Pienaar back to the club on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

David Moyes will seek to bring him back permanently, with a £2.5-million deal set to be tabled. That is similar to the amount that Spurs paid for the 30-year-old in January 2011, though his time at White Hart Lane was a frustrating one, stunted by injury. — Source: SuperSports

Everton eye up Barnes for free


26/03/2012    11

Doncaster midfielder Giles Barnes will become a free agent when his contract runs down at the end of the season, and the Daily Mail claims Everton are one of the clubs who will "scramble" to sign him for free, despite him having suffered a cruciate ligament injury which kept him on the sidelines for 18 months. — Source: Daily Mail

McAleny happy at Everton


19/03/2012    1

Contrary to reports in the Mail over the weekend that Conor McAleny has rejected a new contract with Everton, the Reserves striker is happy at Everton according to his Twitter account:

— Source: Twitter

McAleny likely to leave this summer


17/03/2012    27

Everton reserve striker, Conor McAleny, who made a promising debut, albeit for just a few minutes, at the Emirates earlier this season in the Blues' defeat to Arsenal, has apparently rejected terms at Goodison and is likely to leave at the end of the season on a free transfer.

The 19-year-old is thought to be interesting Derby County and Southampton. — Source: Daily Mail

Greg Wylde set to join Everton


09/03/2012    13

Everton are closing in on the signing of former Rangers winger Gregg Wylde, according to The Mirror.

While the club's administators were attempting to trash out a deal with players to defer wages, Wylde left the Gers voluntarily this week. The Scotland Under-21 prospect is without a club, and David Moyes is a noted fan of Wylde.

The 20-year-old broke into Rangers' first-team in 2010, going on to make 47 appearances, scoring twice. — Source: Goal.com

Echo claims role for Inner Circle Sports


01/03/2012    17

Despite the denials, and a lack of confirmation from the club, the Echo are convinced that Inner Circle Sports has joined the hunt to find a buyer for Everton.

The Echo claims that Inner Circle Sports, who led first Tom Hicks and George Gillett, then John W Henry to Anfield, have been given the go-ahead by Goodison Park officials to help in their ongoing search for new owners.

The New York-based firm, which also brought Ellis Short to Sunderland in 2008, approached Everton and asked to work with them.

A club spokesman declined to comment, however, the Echo understands Inner Circle will join other companies and individuals helping Bill Kenwright's takeover search, and have not been given any exclusive remit.

The Echo maintains that, while the development does not signal any immediate increase in the likelihood of a buy-out, it represents the positive involvement of a company with a proven track-record in the field — just what the Blue Union has been demanding.

— Source: Liverpool Echo

Purslow rumour denied?


29/02/2012    13

There are strong roumours afoot that Everton have appointed Christian Purslow as a 'consultant' to promote selling of the club but BBC reporter Phil McNulty has tweeted in response:

"Everton sources categorically deny rumours that former Liverpool MD Christian Purslow is now working for the club in an advisory capacity." — Source:

Everton to sign Suarez?


24/02/2012    20

Everton are keen on Anderlecht striker Matias Suarez, according to the Metro and have sent scouts to watch the 23-year-old in action as Suarez's Anderlecht side were dumped out of the Europa League on Thursday evening following a 1-0 home defeat to AZ Alkmaar.

The Argentine has the proven ability to not only score goals but assist others equally as well. Suarez has an impressive total of 17 goals and 17 assists in 35 appearances but despite this form has yet to earn a senior cap for the Argentina national side.

David Moyes will be looking to fill the gap left by Louis Saha who left to join Tottenham Hotspur in the January window. But Barcelona and Aresenal may be interested too... — Source: Metro

Maltese midfielder has Everton trial


17/02/2012    14

Maltese midfielder Bjorn Kristensen flew to England earlier this week to begin a trial with Everton. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented youngsters in Maltese football. — Source: Times of Malta

Francisco Jϊnior set to sign as free agent


13/02/2012    40

Everton were today expected to complete a deal for highly-rated Portuguese midfielder Francisco Santos Silva Jϊnior.

The 20-year-old, who is out of contract after spells with Benfica and Manchester City, will join on a free transfer after Goodison officials have solved some final red-tape issues.

Silva Jϊnior, a right-footed defensive midfielder, left the Portuguese giants to join City's elite development squad last year, but was unable to break into Roberto Mancini's expensively assembled first-team squad.

However, he impressed in a series of friendlies and academy games for the Etihad club, and Moyes has been monitoring the player's progress since learning he was to become a free agent.

If all goes to plan, the Guinea-Bissau- born midfielder will link up with the Blues first team squad and add extra depth to a midfield which loses the services of USA international Landon Donovan after next Saturday's FA Cup fifth round tie with Blackpool at Goodison. — Source: Liverpool Echo

Moyes linked with free-agent swoop


11/02/2012    1

Everton are reportedly interested in bringing in 20 year-old Portuguese midfield prospect Francisco Santos Silva Jϊnior.

The Guinea-Bissau-born player is apparently out of contract and has been a part of Manchester City's development programme after leaving Benfica last year. — Source: Liverpool Daily Post

Vellios considered for Foxes loan


08/02/2012    15

Leicester City are reportedly looking at Everton striker Apostolos Vellios as a possible target when the loan window re-opens today. However, sources close to the Merseyside club believe that Toffees manager David Moyes may be reluctant to loan out the 20-year-old Greece Under-21 forward after selling Louis Saha to Tottenham.

Vellios joined Everton on a four-year deal 12 months ago from Greek club Iraklis for around £250,000.

He made his first-team debut in April last year, ironically, going on as a replacement for Jermaine Beckford, and has scored three goals for Leicester City — against Wigan, Chelsea and Bolton — in a total of 16 appearances. — Source: Leicester Mercury

Spartak eyeing Heitinga


03/02/2012    37

Not content with having signed Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from Everton last week, Spartak Moscow are apparently interested in bringing John Heitinga to Russia as well before their transfer window closes in the middle of this month.

At a mere £4.2m, though, and with David Moyes short on fit centre halves, that's got to be a non-starter.

Heitinga has two and a half years left on his current contract and would surely command a transfer fee of at least double this reported amount. — Source: Daily Mail

Everton too small for Gignac


02/02/2012    30

Andre-Pierre Gignac says he turned down the chance to join Everton in January because the club is not big enough.

The 26-year-old was the subject of much speculation during the January transfer window but opted to stay with Marseille rather than move to England with Everton.

Gignac is out of favour with the French club but clearly has a high opinion of himself after declaring he would only move to a top four club in the Premier League.

"Everton is a top Club in England but for me Marseille is bigger and more attractive," Gignac told skysports.com. "I want to play one day abroad but at a bigger club like the Manchester Uniteds of this world.

"I do want to make a name for myself at Marseille. I love the club." — Source: Setanta

Moyes prepares to sell Silva


01/02/2012    7

Everton could cash in on young Portuguese striker Joao Silva, with clubs in Romania apparently interested in landing him before their transfer deadline in mid-February.

According to the Mail, Silva was recalled from his loan at Vitoria Setubal on Tuesday where he scored three goals in 16 appearances. His opportunities at Goodison Park look slim with a number of strikers jostling for position at first-team level.

Otelul Galati and FC Cluj are apparently showing interest in Silva and by recalling him from Portgual, Moyes may be preparing to sell him on. — Source: talkSPORT

Pienaar coming back to Goodison?


31/01/2012    21

Speculation was rife this evening that while Louis Saha is set to make a surprise move to Tottenham, Steven Pienaar could be returning to Goodison Park on a loan-to-buy basis, although reports suggesting the South African was on his way to Finch Farm were quashed with sightings of him on the pitch at White Hart Lane around 6.30pm.

Indeed, Pienaar was named among Spurs' substitutes for their game against Wigan this evening and even though the BBC's Phil McNulty suggests that the deal is a "still a possibility" it does look unlikely at this point. — Source: Internet whisperings

Adam Johnson on loan?


31/01/2012    1

According to The Mirror, Everton are trying to seal a last-minute deal to take Adam Johnson on loan for the rest of the season. — Source: The Mirror

Rather Rum Rodallega Rumour


26/01/2012    11

According to "Footy Bunkum... ", sorry, that should be "Bunker" — David Moyes is supposedly ready to firm up his interest in Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega in an attempt to boost his strike force before the transfer window closes.

Reports indicate that Moyes is preparing an offer for Rodallega who has already stated his intention to leave the DW Stadium in the summer. The Toffees chief is apparently confident he can persuade the 26-year-old to make the switch to Merseyside this month rather than wait until the summer. — Source: Footy Bunker

Shock move for Kevin Doyle


29/01/2012    30

Sky Sports sources understand Everton are weighing up a shock move to sign Wolves striker Kevin Doyle before the close of the transfer window.

Doyle is no longer first choice at Molineux due to the impressive form of Steven Fletcher this season and has started only one of the last six Premier League matches.

The Republic of Ireland international has also scored just twice in the League this term and has been linked with a January move away.

He was mooted as a target for Everton last summer, but Wolves boss Mick McCarthy insisted the 28-year-old was not for sale.

The Toffees were also rumoured to be interested in signing Doyle from Reading before the forward joined Wolves in a big-money deal in 2009. — Source: Sporting Life

£5M for ex-Spurs misfit striker


27/01/2012    2

Update: El Hamdaoui on the verge of signing for Fiorentina

Everton are supposedly closing in on former Tottenham misfit Mounir El Hamdaoui, according to reports in Holland.

The Moroccan has fallen out of favour at Ajax after an argument with manager Frank de Boer and is yet to appear for the Eredivisie giants this season.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claims it is Everton who are now most likely to land him before the transfer window shuts - although there is also interest from Spain, Italy and France.

It is understood that the 27-year-old would join David Moyes's side on a loan deal until the end of the season when the manager could buy him for an agreed £5m fee. — Source: TalkSport

El Hamdaoui set for La Viola


28/01/2012    7

Another hotly-reported transfer target of David Moyes is heading elsewhere with reports in Italy suggesting that Mounir El Hamdaoui is to undergo a medical at Fiorentina this weekend ahead of sealing a switch to Serie A from Ajax in Holland.

The 27 year-old had an unproductive spell with Tottenham a few years ago but excelled at AZ Alkmaar and was named Dutch footballer of the year in 2008-09.

He is out of favour at Ajax now, though, and was strongly linked with Everton this month but now seems destined for La Viola. — Source: Soccerway

Moyes eyes Maynard on a free


26/01/2012    19

Everton are hoping that Nicky Maynard stays put at Bristol City this month in the hopes of snapping the striker up on a free transfer in the summer.

The 25 year-old forward reportedly turned down a move to Wigan this week and could sign a pre-contract agreement with Everton with a view to following Jermaine Beckford's footsteps from the Championship to Goodison Park. — Source: The Mirror

Moyes turns his attentions to Hoarau


26/01/2012    5

David Moyes has switched his focus from Eder to Paris St Germain striker Guillaume Hoarau, according to the Mail and The Guardian.

As ever, the Blues are looking at an initial loan option for the 27-year-old who is also wanted by West Ham. — Source: The Guardian

Cerci still an unlikely option


26/01/2012    0

Alessio Cerci looked destined for Genoa a couple of days ago but the latest press reports have suggested that the Fiorentina winger is stalling, hoping that Manchester City will put in a late bid to bring him to England.

A tweet by Agent_ITK (where ITK stands for "in the know") tonight, however, claims that it's Everton who have agreed a loan deal for the winger.

Subsequent tweets claim that this latest Cerci-Everton story is false, tweeted from a fake account, but until the player's future is decided, the links will surely persist!

Speculation in the Mail a few days ago suggested that the Blues were looking at a loan with a view to making the move permanent in the summer. — Source: Twitter

Everton join the pack chasing Butland


25/01/2012    11

Everton have joined the rest of the known universe in tracking Birmingham's highly-rated goalkeeper, Jack Butland.

Earlier this month, Tottenham were linked with a £2m for the player who was watched by representatives from 52 different clubs at one recent fixture.

In addition to Everton, Southampton are mentioned as possible suitors for Butland in the Mail's report. — Source: Daily Mail

Turkish target joins Rennes


24/01/2012    3

Update: Turkish international Mevlut Erdinη, recently linked with Everton after falling down the order at free-spending Paris St Germain, will complete a move to Rennes tomorrow according to reports from Turkey.

Reports claimed that Everton have offered an initial loan until the end of the season with the view to a ?6m permanent deal in the summer but PSG preferred a cash deal this month.

The 24 year-old was also being tracked by Fulham and Sunderland. — Source: Hurriyet

Two 'targets' heading elsewhere


24/01/2012    0

Two of David Moyes's rumoured targets are on the verge of signing for other clubs according to reports.

Mounir El Hamdaoui is apparently on the verge of joining Espanyol after falling down the pecking order at Ajax and Alessio Cerci looks destined for Genoa (which is where he was always going, it seems, contrary to the Mail's assertions that Everton were about to land him). — Source: elcentrocampista.com

Burnley weigh up McFadden loan


24/01/2012    2

James McFadden could be offered a route to regular first-team action for the remainder of the season with a loan move to Burnley.

Clarets boss Eddie Howe is keen to add striking options to his squad and McFadden's opportunities at Goodison have been limited since he re-signed on a free earlier this season. — Source: Sky Sports

Wigan ?interested? in McFadden


23/01/2012    27

Wigan Athletic are interested in James McFadden, or so say the Mail in a report that also suggests that the Latics are looking to pick up rumoured Blues target Nicky Maynard from Bristol City for £2m.

McFadden re-signed for Everton as a free agent earlier this season but has has managed just one start, that in the FA Cup against Tamworth earlier this month. — Source: Daily Mail

Bily now heading to Spartak Moscow


23/01/2012    1

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is heading to Spartak Moscow for around £7m, according to reports in Russia. The 26-year-old, who has made just seven Premier Lleague starts this season, joined the Goodison Park side from Lokomotiv Moscow in August 2009 for £9.5 million.

After impressing during his first season on Merseyside, Bilyaletdinov's inconsistent form has meant he has struggled to hold down a regular first-team berth under David Moyes.

The winger admitted his desire to leave Everton earlier this season, fearing his lack of first-team action would harm his chances of securing a place in Russia's squad for Euro 2012. — Source: TalkSport

The People broker Everton stars


23/01/2012    3

The People claims without anything beyond pure supposition that David Moyes could be forced to sell another big name at the end of the season, despite cashing in on Mikel Arteta last summer. They say that could mean England trio Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines and Jack Rodwell all being targets for predatory rivals.

But, despite their provocative headline, there is no evidence that Moyes has actually said he is faced with having to sell again, unless the club is taken over by wealthy new owners. — Source: The People

Everton move for Eder


21/01/2012    11

Everton are ready to move for Portugal U-23 international Eder according to the Daily Mail.

Both David Moyes and Steve Round have watched the 6 ft 2 in striker and, with the Guinea-Bissau-born player out of contract this summer, he would fit the Blues' limited budget.

Tottenham and Porto have been tracking the 23-year-old and he was close to joining Palermo earlier according to the report.

The one complication is that Academica only own 45% of the player's registration. The rest belongs to his former clubs Ademia and Tourizense.
— Source: Daily Mail

Moyes looking for a Silva lining


20/01/2012    11

David Moyes is believed to be monitoring the Portugal Under-21 international Adrien Silva having watched the midfielder playing for Acadιmica Coimbra on Sunday. The Everton manager travelled to Portugal to attend Acadιmica's 2-0 defeat by Vitσria Guimarγes and Silva, a 22-year-old on loan from Sporting Lisbon, is understood to have been his main focus. Sporting value the playmaker at around £5m, which may prove prohibitive to a permanent transfer to Everton in this transfer window, but the club do have financial problems and Moyes is trying to secure several loan deals before the deadline. — Source: The Guardian

Kenwyne Jones linked with Goodison switch


19/01/2012    31

Kenwyne Jones has reportedly been linked with a move from Stoke City to Everton this month.

The Echo cite unspecified media reports for the link to a player who was a rumoured target of Liverpool's this time last year.

Jones, who has been playing second fiddle to Peter Crouch at the Britannia Stadium recently, is valued around £5m. — Source: Unknown, via Liverpool Echo

Latest on the Onouha rumour


19/01/2012    7

The Echo is now claiming that QPR are now more likely to land Nedum Onouha from Manchester City, despite Everton's rumoured interest in signing the £4M defender. — Source: Liverpool Echo

Blues in talks over new Vellios deal


18/01/2012    18

In a report suggesting that Everton "are considering reviving their interest" in AEK Athens defender, Kostas Manolas, The Mail claim that the Club is also in talks with Apostolos Vellios over a new contract.

The Greek striker hasn't played for the first team so far this year but scored a hat-trick for the Reserves this week and remains the top-scoring striker on the books with three Premier League goals.

His current deal doesn't expire for another two years but, if this report is true, David Moyes is clearly keen to lock the 19 year-old down on improved terms. — Source: Daily Mail

Wolfsburg still want Bily; Moyes wants more Silva


17/01/2012    50

Wolfsburg have rekindled their interest in Everton's out-of-favour midfielder, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, according to the Mail who report that the Bundesliga side have restarted talks following initial discussions over a £5m move for the Russian earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the same report claims David Moyes took in Academica's 2-0 defeat by Vitoria Guimaraes on Sunday as he ran the rule over Adrian Silva.

Silva, "a highly rated playmaker", is on loan from Sporting and was a regular for Portugal's Under 21s last season. — Source: Daily Mail

Cahill recommends Holman?


17/01/2012    6

A news post on an AZ Alkmaar fan site (so, yes, treat with the requisite pinches of salt) claims that Australian international Brett Holman has been recommended to Everton by his teammate Tim Cahill and that he has held preliminary talks with the Blues.

The 27 year-old has expressed his desire to leave the Dutch side this summer when his contract expires and was heavily linked with a switch to Aston Villa. With the prospect of a move to Villa Park apparently growing cold, cash-strapped Everton could now be in the frame. As an upcoming free agent, Holman would only cost a nominal fee. — Source: Fan van AZ

Onuoha linked once again


17/01/2012    8

It wouldn't be a transfer window without Everton being linked with Nedum Onuoha and this time it's The Independent reporting that David Moyes wants to finally land the 25 year-old in a £4m deal.

Onuoha made a rare appearance for City against Wigan last night with Moyes looking on, but it remains to be seen if the Blues can get anywhere near even that modest evaluation of the player given the lack of funds available at Goodison Park. — Source: The Independent

Everton linked with Kalou move


16/01/2012    10

After Arsenal dropped their interest in the Ivorian forward, Everton are now being linked with a move for Chelsea's Salomon Kalou.

The forward is out of contract in the summer and The Times suggest that Andre Villas-Boas would be prepared to let Kalou go this month if a suitable offer is received. They report that Everton could make a move but correctly cite wages as a huge obstacle.

Kalou is on a reported £70,000 a week at Stamford Bridge and would probably need to take a pay cut if he was interested in a switch to Goodison Park. — Source: The Times via SportVibe

Man Utd set to bid £22M for Rodwell


15/01/2012    52

With just half the transfer window left open, the dreadful CaughtOffside website appears to be making up stuff again, with Sir Alex supposedley readying a £22M bid for Jack Rodwell, who is currently injured. — Source: Caught Offside

Sparky wants our tootless tiger


13/01/2012    45

According to The Times, new QPR manager Mark Hughes wants to bring Tim Cahill and Steven Pienaar in as new players at Loftus Road! — Source: The Times

Does Moyes really have money for Gibson?


11/01/2012    0

Everton are hoping to make Manchester United's Darron Gibson their first signing in the January transfer window.

Manager David Moyes has a limited transfer budget to work with despite selling Mikel Arteta to Arsenal for £10m last summer. The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder would cost around £2m.

Gibson is down the pecking order at United and wants regular football to boost his chances of appearing for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2012. — Source: BBC Sport

Magaye Gueye... now 'Gedo' Nagy


12/01/2012    15

The agent of Egyptian striker Mohamed 'Gedo' Nagy claims Everton (along with six other Premier League clubs) have expressed an interest in his client.

Gedo, 27, is currently on the books of Al-Ahly in his homeland, but he is being strongly linked with a move to Europe and Menzo Messaoudi, director of Gedo's UK representatives Premier Pro, claims he has been in contact with West Brom, Swansea, Wigan, Everton, Blackburn, Norwich and Wolves.

"Gedo is a fantastic lad. Honest, hardworking and is a top professional," he told Sky Sports.

"His goalscoring record speaks for itself and his experience and sheer ability will benefit the right club.

"We are in talks with a few clubs at the moment, and hopefully we can bring an exciting talent to the Premier League.

"I am confident he will have a bigger impact than Amr Zaki did during his time at Wigan."

Gedo boasts an impressive record of 11 goals in 18 international outings and was also the top scorer at the 2010 African Cup of Nations. — Source: Sky Sports

Greek defender and Dutch striker linked


06/01/2012    8

The Rumour Mill keeps churning even though all signs point to David Moyes again having no money to spend in this month's transfer window.

The latest names linked with a move to Goodison are 20 year-old AEK Athens defender, Kostas Manolas, and 19 year-old Dutch striking prospect Luc Castaignos who is also wanted by Wigan, apparently. — Source: Liverpool Echo

Another Man Utd reject?


02/01/2012    10

Yet another transfer window claim from the Daily Mail has Everton supposedly showing interest in Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson, who is now surplus to requirements for septegenarian Sir Alex Ferguson. — Source: Daily Mail

Pienaar can leave Spurs... for £5M


02/01/2012    82

Tottenham Hotspur have told midfielder Steven Pienaar he can leave this month if Sunderland or another club match their £5 million valuation of the South African, so claims Goal.com.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp supposedly held a conversation with Pienaar last week in which it was concluded that the 29-year-old would be allowed to leave in the January transfer window as he seeks first-team opportunities.

Pienaar has struggled to settle at Tottenham since his £2.5m move from Everton last January and has not featured in a single Premier League game this season, being restricted to just three Europa League appearances. — Source:

Everton eyeing up Jordan Rhodes?


02/01/2012    17

Everton are supposedly the latest club to throw their hat into the ring for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes. The 21-year-old Scotland international is on a remarkable run of form having scored 19 League One goals in just 16 starts this season, while also bagging hat-tricks for his country's Under 21 side. — Source: Daily Mail

Rubin Kazan in for Bilyaletdinov


31/12/2011    48

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov could be offered a route back to Russia if a report in the Mail suggesting that Rubin Kazan will offer Everton £6m for the midfielder is true.

Also the subject of rumoured interest from Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, Bilyaletdinov appears to be the most likely departure from Goodison this January as he looks for first-team football to bolster his claims to a place in Russia's Euro2012 squad. — Source: Daily Mail

Swansea win the race for Donnelly


29/12/2011    13

Swansea City look to have finally won the chase for Rory Donnelly, with an improved offer accepted by Cliftonville and personal terms agreed with the 19 year-old striking prospect.

The Blues were in pole position after lodging a higher bid than the one the Northern Irish club originally agreed with Swansea but now look to have lost out on Donnelly. — Source: Daily Mail

Another Rodwell invention?


29/12/2011    12

Unchastened by the shame of having AVB kill their "Rodwell to Chelsea" tales, the latest potential transfer invention is that Spurs will offer £20M plus Steven Pienaar for the promising young Everton midfielder.

In addition to being linked with an audacious loan move for Kaka — a "statement of intent by Daniel Levy" say the reports — Spurs are apparently looking to steal a march on Manchester United and Chelsea for Rodwell.

The story was lent a touch more credence by a tweet from Agent_ITK on Twitter who tweeted, "Looking likely that Steven Pienaar's loan move [to Everton] will be permanent with Jack Rodwell moving south." — Source: Caught Offside

Pienaar return still being mooted


27/12/2011    13

The Mail suggests Everton are still "leading the chase" to rescue Steven Pienaar from the doldrums of White Hart Lane next month, with Niko Kranjcar also potentially available. — Source: Daily Mail

Everton's Greek Takeaway


24/12/2011    23

Everton are ready to move for AEK Athens star Kostas Manolas, skysports.com claims. Everton are supposedly lining up a deal for Manolas - but they are not alone in checking on the highly-rated young stopper. — Source: Sky Sports

Chelsea rekindle interest in Rodwell


20/12/2011    43

Chelsea are ready to test Everton's resolve to keep hold of Jack Rodwell with a reported £20m bid when the transfer window opens next month.

The Telegraph and the Mail suggest that though the Londoners have yet to make contact with the Blues to lodge a bid (the latter paper says Chelsea will start at £12m), they are expected to as Andre Villas-Boas looks to strengthen his squad with a player who is staking his claim to be involved in England's Euro2012 bid next summer.

A move by Chelsea could spark a bidding war with Manchester United who have a long-standing interest in Rodwell. — Source: The Telegraph

Liverpool join race for Donnelly


19/12/2011    7

Liverpool have stepped into the race to sign Irish prospect Rory Donnelly, with Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor apparently star-struck over the sour-faced one getting in touch.

?It's not every day you get Kenny Dalglish ringing you,? said Lawlor. ?He made it clear that Liverpool want to sign him and that they would be back in touch.?

Everton and Swansea have apparently had bids accepted for the striker and Liverpool's £100,000 offer will presumably get approval as well. — Source:

Wolfsburg lodge Bily enquiry


19/12/2011    21

Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga have reportedly started negotiations with Everton over a move for out-of-favour Russian international, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

The Germans apparently value Bily at around £5m but Everton are looking for closer to £7m. — Source: The Guardian

More takeover chatter


19/12/2011    43

It's half-season ticket time so no surprise that rumours of an imminent takeover at Goodison are cropping up again.

The latest suggestion is that a deal to buy the club for £150m is in the final stages — this time it's Miami Dolphins owner, Steve Ross, who is supposed to be the interested party according to posts on various message boards and Twitter — but, of course, we've been here many times before. — Source: Internet Whisperings

Blackburn dud is newest target


18/12/2011    7

Aging midfielder Keith Andrews is supposedly much in demand by a host of savy Premier League managers, including David Moyes. The 31-year-old has been hounded out of Ewood Park by a hostile crowd and is currently on loan at Ipswich. — Source: Sunday People

Moyes planning Jelavic bid


17/12/2011    1

Everton will go head-to-head with Sunderland in a battle to sign £4m-rated Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic according to the Scottish Sun.

The Croatian has scored 14 goals for the Glasgow side and manager Ally McCoist is resigned to losing him if teams from the Premier League come knocking. — Source: Scottish Sun

£1.7M for Tavares


16/12/2011    10

Everton will have to stump up £1.7m if they want to sign Beira Mar's highly-rated defender Yohan Tavares.

It has been reported that Everton manager David Moyes is keen on a move for the 23-year-old and was hopeful of landing him for just £500,000.

But, according to reports in Portugal, Beira Mar will not let Tavares leave unless a club meets his £1.7m minimum fee release clause in January. A club source said: "He will only leave if a club pays the clause. We are not willing to negotiate."

French defender Tavares is considered one of the brightest prospects in the Portuguese league and has attracted interest from Stuttgart and Palermo as well as Everton. — Source:

Blues linked with Northern Irish starlet


15/12/2011    11

Everton are apparently rivalling Swansea City for Rory Donnelly, the highly-rated Northern Irish striking prospect.

The Welsh club had reportedly already agreed a fee with Cliftonville for the 19-year-old and Sky Sports "understand" that the Blues have also been given permission to hold talks "in the next 24 hours".

Cliftonville are expecting more interest from other clubs in the coming days as Donnelly and his advisors consider their options. — Source:

Whisper it quietly... Charlie Davies


12/12/2011    16

According to this story in The Echo, American striker Charlie Davies has emerged as an affordable answer to Everton's goalscoring problems.

Charlie Davies has been released by French side Sochaux — and DC United, where the 25-year-old spent a successful season on-loan, have decided not to pay the $1.2M it would cost them to sign him permanently.

Davies has won 16 caps for the USA and scored 11 goals in 26 games on loan with United in the recently ended MLS season.

DC United announced last Thursday that they were not exercising their option to sign him permanently — and reports in the French media have immediately linked him with a move to Everton.

The Blues have not confirmed the link but the modest transfer fee would be within Everton's limited means. — Source: Liverpool Echo

£1M for French goal-machine


09/12/2011    16

According to a report on the Mirror Football website this morning, Everton manager David Moyes is keeping a very close eye on Jeremy Perbet of Belgian side Mons, who is in prolific form. — Source: Sportsvibe

Donovan return not close to fruition?


05/12/2011    40

They don't offer anything in the way of supporting evidence — except the forward's lack of commitment either way — but the Mail claims that Everton aren't anywhere close to bringing Landon Donovan back to Goodison for a second loan spell.

After turning the Blues down a year ago and opting for rest instead after his World Cup and MLS commitments, the American star made it known that he'd love to return to Everton one day.

With Donovan closing in on 30, many Blues are feeling it's now or never for the LA Galaxy player, particularly given how badly David Moyes's team needs an injection of pace and creativity.

With the domestic season in the US just finished and Galaxy on a tour of the Far East and Australia, Donovan has not had time to figure out his next move. Some observers say that because of a couple of injury troubles and yet more international action this year, that next move could well be to stay put in the California sun for another year. — Source: Daily Mail

Macheda in on loan


03/12/2011    12

Everton have supposedly expressed an interest in taking Manchester United's Federico Macheda on loan after Sir Alex Ferguson's comments regarding the Italian's future.

Ferguson said of a potential loan deal ?Loan deals work well for all the young players in terms of getting game-time and that's what we're looking at with Macheda and Diouf. They need games, They're young and every young player wants to play and we have to give them that opportunity.? — Source: Footy Latest

Blues keeping tabs on Maynard


30/11/2011    20

Everton are reportedly keeping an eye on Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard as negotiations over a new contract for the 24 year-old drag on without resolution.

The Daily Mail claims that Maynard, who has scored seven times already this season, could be a target of Everton's if he fails to agree terms with City and is available on a free transfer in the summer. — Source: Daily Mail

Liverpool looking to snatch Drenthe?


29/11/2011    15

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is set to steal Royston Drenthe from under Everton's noses according to unspecified 'reports'... — Source: Sports News Ireland

Euro2012 hopeful Defoe linked with Goodison switch


28/11/2011    9

Jermaine Defoe is being linked with a January move to Everton as he looks for regular first-team football ahead of next summer's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

The striker has found opportunities limited at Tottenham following the arrivals of Rafael van der Vaart and Emmanuel Adebayor and The Mirror report that Everton are one of a number of clubs being strongly linked with him.

Defoe demonstrated his goalscoring prowess at The Hawthorns at the weekend with one of Spurs' three goals in a 3-1 win. — Source: The Mirror via Metro

Everton target trains with Arsenal


25/11/2011    10

Brek Shea, teenage defender with FC Dallas who David Moyes has been to watch play, and is therefore keen to bring to Everton, has joined Arsenal for a month of training as the MLS season closes. — Source:

Everton to loan Romelu Lukaku


23/11/2011    6

The Daily Mail claims that Everton will consider a loan move for Romelu Lukaku in January to bolster their forward line. — Source: Daily Mail

Villarreal midfielder may be a target


22/11/2011    17

Everton have reportedly targeted a move for Villarreal's creative midfielder Borja Valero. — Source: Sportsvibe

Spurs striker a loan target?


22/11/2011    6

If you believe the Daily Mail and the usual slew of dubious internet sites, Everton are ready to turn to Tottenham outcast Roman Pavlyuchenko to boost their attacking options... they hope to secure a loan deal for the 29-year-old. — Source:

Out of nothing, Johnny is going to Roma?


18/11/2011    9

Roma are thought by the Daily Mail to be mulling over a move for Johnny Heitinga after Nicolas Burdisso was ruled out for the season. However, the Holland defender's agent Fabio Parisi said: 'It's an option. We've had no contact with Roma, not even informal.' In other words... they made it up. — Source: Daily Mail

Celtic kid in Moyes's sights?


16/11/2011    7

Everton are thought to be interested in signing Celtic's teenage defender Adam Matthews and could make official bids in January.

The 19-year-old Wales international moved to Celtic from Cardiff in the summer and has begun his career with the Scottish giants in impressive style. — Source: Sportsvibe

Coleman set to walk over the Park?


16/11/2011    19

Liverpool are reportedly interested in Everton youngster Seamus Coleman and will hope to take advantage of Everton's perilous financial position by making a significant January offer for the Irish international. — Source: Caught Offside

Saha Eager to Make PSG Switch


16/11/2011    0

Sportsvibe claim that Louis Saha has admitted, should Paris St Germain approach him, he would find it difficult to refuse their offer. However, it seems that his quted words: "Paris is a proposition that is difficult to refuse, especially when you see the players there." are being deliberately misinterpreted to manufacture a baseless rumour. — Source:

Everton in chase for Chester


15/11/2011    0

Everton and Bolton are both reportedly chasing Hull City centre-back — and former Manchester United trainee — James Chester.

The 22-year-old began his youth career at the Premier League champions and after loan spells at Peterborough, Plymouth and Carlisle, signed for Hull in January for a reported £300,000. — Source: Sportsvibe

£30M bidding war for new England star


15/11/2011    59

Jack Rodwell's impressive debut for the senior England team will precipitate a £30M bidding war between Man City and Chelsea who will supposedly tempt Everton's resolve when the next transfer window opens in a month and a half... — Source: Footy Latest

Moyes still hoping for Donovan


14/11/2011    5

David Moyes hopes to sign LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan on-loan in January. Moyes is relaying on Tim Howard to convince his USA teammate about returning to Everton in the New Year. — Source: Tribal Football

Bily set to leave for Russia in January


13/11/2011    37

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has told some Russian sports media outlets that he will leave Everton in January if he is not getting enough first-team football. His agent may already be working on a deal with Dynamo Moscow. — Source: Sports.ru [in Russian]

Crown Prince looking for a plaything


13/11/2011    93

The People claims that the mega-rich crown prince of Qatar has £500million to spend, and is looking at Everton and Blackburn Rovers after giving up on buying Manchester United

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, heir to the throne of Qatar, has decided that the asking price of around £2billion was too much — with Old Trafford's ­controlling Glazer family in no mood to do business.

Now People Sport claims it can reveal that the prince's representatives, both in Qatar and working with ­influential figures in England, have been ­investigating Everton and Blackburn as their latest ?projects'. — Source: Sunday People

Teenage Belgian striker a loan option?


12/11/2011    7

Everton have supposedly been linked with a move for Chelsea striker Roman Lukaku on loan. The highly rated teenage arrived at Stamford Bridge from Anderlecht in the summer and played against Everton in last month's Carling Cup defeat at Goodison Park. — Source: Sports News Ireland

Young brothers set to sign


09/11/2011    43

Courtney Duffus and his younger brother Tyrone are set to join the Everton Academy from Cheltenham Town, after a compensation package has reportedly been agreed. — Source: This is Gloucestershire

Dani Boy can't settle in Spain


08/11/2011    7

Everton are hoping to clinch a January loan deal for Valencia outcast Dani Parejo. The former QPR midfielder, who joined the club from Getafe in the summer, has failed to settle and has made just two appearances for his new club. — Source: TalkSport

Moyes to rekindle interest in Donovan


05/11/2011    5

David Moyes will bid to bring Landon Donovan back to Goodison Park for a second loan spell in January. Moyes said: 'We will look to see if there's an interest.' — Source: Daily Mail

Loan deal for unwanted Arsenal forward?


05/11/2011    17

Everton are supposedly interested in taking Arsenal forward Marouane Chamakh on loan in January. — Source: Footy Latest

Mirror claim Everton in talks with the Jain Group


31/10/2011    5

The growing internet rumour that has Everton in talks with the Jain Group, a Mumbai-based business conglomerate, has been picked up by The Mirror, but with no real substance added. — Source: The Mirror

Moyes set to try for Pienaar again


30/10/2011    24

David Moyes is ready to make a second bid to bring Tottenham's Steven Pienaar back to Merseyside.

The 29-year-old left Goodison Park last January in a £3.2m deal. However, he has struggled to make an impact in Harry Redknapp's side after suffering a groin injury at the start of the season.

Moyes failed to secure his former star's services on loan in the summer, but is understood to be preparing a second bid for the player.

However, having still not seen him in extended first-team action, the Spurs boss is expected to once again reject any loan offers for the midfielder. — Source: Sportsmole

Massive Indian conglomerate in Everton link


27/10/2011    25

The Tata Group, with operations in 80+ countries and revenues last year in excess of $80b, are rumoured to be interested in buying Everton FC.

Nothing substantive has come to light to support this story but suggestions that the group, headed by Ratan Tata, could use ownership of EFC to support the development of football in India have been raised.

Some internet speculators have linked this to the possibility of a change in the ownership of Finch Farm but that link appears circumstantial at best. — Source: Internet Whisperings

Davey eyes David Degen


25/10/2011    1

David Moyes is supposedly interested in acquiring the services of right winger David Degen from Swiss side Young Boys, according to a report on the Mirror Football website. — Source: The Mirror

Latest Barkley rumour follows Finch Farm model


23/10/2011    14

In a strange reflection of the sell and lease-back model by which Everton procured for themselves a state-of-the-art training complex at Finch Farm, this week's Ross Barkley rumour has Everton selling the young midfielder to Chelsea for £20M in January... and then loaning him back for 18 months!!! — Source: Clubcall

Fiorentina eyeing Fellaini


22/10/2011    1

This month's Fellaini rumour sees Serie A giants Fiorentina are eyeing a swoop for the Belgian midfielder in January... which is at least two months away. — Source: Inside Futbol

Everton scouts watch Ibisevic


17/10/2011    0

Everton are supposedly watching Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic who has been out injured with a thigh strain but returned as a substitute in the 2-0 Bundesliga defeat at Stuttgart on Saturday. — Source: Setanta

Return of the Scottish Rooney?


14/10/2011    6

Reading between the lines any possibility of Jamie McFadden returning to Everton has to be very remote, with the player's representatives having been locked in talks with Celtic over the past month, and a deal waiting onthe table at Wolves. The link with Everton is "emotional", which likely means nothing at all.

However, according to an anonymous "Sportsmail Reporter", the Daily Mail claim that David Moyes has confirmed he is trying to get the injured striker back to Goodison Park. McFadden has been out for over a year with cruciate ligament damage. — Source: TribalFootball.com

Another Argentine striker link


12/10/2011    4

Everton are being linked with a January move for Catania striker Maxi Lopez who is apparently out of favour at the Serie A club and has been put up for sale at around £4m. — Source: CaughtOffside

Another Sunday, another red-top Barkley rumour


09/10/2011    3

Tottenham Hotspur are the latest club to be linked with a move for Ross Barkley this January as the red-top rags do their best to perpetuate the unfounded links between transfer windows.

That makes Chelsea, Manchester United, Spurs and Arsenal supposedly chasing the 17 year-old who is set to be offered a reported £20,000-a-week salary by the Blues when he turns 18 in December. — Source:

FA may pick Moyes to replace Capello


07/10/2011    41

FA chairman David Bernstein supposedly has his favourites for who will be considered as the next England Manager — Wenger and Moyes. — Source: Manchester Evening News

Everton tracking Caen defender


07/10/2011    0

Sky report that Everton are looking to bring 19 year-old defensive prospect Yroundu Musavu-King to Goodison in the January transfer window. — Source: Sky Sports

Distin wants two more years


27/09/2011    3

Sylvain Distin is holding out for a two-year deal rather than the one-year option currently on the table according to the Daily Mail.

The 33-year-old defender has 12 months left on his current deal. — Source: Daily Mail

Barkley speculation persists


24/09/2011    2

Another Sunday, another story linking Ross Barkley with a big-money move away from Goodison Park in January, only now the price tag has risen to £30m.

According to the Daily Mail, the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea are in the race to land the 17year-old and Barcelona and Real Madrid are also in the mix.

It all sounds a bit sensationalist (from the tabloids? Never!) for a player who has completed only one first match for the Blues so far. — Source: Daily Mail

Moyes monitoring Ljajic


23/09/2011    0

A couple of sites are reporting that Everton have their eye on Adem Ljajic, the 19 year-old Serbian who was set to join Manchester United 18 months ago until the move collapsed.

Currently with Fiorentina, the winger could be available in January. — Source: talkSPORT

Baxter set for Tranmere Loan


22/09/2011    8

Everton look set to send youngster Jose Baxter out on loan to Tranmere Rovers after the 19-year old wrote "Happy to be going on loan tomorrow to Tranmere. Looking forward to meeting the lads and getting 3 points on Saturday" on his Twitter account. — Source: Total Tranmere

New contract for David Moyes


21/09/2011    0

Despite the fact that his current contract still has two years to run, the Daily Mail claims that David Moyes will be offered a new contract that will extend his reign as Everton supremo. — Source: Daily Mail

Kenwright in talks with 3 potential buyers


08/09/2011    1

Bill Kenwright has talks planned with three interested parties as pressure on the theatre impresario builds from supporters groups to cut a deal to sell the club.

Soccernet report that potential buyers from "the Far East, Europe, and China" are due to meet the Chairman this week.

Stories of interest in the club have cropped up in the past at times when the Board is feeling the most heat, as was the case earlier this year. Back then, talk of discussion with three investors seemed to evaporate as quickly as they were revealed. — Source: ESPN Soccernet

Onuoha's Everton move collapsed over wages


06/09/2011    0

Nedum Onuoha was set to sign for Everton on loan before the closure of the transfer window but the deal fell apart when Manchester City refused to pay any of his £38,000 salary, according to a report in The Guardian.

Sky Sports ran a story on deadline day that the two clubs were in negotiations over the defender but no further updates were provided and the link was quickly forgotten. — Source: The Guardian via Click Manchester

Moyes to be given funds in January


01/09/2011    0

The Mail report that David Moyes will be given "a chunk" of the cash from the sale of Mikel Arteta to spend in the January transfer window. — Source: Daily Mail

Late Onuoha talks?


31/08/2011    0

Sky are reporting that Everton are in very late talks with Manchester City over the possibility of signing Nedum Onuoha. — Source: Sky Sports News

Late Stoke move for Cahill mooted


31/08/2011    0

Stoke City are rumoured to have launched a very late move for Tim Cahill. — Source: BBC Live Transfers page

Everton close to Drenthe capture


31/08/2011    0

Royston Drenthe is on Merseyside looking to conclude talks on a season-long loan from Real Madrid but it will depend on whether Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford make their moves to Blackburn and Leicester respectively. That's according to Dan Roan at the BBC. — Source: BBC Sport

Duffy joins Scunthorpe on loan


31/08/2011    1

Per his tweet yesterday where he said he would be tying up a loan move this morning, Everton Academy graduate, Shane Duffy, appears have joined Scunthorpe United. — Source: Scunthorpe United Mad

Arsenal make Arteta move


31/08/2011    0

Arsenal have, according to the Mirror, tested Everton's resolve to keep hold of Mikel Arteta by lodging a £10m today in an effort to pry the Spaniard away from Goodison Park.

Over the at BBC Sport online, Phil McNulty suggests that he is hearing that a deal could be a possibility between the clubs before the 11pm deadline. — Source: MirrorFootball

Drenthe to join Stracqualursi at Goodison?


31/08/2011    0

Twitter has been alive today with rumours that Royston Drenthe could join Denis Stracqualursi as two unexpected new faces at Goodison Park before the transfer deadline closes.

The Real Madrid man is not without his controversies but David Moyes needs depth to his squad, particularly on the left side where Drenthe can operate in midfield or defence. — Source: Twitter

Arsenal inquire about Arteta


31/08/2011    0

Arsenal are looking at Mikel Arteta as they seek to fill the void in their midfield from the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. The Times report that Arsene Wenger has inquired as to the Spaniard's availability ahead of a possible deadline-day bid that would leave Everton seriously short of creativity in midfield if they're not able to draft in a replacement. — Source: The Times via CleanSheetsAllRound

Beckford doesn't want to go


30/08/2011    0

The People claims David Moyes is looking to offload Jermaine Beckford, who he signed from Leeds United on a free transfer last summer. According to reports Blackburn Rovers are on alert, and Moyes will sell striker Beckford with Championship outfit Southampton reportedly ready with a £3 million bid.

However, it seems Beckford is reluctant to leave the Premier League and has also rejected advances from Midlands rivals Leicester City and Nottingham Forest. — Source: Click Lancashire

Foxes to take Yak back on loan?


30/08/2011    0

According to the Leicester local paper, Leicester City are looking at taking the Yakubu on loan again for another season, this will take him up to the end of his contract and available on a free. — Source:

Liverpool to bid for Seamus


30/08/2011    0

According to another never right website, sources close to Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish claim that he rates Seamus Coleman very highly and is considering a £8M bid for the right-sided player, who can operate as a full-back or in more advanced attacking position. — Source: Fanatix

Arsenal back in for Baines


29/08/2011    0

According to the never right Metro site, they claim that Arsenal are set to make a last minute bid to try and prize Leighton Baines away from Everton with a £12M bid, after agreeing to sell Armand Traore to QPR. — Source: The Metro

Cash & Bendtner for Arteta


28/08/2011    0

Arsene Wenger is considering Mikel Arteta for Arsenal as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in a deal which would include Nicklas Bendtner to Everton. — Source: The Star on Sunday

Cash & Players for Rodwell


28/08/2011    0

The internet transfer babblers Caught Offside claim that Sir Alex Ferguson will reportedly offer Everton around £10m in cash as well as midfielder Darron Gibson and striker Mame Biram Diouf in exchange for promising England Under 21 international Jack Rodwell. — Source: Caught Offside

Loan link to Macheda resurfaces


26/08/2011    0

David Moyes reportedly watched Ferderico Macheda in action for Manchester United's reserves against Swansea yesterday as he plots a loan move for the striker before the transfer deadline. — Source: OnTheMinute.com

Everton keep tabs on Trotter


26/08/2011    0

The Mail report that Everton and Bolton plan to send scouts to watch 23 year-old Millwall midfielder, Liam Trotter, this weekend after Arsenal representatives checked him out last weekend. — Source: Daily Mail

Pie-in-the-sky Cisse link


25/08/2011    0

Quite where Everton are supposed to find £13.5m for anyone doesn't seem to have factored into talkSPORT's report that there Blues are battling Arsenal for the signature of Bundesliga hotshot, Papiss Demba Cisse.

The 26 year-old has scored 32 goals in the last 18 months for Freiberg. — Source: talkSPORT

Arsenal launch Arteta bid?


25/08/2011    0

The Daily Star headline says Arsenal launch Mikel Arteta bid ? but the story below contains no substance, only supposition. — Source: Daily Star

Another Arteta-Arsenal link


25/08/2011    0

This time it's the Daily Star who claim that Arsene Wenger is eyeing the Spaniard now that Samir Nasri's move to Manchester City has been completed.

If true, the Gunners face competition from Malaga and Valencia, the latter having £27m burning a hole in the pocket after selling Juan Mata to Chelsea.

The Star say both Spanish clubs are prepared to pay £10m for Arteta. — Source: Daily Star

Everton linked with Van Aanholt loan


24/08/2011    0

The Mirror suggest that Everton are looking to bring Chelsea second-stringer Patrick van Aanholt in on loan as cover for Leighton Baines at left back, or even to allow the England international to be pushed into left midfield where some believe he would be far more effective. — Source: MirrorFootball

Blues reject £15m Arsenal bid for Jags


24/08/2011    0

The Sun report that Arsene Wenger has been rebuffed again in his attempts to sign Phil Jagielka, with an improved £15m bid for the defender rejected this week.

The report claims that Everton want £18m for the England international. — Source: The Sun

Next up: Brum's Liam Ridgewell


23/08/2011    0

The Daily Mail claims that Everton want Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell on loan after the 27-year-old's £3M move to West Brom broke down following talks. Everton would like to make a deal permanent once they have cash. — Source: Daily Mail

Sunderland in for £11M Cahill


22/08/2011    0

One of the more ridiculous rumours invented on the back of fears over Everton's financial straits must be Sunderland manager Steve Bruce being set to to pay £11M for the services of one Tim Cahill, according to reports in The Metro. — Source: The Metro

Wenger set to bid for Mikel Arteta?


21/08/2011    0

In a highly dubious piece on the equally dubious CaughtOffside website, it looks suspiciously like someone has made up a story that Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to make an offer for Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta as the Arsenal boss looks to effectively fill the whole left by the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona. — Source: CaughtOffside

Yobo's Turkish move back on?


12/08/2011    0

The Mirror claims that Everton have resumed talks to sell Joseph Yobo to Turkish giants Fenerbahηe. The Nigerian centre-half could soon be cleared for a £2million return to the Istanbul club, where he starred on loan last season. However, the Turkish club need permission from their federation to sign players after a probe into allegations of match-fixing. — Source: The Mirror

Sven sizing up Big Vic


09/08/2011    0

An unnamed reporter in the Daily MNail predicts that Victor Anichebe will be the target of a £3million bid from Championship big spenders Leicester.

Foxes manager Sven Goran Eriksson has switched his sights to Anichebe after previous target Shane Long moved to West Bromwich, although it seems unlikely that David Moyes will be willing to part with the 23-year-old. — Source: Daily Mail

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