Everton are reportedly deemed favourites to sign midfielder Jack Wilshere from Arsenal, provided Sam Allardyce remains at the helm beyond the summer. The England international has just two months left on his Gunners contract, and talks over a possible extension have seemingly reached a standstill.
According to FootballLondon, the Toffees are leading the pursuit of Wilshere ahead of the likes of West Ham United and AC Milan as they plan to offer him a significant signing-on fee. On top of this, Everton are prepared to match his £110,000-a-week wages, unless the Gunners who have asked him to take a 20 per cent pay-cut. (more…)
Everton defender Ashley Williams is pleased with the consistency shown by Michael Keane over the past few months. The England international joined the Toffees from Burnley for £25m during the 2017 summer transfer window, and had a slow start to his career due to injuries hampering his progress. However, as the season has gone on, the centre-back has found his feet with the Toffees, and he has managed to start eight of the club’s last 10 matches in the Premier League.
Speaking on the club’s official website, the ex-Swansea City captain spoke fondly about Keane, who he believes to have learnt from his errors earlier in the season, he said: “I thought Michael did really well against a tough Watford front three. I was really disappointed for him and the whole team that we did not get the clean sheet we wanted so much.Michael has done well. He has had a run in the team – he plays for England and is obviously a top-quality player. I am happy he is doing well.”
Everton head coach Sam Allardyce has said that his relationship with Toffees’ director of football Steve Walsh could be instrumental towards bringing in quality players to the club’s ranks. Former boss Ronald Koeman was not entirely comfortable working with Walsh in the summer, but Allardyce has insisted that this is not the case with him.
Speaking to reporters, Allardyce refused to comment on the transfer proceedings of Koeman, but he talked about his close association with Walsh, whom he has known since his time together with ex-club Newcastle United.
Sam Allardyce has confirmed that he no longer is interested in the Everton manager’s job citing the club’s indecision as the major factor in the change of mind.
It was only last week that the former England manager was being installed as the favourite to take over the position vacated by Ronald Koeman who was sacked by the Merseysiders almost a month ago.
Everton’s summer signing Davy Klaassen admits he still feels the pain of losing last season’s Europa League final to Toffees teammate Wayne Rooney.
The Netherlands international had captained Ajax to the final of Europe’s second competition last term, but they were undone by a Manchester United side who had Wayne Rooney in their ranks.
Speaking to reporters, Klaassen revealed that he was devastated by the result, and he restricts talking about the Stockholm final to the former United star, he said: “I don’t want to talk about the final with Wayne at all. I still feel the pain. It was not good. True I came so close to winning it last season, but I don’t need to lose in a final to be hungry for this campaign. We want to reach as far as possible. We all start at zero. We have to start with a win, get confidence and space.”
The Toffees have made a dismal start to the new season with demoralising defeats to both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, and Ronald Koeman has urged his side to show aggression in their Europa League opener against Atalanta. (more…)
Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson has secured his much-awaited move to Everton after they paid up a club-record £45m to Swansea City.
The 27-year-old played a key role for the Swans last term as they escaped relegation in the penultimate game of the campaign. Overall, Sigurdsson mustered nine goals and 13 assists in the top-flight, which is a near 50 percent contribution on the Swans’ goal tally last term.
Sigurdsson had opted out of the Swans’ pre-season tour of the United States earlier last month due to the impending interest, and the Toffees followed to make significant efforts in order to prise him away from the Liberty Stadium.
“Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we’re seeking at the club. This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table — and does that throughout the season.For myself, I would like to score as many goals as possible and create as many goals for my teammates as I can. These are my targets,” Sigurdsson told Everton’s official website. (more…)
Premier League side Everton have completed the deal for Jordan Pickford from Sunderland.
The Toffees had a slight issue with the move as the relegated team insisted on £30 million. Everton went back with another offer which the Black Catshave now accepted.
Sunderland would receive a guaranteed £25 million while the rest £5 million would be in add-ons based on appearance. The England U-21 star featured in 32 games last term. He was outstanding in a team that was churning out poor result. After their relegation to the Championship, it was likely that Pickford would exit the team.
Other teams signified interest but the fees were thought high. The Ronald Koeman led side persisted and eventually made Pickford the most expensive player in British history and the third in the world behind Juventus star Gianluigi Buffon and Ederson, who just joined Man City from Benfica few weeks back. Pickford is in Poland with England. He is expected to undergo a medical upon return to seal the deal. (more…)
It was the case and tale of hands in the mouth for Manchester United fans when it became clear that Ferguson’s private duels with then lynchpin Wayne Rooney was on the road of no return.
The Mancunians had watched their next door neighbours nip them to the EPL title in the cruelest of ways.
With City knocking at the doors to the high table andChelsea’s Abrahamovic showing no relent in his desire to disrupt the Red Devil’s dominance at all cost, an episode involving their talisman’s fallout with the club was the last thing anyone wanted.
To the Faithfull’s relief, Ferguson maintained an efficient relationship with Wayne on a professional level and even got him to stay put. The Scot’s immediate departure after delivering them the trophy reawakenedRooney’s drama reminding everyone that the matter was not explicitly settled. (more…)
Premier League club Everton FC have announced a sponsorship deal with SportPesa. The new deal is the most lucrative in the history of the club. The deal is poised to last for five years, starting from June 1. The African betting company and gaming brand name would feature on the front of Everton jerseys, based on details of the deal.
The club released a statement saying SportPesa invested in a new European headquarters that would generate jobs for the city of Liverpool. The office is an avenue to engage with supporters through “fan activities.” (more…)
Premier League side Everton FC are been urged to ban The Sun newspaper from press conferences and interviews involving the club.
Liverpool FC have already taken steps to that regard, following happenings since The Sun’s story on the Hillsborough disaster.
Kelvin Mackenzie was the editor of The Sun when it published a viral article titled: ‘Hillsborough: The Truth’ four days after the disaster during the 1988/89 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. The incident recorded 96 deaths and over 700 injured – the worst in British sporting history.
The same Mackenzie wrote an inflammatory article where he compared Everton star Ross Barkley to a gorilla. The 23-year old Three Lions star was hit in the face in an “unprovoked attack” in a Liverpool bar. The article was published a day ahead of the 28th anniversary on April 15th, further angering fans.
The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson condemned the articles amongst other soccer icons. The Mayor told the BBC that he has reported it to the police for a “racial slur.” (more…)