The Rumour Mill, 2007-08
Speculation, conjecture, whisperings, half-truths and outright nonsense. Disclaimer
Johnson heading to the JJB
Despite vigorous protestations by David Moyes that he isn't for sale, Andy Johnson looks to be on the verge of joining Wigan Athletic for £9.5m. Well-founded rumour has it that he spent today (Monday) in talks with Wigan representatives — although the Official Site has him among the traveling party that flew to Switzerland this afternoon — and will sign for the Latics tomorrow morning.
If true, it might be the clearest indication yet that another strong rumour, namely that Everton have very little money to throw around this summer despite needing about half a dozen players, also holds water.
7 Jul | Source:
Huddlestone commits his future to Spurs
Tom Huddlestone has signed a new contract at White Hart Lane that extends his current deal withSpurs until 2013. Everton had been hotly tipped to be lining up the young defender as a potential summer signing when it appeared he was surplus to Juande Ramos's requirements.
30 Jun | Source:
Aimar hoping for English interest
Argentine midfielder Pablo Aimar is in no rush to complete his anticipated move to Benfica as he is hoping that an English team will express interest in him.
The 28 year-old has apparently been linked with Everton and Newcastle but only has offers from Portugal and Greece.
"I know that there are offers from Panathinaikos and Benfica exist, although we still expect a call from an English team," Aimar's representative, Gustavo Mascardi, told Equipo.
The Daily Mail say that he would cost around £7m.
29 Jun | Source:
Suchy's agent claims talks are underway
The agent of Czech "prodigy" Marek Suchy claims that Glasgow Rangers and Everton have both made inquiries about his client and that "there have been some opening negotiations going on."
The 20 year-old central defender plays for Slavia Prague and after two seasons with the Czech champions is keen to try a new challenge elsewhere.
The report says that Everton sent scouts to the Czech Republic to watch Suchy, a key member of the Czech Republic side that lost to Argentina in the final of last year's Fifa Under-20 World Cup, last winter.
Call for an EGM?
There is talk of some Everton Shareholders calling for an Emergency General Meeting of the club, to address the disparities between promises and reality regarding Destination Kirkby. The call is being led by Tony Bennett and Mark Grayson who are distributing an EGM petition to shareholdres.
Other concerns include uncertainty flying around regarding any transfer kitty for David Moyes, possible bids for Andy Johnson, DM's claim that he is not for sale, David Moyes getting frustrated at a lack of funds, transfer money being linked to Destination Kirkby... DK being called in, etc, etc...
28 Jun | Source:
Third time's a charm?
Manuel Fernandes has been given the green light to leave Valencia – and that could herald another stint at Goodison, the third in his short but eventful career.
Moyes looking at Leicester teenager
Impromptu Board meeting causes a stir
An impromptu Board meeting, planned on Wednesday, took place at 5:30pm at Goodison Park this evening, giving rise to much speculation on Everton-related websites, with everything from a Saudi investor, another approach from the Britain's richest man, Lakshmi Mittal (whose family own a 20% stake in QPR), Moyes spitting the dummy over plans to sell Andy Johnson, and the calling in of the Destination Kirkby project being put forth as reasons for the sudden meeting of minds.
Given the apparent announcement that a decision has been delayed on Destination Kirkby, it's most likely to be the latter that was up for discussion. Our source believes that the Board know that the project will be called in for public inquiry — that would likely end Phillip Green's financial interest in the club — and are preparing their next move.
Wigan weigh up £8m offer for Johnson
After MIddlesbrough reportedly distanced themselves from any interest in the striker, WIgan Athletic have emerged as the latest club pondering a bid for Andy Johnson.
Sunderland lodge £10m bid for AJ
Yesterday, Aston Villa joined the list of clubs linked with him and now Sunderland have become the first Premier League to substantiate their interest in Andy Johnson with a firm bid according to the Daily Mail.
Roy Keane has apparently made a move to replace his injured star striker, Kenwyne Jones, by offering £10m for the former Crystal Palace and England striker.
Johnson continues to stress that he is happy at Goodison and is not looking to move — rumour has it that he admitted privately that if he has to leave then West Ham would be his preferred destination — but if the bid from Sunderland is genuine, Everton may find it hard to turn down.
26 Jun | Source:
Villa and Everton scrap over Lennon
The Grauniad's Rumour Mill says that Martin O'Neill and David Moyes will go toe-to-toe in a fight for Tottenham's Aaron Lennon... if the Irishman doesn't pursue his interest in Andy Johnson.
25 Jun | Source:
Villa join 'chase' for Johnson
According to The Sun, Aston Villa have joined Wigan, West Ham and Middlesbrough in the race to sign £7m-rated Andrew Johnson.
There is a growing unease that David Moyes may have to sell in order to buy this summer and AJ would arguably be one of very few replaceable members of a squad that remains depressingly thin.
Meanwhile, Andrei Arshavin has narrowed his desired destination to Spain or England. (Yes, we know Everton haven't a hope in hell of signing him but we may as well see this story through to the end.) It's no secret that he wants to play for Barcelona and that back in January he publicly declared in a interest in playing for the Blues but Arsenal, Newcastle and Manchester City are also reportedly in the frame.
On the subject of Arshavin, the best rumour so far is that he agreed to join Everton before Euro 2008 but "it has not been announced...because... Arshavin requested for it to be announced after the Euros so that media in Russia pay all the attention to Russia's performance and not his transfer. Everton have not announced that Moyes has signed his new contract as they are waiting to announce it at the same time as Arshavin." Ace.
24 Jun | Source:
Record contract on the table for Moyes
The Sunday Express and now The Times report that David Moyes "is close" to signing a £12m contract extension with Everton, obviously a record for a Goodison manager.
The Blues's boss is expected to get his summer transfer activity underway after returning from holiday on Wednesday but rumours persist that his transfer kitty is dependent on the decision on Destination Kirkby.
He's admitted that "Everton can't afford the roubles" for Andrei Arshavin after his star turn at Euro 2008. The Times report cites the Russian magician's value as £10m (which, assuming they could persuade him to sign, would surely be affordable for Everton) while others suggest a more realistic £20m.
23 Jun | Source:
'Boro in the frame for AJ
The People report that Everton are prepared to sell Andy Johnson to bolster David Moyes's transfer kitty and Middlesbrough could step in with a £7m bid. New Manchester City boss Mark Hughes could also be interested.
25 Jun | Source:
Giant Austrian is next on list
Engelaar agent confirms Everton interest
Eduard Burleson, the agent of giant Dutch international, Orlando Engelaar, has confirmed that Everton have declared an interest in his client.
He told skysports.com: "We have spoken with Schalke and terms have been agreed. But the two clubs have not agreed yet, and so that is where we stand on that. I know Everton are interested and that Newcastle could soon make a move."
21 Jun | Source:
Arshavin set on move from Zenit
Andrei Arshavin met Zenit St Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat's deadline by announcing that he wants to test himself in one of Europe's top leagues.
The self-fulfilling rumour?
After his star turn in midfield for The Netherlands in the European Championships, Evertonians seized upon Orlando Engelaar as the answer to the "Carsley Conundrum".
The towering Dutchman is currently contracted to FC Twente in the Eeredivisie, but was rumoured to have agreed terms with Schalke 04 in Germany prior to the tournament.
Fresh rumours, however, say that Everton have now made contact with the player's representatives after the Bundesliga side made known their reluctance to meet Twente's £6m evaluation.
17 Jun | Source:
Tenuous Bentley link
David Bentley has signalled his intention to leave Blackburn following the departure of Mark Hughes for Manchester City and Everton are "apparently" the latest club to show interest.
Vague Riki link
Everton and Bolton are rumoured to be weighing up a bid for Deportivo La Coruna striker, Riki. The 27 year-old former Real Madrid man's agent said: "Scouts from England have watched him. They are impressed with his speed and goals."
16 Jun | Source:
Arteta rumours reawakened
Manny for £6M by 20 June
Zenit give Arshavin 20th June deadline
Zenit St Petersburg are apparently upping the pressure a little on Andrei Arshavin by suggesting that he'll be staying with the Uefa Cup winners if he doesn't seal a move away by a week today.
The talented Russian international has long been linked with Everton but his £50k-a-week salary, £12m price tag and apparent desire to play for the likes of Barcelona mean that David Moyes's interest may have cooled through lack of hope that he could land him.
A club spokesman said: "Andrei wants to try playing in one of the leading European leagues, but if he doesn't leave us by June 20 he'll stay in the team."
Brechet goes to PSV
Kevin Thomson of Rangers
"David Moyes wants to bring in at least four new players for Everton's engine room before the big kick-off at the end of next month and Kevin Thomson's name is high on his wanted list."
13 Jun | Source:
As tenuous as they come...
Euro 2008: pick a game: pick a team, pick a player: How about Poland midfielder Mariusz Lewandowski? Everton are "credited" with showing an interest in the midfielder and were "expected" to be in attendance at today's game as Lewandowski was pulled up for shirt-pulling in the area by a very tan-looking Howard Webb to give up an injury time penalty.
Having said that, the Daily Post is running the story as well, so who knows...
12 Jun | Source:
Czech midfielder linked
David Moyes has been keeping tabs on Hamburg's Czech international midfielder, David Jarolim, who can apparently operate in the centre or on the right of a five-man midfield.
Benayoun link is “fantasy”
Everton today described reports — that seemed to originate from notorously inaccurate rumour mongers, FansFC.com (today they're pushing a link to Giles Barnes so treat that one with a grain of salt too) — that they are preparing a £3.5M bid for Liverpool's Yossi Benayoun as “fantasy”.
12 Jun | Source:
Miguel Veloso set to sign
With a host of Premier League clubs chasing midfielder battler Miguel Veloso, one source claims he is set to sign for Everton:
"Everton are today closing in on the signing of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso after months of speculation over the player's future. Arsenal and Manchester United are also said to be interested but it it the Toffees who are now favourites to land the Portuguese international." (A Bola)
11 Jun | Source:
Are you Joao-king?
The Sun report that David Moyes is looking to "steal" Portuguese "whizkid" Joao Moutinho from "under the noses of Manchester United and Arsenal", saying that a loan deal similar to that which brought Manuel Fernandes to Goodison is in the works.
They don't explain why Sporting Lisbon would loan a player worth £16m to another club but they do say that the Portuguese club have yet to receive any offers for him. The report suggests that Moyes will jet off to watch Portugals' remaining Euro 2008 group games to take a closer look at the 21 year-old midfielder.
Joaquin is for staying
Austria next for Van der Meyde
Andy van der Meyde's nightmare spell with Everton could be over with a move to Red Bull Salzburg in the offing. The Dutch winger is apparently in negotiations with the Austrian side who are managed by his compatriot, Co Adriaanse.
6 Jun | Source:
Moyes back for Ramsey talks
England new-boy linked
Having been linked with Wolves' Hennessy, Everton are now believed to be interested in Peterborough 'keeper, Joe Lewis. The 20-year-old, a £400k capture from Norwich, was on the bench for England against Trinidad and Tobago last week and is now valued around £3m.
6 Jun | Source:
Hunt rumour resurfaces
The Guardian report that Everton will compete with Sunderland for Reading's £5m-rated Stephen Hunt, that despite David Moyes admitting a few months back that the lairy midfielder doesn't have enough in his locker to improve the Blues' first team.
6 Jun | Source:
£2M for Celtic super striker!
Clarke set to be No 2
Bid placed for the Kid Ramsey
According to the BBC, Everton are confirmed as one of the 3 clubs who have had a bid accepted by Cardiff for the wonderkid midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The other two being Man.Utd and Arsenal.
4 Jun | Source:
Gera gonna Boro?
£4M bid for Michael Kightly
Talks start for return of £8M Johnson
If you believe the Daily Mail — although they seem to be following an almost identical report in The Sun Everton have started talks with Manchester City, negotiating the return of previous Academy reject Michael Johnson for £8M.
30 May | Source:
Today's Link-a-day Installment...
Everton open talks for Johnson
Blues monitoring Milner
Everton, Aston Villa and Liverpool are all monitoring James Milner's situation at St James Park. According to a brief snippet towards the end of an article in The Guardian, the wide man could be allowed to leave for around £5m.
30 May | Source:
Bradley: I'd be honoured to play for Blues
Michael Bradley is keeping his options between Germany and England open. If the rhetoric from his agent is to be believed, the versatile USA international seemed to have his heart set on a move to Germany — where Hamburg SV are believed to be interested in his signature — but comments made by the midfielder in the Daily Post today leave the door widen open for a switch to the Premier League.
“I’d love to play in England,” he said after an admittedly less-than-stellar display for his country in their 2-0 friendly loss to England at Wembley last night.
“It’s a fantastic league and there are some terrific players. I watch the games on TV and the speed of them is incredible. They are competitive and I would love to play here.
“I have one-year left on my contract at Heerenveen, so I am looking to move this summer.
“Hopefully something will work out. I know all about Everton. It is a great club and I think anybody would be honoured to go and play there. I know I would.
“We’ll just have to see what happens in the next few weeks."
David Moyes tested Heerenveen's resolve with a bid in January but they refused to sell a player who went on to score 18 goals from midfield in 36 appearances as the Dutch side secured Uefa Cup qualification.
29 May | Source:
Gera close to signing
City FM are reporting that Everton are close to sealing Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Gera on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion.
Three-way chase for Joaquin
Roma, Tottenham and Everton have officially registered their interest in Valencia winger Joaquin according to his agent. Eduardo Espejo says that he met with representatives from the two English clubs on a recent visit and that the ball is now in Valencia's court. His client would prefer to stay put but the terms of any new contract offer would have to be right.
29 May | Source:
Not Downing... but O'Neill!
According to FansFC.com — who, it has to be said, have a miserable track record when it comes to the veracity of their transfer rumours — David Moyes hopes to persuade Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O’Neill to taste life on Merseyside if he can tempt Gareth Southgate with a £5M offer for the supposedly unsettled player.
Boro, meanwhile, have joined Everton and West Ham United among the clubs believed to be chasing Heerenveen's Michael Bradley. The 20 year-old will be in the shop window when USA take on England at Wembley this week but, if reports are to be believed, the midfielder still prefers the Bundesliga for his next challenge. Time will tell...
26 May | Source:
Johnson, the City version, in?
Everton and Arsenal will apparently go head-to-head this summer in a bid to land Manchester City's dynamic young midfielder, Michael Johnson. No figures are mentioned for the 20 year-old but he surely won't come cheap, though the Orlando Sentinel quotes £12m, the Daily Star say £10m and the latter two introduce Liverpool into the equation.
26 May | Source:
Talk of an Everton takeover
EFC-related forums and websites are abuzz with rumours that Bill Kenwright and the Board are in talks with an unnamed Russian billionaire about a possible buy-out of Everton Football Club.
We have, of course, been here before but sources suggest the interest is firm. A few years ago, Kenwright announced that he was in negotiations with Russian paper magnate, Boris Zingarovich, and his son, Anton, regarding the purchase of an eventual majority stake in the club.
Then there was the Fortress Sports Fund "bid" co-ordinated by Geneva-based businessman, Chris Samuelson. But after leading the media and the fans on a merry dance for months, it eventually emerged that the whole thing had been a mechanism for forcing Paul Gregg out of Everton; FSF may have existed but the Board had no intention of selling up.
That has remained the situation since. Rumour has it that CEO Keith Wyness — and, perhaps, Samuelson as well (it is believed that he continues to search for investment for EFC and he could be the link to this latest opportunity, see below) — have brought interested investors to Kenwright's attention but he has not been interested in relinquishing control of the club he purchased from Peter Johnson seven years ago.
This time it could be different. Facing unprecedented cash demands from David Moyes in order to strengthen the squad for a serious crack at Champions League qualification and another long run in next season's Uefa Cup but without the funds to provide it without a further cash injection from Robert Earl and, perhaps, Sir Philip Green — not to mention escalating projected costs for an increasingly unpopular move to Kirkby — Kenwright is believed to be considering giving up control.
Long-time friend and financier Green is reportedly looking at switching his interest to Tottenham Hotspur and Earl's continued investment may have always been tied to the success of Destination Kirkby, where retail and leisure opportunities provided potential for a good return on that investment. With that project under threat by rising costs and local opposition that may force the Tesco-backed initiative to be called in by the Government, the Planet Hollywood entrepreneur may be reconsidering his options.
That leaves John Woods, the most elusive of the remaining Board members, and, again, rumour has it that he could now be prepared to sell his stake in the club too.
Most of this is conjecture but Kenwright is in something of a dilemma: if he doesn't come through with cash for his manager, Moyes may walk (if rumour was to be believed last August, Moyes threatened to resign then until money materialised for Yakubu and Fernandes) out of frustration. Having achieved back-to-back top-six finishes, the manager holds all the cards at the moment and if the Chairman were seen to be responsible for the loss of arguably the club's greatest asset, his position may become untenable in the face of the fans' reaction.
Providing the transfer kitty necessary, though, will likely be difficult given the level of borrowing against future Sky TV revenue that has already taken place and the impression that Earl has been calling the financial shots in recent months.
How real is this latest prospect of a buyout by foreign interests? If insider information is to be believed, the approach is genuine and it isn't the first but talks are still in the initial stages. Liverpool Echo reporter, Greg O'Keefe, on his Gwlad Tidings blog, was the first to mention rumours of fresh Russian interest in Everton at the beginning of the month. Then there is the story that Kenwright held a meeting with a representative of the interested party before the home game with Newcastle United and then told another Echo journalist — outed by a couple of sources on the Blue Kipper forum as John Thompson — that talks were ongoing with a Russian businessman and that said journalist immediately spilled the beans to nearby acquaintances.
Finally, in an interview on Brian Reade's City Talk radio show yesterday, Keep Everton In Our City spokesman, Dave Kelly, announced the same thing live on air — that the Board were in talks with a Russian billionnaire regarding a takeover of the club.
Speculation on message boards has assumed that the mystery man is Boris Berezovsky, the ex-Russian oligarch and member of Boris Yeltsin's inner circle now exiled in London due to his opposition to Vladimir Putin. A bit of piecing together of information — both public and private — on ToffeeWeb's part, however, leads us to believe that the man in question is Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of oil giant Yukos and once Russia's richest man before he was jailed by the Putin regime on charges of fraud, a move widely believed to be politically motivated according to The Times.
Serving time behind bars in Siberia he may be but that hasn't stopped his partners and lieutenants from investing in various projects in Europe on his behalf and there is some hope that he could soon be released from prison as a symbol of new president Medvedev's promised legal reforms while also receiving vast compensation for the improper liquidation of Yukos' assets by the Russian government two years ago. His personal fortune is believed to be £220m but he has controlling interests in Gibraltar-registered Group Menatap Ltd (many of whose assets were and could still be managed by Valmet, the Geneva-based trust headed by none other than Chris Samuelson) which is worth an estimated £3bn, but a complex setup of foreign and off-shore accounts apparently extends to around £15bn of Yukos' former profits.
Taking all this conjecture a step further, would it explain the fact that Moyes has agreed to stay in principal but not yet signed a new contract at Goodison...?
AJ out, Carr in
West Ham United are apparently ready to again test Everton's resolve over Andy Johnson with an £8m bid. That's according to today's News of the World who also suggest that David Moyes will lure Stephen Carr to Goodison from Newcastle. Carr's age — he's 31 — makes that an unlikely one but that never stopped a good rumour.
25 May | Source:
Blues lodge £10m bid for Turan
According to Galatasary's manager, Everton are have lodged a firm bid of £10m for striker, Arda Turan. The offer is the only one the Turkish club have received from those Premier League clubs to have shown interest so far.
According to the report on Mynet Spor (link is in Turkish), Turan is not amused at having his future discussed in the press when he has been oblivious to plans to sell him. [Thanks to Barry Scott]
UPDATE: It appears as though the comments about Everton's interest and a £10m bid for Turan came not from his manager but his agent, the confusion likely coming from the Turkish word for agent, menajer.
Additionally, it seems as though both early reports linking Everton with the player and subsequent stories adding Newcastle and Spurs to the equation have been rubbished by Galatasary, even though they are in desperate needs of funds for their new stadium development.
25 May | Source:
24 Targets on Moyes's list
Alan Nixon, who has a good record of mouthing off about Everton transfers and turning out to to be wrong, claims in The People that David Moyes has presented Bill Kenwright with his summer shopping list of 24 players he is tragetting, from which he needs new blood to strengthen the team. However, names like Cana, Diarra, Jo and Arshavin are all ones who have already been linked to the Blues.
25 May | Source:
Clarke lined up as Moyes's No. 2
With the axe falling on Avram Grant at Chelsea, his Assistant Steve Clarke is also expected to be part of the clearout at Stamford Bridge. Uncorroborated rumour has it that Clarke could be brought in as David Moyes's No. 2 at Goodison Park.
Let's look at Zigic
Blues interested in Kapo?
Relegated Birmingham City have admitted that they have received bids for midfielder Olivier Kapo but stopped short of naming the interested parties.
Everton were reportedly interested in the Frenchman, who scored for the MIdlanders at Goodison this past season, but whether or not they were among the bidding clubs has not been confirmed.
24 May | Source:
Nakamura to stay at Parkhead
The AFP via the BBC gossip column reports that Japanese midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura is set to stay at Scottish champions, Celtic, despite claiming he'd be returning to his old J-League side Yokohama Marinos. Everton were apparently interested in bringing him to the Premier League as well.
23 May | Source:
Today's new link: Guriane N'Daw
City to hijack Arshavin and Jo
The prospect of having Andrei Arshavin at Everton has had many a Blue salivating since he first expressed a desire to don the Royal Blue jersey back in January but it's Manchester City who are in pole position for the exctiting Russian's signature.
Media speculation suggests that the winger could complete a £12m move to Eastlands next week but it will be dependent on the managerial situation being sorted out over there. Sven Goran Eriksson will learn soon enough if he's getting canned in favour of Scolari and the delay could provide an opening for David Moyes... if he is even thinking of spending that much on a player whose value was £8m five months ago.
Update: Additionaly, it is believed that Arshavin's salary demands are in the region of £80k a week which would put him well beyond Everton's wage ceiling. A recent article in The Observer about the newly rich Russian league says, "The talented Arshavin earns a fortune, estimated at a basic £50,000 a week plus huge bonuses."
Meanwhile, the BBC's gossip column suggests that Brazilian striker, Jo, has arrived in England to complete a big-money move to City just days after he was linked with an £18m switch to Goodison.
23 May | Source:
Bodde Bid Bollocks
They don't come Arda than Turan!
From John Ward: "I am currently working in Istanbul, in a newspaper factory. To my suprise, I see our club badge on the back page. Interested, I got someone to translate and according to him, Everton are in talks with Galatasaray for their forward Arda Turan, valued at £10M."
22 May | Source:
Maik Taylor as back-up for Howard
Everton and Liverpool are both thought to be after Birmingham City's 36 year-old 'keeper, Maik Taylor, as back-up for their first-choice goalkeepers.
Not the obvious choice when you think of cherry-picking from a relegation side but it's a signing that would make sense given the departure of Stefan Wessels. Would Taylor be keen on warming the Everton bench, though, after being a fixture in the Brum side for so many years...?
22 May | Source:
“I think they're watching me”
According to the leading Swedish evening paper, Aftonbladet, Everton are looking to buy Jonas Olsson from Dutch club NEC Nijmegen. The player has confirmed to his local paper in Sweden that he has got the impression that EFC has been at games watching him; "If I was given a chance to play in that league (PL) then Everton feels like a fantastic club to play for!" [Thanks to Bernt Hellman]
21 May | Source:
Helen no; Dudu maybe?
Everton have lost out on French teenage prospect, Jeremy Helen. The 15-year-old right back has rejected an offer from the Blues and elected to join Manchester United instead.
Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Dudu is again being linked with a move to Goodison Park, part of a trio of players currently plying their trade in the Russian league and reportedly the subject of interest from David Moyes. Striker Jo and winger Andrei Arshvin, the other two players, would be mouth-watering additions to the Blues' line-up.
21 May | Source:
Bodde bid rejected?
Everton have apparently had a £2.4m bid for Dutch midfielder, Ferrie Bodde, rejected by Swansea City. The former ADO Den Haag player has been capped by Holland at U-23 level, scored eight goals for the Swans this past season, but also picked up two red cards for violent conduct.
Hammers back in for AJ?
It's a Go for Jo!
David Moyes is making a record-breaking move to sign Brazilian striker Jo from CSKA Moscow for £18M. Full name Joao Alves de Assis Silva, the 21-year-old striker has scored 30 goals in 52 games for CSKA and recently won his first international cap.
20 May | Source:
Moyes poised to ink new deal
David Moyes will put pen to paper on an extension to his current contract after thrashing out his future with Chairman Bill Kenwright.
The Guardian report that Moyes will get an additional £10k a week on his existing £40k weekly wage and that he has also received assurances of his transfer kitty for the summer... though the report suggests he'll only have enough for one high-profile acquisition.
That could be Alou Diarra who is now being linked with an £8m switch to Goodison in more respected organs like The Independent and The Guardian who also raise the prospect of renewed interest from West Ham in Andrew Johnson who was the subject of a £15m bid from that club last year.
20 May | Source:
Alou Diarra for £8m
The Daily Mail and The Mirror report that David Moyes will move for Bordeaux midfielder, Alou Diarra with an £8m bid. The 26 year-old was apparently on Liverpool's books as a teenager but never made the breakthrough at Anfield.
Meanwhile, another rumoured Everton target, Modeste M'Bia, has announced that he wants to leave Olympique Marseille this summer for a new challenge even though his contract with the French League 1 side still has one more year to run.
19 May | Source:
£11M bid for Joaquin
A report in the News Of The World claims 26-year-old Joaquin is one of Moyes's top targets as he looks to add to his midfield options in the close-season. The tricky right-sided player, who joined Valencia from Real Betis in summer 2006 for €15 million and has scored four goals in 51 caps for Spain, would cost around £11M if Everton firm up their interest in him.
18 May | Source:
Hennessey resists the lure...
Wayne Hennessey feels he would be better served remaining with Wolves and continuing to develop, rather than becoming a second-string keeper at Everton or any of the other Premier League clubs who are reportedly inersted in signing him.
18 May | Source:
Gera reports premature
Birmingham Mail blogger, Chris Lepkowski, reveals that Zoltan Gera is far further from signing for Everton than reports on some websites this past week suggested.
Carsley and Anichebe linked with moves
Lee Carsley has emerged as a target of relegated Birmingham City who have apparently offered the 34 year-old a bumper salary to join their push for an immediate return to the top flight.
Gera going to Goodison
Everton will reportedly sign West Brom winger Zoltan Gera on a free transfer if the Hungarian passes a medical at Goodison Park. His advisors are believed to have agreed personal terms with Everton, who are looking to strengthen their midfield pool following the departure of Thomas Gravesen, and Gera is set to sign on the dotted line if he passes a medical on Merseyside.
16 May | Source:
Can we even afford Owen?
Bradley wants Bundesliga
£3M Bid for Sidwell
Interest in Joaquin
Keeping an eye on Bradley
Everton looking at Huddlestone
Come back for Dickie Dunne?
Everton in talks for M'Bia
Today's link: Simon Vukcevic
We're mad for Madlung
That old Koumas chestnut
Jason Koumas, now 28 and still unable to make any sort of mark at the top level, is once again being linked with Everton, despite the fact that he is far from the calibre of player we should be looking at.
29 Apr | Source:
More Agent Talk
Arteta: £12M price tag
Everton will apparently use Rennes manager Pierre Dreossi's trip to England to discuss further an approach for Cameroonian midfielder Stephane M'bia.
According to Tribal Football, "the highly-rated 21-year-old has attracted attention from Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City" but the Blues are the only club to show firm interest so far.
23 Apr | Source:
Carsley off to Derby Co
Cut-price striker chase
Why spend £29M on a striker when you can pick one up for just £1M? Step forward Nuremberg's Bosnian striker Zvejdan Misimovic. Everton — working within a sensible budget but keen to recruit — are set to move in, according to the Daily Mirror.
21 Apr | Source:
Sunday's Link: Owen Garvan
Stephen Carr... 31!!!!
How about Paul Scharner?
Sunday's Link: Steven Reid
This one will go far...
Sunday's Link: Sylvan is the Man
David Moyes wants to sign Sylvan Ebanks-Blake from Wolves in the summer for £4.5M. The former Manchester United and Plymouth striker who has hit nine goals since signing for Wolves for £1.5m in January. Add him to the list...
6 Apr | Source:
Another A. Johnson
Everton, Tottenham and Newcastle are all interested in Middlesbrough's England U-21 winger, Adam Johnson who is apparently looking for more first-team opportunities than he's currently getting at The Riverside.
28 Mar | Source:
Kallstrom not averse to Everton move
Either there's something to the link between Kim Kallstrom and Everton or the media are making a bigger deal out of this than is necessary.
For what it's worth, anyway, Lyon's Swedish midfielder has not ruled out the possibility of playing for the Blues, saying, "At the moment I’m concentrating on playing in France. Lyon is a great club and I hope I stay there for a long time.
“It’s the first time I've heard anything about [Everton's interest] so I don't know actually. But why not? Why not? It’s a great club that plays at the top of the Premier League so why not? You never know, we'll see in the summer after the Euros.”
28 Mar | Source:
Catch 'em young..
Everton bid for Fellaini
Matias Delgado linked
Round, Round, baby...
Arsenal and Valenica after Pienaar
Say, do we catch a Mali man?
Calling Kimmy Kallstrom...
It wouldn't be Sunday without a new name from the News of the World... Olympique Lyon midfielder Kim Kallstrom... and a cool £5M for Moyes to pay... but it doesn't say when... which is just as well... becasue the transfer window is ... CLOSED ... for at least THREE MORE MONTHS!!!
9 Mar | Source:
Contract talks for Moyes
Talks between David Moyes and Everton are likely to begin "soon" to negotiate an extension of the manager's current contract with the club, which runs through the end of next season.
The ridiculous take on this by the News of the World is that Everton are stalling! — all because they did not come through with a £15M deal that paper predicted months ago! Unbelievable!
2 Mar | Source:
Blues looking at Cana
Dortmund confirm Pienaar talks
Howard price-tag rises to £5M
Cardiff want Victor on loan
Suggestions that Cardiff City want to take Victor Anichebe on laon until the end of the season seem likley to remain unfullfilled as the young striker is obviously needed right where he is.
14 Feb | Source:
Moyes looking abroad for No. 2?
Last minute loans?
David Moyes said he didn't expect any activity at Goodison today — although how last-minute the Stubbs deal was and whether it's affected the gaffer's thinking is anyone's guess — and Dominic King said in the Echo that the club weren't interested in making any deadline-day moves but Sky Sports News suggested that Everton are working on two last-minute loan deals.
Rumours elsewhere said that the players in question are Chelsea's Steve Sidwell and Spurs' Anthony Gardner and while based on prior experience it would have been prudent to assume nothing was in the pipeline, news came at 10:15pm that Gardner had indeed signed.
Current rumour has it that Anderson Silva de Franca has joined Barnsley, creating a nice vacancy in midfield for Sidwell!
Cardiff knock back Ledley approach
£9M Downing bid rebuffed
Inevitable Lescott speculation
Manchester United and Arsenal are "monitoring" Joleon Lescott, presumably with a view to launching a bid for the star defender in the summer. The fee mentioned in the various speculative articles is around £10m but unless the player himself indicates a desire to leave Evertonians would hope they'd have to double that to tempt Everton to sell.
27 Jan | Source:
Løvenkrands back on Moyes's radar?
Former Rangers forward Peter Løvenkrands is again being linked with Everton according to Danish newspaper, BT. The 28 year-old, who can operate up front or on the wing, currently plies his trade with Schalke 04 in Germany but was a rumoured Everton target before he left Rangers 18 months ago. (Linked article is in Danish.)
26 Jan | Source:
Herenveen midfielder linked
TribalFootball suggest that David Moyes is keen on making a bid for 20-year-old American midfielder Michael Bradley who moved to the Eredivisie from New York Red Bull three years ago.
25 Jan | Source:
It's a 'No' from Faty
Upping it for Downing?
That hotbed of up-to-the-minute footy transfer roumours,... the Lancashire Evening Post reckons that Everton are in with a £10M shout for Boro's Stuart Downing... They don't explain why.
21 Jan | Source:
Moyes back in for Davis
David Moyes is once again apparently keen on bringing Sean Davis to Goodison a couple of years after the midfielder's move to Everton collapsed over concerns over his knee.
The former Fulham man has hardly set the world alight at Portsmouth so if there is any truth in the rumour of a £2.5m bid it must surely be a case of padding out the squad along the likes of Johann Vogel.
Tykes still after Anderson
Faddy out, Andrei in?
The Daily Post adds to the speculation linking Everton to Russian forward Andre Arshavin. The Zenit St Petersburg player is valued at around £8m and his agent says that he and his client are weighing up three offers from "big clubs".
Arshavin himself, meanwhile, says that his aim is to play for a "strong team" and while he is aware of interest from Spain, Everton would be his choice of destinations. The 26 year-old is keen to play in the Premier League and, of course, got a taste of life at Goodison when he turned out for Zenit in their Uefa Cup Group A game in December.
Blues to rival Pompey for Sidwell
Steve Sidwell may have turned his nose up at a loan move to Sunderland but he could yet jump at the chance of first-team football for the remainder of the season at Everton or Portsmouth.
Agents trying to keep Gravesen move alive
Representatives of Thomas Gravesen are apparently hoping that Celtic will smooth the Dane's path to Galatasaray with a golden handshake that would compensate for the pay-cut he would have to take by joining the Turkish club.
Celtic fans site, Randalstown CSC, suggest that Gravesen is currently on $40,000 a week at Parkhead but with first-team opportunities slim both there and at Goodison, the 31 year-old is hoping to resurrect his career with a move to Turkey. Galatasaray are reportedly looking for midfield cover for the injured Tobias Linderoth who played with Mad Dog at Everton a few years ago.
The Randalstown site cites a Sportsmail report that Everton would not stand in Celtic's way were they to find a buyer for the Gravesen this month. The Danish international has made just a handful of appearances since returning to Goodison at the end of August.
15 Jan | Source:
Faddy to go for £5M
Arshavin speculation still going strong
Everton and Marseilles lead the chase for Russian international, Andrei Arshavin, according to the latest rumours.
The midfielder, who turned heads in a recent Uefa Cup game at Goodison, is a viable target this transfer window as the Russian league is currently in its close season. Zenit St Petersburg are likely to want upwards of £8m for Arshavin and if Moyes is even interested, he may move for him if he gets an offer of £5m or more for James McFadden.
14 Jan | Source:
£3M bid for McFadden rejected
The Times claims that an increased £3M bid from Birmingham City ofr teh services of James McFadden ahas been rejected. This is after The Mirror last week climed a £5M bif from Boror had also been rejected.
14 Jan | Source:
Let's all chase Van Buyten!
Rangers join McFadden chase
Rangers boss Walter Smith is considering joining Birmingham and Celtic in the race to sign James McFadden, according to Scotland's Sunday Herald .
Celtic had an approach to loan the forward until the end of the season rejected before Christmas and Birmingham's £2m bid was also knocked back this past week.
The same Herald article suggests that Alex McLeish has followed up with a £4m bid while others report that he's willing to go as high as £5.5m to land the player he coached for Scotland.
13 Jan | Source:
McLeish getting desperate
Birmingham bid for McFadden rejected
£600k bid for Haynes
Wednesday defender linked again
Everton are again being linked with a move for Sheffield Wednesday defender Frank Simek with whom they were linked over the summer.
Fernandes caught in a trap
The delay to Manual Fernandes rejoining Everton is apparently due to the police requirement that he remains in Spain during investigations into the fracas at a Valencia nightclub that saw him ending up speding Wednesday night in jail. It could take up to two weeks before he arrives at Everton... if he comes at all!
Bjarni bound for Deepdale?
Next up: Danny Haynes
Everton sign Manuel Fernandes
"Everton have taken Portugal international Manuel Fernandes on loan for the second consecutive January window. The former Benfica and Portsmouth midfielder had agreed to join the club on a permanent transfer last summer only to switch to Valencia at the last minute." — no confirmation as yet from Everton FC.
6 Jan | Source:
Everton in talks with Valencia
Sky Sports were carriying a report saying the following with regard to Manuale Fernandes:
Everton’s director of communications Ian Ross says talks have taken place with Valencia regarding a deal for the player.The story was subsequently removed.
"He is a great player and could be with us soon," Ross told Antena 1. "I think it will be until the end of the season.
"We are in talks with Valencia and tomorrow we will learn more."
For what it's worth (not much in today's climate of rampant Internet-based transfer nonsense), subsequent rumour from the ground today has it that Kenwright told a fan that the club had indeed started negotiations with the Spanish side...
5 Jan | Source:
Pandev denies wanting away
Manny set for Goodison return
David Moyes is prepared to forgive and forget the massive snub Manuel Fernandes delivered to the club last August when they thought he had signed, only for Valencia to step in and buy up all the third-party ownership to boot. That now makes it potentially easier for the apparently unsettled star to come back to Everton on loan for the rest of the season.
4 Jan | Source:
No bid for Joe Ledley
Cardiff midfielder linked
Buried in this piece about Kevin Ratcliffe's admiration for the way in which Everton have stuck by David Moyes is a link to Cardiff City's Welsh international midfielder Joe Ledley for £3.5m.
3 Jan | Source:
Everton eagre for Beevers
Van Buyten option just “an idea”
Comments on the Setanta Sports website made by the agent of Bayern Munich's Daniel van Buyten put in context the speculation linking him with a move to Everton this month.
Christophe Henrotay says that while he is friendly with David Moyes and that the Belgian defender is the type of player that the Everton boss is looking for to plug the gap that will be left by Joseph Yobo when he goes on ACoN duty with Nigeria this month, "[a deal] is a long way off but it's a real idea."
Henrotay continues: "Daniel has not played so much at the beginning of the season as is the choice of the coach Ottmar Hitzfeld at Bayern.
"It's a normal idea coming up from David. He knows me and knows Daniel and feels if we could have him for a while on loan it could be great but, today, I haven't talked with Daniel about it and never with Bayern about it."
2 Jan | Source:
Pandev on the lookout
Moyes looking at Diarra
David Moyes is apparently interested in Arsenal's unsettled midfielder, Lassana Diarra. The 22 year-old hasn't managed to hold down a first-team place since moving across London from Chelsea and could be available for as little as £2m.
1 Jan | Source:
Plymouth youngster to sign
Everton could be on the verge of signing Plymouth Argyle's 18 year-old midfield prospect, Daniel Gosling, if a rumour on the Grand Old Team forum is correct.
If true (and someone's already amended his Wikipedia entry, Riquelme style), it would confirm earlier suggestions that Moyes was looking to lodge a bid in January and could have been part of the arrangement which saw Lukas Jutkiewicz join the southwest outfit on loan until the end of the season.
According to the report, Gosling, who recently had a trial spell at Chelsea, has already completed a medical and will complete the move when the transfer window officially opens in a few hours' time.
31 Dec | Source:
Mollo and Juarez linked
Monaco midfielder Yohan Mollo has reportedly caught David Moyes's eye as he plots his transfer strategy for January while Mexican wonder-kid Efrain Juarez, who had a trial with the Blues over the summer but was prevented from moving to Goodison because of work-permit issues, could come in on loan.
31 Dec | Source:
Chip papers rumour roundup
If the Sunday papers are anything to go by, David Moyes has a laundry list of transfer targets for the upcoming transfer window which opens on Tuesday.
Valencia's David Abelda, free agen Johan Vogel, and former target Momo Sissoko are some of the more familiar names linked by the likes of the News of the World today but Wolves' Wayne Hennessey, Barnsley's Brian Howard, and Bayern Munich's Daniel Van Buyten can also be added to the list.
And rumours that Manuel Fernandes could make a shock return to Goodison Park continue to spread, the latest suggestion being that he'll join for £8m and end his Valencia nightmare.
Finally, the Sunday Mail report that James McFadden will hand in a transfer request to force Everton to sanction a move back north of the Border, with Celtic in pole position to sign the Scottish international who hasn't figured much in an Everton shirt in recent matches.
NW powers tracking Asenjo
Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United are reportedly interested in Real Valladolid's 18 year-old goalkeeper, Sergio Asenjo.
Fff the Tiscali transfer website:
1. Everton are close to signing Barnsley's £3million-rated midfielder Brian Howard. (He's 25 next month, currently their top goalscorer with 9 goals)
2. Bayern Munich defender Daniel van Buyten is a target for Everton boss David Moyes.
3. Everton are set to swoop for Swiss midfielder Johann Vogel after he was released by Real Betis.
Xabi Alonso for £14m
Everton will swoop for the Spanish midfielder who is bezzy mates with The Best Little Spaniard We Know in the upcoming transfer window. That's according to a rumour gathering pace among Blues fans...
28 Dec | Source:
McFadden targeted by Marseilles
French side Marseilles and Glasgow Celtic have loan bids for James McFadden rejected by Everton. The player himself, though, has subsequently said he may move back to Scotland seeing as first-team opportunities appear limited at Goodison Park right now.
27 Dec | Source:
Fernandes set for Everton return
Moyes won't sell Arteta for less than £25m
David Moyes would only contemplate selling Mikel Arteta to the likes of Valencia and Athletic Madrid who are rumoured to be chasing him for £25m or more. That's according to that bastion of watertight reportage, the Daily Star...
24 Dec | Source:
Lairy 70s throwback, anyone?
Everton will offer Reading £3m for Stephen Hunt during next month's transfer window according to The Mirror. The lairy midfielder, who makes Bon Scott look like he was well turned out, scored the only goal in the Royals' 1-0 win over the Blues in August.
21 Dec | Source:
Blues chasing £4m Albelda
Everton and Portsmouth will duel it out over Valencia captain David Albelda this January following speculation that he will be leaving the troubled Spanish club in the transfer window.
20 Dec | Source:
Gunter happy to knuckle down at Cardiff
Promising young fullback Chris Gunter, the subject of a £1m bid by Everton over the summer, says that he's happy to keep impressing at Cardiff City where he has now earned regular first-team action.
Downing £8M? No Bid!
Yakubu to Chelsea for £15M
Chelsea boss Avram Grant wants to bring in one of his former Maccabi Haifa charges to Stamford Bridge and is planning a £15M bid for Everton striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu — according to teh Sunday Express!
16 Dec | Source:
Vogel for free! Yipee!!!
Cashing in on Caicedo?
FC Basel's Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo is reportedly attracting the attention of Everton. The 19-year-old is already a full international with 15 caps and two goals to his name and has scored four league goals and one in the Uefa Cup.... does that mean he is perhaps cup-tied?
4 Dec | Source:
Plymouth teenager on Moyes's radar?
Everton are hoping to have more luck in persuading Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock to part with 18 year-old midfielder Dan Gosling for £1m than they did with his predecessor, Ian Holloway.
3 Dec | Source:
McLeish to finally land McFadden?
One of the more predictable rumours for the January transfer window is James McFadden moving to Birmingham City now that Alex McLeish is manager at St Andrews.
He is rumoured to have nearly signed him as a club manager and coached him at international level but with Faddy not able to hold down a first-team place at Goodison, now might be the time for him to move on and Everton to capitalise on his market value.
3 Dec | Source:
Faddy now joining Celtic
Johnson-West Ham rumour resurfaces
AJ, Mikel, JP all wanted
The January transfer window is still 2½ months away but the rumour mill is still churning away with reports that West Ham have renewed their interest in "unsettled" Andy Johnson and will offer Everton £12m and the player £65k a week to seal a deal in January.
Elsewhere, Chelsea, Newcastle, Valencia and Real Madrid all want Mikel Arteta and Manchester City are looking to steal hot midfield prospect, John Paul Kissock, away for £3m before he's even played for the Blues' first team.
15 Oct | Source:
South African takeover interests Kenwright
"Leading Everton fans" have made contact with the newest member of the Board, Robert Earl, in the capacity of intermediaries for a "mystery South African businessman" and Bill Kenwright is apparently interested in the takeover proposal.
That's according to Alan Nixon in The People who also suggests that retail tycoon Philip Green, mutual friend of Kenwright and Earl, is involved in the discussions.
While it's an uncorroborated report in a Sunday red-top, it was Nixon who revealed that Everton were about to spend big prior to the summer transfer deadline on the back of Earl's appointment to the Board. So, who knows if there's smoke without fire on this one...
Bryan Hughes ... so near
Turner to the Owls for £250k...
Riquelme bid thwarted
Riquelme flies in for talks?!
The transfer rumour of the summer, started for a laugh on a rival unofficial website what seems like aeons ago, perpetuated by a gaffe on the official site last month and finally revived yesterday on InTheNews, gets its last hurrah today with a report by the Daily Mail that Juan Roman Riquelme is flying into Merseyside to discuss a year-long loan at Everton.
Fed up with life at Villarreal after falling out with their manager and hesitating about a move to Athletico Madrid (at potential issue there is their quota of non-EU players), the Argentine midfielder who knows Goodison well from the Blues' Champions League qualifier against his current employers in 2005, apparently fancies a crack at life in the Premier League.
Desperation leads to Gravesen?
Unofficial websites Vital Football and NSNO (the latter citing Dominic King at the Echo) suggest that Everton's search for a creative midfielder has led them to lodging a bid for ageing Danish midfielder, Thomas Gravesen.
BT the Goodison Saviour!
BT could be on his way to fire us to Euro and domestic glory! Thankfully BT is for Black Tornado Appiah rather than Beatz with the manTitz! Moyes is offering a £5M Deadline Day deal... [Mike Hunt]
30 Aug | Source:
But would he be 'Appy 'ere?
According to Sky Sports, Everton are weighing up a move for Fenerbahçe's Stephen Appiah but the Daily Mail report that David Moyes has been told the Ghanaian, who is currently carrying a knee injury and who has one eye on January's African Nations Cup that will be hosted by his home country, is not for sale.
29 Aug | Source:
Nolan back on the radar
Everton are ready to test Bolton's desire to hold on to Kevin Nolan with renewed interest in the midfielder in the wake of Manuel Fernandes' shock defection to Valencia.
Manny “frustrated at delays”
Manny signs... for Valencia!!!
No soucres in English but claims that Sky Sports and the Guardian are now reporting Everton have had him stolen away...
Manny finally secured
No Love for Everton
Everton apparently held talks with the advisors of Brazilian striker Wagner Love as an alternative to the hideously-priced Yakubu but CSKA Moscow are reportedly asking for much more than the Blues are willing to pay.
22 Aug | Source:
Who said Ingimarsson?
This taken from Sky Sports website: "West Ham and Newcastle are known to be keen on Shorey, whilst Portsmouth are being linked with Lita and Everton with Ingimarsson". Since when have we been interested in him? [Submitted by Philip Jones]
Everton baulk at Yakubu price-tag
Yakubu's move to Everton is in doubt as the Blues struggle to come to terms with the massive £12.5M transfer fee demanded by Middlesbrough. A compromise may be possible but reports suggests David Moyes will now turn his attention to Brazilian forward Wagner Love.
20 Aug | Source:
Fernandes signed for £8M?!
According to David Prentice "Fernandes came through his medical safely yesterday and completed an £8m transfer, but his international clearance is unlikely to come through in time for him to figure at Reading tomorrow."
17 Aug | Source:
Did Mittal try to buy Everton?
According to his Wikipedia entry, Lakshmi Mittal, ranked as the world's fifth-most wealthy person by Forbes with a fortune of $32bn, recently tried to buy first Everton and then Birmingham.
16 Aug | Source:
Newcastle target Neville?
Sam Allardyce is interested in bringing Phil Neville's experience to St James Park to the tune of £4m. Everton paid Manchester United £3.5m for the England international two years ago.
14 Aug | Source:
Wednesday winger linked
Valente wanted by French outfit
Everton to improve Yak bid
Fernandes set to sign!!!
Manny is half-way here!
"Manuel Fernandes is on his way to Everton after Benfica last night accepted a £6million bid for their 50 per cent stake in the 21-year-old midfielder. Goodison chiefs now face protracted negotiations with Global Sports agency, part of the group embroiled in the Carlos Tevez transfer saga, over the other 50 per cent of the player's rights."
10 Aug | Source:
Ameobi is unsettled at the fact that he is now 5th or 6th choice striker at Newcastle. He is looking for regular football and has spoken to Everton on the quiet twice this week, with Allardyce very keen to settle for around £5 million for the under 21 international.
10 Aug | Source:
£12M price tag for Yakubu
Moyes set to up Yak bid
Fernandes + Yakuba mega-splurge?!
Everton will embark on a "panic buy" spending spree and splash £16m they don't appear to have on Manuel Fernandes (£6m) and Middlesbrough striker Yakubu (£10m). That's according to the Daily Mail who earlier reported that the Blues' hopes of signing "Lucho" Gonzales were fading.
7 Aug | Source:
Blues in queue for “New Maradona”
"Ten Premiership clubs are chasing Argentina prodigy Franco Di Santo, according to newspaper reports," most recently the Sunday Mirror. Everton are one but Arsenal are believed to be favourites.
7 Aug | Source:
Baines fails his medical?
An unofficial Wigan site reports that Leighton Baines failed his medical at Everton this afternoon. No other details thus far apart from a corroborating post in our Mail Bag.
Que Ezquerro por nada?
Stories that spread like wildfire
No, the resignation of David Moyes will not be announced tomorrow as a rapidly spreading rumour would have you believe.
Web forums have been alive with the story that Moyes's well-founded disenchantment with the lack of funds available to him as he goes into another European campaign has led him to walk out on Everton on the eve of the new season.
We have been assured that there's nothing in it but scurrilous rumour. Moyes has been out of the public eye this past week due to the illness and subsequent death of his mother. [ToffeeWeb would like to take this opportunity to offer Mr Moyes our condolences and sincere sympathy.]
Vogel still available?
Despite a report that seemed to suggest that Johann Vogel had signed for an obscure team in Turkey, Spanish outfit Cadiz are now in the running for his signature.
Going for Gonzalez
The BBC gossip column has a link to an Express story that Everton are to sign the Luis Gnzalez from Porto for £10M.
Baines deal done. No, really this time!
Word on the streets and in the pubs of Wigan tonight is that Leighton Baines signed for Everton this evening in a deal worth £5.8m. That's according to a poster in our MailBag who says that the fullback has been pulled from Wigan Athletic's website — in reality he hasn't, he's listed as no 26.
With the deal to sell James Beattie also seemingly done (according to the Mail), it seems one deal was dependent on the other.
Newcastle sniffing around Baines now
Charlton's Thomas linked
Baines bid accepted!
Baines moves a little closer
Baines ready to sign?
Rumour is rife that Leighton Baines either became an Everton player tonight or very soon will be after he was spotted in the crowd at the Werder Bremen game sitting next to James Vaughan and signing autographs for fans.
Smith going to Newcastle
Baines wants Everton move
Columbus Crew midfielder Danny Szetela craves a second chance with Everton but appears more likely to be heading for Italian football. The USA Under-20 international had the chance to go to Everton when he was 16, but he felt he was too young to leave his family and decided on the MLS.
27 Jul | Source:
Sheffield United target Beattie
Sheffield United boss, Bryan Robson, is reportedly interested in tempting James Beattie to drop a division and join the Blades' push for an immediate return to the top flight.
Needing cash to fund potential deals of their own, Everton are refusing to budge from their £4m valuation of the 29 year-old and according to the Daily Mail, United could be ready to fork over the same fee they just received from the Blues for Phil Jagielka.
26 Jul | Source:
Baines bid reported
With Leighton Baines having turned down the chance to join Sunderland after negotiations with Black Cats boss, Roy Keane, the consensus appears to be that the player will either stay at Wigan or sign for Everton.
The Blues are believed to have lodged a £6m bid involving staged payments for the left back but Latics boss, Chris Hutchings, has gone to great lengths to express his desire for Baines to stay at the JJB Stadium.
25 Jul | Source:
... ugh, I just bring myself to finish that cliche.
Everton, along with Totteham and Benfica, have been linked with American teen sensation, Freddie Adu. Whether the Blues' recent game against Adu's current club, Real Salt Lake, is the fuel for this speculation or if there is actually any substance to it remains to be seen.
24 Jul | Source:
Marseilles “starlet” on trial
Everton have handed a week's trial to Marseille starlet Ahmed Yahiaoui.
Blues made Bendtner approach
Smith deal done
ToffeeWeb understands that Everton have agreed a deal with Manchester United and Alan Smith but that the announcement won't be made until the eve of the ballot on "The Kirkby Project" so as to maximise the "feelgood" factor ahead of the vote.
As our source says of his source, "I know he'll be dead pissed off with me for sharing this but just had to show everyone how cynical these buggers are!"
We have no idea as to the veracity of the information so, as usual, don't shoot the messenger! We're just passing this stuff on...
Focus back on Smith
David Moyes will turn his attention back to Manchester United's Alan Smith following the news that James Vaughan could be out for as long as 6 months after dislocating his shoulder against Preston on Wednesday evening.
19 Jul | Source:
Moyes lining up SA midfielder
Steven Pienaar could follow Johann Vogel through the gates of Goodison to hold talks with Everton according to the Daily Mail.
The 25 year-old South African currently plies his trade with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga but could be on the verge of a move to the Premier League after a rumoured move to Manchester City fell through earlier this month.
The inevtiable YouTube highlight reel
18 Jul | Source:
Moyes monitoring Brazilian defender
Beattie to Rovers for £3.5M
Middlesbrough may be about to 'rescue' James Beattie from his Everton 'nightmare'. Boro, like Everton, are rumoured to be interested in Manchester United's Alan Smith but Boro will turn to Beattie if their efforts for Smith end in failure.
14 Jul | Source:
Richardson move likely?
David Moyes is apparently "moving in" on Keiran Richardson, another Man Utd reject. And over on NSNO.co.uk, they report that the player arrived at Bellefield this morning to undergo a medical ahead of a rumoured £2.5m move from Manchester United.
11 Jul | Source:
New addition by Monday?
With one signing in the bag, Evertonians are itching for the next phase of what they hope will be some significant squad reinforcement by David Moyes this summer.
The BlueKipper forum has been alive the last couple of days with the rumour that Jermaine Defoe will be unveiled as a new signing by Monday, while over on Vital Football they're suggesting that Kieran Richardson will undergo a medical this weekend before completing a £2.5m move from Manchester United.
All part of the silly season, of course, where wags aplenty are just waiting to tempt the national press into running their made up rumour and well-reported links turn to solid stories and eventual signings. You just never know which is which, though, eh...?!
Moyes to really Fanni around
Nice defender, Rod Fanni, claims that Everton are one of three Premier League clubs to have enquired about his availability. The 25 year-old is quoted by Setanta Sports Australia as saying, "A host of clubs are interested in me. They have approached my agent but haven't made any offer for the moment.
Everton interested in Queudrue
Everton and Newcastle have emerged as potential suitors for Fulham's Franck Queudrue according to the player's representative. Dominique Six told Setanta Sports that the Frenchman is considering his options: "He is a professional and is under contract with Fulham. But if an opportunity occurs I will definitely study it. Newcastle and Everton regard Franck as a possible signing.
"Some Premier League clubs are looking for a left back, and Franck could be a good choice."
With Everton's Gary Naysmith in talks with Sheffield United regarding a possible move to Yorkshire, David Moyes is known to be on the lookout for a left back. Wigan's Leighton Baines is thought to be too expensive for the Blues' boss.
4 Jul | Source:
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