EVERTON CLOSE TO SIGNING EXCITING YOUNG ATTACKING MIDFIELD PROSPECT

Kevin Thelwell’s remit as Director of Football is pretty clear – in the short term, keep Everton competitive in the Premier League; for the longer term, reduce the club’s wage bill and average squad age while improving the talent and depth. The signings that have come through the door so far during this summer transfer window has reflected that mix of players. James Tarkowski and Conor Coady address the glaring weakness of the defensive corps, while Dwight McNeil, Amadou Onana and Ruben Vinagre are all exciting young players that Frank Lampard can build around in years ahead.

While the Blues still need to do more in terms of bringing in attacking help for the oft-injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the rarely-effective Salomon Rondon, they have certainly gone a long way towards addressing the need for more skill and talent in the middle of the park today. As multiple media sources are now confirming the news broken earlier by Football Insider, Everton are close to signing the exciting 22-year-old attacking midfielder Mohamed Kudus from Ajax Amsterdam on loan, with an option for an outright purchase at the end of the season. Continue Reading

EVERTON OPEN TO GOMES SALE

Merseyside giants Everton are open to the sale of Andre Gomes. This is according to the report from English publication Daily Mail which stated that the Toffees won’t mind his exit this summer as manager Frank Lampard tries to build a formidable squad ahead of the new Premier League season.

Another English publication Daily Mirror reported some weeks ago that Portuguese clubs such as Sporting Lisbon and Benfica want to sign the ex-Barcelona and Valencia midfielder in this transfer window. Continue Reading

EVERTON EDGE BLACKPOOL IN THRILLER

Everton have breathed life into their pre-season preparations after they served up a six-goal thriller with hosts Blackpool, while finishing on the right end of the result. English Championship side Blackpool played hosts to Merseyside giants Everton at Bloomfield Road on Sunday and it was the Toffees who emerged victorious thanks to a 4-2 win. England international midfielder Dele Alli was the star of the show after he scored twice for Everton on the way to victory.


Merseyside outfit Everton have not had the best of pre-seasons with fans protesting the ownership of the club under Fahad Moshiri while James Tarkowski is the only major arrival at the club this summer and it was a free transfer. Tarkowski became a free agent after his contract with Burnley ended last month with the Clarets down in the English Championship having been demoted from the Premier League last season. At the moment, Everton have issues with Financial Fair Play (FFP). To this effect, they have to be careful with their expenditures. Continue Reading

CHELSEA, SPURS EYEING RICHARLISON DEAL

The London duo of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are eyeing a move for Everton attacker Richarlison. This is according to the report fromthe Daily Mail which claimed that Spurs and Chelsea are in the race to sign the Brazil international.


Chelsea are preparing for life after Romelu Lukaku who’s closing in on a loan move to Inter Milan. Chelsea paid a little over £97m to sign the former Everton striker last summer as he returned to the club from Inter Milan for his second spell at Stamford Bridge. Lukakufailed to live up to expectations on his return to Chelsea and he’s on the verge of returning to the San Siro after Inter Milan agreed a loan deal worth €8m for him plus add-ons. Also, the Belgian international agreed to take a pay cut from €12m-per-year at Chelsea to €8m-per-year at Inter Milan for his loan move back to Italian football. Continue Reading

EVERTON FACE NEWCASTLE BATTLE FOR TARKOWSKI

Merseyside giants Everton are facing the threat of new Premier League moneybags Newcastle Unitedin their bid to sign Burnley defender James Tarkowski on a free transfer. Five clubswere in the race for the 29-year-old before it camedown to Everton and Newcastle United. According to the report from the Daily Mirror, West Ham United, Everton, Newcastle United, Fulham and Aston Villa were interested in the Burnleycentre back.


Aston Villa have made a move to strengthen their centre back position with the signing of Brazilian star Diego Carlos from Spanish La Liga club Sevilla thus ruling them out of the running for Tarkowski. West Ham United would also not be keen on a move for Tarkowski with the club closing in on a move for NayefAguerd from Rennes in the French top flight. Tarkowski has spent ten out of thirteen seasons in the North West and he would be hoping tostay in the northern part thus effectively leaving Newcastle United and Everton in the race to sign the former Brentford player. Continue Reading

NO PARTEY FOR EVERTON GAME

 

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Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey will reportedly not be fit for the visit of Merseyside outfit Everton on the final day of the Premier League this season. This is according to the report from Football London which stated that Partey won’t be risked for the Everton  game. It was stated that the Ghanaian star won’t be risked for the Everton game on Sunday as he continues to recover from the thigh injury that has plagued him since the start of last month. It had been hoped that Partey will play some part before the season ends with an home game against Merseyside giants Everton, but that would not be possible as reported by the aforementioned media outlet.


Partey has been missing in action since he sustained a thigh problem during the 3-0 loss at the hands of Crystal Palace in their London Derby clash played in April. He has been sorely missed by the Gunners in central midfield. The Gunners have lost three of the seven Premier League games without him. Continue Reading

EVERTON ON THE VERGE OF SIGNING JACK PATTERSON

Everton are reportedly on the verge of completing the signing of 16-year-old midfielder Jack Patterson from Northern Ireland club Crusaders. According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton are closing in on the capture of 16-year-old Northern Irish prospect Jack Patterson from Crusaders FC in the upcoming summer transfer window.

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A product of the Crusaders’ youth academy, Patterson has been making quite the strides in his homeland despite his young age. The teenage midfield prodigy made his senior debut for the club at the age of 15 and has since made four first-team appearances so far. He has also represented the Northern Ireland national team at youth levels.
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EVERTON LOSE SIX AWAY LEAGUE GAMES

Merseyside outfit Everton are now on a run of six successive league defeats on the road after Burnley came from behind to beat them 3-2 at home. Hosts Burnley scored twice in the second half to overturn a one-goal deficit against Everton at the half-time interval.


Everton came into the Burnley game on the back of a poor run of form away from home. They had lost six successive away games in all competitions including five successive away games in the league before they took on the Clarets at Turf Moor. The Merseyside giants were on their way to victory before two defensive lapses ensured that Burnley scored two goals in the second half to turn the game on its head. A win would have eased the relegation worries at Everton in addition to moving them six points clear of the relegation zone. Continue Reading

GODFREY RETURNS IN WOLVES DEFEAT

Everton defender Ben Godfrey made his return from injury during the Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, but he could not save his team from another defeat that could prove costly in the fight for survival at the wrong end of the league standings.


Godfrey had missed some weeks of football action due to a thigh injury and he returned to the Everton starting XI for the home game against Wolves in the league on Sunday. He could not prevent his team from suffering a 1-0 defeat to the visitors courtesy the first half header from skipper Conor Coady. England international Coady scored his third league goal of the season to hand Wolves the three points and boost their hopes of finishing in the top four positions. Continue Reading

CALVERT-LEWIN SET FOR EVERTON RETURN

Merseyside giants Everton are set to welcome star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin back into their squad ahead of thePremier League trip to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take on North London giants Spurs.The England international has missed the last two Everton games in all competitions due to a hip injury, but manager Frank Lampard is confident that he would make his squad for the Tottenham Hotspur game. In his pre-match press conference ahead of theTottenham Hotspur game, the new Everton manager told reporters that he expects Calvert-Lewin to be ready for the Premier League encounter.


The last Everton appearance for Calvert-Lewin came during the Premier League defeat at Southampton last month. The Englishman played 90 minutes as Southampton beat Everton 2-0 at home. He missed the Manchester City game at home in the league which ended in a 1-0 defeat thanks to the second half strike from Phil Foden. Calvert-Lewin then missed a second Everton game in a rowas his team beat lowly Boreham Wood 2-0 at  home tobook their place in the FA Cup quarterfinals. Continue Reading