What The Papers Say - Jan 22

by Matthew Judge @Everton

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David Moyes has come out in support of Avram Grant and claimed West Ham’s under-fire manager has been treated badly.

Since Moyes took charge of Everton in March 2002, he has been able to form what many regard as the closest manager/chairman relationship in football with Bill Kenwright.

Grant, on the other hand, has endured a turbulent spell with West Ham’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold, resulting in the botched attempt to replace him with Martin O’Neill.

Moyes said: ‘Avram is a good manager and I would not like to be treated that way but, then again, I know my chairman would not do that.

‘I do not know what is going on at West Ham and maybe it is a completely different scenario than is being reported. But I am a lucky in that Bill and the board have been really good to me.’

Moyes saw influential midfielder Steven Pienaar join Tottenham for £3million this week but he is adamant Everton had no choice but to cash in.

'It was going on for a long time,' said Moyes. 'But we got a fee and if someone had said what we were going to get, people would have thought we’d have been mad not to take it with three months to go on his contract.

 

 


DAVID Moyes is continuing to trawl the transfer market for a loan star striker - after he was given the go-ahead to spend the money Everton received for Steven Pienaar.

The Everton boss, who is sweating on the fitness of Louis Saha ahead of today’s Goodison clash with West Ham, is still confident he will add to his squad before the window closes.

Although he admitted the Blues have failed in their attempts to land Monaco striker Dieumerci Mbokani on loan, he is busily pursuing other options.

The Toffees could yet make an approach for Hoffenheim forward Demba Ba, 25, despite the Senegalese forward, who has played most of his German club’s games this season, failing a medical at Stoke City earlier this month.

Moyes said: “I have money to do a loan deal. We’re looking to bring someone in, but we haven’t found anyone to fit the bill.

“The problem is we’re looking in the loan market, we can’t have anyone with a price tag, and it’s not that easy in the loan market to get someone who will improve your team.

“We have said we are trying to look for investment, and I am positive I will bring somebody in.

“In the end Mbokani was never really a goer. I did enquire about him and we made an offer to see if we could get him on loan but I think there were bigger offers from other clubs.

“We were ready to match his wages and made an offer which was the best we can but I think he’ll leave on a permanent deal.”

The Blues boss is at least hoping to able to welcome back Phil Jagielka for today’s game, after the England defender returned to training last week.


David Moyes will make a late call on whether to include Louis Saha.

The Frenchman missed last week’s Merseyside derby with a thigh strain but is closing in on a return after taking a small part in training this week.

The striker has five goals in four Everton appearances against the Hammers.

Moyes said: “Phil Jagielka has trained so I am hopeful he will be available. Louis Saha has only done some light training so I am not as confident about him. We will have a look at it tomorrow – it might be that he can be risked.”

Meanwhile, the Everton boss insists Leighton Baines can still prosper without his left-sided star man Steven Pienaar.

He said: “Nobody can feel sorry for themselves. If you lose somebody you work with, you have to move on. It could be two centre halves and you lose your partner, or two strikers and you lose the one who makes your goals or does your running.

“But Bainsey will be fine. His form this season has been outstanding, and we’ll try and help him and give him people who can help keep his form as good.”

 

 


EVERTON will be boosted by the return of Phil Jagielka for today’s Premier League clash with West Ham at Goodison Park.

The centre-back has recovered from the thigh injury which ruled him out of their last three games.

Striker Louis Saha has been hampered by a similar problem and will undergo a late fitness test.

"Phil Jagielka has trained so I am hopeful he will be available," said boss David Moyes.

"Louis Saha has only done some light training so I am not as confident about him.

"We will have a look at it on Saturday – it might be that he can be risked."

Everton go into the game buoyed by the news that Seamus Coleman and Victor Anichebe have penned new long-term contracts.

Moyes admits it was a timely boost after the departure of midfielder Steven Pienaar to Tottenham.

"It is really important news for the club," he said.

"Seamus already had a contract but we thought he had done well and he deserved a new one. It is what Everton do – we reward people who do well.

"He has played wide right most weeks because we haven’t had anybody to play there. We will look to put him back in the end (to full-back) and hopefully when he does go back then this will stand him in good stead. We might then find he is a better wide player than full-back we’ll see.

"His hunger and passion for the game is certainly helping him. What we need to do is help him with the technical side and his understanding of the game. But he is a great listener, has a great attitude and is a pleasure to work with.

"There have been talks with Victor for a while and he has now put pen to paper to stay in the place where I think he should be.

"Hopefully he can stay injury free because I think he has the potential to become a really good player."


EVERTON will be boosted by the return of Phil Jagielka for today’s Premier League clash with West Ham at Goodison Park.

The centre-back has recovered from the thigh injury which ruled him out of their last three games.

Striker Louis Saha has been hampered by a similar problem and will undergo a late fitness test.

"Phil Jagielka has trained so I am hopeful he will be available," said boss David Moyes.

"Louis Saha has only done some light training so I am not as confident about him.

"We will have a look at it on Saturday – it might be that he can be risked."

Everton go into the game buoyed by the news that Seamus Coleman and Victor Anichebe have penned new long-term contracts.

Moyes admits it was a timely boost after the departure of midfielder Steven Pienaar to Tottenham.

"It is really important news for the club," he said.

"Seamus already had a contract but we thought he had done well and he deserved a new one. It is what Everton do – we reward people who do well.

"He has played wide right most weeks because we haven’t had anybody to play there. We will look to put him back in the end (to full-back) and hopefully when he does go back then this will stand him in good stead. We might then find he is a better wide player than full-back we’ll see.

"His hunger and passion for the game is certainly helping him. What we need to do is help him with the technical side and his understanding of the game. But he is a great listener, has a great attitude and is a pleasure to work with.

"There have been talks with Victor for a while and he has now put pen to paper to stay in the place where I think he should be.

"Hopefully he can stay injury free because I think he has the potential to become a really good player."

 

 

David Moyes has revealed his concern that Everton could be caught "standing still" if they fail to invest in new talent but remains confident of signing a much-needed striker before the transfer window closes.

The Everton manager now has funds for a loan deal having sold Steven Pienaar to Tottenham Hotspur for £3m this week and reduced his wage bill by off-loading Yakubu Ayegbeni to Leicester City until the end of the season.

Having had to sell players to buy for the past two seasons, however, and been thwarted in a January move for the Monaco forward Dieumerci Mbokani, Moyes fears the club could be overtaken by Premier League rivals who do have the money to invest.

Moyes, who has consolidated the bulk of his Everton squad on new long-term contracts over the past year, said: "I've not really liked any of the last four or five transfer windows. I've not really enjoyed them because they have been really difficult for us.

"There is a worry that we will stand still if we don't spend money, but if you have none that's the way it is and you just have to deal with it. We have said we are trying to look for investment and I am positive I will bring somebody in.

"You know the players need a boost as well, they need to see something moving forward, and I'm aware of that. I have been a player myself and I have seen how it can boost the squad, so we'll try to do that. But it won't be with a transfer."

The Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba, who has seen moves to West Ham United and Stoke City collapse this month over a failed medical, could be Moyes' next target after being unable to secure Mbokani.

"We made an offer to get Mbokani on loan, for his wages and the loan fee which was the best we could have done but I think Monaco have bigger, permanent offers in for him," Moyes said. "There are not many clubs who would let a player go out on loan six months after spending £7m on him."

 

 

DAVID MOYES is praying for the transfer window to slam shut - to stop rich clubs trying to poach his top stars.
The Everton boss has had to look on enviously again at others splashing the cash, while he only has the money for a loan signing.

He has lost Steven Pienaar to Spurs, Yakubu is at Leicester for the season and Phil Neville is also being chased by Harry Redknapp.

Moyes said: "I've not really liked the last four windows because they have been very difficult.

"I have money to bring in someone on loan but we can't have anyone with a price tag, so it's not easy to improve the team."

Toffees owner Bill Kenwright has yet to find the right buyer for the club, leading to fears they will fall further off the pace.

Moyes said: "There is a worry we'll stand still if we don't spend money but you have to deal with it."

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