Reports today claim Villarreal have won the race to sign Ben Brereton-Diaz from Blackburn. How might this affect Everton and their chances of signing Arnaut Danjuma?
Everton have as usual been linked again and again with an ever growing and more ludicrous list of potential forwards over the last few weeks.
Despite the conflict and confusion off the pitch, which is proving a massive distraction and is making the club a laughing stock, there is still a desperate need for attacking reinforcements on the pitch before the transfer window shuts in two weeks time.
However, as yet, there is still no sign of any new faces coming through the doors at Goodison Park even as the team stumbles from one awful defeat to another.
This has left the Blues’ joint-bottom of the Premier League. It is a dreadful and sorry situation for the Toffees’ to be in, and for a club that was once a byword for a well-run organisation.
I remember the eighties when not only did Everton eventually have a very successful team on the pitch, but the club was well run and led by Sir Philip Carter, a hugely respected individual, who was also elected the Chairman of the Football League at the time.
Can this really be the same club we see now? One that has today become a symbol of how a once great sporting institution can be run into the ground.
Anyway, while the problems seem never-ending and the discontent from supporters grows week by week, one thing that might help a little is if there were some new signings to at least provide a glimmer of hope things might still be salvaged on the pitch.
It’s clear that the Blues’ simply don’t have the money to do any significant deals in this January window. So, they are forced by financial constraints and their precarious league position, to look at lower level players and loan deals.
In addition, I think one of the reasons why no players have been signed so far, is that Frank Lampard is also in many respects a dead duck of a manager.
Although, I’m sure Farhad Moshiri doesn’t want to have to fire yet another maanger and bring someone else in, results are ultimately everything, or at least they should be.
Let’s face it, if it wasn’t for the Toffees’ terrible record of bringing in and then sacking one man after another over the last five or six years and the huge financial cost of doing so, he would already be gone.
I think that if Everton are beaten at West Ham on Saturday, then surely the club will have no choice but to pull the trigger. And so, it might well be the case that any possible deals are on hold until his successor can be put in place.
Turning to such potential deals, with Villarreal’s move for Brereton-Diaz looking almost done, this might possibly help the Blues’ secure one of those signings.
The Blackburn forward was an alledged target of the Blues’ last summer – along with virtually everyone else it seemed – but despite supposedly making a bid for him it was turned down by the Championship club.
It is now clear that the Spanish side are the front-runners for him and look to have secured a deal for the Chilean international to join them in the summer.
With Villarreal having got another forward in, this might make it easier for Everton (or perhaps more likely another Premier League club!) to get a deal for Danjuma done in January.
I don’t know if any of this is the case or not or if the Toffees’ have the money to get a deal over the line. But, as we wearily wait and the days keep coming and going the need for reinforcements if there is any chance of salvation this season, only grows more acute.