Everton; Transfer Window January 2008 - Week 3

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Stephen Orford


Due to the mild irritation of his disability Stephen Orford has never kicked a football in his life. However, he is a serious asset to any editor looking to comply with equal opportunities legislation....
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Everton are a side known for their battling qualities, so when the Sunday Mirror (January 13) reports that they are ‘battling it out’ with Celtic for the services of Daniel van Buyten you start to fear for Gordon Strachan’s men. Both clubs are thought to want the Bayern Munich defender on loan for the rest of the season.

Monday’s Daily Record focuses on Scotland international James McFadden, and the bold pursuit of the former Motherwell man by Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish. They go as far as to say that McLeish will offer the Toffeemen the £5.5million asking price, which seems a pretty steep hike from the £2.5-£3million that was talked about last week. Inflation, tsk.

The fee is down to £5million by the time Tuesday’s Daily Express hits the shops (January 15), while the Sun report that van Buyten has contributed to the ‘battle’ for his loan signature by admitting that he would go to either Everton or Celtic. Or Sunderland. But not Barnet. Or Accrington Stanley. By Wednesday the Glasgow Herald are claiming that Bayern will accept only a permanent, cash deal. You’d have to think that is bad news for all of his cheapskate suitors.

Both Everton and Celtic have an interest in the future of Thomas Gravesen, who the Daily Mail report is the subject of an approach from Galatasaray.

Everton are a club losing money by the day, that is if you believe what you read in the Daily Mirror, who suggest on Wednesday (January 16) that McFadden will now move to St.Andrews for a paltry £4million. Either Blues have some top negotiators in their midst, or Everton are desperate to offload the gifted but, shall we say, erratic Scotland international.

Steve Sidwell would hardly be a like-for-like replacement for McFadden, but that doesn’t stop the Currant from telling us that the former Reading man might be arriving at Goodison Park from Chelsea. Everton’s month-long transfer nemesis Sunderland appear to have dropped out of the race. David Moyes might push a little harder for Sidwell after news in the Guardian that Arsenal misfit Lassana Diarra is on the verge of a move to Portsmouth.

They were right, as the French international seals his move to Fratton Park on Thursday (January 17) for an undisclosed fee. As the day ends, the Toffeemen announce that they have agreed a fee with Birmingham City for the sale of McFadden, but aren’t telling us what it is;

“He's someone who fancies his chances, has bottle and the right mentality - and he definitely has the right sort of technique as well.” explains Brum boss Alex McLeish.

By Friday (January 18) the move is completed, with Everton eventually squeezing £4.75million out of the St.Andrews coffers, with another £1million thought to be available after various add-ons;

“James is the type of player you know you are going to get everything from for the entire 90 minutes of a game.” says Big Eck, continuing to lavish praise on his former Scotland charge.

With McFadden out of the door the Daily Telegraph think that Moyes needs to sign an attacking player to fill the void. They say that man could be Santiago Ezquerro of Barcelona, who was linked with a move to Bolton Wanderers recently.

By Stephen Orford

19 January 2008


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Dan:

It's actually £5 million with £1 million add-ons as explained on Everton's official site. But great job though, you only failed at it once. [Ed: Relax; we usually use Soccerbase for fees and they have £4.75m - we also included the £1m extra for add-ons, so I can't see why anyone would get worked up. Everton describe it as a deal that 'could ultimately be worth £6m' in 'Moyes on Faddy Deal'; Birmingham as 'an initial £5m rising to £6m' in 'Blues get McFadden!'; the BBC record it as £5m; the Mirror as £5.75m, The Times and The Scotsman as 'an initial £5m', The Dail Mail as a £6m fee. I could go on, but the point is that the real fee is rarely known with any certainty outside the clubs and agents concerned.]

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