The transfer deadline is looming, Everton still have massive gaps in their squad and there are very few solid links with Premier League quality players. Ronald Koeman can’t be happy. The need for a big-time goalscorer is painfully obvious. Could they go back in for Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke? Or are they seriously considering Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy? The Diego Costa link seems to have legs, but the club will need to find an option for the future as well.
In case you missed it
Everton agree to deal for young Croatian star
Hajduk Split attacker headed to Goodison Park.
Everton reject forward loan interest
Blues will not further deplete lean squad
Everton linked with promising Championship striker
Koeman and Walsh leaving no stone unturned in search.
Nikola Vlasic: A Very Different Wonderkid Story - Bleacher Report
This is from three years ago when Tottenham Hotspur were targeting Vlasic, but it provides some good background info on the 19-year-old forward.
Chelsea close to agreeing £30m deal to allow Costa to join Atletico - Mirror Online
The wantaway striker is desperate to join Atletico Madrid but Chelsea have been driving a hard bargain.
Five Things We Learned: Chelsea - EvertonFC.com
Take some positives from the beatdown.
Chelsea and Spurs hold talks with Everton over late Barkley swoop - Express.co.uk
Chelsea and Tottenham have held talks with Everton over a move for Ross Barkley, according to reports.
What to Watch
Men’s College Soccer: VMI vs. Liberty, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Women’s College Soccer: Appalachain St. vs. Northern Kentucky, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Buffalo vs. Canisius, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
World Cup Qualifying: United Arab Emirates vs. Saudi Arabia, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Copa MX: Tijuana vs. Atlante, 10 p.m. ET,
Cimarrones de Sonora vs. Querétaro, 10 p.m. ET
Guadalajara vs. Santos Laguna, 10 p.m. ET