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Everton on Transfer Deadline Day | Iwobi confirmed, Zaha & Rojo deals off

Blues will be racing against time today

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5:20 PM BST

Some interesting info from the ever reliable Paul Joyce. As well as confirming the Iwobi deal is on he also revealed that Everton only ever made one bid for Zaha last month and were never going to go above £60m. So all speculation about further bids had nothing to them.

5:00pm BST

Right at the bell, Everton have signed Alex Iwobi! Not a loan, outright signed.

Alan Myers adds that there should be enough time to get the paperwork done.

4:47pm BST

However there is some possible good news, at least for the forwards.

4:45pm BST

What’s this? Per Sky Sports, the Rojo deal is off. Word is that United wanted only a permanent transfer, while the Blues dug in saying they wanted him only on loan.

4:30pm BST

Give us something Everton! And right on cue here it is, but it’s not what you were looking for Blues.

Looking like Besic will go out too, to the Blades to join Phil Jagielka.

3:55pm BST

Some outgoing player news now, interest in Muhamed Besic.

3:45pm BST

If you don’t laugh you’re going to cry, so here, lighten up a little.

3:30PM BST


Sky Sports News reports that Wilfried Zaha is staying at Crystal Palace, seemingly ending any hopes of Everton signing him before the deadline.

The striker handed in a transfer request yesterday but haven’t budged on their valuation of the 26-year-old. With less than 90 minutes to go until the deadline Everton now have precious little time to bring in the forward player Marco Silva wanted.

1:45PM BST

The Daily Mail - yeah, we know - is reporting that Everton have moved on from Wilfried Zaha in order to chase PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn.

I’d be surprised if Brands has truly moved on from Zaha already considering how intensely Everton have pursued him these last few days, but a deal for Bergwijn would surely be much easier to get across the line, considering Brands’ relationship with PSV. The 21 year old had 14 goals and 12 assists last year, a good return in any league.

1:25PM BST

Sky Sports just reported from Finch Farm, mentioned that they’re expecting Rojo to arrive anytime.

No word on Zaha from Sky, though we’ve read other reports that while he didn’t train with the senior side, he did train on his own in the gym.

Also, an eagle-eyed Blue spotted this.

12:34PM BST

Rojo update! And it’s not one many Blues are going to like.

Marco Silva worked with Rojo at Sporting Lisbon, so maybe there’s something he sees worth salvaging in the 29-year-old, but this doesn’t look good for Brands’ transfer window plan or greater transfer strategy.

12:30PM BST


Sky Sports News report that Wilfried Zaha did not train at Crystal Palace this morning and isn’t at the training ground. Does that mean he is on the move? We can only hope - SSN also say that Everton are currently the only side in for him at present.

12:12PM BST

We read this morning that Everton were considering a move for Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo. Well, Sky Sports - via Alan Myers - reports that the Toffees have opened talks with United over a permanent deal for the Argentine. Yep, not a loan, a permanent deal for the 29-year-old.

It doesn’t really make any sense given our transfer policy but suggests the club are pretty desperate after the Zouma pursuit fell through.

11:50AM BST

Just over five hours to go and Sky Sports on their Deadline Day show mentioned Nathan Ake as one of the centrehalves the Blues could be interested in.
Apparently the Cherries want £75 million for him, so it’s pretty doubtful that ends up happening this late in the window.

11:20AM BST

You have to laugh sometimes on Deadline Day, and here’s a good one. For context, Paulo Dybala’s proposed move from Juventus to both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur has fallen through due to ‘image rights’.

10:46AM BST

Remember Memphis Depay? Well, according to the Mail Everton turned down the opportunity to sign him after the Lyon winger was touted to clubs across Europe. Depay was previously linked with the Toffees before he made the move to France from Manchester United in January 2017. Brands of course knows Depay very well from their time together at PSV Eindhoven.

All the eggs are rapidly falling into the Wilfried Zaha basket.

10:40AM BST

Back to it. The pursuit of Marcos Rojo is still on.

10:35AM BST

Away from transfers for a bit, and the Liverpool Echo have revealed some leaked images of a proposed hotel built into the Bullens Road stand when the Toffees move to Bramley Moore Dock.

The images have been produced by Liverpool firm Signature Living, who have recently opened the Dixie Dean Hotel in Liverpool city centre

10:20AM BST

The fire alarm has just gone off at Finch Farm! It’s not because Zaha has been confirmed though! Seems like it was a false alarm and everyone has trooped back in.

10:00AM BST

Everton are preparing to make a fresh bid for Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi, according to the Mirror. The Toffees had a £30m offer turned down yesterday with the Gunners looking for around £40m for the 23-year-old. Iwobi isn’t pushing for a move but would be willing to leave if Arsenal decide to let him go. Reports yesterday suggested that Everton were looking to sign Iwobi as well as Wilfried Zaha, rather than instead of.

9:20AM BST

It looks like Everton’s hopes of signing Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on loan are over. Simon Johnson of the Standard reports that the Londoners are not willing to let the youngster leave with David Luiz close to completing a move to Arsenal.

8:40AM BST

If Everton fail to land Wilfried Zaha then a potential alternative could be PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn, according to Football Insider.

Marcel Brands is a big admirer of Bergwijn having worked with him at PSV so is ready to make a move should the Toffees’ bid for Zaha break down. Watford FC are also linked with him in case their first target Ismaila Sarr doesn’t work out.

8:30AM BST

La Provence - via Get French Football News - is reporting that Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson has no intention of leaving the club before the deadline. Reports last night suggested that Everton had a €22m bid accepted for the 24-year-old midfielder.

8:20AM BST

I can’t say I’m not surprised with this link - the Daily Mail reports that Everton are considering a bid for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo.

The Red Devils have been left with eight centre backs following Harry Maguire’s arrival so they will be looking let a few go before the deadline. Everton, after admitting defeat in their pursuit of Kurt Zouma, had a loan offer for Chris Smalling turned down yesterday so look to have simply worked their way down the list.

Not really a deal to set the pulses racing...

As an Everton fan you should be positively giddy with excitement today.

Despite talk earlier in the summer that the necessary targets had been identified, once again the Blues have kept all their transfer activity late, right to the wire actually. A big part of that might be because Marcel Brands has had a difficult time in convincing other football clubs to pick up our garbage.

Everton’s main needs today are an experienced centreback, am incisive wide forward and possibly another midfielder. We’ve already been linked with a number of players in each of those categories yesterday, with Chris Smalling, Fikayo Tomori, Wilfried Zaha, Alex Iwobi, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Morgan Sanson the latest names mentioned.

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), Matthew Pennington (Hull City)

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)


Transferred - Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town), Andre Gomes (Barcelona), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz 05), Moise Kean (Juventus)

Loaned - Djibril Sidibe (AS Monaco)