Everton Transfer Tracker: Week of June 17 News and Rumours

Matt Cheetham@@Matt_CheethamCorrespondent IJune 17, 2013

Everton Transfer Tracker: Week of June 17 News and Rumours

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    Aside from finally replacing the outgoing David Moyes with Roberto Martinez, Everton have had a quiet month away from the constant drama of the Premier League.

    Most of the Toffees' postseason transfer rumours were captured here, but—for the moment—it seems few carry any genuine substance.

    As players begin to head back from their summer breaks and preseason approaches, the gossip and speculation is only going to intensify over the coming weeks.

    For all your latest transfer information, rumours and stories, B/R will be posting Transfer Trackers that will be updated throughout the week. This is the place for all your Everton-related content, so be sure to check back in a few days time for any further developments.


Ireland an Option?

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    The Sunday papers tend to bring a flurry of the more speculative football rumours, and this weekend is no different.

    According to The Mirror's Tom Hopkinson, Aston Villa's Stephen Ireland is a player Roberto Martinez is interested in bringing to Everton.

    Hopkinson suggests that Stoke are also in the frame for his signature, and the Irishman would be after £30,000 per week.

    While Ireland was perhaps once of the calibre Everton would seek, chasing Aston Villa's cast-offs would be quite a surprising move from Martinez.

Everton in the Running for Honda

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    Japan's Keisuke Honda is a name associated with a host of clubs this summer, due to his rapidly expiring contract.

    The Daily Star tentatively add Everton to the list of potential suitors, insisting Roberto Martinez is concerned about Marouane Fellaini's future.

Arsenal Still Tracking Fellaini

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    Marouane Fellaini has been the Everton player most often in the headlines this summer.

    While all the early rumours connected him with a move to Manchester United, Arsenal has been the destination more recently mooted.

    The Liverpool Daily Post continue the trend, predicting an imminent bid for the Belgian, after the services of Gonzalo Higuain have been secured by the Gunners.

Martinez After Bruno Manga?

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    Without a manager, transfer gossip was almost non-existent at Everton during the first few weeks of the postseason.

    However, with Roberto Martinez's appointment has come a flood of new names, and supposed targets, some of them more obscure than others.

    The latest, according to TalkSport's Alex Shaw, is Lorient's Bruno Manga. A defender who also plays his international football for Gabon.

    Shaw claims Manga has "emerged as an option" for Martinez and would be available for around £4 million.

Everton Linked with Nathan Redmond

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    According to the Daily Mail, Everton are monitoring Nathan Redmond, although the Birmingham man is supposedly a target for a host of Premier League clubs.

    The winger was one of few English players to emerge with much credit from what was an unsuccessful European Championships for England Under-21s.

    Having only performed in the Championship, Redmond could prove a cheaper alternative to a number of other attacking options.

Toffees Warned off Kone and McCarthy

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    Owen Coyle has told Roberto Martinez to spend big if he wants to land any of his former Wigan squad.

    As The Mirror report, Everton have been linked with several of Martinez's former charges, and Arouna Kone and James McCarthy have been two of the more recurrent rumours.

    Coyle was quoted as saying:

    If someone is leaving, it will be for the full value... Do I want to lose James McCarthy and Arouna Kone? Of course I don’t. If that interest comes to fruition and it’s backed up by hard cash, that’s something we would have to look at.

    If that amounts to The Mirror's estimations of £15 million for McCarthy and £5 million for Kone, Everton will find it hard to reach a deal.

No Bids for Fellaini

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    Despite constant rumours to the contrary, the Liverpool Echo insist Everton have yet to receive any bids for the services of Marouane Fellaini.

    Phil Kirkbride goes on to report that, as of now, the club haven't even been approached and that Roberto Martinez envisages the Belgian playing a large role for his side next season.

Fer a Replacement for Fellaini?

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    A rumour that has been around for several days now surrounds Leroy Fer, who is supposedly still on Everton's radar.

    The Dutch international was, of course, agonisingly close to joining the Toffees back in January, before a botched medical scuppered the deal.

    Fer has recently been impressing at the European Under-21 Championships, where he scored two goals, and he certainly seems a player well suited to the Premier League.

    The Liverpool Echo claim Fer could end up being a replacement for Marouane Fellaini, who is still attracting interest.

Official: Jake Bidwell Departs

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    One bit of official business was conducted today as academy graduate, Jake Bidwell, departs the Toffees for League 1 Brentford.

    The England youth international has been on loan at the Bees since 2011 and, according to EvertonFC.com, leaves for an undisclosed fee.

    Bidwell made one full appearance for the Toffees' first team in a 2009 Europa League clash, aged just 16, and impressed leading Everton's Under-18s to the 2011 academy title.

    He follows free agents Phil Neville, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Jan Mucha out of the club.

McCarthy out of Reach?

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    We start with a story from the weekend, taken from The Sunday Times (subscription required).

    Jonathan Northcroft highlights just how coveted Wigan's James McCarthy truly is, claiming several clubs are interested in his services and that the Latics will demand £20 million for their prized asset.

    Everton are one of those clubs believed to be in the running, but such a hefty fee would surely dent their chances of landing him.

    Northcroft goes on to say how £15 million may be the eventual price he departs for, but even that would be a difficult figure for the Toffees to justify.