Toffee Link Central 8/31: A frenzy of Stories and Rumors (Updated)

Is Grafite coming to Everton?

There are a lot of crazy stories going around. This was bound to happen as its the transfer deadline day. It doesn't help that Everton have highly underachieved, which usually brings up even more rumors and stories.

I'll try to go through as many as possible and see what is actually plausible and what won't happen and is just drivel. StiflersMom and Knubles and Bits have written Fanshots and Fanposts already on some of these rumors, I will just be putting everything together in a post.

Links after the jump.

 

People Leaving (maybe?):

 

Man Utd have lined up a £10m bid plus Michael Carrick for Jack Rodwell | The Sun |Sport|Football
Man U are ready to bid £10m plus Michael Carrick for Everton teenager Jack Rodwell. Knubles and Bits posted a FanShot of this earlier. I reallt don't think this is going to happen. Carrick is a great player (29 yrs old), but Rodwell has a chance to be special and he's only 19 years old. People think that we'll get rid of him at the right price just like Rooney, but I don't think that will happen unless we get a truly ridiculous offer. We are not that bad financially, yet.

But there is bad news for Rodwell...

 

Everton FC midfielder out for a month? > Everton FC > Sport | Click Liverpool
A source close to Jack Rodwell has revealed the 19 year-old faces up to month on the sidelines with an ankle injury.  :(

 

Tottenham to make improved bid for Everton's Steven Pienaar | Mail Online
Tottenham Hotspur will make an improved offer for Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar. The bid for the South African is said to be £5m after a week of informal discussions. Players such as Robbie Keane and David Bentley have been suggested in possible swap deals. he's not going to go just for £5m, but I guess a swap is possible.

 

Sky Sports | Football | Premier League | News | Hammers set sights on Yobo
Skysports.com understands West Ham United are preparing to swoop for Everton centre-back Joseph Yobo.This was the first news out about Yobo, but then this came out...

 

Everton's Joseph Yobo joins Fenerbahce on loan | Mail Online
Joseph Yobo is heading out of Goodison Park after Everton agreed to let their experienced Nigeria defender join Turkish side Fenerbahce. This article pretty much says this is agreed, and only needs the OK from Yobo. Yobo leaving almost seems like a certainty now. I liked Yobo, but I don't mind seeing him go, especially because he never plays anymore.

 

Blackpool FC target Everton FC striker James Vaughan > Blackpool FC > Sport | Click Lancashire
According to reports Everton FC striker James Vaughan is again being targeted by Blackpool FC.Vaughan's name has been thrown out there a couple of times before the season began. Don't know the chances, but I think  for a decent price he'll be out on loan (or even sold).

 

Aston Villa linked with a sensational swoop for Everton manager David Moyes - report - Goal.com
Somehow, Moyes is the favorite to land the Villa job. I still don't think that's going to happen. Aston Villa isn't really a step up from Everton. They have a limited amount of money, less history, and similar players. It just doesn't make sense that he'll jump ship to go to Villa, unless a ridiculous amount of money is involved.

 

Possible Players coming in (maybe?):

 

Everton and Blackburn target Steven Taylor after Newcastle contract row reaches boiling point - News - MirrorFootball.co.uk
The defender has reached stalemate with the club in negotiations for the new deal. The defender is rated at around £4 million. This rumor was out almost a week ago, but I decided to add it here. I don't know why.

 

Sky Sports | Football | Premier League | News | Everton look at Grafite
Skysports.com understands Everton are lining up a move for Wolfsburg striker Grafite. Grafite may be out of favor sine the arrival of Diego. He is quite old (31 yrs old), so I wouldn't really want to spend too much on him, but he really is a good striker and can find the net quite often. 50 goals in 79 appearances for Wolfsburg is pretty phenomenal.

 

Other news/links:

 

Everton FC star Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s Russian roulette - Chester Chronicle
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has been warned that he could lose his place in the Russian national side if he does not play more for Everton this season. He hasn't exactly played terribly, but there's not much room for him in the midfield.

 

Reserve Action For Magaye - The Official Website of Everton Football Club; evertonfc.com
Magaye Gueye is in the Everton squad for tonight's reserve team clash with Wolves. Back to the reserves for Gueye. He really looks good for the future.

 

Updates:

 

Its official:

Yobo Set To Join Fenerbahce: evertonfc.com – The Official Website of Everton Football Club
Joseph Yobo is set to join Turkish outfit Fenerbahce on a season long loan.

 

Steven Pienaar (therealstevenpi) on Twitter
"good day of training with Bafana. The transfer deadline is over and its nice to be able to be focused on continuing at Everton"

 

And check out Knubles and Bits link below. Moyes isn't going anywhere either.

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