Goodison Park outfit on the edge of precipice.
With reports circulating that Everton may have to make severe cutbacks this summer and with news that David Moyes may jump ship as a result of the club’s inability to find new owners a number of club’s are circling the club ready to make moves to capture the club’s top talent.
Manchester United are reportedly confident of landing long term target Jack Rodwell as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to continue his squad rebuilding. The Old Trafford boss has been a big admirer of the England Under 21 star and is looking to freshen up his midfield not least because Paul Scholes is nearing the end of his glittering career and injury prone Owen Hargreaves is unlikely to be offered a new deal when his current contract ends this summer.
Liverpool have set their sights on full back Leighton Baines who they feel will help resolve the club’s left sided problems. The Everton man is also the subject of intense interest from Bayern Munich and Arsenal and the Toffees may find they have to cash in on the former Wigan man in order to make ends meet.
Kenny Dalglish has been forced at stages this season to turn to right back Glen Johnson to fill the left side role and the likes of Paul Konchesky and Emiliano Insua, both out on loan, do not appear to be players the Anfield boss sees as viable first team options.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has admitted he is looking to deal with the club’s £45m debt and reportedly this talented pair are uppermost on the club’s list of prized assets and Moyes appears ready to leave if the club orders him to sell. The Scot has been in charge for just over nine years and has consistently had to deal within strict budgets and now the matter is set to come to a head unless a new buyer can be found.
Arsenal may also look to cash in on the financial problems at the Merseyside club as they look to relaunch their interest in centre back Phil Jagielka. The dependable defender was the subject of interest from Arsene Wenger last summer and the 28 year old has only recently signed a new contract but the situation at Everton looks unstable enough to convince the North London side to make another offer, not least because if Moyes quits the club then a number of players may push harder for an exit.
Wenger has long term injury concerns over Thomas Vermaelen and summer signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci have not covered themselves in glory, often seeming out of place and off the Premier League pace, and the Emirates boss is still very much looking for alternatives to help beef up his defence.
This Everton trio have a combined valuation of around £50m and the situation at Goodison Park has reached such an impasse that such deals may well be done in order to preserve the future of the club if they can not find a new owner to help bail them out of their financial mire.