Everton may not be finished shopping yet as reports linking them to Cameroon duo Samuel Eto’o and Alex Song do the rounds. Meanwhile boss Roberto Martinez has categorically denied that Everton is the junior partner in the burgeoning relationship with Chelsea.
Latest rumours suggest that Cameroon inernational Samuel Eto’o, who is available on a free transfer, may line out for Everton this season. The Star reports that the 33-year-old could be brought in as back up to big summer signing Romelu Lukaku. Merseyside rivals Liverpool, Tottenham and QPR have also been mentioned as possible destinations for the veteran striker. Steven Naismith and Arouna Kone are the other strikers on the payroll at Goodison Park, perhaps Roberto Martinez wants more competition for places in this area.
Barcelona’s Alex Song is another Cameroon international who may end up at Goodison Park before the transfer window closes according to The Daily Star. The former Arsenal man has become a fringe player at the Nou Camp and new boss Luis Enrique is keen to offload the defensive midfielder. A whole host of clubs are believed to be interested apart from Everton, with Italian sides AC Milan and Inter Milan and Premier League outfits , Liverpool, Manchester United, and Aston Villa all mentioned as possible destinations.
The Everton boss has denied suggestions the close ties between Chelsea and Everton is anything more that a mutually beneficial, good working relationship. In the wake of the deal between the clubs on Romelu Lukaku and the latest loan agreement to bring in Ghanian youngster Christian Atsu, the suggestion has emerged that Chelsea have been given first refusal on the highly rated Everton youngsters Ross Barkley and John Stones, who both recently committed to long term contracts at the club, when and if they want to leave Goodison Park. Toffees fans would be enraged to think that their beloved club is becoming something a feeder club for the West London giants and Roberto Martinez has rubbished the idea when it was put to him.
“No, no, not at all.”
“We have a good relationship and a professional relationship and I want to believe that they feel that they can trust us in sending players out on loan. I don’t think that relationship goes any further.”
“The chairman (Bill Kenwright) has been instrumental in forging that relationship more than anyone. He has developed that bridge between the two clubs and there is a possibility for both to use it in a good way, but there is no commitment in any sort of future deals.”
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.