It’s been a rancid summer for Evertonians. First their CEO resigns, then AJ is sold – only for the deal to be shrouded in doubt for days. Hot on the heels of that, their stadium plans got called in for investigation by the government, and all of this time they hadn’t bought a single player. Compare that with the aura of smugness emanating from the other side of Stanley Park, and no wonder Everton fans are getting more enraged by the day.
The Times reports that David Moyes is set to deliver a huge boost to his grumbling Everton minions by bringing in a bumper batch of players.
Everton have agreed a deal with CSKA Moscow for Vágner Love, the Brazil striker, who is expected to join on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent £13 million move that would smash the club’s transfer record. Love, 24, who has been capped 21 times, is due on Merseyside for a medical today, with Everton hoping to wrap up a deal in the next 48 hours, provided that there are no problems regarding the player’s application for a work permit.
Moyes has been in the market for a striker since Andrew Johnson requested to leave, with the forward completing a £13 million move to Fulham last week, although Love’s arrival will not necessarily signal the end of Moyes’s interest in Diego Milito, the Real Zaragoza and Argentina striker.
Stéphane M’Bia, the Rennes mid-field player who is away with Cam-eroon at the Olympics, is also expected to arrive as a replacement for Lee Carsley after the French club accepted a £6 million bid. Alan Smith should sign from Newcastle United for about £2 million this week, despite Kevin Keegan, the manager, insisting the opposite yesterday.
Everton’s spending could reach nearly £40 million if Moyes succeeds in his efforts to sign João Moutinho, the Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfield player.
If Moyes pulls all these deals off, not only will the fans’ worries evaporate, but Everton – the closest team to the the Big 4 last season – will instantly transform into serious top four challengers. Fans of the Merseysiders must be praying that these deals come off!