Everton manager Ronald Koeman has refused to rule out a late move to sign Chelsea contract rebel Diego Costa.
The Spain international is currently in an indefinite strike in Brazil as he looks to plot a potential exit from Stamford Bridge before deadline day. Atletico Madrid have remained hot favourites to land the striker in recent weeks, but their ongoing transfer ban has restricted them from negotiating a sizeable sum for his services.
As a result, the Toffees have emerged as a surprise destination for the Spaniard as they seek to add a world-class striker to their ranks before the close of the transfer window. Following Everton’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, Koeman was asked whether he would consider a potential move for the Blues outcast, for which he refused to comment.
He said: “I don’t know [about Costa]. We are looking at players who are available and if we sign somebody, it is somebody who makes the team better. I don’t speak about names, about players. It is the media who is talking about Costa or other players. But we are looking and we do our job and hopefully, we will arrange it [a striker to arrive] for next week.” Read More
Everton has joined the race for getting the players they want.
Their interest currently lies in Tim Krul. Ronald Koeman is a long term fan of Krul and he wishes to get the player for his goal keeping skills. You might have seen Krul in his goal keeper position as he has been a constant figure for Newcastle United and adhered to the training sessions as was required of him. The transfer market coming alive will certainly see Krul was part of a tug of war. His current team would probably be resisting his transfer while Everton would be looking to place a lucrative bid for the player. Their interest is not without purpose. The new boss of the team, Ronald Koeman would be looking at Krul as he has great admiration for his skills.
When the contract of Samuel Eto’o with Chelsea expired at the end of last season, there were rumors that the player from Cameroon was going to retire as he is 33 years old and his career started to go downhill when he played with Chelsea and made over 20 Premier League appearances but only managed on scoring 9 times.
Despite his drop of form at Stamford Bridge, Everton decided to snatch him up and signed the former star of Barcelona on a 2 year long contract.
Samuel Eto’o is currently performing more in the sidelines of Everton than anything else as the experienced forward spends more time watching Romelu Lukaku and Steven Naismith play in the pitch and has a starting role in the lineup of Everton’s coach Roberto Martinez.
Even though Eto’o is mostly just used as a substitute, he has still managed to make an impact in Everton as well as going on to score a few goals and Leighton Baines believes that signing Samuel Eto’o was a superb transaction for Everton.
“It was a great signing, and for us to pull that off and bring him in is great. He gets the goals that win us games, and who better for Romelu Lukaku to be learning off as well? Obviously we spent big money on Rom. So in terms of finance we put all our eggs in one basket and then to so come up with a free one like Sam is brilliant’’
“He’s such a good player that it was never going to take him too long to settle. He used to be about pace and power and now you see his awareness of how to being other players into the game. But he’s still a great finisher so he’s a really good fit for us.” Leighton Baines said as he praised Samuel Eto’o and what he has done ever since joining the Premier League club.