Premier League Preview: Everton v West Ham

While fans will have to watch the game from their homes they’ll be hoping the extra rest caused by the postponement of Monday’s game with Manchester City will help them make a flying start to the new year.

Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he will welcome back Richarlison to the side but James Rodriguez will not feature due to his calf injury.

Meanwhile West Ham’s David Moyes will be hoping his Hammers side can put an end to their 4 match winless run. A 0-0 draw last time out against Southampton provided the Hammers with some positives and with Michail Antonio now back from injury, the Moyes will be looking for more goals.

It’s the first of 2 games on Friday, this one kicks off at 5.30.

Everton target James Rodriguez transfer, reports claim

Newspaper the Daily Star suggest the Colombian is close to a £27m switch to Goodison Park.

The report claims Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has been key in convincing the 2014 World Cup star to swap Madrid for Merseyside, having managed James before during his time in charge at the Bernabeu.

James has found game time difficult to come by in recent seasons at Real Madrid, with current gaffer Zinedine Zidane not thought to be a huge fan of the midfielder.

Zidane, now in his second stint as Los Blancos boss, sanctioned James’ two-season loan spell at Bayern Munich back in 2017.

Now it’s understood Zizou is willing to sell the 29-year-old midfielder this summer, with the Daily Star saying Everton is believed to be the top destination.

It would be a marquee signing for the Toffees as Ancelotti looks to strengthen his side ahead of the new Premier League season.

Everton and Napoli still discussing Allan transfer

The 29-year-old has been linked with a switch to Goodison Park for well over a month now, but negotiations between the two parties have stalled.

Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claim the Toffees are yet to agree a fee with the Naples club over Allan’s transfer.

The Brazilian has made it clear he wants to link up with former gaffer Carlo Ancelotti in the Premier League, and suggestions are that he’s already agreed personal terms with Everton.

Now both sides need to agree on a fee – and that’s the sticking point, with disputes over bonus payments blocking the conclusion of the deal.

An initial transfer fee of €35m has been agreed for the player, but an additional €5m worth of bonus payments are unreasonable in Napoli’s opinion, as picked up by Sport Witness.

The Serie A side feel that bonuses included by Everton in the Allan deal are unrealistic, and they want slightly more achievable targets in order to ensure the additional €5m.

With the transfer window open until 5th October, this one looks almost certain to go ahead – despite continuous setbacks.

Koeman wants Keane at Barcelona

New Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants to bring the 27-year-old to the Nou Camp having worked with the centreback at Everton.

Koeman took Keane to Merseyside from Burnley in 2017 in a club-record sale for the Clarets of £30million, and any such move could fund the deal to sign Allan which is almost done.

Having failed to tempt him to Goodison in the January window, Italian media are reporting that Napoli have lowered their demands and the clubs are working on the finer details with an offer thought to be of €30m plus bonuses.

The deal is getting closer, but the two clubs are working on the finer details, such as the value of the bonuses and the achievement needed to trigger them. It’s also helped by the fact that Allan has made it clear he wants to reunite with Ancelotti.

Everton chasing Lille defender

The 22-year-old centre back is reported to be Carlo Ancelotti’s prime target in terms of defensive reinforcements, as reported by ESPN.

However, it’s said that Everton will need to pip Manchester United and Napoli to the post for the Brazilian’s signature.

Lille are prepared to sell the defender, and are hoping to pick up around €25m for him should he leave France.

Everton are keen to strengthen at the back, with sporting director Marcel Brands on the hunt for a central defender and a right back this summer.

Norwich City sign Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell

The 22-year-old has joined the Canaries on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The Everton Academy graduate has had four loan spells, all in the Championship, including with Derby County and Wigan Athletic.

Last season he scored five goals for the Latics, including a hat trick in the 8-0 win against Hull City earlier this month.

Dowell made 5 senior appearances for Everton, with his first Premier League start coming against Norwich in 2016.

Norwich City sign Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell

The 22-year-old has joined the Canaries on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The Everton Academy graduate has had four loan spells, all in the Championship, including with Derby County and Wigan Athletic.

Last season he scored five goals for the Latics, including a hat trick in the 8-0 win against Hull City earlier this month.

Dowell made 5 senior appearances for Everton, with his first Premier League start coming against Norwich in 2016.

Spurs continue chase of Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Everton are also interested in the Denmark international, with the Toffees reported to have offered close to £20m for the midfielder’s services.

Tottenham have only offered £15m, but it’s understood the player prefers a move to Spurs.

A switch to North London may suit Southampton better as the selling club, particularly as defender Kyle Walker-Peters has been on loan at St Mary’s this season and Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to secure him on a permanent basis.

However, as is to be expected, there are negotiations over fees, and it isn’t out of the question that both Spurs and Southampton could agree a cash-plush-player deal.

Ancelotti adds Immobile to Everton transfer shortlist

Sunday’s 1-3 home defeat to relegated Bournemouth compounded what has been a dismal season for Everton, with the club registering a bottom-half finish for the first time in four years.

Although Carlo Ancelotti banished any lingering fears of relegation shortly after his appointment, the Italian knows that significant changes to his Toffees squad must be made if Everton are to compete for the Europa League places next season.

One of the Italian’s prime targets this summer is said to be Serie A hotshot Ciro Immobile.

30-year-old Immobile has been prolific in front of goal this season, bagging an exceptional 40 goals in 45 appearances for club and country so far with two games left to play.

Goals are currency at the elite level, and despite Immobile’s age, the sort of numbers he has posted this season will make for a weighty price tag.

Reports claim that Lazio are after a minimum of £50m for the in-form striker – a fee that Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri may be prepared to pay in order to see Everton competing again.