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Everton takeover news LIVE – 777 Partners deadline, Kalvin Phillips chase, transfer rumours

By Vaseline May31,2024

Everton and 777 Partners are expected to officially end talks over a takeover with Farhad Moshiri’s deadline approaching today.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, the Blues are interested in signing Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, while they have also been linked with Heidenheim winger Jan-Niklas Beste, who would appear to tick a lot of boxes. But they have no interest, as it stands, in Burnley defender Maxime Estève, Fortuna Dusseldorf midfielder Ao Tanaka or Liverpool flop Arthur Melo, who has revived his career with an impressive loan spell at Fiorentina.

There could be outgoing, with Amadou Onana, Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all said to be attracting interest. But despite their off-the-field issues, Everton are insistent there will be no ‘fire sale’ of Sean Dyche’s current squad, and they have opened contract talks with Calvert-Lewin.

Speaking of off the field, with the club’s takeover saga rumbling on and a deal with 777 Partners getting the green light looking increasingly unlikely, it has been reported that John Textor, a co-owner of Crystal Palace, is now the front-runner to acquire Farhad Moshiri’s 94.1% holding in the Blues.

Textor announced over the weekend that he is looking to sell his stake in the club and has considered the possibility of investing in Everton. The American businessman is looking to end his relationship with the south London club his Eagle Football group has a 45% stake of after failing to take a majority shareholding. The group also has other clubs in its portfolio, including Brazilian side Botafogo and French team Lyon.

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Keith Wyness has say on John Textor potential takeover of Everton

With 777 Partners soon to be seemingly out of the pitcure, that will enable Everton owner Farhad Moshiri to open talks with other interested parties. By his own admission, John Textor is that. He said recently: “Everton represents the best of English football: the struggles, the glory, the want. I love that it’s out of London. Everybody should want to buy Everton right now.”

Textor would be unable to move for the Blues, however, before selling his 45% stake in Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, something he has announced is his intention.

Speaking on the new edition of Football Insider’s Inside Track podcast, former Everton chief executive Keith Wyness has had his say on the ongoing situation at his old club:

It’s been trailed heavily in the media, and Textor has gone public himself about Everton. There is one complication, and that is his Crystal Palace shares. Unless he’s already done work behind the scenes and has a buyer ready to go, I don’t see how he can move quickly.

The most obvious situation is if MSP moves up, as I’ve said before, and stabilise the club for next season while Textor sorts out his issues ahead of a deal in 2025. He would bring another multi-club situation, with investments in France and Brazil, and there’s no doubt that he’s a passionate owner.

He seems to have the resources behind him, as well as access to capital. Textor knows what Everton are about and what they stand for, and with the new stadium – it will attract people of his calibre.

John Textor(Image: EVARISTO SA/AFP via Getty Images)

777 Partners deadline for Everton takeover

777 Partners is expected to miss its latest deadline to buy Everton, enabling Farhad Moshiri to commence talks with any other parties interested in his majority shareholding, reports Andy Hunter in The Guardian.

That tallies with what our business of football writer Dave Powell wrote in his special report on the Everton takeover situation, which was published yesterday afternoon and which you can read here.

Earlier this month Moshiri extended a share purchase agreement with 777 Partners to today (May 31), which according to The Guardian, is expected to expire at midnight east-coast time in the US (5am BST).

We wrote yesterday that, “given the fires being fought in other areas” by 777, “sources told the ECHO last week that there was no longer any hope of completion.”

The focus now turns to what happens next and how the club meets its short to medium-term working capital requirements.

We’ll have more on this throughout the day.

Good morning!

And welcome to your Everton live blog for Friday, May 31. Stick with us for all the latest Blues takeover news and transfer gossip.

What’s next for Farhad Moshiri, MSP and John Textor with 777 Partners deal dead

“The Blues will have new owners by then – and they won’t be 777 Partners. The club has a little time to try and make things move forward in the next few weeks and for key stakeholders to find common ground, but the window of opportunity will be fleeting.”

Special report just in from David Powell on the Everton takeover.

Give it a read HERE.

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and (inset) Josh Wander of 777 Partners

Danny Murphy on Kalvin Phillips

Everton want Kalvin Phillips on loan from Manchester City. And Danny Murphy, the former Liverpool and England midfielder, believes it would be the “perfect” move for a player who has lost his way. Speaking on talkSPORT, Murphy said this…

If you were to say to me, pick somebody you think would get the best out of him, (Sean) Dyche would be someone I’d say, ‘yeah’. Work in a disciplined structure, get him fit, strong and get him belief and confidence in himself.

It actually makes perfect sense from a financial (point of view) because Everton are going to have to sell a few. If they can get half-decent money for either Idrissa Gueye or (Amadou) Onana and then bring Phillips in on loan, win-win. Because Phillips is a good footballer, he intelligent, he’s got a bit about him, he’s got a bit of everything, he’s all right.

The confidence has drained from him, but the best way, the only way really, to get your confidence back is by playing, but to play well you’ve got to be fit and you’ve got to be given a platform with a manager who believes in you.

Everton set huge transfer fee for Jarrad Branthwaite amid Manchester United interest

That’s according to Richard Jolly, writing in The Independent, who says the Blues “would want a fee that would make him one of the most expensive centre-backs in the world to consider selling him.”

The articles goes on to say that “Everton value Branthwaite in the same range as Harry Maguire was when United paid £80m, a world-record fee for a centre-back, in 2019, or Josko Gvardiol, who Manchester City bought for £77m last summer, or Wesley Fofana, who cost Chelsea £70m two years ago.”

That all tallies the special report filed by Chris Beesley yesterday, which you can read here.

Jarrad Branthwaite of Everton(Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

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Kieran Maguire on John Textor interest in Everton takeover

Kieran Maguire, football finance expert, has been speaking about John Textor’s interest in taking over Everton and the “blockage” that is currently preventing that from happening.

Textor, of course, currently has a 45% stake in Everton’s Premier League rivals Crystal Palace. Speaking on the latest The Price of Football podcast, University of Liverpool lecturer Maguire said this…

You cannot have more than 10% ownership of two clubs in the Premier League. There’s a Steve Parish-shaped blockage in (Textor’s) ambitions, and therefore he’s looking at an alternative route. Does he have the money? Yes, but he needs to sell before he can buy in order to satisfy Premier League rules anyway.


Everton are in talks with Dominic Calvert-Lewin over a new contract.

And the Blues have clarified their position over reports linking them to Maxime Esteve, Arthur Melo and Ao Tanaka.

Full breaking story from Connor O’Neill HERE.

Everton want to hand Dominic Calvert-Lewin a new deal(Image: George Wood/Getty Images)

Amadou Onana speaks out

With Ao Tanaka linked, and Kalvin Phillips a confirmed target, it appears Everton are looking to strengthen their midfield this summer – especially if Amadou Onana moves on.

The 22-year-old Belgium international has long been linked with a transfer away from Goodison Park and new comments he has made in his homeland will only add fuel to the fire.

Onana, who is said to be attracting interest from the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has been speaking to Het Laatste Nieuws and has indicated he will be using the forthcoming Euro 2024 tournament as a stage to show off his talents. to potential suitors..

At previous tournaments you have seen that the players who did well make the step up to the top clubs. That’s something I strive for. feel like presenting myself to the European top and showing what I have to offer. This European Championship is a stage.

Amadou Onana of Everton(Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Ao Tanaka linked

Another day, another new name linked to Everton. And the name of that player? Ao Tanaka, the Japan midfielder who currently plays for Fortuna Dusseldorf, who have just missed out on promotion to the Bundesliga.

According to Sports Hochi, which is a Japanese-language daily sports newspaper, Bayern Leverkusen, Stuggart and Leeds United are also interested in the 25-year-old.

Maxime Estève “talks”

It has been claimed by L’Équipe that Everton, along with West Ham United, have started “preliminary discussions” with Burnley over the signing of defender Maxime Estève.

The 22-year-old signed for the Clarets on loan from Montpellier in January and, despite their relegation from the Premier League, impressed enough for the club to announce it had made the move permanent, for a fee to believed to be in the region of €12 million. But if this latest report is to be believed, Estève may be making a swift return to the top flight.

However, the Everton kink has been played down by BBC reporter Shamoon Hafez, who regularly covers the Blues…

Maxime Estève during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley FC at Selhurst Park on February 24, 2024 (Image: Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Jan-Niklas Beste transfer assessed

Everton have been linked with a move for Jan-Niklas Beste but what might the winger potentially offer Sean Dyche’s side?

Munich-based Sky Sports reporter Florian Plettenburg claims Everton have held discussions about signing Beste this summer and while his club Heidenheim would like to receive over €10million (£8.5million), a realistic selling price is between €5-7million (£4.2million-£5.9million). Villarreal, Fiorentina, Genoa and Galatasaray are also named as other potential suitors but at this stage the 25-year-old is understood to prefer to move within Germany.

If Beste does decide to take the plunge and come to Merseyside, Chris Beesley has been taking a deep dive into what he could bring. And he believes the player “represents a tantalising proposition for Dyche and director of football Kevin Thelwell.”

Read the full story HERE.

Jan-Niklas Beste of Heidenheim

Good morning!

And welcome to our live Everton blog, running 9am-5pm every day! Stick with us for all the latest Blues news, takeover developments and transfer gossip.

Textor was banned after X-rated rant before Everton takeover bid

Prospective Everton owner John Textor lets rip after his Botafogo side lost 4-3 to Palmeiras in November 2023

Prospective Everton owner John Textor is a very different kind of character than the club’s current majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri – his actions have got him into hot water but many Blues fans seem to like his passionate approach.

Last month the American was sentenced by Brazil’s top sports court for ignoring orders to provide evidence to back up his claims of match-fixing after he called out the country’s football chief in a furious expletive-ridden rant on live television earlier this season.

Click here for the full article

Rooney still aspires to be Blues boss

Wayne Rooney is starting the next chapter of his managerial career down in Devon with Plymouth Argyle but he still aspires to getting the top job at either Everton or Manchester United, the two clubs for whom he played Premier League football.

What do you reckon? Could he be a future Sean Dyche successor as Blues boss at the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock?

Everton woes deepened as long wait continued before terrifying prospect raised

Everton endured a club record-breaking winless run in the Premier League including defeats to Bournemouth and (inset) West Ham United and Manchester United

We’ve reached part four of five on the ECHO’s potted summary of Everton’s 2023/24 season.

It was certainly a tough time to be a Blue.

Click here for the full article… at least you know now that there’s a happy ending!

Everton eye McKennie

Could another former Leeds United player being heading to Goodison Park.

Reports claim Everton are eyeing Juventus’ USA international midfielder Weston McKennie who was on loan at Elland Road last year, making 20 appearances for the Yorkshire outfit.

Harrison could be set for Blues return

Jack Harrison during his loan spell at Everton(Image: Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Everton could take Jack Harrison on loan from Leeds United again next season after the Yorkshire club failed to win promotion back into the Premier League.

The 27-year-old made 35 appearances in total for Sean Dyche’s men this season, scoring four goals. He missed the final two fixtures with a hamstring injury but ahead of their last game at Arsenal, Everton announced they would continue dialogue with Leeds over his future when the Yorkshire club’s current Championship play-off campaign was completed. The Whites subsequently lost 1-0 to Southampton in Sunday’s final at Wembley to miss out on a Premier League return at the first time of asking.

Click here for the full article as the Leeds United chairman makes a transfer admission

BREAKING: Everton stance on Phillips, selling Branthwaite and ‘fire sale’ claims

Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite and (inset) Kalvin Phillips who is attracting interest from the Blues

Everton want Kalvin Phillips but will not be bullied into selling Jarrad Branthwaite on the cheap with claims of a Goodison Park ‘fire sale’ wide of the mark.

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Jordan makes honest Everton and Palace admission after Textor takeover move

Simon Jordan speaks out(Image: TalkSPORT)

Everton offer a “better” investment opportunity for John Textor than Crystal Palace, admits Simon Jordan.

Despite hailing from Thornton Heath, just a mile from Selhurst Park and being a former Crystal Palace chairman himself for a decade between 2000-10, Jordan understands the lure of the Blues for the Missouri-born billionaire.

He said:

“There is more scale to Everton. They’re building a new stadium, got more heritage, history and legacy than Palace.”

Click here for his full quotes

Good morning

Hello everyone and welcome to Wednesday’s Everton Live Blog.

The transfer rumours are starting to come thick and fast for the Blues now with both Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips and Jan-Niklas Beste of Heidenheim linked with potential moves to Goodison Park over the past 24 hours.

While many Evertonians will know lots about the former, the latter is probably something more of an unknown quantity so we’ve got an examination of what he might offer coming up.

There’s also more on John Textor, who has declared his desire to buy Everton, our potted summary of the season and the Everton player ratings for the entire 2023/24 campaign. Who do you think scored the highest mark?

14 dramatic images from Everton win that took the roof off Goodison Park and shredded nerves

These Everton fans in the Main Stand paddock also show their support(Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

A year ago today, Everton played their most-important game in a generation as Abdoulaye Doucoure’s goal saved them from a first relegation in 72 years.

Click here to take a look at 14 dramatic images from the day

Unleash the Beste?

Everton have held discussions about signing FC Heidenheim winger Jan-Niklas Beste this summer, according to Florian Plettenberg.

Could the 25-year-old German strengthen Sean Dyche’s side down the flanks?

Ratcliffe ‘wont be held to ransom’ over Branthwaite

Jarrad Branthwaite during an Everton training session(Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

I’m not happy about the wording over this article from the Daily Star.

It reads as follows:

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has told Everton that Manchester United will not be held to ransom over Jarrad Branthwaite.

United bosses have made the rising star one of their main targets in this summer’s transfer window. The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the best young defenders in the Premier League, and has been included in Gareth Southgate’s initial England squad ahead of the Euros.

But United appear to be on a collision course with Everton over Branthwaite’s valuation, which could lead to Ratcliffe’s first big deal since investing in United collapsing.

Everton will demand around £80m for Branthwaite, while United value him closer to the £60m mark. Ratcliffe has completed a review of United’s recent transfer activity since taking charge of football operations in January.

The billionaire believes United have grossly overpaid on several occasions – and is determined not to fall into the same trap when it comes to Branthwaite.

“Held to ransom?” It’s about time Everton stood up for themselves and personally I think Branthwaite can go on to command a £100million price tag and would be better off staying put for the Blues’ final season at Goodison Park anyway.

Maupay hails Dyche

It looks like Neal Maupay is trying to get himself back in the good books at Everton with Brentford (for now) not taking up their option to turn his loan move into a permanent switch.

Back in November the French striker did an interview in which he said Blues fans had made his life difficult but he’s now sucking up to gaffer Sean Dyche.

777 chief in Newcastle talks

777 Partners’ sporting director Johannes Spors and (inset) Everton manager Sean Dyche

With their proposed takeover of Everton now looking dead in the water, 777 Partners could be set to lose another key staff member with their sporting director Johannes Spors in talks with Newcastle United.

Back in December, Spors hailed the job being done by manager Sean Dyche and director of football Kevin Thelwell at Everton.

Asked if he’d met the Blues boss, the German said:

“Yes, I have. He’s brilliant.

“The whole Finch Farm training ground is great, the people I’ve met are great and to meet Sean Dyche was good. I met him in a longer meeting some time ago and around the games. It’s not only myself, but also Mladen (Sormaz, 777’s director of football analytics) and some other guys. Sean is doing a really good job, it’s fantastic.

“He said after the Chelsea game ‘this is why I do this job – to help players and see players developing’. Even some weeks ago when he explained what he sees in the players and what he thinks will be possible, this is so visible on the pitch.

“This is what you want. You want the club to punch above their weight in games and to maximise the outcome from the possibilities you have, and this is currently what you have.”

Phillips transfer could be a gamble worth taking amid takeover saga

Kalvin Phillips is being linked with a loan move to Everton

A golden opportunity to revive the career of a top talent or a desperate move for a busted flush, claims that Everton are chasing Kalvin Phillips are bound to divide opinion.

Sky Sports’ Vinny O’Connor reports that Everton are looking at taking Phillips on loan from Manchester City. There is no doubting the pedigree of a player once dubbed ‘The Yorkshire Pirlo’ but after an underwhelming loan spell at West Ham United in the second half of this season, the 28-year-old’s current stock is low.

Click here for the full story

Everton furious reaction to points deduction followed by penalty woe and unhappy new year

Everton players look on during the penalty shoot-out defeat to Fulham in their Carabao Cup quarter-final at Goodison Park on December 19, 2023(Image: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Today it’s part three of five on the ECHO’s potted summary of Everton’s 2023/24 season.

It starts well with the wins over Chelsea and Burnley but the penalty shoot-out defeat to Fulham in the Carabao Cup proved to be a turning point.

Click here for the full article

Everton eye Phillips

Everton are reportedly eyeing a loan move for Manchester City’s England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

The former Leeds United man had a loan spell under David Moyes at West Ham United in the second half of this season.

Textor explains vision for future as ‘front-runner’ claim made

John Textor has said: “Everybody should want to buy Everton right now”

With 777 Partners’ proposed acquisition of Everton now unlikely to happen it has been reported that John Textor is now pushing to buy the club. But what is the strategy of the current Crystal Palace part-owner?

Textor doesn’t often speak publicly but three months ago the BBC published an interview he gave to Alex Howell which gave an insight into some of his thoughts on football ownership.

“I’m in it for the long game. Is there a possibility that if we can’t achieve greater collaboration that we would consider selling our interest in Palace? It’s possible.

“Would we consider buying more? I think we’d prefer that.

“This is a message to the fans again. They have a club where everybody who owns stock wants to own more of it.

“Why are they complaining? Look, people deserve to complain when they’re losing games, but generally sometimes they don’t want to believe their own eyes.”

Click here for the full article

Everton’s loudest day at Goodison left Dyche with mixed emotions

Abdoulaye Doucoure celebrates scoring during the match between Everton and Bournemouth at Goodison Park on May 28, 2023(Image: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

A year ago today, Everton’s Premier League status was on the line on the final day of the season for the third time.

It was a nerve-shredding day for loyal but long-suffering Blues supporters but thankfully given that Abdoulaye Doucoure’s goal ensured the club avoided a first relegation in 72 years and Sean Dyche has subsequently steered the team to safety again this term despite two separate points deductions, we can all look back on that high-stakes match with a sense of relief some 12 months on.

As kick-off approached, Connor O’Neill remarked that he’d never heard the end of Everton’s pre-match warm-up greeted in such a noisy fashion and when the teams took to the field, said: “The noise inside Goodison Park right now is incredible. The loudest I have ever heard it.” I (Chris Beesley) concurred and as a veteran of Wimbledon 1994 and Coventry 1998 added: “I can’t speak for what’s going on at Elland Road or the King Power Stadium but I’m not having that it’s as loud as this at either.” (It turned out that the roars from Walton were so loud they could be heard on the other side of the Mersey by people in New Brighton attending an event to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic).

Click here for the full article

Good morning

Hello everyone and welcome to Tuesday’s edition of the Everton Live Blog.

Sky Sports are now reporting that Crystal Palace part-owner John Textor is now the front-runner to acquire Farhad Moshiri’s majority shareholding in Everton. We’ll have more on that shortly.

Also, today is one year on from Everton’s win over Bournemouth and we’ll be reliving the emotions around the Blues’ biggest game in a generation.

Time to recognise Southall

I believe it’s time that Everton recognised the achievements of one of their all-time greats.

Southall was one of the all-time greats, though, and some 39 years since he became the last goalkeeper to be voted Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, he is now the only one of that illustrious quartet not to have been immortalised by having a statue of him. Bert Trautmann (winner in 1956) has a statue at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium; Gordon Banks (winner in 1972) has one at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium and, as of November last year, Pat Jennings (winner in 1973) has one on Kildare Street in his home city of Newry, Northern Ireland.

Everton could take transfer chance on forward who opponents fear more than Salah

Everton have been linked to Newcastle United’s Yankuba Minteh who spent this season on loan at Feyenoord

Everton have been linked with a move for Yankuba Minteh, a player who has been learning his trade this season under new Liverpool boss Arne Slot, but just what might the teenager bring to Sean Dyche’s side?

Comparisonator’s Similarity Comparison calculates Brighton & Hove Albion’s Solly March as being the closest Premier League player to Minteh in style with a match of 82%, followed by Mattheus Cunha of Wolverhampton Wanderers (78%), and then Bukayo Saka of Arsenal (68%). Their Virtual Transfer tool also enables us to correlate his statistics from the Eredivisie this term against those playing in his position in the Premier League, and Minteh would rank fifth in the A.I. Main Index with a score of 411 behind Saka (505), Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise (499), and Chelsea pair Cole Palmer (430) and Noni Madueke (416).

In terms of goals per 90 minutes, only Palmer (0.72) can top Minteh’s 0.6 and the west African prospect leads all of his counterparts across the English top flight in several categories. His 3.41 shots per game is more than Premier League leader Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (3.36), with the Egyptian edging him out for shots on target by 1.69 to 1.49.

Click here for the full analysis

Tarky’s message to the fans

When Joe Thomas and I were travelling down to London on the train for Everton’s final game of the season eight days ago, he took to X (formerly Twitter) to ask some questions about the season.

Everton’s James Tarkowski(Image: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

One of them was “Who is your favourite Everton player of the season?”

I replied: “Tarkowski. Never hides. True Blue.”

So it’s apt that he has thanked the fans for their efforts throughout 2023/24.

The defender said:

“I’ve got a sense of pride over how much effort has gone into the season as a team, as a squad and as a club really because the fans have been right by us. There definitely could have been times where they could have turned and gone against us and the manager but they definitely have not, they’ve been right by us and it was a massive part of what we’ve done on the pitch.”

That’s what I like about him, win, lose or draw, he always fronts up. Click here for the full article

Everton fight back after being left furious and stunned by Liverpool and points deduction decisions

Dwight McNeil congratulates Beto on his first Premier League goal in Everton’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United while (inset) Blues fans protest against the club’s points deduction at Nottingham Forest and Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates his 50th Premier League goal after netting the match-winner at West Ham United

It’s part two of five on the ECHO’s potted summary of Everton’s 2023/24 season today.

This section includes the Blues first points deduction and the fightback from that decision both on and off the pitch.

Click here for the full article

Everton takeover: American investors could buy club for ‘holding season’ before quick sale

Former Everton chief executive Keith Wyness

With time running out for 777 Partners, what happens to Everton if Farhad Moshiri moves on from the Miami-based investment firm who have so far failed to get approval for their proposed takeover despite striking a deal with the Blues majority shareholder back in September?

Former Everton chief executive Keith Wyness reckons the club could turn to another group of American investors.

Click here for the full story

Everton set for Harrison transfer talks

Jack Harrison arrives at Goodison Park during his loan spell with Everton(Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

So with Leeds United remaining in the Championship, could Everton’s chances of landing Jack Harrison on a permanent transfer have taken a step closer?

Everton will enter talks with Leeds United hoping that the 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the Championship play-off final boosts their chances of signing Jack Harrison on a permanent deal as Adam Armstrong’s 24th minute strike earned an instant Premier League return for the Saints.

Although there was neither an obligation or option to buy Harrison from Leeds United in his season-long loan deal at Goodison Park, Blues chiefs’ hand could now be strengthened by the fact that the Yorkshire club will be unable to offer him Premier League football next term.

Click here for the full story

Good morning

Hello everyone and welcome to your Bank Holiday Monday Everton Live Blog.

We’ve got a piece on the Everton takeover coming up, a look at Everton-linked Yankuba Minteh and we’ll even be talking about honouring a Blues legend later on.

Meanwhile, it’s a return to St Mary’s next season for travelling Evertonians with the Saints defeating Leeds United 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley yesterday. What do you think of that one Blues?

Personally, I’m not shedding any tears over the Yorkshiremen but it could have an impact on the transfer plans for Sean Dyche and Kevin Thelwell.

Young ‘close to deal’

Ashley Young says he wants to remain at Everton for another season which would make him a Blues record-breaker

Sky Sports report that Ashley Young is close to signing his new one-year deal at Everton.

As reported last week in the ECHO, if the former England international – who turns 39 next month – remains at the club for Goodison Park’s final season, he will become their oldest-ever outfield player.

Five players Everton are tipped to sign in the summer transfer window

Five players who have been linked with potential transfer moves to Everton this summer: Sammie Szmodics and (inset, from top left, clockwise) Yukinari Sugawara, Leander Dendoncker, Matheus Saldanha and Davinson Sanchez

Keeping on the transfer theme, I’ve been taking a look at five players who Everton have been tipped to sign this summer.

Everton’s summer promises to be a busy one in terms of transfers as the club look to reshape its squad for the historic final season at Goodison Park.

Director of football Kevin Thelwell that already declared that “players will be sold” and any big money departures before the end of June to avoid further PSR rule breaches could be an indicator of the club’s financial health with the takeover saga still to be resolved. The Blues most-valuable assets include Jarrad Branthwaite, Amadou Onana, Jordan Pickford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin – who is about to enter the final 12 months of his current contract – and all of them have been subject to admiring glances from rivals at various junctures.

What we do know is that Andre Gomes, Dele Alli and Andy Lonergan will not be presented with fresh terms when their deals expire at the end of next month but veteran pair Ashley Young and club captain Seamus Coleman have both been offered an additional year with Everton taking up their option to extend Idrissa Gueye’s second spell until 2025. Arnaut Danjuma and Jack Harrison’s loan spells will also come to an end and while the club say they are continuing dialogue with Leeds United over the latter, the former has already said goodbye with a thank you message to the fans.

Just who might be coming in to plug the gaps in Sean Dyche’s playing staff though ahead of the 2024/25 campaign? Here’s a look at some of the names in the frame.

What do you reckon? Would you take a punt on any of this lot?

Click here for the full article

Blues eye Minteh

Yankuba Minteh of OB Odense celebrates after scoring

Everton are showing interest in Newcastle United winger Yankuba Minteh, report the Daily Mail.

The 19-year old has enjoyed a stand out season on loan at Feyenoord in Holland scoring 11 goals, including 10 in the league.

He joined Newcastle from Danish side OB last year for £6million and was immediately sent out on loan. The Gambia international gained Champions League experience and ended the season by winning the Dutch Cup but was sent off in the process.

Eddie Howe has praised Minteh’s progress vut the article claims while Feyenoord are keen on another loan, the player’s ambition is to play in the Premier League and Everton have posted an interest in Minteh but are unsure what their financial position will be at this stage.

Everton move for Liverpool flop would mark return to transfers that spelled trouble

Everton have been linked with a move for former Liverpool midfielder Arthur Melo

I said there would be more on Arthur Melo…

I don’t see how it happens for Everton and if it did it would be a return to the kind of deals that got the current regime in Goodison Park’s corridors of power into hot water.

A move for Arthur smacks of the kind of move the Blues would make during the Marco Silva/Marcel Brands era when they did indeed raid Juventus for Moise Kean – who for all his promise proved to be a less-effective marksman in the Premier League than his near namesake centre-half Michael Keane – and the fringes of the Barcelona squad for Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, who will finally depart the club this summer when his contract expires. Other than the French international left-back who was sold for a profit to Aston Villa after falling out with Rafael Benitez, they all proved to be relative expensive failures and the kind of profligate purchases that put Everton down the ‘Highway to Hell’ that was PSR breaches and the resultant two points deductions.

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Everton given brutal transfer reminder as Dyche left searching for solutions

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates his goal at Brentford with Abdoulaye Doucoure while (inset) Jordan Pickford and Beto are dejected in the home defeats to Fulham and Luton Town respectively

I’ve been doing a potted summary of Everton’s 2023/24 season based on our match verdicts and player ratings.

It will run over the next five days with the Blues’ 45 matches in all competitions divided into nine-game chunks.

As you can imagine, it’s quite a roller-coaster ride.

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Bayern move for Kompany highlights big issue for Dyche

Everton manager Sean Dyche shakes hands with his Burnley counterpart Vincent Kompany at Turf Moor on December 16, 2023(Image: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

I can’t be the only person shocked by Bayern Munich’s move for Vincent Kompany.

It might prove to be an inspired choice by the Bundesliga giants but right now it looks like he’s just being rewarded for failure at Burnley and Anderlecht.

Bayern Munich’s shock move for Vincent Kompany is the latest example of football snobbery against Everton manager Sean Dyche.

Along with my colleague Joe Thomas, this correspondent has backed Dyche as being the right man for the Blues since the moment that his name was first linked with the vacancy after Frank Lampard’s sacking. I’ve also gone on record on several occasions to state that I believe he’s the best fit for the club since David Moyes was appointed over 22 years ago and given the chaos that continues to engulf Everton, and the cycle of managerial churn that has produced eight incumbents of the Goodison Park home dugout in as many years, any doubters who were calling for his head are playing a dangerous game when it comes to the health of a venerable football institution at a time of weakness.

Dyche has been Everton’s leader, figurehead and so often unfairly the mouthpiece during a time of unprecedented strife. Yet despite two separate points deductions, the financial hangover from which and an unresolved takeover saga have left the cupboard bare in terms of a transfer kitty, he steered a squad who the previous season had posted the lowest equivalent points total in the club’s history to Premier League safety with three matches still to play.

Indeed, if it wasn’t for the sporting sanctions placed upon them, Dyche’s men would have finished the season level on points with an 11th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion side whose departing head coach Roberto De Zerbi is understood to be among the candidates for the Chelsea vacancy. Yet if Dyche was to be linked to the top job at Stamford Bridge, let alone Bayern, there would be more chortles than when “pumped up” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who looked more like a drowned rat when he called a General Election for next month in the rain outside 10 Downing Street, proclaimed “damned right” when asked whether the Tories are going to win.

Anyone who thinks Kompany has done a better job at Burnley than Dyche though knows about as much about the game as the pint-sized PM (he ironically describes himself as a “massive” Southampton FC fan) who has already made a gaffe on the campaign trail by asking potential voters in Wales: “Are you looking forward to all the football?” Unlike Kompany, the Welsh national team of course have no chance of travelling to Germany this summer given that they did not qualify for Euro 2024.

The Clarets boss, though, is someone who seems to be getting rewarded for failure. When Burnley romped to promotion by winning the Championship with 101 points a year ago, there seemed many ready to gloss over the legacy forged by Dyche over the best part of a decade.

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Arthur Melo of Liverpool during a training session

Hello everyone and welcome to Sunday’s Everton live blog.

The Blues have been linked with a move for ex-Liverpool flop Arthur Melo so we can calculate by that reckoning that the transfer ‘silly season’ must have officially begun.

We’ve got more on that coming up so stick with us throughout the day.

Textor hailed as ‘best example’ after 777 Partners warning

John Textor has revealed he has considered investing in Everton

John Textor, the American businessman who has considered investing in Everton has been hailed as being “the best example” of the multi-club model in sharp contrast to 777 Partners.

The claim was made by Rio de Janeiro-based football journalist Rodrigo Calvozzo when speaking to the ECHO about 777 Partners’ proposed deal to purchase Farhad Moshiri’s entire stake in the Blues.

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United look to avoid being in Everton position as Rooney takes Plymouth job

Everton players Pat Nevin and Tony Cottee celebrate after Stuart McCall (right) had scored their last-minute equaliser against Liverpool in the 1989 FA Cup final(Image: Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)

Football had to wait over 150 years for an all-Manchester FA Cup final and this afternoon Wembley will play host to a second in as many seasons.

Before this pair of games, the only provincial derbies in FA Cup finals were the all-Merseyside affairs of 1986 and 1989.

Evertonians need no reminder that their side lost both, 3-1 and then 3-2, just after Hillsborough.

In the former they were in the same position as United now in terms of trying to prevent their neighbours from doing the double.

Liverpool also had a chance in the latter but their final league game wasn’t until after Wembley and they’d famously lose 2-0 at home to Arsenal in the closest-ever title race.

Meanwhile, former Everton and Manchester United player Wayne Rooney has been discussing taking the Plymouth Argyle vacancy as mentioned earlier on today’s live blog.

He said:

“Taking this role at Plymouth Argyle feels like the perfect next step in my career – and I would like to thank the chairman and board for the faith they have shown in me. This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting project. I look forward to helping to build a squad of players to play expansive football – and to entertain the Green Army.

“I have experienced first-hand how talented the existing group of players is here – and also the incredible atmosphere at Home Park. The club is on an exciting long-term journey, with a progressive plan in place. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of it.”

Dyche’s ‘ugly and weirdly pleasing’ highlight of Everton’s season

Sean Dyche issues instructions to his players during the match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on April 6, 2024(Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

The battling defeat at Tottenham Hotspur and the “ugly” win over Burnley were two of Sean Dyche’s highlights this season, writes Joe Thomas.

“There have been important moments, but they are not highlights as you would see. The Burnley one is an important moment because we hadn’t won.

“I designed an ugly win and we got an ugly win, so that is weirdly pleasing – when you design it and it happens – because we needed a win. That was it. So that was a different kind of good moment for me as a manager.

“The run after the initial points loss – I thought we were excellent against Manchester United and it was a head scratcher we didn’t get something from that, then we won four on the trot. That was a little clutch of games that was important at that time to change the storyline. Unfortunately, we didn’t keep it going but that was very important.

“A weird highlight as a manager was Tottenham away. We lost but I thought we were terrific, absolutely terrific, so that is about management when you have got to see through the result.

“It is a results industry but that is when you go ‘that is a sign’, a sign we were playing proper football. That was really good. That was a personal highlight. ”

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