With the January transfer window slowly creeping up on us, the transfer rumour mill has started to move steadily through the gears.
Every club in the Premier League will surely be linked with incomings and outgoings before the end of January, with it usually a busy period for England’s top flight.
Everton are among those expected to be active, and have already been linked with several players in recent weeks, despite the transfer window not opening for over a month.
We decided to assess four of those to see how likely they are to arrive at Goodison Park.
The Dutch defender has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season. He has been battling back from an injury since then, but is now fit and available on a free. An experienced defender, Vlaar would provide good cover for Roberto Martinez, who has had to rely heavily on youth at the back this season. The lack of transfer fee is sure to be appealing.
Likelihood: Very likely
The Japanese star looks set to leave AC Milan in January, having fallen out of favour at the club this season. He is still a talent, though, and would be a good signing for a number of sides. Everton currently have Ross Barkley flourishing in the number 10 role, though, meaning there would be little space in the squad for him. High wages would also prove a stumbling block.
The Sevilla star’s contract is set to expire in the summer and, with him yet to agree a new deal, a number of clubs are reportedly tracking him. He was a key player in Sevilla’s success last season, and would be a statement of intent for the Blues. They have, however, been linked with the Argentine on numerous occasions over the years without a deal being secured, while the competition from Europe makes a move to Goodison Park even more unlikely.
Munir El Haddadi
The Blues have reportedly been very keen on securing the Barcelona youngster, either permanently or on loan, for some time but have been rebuffed by the Catalans. He is a big talent, and would represent a big coup for manager Roberto Martinez. Barcelona don’t want to let him go, though, and Everton likely don’t have the money to pay his release clause.
Likelihood: Very unlikely