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What The Papers Say - 20 October

Today's round up of what the papers are saying about Everton.

What The Papers Say - 20 October

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Liverpool Echo

TIM HOWARD has welcomed the prospect of Landon Donovan returning to Everton – after the star admitted he would find another January loan hard to resist.

The Toffees goalkeeper believes a return to Goodison for his international team-mate would definitely benefit the ambitions of David Moyes’ side.

USA skipper Donovan has publicly admitted he could return to Merseyside, but must first decide if his energy levels are high enough after a World Cup campaign and a long domestic season in the MLS.

Howard, Everton’s player of the month, said: “It was one of those weird situations where it seemed to work for everyone, which is not always the case with business and football.

“The manager got a fantastic player, the fans loved him, he played well, and MLS and Galaxy didn’t lose a whole lot.

“It was off season and he got a chance to play at a high level. I don’t see why it can’t happen again this year. We enjoyed it and so did he.”

Donovan’s club, LA Galaxy, continue to be reluctant to consider permanent offers for their star player’s services, but have hinted he could be allowed to depart on loan again in November.

The 28-year-old said: “It would be hard to say no. I really hope that, if it’s not this year, I get to go back there and play again."

Liverpool Echo

EVERTON Reserves lost 1-0 against Sunderland at the Halton Stadium last night.

Jordan Cook’s first-half goal was enough to give the Wearsiders victory.

Everton started brightly with Magaye Gueye involved in much of their good work. After 12 minutes he went close to giving Everton the lead but sliced his effort.

Sunderland had their first chance of the match when Robbie Weir was denied by Everton keeper Iain Turner, who was equal to his long-range effort. But soon after they took the lead when Cook headed in David Healy's left-wing cross.

Everton’s best chance of the first half came five minutes before the break when James Wallace was denied by Scottish international keeper Craig Gordon after Jose Baxter had put him in on goal.

Hope Akpan headed straight at Gordon with 20 minutes left. As Everton chased an equaliser Turner saved from Adam Reed to give them hope. But in the end Sunderland held out.

Daily Post

EVERTON FC’s second bid to build luxury homes on its former Bellefield training ground looks likely to finally be approved.

In 2008, the council blocked the club’s plans to build homes on the site after around 220 residents complained.

Last year, a planning inspector then quashed the club’s appeal.

But now, after changes in planning policies, the club’s latest attempt to build 74 homes on the site off Sandforth Road, in West Derby, is being recommended for approval by council officials.

Once more the plans have attracted criticism from local residents.

The council has received 138 letters of objection, voicing the same concerns as those mentioned when the first planning application was under discussion.

They are mainly concerned about increased traffic, extra pressure on local schools, doctors and dentists, and the loss of open space.

When the club’s appeal against the original rejection was thrown out, a planning inspector said the project would harm the city’s Housing Market Renewal Initiative (HMRI).

The HMRI strategy sets out priority areas for new homes and Bellefield does not fall within it.

The inspector said there was nothing to suggest the plans would have a detrimental effect on the living conditions of residents by virtue of the increased traffic movements.

Since the last planning application, the Regional Spatial Strategy, which sets the terms for the Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), has been ripped up.

This effectively paves the way for the scheme to be given approval.

A report to councillors states: “On balance, the development control manager considers that the proposed housing on this site, at this time would not undermine the existing HMRI proposals and would help to address the need for larger, higher value homes.

“Given the unique nature of the redevelopment and of the proposed regeneration benefits, the development control manager does not consider allowing housing development on this site would set any precedent to justify further redevelopment outside the HMRI area at this time.”

The city’s planning committee will discuss the plans on Tuesday, October 26.

Head of communications at Everton, Ian Ross, said: “We have always believed that high quality housing is the future for the site, and nothing has changed our view down the years.”

In 2007, Everton moved to its new training ground at Finch Farm, in Halewood, freeing up the 8.9-acre Bellefield site for housing.

If planning permission is approved for the scheme, to be built by Bellway Homes, it will unlock up to £10m for the club.

When the plans were first mooted, the club hoped the proceeds of sale of the site would have helped fund Everton’s proposed stadium in Kirkby, which eventually collapsed when the government rejected the plan.

The money will now ploughed back into the club and its community charity, The Everton Foundation.

Daily Express

EVERTON stand to collect a hefty January windfall if Wayne Rooney quits Manchester United in the transfer window.

Chairman Bill Kenwright negotiated a 25 per cent sell-on clause when Rooney joined United in 2004 for £26.5million, in addition to numerous other payments that have been triggered by the striker’s success at Old Trafford.

Everton are entitled to a quarter of any fee above the amount they received from Sir Alex Ferguson. It means that if Rooney is sold for £50m, they will receive about £6m.

That sum would be a major boost to manager David Moyes and top-up what limited funds that would otherwise have been available when the window opens.

Moyes will seek to strengthen his striking options and remains keen to sign a right midfielder.

Milin Chandrahmm 6m from the fat man 18m if we sell pienaar...biiiiig money! get donovan first thing then buy another player.... klose or krasic would be good or ireland

Thursday 21st October 10:56 Report Comment

stracey john tomlinsoni would love to see donovan at everton on a permanent basis but why does'nt mr kenwright have a word with the bank and try and bring rooney back to goodison park.

Thursday 21st October 09:36 Report Comment

Austin TiernanI wouldnt get my hopes up on any of these deals, Rooney is playing hardball and no body wanted to know about the redevelopment of belefield when the money was going to Kirby. Liverpool council have done nothing to help Everton in the past and im not expecting any thing to change.

Wednesday 20th October 22:04 Report Comment

Daniel LagoudakosMy hat goes off to the mastermind behind our club Mr Bill Kenwright. What a wizard. Between Bill & David the money will undoubtably be used wisely. Loving the goodison vibe, I'm floating round with a grin from ear to ear right now!

Wednesday 20th October 21:47 Report Comment

sean oyston£6m from a seemingly imminent sale of rooney - nice. seeing the arrogant mancs squirming at losing him - priceless ! how good it is to see them getting a taste of their own medicine of late - no longer are they the domineering force they were, no longer can they swagger up to any club and take their best players as it seems quite the reverse, wheres your tevez ? wheres your ronaldo & wheres your rooney going ?? the empires crumbling around you sir alex - all you have is a team of has beens

Wednesday 20th October 19:00 Report Comment

Milin Chandrahmm 6m from the fat man roony and 18 mil if we sell pienaar and another 10 if someone else

Wednesday 20th October 16:27 Report Comment

DAVE HUNTERThere is a rule that Rooney could buy himself out of his contract and could leave for as little as 5 million, If that is the case we could loose the monies owed (unless we buy him back)

Wednesday 20th October 15:31 Report Comment

David FayGreat to see Rooney finally giving something worthwhile back!! Sell him abroad to barca or real and we could rake in over 10mil..? We can then go and buy donovan for a reasonable price and he can play out wide until Pienaar and Rodwell get back then up front. We'll still need a hitman but if we swap Pienaar for Krancjar (spurs) might be a good deal. Look at Huntelaar and Benzema, lads not really getting first team action. Lets just beat Spurs this weekend and keep the ball rolling, our season has finally kicked into gear, COYB!! IMWT!!

Wednesday 20th October 15:11 Report Comment

Paul HowellsThe sell on clause is a good bit of business but to be fair they are pretty standard in a contract when signing anybody under about 21 or 22 these days. We allowed Plymouth to have one for Gosling had we got a fee for him. A real good bit of business would have been 25% sell on of any fee, not just 25% of anything above £25m. Lets just hope united negotiate a very high fee for him. As for Bellefield it is only 74 houses, how much traffic do these people think 74 houses is going to bring? And as for schools, I doubt every house is going to be a family with two children so I'm sure there will be two or three if not more schools in the area who can handle a few extra children each. Its not like there is going to be 74 3 year olds all looking to start in the same nursery together. Its probably just kopites objecting because they dont want us to get any money from it.

Wednesday 20th October 13:21 Report Comment

Jamas Toonlet's keep our fingers cross that rooney will be sold and welcome back Donovan

Wednesday 20th October 12:57 Report Comment

Matt Hedditchbiggest mistake of wayne rooney's career so far was august 2004 when he left us and on the other everton has alot to thank wayne for if it was not for the transfer money we would never of been able to break into the top on a consistant basis get a number of players such as arteta.Maybe wayne has relised the errors of his ways now he see's the defence and midfield we have and thinking we can once again be great like the team of the mid 80's maybe wayne is the missing link :) Bridges have been built with moyes and rooney over the last few years so maybe there is a chance (dreaming) but if that is not possible then at least we will get a cut of the transfer fee and we can put that to good use

Wednesday 20th October 12:42 Report Comment

Grumms ...We need a bona fide striker! Go after Diego Forlan!

Wednesday 20th October 12:25 Report Comment

John HauI am excited with the prospect of Donovan returning to us once more, hope this would become a reality comes January, the extra cash from the housing plan would surely help us, but I should wait until we actually receive the permission before getting too excited and I believe it could be at least a year or two before we see the money. I am actually more concern with the injuries problem, could we have some updates on Anichebe, Arteta, Heitinga & Saha? Would they be returning on Satursday, if not, when would they be? Have they started training again yet?

Wednesday 20th October 12:22 Report Comment

John TyrrellWell 6 mill for rooney and 10 mill for houses lets hope we get donavon and Karim Benzema in Jan, Maybe let saha go to save some money as he is always injuried

Wednesday 20th October 11:37 Report Comment

Mikel ArreguiBellefield plus Rooney could be a very welcomed income (looks like 15M at least if both go OK) for the club that Moyes could use wisely as always. And, although I understand he needs a rest, I hope we can bring Donovan on loan, or use part of that fresh money to get him permanently. I listened to the interview and his only concern was that without a rest he may not be 100% and he didn't want to dissapoint the fans and himself. He's a true blue and his speed and playmaking would be great for the club especially if Pienaar doesn't stay (though I hope he does!)

Wednesday 20th October 11:34 Report Comment

Dom DunningWe Love Landon Donavon!

Wednesday 20th October 11:22 Report Comment

David BadcockGood to see some potential welcome financial boosts for the club. Let's hope it gets used wisely.

Wednesday 20th October 10:42 Report Comment

So disappointedA slight pity that United have let it get to just 18 months left on his contract as that will dramatically reduce his sale price. But all those naysayers out there who question Bill's financial ability and nous should be impressed by the sell on clause. It should be another shot across the bows for Everton fans who are looking for an investor, Look at the mess across the park, Protsmouth and now United, if they have to sell Rooney and have no money to buy decent replacements then they may well fall away also. If you look at their squad once you take out Van Der Sar, Giggs, Scholes, Neville and above all else Rooney - it's a top 8 side at best. I trust Bill to make the right decision when he eventually sells and I trust Moyes to do a great job for the club in the wheeling and dealing in the transfer market. Lets hope the Pienaar situation resolves itself soon and maybe pick up Wright Phillips on the cheap to rampage down our right hand side with Coleman abley supporting from right back. Things looking more positive at last!

Wednesday 20th October 10:31 Report Comment

Andrew CorrieRooney £6M windfall = Donovan done and dusted by January!! :0D

Wednesday 20th October 10:22 Report Comment

Adam Laffoley....Oh ye, C'mon the Don!!

Wednesday 20th October 09:52 Report Comment

Adam LaffoleyKenwright is a legend!!! United obviously thought he would never leave!! HAHA!!

Wednesday 20th October 09:51 Report Comment

Chris BannantyneIn that case I hope Man City get Rooney for 50+million, we could do with another player or so, to cushion us in the event of numerous injuries and so on, especially if we make Europe next season.

Wednesday 20th October 09:33 Report Comment

Daniel MillingtonPersonally I would love to see Donovan play at Goodison again, I'd prefer him to stay but you can't have everything :)

Wednesday 20th October 09:15 Report Comment

Phil BebbingtonDonovan would be a shot in the arm for the team albeit for a temporary contract again but would still leave us without quality in the areas DM wants to strengthen permanently. I think we either take Donovan in as a signing or forget him and use the money from Bellfield / Rooney / Pienaar or any new investment to go out and get a genuine stiker who isnt injury prone and who isnt regarded as a 'chance'. DM is proven at spotting talent in the lower and foreign leagues and I think he has done that again with Seamus and Magaye - give them the chnace but get them a strike partner for £20m who will complete the jigsaw. We are not going to lose our prem status and so we know there will be money for next year and the one after that - sooner or later we are going to have to step up and support the best midfield in the land with someone who can get us 25 goals a year. Did anyone just mention Rooney !!!! ???? IMWT Phil The Blue

Wednesday 20th October 09:06 Report Comment
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