Turkish outfit Sivasspor continue to distance themselves from a January swoop for Everton’s Salomon Rondon, with deputy chairman Serkan Aydin telling Ajansspor the Premier League striker isn’t on their agenda.
After eight games and no goals in Everton blue – and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin expected to make his long-awaited return sooner rather than later – what does the future hold for Rondon at Goodison Park?
The 32-year-old was never supposed to be Rafael Benitez’s first-choice number nine, of course.
But, even after two years in the faraway land of the Chinese Super League, few expected Rondon to toil quite so visibly on Merseyside, especially when you consider he played some of the best football of his career under Benitez at Newcastle United.
Sivasspor, however, have wasted little time in batting away speculation linking the Venezuela international with a mid-season switch.
“I heard the name of Salomon Rondon on social media. We are not interested in such a player,” said Aydin, striking a similar tone to Sivasspor coach Riza Calimbay when quizzed about the target man.
“We do not want to make transfers.”
Sivasspor distance themselves from Everton ace Rondon
Rondon is expected to stay at Everton for the time being – if only due to the lack of cover for Calvert-Lewin at centre-forward. But the situation looks far less certain for a couple of Benitez’s other fringe players.
The Toffees may have to raise funds via player sales if they want to bring in a Donny van de Beek or a Stefan de Vrij in the January transfer window. With that in mind, offers for the likes of Jonjoe Kenny, Andre Gomes and Cenk Tosun may be considered, if not welcomed.
Tosun is currently on loan at former club Besiktas.
And, according to reports in Turkey, Everton won’t stand in his way if the £60,000-a-week forgotten man wants to bring an end to his miserable spell on Merseyside.