Everton Transfers: Assessing the Desirability of 5 Rumoured Targets

Matt CheethamCorrespondent IMay 1, 2013

Everton Transfers: Assessing the Desirability of 5 Rumoured Targets

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    Despite a likely top-six finish this season, Everton's squad requires some substantial surgery over the coming summer months.

    The Toffees have been fielding one of the oldest starting lineups in the Premier League this year, with Seamus Coleman the only regular starter under 25.

    Of course, given the club's notoriously penniless status, this will be a tough issue to remedy—although Marouane Fellaini's possible transfer away from the club could fund some much-needed summer transactions.

    Centre-back, midfield, striker and wing are four positions the Toffees could certainly do with bolstering, whether David Moyes remains in charge or not.

    Therefore, as the summer rumour mill begins to spark into life, here's a gauge of how welcome some of the recent links to the Toffees would be.

Joleon Lescott

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    Desirability: 3/5

    Recently linked to Everton in: The Mirror

    Since falling down the pecking order at Manchester City, Joleon Lescott's been continually linked with a return to Goodison Park.

    At 30, he certainly doesn't fit Everton's criteria of needing youth. However, the England international's a proven performer both in the Premier League and with the Toffees, where he won two Players' Player of Year awards during three successful seasons.

    Back then, his partnership with Phil Jagielka was especially impressive, and he also chipped in with several vital goals—something the Toffees haven't experienced from their centre-backs since.

    If he were to return, while a minority of fans would find it hard to stomach after an originally acrimonious departure, most would appreciate the instant quality his presence would bring.

Loic Remy

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    Desirability: 4/5

    Recently linked to Everton in: The Mirror

    Quite simply, if Everton are ever going to make the Champions League, or at least return to Europe, they need a reliable source of goals up front.

    It could be argued the club would still be in a top-four berth at the moment had they received that this season, yet—unfortunately for Moyes—the struggles of Nikica Jelavic has considerably hurt his side.

    QPR's Loic Remy has hinted he may well be 15-20 goal man, and following the London side's relegation he could now be available for a knock-down price.

    Striker is the area the Toffees need their biggest upgrade of talent, and if a striker of Remy's quality could be acquired, most fans would be especially content.

Stefan de Vrij

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    Desirability: 4/5

    Recently linked to Everton in: The Liverpool Echo

    Stefan De Vrij is another defender linked with the Toffees in recent weeks.

    The Feyenoord captain is highly thought of in the Netherlands and is already a prominent member of his international side, where many view him as a key man for the future.

    On the field, the Dutchman is a commanding presence. He is equipped with exceptional positional sense, is adept playing the ball out from the back and is armed with a fierce tackle.

    Still only 21, De Vrij would instantly lower the Toffees' average age, fill a growing need for youth at centre-back and quickly increase in value as he continued to develop. His purchase would undoubtedly prove a coup for the Toffees and would be a major signing the majority of fans would celebrate.

James McCarthy

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    Desirability: 5/5

    Recently linked to Everton in: The Mirror

    Leon Osman, Darron Gibson, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Neville have been the names mostly appearing in central midfield at Everton this season. With Fellaini potentially leaving and Neville also moving on, the often injury-plagued Gibson and the veteran Osman could do with some additional support.

    Making a move for Wigan's James McCarthy would make a lot of sense for the Toffees, especially if they could pry him away from a relegated side for a lower fee.

    The Irish international is a skilled passer and underrated performer in the top flight, who would once again add youth and an increasing value to the Toffees lineup.

    Everton need a new heartbeat to their style and a player such as McCarthy could be built around in midfield for the next decade.

Scott Sinclair

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    Desirability: 2/5

    Recently linked to Everton in: The Express

    Another area Everton are in need of reinforcing are their wider berths, especially with Steven Naismith, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas all appearing equally, if not more comfortable, playing behind a striker.

    Rescuing Scott Sinclair from Manchester City's reserves would certainly provide the Toffees with another explosive attacking option here, also capable of featuring in a number of other roles.

    The former England Under-21 international impressed Premier League audiences throughout last season with Swansea, before spending the majority of this current campaign on Manchester City's bench.

    Given Sinclair's presumably generous wages and potential fee, some fans may see this as an unnecessary luxury for the club—yet, if a suitable package can be arranged, his purchase would still boost the Toffees.