Everton; Transfer Window January 2008 - Week 4


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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On the day Everton beat Wigan Athletic 2-1 at the JJB Stadium to go fourth in the Premier League table (January 20), the News Of The World link them with Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing. Tottenham are also reported to be interested but then, when are they not?

The same paper has David Moyes eyeing up Chelsea bench-warmer Steve Sidwell. He’ll have to take a pay cut for the pleasure of lining up alongside Lee Carsley and Philip Neville, but Sidwell may yet have found himself a route out of Stamford Bridge that doesn’t involve loan deals or moving to Sunderland.

One snippet of non-movement that might get Toffees fans excited is the news on Monday (January 21) that both Tony Hibbert and Joleon Lescott have signed new deals at Goodison Park. They’ll be excited about Lescott at any rate. Either way, the pair are now committed to the club until 2012 according to the official website.

Back to the rumour mill, and the Daily Mail’s assertion that Everton are lining up a £2million bid for Portsmouth midfielder Sean Davis. This one’s a bit smelly, given that Davis has already done more than his fair share of club-hopping for a man aged 28. And the fee is cheap. Too cheap for a man with the wheeling and dealing talents of a Harry Redknapp. The Times trots out the same rumour on Tuesday (January 22), but it’s not always true to say that the louder you shout the more believable you become.

Sadly, Everton’s fans are accused by some part-time pundits of not shouting nearly loud enough as the Toffeemen miss out on a place in the Carling Cup final. The trip to Wembley is off after Joe Cole’s second half goal gives Chelsea a 1-0 win on the night, and a 3-1 aggregate success.

The Times move on to goalkeepers by Thursday (January 24). Ignoring the fact that Tim Howard has performed admirably at Goodison Park since his switch from Manchester United, they say that Paul Robinson is on the Moyes radar. The hapless, accident prone Spurs stopper is collecting splinters under Juande Ramos but according to the Times is the perfect man to replace the American. The snag? Well apart from the fact that Howard doesn’t need replacing there is the small matter of competition from Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers. For Brad Friedel read Tim Howard, surely making Middlesbrough favourites. Especially since Mark Schwarzer’s announcement of his desire to move elsewhere is an annual event on Teesside.

On Friday (January 24), 18 year-old midfielder John Paul Kissock is loaned to SPL basement dwellers Gretna until the end of the season.

By Stephen Orford

27 January 2008
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