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Everton’s transfer deadline day – what needs to happen

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Everton have just 18 hours to complete their transfer business.

And the race is on for the Blues to finalise a host of ins and outs ahead of the 11pm cut-off.

The Blues have signed seven senior players this summer in deals worth around £140m whilst selling Romelu Lukaku and others to bring in close to £100m.

Now Ronald Koeman wants to finalise his squad shake-up before the window slams shuts which paves the way for a frantic final day.

Ins

A striker

Landing a targetman has proved difficult for Everton this summer.

Recruiting an experienced No9 has been a pressing concern ever since the Blues sold Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United but, so far, their search has proved fruitless.

Olivier Giroud was Koeman’s No1 target but the Blues were forced to abandon their pursuit when he made it clear he wanted to stay at Arsenal.

Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke, Diego Costa and Fernando Llorente have all been discussed but their search looks like going down to the wire.

A left sided defender

Everton need to find cover for the left side of their defence with the squad lacking senior cover for Leighton Baines or a left-footed option at centre-back.

Barcelona’s experienced defender Thomas Vermaelen is a possibility.

Nikola Vlasic

The Blues have made a late – and surprise – move for the Hajduk Split teenager.

Nikola Vlasic

Everton were edging towards a deal on Monday, with the player allowed to leave Croatia under-21’s training camp to finalise the £8m transfer.

Outs

Ross Barkley

Everton are believed to be holding out for a fee of around £35m for the 23-year-old.

The Blues rejected Chelsea’s offer of £25m on Sunday but it is expected Antonio Conte’s side will return.

Everton’s Ross Barkley greets manager Ronald Koeman as he is substituted

Spurs are still credited with being interested but Chelsea are now the front-runners to land Barkley.

Oumar Niasse

Brighton are keen on taking the Senegal striker on loan but Everton want to offload the striker for £10m.

Crystal Palace were also linked this week in a player who has been frozen out by Koeman.

Kevin Mirallas

The Belgium forward’s Goodison career was thrown into doubt on Sunday when Koeman dropped him and questioned his attitude.

Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates his goal during the friendly match between FC Twente and Everton
Kevin Mirallas

Old club Olympiakos are interested in taking Mirallas on loan but, at this stage,

Joel Robles

Spanish goalkeeper Robles wants to leave Everton in search of first-team football.

Joel Robles during training
Joel Robles during training

Deportivo La Coruna and Getafe were interested in taking him but the Blues have demanded a fee, for a player in the final 12 months of his contract.

It was proving prohibitive but deadline day may see movement on that front.


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