Marcel Brands insists Yerry Mina only wanted to join Everton

Everton director of football Marcel Brands has stressed that Yerry Mina had no second thoughts about joining the club during the summer. Towards the end of the transfer window, it had been suggested that the Toffees had beaten Manchester United to the central defender only because of the additional fees offered to the player’s agent and uncle but Brands has now dismissed the claims.

In a report covered by The Mail, he said: “It was really simple behind the scenes. I put the offer in and Barcelona asked for a totally different amount that we would never have paid. Then they said, ‘OK, we will wait until the end of the market’. We never changed our offer. That was a bit of gamble because everyone was writing about Man United [wanting Mina] and Barcelona used that, agents used that, everyone used it. The player said constantly to me, ‘I want to go to Everton’. That was a great thing for us but you never know if Manchester United come in and offer an extra £150,000 a week – every player would like that.”
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Sam Allardyce warns Marco Silva over Richarlison deal

Sam Allardyce has warned Marco Silva over his decision to push through a summer deal for Watford winger Richarlison. The Brazilian struggled during the second half of the previous season where he failed to contribute a goal or assist and Allardyce believes Silva could face the wrath of the supporters, should the forward fail to an impact from the off.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, he said: “Everybody’s seen the drop off since Mario Silva (sic) left Watford, or maybe even before then. I think that he has seen him first-hand and worked with him on a daily basis so he is backing his own judgement. What I would say to be careful about though is, if you say you are buying potential, Everton fans do not want potential. If you’re buying Richarlison now as a future player, that’s not what Everton fans want to see at the moment. They want to see them fighting with the best and up there with the top four.”
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Gylfi Sigurdsson reflects on the toughest moment of his career

Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson spoke about the disappointment after Iceland succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Nigeria at the World Cup. The Icelanders were lauded for their impressive draw against Argentina during their tournament debut but they could not replicate the feat versus the Super Eagles, who found the scoresheet twice via Ahmed Musa.

Speaking after the game, Sigurdsson admitted that the match was probably the toughest of his career after he spurned the chance to bring Iceland back into the game via the penalty spot. With just seven minutes of normal time left, Alfred Finnbogason was fouled in the box which allowed Iceland a route into the match but Sigurdsson could only hoof the opportunity over the bar.
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Idrissa Gueye backs Everton to clinch European qualification next season

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye believes there is enough quality within the squad to compete for the European places next term. The Merseyside outfit finished the recently concluded season in eight position and this saw them lose the final Europa League place to seventh-placed Burnley, who had a five-point advantage.

Speaking to Fox Sports Radio, Gueye stressed that the Toffees have ‘so much quality’ within the ranks and he is optimistic of the club finishing in the European places next season, he said: “I want to help the club fight for Europe next season. This club has been great to me since I have arrived. We have so much quality in the team. “Yes, last season was difficult, but we are very capable of again playing in Europe.”
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Henry Onyekuruwon’t return to Anderlecht next season

Everton’s on-loan striker Henry Onyekuru has confirmed that he won’t be returned to the Jupiler League for the 2018/19 campaign. The Nigeria international joined the Toffees from KAS Eupen last summer but the inability to secure a work permit saw him join Belgium heavyweights Anderlecht on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old thereafter contributed 10 goals for Anderlecht across all competitions but his campaign was hampered midway through the season after sustaining a long-term knee problem. Onyekuru is currently on the road to recovery following the setback but he is said to have no plans of returning to Belgium with Anderlecht. He told CSN: “One thing I can tell you for sure is that I won’t be playing in Belgium next season. There are offers from top clubs in Germany, Spain and in England but that depends on my work permit, we know how difficult that is.”

During his interview, Onyekuru hinted that there is potential interest from England, but the work permit is likely to hinder his chances of participating in the top-flight. Nevertheless, the Toffees have no plans to offload the Nigerian anytime soon and Marco Silva is expected to decide the fate of the forward once the players rejoin for pre-season training.

Meanwhile, Onyekuru spoke about the recent results of the Nigerian national side and the 21-year-old is confident that the Super Eagles will raise their game during the World Cup opener against Croatia, he added: “The friendlies should be used to correct errors in the team and also get solution to problems noticed. Many expected so much from them but they didn’t do well in the friendlies but trust me I know these players, I have trained with them, I am confident that they will raise their game on Saturday against Croatia to win.” Nigeria have not won any of their recent warm-up games with one draw and two defeats.

Sam Allardyce Insists He Has Had A Positive Impact At Everton

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has stressed that he has had a positive impact with the club unlike stated by some of the club’s supporters. The 63-year-old took over the reigns from caretaker David Unsworth when the Toffees were placed 13th on the table in November and he has since managed to push the club to eighth in the standings with one game left in the campaign.

Speaking ahead of the final game against West Ham, Allardyce insisted that he has not had a negative influence on the Toffees and highlighted that the January signings of Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun have made a difference towards the club’s campaign, he said: “We recruited two players who have been very influential in January, one that’s scored goals and one that’s both made and scored goals. Continue Reading

Gylfi Sigurdsson Aims To Comeback ‘Stronger And Fitter’ After Knee Injury

Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has vowed to comeback stronger and fitter as he continues his rehabilitation programme over his knee injury. The Icelandic footballer suffered the damage during the Toffees’ 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion this month, and he has since been on the sidelines receiving treatment.

Speaking on the club’s official website, Sigurdsson went through the programme which he has been placed on, he said: “It is going well and I am steadily making progress each day. I have not had any setbacks, I am off the crutches and out of the brace and almost back to walking normally. I have to get through a lot of exercises with the physios and on the machines – and the hands-on treatment as well. I have been very lucky with injuries in my career and, hopefully, I will come back stronger and fitter than ever.”

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Football Specials Markets

The range of special markets on bookmaker websites continue to grow as punters find more ways of getting involved. These markets have developed massively over the last few years and the bookies are always looking for new ways to develop their websites with cutting edge selections that excite their customers.

These special markets are so enticing to football punters that they can even appear as being more favourable to traditional means of betting. Some websites cover all the specials on offer from the country’s top bookmakers. Oddschanger fall into this category with their own Oddschanger Football Specials page devoted entirely to these transfer specials, price boosts, enhanced accumulators and everything in between.

Frequently appearing specials on bookie websites:

Enhanced Accumulators and Price Boosts
Working as the go-to special market on all major sports betting websites, enhanced prices on a specific team or a handful of teams to win in their games appear almost daily.

Most of these sorts of bets come without the ability to cash out but that doesn’t make them any less desirable, as punters love to see a bet they would have backed anyway, but at superior odds. It’s also something that bookmakers will battle over for the best enhancement, resulting with an even better price for you to get behind.

Manager & Transfer Markets
Predicting the outcome of managerial moves or player transfers can be thrilling to some punters and they always have a novelty feel, as the chances of these bets coming into fruition can be extremely slim. Markets on clubs, players and managers are open throughout the season, as well as when there’s no football on at all, and they’re an interesting way of spicing up a lack of activity in the sport.

Whether it’s based on reasoning behind historical circumstances or someone who’s supposedly ‘in the know’ on social media, backing a player to move to a specific team or a manager to take charge of a specific club can be very exciting, so it’s no question why so many bookmakers offer these markets.

Facts & Figures Betting
Surely the newest of additions to the Oddschanger Football Specials page, backing facts and figures has become the next big thing in betting and it’s helped by the many variations of it. Not only can you get behind statistics like a team to win the league, finish in the top half, bottom half, or find themselves relegated, but you can also add in such things as a player to be crowned as top scorer in a given division.

Bets inside the facts and figures category also include actual statistics like we see in the gradually growing pre-match markets consisting of specific players to achieve a number of shots on target, shots in general, fouls or successful tackles. As a special market, these consist of players to score a certain number of goals throughout their career or push into their national team, and they’re growing in popularity

Sam Allardyce Would Have Prevented Ross Barkley’s Sale, Claims Moshiri

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri claims that Chelsea could have missed out on signing Ross Barkley due to a late intervention from Sam Allardyce. The newly appointed manager was keen to keep Barkley at the club. However, it was becoming increasingly difficult, as the 24-year-old only had six months left on his contract. Chelsea took advantage of the situation by signing the player for £ 15 million. Only six months ago, the blues had a £ 35 million bid accepted but the player turned on the move to Stamford Bridge. It was suggested that he was holding out for a move to Arsenal or Tottenham.

Rather than sell the player for nothing, Everton found it suitable to get the player go for around £ 15 million. Allardyce has been appointed as the permanent replacement for Ronald Koeman. His arrival has coincided with a significant jump in form. However, it is understood that Allardyce is not happy with the transfer dealings at Everton.

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Sam Allardyce Hints At Recruiting More Champions League Players

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has plans on recruiting more players with Champions League experience after having ran a secret scouting mission on Sevilla during their round of 16 tie versus Manchester United. The Andalusian outfit dominated the proceedings against the Red Devils in both legs, and they eventually ran 2-1 victors with Steven N’Zonzi starring across both legs.


Allardyce has openly spoken about his admiration for N’Zonzi during his previous years, and he admitted that the Toffees need more players with European experience to improve the overall attributes of the squad, he said: “You’ve got to find out about the players, in the main. Sevilla are a fantastic club.Cenk is playing Champions League football but wants to come to the Premier League so you look out for a bit of that and see what might improve you in the future. I was very impressed with Sevilla on the night, they were absolutely outstanding and how they mastered the pressure of Old Trafford. Which meant I’ve never seen an Old Trafford quite so quiet as I saw them.”

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