The Transfer Rumour Mill Returns

My Dad used to tell me not to look at the standings until Easter and I think that there is no sense talking about the January transfer window until we have finished off our leftover turkey and pudding. I can happily report that the turkey is all used up so let’s talk transfers in.

As the season has progressed there has been a steady flow of rumours but because the chances of something coming of these made them not worthy of comment.  As we move into Week 19 of the season, the rumour mill is starting to heat up. For every name that is mentioned, there is the background reason for this name being linked with the Blues as one of our current team is being linked with a move away. The name that never seems to go away is Andriy Yarmolenko who we have talked about several times. Check out previous posts for more info on what he would offer the team.

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Lucas João

This one has been mentioned a few times over the past few months. A move for Sheffield Wednesday forward Lucas João is necessary each time this player is linked is because Romelu Lukaku is on his way somewhere. The 22 year old Portuguese international was born in Angola and has played for Portugal at both the U20, U21 and most recently two cameo appearances for the senior team. He has scored 5 goals this season and scored one of Wednesday’s three goals when they knocked Arsenal out of the League Cup.

Chances of it happening: 60%

Do I want it to happen: 70%

João could only be seen as one for the future. He has continued to grow as a player and has great potential. I believe he would be a great addition to the squad and would add some depth to our front line which is currently lacking.

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Matt Richie

Several news outlets have been putting this one out for us to ponder. He is a Scottish international who has been with Bournemouth since 2013. He has 29 goals in just over 100 appearances for the club. He scored 15 goals last year in the Championship and has bagged a couple this year.

Chances of it happening: 30%

Do I want it to happen: 25%

There is just not enough in this one for me. Richie plays on the right side of midfield which is not an area that we are desperate to bolster. If it is about squad depth I could see this but I am not sure that our money being put here would get the biggest bang for the money.

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George Thorne

As Derby hit the top of the Championship after an impressive run of games, their English holding midfielder, George Thorne, is being linked with several Premier League teams including Everton. The 22 year old has been with Derby since July 2014 after starting his professional career with West Brom. His progress was slowed after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury shortly after signing. He has been a regular fixture in the Derby team this year.

Chances of it happening: 40%

Do I want it to happen: 65%

Thorne is being seen as a potential long term replacement for Gareth Barry. He certainly would add to the squad in the short term but the talk of moving Stones in front of the back four makes far more sense for me in the long run and with McCarthy and Stones taking up the holding midfield positions I could see Thorne being there to support those two. On the flip side of the argument is the fact that Derby have a good chance this year of moving up to the Premier League and their desire to let him go diminish with each passing game that moves them closer to a return to the top flight.

About the Author:

I am a testament to the fact that Evertonians are born. My first matches were spent sitting on one of the crush bars in the Gladwys Street end watching the Holy Trinity weaving their magic on their way to the league championship in 1970. After moving to Canada it was hard to stay connected but the popularity of the game has increased and the internet now allows me to see every game live and keep up with all things Everton.

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