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23 Dec 2015 05:47:05
With Everton in desperate need of a lift heading in to the January window, as they are in danger of being left behind in mid-table, despite Lukaku's goals, what are they looking at for January?

{Ed002's Note - A great question Ed001. It is difficult to answer anything and pin it on January as clubs are not keen to sell – but I have tried to give a hint (but it is only my opinion about January). Lots of players are looked at over the course of a season and I will try and capture as many of the ones where there has been more than a glance or two:


Possible: Aston Villa and Stoke are both looking at Marseille's Steve Mandanda with interest from elsewhere (notably Crystal Palace, Atletico, Spurs and Arsenal) seemingly gone. There was speculation that Everton had submitted a bid for a January move - but the offer that has been made is from Aston Villa. He is out of contract in the summer and Marseille would ideally like a new deal. They would prefer not to sell in January as it gives them a goalkeeping issue they don't want right now. I don't know where the supposed interest of Everton has come from but it would not be out of the question. (A side note that Marseille have a representative coming in to England today (Wednesday) and she will be staying for about a week – she will be available to discuss transfers but is concentrating on another for this trip (and celebrating Christmas).)

Unlikely: I am not aware of any but Everton interest is not out of the question as he is available and will be moving in January: Roma have dropped their interest in Dnipro's Denys Boyko who looks to be on the way to Besiktas - possibly even as part of a double sale including centre back Douglas.

Centre Back:

Unlikely: According to his agent there is interest in Nemanja Vidic from Aston Villa and Everton but the reported interest of Spartak Moscow is yet to be confirmed. Inter say otherwise, but would be open to a sale in January.

Unlikely: Werder Bremen's Yannik Vestergaard was subject of an approach by Newcastle in the summer but the club declined any chance to discuss a transfer. Southampton and Everton both watched the player at the start of the season but did not, according to his club, declare any formal interest.}

Left Back:

Possible and I think an attempt will be made: Everton, Southampton, Swansea, Sunderland and West Ham have all maintained an interest in Leeds' Sam Byram. Liverpool, Newcastle and Arsenal have had him watched but it is now Aston Villa who are making an active effort to bring Byram to the Premier League.


Possible: Dynamo Kyiv managed to persuade Yarmolenko not to move this past summer and managed to get him to sign a new contract. There has been interest over the past year from Roma, Spurs, Stoke, Fiorentina, Everton, Inter and Dortmund. Bayer Leverkusen, Valencia, Napoli and Manchester City all dropped their interest and PSG, who were considering Yarmolenko as a possible option to replace Lavezzi this past summer, seem to have done the same - at least for now but there is a reasonable chance Lavezzi could move in January. Yarmolenko has expressed a desire to move to Barcelona or Chelsea - and there has been more than one approach made directly to the Chelsea to gauge their interest. Right now it looks like Barcelona are considering their options for a January bid, but much will depend for them on an entirely separate matter. Whilst an approach was made to the agent of Yarmolenko by Arsenal in the summer, nothing could be done. He spent the summer screwing everyone around and there is still a lingering view he could do the same in January. I don't know if anything can be done or if Everton, Arsenal or Barcelona will push, but Piero Ausilio was at a recent game to look again at him - so Inter might still be in the mix.

Possible but his club will try to resist a January sale: Auxerre midfielder Brahim Konate has been attracting the attention of a number of English sides with Everton, Reading, Ipswich and Brighton all having him watched this season.

Won’t happen: Liverpool have agreed in principle to the transfer of Red Star Belgrade's Marko Grujic after agreeing a record fee with his club and an astonishing wage offer. The player will almost certainly spend the rest of the season with Red Star and move in the summer. I don't know what promise of game time had been made but it has been suggested by his representative that Liverpool have offered him Gerrard's number 8 shirt as wel. This far outstrips any other offer, particularly if the club are promising game time. Inter could not match the transfer fee in cash and certainly not the wages even though they were his first choice destination. Chelsea offered a lower transfer fee (that could have been resolved) but would not be looking at him for the first team for probably two and a half years. That would comprise an initial loan back to Red Star (perhaps even next season at Red Star but that was not their preference) and then a year on loan in Europe as he is seen as being behind the pecking order of another midfield player who is going through that process already. Liverpool's offer has also ended interest from Napoli, Hamburg, Wolfsburg, PSG, Manchester United, Everton, Stuttgart, Manchester City and Roma - although none of these clubs put a firm offer on the table as I understand it. Much is expected of him.

Attacking Midfield/Wing:

I think Everton can complete a deal but not just yet – one for the future certainly and a real coup if the club can do it: Dinamo Zagreb's winger Josip Brekalo is on the "wonderkid" list but underage so any move is problemmatic in the short term. However, interest from Everton is sustained with both Dinamo Moscow and Monaco also showing an interest.

If Arsenal don’t revive interest, possibly one for the summer: Empoli's Riccardo Saponara continues to be of interest to both Everton and Juventus who have been told they will not listen to offers before the summer. Previous interest of Norwich has waned.

Unlikely: Genoa's Diego Perotti will be available in the summer and may just be available in January at the right price. Everton, Belgrano, Arsenal, Vélez Sarsfield and Milan have looked at him recently with both Arsenal and Milan open to making a January deal.

Very, very unlikely: Braga's Rafa Silva has been of interested to Benfica, Everton, Southampton, Wolfsburg and Schalke for a number of months. West Ham, Real Betis, Bayer Leverkusen, Marseille and Spurs have had him watched but to the best of my knowledge not enquired further at this time. Notably, Manchester United have watched in several recent games.


Possible: Bordeaux's Wahbi Khazri has attracted the interest of several English clubs including Swansea (whose interest may have gone), Newcastle, Stoke and Everton (strenghthening) already this season. Previous interest from Roma, Fenerbahce and Sunderland has gone. Lille and Arsenal had the player watched but have no declared interest. Aston Villa are interested but may need to survive before anything could be done.

Unlikely but I expect Everton to maintain their interest: Manchester United and Bayern Munich have both been aware of Moussa Dembele since his time at PSG and were both interested in signing him when he opted for Fulham as a 16 year old. Newcastle, Lille, Napoli, Everton and Spurs have also been looking at Dembele since the start of the season. A move in January seems unlikely and the player will need to be advised that he doesn't end up moving only be sat on the bench or playing in the reserves.

Very unlikely: Mainz, PSV, Hannover, Bruge and Rapid Wien had shown interest in Sion’s Moussa Konate over the summer with most stepping back because of the asking price and Rapid Wien opting for Tomi Correa. Everton, Newcastle, Chelsea and Arsenal have been represented at games this season and may follow up on their interest but all will be aware that it would be a big step up for the player who has struggled when chances came in Russia and Italy.

Won’t happen: Marseille have a sustained interest in Toulouse's Wissam Ben Yedder and thought they had completed a deal in the summer - they will return in January for the player who needs a change of club having struggled at the start of this season. Interest from Everton has gone and I suspect the interest of Spurs has now shifted elsewhere.

Won’t happen: Basel's Breel Embolo remains a target of Borussia Moenchengladbach, Spurs, Inter, Juventus, Red Bull Leipzig and West Ham with Basel aware of interest from all of these clubs in addition to Wolfsburg who have discussed a transfer with the club. Barcelona, Everton, Southampton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester have also had the player watched.

I am going to say one possibly in January, perhaps two. The probable takeover will take up much of the Everton news in the coming weeks.}

1.) 23 Dec 2015 08:09:40
Thanks for the info ed 002 as always.

{Ed002's Note - Your welcome man.}

2.) 23 Dec 2015 08:26:07
Ed 002 I know some of us have a moan at you and I have been one of those, but not to the point of abusing you, that's a great post and your knowledge is second to none on this site, keep up the excellent work and do I sense a bit of Xmas joy in your typing nowadays.

{Ed002's Note - You are very sweet.}

3.) 23 Dec 2015 08:26:52
Cheers for that Ed002, very informative.

4.) 23 Dec 2015 14:05:40
right Ed wheres the real Ed 2 gone, is this a permenant thing or is it just Xmas spirit as I preferred the grumpy Ed :)

5.) 23 Dec 2015 18:48:16
If Ed002's knowledge is second to none how come he is not Ed001. It's a cracker!



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26 Nov 2014 19:27:42
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07 Aug 2019 17:08:23
Sorry I was distracted then mid-post and hit submit. I meant to say sorry for getting heated too. It is such a hectic time and everything we say gets jumped on and people start posting abuse about it that it puts us off even bothering. I barely even try and get info these days as even the wait for a signing to be confirmed can be so full of abuse, then when it is done we get abuse because it took so long or because someone doesn't like the player signed. It sometimes just makes it so we assume the worst when people say something. So apologies for doing so in your case.



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12 Apr 2018 18:48:14
He will be much missed and a sad loss to the world. I would say RIP but I doubt he would want peace, he would probably much prefer an argument up there! Thank you for letting us all know Tony, I know you must have a lot on your plate right now so take care of yourself and my best wishes to you and all the family.



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