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Three summer signings Everton must make rediscover European football

Everton need to spend if they are to climb the Premier League rankings in 2018/19.

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Everton endured a turbulent campaign last season and Marco Silva has a stern test ahead of him to lead the Toffees back into European football.

Sam Allardyce and Ronald Koeman both had unsuccessful short stints at Goodison Park last season and Silva, who was identified as Everton’s ideal Koeman replacement before Watford blocked a move, needs to spend if European football is to return to the blue half of Merseyside.

Thankfully, Everton have money to spend in the market and these three signings would be the ideal recruits for Silva’s side.

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Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

Everton are involved in a fierce hunt for the Ivory Coast international alongside Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund, the Daily Mail state, and Goodison Park would certainly be the ideal venue for the former Manchester United man to shine.


 “I don’t want, and the club doesn’t need, to sign a big number of players. It’s not what we need to do, we need to sort out the number of players first and then be assertive and attack the market, take the right decisions and sign the right players”

Marco Silva, on the summer window ahead for Everton.


With Dortmund or Spurs, first-team football would not be guaranteed but Zaha would become one of the first names on the team-sheet if he were to join Marco Silva’s side, becoming a crucial part of the Toffees’ attacking ranks.

At 25, Zaha is entering the prime years of his career but needs regular action if he is to fulfil his potential and Everton tick all of the boxes – while the exciting winger does the same for the Merseyside outfit.

Yerry Mina – Barcelona

After starring with Colombia at the 2018 World CupThe Sun claims Everton and Tottenham are both pursuing a deal for the Barcelona centre-back and the Catalan giants are prepared to approve a loan deal as they seek to adhere to La Liga’s non-EU player guidelines.

This is an opportunity that Everton cannot let pass them by as the 23-year-old showed his capabilities in Russia, as Colombia conceded just once in the three matches where he played – a penalty scored by England’s Harry Kane.

Mina also showed his capability as an attacking threat from set-pieces by scoring three goals, including a last-gasp header against the Three Lions to take the round-of-16 time into extra-time and then a penalty shoot-out.

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Kieran Tierney

BBC Sport says Everton have ended their interest in Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney but Marco Silva needs to pick up the phone again to conclude a deal, even if it means paying in excess of £25 million to persuade the Scottish champions into a sale.

Celtic are standing firm but Everton need a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines, now 33, and Tierney would be a tremendous addition to the squad – while he also has the ability to develop into one of the finest defenders in the league.

While a move would be costly, Everton should be aware that Tierney is likely to command a profit in the coming years if the Toffees were to look for a sale as he has already been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.

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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.

Mathew Nash

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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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