What The Papers Say - June 29
A round-up of the Everton coverage from today's papers.
The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.
EVERTON are monitoring the situation with unwanted Manchester City duo Craig Bellamy and Shaun Wright Phillips - after both moved a step closer to the Eastlands exit door.
The pair are among a group of players that former Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams will attempt to sell, after he was appointed in a six month role to prune City’s wage bill.
David Moyes was keen on Wales striker Bellamy, 31, in January, but was unable to match his salary demands, and City eventually arranged a subsidised loan move to promotion-chasing Cardiff.
And Everton could inquire again if Joseph Yobo’s protracted transfer to Fenerbahce goes through, releasing funds to put together a package capable of attracting the former Liverpool forward.
Moyes wants an experienced, proven Premier League goal-scorer, and Bellamy would fit the bill, but Stoke and Celtic could also enter the bidding and price the Blues out of the market.
Wright-Phillips, 29, is also surplus to requirements and City are expected to slash his fee to hasten his departure, which could make him an option as Moyes also looks to add pace to his midfield.
Meanwhile, Everton have added the finishing touches to their pre-season schedule by confirming a friendly against German giants Werder Bremen.
The Blues will travel to the Weserstadion on Tuesday, August 2, to face the Bundesliga outfit, in a game which kicks off at 6.30pm UK time.
It is a repeat of the 2007 friendly when the sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Goodison, with James McFadden and Anderson Da Silva on target for the hosts.
Bremen finished 13th in Germany’s top flight last season – only the club’s second finish outside the top three in the past seven seasons.
They include established German internationals like Tim Borowski, Torsten Frings and Per Mertesacker, as well as former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro and ex-Manchester United man Mikael Silvestre.
The trip to Germany comes straight after the Blues’ pre-season match at Birmingham City on July 30 and three days before they host Spanish side Villarreal on August 5.
Also scheduled is a mini-tour of the USA with games against the Philadelphia Union on July 20 and DC United in Washington on July 23 that ESPN have announced they will screen live.
That comes after David Moyes’ men begin their programme at Bury on July 15, while an Everton XI will also visit Oxford United on July 29.
BILL KENWRIGHT has told Turkish newspapers that a deal to transfer Joseph Yobo from Everton to Fenerbahce could be completed “in a few days.”
The defender, on loan at the Turkish champions, cut short his holidays in Nigeria to return to Merseyside and meet Blues officials in a bid to speed up a permanent switch.
Talks lasted two days.
The sticking point is still both clubs’ respective valuations of the 30-year-old.
Everton believed they had a contractual agreement guaranteeing £6m for the Nigerian skipper should Fenerbahce want to complete a long term move.
But the Turks have offered just £3m.
Blues chairman Kenwright, however, is reported to have told Turkish journalists: “I think a result can be achieved in a few days.
EVERTON have added another stern friendly match to their pre-season schedule.
On August 2, David Moyes’ men travel to Germany for a fixture with Bundesliga giants Werder Bremen.
The game with Bremen, who finished 13th in the league last season, kicks-off at 6.30pm UK time and comes three days before Spanish side Villarreal come to Goodison Park.
Bremen and Everton are no strangers after the sides met in a summer warm-up in 2007.
The game on Merseyside soil finished 2-2 with Everton scoring through James McFadden and Anderson Da Silva.
Everton youngster Jake Bidwell, meanwhile, has targeted a place in the reserve team for next season.
The under-18 captain and Academy player of the year feels he is ready to progress into Alan Stubbs’ side.
“The aim next year is to kick on and hold down a regular place in the reserve team and, if I keep working hard enough, then who knows after that?,” he said.
FARA WILLIAMS claims the Three Lionesses paid the price for failing to go for the throat against Mexico.
The Everton Ladies midfielder gave England the lead in their World Cup Group B opener on Monday but Monica Ocampo equalised.
Hope Powell’s side now trail Japan by two points and must beat New Zealand in Dresden on Friday to advance.
Williams said: “We didn’t do the job in the first half when we were on top.
“If you don’t do that against top teams in a World Cup then it’s going to be difficult.
“We played well enough in the first half to score more goals than we did.
“But once they scored we tried to force things.
“In the second half we took the same approach and it didn’t work out for us.
“We’re upbeat. We’ve got two more games. If we can take three points from both of them then we’re still in it.”