Everton had a very busy day on deadline day, and have pulled off some very good deals.
It looked as if there wasn’t going to be a lot of activity at Everton earlier on in the day but they ended the day in very busy style.
Who did they target? James McCarthy from Wigan, Gareth Barry from Manchester City, Fernando from Porto and Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea.
They lost Marouanne Fellaini to Manchester United after the midfielder put in a late transfer request as he was reunited with David Moyes but having initially received an offer for both Fellaini and left-back Leighton Baines of £28m.
The fact they managed to get £27.5m alone for Fellaini – approximately £4m above the release clause that was in his contract, which the current Manchester United manager knew about – and vitally kept hold of Baines will leave many Evertonians feeling very happy.
As much of a loss Fellaini will be, they have replaced him with a mixture of youth and experience in James McCarthy and Gareth Barry.
McCarthy worked under Roberto Martinez at Wigan and has caught the eye of a few clubs over the summer with the Blues matching Dave Whelan’s valuation of the player. They may have paid a little more than they would’ve liked to for the Republic of Ireland international but they got their man for around £15m. Combined with the loan signing of Barry, Everton’s midfield been strengthened with a man who has been involved in the England setup for a while, and a man who has won the title with Manchester City.
The other plus about the McCarthy transfer fee is that some reports indicate it wasn’t dependent on the Fellaini deal going through, so will they have a decent amount of money in the January transfer window to spend?
They perhaps were a little disappointed to miss out on Fernando who would’ve certainly given the midfield a lot more energy and made the side dangerous on the counter-attack with his ability to break up the play, maybe Martinez was a bit put off by the man they called the Octopus because of issues with his temper in the past.
Perhaps their biggest signing of the whole window – never mind the day – was the acquisition of Romelu Lukaku. For much of the summer it has looked like Everton have needed to bring in a new striker and in Lukaku they have a man who had an impressive season on loan at West Brom last season scoring 17 Premier League goals.
Leaving Everton is Victor Anichebe for around £6m for West Bromwich Albion as judging by the first few games of the season that they big front man wasn’t in Martinez’s plans.
Overall, you’d have to say Everton have played a blinder late in the day in the transfer window, and supporters should feel a little more optimistic.
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