The usual suspects
Davies – Bid pending
Parker – Bid pending
Van Der Meyde
You will not be surprised to hear that the one and only Jason Koumas has, however, been linked for a switch to Goodison Park for a rumoured Ã‚Â£1.5m.
A man described by his manager as someone with talent but with a “disappointing attitude”. Last year Moyesey may of considered Koumas, but unless WBA lower their asking price for a player who has only appeared in 13 games for the ‘baggies’ in 2004/05, and openly criticised by his last two managers I doubt he will be making the trip north to Goodison.
Unlike Koumas and Savage, some of the players we have been linked with are simply mouth watering. How does Emre on the left, Van der Meyde on the right, with King Cahill and Mikkie (Arteta will hopefully sign very soon) in the middle sound? Sounds like one of
the best midfields in the country to me. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s if we get them of course.
But even if we don’t who cares? Simon Davies is nearly in the bag a tireless and gifted right winger and anyway there are plenty of other players who we can choose from.
Parker would do nicely, in fact, this is more than a rumour, it sounds like a distinct possibility. A player Moyes has admitted to admiring in the past and a player we may have bought in January if he never got injured. If I was a betting man, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d bet that Parker will be an Everton player in the near future. Initially on loan with an option to buy. If things do work out for Parker at Everton I just hope that “special guy” Mourinho can sort us out with a nice little deal. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s face it, they are not going to miss a few million.
Seria A invasion?
Ever since Moyes went to Italy and sat in on a few training sessions with some of the Italian big boys. He said something along the lines of “maybe IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll bring a few players back with me”. Now most people thought he was joking, and indeed he never returned with anyone. However this does not mean he wasn’t on the look out.
Emre and Van Der Meyde are two guys from Italy we have been linked with as already said. But there are more. Simic (Milan) and Appiah (Juventus) have also been mentioned countless times in the press. They are probably less well known and not as ‘fashionable’ as Emre and Van Der Meyde but two very effective players nevertheless. Simic Would cost around Ã‚Â£2m and is the right sort of defender we should be looking at even though he has hardly figured for Milan in 2004/2005.
He has vast experience in Italy making over a hundred appearances in total for Inter Milan and AC Milan in Seria A. He has also played 27 European games, 15 in the Champions league and 12 in the UEFA cup, while grabbing 65 caps for is native Croatia. Importantly he can play as a centre back and right fullback.
Stephen Appiah, surplus to requirements at Juve, is a holding midfield player and being chased by it seems Middlesbrough, Birmingham and us. Figures mentioned are around the Ã‚Â£5m mark, though a loan deal could be a possibility.
It has been reported that Everton have had representatives in Italy, and NSNO sources can confirm discussions are being held with at least one Milan player. Simic? Lets wait and see, hopefully Emre too.
Van Der Meyde however now seems unlikely considering Davies has all but signed and Moyes may switch his attention to the left wing. One player who leaps out at me is Ze Roberto of Bayern Munich who is on a free transfer. Indeed he is older than the average Moyes signing, but his experience and general quality would be needed in a champions league campaign. He was only on 13k per week at Munich so wages will most likely not be a problem.
We may be a top four side, best team in Merseyside and probably the greatest club ever full stop, but currently we cannot compete with the big three financially (give it time though). This means as usual Moyes has to work his miracles and pick up some bargains to compliment any “big names” he will sign.
Konchesky and Traore? I can already see eyebrows raised but for the right price why not? Both young and both have premiership experience. I would prefer Konchesky over Traore, but I have no doubt that under the guidance of Moyes and his coaching staff, both players would improve if they came to Everton. And letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remember our squad is tiny, unless the numbers are increased mounting a serious European challenge and continuing and improving upon our premiership success will be difficult.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s left? Keepers and strikers.
As we all know Ruddy the young goalkeeping starlet has already signed and big things are expected of this young lad, however that has not stopped the rumour mill. The Norwich keeper Green has been mentioned as a possible replacement for ‘Nige’ next year but personally I can’t see it happening, we have enough goalkeepers in the squad as it is and buying the goalkeeper of the team who had the worst defensive record in the premiership last season doesn’t sound like a good idea.
As for strikers, all I have to say is, please Davey, please don’t sign Bellamy, anyone but Bellamy. Tuncay or Mccarthy who have both been linked to Goodison Park would be much much better. Mccarthy on the one hand, a striker who has scored almost everywhere he has played, vast experience and unlike Bellamy, Mccarthy has matured over the years and learnt to keep his mouth shut.
Tuncay Sanli, deemed the Turkish Rooney is a cracking player. Despite being only 22, in this seasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s championÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s league he has made 6 appearances scoring 5 goals, including a hatrick against Man Ure in the group stages and has established himself as a regular in the Turkish national team. Reports suggested that he is unhappy playing under Christoff Daum the Fenerbahce coach and is interested in proving himself in the Premiership.
Whomever we do buy………….in Moyes we trust.
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