Everton Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 9

Matt CheethamCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2013

Everton Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 9

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    Everton have started the festive period with a bang, collecting four points from trips to Manchester United and Arsenal.

    Roberto Martinez's new side are performing at a high level and seem poised to challenge for a Champions League finish.

    The transfer window will no doubt be viewed as a chance to grab extra momentum to sustain that quest, while allowing those not in the Toffees' plans to move on.

    Leading up to January, this is where you can find your weekly dose of transfer rumours and stories concerning Everton. Be sure to check back later in the week for any further developments.

     

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New Deal for Barkley

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    Thursday, December 12

    Following murmurs of a contract extension for Sylvain Distin, John Percy in The Telegraph anticipates Ross Barkley also receiving an extended deal in January.

    As Percy reports, Barkley's current contract still has more than two years to run, but it seems he's due an upgrade to reflect his increased role at the club.

    Everton will hope this keeps other clubs away for a few more transfer windows.

Zaha on Loan?

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    Thursday, December 12

    Everton and Newcastle are interested bringing in the seldom-seen Wilfried Zaha on loan, according to The Daily Mail's Neil Ashton.

    Ashton claims Manchester United want their £15 million youngster to gain more experience at a Premier League club. He also reports that Zaha's £35,000 per-week wages would need to be covered in full.

    Roberto Martinez always covets wingers but it seems many clubs will be interested in Zaha. If Everton remain unwilling to sell Leighton Baines to United it may limit negotiations.

     

Contract Extension for Distin

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    Tuesday, December 10

    Sylvain Distin remains a key part of Roberto Martinez's plans, according to The Mirror's David Maddock.

    Despite the Frenchman turning 36 this month, Maddock claims the Toffees are keen on extending his deal that currently expires at the end of the season.

    Maddock uses quotes from Distin, who would clearly welcome an extension:

    Maybe last season I was a bit tense about a new deal, but right now I feel completely relaxed and I want to stay.

    It seems like the club wants me to stay so I am sure we will find a solution. And if it’s not here then I will find something else but I am happy where I am, and that is the most important thing.

Finnbogason In, Jelavic out

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    Monday, December 9

    Roberto Martinez is scouting Heerenveen's Alfred Finnbogason as a potential replacement for Nikica Jelavic, according to Alan Nixon in the Daily Mirror.

    Jelavic has performed an increasingly peripheral role during Everton's impressive start to the season. With a World Cup around the corner, he seems likely to move on in search of playing time.

    Having started the first five Premier League games, he's appeared for just 14 minutes across the following 10 games combined.

    Nixon also claims the Toffees are watching Dundee United's John Souttar, with chief scout Kevin Reeves sent to watch him. 

Deulofeu Could Remain at Everton

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    Monday, December 9

    Gerard Deulofeu could remain at Goodison Park next season, as reported by the Mail Online's Joe Strange.

    Strange quotes Martinez as saying: "We have an agreement to extend the loan for an extra year if Barcelona don't need Deulofeu."

    This will clearly delight Evertonians. The young Catalan has produced several electric cameos already this season and seems poised for a larger role.  

Coleman to Arsenal?

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    Monday, December 9

    Everton fans are familiar with rumours linking an attacking full-back away from the club, but for once these links don't concern Leighton Baines.

    Instead, it's Seamus Coleman grabbing the attention, with the Metro's Danny Griffiths claiming Arsenal are interested in the Ireland international.

    Griffiths predicts the Gunners making a move if Bacary Sagna fails to commit to a long-term deal at the Emirates.