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Ben Gibson should choose West Ham move over Everton

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It looks inevitable that anything but promotion for Middlesbrough this season would lead to the departure of Ben Gibson from Riverside Stadium, with West Ham, Everton and Leicester just three of the clubs to have most recently been linked with a move for the central defender.

Sky Sports say that the Premier League trio are all monitoring the situation as it seems unlikely that Gibson will remain for a second season of Championship football, despite having played every minute of league action for Tony Pulis’ side this campaign.

Gibson is valued at £20 million, which could be a bargain in the long-term, and has already proven himself in the top flight as one of the stand out performers for his boyhood club last season as they were relegated.

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In the Championship, he has maintained that high level of quality but has not returned to the England squad after receiving his first call-up from Gareth Southgate last year.

With so many options to choose from if Gibson is to move this summer, West Ham would be the best choice. The Irons are desperately lacking in quality in defence and Gibson would walk straight into their starting line-up.

Some may argue that it would also be the case at Everton, potentially forming part of a new look defensive partnership with Michael Keane. However, Keane’s move highlights the dangers of such a move, with the former Burnley man struggling under pressure with little experience, something that Gibson has at such a high level too and it is therefore hard to see both lining up together regularly.

By playing alongside the likes of Pablo Zabaleta and Angelo Ogbonna, Gibson could take his career to the next level whilst still maintaining a leading role.

With the right additions into the West Ham side, fans may even not be far off the truth to argue that they are not far off competing with Everton, and Gibson could well be one of those much needed signings.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Wilmar Barrios would be best joining Everton this summer

The Colombian stood out at the World Cup but Tottenham are also keen.

Mathew Nash

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Everton are the latest club being linked with a move for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios. The 24-year-old, who is also being courted by Tottenham Hotspur, has just come off the back of an excellent World Cup. TyC Sport are now suggesting that Everton would like to snap him up.

Barrios has a release clause of €18 million (£15.9m) and Everton are seemingly ready to test his resolve to remain in Argentina until the new year.

He showed at the tournament in Russia that he is ready for a move to Europe. Landing a headbutt on Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will surely only help him win over fans at Goodison Park should he make the move.

But Tottenham’s interest has been in the pipeline for much longer. Everton will likely have a fight on trying to convince Barrios to head their way and ignore the interest from North London.

However, Barrios might be better off heading to Everton.

Why?

He is far more likely to get regular football at Everton. Central midfield is a problem area for the Toffees.

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Morgan Schneiderlin is universally unpopular with the Everton fans. James McCarthy is injured. Mo Besic, it seems, is up for grabs. The options in midfield for Everton are not as plentiful as they once were. Some youngsters, such as Tom Davies and Callum Connolly are coming through, but Everton still need to improve the middle of the park and Barrios partnered with Idrissa Gana Gueye could prove formidable.

Tottenham, on the other hand, have the likes of Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks all vying for the midfield places.

Barrios would be better off at Everton where he can get his feet down and running as soon as possible.

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Jordan Pickford must bring his superb World Cup form back to Goodison Park

The 24-year-old was a stand-out performer in Russia.

Max Cohen

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After winning out on the battle to be England’s number one at the World Cup, Jordan Pickford lit up England’s World Cup run with stunning saves and match-winning performances.

Now, the 24-year-old faces a critical campaign at Everton and must continue his bright form in the Premier League. 

Undoubtedly the Tofees’ best performer last year, Pickford can make a case to become one of the best keepers in the world under the management of Marco Silva.

Signed from Sunderland in 2017, he  became the most expensive English goalkeeper ever, but at times struggled to fulfil his sky-high potential at Goodison Park.

Although Pickford was constantly one of Everton’s brightest stars, offering consistency in a troubled season, he was occasionally prone to rash decisions.

But, in Russia, the Englishman truly brought his career to the next level with superb outings on the world’s biggest stage. The Colombia match will long live in the memory, with his penalty shootout heroics preceded by an excellent stop in the dying minutes of normal time.

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The 24-year-old’s heroics drew the plaudits of England’s 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who tipped Pickford to be England’s number one for the foreseeable future.

“I thought he played really well. I was quite surprised, when you think he is quite young. I am sure the manager will pick him for the next few games. If he keeps playing as he has done he will stay with that job, definitely.”

All together, his tournament led to impassioned calls for him to be awarded the Golden Glove, and rightfully so.

Jordan Pickford can now be considered one of the best young goalkeepers in the world, and under Marco Silva he must bring his exquisite England form to the domestic front.

With a world-class goalkeeper between the sticks, the Toffees’ chances of making a push for the European places suddenly look a lot more realistic.

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Everton news round-up: Zaha stays, Klaassen to Besiktas unlikely and Lascelles not interested

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

Mathew Nash

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Zaha not for sale

Everton have been linked with a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha recently, along with a host of other clubs.

The Ivorian has recently rejected a new deal at Selhurst Park which sparked an apparent increase in the interest.

But his manager Roy Hodgson has made it clear, no deal will be going ahead.

The Eagles boss says Zaha is simply not for sale. As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the £70 million player will stay with Palace ‘for the next four years’, the length of his current contract.

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Tosun on Klaassen

Davy Klaassen has been linked with an Everton exit all summer, after a poor debut campaign at Goodison Park.

The Dutchman, who joined for £23.6 million last summer, has struggled on Merseyside.

One team who have been heavily linked with a move for the player are Turkish side Besiktas. But current Everton striker Cenk Tosun has made it clear that deal won’t happen.

He told Sabah that Klaassen was not keen on a move to the Turkish Super Lig.

Lascelles no-go

Everton have recently been linked with a move for Jamaal Lascelles but that now seems to be a no-go. The £25m-rated defender has no interest in leaving his current club.

According to The Times, the 24-year-old is happy at St James’ Park and settled in the area. He enjoys playing for Rafa Benitez and captaining the side.

Everton, along with West Ham United, will, therefore, need to identify a new centre-back target.

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