Everton Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 30
And we're off...
The transfer window reopens this week, and Everton are among those teams expected to make a mark in January.
Blues manager Roberto Martinez and his team have secured a top-four place for the New Year, but the manager's eye will also be on reinforcements to continue the push for success at the end of the season.
But who will be arriving at and leaving from Goodison Park this month?
We will monitor all the week's speculation and rumours right here.
Latest update: January 5
John Heitinga Eyes Newcastle as Everton Target Reading Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy
The Holland international had appeared set for a move to Upton Park after the two clubs had agreed a fee, but turned down the move to east London.
But the 30-year-old would be keen to link up with Newcastle, according to the article.
In the same report, Hetherington also claims that Everton will provide competition for the Magpies in the chase for Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
Sunderland Midfielder Jack Colback Could Make Summer Move to Everton
The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the current Premier League season, and will consider his future if the Black Cats are relegated, claims Hunter.
According to the article, Everton manager Roberto Martinez is a keen admirer of Colback, who can play at left-back as well as midfield.
Queens Park Rangers Join Chase for Nikica Jelavic
The Croatia international has spent much of the current season on the bench at Everton, but is keen to play more first-team football to maintain his hopes of playing in the World Cup finals.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is open to offers for the striker, as Peter Thompson of Goal.com reported.
And QPR boss Harry Redknapp is preparing to offer up to £5 million to bring Jelavic to Loftus Road, claims Edwards.
After Jelavic scored twice against QPR in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, Martinez has warned that the striker will not be allowed to leave cheaply, as Phil Kirkbride of the Liverpool Echo reported:
He (Jelavic) has been frustrated by the limited number of minutes he has had this season. We have been very open and honest with Niki about his situation.
Niki and John Heitinga are in the same boat. I don't want to lose them but we have got to be honest with them.
If (any offer) is right for the player and right for the club then we will look into it.
I understand that for players their age and with the World Cup around the corner, they deserve for us to have that approach.
But people won't get him on the cheap.
Everton Defender John Heitinga Rejects West Ham Move
The 30-year-old Holland international insists the move was not the right one for his career, and he is confident he will move elsewhere during the January transfer window:
At my age it is important to make the right choices.
Then it is not just about money, because that was not a problem at West Ham United.
You must be convinced that you are making a right step and that (thought) was with me, so I cancelled (the move to) West Ham and we now await the interest of other clubs.
There is some, so I'm confident that I can find another club before Jan 31.
West Ham to Step Up Interest in Nikica Jelavic, as Blues Eye Paul-Georges Ntep
Everton and West Ham appear to be inextricably linked in this transfer window, and the London club are now set to step up their interest in Nikica Jelavic, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.
The Croatia international has spent much of this season on the bench under Roberto Martinez, and the Upton Park hierarchy will back manager Sam Allardyce's move for the forward, according to the article.
But Jelavic and Ghana international Asamoah Gyan remain high on the West Ham wish-list as they seek a goal-scorer to cover for the injured Andy Carroll.
Meanwhile, Everton are monitoring Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.
Everton Must Look Abroad for Further Loan Signings in January
Everton manager Roberto Martinez will have to look beyond the Premier League for loan signings in January, reports Phil Kirkbride of the Liverpool Echo.
Both players have been integral to Everton's successful first half of the season, while Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu has also made an impact during his temporary stint at the club.
However, Premier League rules state that a club is only allowed two season-long deals from another top-flight side in England, although moves are limitless for bringing in players from abroad as long as EPL teams comply with a minimum of eight homegrown players in their squad, adds the article.
Everton Reportedly in Discussions for Spartak Moscow Winger Aiden McGeady
Everton are in talks with Spartak Moscow for the transfer of Aiden McGeady from the Russian club, reports Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.
According to the article, the Republic of Ireland international is available to leave Spartak after a fall-out with head coach Valery Karpin in November.
McGeady, 27, left Celtic to join Spartak in 2010, and would link up with Republic of Ireland teammate Seamus Coleman if he joined Everton.
Hull City Warn Everton off Move for Defender Curtis Davies
Everton manager Roberto Martinez was keen previously to take the 28-year-old to Wigan when he was in charge of the Latics, and the Spaniard now wants Davies to join him at Goodison Park, according to the report.
But Hull boss Steve Bruce is unwilling to let Davies move on after an impressive first half to the Premier League season since joining the Tigers from Birmingham in the summer.
Roberto Martinez Insists Ross Barkley Is Going Nowhere in January
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has assured supporters that midfielder Ross Barkley will not be leaving the club in January, reports the North Wales Daily Post.
The England international had been linked with a £50 million offer from Manchester United earlier in the week.
But the Goodison Park boss is adamant that Barkley will be staying with the Blues as he builds for the second half of the Premier League campaign:
That’s a real compliment when all the other clubs are looking at your players.
But what is clear is that I can guarantee you that we will be stronger going into the second half of the season.
That’s a clear focus from our point of view and if we can we will add a couple of new faces and make sure that we close the window in a stronger position than we are now.
Everton Slap £25M Price Tag on Leighton Baines to Ward off Manchester Utd
Old Trafford manager David Moyes has been linked with a move for the England international this month after failing to land the player in the summer.
But the Blues are determined to hold on to Baines for the second half of the Premier League season as the team attempts to build on their current fourth place in the table.
John Heitinga Set for West Ham United, While Nikica Jelavic Could Follow
The Holland international has barely featured under Roberto Martinez this season, and is looking for regular first-team action to boost his hopes of playing the 2014 World Cup finals.
Now Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is set to give Heitinga the opportunity to stake his claim by taking the 30-year-old to Upton Park.
According to the article, Allardyce is also keen on a move for Everton striker Nikica Jelavic in January.
Manchester United Target Everton Full-Back Leighton Baines
Moyes made an initial move for the England international as part of a double bid with Marouane Fellaini during the summer, which was rejected.
Fellaini did eventually make the move to Old Trafford, but Baines stayed at Goodison Park.
The left-back returned to action on Sunday after suffering a fractured toe, and Moyes is preparing a £16 million offer for Baines, according to the Mirror article.
Ross Barkley Targeted by Manchester United in £50M Bid
The news of Moyes' move for Baines follows hard on the heels of a £50 million transfer bid for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, as reported by James Robson of the Manchester Evening News.
The Goodison Park star has emerged as a major talent in the Premier League this season, after being handed a regular first-team opportunity by Martinez.
According to the article, United are keen not to upset the Everton hierarchy further after the failed summer offer of £28 million for both Fellaini and Baines.
But the Old Trafford club want to register their interest in Barkley, who is expected play for England at the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Everton Join Liverpool in Chase for Emmanuel Badu and Ryan Bertrand
The Ghana international, 23, has made 11 appearances for the Serie A club this season and scored once.
According to the report, Everton view Badu as a reinforcement to their squad for the second half of the Premier League campaign.
Everton will also battle their neighbours for the signature of Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.