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Everton round-up: Gotze wanted, Besic could leave and Clare interest

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

Mathew Nash



Gotcha Gotze

Everton have joined the race to sign Mario Gotze this summer. The German international, who scored the winning goal at the World Cup four years ago, has struggled for his best form since with injuries also an issue.

It has seen him linked with a move away from Borussia Dortmund this summer.

It is reported by Sky Sports that Everton are joined by Arsenal, West Ham, Valencia and Marseille in the race to sign the player.

Dortmund want to recoup most of the £22 million it cost to bring Gotzer back to Signal Iduna Park last summer.

(during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Mo to go?

Mo Besic could be on his way out of the club this summer. The Bosnian international spent the second half of last season on loan at Middlesbrough and helped the Teessiders into the Championship play-offs.

Now, the Northern Echo is reporting that Besic could consider a permanent switch to the Riverside if he is told he has no future at Goodison Park.

The 25-year-old fell down the pecking order at Everton after a string of injury trouble on Merseyside.

Clare wanted

Everton are one of a number of clubs in the hunt for Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sean Clare. According to TEAMtalk, the Merseyside team join the likes of Leeds and Wolves in the hunt for the player. Aston Villa have been the frontrunners for his signature, but are no longer in the running for the player.

Clare has refused a new deal at Hillsborough, where he impressed in the second half of last season.

Everton are now hopeful of bringing the 21-year-old to Goodison Park for a minimal compensation fee.

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Everton round-up: Wendell wanted, Lang contract and Wass troubles

All the latest news and gossip from Premier League side Everton.

Mathew Nash



Wendell wanted

Everton have another left-back in their crosshairs, with Sky Sports suggesting that Bayer Leverkusen defender Wendell is now being targeted.

The Toffees are on the hunt for a new left-back, with Leighton Baines approaching the end of his career.

The Brazilian defender has now been earmarked as a potential recruit after starring in the Bundesliga last term.

Originally a winger, the 24-year-old would bring an attacking presence to the left-back position, much like Baines.

It comes as Leicester City emerge as a rival in the hunt for German international Marvin Plattenhardt.

(Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Lang shot?

Everton target Callum Lang is in a contract stand-off with his current club Wigan Athletic. The 19-year-old is out of contract in 2019 and talks over an extension have collapsed – according to the Liverpool Echo.

A boyhood Everton fan, Lang scored 10 goals in 30 appearances for Morecambe during a League Two loan spell last season.

Such form attracted the attention of Everton, who would want to add him to their under-23 set-up.

Wass a target

Everton continue to be linked with Danish winger Daniel Wass. The exciting attacker is being linked with Everton as well as a number of clubs by Marca.

The club have reportedly fallen out with the agency that represents the 29-year-old, meaning an extension to his deal at the club looks unlikely.

Wass’ current deal expires in the summer of 2019 and Everton will reportedly battle Roma for his services.

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Everton have failed three times to sign World Cup star Denis Cheryshev

The Russian winger was linked with Everton in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

Mathew Nash



Russian winger Denis Cheryshev looks like being the surprise package of the World Cup this summer. The 27-year-old had not scored for his country before the tournament but now has three goals in two games with Russia seemingly heading into the next round.

His form is certainly a shock, considering he was mostly used as a substitute for Villarreal last season.

For fans of one Premier League club, however, he will not be an unknown. Everton have been linked with the Russian talent for a number of years and on several different occasions.

Rewind to the winter of 2012 and Everton made a €6 million bid to sign the player. He had just made his debut for the Russian national team under Fabio Capello and was in Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans at Real Madrid. As reported by Marca, the bid was rejected, Real Madrid had high hopes for the youngster.

Six months later he had signed a new deal at Real as Everton’s approach fell on deaf ears.

(during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

Then, in the summer of 2015, Everton moved again. Cheryshev had just enjoyed a successful loan spell with Villarreal and the Toffees were to rival Liverpool for his signature.

They reportedly failed in a last-ditch bid to sign the player, after a move for Andriy Yarmolenko had not materialised.

But despite Everton’s three previous attempts at signing the player, fans at Goodison Park were never truly left to regret such failings.

Cheryshev struggled to make it at Real Madrid and is now doing the same with the Yellow Submarine.

But Everton are seeing his raw talent in full show at the World Cup this summer. Currently joint top-scorer with Cristiano Ronaldo, this looks like a player Everton would now love at their disposal.

Maybe a fourth approach should be in the offing.

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Ross Barkley could be perfect Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Crystal Palace

A loan-deal for the 24-year-old would suit both clubs.

Jamie Watts



Crystal Palace are reportedly in the market for a central midfielder this summer, as Roy Hodgson is vying for the services of Arsenal‘s Jack Wilshere, according to reports from Evening Standard. But there’s an alternative target the Eagles should be looking at.

Chelsea secured the signing of Ross Barkley from Everton last January, with many tipping the 24-year-old to become a success at Stamford Bridge. However, it seems to move he craved for so long has turned into a nightmare, as his career is currently on hold at Stamford Bridge.

Having made just five appearances, compared to 39 in the previous season with Everton, there’s no doubting the midfielder needs a move away from the west London giants and Palace could prove to be his ideal destination.

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Roy Hodgson’s eagerness to extend Yohan Cabaye’s stay and to bring in Wilshere suggests he’s after a creative, ball carrying box-to-box midfielder and the Barkley of 2016/17 fits the mould perfectly. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is unlikely to extend his stay at Selhurst Park after emerging on the biggest stage with England this summer, and Barkley stylistically is probably the closest thing to his Chelsea teammate.

Chelsea will be keen to offload the player this summer, whether it be on a temporary or permanent basis, but a season-long loan would could suit both clubs perfectly. If regular football with Palace brings back Barkley’s best form – having scored six and assisted nine in 2016/17 – Hodgson’s midfield could flourish, and the absence of Loftus-Cheek wouldn’t leave a void in the side.

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The Blues will also be keen to see results for the £15 million they paid, as selling him on at the moment would likely garner a far smaller transfer fee. And if his immense potential is brought to the fore-front they could bring him back to Stamford Bridge a year later to bolster the squad.

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