Turkish giants Beskitas are keen on pursuing a deal for out-of-favour Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen, according to Turkish outlet Fanatik, and are planning to use want-away play-maker Oguzhan Ozyakup as bargaining power for the Dutchman.
Klaassen endured a meagre start to life in the Premier League since joining from Dutch heavyweights Ajax last summer. He was limited to just 248 minutes of domestic action, after failing to convince both Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce that he was worthy of a regular place, despite his hefty £23 million price tag.
The 25-year-old found himself playing second-fiddle to club-record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was often deployed as the only creative midfielder in a pragmatic Allardyce outfit, but the arrival of Marco Silva could signify a change of fortune next term.
Silva has been brought to Everton to bring attacking and progressive football back to Goodison Park and there’s no question he could revive Klaassen’s career on Merseyside. As an obvious fan of deep-lying play-makers – having handed Will Hughes a crack at Premier League football at Watford – the manager is likely to give Klaassen another chance to show the creative ability evident from his days in the Eredivisie.
However, Silva has also been courting Ozyakup and is weighing up a loan move for the Turkish international. But Besiktas are asserting that any deal for Ozyakup must involve Klaassen, and the deal just isn’t worth pursuing further.
Klaassen has already expressed his desire to remain with the club next season, in quotes via the club website, and completing a deal for another central midfielder of the same age isn’t logical when the Dutchman has yet to show his brilliant qualities.
More-so, Arsenal‘s academy graduate Ozyakup is hardly setting the world alight with his performances in Turkey this term, having failed to score in 37 appearances, although he has bagged a respectable eight assists.
West Ham round up: Lucasz Fabianksi, Issa Diop in next 24 hours, Roma enter race for Javier Pastore
A round-up of the day’s most interesting news surrounding West Ham.
Double unveiling in next 24 hours?
West Ham have been negotiating deals for Swansea City goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski and Toulouse centre-back Issa Diop for over a week now, and the Evening Standard are reporting that a double unveiling is imminent in the next 24 hours.
Manuel Pellegrini is set to encore the signing of Fulham fullback Ryan Fredericks with the Poland goalkeeper, having agreed a three-year deal, with £7 million going to the recently relegated Swans. The delay is said to be due to the 33-year-old’s inclusion in his nations clash with Senegal today.
Diop has reportedly completed his medical in London yesterday, despite interest from the likes of Everton and Sevilla, with RMC Sport claiming the player will sign a five-year deal at the London Stadium, tying him until the club until 2033 for a fee of around £22 million.
Pastore falling through?
Pellegrini had expressed an interest in signing Paris Saint Germain want-away Javier Pastore earlier this month, but talks have stalled over constant financial issues and it now appears Italian giants Roma are keen to move in, according to ESPN.
Sky Sports Italy are suggesting that Roma is the more appealing option to the 28-year-old, and are even claiming that the Argentine’s agent Marcelo Simonian has flown to Italy and has agreed a £24 million deal for a four-year contract, with the option to extend another year in the capital.
Antonio to Palace?
Crystal Palace could make a move for West Ham winger Michail Antonio this summer as they look to add more firepower to their squad after securing Premier League survival.
According to the Daily Mirror, Antonio has been told he is not part of the Hammers’ long-term plans under the new management of Pellegrini and is set to leave.
The Hammers are apparently open to offers and it is suggested that Palace might face stiff competition for a player who has scored 20 goals in 76 Premier League appearances.
Everton round-up: Juanpe wanted, Schneiderlin exit route and Carvalho blow
All the latest news and gossip from Premier League side Everton.
Juanpe a target
Everton are looking at Juanpe of Girona as a potential transfer target this summer. The defender was first targeted by Steve Walsh and has been in fine form for the La Liga side.
The Toffees, according to RAC Sports 1, made a bid for the player under the guidance of former director of football Walsh. That was said to be a deal in the region of £4.4 million. The player has a release clause of £8.8 million, so double will be needed for Everton to get their hands on the player.
Everton are on the hunt for new defenders this summer as they look to reshape their weak back-line.
Unpopular with fans, Morgan Schneiderlin is set to get another chance at Everton next season.
However, Marseille are said to be keen on his signature. The French giants are looking at potential replacements should they lose one of Morgan Sanson or Zambo Anguissa this summer.
One name that has come up is Schneiderlin, a boyhood Marseille fan. According to France Football, as reported by Sport Witness, he is one of the names Marseille are considering.
Schneiderlin joined Everton in a £22 million deal in January 2017.
Everton may have missed out on William Carvalho, according to reports in Italy. Corriere dello Sport are suggesting Inter Milan may have won the race for the Portugal international.
The report suggests a €2.5m-a-year (£2.2 million) deal is in place to take Carvalho to the San Siro.
The midfielder has rescinded his contract at Sporting Lisbon after an incident involving a mob of fans and has been tracked by Everton for some time.
Connor Goldson desperate for trophies at Rangers in near future
The new Rangers man is keen to bring the glory days back to Ibrox.
Fans were jubilant last week after securing the signing of impressive defender Connor Goldson from Brighton & Hove Albion last week, and the 25-year-old is bringing the mentality required to bring “revolution” to Ibrox in the near future.
Goldson has revealed his desire to win trophies with the Scottish giants, in quotes via the official club website, and sees the new manager Steven Gerrard as a major turning point in the club’s fortunes.
The Gers have failed to win silverware since their return to the Scottish top-flight in 2016, and have chopped and changed managers regularly, with Gerrard now the third manager to take the reins following Mark Warburton’s dismissal in March of last year.
But Goldson is undeterred by previous seasons and believes the club will re-establish themselves as contenders on all fronts in Scotland next term.
“It is more team targets that interest me. I want to win things and I have always been in teams that have won things,” the Englishman revealed.
“That is a reason for coming here. I’ve said to the manager – I don’t want to come here and just play good football and not win things. I want to come here and win trophies, and I think that’s what the fans are craving. They’re craving success and we need to build a team is able to give them that.”
The Wolverhampton-born defender claims the arrival of Gerrard was a major factor in his decision to join Rangers, and believes he will instil a winning mentality at Ibrox that players will buy into, while revealing he is also keen to become a leader on that front.
“He [Gerrard] wants to bring a winning mentality to the football club, and I am all for that. I have been lucky to have been in winning teams, being promoted a couple of times, and that is what I want to do here.”
Gerrard is coming into an extremely demanding job and will need to have the courage to well and truly shake things up at the club, because bitter rivals Celtic are showing no signs of faltering in recent times – having won the unprecedented ‘double-treble’ this term.
The Hoops have dominated everyone in the Scottish Premiership since Gerrard’s former boss Brendan Rodgers took over at Parkhead two-years back, and if Rangers can secure silverware in their first season under new management it would indicate a very successful year, and the club could build on it in the near future.
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