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Everton linked with January swoop for Porto’s Ivan Marcano – who is he?

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Despite the fact that Everton had an extremely busy summer transfer window, bringing nine new additions into Goodison Park, there was still a lingering feeling of dissatisfaction after the deadline.

The lack of a proven replacement for the outgoing Romelu Lukaku is perhaps the main concern heading back to Premier League football but boss Ronald Koeman also missed out on a defender.

The Daily Mail believe that the Dutchman is already preparing himself for a January raid for experienced Porto defender Ivan Marcano as he searches to add strength in depth to his back-line.

Who is Ivan Marcano?

Born in the Spanish region of Santander in 1987 Marcano was only ten years old when he was snapped up by the Racing Santander youth system, working his way up through the age groups.

After a two-year spell at Racing’s ‘B’ team he was awarded the step-up to the first-team in 2007, making his debut against Almeria – although it didn’t go to plan as he side-lined himself for months.

He played a starring role the following season though, becoming Racing Santander’s preferred left-back option, and his impressive displays caught the attention of prestigious La Liga outfit Villarreal.

It didn’t quite go to plan after this move, however, finding himself falling down the pecking order before eventually being sent out on-loan to fellow Spanish side Getafe and Greek side Olympiakos in consecutive seasons, before finally being off-loaded for good and moving to Russia’s Rubin Kazan.

A moderately successful two-year stint followed before he made the definitive switch to FC Porto back in 2014, replacing Manchester City-bound Eliaquim Mangala, and he’s featured 93 times since.

What could he bring to Goodison Park?

Whilst it’s highly unlikely that boss Koeman considers the 30-year-old Spanish defender as an immediate first-team player, the wealth of experience that Marcano can bring will be highly useful.

With Phil Jagielka’s performances inconsistent at best and Ramiro Funes-Mori suffering from a long-term knee injury there’s a need for additional personnel, especially with the Europa League in mind.

His experience of the Champions League with Porto could prove priceless should Everton manage to negotiate their way out of a tricky group, and his presence off the pitch could be as vital as his presence on it.

The versatility of Marcano will also be something that has particularly turned the Everton manager’s head, with his ability to play as a left-back or a left-sided central defender a catalyst for his interest.

And it’s more than likely that the Spaniard would slot in and do a good job too, making a name for himself over in Portugal with his disciplined approach at the back and his ability to communicate well with his fellow defenders, keeping things tight and compact and stifling the opposition’s attacks.

He is strong in the air – making him perfect adept for the competitive and physical nature of the Premier League – and he’s handy at the other end as well, scoring six times in three years at Porto.

How likely is a move?

The report claims that Everton sent representatives from the club to watch Marcano in action last month prior to making an enquiry to the Portuguese side, only to be priced out of a summer move.

But it is understood that Porto are willing to listen to offers from January onwards, with Marcano out of a contract next summer, and they could be more willing to negotiate the closer this comes.

At 30 years of age he is not unreplaceable and, as long as Everton can come in with the right offer to tempt Porto into a sale, then there’s no reason as to why a move couldn’t be completed in January.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.

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After failing in Greece on loan, Kevin Mirallas’ Everton career is surely over

The Belgian still has two years remaining on his contract at Goodison Park.

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Once an integral part of the Belgian national team, Everton’s Kevin Mirallas was dealt a harsh blow when he was left out of his country’s World Cup squad by former manager Roberto Martinez this week.

The devastating news is the latest disappointment in what has been a failed season for the winger, leading many to wonder if Mirallas has played his last game for the Toffees.

It has been a sharp fall from grace for the 30-year-old, who signed a three-year contract at Goodison Park just 12 months ago.

At the time, Mirallas spoke of his desire to win trophies with Everton and the faith Ronald Koeman had in him. A year later, the Belgian’s situation could not be more different.

The winger made just two Premier League starts in the first half of the season, and was entirely left out of the match-day squad from late November to New Year’s Day.

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Due to Mirallas’ lack of opportunities at Goodison Park, he was sent on loan to Greek club Olympiacos in January.

He had previously enjoyed two fruitful years at the club from 2010-2012, even winning the league’s top scorer award in 2011/12.

Yet a return to the site of his former glory failed to produce the intended effect, as Mirallas contributed a disappointing two goals and two assists in 15 matches in all competitions.

In a country not known for its defensive prowess, the Belgian’s lack of attacking firepower is a worrying sign of a player on the decline.

And in early May, Mirallas was reportedly shipped back to Everton earlier than expected due to his poor performances, according to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur.

Although there are two years left to run on Mirallas’ Everton contract, it looks increasingly unlikely that the winger will ever appear for the Toffees again.

Thanks to a failed loan spell in Greece and an abject run of form, Kevin Mirallas appears to be on his way out of Goodison Park this summer.

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Leeds have to react and appoint Sam Allardyce following his Everton sacking

Leeds United find themselves at a crossroads after another disappointing campaign.

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Leeds United fans want Sam Allardyce as their next manager following his departure from Premier League side Everton. The top flight veteran left the Merseyside club yesterday morning, despite only six months in charge.

The news comes at a perfect time for Leeds, with supporters far from convinced with the job Paul Heckingbottom has done at Elland Road so far.

The Whites were sitting comfortably in the EFL Championship play-off positions before the Christmas period. However, poor results and low morale saw the club slip down to 13th, missing out on their top six target which had been set by owner Andrea Radrizzani last summer.

Following his Everton exit, Leeds should consider approaching Allardyce if they are to have a change of fortunes in the league next season.

Heckingbottom took charge from Thomas Christiansen half-way into the season, but results under his stewardship were disappointing and the arrival of a new boss would not be out of the question.

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Allardyce had led Everton to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League this season but had not done enough to win over supporters at Goodison Park.

However, the 63-year-old has been one of England’s most successful manager’s for more than a decade, and Elland Road could be the perfect destination for him to have one foray.

 

Allardyce has been an expert in ensuring stability and grinding out results, a trait Leeds have certainly lacked in recent years.

Leeds have had eight managers in the last four years so clearly there is a problem in terms of recruitment in Yorkshire.

However, Allardyce is an appointment that doesn’t come around every day, and it is difficult to argue that his sacking comes at a perfect time for both parties.

Big Sam and Leeds were once Premier League giants and an alliance between the two could see United with their most experienced manager in over a decade, and Allardyce with the chance to prove his credentials once again.

The 63-year-old famously guided West Ham to promotion back in 2012 and he could be the man to finally do the same at Elland Road.

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Marcel Brands should target Kevin Strootman reunion at Everton

Brands signed Strootman for PSV and is now in charge of dealings at Everton.

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Everton made sweeping changes behind the scenes yesterday. Sam Allardyce has been sacked as the first-team boss whilst there was also a boardroom reshuffle. Meanwhile, Steve Walsh has left his role as the director of football at Goodison Park and been replaced by PSV Eindhoven supremo Marcel Brands.

The Dutchman arrives with a huge reputation from his time in Dutch football. Undoubtedly, Everton will now find themselves linked with a long list of former players under Brands’ command.

Many of those players should be ignored but if Everton are to go for one former Brands player, it should be Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.

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The Dutchman was snapped up by Brands from Utrecht along with Belgian forward Dries Mertens and went on to become a regular at the Philips Stadion. After two brilliant seasons in Eindhoven, he headed to Roma. At one point it did look like he was on his way to England, but a move to Manchester United never materialised after a career-threatening knee injury.

Since then Strootman has recovered and established himself as a top European midfield operator during the past three seasons at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Last summer he signed a new deal in the Italian capital, but Everton might just have enough to convince Strootman to finally make the move to the Premier League.

Financially, it would appear that Everton are going to be well backed again this summer by owner Farhad Moshiri. So putting together a deal that pleases both Roma and Stootman on that level should not be an issue. Everton also have players they are ready to move on, who could be included in any deal.

The problem would be convincing Strootman that he is better off at Everton then with the Champions League semi-finalists.

Which is where Brands would come in. He would need to be the man leading the negotiations to reunite with the Dutchman. Offering Strootman the chance to be the midfield lynchpin that Everton build around for the new campaign might just be enough to convince him that, at 28-years-old, this is his best chance to come and play in England.

It would be a tough deal to put together. But if Brands wants to win over the Everton fans, getting a deal for Strootman together as his first piece of business would be a pretty good start.

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