Everton FC Transfer Talk: 5 Midfielders David Moyes Should Target in January
While it wasn’t unexpected, the opening of chairman Bill Kenwright’s wallet is a positive change in policy from the last two years of bargain-bin loaners and free signings.
Though it’s still unclear how much will be made available to Moyes come January, chances are he’ll be looking to boost a Toffee attack that’s been toothless against quality opposition. With Apostolos Vellios and Denis Stracqualursi recently acquired to shore up the forward position, expect Moyes to aim at improving his midfield during this transfer window.
Whether it’s a focus on retention or bringing in new faces, here are five moves in midfield Moyes should make come January.
Struggling to get a game at Manchester United, Irish international Darron Gibson could be in David Moyes sights come January.
Everton was reportedly in for the 24-year-old midfielder over the summer but were unsurprisingly outbid by Sunderland. When that deal fell through, Gibson returned to the Man U reserves, often times not even making the substitution bench.
With Ireland recently qualified for Euro 2012, Gibson will be looking to play into form during the first half of the New Year. A rising contributor to the Irish national side, Gibson will no doubt be looking to play as the vaunted European Championships draw closer. A premiership side like Everton could provide him that opportunity.
Gibson won’t come cheaply, but with a new promise of cash, maybe the Toffees can spring for the young midfielder on a loan basis. He’s shown to have creative ideas on the offensive end, which is something the People’s Club has been starved for as of late.
No stranger to Goodison Park, Steven Pienaar might be making his return to Everton after the club sold him to Tottenham a year earlier.
The South African midfielder provided a bit of pace an creativity the Toffees could use, and some signs point to his dissatisfaction with the amount of playing time he’s being afforded with Spurs. While he wasn’t a standout performer with Everton, he was reliable, and as a proven commodity, he might catch David Moyes’ eye.
Purchased by Spurs for approximately £3.5 million, Piennar has yet to make a league appearance for the North London side. His only chance came in the Europa League in earlier November, a game in which he started.
If Tottenham isn’t using Piennar, why not move back where everyone knows your name? A loaner deal or straight purchase from Everton could be in line for the South American come January.
Lewis Holtby, a 21-year-old German international, could be in the mix for Everton come January, with rumors swirling as early as last summer that a deal could be struck.
While David Moyes was strapped for cash then, the incoming window looks to be a different proposition, making pie in the sky targets like Holtby a distinct possibility.
Everton will need the cash, as Holtby is currently receiving significant minutes at Bundasliga side Schalke 04. With 20 appearances across all competitions, Holtby has scored six goals in 33 shots for Die Königsblauen. With that kind of form, Holtby will undoubtedly attract suitors with deeper pockets than Everton, so if he truly wants him, Moyes should be prepared to pay the premium.
With a nose for goals, decent speed and good instincts on the ball, Holtby would be a standout signing for Everton. It remains to be seen if they can afford him.
Already sporting Everton blue, David Moyes might consider setting aside money to retain the electric Dutch midfielder once his year-long loan expires.
With parent team Real Madrid no doubt tracking the progress of young Drenthe with a watchful eye, Everton will have to make a concerted effort to keep 24-year-old in Merseyside. If he continues to play at a high level, Los Blancos will certainly scheme to bring Drenthe back to Spain or at the very least, charge the Toffees a significantly higher fee to keep him.
Drenthe missed the Bolton fixture due to an ankle problem but has scored a pair of goals in eight league appearances for Everton. His creativity and audacity are much appreciated by Evertonians, so much so that he’s increasingly becoming a fan favorite.
Moyes could do worse that consolidate the talent he already has, with Drenthe a must-have if he pursues that stratagem. The Everton brass already locked up Marouane Fellaini to a contract extension, why not Drenthe?
It is time for the prodigal American son to return to Merseyside.
Fresh off his MLS Cup win, Landon Donovan might not have many world-class years left in the tank. Why not take this opportunity to rejoin the Premiership side that he seemed to excel in from the first kick?
Warmly welcomed by both players and fans alike in 2009, there is no better time for the 29-year-old to return to English football. His name is the papers after a big MLS championship, and the league is now in the offseason.
Donovan could stay in form as he returns to the U.S. National Team, while at the same time improving his game against quality opposition as World Cup qualifying begins.
Donovan brought two goals an a few assists in 13 hard-working appearances for Everton the last time the two sides collaborated. If the American can be lured for his home soil, now would be the time for David Moyes to try.
Even on loan, Donovan will come with a high price, but for Evertonians looking for something to get excited in, he could very well be Everton’s best move in January. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the American return to the Toffees’ flank come 2012.