Everton still appear to be in the hunt for a new goalkeeper after a recent trial broke down very quickly indeed! Sporting Life reported yesterday that no sooner had Vladimir Stojkovic arrived at Goodison Park, he was gone in two shakes of a lamb’s tail, causing bemusement among the Toffees officials.
“He was at the club on Wednesday, but left after only one hour,” Everton’s head of public relations Ian Ross told the club’s official website.
“He did not justify anything to anybody and he is most probably not going to join us.
“We have been told that he is a complicated character, but this surprised us.”
Had the Sporting Lisbon shot-stopper been told he was going to Liverpool for a trial, only to find that Everton is a part of Liverpool? It’s an amusing thought, although it’s probably more down to the aforementioned predictability. However, Sky Sports are now reporting that Stojkovic claims the reports are wrong, and that he did stick around on Merseyside after all.
“I’m not a trouble maker,” Stojkovic told Antenna One. “Everything went fine, I didn’t have any problem.
“I stayed there for three days, trained three times, once with the goalkeeping coach and twice with the rest of the team, and the coach praised me.
“What I’ve read in the Portuguese press is wrong. I’m not someone who creates problems.”
So which party is lying? It’s hard to imagine Everton inventing some nonsense about the player staying for just an hour, so as to avoid offering him a contract. Either way, as Ross points out, the chances of the keeper joining the Toffees must be slim to very slim!