Everton latest: Including European race and Portuguese transfer targets

News and gossip from the past week at Goodison Park.

David Moyes has been speaking of the clubs hopes in regards to a European spot this season. The Scot believes that in order for the club to make it into Europe this season they will have to smash the 60-point barrier; perhaps even surpassing the club record of 65 under the Moyes management in order to outdo Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Meanwhile Tim Howard has been speaking of the positive affects a race for Europe will have on the team. The USMNT player believes that the side will thrive off the pressure of the challenge and that could see them up their performance levels in crucial games against Tottenham this weekend and in away ties with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal before the end of the season.

Everton face Spurs on Sunday and Darron Gibson has been speaking of the main threat from the North London side - Gareth Bale. The Welshman has been in sensational form in 2012-13 and is the favourite to be named PFA Player of the Season. However while the Irishman insisted that Bale was an ‘unbelievable’ player he was quick to maintain that Spurs have several top players that Everton would need to keep their eyes on this weekend.

Everton’s under-18s have been preparing for their FA Youth Cup quarter final fixture against Norwich City on Friday evening. The game will be played at Goodison Park and manager Kevin Sheedy and assistant Duncan Ferguson went to see the Norwich lads in action recently to run the rule over their opponents. They have an almost fully fit side with Matthew Kennedy in the squad.

A little piece of transfer news has seen Everton record a reported interest in Sporting Lisbon winger Jeffren Suarez, according to The Express. Sporting have severe financial problems and may be forced into selling star players and Moyes is keen on taking the former Barcelona talent in at Goodison Park.

Everton have also been linked with another Portuguese based talent in the form of Nabil Ghilas. The Algerian currently plays for Moreirense and has 11 goals this season. Good form has attracted Marseille and Sporting to his signature with Everton also being touted as a potential destination; a thought that ‘flattered’ the 22-year-old.

Barnet player-manager and Dutch football legend Edgar Davids has expressed his wish that Everton qualify for Europe this season. He said he enjoys watching Everton play and is a huge admirer of David Moyes who he believes does an ‘excellent job’. Looking for a place on the coaching staff Edgar?

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