Everton Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 16

Matt Cheetham@@Matt_CheethamCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2013

Everton Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 16

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    This is the final week before the Premier League's cluttered festive period gets into full swing.

    Suddenly clubs face a run of five fixtures across two weeks while attempting to deal with the start of the transfer window. In short, it's about to get hectic for every Premier League club.

    Roberto Martinez will want to bolster his Everton squad with one or two new faces to compensate for injuries to Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone.

    At the same time, the likes of Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley are sure to attract considerable attention, which Martinez will aim to quash.

    Once again, here is your weekly dose of transfer rumours and stories surrounding Everton. Be sure to check back later in the week for any further developments.

    For those keeping track of all Toffees-related links over the winter, last week's transfer gossip can be found here.



No Big Moves in January

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    Friday, December 20

    Everton won't be making waves in January's transfer window, according to The Mirror's David Maddock.

    Maddock claims Landon Donovan and Aiden McGeady could both be brought in on short-term deals, but Roberto Martinez is not keen on making major signings mid-season.

    It seems temporary replacements for the injured Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson will be Everton's primary objective.

More Loans on the Way?

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    Wednesday, December 18

    Roberto Martinez feels the success of Everton's current loan signings will make it easier for the club to sign more players in future.

    Martinez spoke to Everton's official website, saying:

    Clubs have seen the other loanees and how well they have been looked after. We have had phone calls from clubs asking about taking their players next season. They see it as a step-up in their career.

    Put yourself as a director of football. You spend £20million on a youngster but there is no place for him in your team yet. 

    Where are you going to send him? You aren’t going to send him somewhere that he is not going to develop or be at a club with a different style. That’s a danger.

    Given the lack of resources available to Everton, this is an important avenue for the Toffees and one they must continue to prosper in.

No Contact over Zaha

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    Wednesday, December 18

    No club has made contact with Manchester United about loaning Wilfried Zaha, according to Adam Crafton of The Daily Mail.

    The former Crystal Palace man remains on the fringes at Old Trafford and, despite no concrete offers, still seems likely to make a temporary switch this January.

    Everton were recently credited with an interest and Crafton again highlights this, although Roberto Martinez is yet to make a move.

Everton Looking to Raid Dundee United

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    Tuesday, December 17

    Everton have their sights on two of Scotland's most promising young assets, according to The Mirror's Alan Nixon.

    Dundee United's Andrew Robertson and John Souttar have both been watched by the Toffees and could be targeted this January, before being loaned back to Scotland.

    Robertson is a left-back and Souttar a centre-back and Nixon predicts the Toffees making a quick move to sort out their long-term futures.

Jelavic Considered by West Ham

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    Monday, December 16

    Nikica Jelavic is a potential target for West Ham, according to the Daily Mail's Simon Jones.

    Jones describes how the Hammers are desperately seeking reinforcements up front and claims the Croatian striker remains "at the forefront of their thinking."

    Romelu Lukaku is establish as the Toffees' premier front man this season, but there is little in the way of depth behind him.

    A Jelavic sale could raise useful funds, but he would have to be replaced with quality to provide support behind Lukaku. 

Baines No Longer a Target for Manchester United?

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    Monday, December 16

    Leighton Baines moving to Manchester United has been a theme for several transfer windows, but Sunday's papers suggested the boat may have finally sailed.

    According the The Mirror's Dave Kidd, United are now more interested in acquiring Southampton's Luke Shaw.

    Kidd claims David Moyes is unwilling to meet Everton's asking price of £18 million and is prepared to wait until the summer to bid for Shaw.

    Kidd also reports that the Toffees are increasingly confident of keeping Baines away from United. 

Barkley Attracting Suitors

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    Monday, December 16

    Unsurprisingly, Sunday's papers brought a barrage of rumours linking Ross Barkley away from Everton.

    The Daily Star's Paul Hetherington and Steve Millar claim Manchester United and Manchester City are eager to sign the talented youngster, although the Toffees are confident he will stay.

    Both journalists report that:

    Moyes and United chief executive Ed Woodward had a five-hour meeting last Monday to discuss transfer targets and Barkley was a key part of the conversation.

    They also believe Tom Cleverley could end up at Everton as part of any United deal, and describe Barkley as, "the most-wanted young player in the country."