Transfer Deadline Day, especially the summer version, is basically like Christmas Day. You hope you’re going to get something nice, but you have to be ready for a complete dud as well. If you’re particularly lucky, you’re getting a number of shiny new gifts and even if a couple suck you’re better off overall.
The Blues have already been very active in this summer transfer window, bringing in a number of players but as Marcel Brands looks to pare down the bloated squad, there’s quite a few players that need to be outgoing as well today.
What time does the transfer window close
For the uninitiated, deadline day is the last day of the transfer window, and basically when some teams and players pretty much lose their minds. Often it’s driven by desperation on the part of teams that have been unable to get their transfer targets nailed, and pay for it by parting with astronomical sums of money for talent that usually doesn’t deserve it.
The summer transfer window closes at 5pm BST (12pm EST, 9am PST) on Thursday, August 8th. Clubs who submit deal sheets to the Premier League by that time have another two hours to close the deal. This year it’s a little different however, because only the window in England closes on the 8th while the rest of the world has their transfer windows close on different days.
How to watch the action
Sky Sports News will be covering it all starting at 6am BST (1am EST, 10pm PST), here’s info from their website on how to watch.
This being the Social Media Age, follow us on Twitter where we’ll be bringing you up-to-date information as we receive it. Like the last couple of years, we’ll be maintaining a live tracker on the website as well for you to stay up to the minute with.
What to expect from Everton today
While Brands has been trying to reduce the club’s wage bill, the Blues could be in for up to three new players, either bought outright or on loan just like last summer - a central defender, a wide forward and possibly another central midfielder.
A number of players have already left, but there should be more. With European windows closing later, there might be departures after today too.
Among defenders, Matthew Pennington’s loan to Hull City should go through today. There has been plenty of interest in Mason Holgate, but with how few senior centrehalves the Blues have, he’ll likely stay. Cuco Martina is surplus to requirements, and the Blues might find a loan destination for him, possibly in the Netherlands.
Should the Blues add a midfielder then Morgan Schneiderlin might be allowed to leave on loan, especially if any Turkish sides can meet the conditions the Blues stipulated. Beni Baningime’s half-season loan to Wigan Athletic didn’t quite work out, look for him to head back to the Championship on loan.
Henry Onyekuru is still chasing a work permit, this time in France so that he can move to AS Monaco. There have not been many suitors for Yannick Bolasie, though he debunked rumours that he’s headed to CSKA Moscow. The Blues are perennially on the lookout for a destination for Kevin Mirallas, and only one of Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse will remain with the club for the season.
Another transfer window, another starting level centrehalf needed. With Chelsea about to lose David Luiz to Arsenal, that pretty much puts paid to any chances that we can still get Kurt Zouma. There have been reports that the Blues are looking at getting Fikayo Tomori on loan from the Stamford Bridge side. We’ve also been looking at Diego Llorente and Adama Soumaoro, but it might be too short notice to try bring them in now.
Among wingers that we’ve been linked with, top of the list is Wilfried Zaha, with that ongoing saga looking like it’ll drag right into the last hour of deadline day. A new name came into the mix yesterday, with the Blues rumoured to have made a bid for Alex Iwobi too.
Finally, we’ve been rumoured to be looking at some central midfielders, with Abdoulaye Doucoure bids rejected, Mario Lemina linked last week and a very interesting rumour about Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic.
Confirmed Everton transfers
Transferred - Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic), Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig), Idrissa Gueye (Paris Saint-Germain), Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace)
Loaned - Jonjoe Kenny (Schalke 04), Sandro Ramirez (Real Valladolid), Korede Adedoyin (Hamilton Academical), Kieran Dowell (Derby County), Joao Virginia (Reading FC), Luke Garbutt (Ipswich Town), Josh Bowler (Hull City), Nathan Broadhead (Burton Albion)
Released - Phil Jagielka (Sheffield United), Ashley Williams (Released), Harry Charsley (Released), Boris Mathis (Released), Mateusz Hewelt (Released), Shayne Lavery (Released), Jack Kiersey (Released), Danny Bramall (Released), Joe Hilton (Released), Chris Renshaw (Released), Brendan Galloway (Luton Town)
Loaned - Djibril Sidibe (AS Monaco)