Sky Sports’ iconic presenter Jim White is often known as both the face and voice of Transfer Deadline Day in the Premier League, as he announces breaking news and done deals. In recent times, and more relevantly to Everton fans, he’s been majority owner Farhad Moshiri’s mouthpiece as he talks about the club.
In an interview ahead of what is usually a hectic transfer deadline day tomorrow when the January transfer window closes, he spoke about what he thought would happen between today and tomorrow.
“At the moment there's some doubt as to whether the top six in the Premier League will do business, but I think - Chelsea to many are running away with it so I reckon yes there will be business," he said.
“Clubs are determined to try and close the gap on Chelsea and to do so I think some of the top ones may well do business.
“I think Chelsea will do business – as I speak to you I think they're looking at bringing in a wing-back and also cover for Thibaut Courtois so by the time deadline day comes around there may well be Craig Gordon from Celtic as cover goalkeeper.
“But yes I think there will be business and in the Championship too – I think we're in for a busy time.”
He went on to talk about his relationship with Moshiri, and how he’s become a Toffee of sorts.
“I have become unassumingly a bit of an Everton fan – that is pretty well known out there.
“I got pretty friendly with the new majority shareholder there Farhad Moshiri and I've been watching because I think Evertonians are very excited about Moshiri and what he'll do and they're very excited about who they will bring in.
“I know Moshiri and Bill Kenwright are working on a few things so I'd like Everton to come in with some decent names.
“I'm impressed that they got Morgan Schneiderlin and I don't think it'll stop there.
“I'd like to see Everton do some business and I like Chelsea as well – I think what they're doing under Conte is fantastic and I know Chelsea are trying to get a wing-back so I'd be happy to report that – that would be a good story.
“And Leicester City – can they dig themselves out of the trouble they're in? I loved what they did last season but I think they need to reinforce to make themselves safe more than anything else.”
So there you have it from the horse’s mouth - White is indeed close to Moshiri, and he is expecting Everton to pick up some more players before the window ‘slams shut’ tomorrow night, to borrow one of his favourite phrases.