Everton fans were given a fright in midweek when rumours emerged of a potential Tottenham bid for Andre Gomes when his loan deal expires in the summer.
Such rumours probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given the Portuguese midfielder’s impressive performances in the Everton midfield.
Marco Silva and Marcel Brands have both spoken of their desire to sign Gomes on a permanent deal, so it was inevitable that the Everton boss was asked for his reaction to those rumours in his pre-Man City press conference.
As Ever, Silva wasn’t giving much away, saying:
“Why does that affect us?” Nothing changes in our way. When you have good players that means other clubs are looking to them as well.
“That’s a normal situation in football. Let’s see what we can do to keep him or not.”
With the January transfer window approaching there has been further speculation about potential reinforcements to the squad, particularly in forward areas.
Brands was quoted earlier in the week saying that they would employ a one in, one out, policy to avoid a potentially bloated squad.
When asked for an update Silva again played those questions with a straight bat, though he did suggest that the club would at least try to add to his squad next month.
“My job is to work with the players and give them conditions to grow as a squad.
“What we can do or not during the next market, let’s see. Everything we can do to improve the squad we will do.”
All in all, they are fairly predictable quotes from a manager who likes to play his cards close to his chest.
He’s right when he says it’s natural for Gomes to attract interest from rival sides, everyone can see how well he has done.
Given how successful the summer window was I’m sure Evertonians are more than happy to let Silva and Brands get on with things, even if that means waiting into the summer for major arrivals.