Everton manager Ronald Koeman caused a few laughs in his pre-match press conference talking about the players that the club are being linked with. The Blues travel to Hull City on Friday and with the January transfer window just three days away, he was asked about some transfer targets.
When asked if he read the papers to see the players that Everton were being connected with, he responded -
“Some names are true, and some names are not true. But that's all speculation, one time it's possible, but most times it's bullshit.
“It's a busy time we have a lot of games in a short time. Of course I am involved in new players, in making the team stronger, but we do it together.”
When asked if he would talk about any of the targeted players, specifically youngster Ademola Lookman -
“I am not here to mention names of players or our interest in them. But there is interest for the boy, yes.”
On the topic of his New Year’s resolutions -
“A healthy life - just enjoy life. In the business, football wise, it’s to build a stronger team, that will make the fans happy.
Of course, we know it’s not done in one day, even the big clubs with big money need the time to make that happen.”
In response to Ross Barkley starting the Leicester City game on the bench -
“It’s better not always talking about him. We had more substitutes on the bench.
“I need to protect myself a little bit, maybe I’m not so good an actor. Maybe sometimes I am too honest in my thoughts about players, but not again.”
The Dutchman’s refreshing honesty was one of the key points for Everton fans when he was first signed, and though it sounds like he’s more wary now having been pilloried for his comments about player performances or transfer targets, he has maintained his candid self and dry humour.