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Everton round-up: Koeman dismisses ‘big spenders’ tag; pipped in race for Dortmund man; Sigurdsson latest




Given Everton’s substantial activity in the transfer market during the summer, it can be understood why one might assume they have been splashing the cash. A known £93.6 million has been spent on three of their five recruits so far this transfer window, including substantial fees for Ajax’s Davy Klaasen (£23.6 million), Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford (£30 million), and Burnley’s Michael Keane (£30 million).

That does not even take into account the undisclosed fees which brought forward Sandro Ramirez to the club from Málaga, and sealed former talisman Wayne Rooney’s return to Merseyside from Old Trafford, 13 years after heading the opposite way.

However, Everton boss Ronald Koeman has done much to balance the books.

Gerard Deulofeu is one to have sealed a switch away from Goodison Park, returning to his native Barcelona, whilst Aiden McGeady and, more notably, leading scorer Romelu Lukaku have both moved to pastures new for undisclosed fees, the latter believed to be in the region of £95 million, including add ons, according to the Liverpool Echo, following an initial £75 million fee, as reported by BBC Sport.

With this of course calling net spend into question, Koeman himself has lashed out at perceptions in the media that Everton have splashed the cash this summer, as well as hinting that his summer shopping may yet be incomplete.

With European football once again back on the blue half of Liverpool, expectations are rising once again and Koeman has emphasised just how important it is that he fill out the positions where reinforcements are required so that his side are in the best possible shape ahead of the new season.

A centre-back and left-sided defender are still thought to be on his wish-list, and not to be forgotten is that this comes amidst the ongoing transfer saga surrounding the club’s £50 million bid for Swansea City star Gylfi Sigurdsson.

“Both positions (midfielder and striker) we need and also the left centre back and full back cover”, Koeman told the Liverpool Echo.

“That’s three positions we’re looking for and one is not more important than the other to give some fuel for all these high expectations. I heard every time that ‘Everton is spending £100 million, £100 million, £100 million’ but I saw the list and I think we’re 16th in the League for spending and we got £95 million for Lukaku. We’ve only spent £7 million. It’s a different picture than the media is talking.”

When quizzed on Sigurdsson, Koeman claimed that a deal is close to being completed but is yet to be finalised.

“It is close but we have to wait. I haven’t had any call yet. That means that nothing is done.”

Meanwhile, the Toffees are set to miss out on Borussia Dortmund’s Danish-born Turkey international Emre Mor, with reports from Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport claiming that Inter Milan have pipped both Everton and Liverpool to his signature.

The 20-year-old is highly thought of at Signal Iduna Park, despite having a modest 12 appearances and one goal to his name, but it seems that the Bundesliga giants are prepared to allow the youngster to move on, with the report claiming that he is expected at the San Siro to put pen to paper within the next 48 hours.

Scott is a Port Vale fan who writes regularly for The Boot Room as a freelancer. He is a fan of several sports but most of his experience in journalism comes from football and volleyball. He has produced several works on major Championships for both the FIVB and CEV in the volleyball world out in Switzerland, and is currently studying for a BA Hons in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.

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Everton must secure Frank Fabra signing before World Cup

The Colombian is set to star at the World Cup with his nation.



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Everton are currently being linked with a move for Colombian left-back Frank Fabra. According to Argentine radio station El Crack Deportivothe 27-year-old is being considered as the left-back option Everton need.

Everton have been lacking in the department this season. With Leighton Baines suffering injury trouble throughout the campaign, natural right-back Cuco Martina has done his best in the role. Everton thoroughly need a new left-back and Fabra is an impressive option.

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The Boca Juniors defender was linked with Manchester United and Chelsea by Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio in 2016. A powerful full-back, he has all it takes to be a star in European football.

Everton are, therefore right, to be targeting the Boca star.  However, the Toffees must try to wrap up any potential deal before the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Fabra is looking increasingly likely to be Colombia’s first-choice at the competition. Pablo Armero has had his day and Fabra is the popular choice to play the role of left-back or left wing-back.

Colombia, who are in Group H with Japan, Poland and Senegal, have high hopes of going far in the competition. Four years ago they suffered a narrow quarter-final exit at the hands of Brazil.

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Fabra will no doubt be key to any success that Colombia have in the competition and therefore will catch the eye.

Everton will be fully aware what a top World Cup performance can do to a player’s value. If the Toffees want to bring in Fabra doing so before the Russia World Cup could end up being a worthwhile cost-cutting exercise.

Regardless, Everton fans will just be pleased to hear that the club are starting to identify potential options to strengthen one of their weakest positions on the field, even if it is not a household name.

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Ronald Koeman admits he wanted Memphis Depay at Everton

But would Everton have benefited from his arrival?



Ronald Koeman is about to kickstart his managerial career with the Dutch national team. It is his first role since getting sacked by Everton and his first foray into international management. Speaking about his new role he discussed the former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay.

Speaking to the press, as reported by Football Oranje, Koeman revealed that he had tried to convince Depay to join Everton whilst he was manager at Goodison Park:

“I invited him to my home last year, when I wanted to get him to Everton. That did not work, he went to Lyon.”

during the Netherlands Training session held at KNVB Sportcentrum on March 20, 2018 in Zeist, Netherlands. The Netherlands will play England in a International Friendly match on March 23 in the Amsterdam ArenA.

Depay was with Manchester United at the time, where he had struggled to live up to his potential. Instead of joining Everton he headed to Lyon in France in a deal reported by the Telegraph to be worth £16 million.

So have Everton missed out?

Depay’s struggles to settle in English football are well known. Since his move to France things have certainly improved. Depay has scored 18 goals since his move to France. However, considering he scored 28 goals in his final season at PSV prior to his United switch it is still not a massive amount.

ZEIST, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 20: Netherlands Head coach, Ronald Koeman walks out for the Netherlands Training session held at KNVB Sportcentrum on March 20, 2018 in Zeist, Netherlands. The Netherlands will play England in a International Friendly match on March 23 in the Amsterdam ArenA. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

In the time he has been in France those 18 goals have come from 61 games. His form has been good at Lyon but certainly not to the standard many expected of him when he made the move to Manchester United.

That said, £16 million today in today’s market is not a lot of money. Looking at Everton’s team, having Depay playing from the left side would have been a massive bonus for Koeman, and now for Sam Allardyce.

Depay still has plenty to improve upon and hopefully Koeman can get the best out of him during his time as the Netherlands boss.

As for Everton, they did not get their man and paid a lot more for the man he would be battling for first-team football Yannick Bolasie – who has not yet been a hit at Goodison Park.

So, all things considered, Everton probably should wish Koeman had managed to convince Depay into a Merseyside switch last January.

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Everton signing Rodrigo at £35m would undermine Cenk Tosun position

The Spaniard has been linked with a move to Everton over the weekend.



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Reports today have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion are all keeping tabs on Valencia striker Rodrigo.

Calciomercato claim Rodrigo is wanted by all three clubs who are looking to bolster their attacking options.

The report also mentions his whopping €120 million (£105.4 million) release clause. Everton, though, are expected to start their bidding at around €40 million (£35 million).

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Rodrigo is a fine striker. This season the Spanish international has netted 16 goals in 35 games for Valencia and he could head to the World Cup with Spain in the summer.

But, for Everton, his signing would only further undermine the man they finally brought in to replace Romelu Lukaku in January.

It has not been plain sailing for Turkish striker Cenk Tosun since his Goodison Park arrival. Signed for a fee reported to be in the region of £27 million by the BBC, Tosun has had to wait for his chance under Sam Allardyce.

That tactic now appears to be paying off dividends with Tosun scoring four goals in his last three games for the Toffees.

Next season, after a full pre-season schedule, Tosun will rightfully expect to be the undisputed starting striker at Everton.

No doubt, the Merseyside club could look to bring in other strikers, but splashing out this amount on a player like Rodrigo would send the wrong message to Tosun.

Rodrigo, who spent time on loan at Bolton Wanderers earlier in his career, will not be willing to play second fiddle to Tosun. Everton will also not want to pay that sort of money for him if that’s the case.

Everton should instead give Tosun a try. With the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Oumar Niasse and Ademola Lookman in reserve, they would have a good striking department without any recruits.

Spending so much money on Rodrigo would just seem a lavish expense for a side that would do better bringing in someone lower key, and lower priced.

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