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Everton round-up: Barkley breaks silence; transfer saga to resume in January; 25-man squad named

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One of the biggest and most baffling stories to come out of Transfer Deadline Day was Chelsea‘s failed bid to land Everton midfielder Ross Barkley. According to the Telegraph, the England international turned down the chance to join the Premier League champions following a medical, with no official bid coming from another interested party, Tottenham Hotspur.

The source, coming from the newspaper’s football correspondent Matt Law, claims that Chelsea and Everton agreed a £35 million deal for Barkley and that a medical was duly conducted. However, the Toffees academy graduate then informed the Blues that he wished to wait until January in order to fully consider his options. Barkley has recently undergone surgery on a hamstring problem and is set for three months on the sidelines.

The article claims that Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri was ‘annoyed’ at the revelation of the deal falling through, since the club will now risk losing the player on a free next summer without compensation, or be forced to sell for a cut-price fee in January, expected to be a mere fraction of the £35million deal agreed with Chelsea, let alone the club’s initial £50 million valuation.

Moshiri who was quizzed on the Barkley situation on the night, is quoted as saying: “The two clubs agreed a deal of £35m, I think personal terms were agreed and after the medical we heard from Paul Martin, his agent, that he (Barkley) had changed his mind.

“He wants to reconsider his position during the January window. He is currently injured, so I think technically he will be with us because he is under contract for another year. It is a big surprise, but that is football.”

However, Barkley himself has now aired his thoughts on the story circulating in the press, and denied via his personal Twitter account that any medical took place.

The tweets read as follows: “Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point”.

“I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit”.

Barkley’s claims are the latest twist in what has become one of the summer’s standout transfer sagas, and the word at the Sunday Times is that it will resume once again in January, with both Chelsea and Tottenham set to re-enter the market in pursuit of the player, the former clearly not put off by Barkley’s failure to agree a deadline day move.

The source also claims that the blame behind Oumar Niasse’s failed £7 million move to Crystal Palace fell at the feet of agent fees, after the Selhurst Park club refused to shell out a six-figure fee for the player’s representatives. The striker’s nightmare on Merseyside will now continue at least until January, with Blues boss Ronald Koeman continually refusing to select him.

Interestingly though, Niasse has been named amongst the club’s 25-man Premier League squad, which the Liverpool Echo published on Sunday, alongside Barkley, and Seamus Coleman, who is nearing his return from a broken leg picked up on international duty.

Everton’s full 25-man squad for the 2016/17 Premier League season reads as follows:

Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley, Muhamed Besic, Yannick Bolasie, Sam Byrne, Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes-Mori, Idrissa Gueye, Phil Jagielka, Gethin Jones, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Aaron Lennon, Cuco Martina, James McCarthy, Kevin Mirallas, Oumar Niasse, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez, Joel Robles, Wayne Rooney, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Maarten Stekelenburg, Ashley Williams.

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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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