Everton Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 3

Matt Cheetham@@Matt_CheethamCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2014

Everton Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 3

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    Everton's major transfer business is now wrapped up for another season.

    January brought Lacina Traore and Aiden McGeady to the club, while John Heitinga and Nikica Jelavic moved on to pastures new.

    The winter window may be shut, but that won't prevent a steady stream of rumours and speculation appearing in the media.

    Potential summer deals will be reported, as will news about contract renewals, loan deals and other club information.

    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 business, last week's transfer gossip can be found here.


    Last updated Thursday, Feb. 6.

Niklas Moisander Unaware of Everton Interest

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    Thursday, Feb. 6

    Niklas Moisander was one of a number of links to Everton during the closing stages of the transfer window.

    However, according to the player himself, a move was never on the cards.

    Sky Sports' Gerrit van Leeuwen takes quotes from the Finnish defender, via NUsport"I have not heard from Everton. So I think it was just a rumour."

    It seems this was nothing more than speculative last-minute transfer gossip.

The Return of Jack Rodwell (almost)

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    Tuesday, Feb. 4

    Former Everton midfielder, Jack Rodwell, was close to a return to Goodison Park on transfer deadline day, according to Tony Barrett in The Times (subscription required).

    Barrett reports that the club were close to completing a permanent deal for Gareth Barry in order to free up a loan space for Rodwell.

    However, any deal hinged on Manchester City recruiting Porto's Fernando, which eventually fell through.

New Contract for Ross Barkley

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    Monday, Feb. 3

    Ross Barkley is poised to sign a new, long-term contract at Everton, according to Daniel Jones of The Metro.

    With Leighton Baines' future now secured, the Toffees will turn their attention to Barkley and look to secure his future until 2018.

    Jones claims any new deal would end interest from Manchester United and Chelsea and would see Barkley take home significantly more than his current £15,000 per week wages. 

Lukaku Leaving Chelsea in the Summer?

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    Monday, Feb. 3

    Jose Mourinho has again hinted at Romelu Lukaku's future being away from Chelsea.

    As London 24's Tom Moore reports, the Chelsea boss was quoted revealing his summer transfer plans:

    No. I see this summer as a very quiet summer for me and for the club – finish the season, work a couple of weeks to prepare the details of pre-season and this and that.

    One to leave, two to leave because they want to play more because one of the kids feels it’s better to go and play on loan somewhere. I see a very quiet summer.

    Roberto Martinez chose to keep most of his transfer funds for the summer and will be monitoring Lukaku's potential availability. 

Graeme Jones a Managerial Target

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    Monday, Feb. 3

    Following Swansea's latest defeat, speculation has started to surround Michael Laudrup's future as manager.

    Mirror Football's Dean Jones expects Laudrup to be gone by the end of the season and claims Graeme Jones, Roberto Martinez's assistant, is the Swans' No. 1 target to replace him.

    Having worked alongside Jones at Wigan, Swansea and now Everton, this would clearly be a blow to Martinez.