Now we are half way through January, the transfer window is in full swing and Everton seem to be sharing the headlines a great deal of late.
With several clubs interested in hit-man Louis Saha speculation remains rife as the injury prone Frenchman still has not signed a new deal with the Blues. The only stumbling block at the moment seems to be the huge weekly wages the striker is demanding (around £60,000.) Although the 31-year-old cannot sign any agreement with any other British club until the end of the season, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are watching proceedings very closely, as he will be able to leave on a free come May. David Moyes’ main reason for rejecting the 3 year deal is mainly because of the top scorers past injuries and the Scot will want to offer him a shorter deal with a lower weekly wage plus bonus payments. Talks are currently ongoing and the ex-Fulham and Manchester United attacker is believed to be happy at Goodison park. Moyes, who celebrates eight years at Everton this March, would like to keep the powerful forward as there is inadequate cover. To do this however, he needs to act quickly and possibly yield to Saha’s demands, as the French international has scored an impressive 10 goals in the Premier League already this season.
Ruud van Nistlerooy could be a possible replacement if Saha does leave in January and the ex-Manchester United striker is hoping to once again play in England to boost his chances of making the World Cup for Netherlands this summer. Lucas Neill has also been touted by Galatasaray and could shock the blue half of Merseyside this week if he leaves for Turkey for the rumoured £800,000 bid. The Australian would join international team mate Harry Kewell if he were to leave for the Yellow-Reds. The wages he would pick up would far exceed that of Everton’s kitty and it is also rumoured that Moyes would not stand in his way if he did wish to leave. Signed on a free in September, the hard-tackling defender has only spent four and a half months with the Peoples Club, nevertheless his transfer would see a tidy profit for the Blues. Neill has played 12 times for Everton this season and also made substitute appearances on three separate occasions. Another piece of transfer gossip which the Goodison faithful will be chewing their nails over is the news that Chelsea are looking at Marouane Fellaini. The powerful central midfielder has put in some cracking performances of late and looks to be more settled in the defensive midfield role. Fellaini’s father said this week: “Marouane belongs at a really top club and will only get better.”
On a brighter note for Blues fans, there are rumours of several players coming to Goodison; the first of these is MTK Budapest midfielder Andras Gosztonvi. The 21-year-old was due for a trial last week but was unable to travel because of the poor weather. The Hungarian international can play on the left side of midfield or in the centre. The Toffees Boss was also rumoured to be after Real America’s Bolivian attacking midfielder Samuel Galindo but the Gunners look to have beaten them to the signing. The Blues tactician has also looked at Sheffield United’s Matthew Kilgallon, who will sign for Everton if the Blades fail in their attempt for promotion this year. The strong defender has rejected a £2m move to Newcastle United this week, as well as a £1.75m deal to Burnley as Moyes wants to pair the ex- England Under-21 international with Phil Jagielka. He will sign on a Bosman free in the summer if the Red and White Wizards are not promoted.
The Blues play host to big spenders Manchester City this Saturday as new boy Mancini comes to town. The Italian has won every game since he took over at Eastlands and was furious when his side let one goal slip against Blackburn on Monday. Moyes may start Landon Donovan again, as the American played extremely well against Arsenal. Tracking back often, the ex-Bayer Leverkeusen midfielder used his pace to keep Armand Traore at bay and stopped him coming forward to join in the play, as well as contributing heavily to Everton’s counter attacks. Everton should expect to face a well versed and focused Sky Blue team with Carlos Tevez leading the attack – in the form of his life.