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Rumoured bid for Domagoj Vida would be bizarre from Everton

The Besiktas defender would be a great signing, but not the deal Everton have apparently presented.

Mathew Nash

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Everton have been linked with a move for Domagoj Vida in recent days. The Croatian has been performing well at the World Cup this summer and Everton need a new central defender this summer.

Reports in Turkey today have even suggested a deal is on the cards. As reported by Aksam, the Toffees have reportedly lodged a swap deal bid.

The report suggests Everton have offered €10 million (£8.8 million) plus Davy Klaassen, who cost Everton £23.6 million last summer.

That makes the entire deal worth £32.4 million for the Besiktas man.

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Which would be a mad move from the club.

Vida is a brilliant central defender and Besiktas would be remiss to lose him. They only snapped him up from Dynamo Kiev as recently as January themselves.  

But he is 29-years-old. Klaassen has struggled during his first season at Everton but he is still young and, his Ajax form still means he must have a high market value if Everton want to sell him on.

Throwing him into the deal to sign an older player, whose value will depreciate sharply, would make little to no sense from the Everton hierarchy.

It would not be likely and the new regime, spearheaded by director of football Marcel Brands, is surely not about to put this deal together.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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  1. Dave

    July 2, 2018 at 7:43 am

    At last somebody with sense Klaassen has being really treated badly and should be given a chance, we might end up with a real world class player.

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Three free agent goalkeeper options for Everton to add depth

Everton should consider adding depth to the goalkeeping department this summer.

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Everton currently have a fine goalkeeper in Jordan Pickford. Signed last summer from Sunderland he was the club’s player of the season last term and is now England’s number one stopper.

But it could be argued they are lacking in reserve. The veteran Maarten Stekelenburg has been an injury concern in recent times. Meanwhile, Spaniard Joel Robles has left the club at the end of his contract. It leaves youngster Mateusz Hewelt as the club’s current third-choice.

Considering his inexperience and Stekelenburg’s injury troubles, surely Everton should consider bringing in another goalie this summer?

Of course, they will not want to pay top dollar to do so.

So here are three free agent stoppers that Everton could target this summer…

Tim Krul

The Dutchman has struggled to find his way back into first-team football since a horror knee injury in 2015.

He spent last season as back-up to Mathew Ryan at Brighton and is now looking for a new club.

Since that knee injury, Krul has remained fit and would be a great back-up to Pickford.

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Rafael

The first-choice keeper under Rafa Benitez at Napoli in 2014-15 the Brazilian found himself pushed down the pecking order over the past two seasons by Pepe Reina.

Undoubtedly a talented stopper with three Brazil caps to his name, he would be a solid option in reserve.

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Miguel Santos

One Everton fans probably have not heard of, but perhaps the most likely addition.

Fresh from helping Fortuna Sittard to promotion to the Eredivisie the Portuguese talent will be known to Everton boss Marco Silva.

They worked together at Estoril when Silva was the manager. Santos, at the time, was a promising youngster but left for Benfica in 2012.

He had a spell at Port Vale in 2016 and a move back to England as Everton’s third-choice would surely appeal to the 23-year-old.

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Signing Richarlison would be a real coup for Marco Silva and Everton

The 21-year-old forward had a fantastic start to Premier League life playing under Marco Silva.

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Watford‘s talented Brazilian youngster Richarlison has been identified by new Everton boss Marco Silva as the man to lead his attack next season.

The Portuguese boss believes the 21-year-old would jump at the chance to be reunited with him on Merseyside, according to TeamTalk.

Silva has yet to make a signing since becoming the new Toffees boss earlier this summer. However, now the World Cup is finished he is looking to make a storm in the transfer window.

Requiring his former player Richarlison’s signature would be a real coup for Silva, considering the Brazilian’s age and undeniable talent.

Richarlison impressed playing under Silva at the start of last season, with many touting the 21-year-old to make a big money move away from Watford this summer.

However, after Silva parted ways with the Hornets, Richarlison’s form dipped and the pacey, silky Ronaldo-esque striker seemed to lose his way.

Nevertheless, being reunited with his old boss at Goodison Park seems to be the next logical step to take for the young Brazilian to realise the talent he possesses.

The fact Richarlison showed glimpses of what he could become last season, should be more than enough for Everton fans to get very excited.

It’s still unclear how much Silva and Everton would have to fork out to require the young forward’s signature. However, there’s undoubtedly a profit to be made for the Toffees if Richarlison becomes the player everyone believes he can.

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West Ham must learn lessons from Everton’s transfer mistakes

West Ham’s transfer activity is a cause for concern despite rising excitement.

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Manuel Pellegrini has been extremely active in the market ahead of his debut campaign at West Ham but there is room for concern.

The Hammers have spent in excess of £85 million, TransferMarkt figures show, and continue to be linked with a number of further signings before the transfer window slams shut in less than a month – despite already signing seven new faces.

On paper, deals bringing the likes of Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski and Andriy Yarmolenko to the London Stadium are exciting, particularly following a disappointing few years for the east London side, but problems could emerge.

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Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, former Everton midfielder Leon Osman warned that too many new signings could unbalance the side and pointed to his old employers’ activity in the market last year as evidence to back-up his argument.

“You’ve just got to be careful bringing in all those players in one bunch. I mean, look at Everton last season. We brought so many players in with so much money that everyone expected the season would be fantastic. And it was far from it.”

Ex-Everton man Leon Osman fires a warning to West Ham.

The situation in modern football means that pre-season predictions are often widely affected by the activity that one side has completed in the market. In those views, more spending = more success but the reality is rather different.

A spending spree for Everton last summer led by Ronald Koeman saw the Toffees splash over £140m on new players, TransferMarkt states, and the new arrivals struggled to settle at Goodison Park, which eventually led to Koeman losing his job and Everton having a season to forget.

Like West Ham’s business, the captures of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen looked good on paper but at the end of the campaign it was only really Pickford who could hold his head high.

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Pellegrini’s activity at West Ham this summer is eerily similar; an experienced but out-of-form player with Premier League experience (Wilshere/Rooney), exciting attacking additions (Yarmolenko/Klaassen & Anderson/Sigurdsson), a goalkeeper from a relegated club (Fabianski/Pickford) and a free-agent full-back (Ryan Fredericks/Cuco Martina).

Settling all those signings into a new club is extremely challenging as each player will have their own expectations of playing opportunities and their preferred position, coming into a side that still has the likes of Declan Rice, Marko Arnautovic and Pablo Zabaleta to fit into things.

Perhaps the most concerning thing for West Ham is that Pellegrini is showing no signs of ending his attempts to land new recruits. The past week has seen another attacking player in Bernard linked by O Jogo, TuttoMercatoWeb state the Hammers are in the hunt for Genoa’s Diego Laxalt and continued speculation surrounding a potential swoop for Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles.

There is no guarantee that all those reports are genuine but the continued emergence of reported West Ham interest in a number of players suggests evidence that Pellegrini wants to land further additions before the new Premier League season.

The old saying goes that too many cooks spoil the broth and it seems that West Ham are busy assembling a team capable of feeding the 5000.

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