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Everton “very close” to signing Rolan



Everton are “very close” to signing Diego Rolán according to Italian outlet Alfredo Pedulla.

The 23-year-old Uruguayan scored 7 goals in Lique 1 for Bordeaux last season and can apparently play on either wing or up front.

Diego Rolan dal Bordeaux verso l'Everton: si può chiudere domani

— Alfredo Pedullà (@AlfredoPedulla) July 11, 2016

#transfers according to Exclusive @AlfredoPedulla@Everton very close to signing Diego #Rolan (@girondins) Read–>

— Jody Colletti (@JodyColletti) July 11, 2016

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Reports: Lukaku to remain at Everton


Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku

The Romelu Lukaku transfer saga continues – this time reports claim Lukaku will remain at Everton and is willing to sign a new deal.

In May his agent and his dad insisted his immediate future would not be at Everton, predicting he would be sold before the start of Euro 2016. Lukaku also insisted he had already “made a decision” before later revealing he’ll listen to what Farhad Moshiri had to say “out of courtesy”.

Speaking in June, his agent Mino Raiola spoke of change at Everton, and recent reports claim Everton have offered Romelu Lukaku a new deal and that he’ll stay.

Would you like Romelu Lukaku to remain at Everton? Vote below (or click here, if you can’t see the below poll).

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Everton’s Record Offer “Agreed”



Everton have agreed a record £30m deal for Axel Witsel according to reports.

Everton are also said to be ready to meet his massive wage demands of more than £100,000 a week.

“I want to leave Zenit,” Witsel told Italian TV station Mediaset Premium last week.

“My future may be in Italy or England.

“It does not matter if I go to Serie A or the Premier League, if they’re a great club.”

Everton have made an offer for Axel Witsel, but also Napoli are still in the race. #EFC

— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) July 1, 2016

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Everton Sign Stekelenburg



Ronald Koeman has made goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg his first signing as manager of Everton.

The Dutchman, 33, moves to Goodison Park on three-year contract after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Fulham.

The transfer sees Stekelenburg reunited with Koeman for a third time in his playing career.

Stekelenburg told evertontv. “I’m very happy – things have moved very fast over the last couple days.

“He [Koeman] has come to Everton and he called me a few days after asking if I was willing to follow him. It wasn’t difficult to make that choice.

“He’s one of the best coaches – he’s straight talking, he’s fair and he has confidence in me which counts as well.

“I’ve been here [in England] for a couple of seasons and I love the Premier League. It’s fantastic that I can stay.”

Koeman added: “Obviously I know Maarten well having worked with him at two clubs before.

“I know through his professionalism, hardworking approach and personality he will fit in well with what I will be building at Everton.”

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Koeman Linked With Stekelenburg



News stories have this week linked the new Everton manager with a quick dip into the transfer market with reports in both the local and national press indicating that he is close to signing Fulham’s goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

The 33 year old Dutch stopper is well known to our new boss. Having managed him at Ajax as he broke into the first team, Koeman then moved to grab his countryman on loan at Southampton last season as cover for the injured Fraser Forster.

Everton are seeking depth at the position following the release of Tim Howard at the end of last season, with the Echo reporting that Stekelenburg’s arrival won’t mark the end of Everton’s goalkeeping recruits over the summer.

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Everton, our summer transfers and short term cost control regulations


koeman efc

As is now commonly accepted Everton are for the first time in the Premier League era in a position to deal extensively in the transfer market and change their wage structure and previous limitations to attract higher quality talent.

However Everton being Everton, there’s almost inevitably a reason for things to be perhaps not quite as straightforward as they ought to be.

I’m going to try and achieve the impossible – make sense of the options open to Everton under the Short Term Cost Control (STCC) rules and keep it interesting.

In an attempt to stop salaries increasing in line with broadcasting revenues the Premier League introduced a limitation on salary increases 3 years ago. New regulations for the 3 years from 2016/17 fix salary increases to the greater of a fixed amount each year (£7 million a year from 2016/17 salary levels) or £7 million plus any increases in non broadcasting revenues.

Non broadcasting revenues include sponsorship, commercial and match day revenues plus critically profits generated from player sales.

Back to Everton

Now returning to Everton, I’m going to make some assumptions about our transfer activity and the increases in current contracts offered to key players. I stress we’re not looking at the amount we will spend in the transfer market, that’s a separate discussion and from noises from the club is not a limiting factor – nor likely to be a regulatory issue given the underlying profitability of the club moving forward,and the ability to fund in the future .

I’m going to assume we add 5 players to our squad over the summer with an average wage bill of £120,000 per week per player. That adds £31 million a year to our wage bill.

I’m also going to assume that we offer new contracts to several of our most valued players, particularly Lukaku, Barkley and we’ll include Stones as well. From figures suggested in the press, these players are likely to receive increases of perhaps £70,000 a week, thereby increasing the wage bill by £200,000 a week or £10 million a year. We also have the increase in manager wages to factor in (£3 million increase on Martinez’s costs)

We’re losing players like Osman, Pienaar and Hibbert plus a high earner in Howard, but in a squad game they need replacing so I’m assuming a zero effect on salary levels.Equally the sale of fringe players like Kone and Niasse will likely have limited impact on total salary levels either because of replacements or other smaller increases in squad contracts.

So far a total increase in salaries of £44 million.

Possible solutions

How do we fund that given the £7 million cap on salaries?

Sponsorship revenues: Potentially could increase this year with an unwinding of current arrangements with Chang but given that there’s a year left on the current deal, and our profile should be considerably higher in 12 months time, I’m taking the view there’ll be little change until season 2017/18.

Similarly commercial revenues due to the nature of the outsourced contracts are likely to remain flat at least for the next season.

Match day revenues will probably show a small increase as I’m assuming we’ll play to near capacity crowds under Koeman but that has to be tempered with the reduction in season ticket prices plus the increase in season ticket sales, all of which reduce the yield per seat.

That leaves one final source of “income” for the purposes of meeting the short term cost control rules – player trading profits.

I’m not going to get into full “football manager 2016” mode but to create income of £35-40 million there’s only a limited number of options in the current squad, particularly as we appear to have ruled out Lukaku leaving and if we were to dispose of Niasse there’s the potential for a significant trading loss. On Niasse perhaps a year long loan elsewhere is the most sensible option, reducing the wage bill and not crystalising the inevitable trading loss when he is eventually sold. The most likely option is the sale of Stones which would create sufficient profit to meet the required increase under the STCC rules (as well as reducing salary costs).

Selling Stones reduces the increase in salary costs to approximately £38 million rather than the £44 million quoted earlier

Thus in this most exciting of summers ahead of us we have to do one of the following:

  • An enormous increase in sponsorship and commercial sometime in financial year 2016/17 – unlikely in my opinion.
  • A significant sale, likely to be John Stones, to create a trading profit to meet the STCC requirements.

It’s interesting that if we go down the route of selling Stones (which seems our only viable option), just as in chess a player sacrifice can lead to winning the game.

His sale permits the overhaul and upgrading of our entire squad,and the ability to pay competitive salaries – not because we can’t afford it but because regulatory considerations – a worthwhile sacrifice in my book.

The scale of change within the club is just becoming evident, exciting times ahead…..

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Lukaku Agent: “Something’s changed at Everton”


Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola has spoke of change at Everton and a new project, insisting should Lukaku leave – it would have have to be a good deal for all parties and only to club considered ‘a global power’ who could afford him.

Raiola, speaking to Sportwereld, declared: “Everton don’t need the money anymore but Romelu wants to play for a club that can win trophies.

“[However] something’s changed at Everton. There’s a new project. If he leaves, it has to be a good deal for all parties.

“Romelu certainly has the qualities to play in Italy. But as the Italian landscape currently looks, there’s no team that can afford him. He is too expensive for Serie A.

“Only a global power can pay for him. The top clubs in England, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.”

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Ryazantsev: ‘It’s more than a project’


Sasha Ryazantsev

Everton director Sasha Ryazantsev, a long-time business associate of new majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri believes the appointment of Ronald Koeman has made a statement about the Club’s ambition for the future.

In an interview with evertontv, Ryazantsev said “He [Ronald Koeman] was our number one choice from day one of the search project, it took us a while to get to him but in the end we have absolutely no doubt that we made the right decision.

“He [Bill Kenwright] is a passionate man, he is the driving force for the last many years and obviously an Evertonian and it’s very important for us to keep that culture and we very much hope that the new manager will be the guardian of that culture as well and we all move forward as a big Everton family.

On being asked whether “Clearly everybody involved is fully confident that this will be a successful, long term project” – Ryazantsev interestingly rebuffed the term ‘project’

“Well I don’t know if it’s the right word to use, project here. It’s probably more than that but of course we have the team, the performance on the pitch and of course with the appointment of Ronald, that’s the very first step we had to make in that regard but we have other projects like the stadium going forward as well. We very much want to win and be successful in whatever we do.

“We are now part of the four north-western clubs that have brilliant managers and it’s such a big concentration in the north west and we couldn’t have fallen behind and therefore it was very important to get some of that stature in the club”.

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Reports: Everton chasing Aboubakar



Everton have opened discussions with Porto over a £16million deal for striker Vincent Aboubakar, according to the Mail.

The 24-year-old Cameroon international scored 16 goals last season and is expected to leave Porto this summer after being linked with a move to Leicester City in January.

The Mail claim the striker is seen as a partner for Romelu Lukaku, rather than a replacement.

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Champions League and a new stadium



Bill Kenwright has spoke of how Farhad Moshiri’s Everton vision includes Champions League football, a new stadium and a Director of Football.

Kenwright: “Farhad absolutely has a vision for this football club.

“It involves the Champions League and a new stadium.

“Is he going Roman Abramovic? No, I think that model is sort of gone, but he absolutely looks at Everton as his big adventure.

“I know my Everton, he knows the world game. Ask him about Yarmolenko – and that’s not a hint! – and he’ll say how he knows him inside out and backwards.

“He has been looking at football for his big adventure and met a lot of clubs and found the beating heart he was looking for in Everton.

With regards to the much speculated Director of Football position, Kenwright said;

“What I have picked up in the last four weeks is it is an important role and if done right it can add to a football club.

“It is modern football and if you get the right one it is a big plus. We are talking to various Directors of Football and Ronald has worked with a lot of them. He will embrace that, as well as the Everton way.

“So I would have thought yes, we are leaning towards appointing a Director of Football but Ronald has to be part of that process. Various first rate people have been mentioned.”

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Mediocrity is a disease at Everton… Fans aren’t allowed to think big


Mediocrity is a disease strangling the life out of Everton Football Club. Goodison Park is riddled and there is no remedy.

This once proud club is on its knees. A laughing stock, an embarrassment. It has accepted for too long. So long, England’s fourth most successful club is languishing and the world doesn’t care. It is not a shock. That is the Everton standard, now. Also-rans, strugglers, accepters.

This is how it is. ‘Nothing but the best is good enough’ is no longer part of the Everton vocabulary.

Former Everton chairman John Moores once said: ‘Everton expects success. We’ve a very good crowd and our crowd are very loyal. But, of course, they pay money and they expect to see us do well. If we don’t do well then something should be done about it and something will be done about.’

— (@grandoldteam) April 21, 2016

This is no longer the case. Nothing is done about it. Nothing is said, no action is taken.

Everton, a sleeping giant in such a slumber it does not need to be woken.

Failure is accepted and, you could say, expected.

The current manager boasts the worst home record in the club’s 138-year-history but keeps his job. His failure is accepted. Derby maulings, accepted. Failing to turn up for an entire half at Wembley in the biggest game of the season, accepted. Players belittling the club and later failing to put a shift in with no regard, accepted. Humiliated in front of the watching world after giving the newly-crowned champions a guard of honour. Accepted.

Roberto Martinez

We have not won a trophy in over two decades. We are not allowed our own party. We are the uninvited guests to everybody else’s celebrations. We must watch on as others strive to improve and achieve success.

Leicester City winning the title has given hope to everyone. Except for Evertonians, that is.

Supporters of this club are not allowed to dream anymore. They are not allowed to be ambitious. Winning is for other clubs, not Everton.

Roberto Martinez said as much when he was appointed Everton manager: ‘When I arrived at the club I felt like we didn’t want to show off our history; it was a bit like “We’re not allowed to win trophies now, that’s for other football clubs”.’

We do not have our own aims. We merely exist.

Leicester had a clear plan. They aimed for a top-five finish in three years – achieved it in two.

What is Everton’s plan? Finish in the top four perhaps; but we do nothing to reach our goal. We continue to employ a manager who has guided us closer to the drop zone than the European places.

We have history to cling on to, so what does the present matter? The season was over in April. Who cares if Martinez oversees a few more defeats? Why sack him now? The damage is done.

Club legends who have lifted silverware in the royal blue shirt, those who should be most upset and bewildered at Everton’s current plight, have told us this week we are not big enough to entice the biggest managers in the world. We must be careful what we wish for, careful not to aim for the top.


— Mark Ankers (@MarkAnkers) May 5, 2016

Rather than show ambition and have a go we should know our place was the message.

This club is one of the most storied in English football. It belongs at the top. Nine league titles and five FA Cups.

The last 25 years have seen Everton stuck in a false position. However, we have been so abysmal the mentality of the club has shifted so much that terms like ‘Everton that’ and ‘typical Everton’ are the norm.

The mentality is not what is should be.

One case in point: Oumar Niasse has been a woeful signing and appears a dud. The jury is no longer out, nobody is convinced.

However, we have to laugh at ourselves or else we would cry – his performances have led to giggles in the Gwladys Street. No damning questions as to why we have spent £13.5million on a player who is seemingly not up to the job. We snigger. ‘Oh Everton, you’ve done it again?’ seems to be the general consensus because we have become immune to rubbish and being let down.


We boast legends like Dixie Dean, Alan Ball, Howard Kendall, Bob Latchford, Neville Southall.

The club icon in 2016 who gets the loudest cheer? Tony Hibbert.

The man is idolised in jest having failed to score a single goal in 328 appearances.

Tony Hibbert

Screams of ‘shoot’ aimed at Hibbert – in the same week we are protesting against the leadership of the club because we are desperate to attempt to be the best we can be – shows the blurred mentality at the club. Of course, Hibbert is a Blue, a scouser and a model professional but should he be jokingly lauded?

Would Chelsea, United and City celebrate such a player? Definitely not.

We have fallen so far one of the club’s recent successes was naming the club shop ‘Everton two’ in Liverpool One. Very witty and funny but we are so much bigger and better than that.

This is what our long-suffering fans have been reduced to, small victories.

Watching all those around us strive for success, we have no clear plan, no clear aims. Everton are happy to amble, to exist.

Having been patronised into thinking reaching two semi-finals is an achievement – being the nearly men is something to be proud of when you have fallen as far as Everton, apparently – our rivals across Stanley Park showed some initiative earlier in the season and are now gearing up for their second final of the year. Liverpool were proactive and could find themselves playing in the Champions League when the group stages commence in September.

Meanwhile, Everton continue to employ the managerial mastermind who has amassed just 20 points at home – no Toffees boss has achieved a lower tally at Goodison.

Martinez should have been dismissed on the night of the horrendous humiliation at Anfield. After the FA Cup defeat by Manchester United. Every day that has followed is a day too late.

Some claim it is not a problem keeping Martinez until the end of the season. Rubbish.

This is a proud football club – no defeat is acceptable. Campaign over or not, no Everton team should be allowed to down tools.

There are enough coaches associated with the club – Joe Royle, David Unsworth, Duncan Ferguson, Kevin Sheedy – to keep things ticking over, buoy the fans, give us our pride back.

The events of the last few months have seen the heart and soul ripped out of the club. There is no pride left. Discontent fills matchday. Fans have no choice but to protest because they have been ignored.

It is shameful that the club have not acted and relieved Martinez of his duties. They have refused to acknowledge the manager’s failings which suggests they view the season as acceptable.

Everton have fallen way below the required standard but the club feels no need to comment, no need to acknowledge the miserable season fans have had to endure; the depressing and costly trips across the country watching the lacklustre displays Martinez and his men consistently serve up.

The self-professed People’s Club have not listened to the people. The People’s Club does not care about the people. The silence proves that.

Now, it is ‘us and them’. The club divided. Appalling.

Supporters aged 25 can barely remember our 1995 Cup triumph. Twenty-year-olds who go to the game were not even born when we last tasted success. The older followers of the club were there for the heyday but have been starved of glory since.

There are limited trophies on offer so not everybody can celebrate come May. However, the least these fans deserve is a club that wants to win something. That shows ambition. Everton do not. Everton sit and wait. They stand still which in turn sees others overtake us.

As Neville Southall, one of the few ex-Blues who has the correct mentality befitting of this great club, once said: ‘A winner doesn’t want to finish fourth or sixth, he wants to finish first.’

Currently, Everton are some way off even finishing in the top half, never mind sixth.

We should be aiming for first place, though. Players that arrive in the summer should be told, as soon as they walk through the entrance at Finch Farm: ‘You are expected to win the title.’

We have to think big. We have to act like winners. Without belief you will never achieve anything.

However, Everton do not think big. They do not act like winners. There is no belief.

Farhad Moshiri’s arrival and his billions provide some optimism but really, ask yourself, do you see us being successful? The heart will scream yes but the head, affected by years of supporting Everton and the club’s refusal to act, will be whispering no.

We’ve been badly let down. Pure and simple. The club hasn’t deserved us this season.

The badge has meant nothing. The motto is no longer the standard we are allowed to expect. We must settle for second best. That is the Everton way, these days.

For now, anything but the best is good enough.

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