News and gossip from the past seven days at Goodison Park.
Everton have had a busy week in the transfer market and that continued on Wednesday with the signing of Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu on a season long loan deal from the La Liga champions. The Spanish whizz-kid was in superb form for the Barcelona B team last season and also caught the eye at the recent Under-20 World Championships.
It follows the signings of three former Wigan players in the form of Joel Robles, Antolin Alcaraz and Arouna Kone earlier in the week.
On the site we have asked if they are the right Wigan players for The Toffees.
Everton are now being linked with Junior Malanda. The Belgian under-21 international had an excellent campaign with Zulte Waregem last season but went AWOL a week ago as he tried t force a move away from the club.
The powerful central midfielder is highly rated and has activated Law 78 of the Belgian labour laws to leave the club - putting Arsenal, Fulham and Everton on their toes.
Everton are also continuing to be linked with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Clement Chantome as a potential replacement for Maraoune Fellaini - should the Belgian leave the club. Chantome has slipped down the pecking order under the Qatari era at PSG and is believed to be up for grabs this summer.
Some sad news this week as Everton legend Dave Hickson passed away. Hickson scored 111 goals for the club during the 1940’s and 50’s and was dubbed ‘the Cannonball Kid’.
He passed away on Monday after a short illness at the age of 83.
Everton captain Phil Jagielka led the tributes to the striker calling him a ‘’legend’’.
Everton are also being linked once again with Victor Moses of Chelsea. The Nigerian has worked with Martinez at Wigan previously and is not considered a first team member of the Jose Mourinho team.
Finally and Manchester United are expected to make an improved bid for Leighton Baines this summer. David Moyes made a move for the player at the end of June and are now said to be readying an improved £16 million bid for the player.
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