Everton have been linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven technical director for some time now. Now Sky Sports are suggesting a move is definitely on for the Dutchman. The report claims that Brands will join Everton later this month, once the side have won the Eredivisie championship. It is suggested PSV have a replacement lined up and the move will be discussed at a board meeting later this afternoon.
Such news will no doubt excite Everton fans. The Dutchman has a fine reputation in the game and, after feeling unimpressed with Steve Walsh’s work at Goodison Park, Evertonians will no doubt welcome Brands’ arrival. The fact his agent is Mino Raiola adds an extra incentive, with the report stating Everton’s owner Farhad Moshiri is very keen for a link up with both men.
Brands and Raiola as a double threat would undoubtedly be a good move for Everton and could attract some of the best talent around.
But here’s the rub. Whilst Sky Sports is reporting this move as done, the media in the Netherlands are simply baffled.
As reported by Football-Oranje journalists from major Dutch publications Voetbal International and De Telegraaf have taken to social media to insist no deal is anywhere near done.
— marco timmer (@marcotimmer) April 4, 2018
Zoals eerder gemeld is Marcel Brands in de race voor een baan als ‘director of football’ bij Everton. Engelse club heeft zich officieel nog niet gemeld bij #PSV. Is vandaag ook geen vergadering over ingepland.
— Erik van Haren (@ErikvHaren) April 4, 2018
One claims there has been no contact from Everton regarding Brands as of yet and the other made it clear there is no planned meeting regarding his successor today.
Brands is a target for Everton it seems but the idea an agreement is now in place seems to be a little ahead of the game.
Toffees fans excited about the arrival of Brands should probably wait until he is standing in front of an Everton badge shaking hands with Moshiri before getting their hopes up regarding his plans for the club.
Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment
A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.
Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.
The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.
However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.
Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.
Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.
According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.
Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.
The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.
However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.
Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.
Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?
The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.
Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.
The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.
While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.
Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.
He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.
Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.
Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.
Kevin Wimmer scores on Hannover debut as he puts Stoke nightmare behind him
The Austrian defender had an awful time at Stoke City last season.
When Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer last summer it looked like something of a coup from the Potters. The Austrian had impressed at Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane. Unfortunately, game time became hard to come by due to the excellence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back for Spurs.
Wimmer was therefore sold to Stoke last summer for a fee in the region of £18 million. Mark Hughes was ecstatic with the signing but his form did not justify his exaggerated price-tag.
Wimmer struggled under Hughes and things got even worse when the Welshman left. Replaced by Paul Lambert, the new manager swiftly moved wimmer into the reserves. Told to lose weight he played no part in Stoke’s failed attempt to survive relegation from the Premier League.
This summer, with Stoke relegated, Wimmer was moved on. He joined Hannover in a season-long loan deal back in May.
At the weekend he began his first steps in forgetting his Stoke City nightmare. The Austrian played his first game for his new club in the DFB Pokal against Karlsruher. Not only did he play, but he also managed to score. It was his first goal since scoring v Liverpool in the League Cup back in 2016 whilst at Spurs.
He scored the opening goal of a convincing 6-0 win, powering home a close-range header.
Wimmer will long be remembered as one of Stoke’s biggest ever flops. But it seems he is certainly enjoying himself back in Germany.
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