Date:Tuesday June 26 2012
Everton have been linked with a number of summer transfer moves this summer.
We might be struggling for cash, but the British media know that David Moyes will be active this summer.
But what do we really know?
Well, Joseph Yobo's on-off-on-off move to Turkey is currently a maybe. He wants to return to Fenerbahçe after the spending the last two years on loan there, they want to keep him, we want to get rid, but as always the fee is the stumbling block and this could go on forever if past negotiations are anything to go by.
Two other players have been linked with moves away from Everton, Leighton Baines has been linked throughout the summer with Manchester United while Victor Anichebe has been linked with Wigan, neither of these prospective moves are far down the line and could just be paper talk.
However one of these deals may need to be completed if Everton are going to complete the transfer of Steven Pienaar.
Spurs want around £5million and Bill Kenwright was last seen checking down the back of all the sofas in a bid to raise the cash, again expect this one to run over the next month.
Then we have Phil Neville's recent comments which have stirred up the media's interest in Everton and Landon Donovan's love-fest.
'If there is a chance, I make sure that I try (to tempt him to Everton) every time I speak to him.
'That's the first thing I say to him. Toward the end of his spell back in January I even tried to kidnap him for a while and keep him in England! Neville said in an interview with Sports Illustrated (yes apparently they do articles as well as Swim suit editions).
He continued: 'He's a hero at Goodison Park, and he's played less than 20 games for us. I've played with some world-class right-sided players in my time, and he's up there with them.'
This one is definitely just paper talk at this stage, but who knows what will happen around January!
In recent weeks Everton have also been linked with a trio of strikers, including Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo and Wolfsburg's Mario Mandžukić.
According to the media, Everton have suffered set-backs in our bids to lure either man to Goodison Park.
In regards to Cardozo according to talkSPORT we face competition not only from money bags Chelsea, but potentially even bigger money bags Paris-Saint Germain after scoring 20 goals in just 29 appearances for Benfica.
With those two clubs interested the 29-year-old's asking price has now risen to £15 million, which puts us out of the chase (if of course we were ever in it).
While German newspaper Bild believes that Bayern Munich are prepared to offer Wolfsburg around £8million for Mario Mandžukić, while the Croatia striker would expect to double his wages at the Allianz Arena, again putting us out of the chase (if of course we were ever in it).
The most realistic option remains Rangers striker Steven Naismith, but of course that move as we reported yesterday is complicated by financial and legal issues at the Scottish club.
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Date:Tuesday June 26 2012
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