Everton Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 6

Matt Cheetham@@Matt_CheethamCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2014

Everton Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 6

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    For all sides not involved in the Capital One Cup semifinals, this week provides a chance to draw breath as the unrelenting festive period eases off.

    Clubs have been so embroiled with fixtures that minimal transfer activity has been completed during the first week of January.

    With a little more time on their hands, this should be the time a few more deals begin to progress.

    For Everton, Roberto Martinez will be looking for options to help sustain his Champions League challenge.

    He may also allow John Heitinga to depart, as well as Nikica Jelavicas long as a suitable replacement can be found in attack.

    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.


Jelavic Bid Accepted

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    Friday, January 10

    Big news coming out of Everton with reports Hull City's bid for Nikica Jelavic has been accepted, as The Liverpool Echo's Greg O'Keeffe reports.

    The fee is said to be around the £5.5 million mark and could rise to as much as £7.5 million based on add ons.

    Jelavic will now have talks with Hull in an attempt to thrash out a deal.

    As sad as it is to see the Croatian go, recouping a sum that could surpass his original signing fee is impressive business, considering Jelavic had one goal in 30 appearances before facing QPR.

Ince and McGeady to Arrive Next Summer?

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    Wednesday, January 8

    The Liverpool Echo's Greg O'Keeffe provides a typically insightful account of Everton's transfer plans.

    He reports on Aiden McGeady edging closer to a pre-contractual deal, enabling him to join the Toffees in the summerpotentially alongside Tom Ince.

    Martinez is set for talks with the winger, with any deal dependant on a tribunal hearing to decide Blackpool's compensation.

    Elsewhere, O'Keeffe also confirms the Toffees' interest in Dundee United's Andrew Robertson.

Sorensen Would Cost £8 Million

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    Wednesday, January 8

    Frederik Sorensen has been linked with Everton in recent weeks and talkSPORT claims Juventus want £8 million for the player.

    The Danish defender is co-owned, further complicating any transfer, and is supposedly wanted by Galatasaray and Werder Bremen, too.

Palace After Jelavic

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    Wednesday, January 8

    Crystal Palace are the latest club to show an interest in Nikica Jelavic, as reported by The Independent's Samuel Stevens.

    Stevens cites a story from The Telegraphwhich claims Tony Pulis is willing to part with £3.5 million to secure the services of the Croatian.

    It's also reported that Palace may provide Everton some competition for the transfer of Tom Ince.

Rising Price for Robertson

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    Wednesday, January 8

    The Daily Record's Scott McDermott claims Dundee United have "slapped a £1.5 million price tag on red-hot kid defender Andrew Robertson."

    McDermott includes quotes from Robertson's representative, Liam O’Donnell:

    Several EPL clubs have been in contact about Andy but he will ignore the speculation and focus on continuing his development at Dundee United.

    This £1.5 million fee is supposedly double the price Everton were looking to pay for the left-back.


Chris Long Joins MK Dons

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    Tuesday, January 7

    Yet another Everton youngster has gone out on loan, as Roberto Martinez continues to seek competitive action for his academy stars.

    Chris Long is the latest to depart, as confirmed by the club's official website.

    The striker joins Karl Robinson's MK Dons on an initial one-month deal.

Could Heitinga Prefer Norwich?

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    Monday, January 6

    On the brink of a move to West Ham, John Heitinga chose to wait for further interest before deciding his future.

    According to Simon Jones of The Daily Mail, Norwich are the latest club keen on making a move.

    Jones also links Fulham, Newcastle and Roma as having an interest and quotes the Dutchman as saying:

    The deal (with West Ham) has been cancelled. This has nothing to do with money, but is only about the feeling I got.

    This might be the most important decision of my career, so everything has to be just right. We reached the conclusion that this is not the case after we held talks.

    Heitinga came on for his third appearance of the season as a late substitute in the FA Cup win over QPR. This will almost certainly prove his last appearance in Everton colours.

Martinez Watching Dundee United

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    Monday, January 6

    Sky Sports reports on how Roberto Martinez was in Scotland over the weekend watching Dundee United's crop of talented youngsters.

    This Transfer Tracker has recorded links to Andrew Robertson and John Souttar in the past, but this article also includes the likes of Ryan Gauld, Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven as players potentially being monitored.

    Quotes are taken from United's manager, Jackie McNamara:

    "It's part of the game these days. You can't get away from it."

    "There will be more of it in the next few weeks so I'll be happy when the window shuts."

    "As far as I'm concerned, it's important that we keep them all so they can continue to learn their trade here."

    This seems like a story that could run throughout January.

Everton Interested in Jack Colback

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    Monday, January 6

    The Sunderland Echo added West Brom and Swansea to the list of names tracking Jack Colback, who will be out of contract in the summer.

    The paper also cover Everton's interest and claim:

    "There is interest in Colback from around the Premier League, with Everton strongly tipped to lead the chase should he be made available."

    Darron Gibson's long-term injury has left the Toffees short of numbers in central midfield, which Colback could certainly fix.