Six goalkeepers for Everton to target as Tim Howard's replacement

Everton Goodison

After Howard's departure was announced on Sunday, could goalkeepers from Newcastle United, Cardiff City and Burnley replace him at Goodison?

As expected, Tim Howard's Everton days will come to an end this summer, at which point he will return to his native United States with the Colorado Rapids.

Howard, who arrived at Goodison Park a decade ago - initially on loan, was dropped earlier in the campaign following a string of questionable displays, with Joel Robles replacing him in a change that many believed was long overdue.

While Joel has so far proved a more than able deputy, manager Roberto Martinez is likely to enter the market for a new goalkeeper this summer - should he himself remain in place.

Here's a list of six possible Toffees targets:

The cost-effective one

The Toffees have been linked with Marseille number 1 Steve Mandanda for some time and his contract situation - expiring in three months - is sure to put him high on the club's list. Earlier this month, the 30-year-old, who has 21 caps for France, said that talks over his future at the Velodrome would be put on hold until the summer, as reported by the Mirror. With l'OM languishing in mid-table and penniless, according to president Vincent Labrune, a move to Goodison could be on the cards.

Likelihood: 8/10

The Championship one

Tom Heaton was once Howard's understudy at Manchester United, but the 29-year-old eventually flew the nest - impressing at Cardiff, Bristol City and Burnley in the second tier. Heaton, who was called into the England squad on Monday, also proved his worth during the Clarets' ill-fated Premier League campaign and looks to be heading back there next season - which could hinder any potential exit.

Likelihood: 4/10

The other Championship one

Another long-term Toffees target, David Marshall could be the man they turn to this summer, especially if Cardiff miss out on promotion once more. That said, Everton were quoted £10million for the Scotland international in December, according to the Mirror - a fee, you'd assume, they would be reluctant to meet for a 31-year-old second-tier shot-stopper with two years left on his contract.

Likelihood: 6/10

The injured one

Everton could profit from Newcastle's impending doom by seizing their sidelined number 1 Tim Krul. The Dutchman, who is out for the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, told the Shields Gazette in January he hopes to back fit for the start of next term. Providing Joel continues his recent form, the Toffees can afford to be patient, while Newcastle have able deputies in Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow.

Likelihood: 6/10

The Liverpool-wanted one

A new goalkeeper is likely to feature high both Merseyside clubs' lists this summer, and Cologne number 1 Timo Horn was again linked to the Reds by the Mirror on Saturday. The report suggests that Horn and teammate Jonas Hector - the Germany left-back - would cost in the region of £14million combined. For a 22-year-old with 135 senior appearances to his name already, Everton may be more inclined to push the boat out than they would for say Marshall - should finances allow it.

Likelihood: 5/10

The former Manchester City one

Yet another German goalie who's been linked with a move to England (Aston Villa, via The Telegraph in October), Loris Karius spent two years on these shores with City before returning to his homeland, where he has since starred for Mainz 05. The 22-year-old, who like Horn has caps for Germany's Under-21s, has two years to run on his contract and is unlikely to cost the Earth.

Likelihood: 7/10

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