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.
Due to the coronavirus, while the transfer window closes today, this season clubs will be able to make domestic transfers until October 16. This second date will be for loans or permanent transfers between Premier League and EFL clubs only.
The summer transfer window closes at 11pm BST (6pm EST, 3pm PST) on Monday, October 5th, and at 6pm BST (1pm EST, 10am PST) on Monday, October 16th, with an additional two hour window for clubs who have already submitted deal sheets in time.
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. Fans in the US will be able to follow the Sky Sports feed on the Peacock app.
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 at least a couple of new players, most likely on loan just like last summer - a wide forward, a striker (or one who can do both), a right back and a goalkeeper. Again, these might be contingent on departures first, so we’ll start there.
A number of players have already left, but there should be more. With European windows closing later, there might be departures after today too.
Moise Kean left the club on loan to Paris St. Germain yesterday.
Interest in Jonjoe Kenny has cooled and with his current injury he’s unlikely to leave the club now.
Theo Walcott has been pushed to the periphery and with some interest from a handful of Premier League clubs, including former club Southampton (Update: undergoing medical right now)
The usual suspects are still on the chopping block, with any one of them leaving a bonus - Sandro Ramirez, Yannick Bolasie, Muhamed Besic and Cenk Tosun are all still Everton players.
Beni Baningime and any of the Under-23 players are all also fair game for either loans out or outright sale as new Director of the Academy David Unsworth looks to freshen things up.
Another transfer window, another starting level centrehalf needed. But Everton look to have finally solved that issue with the capture of Ben Godfrey from Norwich to kick things off on deadline day (Confirmed).
Teenage midfielder Imam Jagne was announced yesterday, seems like a coveted prospect for the Academy.
Among wingers that we’ve been linked with, top of the list remains Wilfried Zaha, with that ongoing saga looking like it’ll drag right into the last hour of deadline day. Leon Bailey is another name that has been mentioned too.
Murmurs about a veteran goalkeeper to challenge Pickford are always hovering especially after his latest gaffe - Sergio Romero and Claudio Gazzaniga are the names being mentioned.
Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor says that the Toffees are working on another deal besides Godfrey, so another big-name arrival cannot be ruled out.
Confirmed Everton transfers
Transferred - Morgan Schneiderlin (Nice), Kieran Dowell (Norwich City)
Loaned - Moise Kean (PSG)
Released - Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam), Luke Garbutt (Blackpool), Cuco Martina (no club), Oumar Niasse (no club)
Retired - Leighton Baines