It would appear from recent national and local press coverage that Everton are already busy in the transfer market, lining up summer signings even before the future of the manager is known.
Bill Kenwright, Robert Elstone and David Moyes have all repeated on more than one occasion, that the manager has the final say on all football matters. Incoming and outgoing transfers sit firmly under the remit of David Moyes, yet with his future seemingly unresolved, the newspapers and national radio stations are already linking Everton with a string of summer signings.
The Liverpool Echo, who have appeared out of the loop with Everton exclusives in recent years, are today running a story linking Everton with a firm interest in Dutch international defender Stefan De Vrij, even going as far to say that the Blues are in pole position to sign the Feyenoord Centre Back for a reported fee in the region of £5m Read the full story. De Vrij has a big reputation in the Netherlands and at 21 years old, he would fit perfectly with the clubs agenda to lower the average age of the squad. In deed, Everton have focused a lot of their recent scouting in Holland and Belgium, with Leroy Fer of FC Twente and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe of Club Brugge continually linked following their failed moves in the last two transfer windows.
Another player who has been regularly linked with the Blues in recent days, is highly rated Leeds United defender Sam Byram. The right back impressed against Everton in this seasons League Cup tie, although right back would not appear to be a priority area for Everton, with Seamus Coleman adapting well to the role and John Stones arriving from Barnsley in January with a huge reputation.
The Daily Express have reported that David Moyes will be an interested spectator at the Europa League semi final between Chelsea and FC Basel, with an eye firmly fixed on Aleksander Dragovic. The 22-year-old Austrian defender is reported to be ready to turn down advances from Arsenal to join Everton as the Blues look to reshape their defence. A fee of £5m is reported in the Express, with the full story available here.
All of this makes interesting reading, but I for one wouldn’t be surprised if David Moyes has his eyes on other targets with the press struggling to second guess the transfer moves of Everton’s manager during his time in charge of the club. The season hasn’t even finished, but the transfer silly season has kicked into full swing. With the future of the manager and several big name players unresolved, it promises to be a long drawn out summer for us Evertonians.