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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.
Alex Iwobi fee around £35million.— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) August 8, 2019
Everton only made one bid for Wilfried Zaha of £52m which was rejected on July 28. Would have only gone to £60m anyway and Palace wanted more. Refused to do Marcos Rojo on a permanent.
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.
Iwobi still possible before 7pm— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) August 8, 2019
However there is some possible good news, at least for the forwards.
Update from @AdrianJKajumba and it looks like Everton have a breakthrough on Alex Iwobi: no details of fee as yet but the indications are that he will move to Goodison Park today— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) August 8, 2019
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.
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.
Some outgoing player news now, interest in Muhamed Besic.
Besic possibly going to Fulham or Sheff Utd, obviously prefers to stay in the Premier League if he can.— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) August 8, 2019
If you don’t laugh you’re going to cry, so here, lighten up a little.
Hopefully that’s not Newcastle’s new striker in the background pic.twitter.com/KouSoqWf5A— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) August 8, 2019
BREAKING NEWS - ZAHA STAYING AT CRYSTAL PALACE
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.
Wilfred Zaha is staying at Crystal Palace— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) August 8, 2019
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.
Everton turn attention to Holland winger Steven Bergwijn after failing to land Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha https://t.co/29SeAW1DVi— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 8, 2019
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.
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.
Wilfried Zaha reported for training at Crystal Palace this morning - but didn’t train with the first team. He did, though, train in the gym. @MailSport— Sami Mokbel (@SamiMokbel81_DM) August 8, 2019
Also, an eagle-eyed Blue spotted this.
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.
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.
Wilfried Zaha is not training with Crystal Palace today after handing in a transfer request on Wednesday. #DeadlineDay— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 8, 2019
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.
Discussions are ongoing between Manchester United and Everton over Marcos Rojo in a permanent deal.— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) August 8, 2019
The talks follow Everton’s failed attempt to get Rojo’s United team-mate Chris Smalling on loan.
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.
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’.
When Spurs announce Dybala without paying image rights pic.twitter.com/QWHt9F9LrA— CheekySport (@CheekySport) August 8, 2019
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.
REVEALED: Everton turned down move for former Manchester United flop Memphis Depay despite desperate scramble for winger https://t.co/biTuJapVOq— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 8, 2019
Back to it. The pursuit of Marcos Rojo is still on.
Everton tried to sign Marcos Rojo from Manchester United on deadline day last year... and are trying to do so again today— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) August 8, 2019
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
Hotel firm Signature Living planning bid for Bullens Road Stand when club moves home https://t.co/R2eCTXPfd7— Liverpool Echo (@LivEchonews) August 8, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Stating the obvious under the circumstances, but #Tomori will no longer be leaving #Cfc on loan. Am told a switch to #efc was at an advanced stage but collapsed due to #Luiz. Great opportunity for 21-year-old now though who is highly-rated by #Lampard https://t.co/q4jYiuEGaX— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) August 8, 2019
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.
Steven Bergwijn, PSV 18-19. Elite dribbling wide creator. pic.twitter.com/W9EtnXimAj— StatsBomb (@StatsBomb) January 7, 2019
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.
La Provence now report that despite interest from Crystal Palace & Everton, Morgan Sanson is refusing to move & will stay with Marseille for the 2019/20 campaign https://t.co/hBuoXZA85Z— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 8, 2019
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...
Everton eye up late move for Man United defender Marcos Rojo as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allows the Argentine to leave following Harry Maguire's £80m arrival https://t.co/dsELawxV6a— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 8, 2019
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)
Loaned - Djibril Sidibe (AS Monaco)