Everton transfer news LIVE - Branthwaite, Calvert-Lewin, Philogene latest (2024)

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Stephenson transfer interest confirmed after Everton links Another Philogene twist Everton get unlikely transfer win from £24m gamble Jaden Philogene update Dominic Calvert-Lewin contract claim New Manchester United bid for Jarrad Branthwaite expected Good morning! Goodnight Everton told to raise their bid for Davinson Sanchez Jarrad Branthwaite bid formally rejected Manchester United have bid for centre-back accepted Everton insist they have Philogene deal in place and player is keen Jaden Philogene twist (another one) Edoardo Bove 'especially' liked by Everton Joe Thomas verdict on Jarrad Branthwaite Over to you, Jaden Philogene Jaden Philogene £18m transfer in place Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Manchester United? Jaden Philogene latest Guess who's back? Everton bring back familiar face for historic season New Branthwaite bid as Everton face winger transfer scrap Royal Blue podcast Jake O'Brien price tag Former Blue Heitinga could join Reds Goodison to host mass testing event for supporters The infamous Gaffer's Day The last piece of the jigsaw Royal Blue podcast - LIVE Seamus Coleman was first through the door Everton acting on Philogene interest? Everton 'in position of strength' over Jarrad Branthwaite All smiles as Finch Farm introductions begin Fixture changes in a poignant final campaign at Goodison Everton’s new training gear Dyche’s ‘train how you play’ mantra Initial fitness tests and checks And some familiar faces will also return New faces set to be welcomed into the squad A new week begins in earnest Dan Friedkin latest Everton could take £15m transfer chance on James Rodriguez team-mate who plays like Anthony Gordon More on Jaden Philogene as Everton set to be beaten to Jacob Greaves Jaden Philogene wants Everton, according to new report Good morning, Blues! That's all folks Winger transfer move a priority Everton dream transfer ended after just 11 games Second chance for Dele at Everton? A look into reported Everton transfer target Jake O'Brien

11:47Chris Beesley

Stephenson transfer interest confirmed after Everton links

Manager Neil Harris has outlined Millwall’s stance on Everton-linked prospect Josh Stephenson.

Last week Football Insider reported that Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion are interested in a deal for the youngster, while Premier League rivals Brentford and newly-promoted Southampton are also closely monitoring him. Stephenson, who is yet to make his senior bow, is highly rated at Millwall and has proved a versatile option for the club’s youth sides.

Stephenson, who is yet to make his senior bow, is highly rated at Millwall and has proved a versatile option for the club’s youth sides, with the 18-year-old winning their Academy Player of the Season for the 2023/24 campaign having played a crucial role in their FA Youth Cup run as an ever-present for the Lions in the competition, playing every minute, as the south London side made it through to the semi-finals of the competition.

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10:38Chris Beesley

Another Philogene twist

The Jaden Philogene transfer saga seems to have taken another twist.

Yesterday morning we were being told that the player - whose agent posted a photograph of himself at Finch Farm - wanted to join Everton.

Yesterday afternoon it was reported that the player wanted to go to Ipswich Town.

Now, Aston Villa, who sold the winger to Hull City last summer, are said to be considering taking up their option to buy him back!

09:44Chris Beesley

Everton get unlikely transfer win from £24m gamble

Moise Kean is on the move again...

Given the burgeoning reputation he arrived with at Goodison Park and the manner in which he ultimately disappointed, Everton did well to get their money back on him but Juventus, the club that nurtured the player as a youngster have not been so fortunate.

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09:06Paul Wheelock

Jaden Philogene update

Anyone else get the feeling Jaden Philogene is not coming to Everton?

At one stage yesterday it appeared as if the Hull City winger favoured a move to the Blues.

But after Ipswich Town had an £18m bid accepted for his services, word began to filter through that Philogene actually quite fancied a move to the Premier League new boys.

Football Insider are reporting as much this morning...

Ipswich Town have climbed into pole position ahead of Everton in the race to sign Hull City’s Jaden Philogene this summer, sources have told Football Insider. The Premier League new boys face strong competition from the Merseysiders to secure the 22-year-old’s signature, but it’s the newly promoted club that are in the driving seat. Hull City have accepted bids from both clubs, with Ipswich currently working on a £35million double deal that includes Jacob Greaves. Sources say that Philogene has told friends he prefers Ipswich’s proposal over what Everton have offered.

08:42Paul Wheelock

Dominic Calvert-Lewin contract claim

There were reports yesterday that, as well as Jarrad Branthwaite, Manchester United were keeping tabs on his Everton team-mate Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Calvert-Lewin, of course, is now into the final 12 months of his contract. The Blues have offered the striker a new deal but if he is unwilling to put pen to paper on fresh terms, it leaves the club in a difficult spot. Sell now or lose him on a free in 12 months time?

Well, according to The Times (another hat tip to Paul Joyce), Calvert-Lewin isn't currently planning to extend his stay at Goodison Park. They write: "There is an acceptance that the future of Dominic Calvert-Lewin is more complicated. The 27-year-old has entered the final year of his contract and Everton are loath to let him leave on a free transfer.

"Calvert-Lewin is not minded to sign a new deal while there is uncertainty at the top of the club, with the Friedkin Group doing due diligence after being granted exclusivity by the owner, Farhad Moshiri, to buy his shareholding. A takeover is not considered to be a formality, with due diligence offering the American group plenty to consider."

08:17Paul Wheelock

New Manchester United bid for Jarrad Branthwaite expected

It was reported yesterday by ourselves and many other outlets that Manchester United had made a new bid, worth up to £50m, for Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite.

Unsurprisingly, it subsequently became clear that Everton had rejecred it - and rightly so, too, especially as United are willing to pay more for the younger Leny Yoro, which my colleague Chris Beesley wrote about HERE.

But according to Paul Joyce, writing for The Times, the Red Devils will be back. He says: "Everton had already turned down an initial offer of £35million and are holding out for nearer to £70million, an amount United are unwilling to meet.

"However, their second refusal to the bid tabled by United on Monday night is not expected to deter a further approach. The Old Trafford club are prepared to pay the 22-year-old centre back £160,000 a week."

08:00Paul Wheelock

Good morning!

And welcome to your Everton live blog for Wednesday, July 10.

It's a huge day for Jordan Pickford and the Everton goalkeeper's England team-mates as they look to book their place in the Euro 2024 final with victory over Ronald Koeman's Netherlands tonight.

But stick with us before then for all the latest from the Blues including updates of Pickford's club colleagues Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

18:37Paul Wheelock


Thanks very much for joining us on today's Everton live blog. We'll be back in the morning.

17:39Paul Wheelock

Everton told to raise their bid for Davinson Sanchez

Now to a report from Turkey and Aslinda, who claim Everton have made an €18m offer for Galatasaray's former Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez.

They then go to say that the Turkish giants are waiting for the Blues to come back with a bid of €25m for the Colombia international centre-back, who has impressed in Istanbul since his switch from Spurs.

15:32Paul Wheelock

Jarrad Branthwaite bid formally rejected

We reported earlier today that Manchester United's new bid for Jarrad Branthwaite, worth up to £50m, fell short of Everton's valuation of the centre-back and was likely to be rejected.

And now Alan Myers is now reporting that it is exactly what has happened...

14:42Paul Wheelock

Manchester United have bid for centre-back accepted

No, it's not Jarrad Branthwaite. But it appears Manchester United would like to sign the Everton man - as well as Bayern Munich's Matthijs de Ligt and now Lille's Leny Yoro too...

14:03Chris Beesley

Everton insist they have Philogene deal in place and player is keen

In terms of the latest on Jaden Philogene, Everton insiders insist they have a deal in place with Hull City and they believe the player is keen on a move to the Blues.

However, they concede that there is strong competition for him, as has been reported elsewhere.

13:47Paul Wheelock

Edoardo Bove 'especially' liked by Everton

Earlier this summer there was speculation that Roma midfielder Edoardo Bove was a target for Everton.

Now, in a report from Firenze Viola (via Sport Witness), it is said that Fiorentina - who have just signed a certain Moise Kean - are also interested in the 22-year-old.

Roma are said to want £20m for Bove, which the report says will be too high for Fiorentina, before warning: "Be careful, however, in the Premier League where Bove is liked, especially by Everton."

13:05Paul Wheelock

Joe Thomas verdict on Jarrad Branthwaite

Our Everton FC correspondent Joe Thomas is off today but he was burning the midnight oil to bring you the latest on Manchester United's attempts to sign Jarrad Branthwaite.

And he's also been sharing his thoughts on X...

12:58Paul Wheelock

Over to you, Jaden Philogene

This decision, it seems, rests with Jaden Philogene.

We reported earlier that it was our understanding that Everton believe the player wants to join them and while there is still competition for him, they feel the situation is looking more positive.

But since then it has came to light that Ipswich Town have had an £18m bid accepted for the Hull City winger.

12:17Paul Wheelock

Jaden Philogene £18m transfer in place

Well, this is turning into quite the transfer saga.

David Ornstein is reporting in The Athletic that while Everton and Cystal Palace remain in contention, Ipswich Town have an £18m deal in place to sign Jaden Philogene from Hull City.

Ornstein writes: "Personal terms are agreed on a five-year contract, with the 22-year-old expected to join Kieran McKenna’s side as things stand. Barring a late twist, Philogene will undergo a medical in the coming days before completing a switch to Portman Road — however the situation is not yet closed.

"Aston Villa have matching rights for Philogene, who they sold to Hull last year, until Wednesday and are ready to activate their clause. But Villa acknowledge that it will be the player’s decision."

12:12Paul Wheelock

Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Manchester United?

Laurie Whitwell in The Athletic writes that Manchester United have discussed Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin as well as Brentford forward Ivan Toney as possible striking options.

"Both have indicated they will not be signing fresh terms at their clubs and are looking to move," writes Whitwell. "Brentford are thought to want £60m for Toney, 28, but some believe they might accept a figure closer to £40m. Everton’s financial situation means they are open to selling Calvert-Lewin, 27, this summer rather than risk him leaving for free in 2025. A deal around the £30m mark is viewed as plausible."

The ECHO understands that Calvert-Lewin, who has now entered the final 12 months of his current contract, has been offered a new deal at Everton.

12:00Paul Wheelock

Jaden Philogene latest

My colleague Chris Beesley has provided the latest on Everton's bid to sign Hull City winger Jaden Philogene.

Chris writes: "The battle for the 22-year-old’s signature is intense with Crystal Palace – who are seeking a replacement for Michael Olise following his move to Bayern Munich – and newly-promoted Ipswich Town, also having deals for around £16million in place, alongside Everton.

"Yesterday, Hull City’s owner Acun Ilicali said of the race to sign Philogene and centre-back Jacob Greaves, “Yes, Ipswich are the favourites now,” to the ECHO’s sister publication, Hull Live. However, Philogene’s agent Ivo Camacho shared a photograph of himself at the Blues’ Finch Farm training complex at Halewood and the ECHO understands Everton believe the player wants to join them and while there is still competition for him, they feel the situation is looking more positive."

However, the aforementioned Hull Live have also provided an update this morning. Barry Cooper writes: "Everton have not agreed a fee with Hull City for winger Jaden Philogene despite reports claiming the Premier League club had settled on a £16m fee with the Championship outfit.

"Sources directly involved in the deal have told Hull Live that Everton have not lodged an official bid and as it stands, the only firm offer on the table is from the Tractor Boys and that is the one City are working on completing in the coming days.

"Ipswich Town remain favourites on Monday with Tigers owner Acun Ilicali telling Hull Live that he expected Philogene to join teammate Jacob Greaves in heading to Portman Road in a combined deal worth in excess of £40m plus add-ons, and that remains the case.

"Philogene's agent, Berto Camacho, as he had done previously at other clubs, posted images of him at Everton's Finch Farm training complex after holding discussions with chief executive Kevin Thirwell, but suggestions from Merseyside that the Toffees have struck a deal are wide of the mark, and Portman Road is the only likely destination for the duo."

11:55Paul Wheelock

Guess who's back?

His name is in the news this morning after Manchester United launched a new bid for his services, but Jarrad Branthwaite has returned to Finch Farm this morning to begin pre-season training with Everton - and is all smiles!

10:54Chris Beesley

Everton bring back familiar face for historic season

Simon Ross will be returning as Everton’s matchday stadium announcer ahead of the club’s historic final season at Goodison Park.

Armagh-born Ross, 57, is the host of the Greatest Hits Breakfast Show, one of the most listened-to radio programmes in the UK with Everton describing him as a high-profile event host with one of the most recognisable voices in the North West region.

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09:29Chris Beesley

New Branthwaite bid as Everton face winger transfer scrap

Manchester United have launched a new move for Jarrad Branthwaite with Everton just one of many clubs pursuing Hull City winger Jaden Philogene, writes Joe Thomas.

United are understood to have submitted a new bid for the centre back on Monday night.

The offer, a package worth up to £50m, was an improvement on the opening bid of £35m plus £8m in add-ons made last month. Yet the ECHO understands it remains short of the club’s valuation of a key player and one of Europe’s hottest defensive prospects.

Manchester United’s first bid was made on June 14, the opening day of the summer transfer window. Deemed derisory by Everton, it was flatly rejected. As reported by the ECHO, interest from Old Trafford has not subsided and Everton have long been braced for a new bid. It took almost a month to piece together, but the offer of £45m with a further £5m in add-ons is still deemed some way off the value Everton have placed on a player of significant importance to Sean Dyche’s plans.

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16:56Chris Beesley

Royal Blue podcast

Host Chris Beesley joins his ECHO colleague Joe Thomas and regular guest Gavin Buckland for the latest edition of the Royal Blue podcast.

The panel discuss Everton returning to Finch Farm for the first day of pre-season training and the latest transfer speculation with the Blues reputedly now targeting a winger.

One player who won't be back with the group yet is goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who is gearing up for Wednesday's European Championship semi-final against the Netherlands on Wednesday after being the Three Lions' penalty hero in the shoot-out victory over Switzerland on Saturday but does the Everton ace still have an unfair reputation from many observers in the rest of the football world?

Transfer talk is also on the agenda with the future of several Blues stars including Jarrad Branthwaite, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Amadou Onana discussed along with potential incomings.

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14:42Paul Wheelock

Jake O'Brien price tag

According to Ferveur Lyonnaise (via Sport Witness), Lyon would consider it "phenomenal" if Everton were to pay €35.5m (£30m) for their Republic of Ireland centre-back Jake O'Brien.

The report states that the Blues are preparing an offer of around €23.65 (£20m) but that Lyon will want £10m more than that for O'Brien, whose situation is said to also being monitored by West Ham United and Nottingham Forest.

14:40Chris Beesley

Former Blue Heitinga could join Reds

Remember when Kop Idol, Little Sammy Lee joined Big Sam Allardyce on Everton's coaching staff?

Well former Everton player John Heitinga might be crossing Stanley Park in the opposite direction.

The Dutchman was snapped up by David Moyes - who had him as first team coach at West Ham United last season - from Atletico Madrid in 2009 and he made 140 appearances for Everton, scoring five goals and being named Player of the Season in 2011/12 before exiting for Fulham in 2014.

Now, the Daily Mail reports that Jurgen Klopp's successor Arne Slot is considering hiring his fellow Dutchman Heitinga.

It would certainly be a controversial move.

13:43Chris Beesley

Goodison to host mass testing event for supporters

Evertonians are renowned as the beating heart of Everton Football Club, and now Everton in the Community is offering supporters and local residents the chance to get their heart checked as part of its commitment to empowering its communities towards better health.

Everton’s official charity is offering free heart health checks to anybody over the age of 40 to help identify suspected cardiovascular conditions and enable people to receive earlier diagnosis and treatment.

In partnership with Pumping Marvellous, the UK’s leading heart failure charity, the screening event will take place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 July between 10am until 2pm. Those wishing to attend can head to the Park End reception where they’ll be greeted on arrival.

No sign-up is required; attendees can just turn up on the day, however, please note that queues are likely.

Everyone who comes along to get screened will be entered into a prize draw to win one of the following prizes:

Stadium Tour for two people.

Match ticket for the first home game of the 24/24 season.

24/25 adult home shirt.

When attendees arrive, they’ll be asked to fill in a simple questionnaire before a simple non-invasive blood pressure and heart rhythm check. Further investigations can be carried out on the day if required.

The event is free and welcomes anybody over the age of 40 to get tested, particularly if they’re experiencing feelings of breathlessness, exhaustion or have ankle swelling.

Heart failure impacts over one million people and in Merseyside, the cases are higher than the national average. Heart failure is treatable, and if detected earlier, people may have better outcomes.

Please note that prizes cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value.

13:36Joe Thomas

The infamous Gaffer's Day

While the players have a gentle return today, those who have been through a Dyche pre-season know the calm will not last for long. Much of the coming days will be building up to his infamous Gaffer's Day, a day of fitness drills when the balls stay in the bag! Chris has been writing about it in more detail - HERE

13:05Joe Thomas

The last piece of the jigsaw

Everton will host Roma in the club's final pre-season friendly, the ECHO understands. The Serie A giants will be at Goodison Park in August for a match that is understood to have been in the pipeline before Roma's owners, the Friedkin Group, moved into pole position to complete a takeover at Everton.

Latest here

11:32Joe Thomas

Royal Blue podcast - LIVE

I'm just heading into our studio with Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland to record our latest edition of the Royal Blue Podcast.

You can watch along here

10:52Joe Thomas

Seamus Coleman was first through the door

Ever the professional, club captain Seamus Coleman was first through the door at Finch Farm today. Plenty of others have now followed, with the players undergoing blood tests ahead of breakfast.

Those who have been on international duty - the likes of Jarrad Branthwaite, Idrissa Gueye etc - are not yet back as they have an extended break.

10:47Joe Thomas

Everton acting on Philogene interest?

More claims here surrounding Jaden Philogene, the winger we know Everton are interested in. There's a report saying Everton have had a bid accepted for the 22-year-old. I'll try get to the bottom of that today. Philogene is on the club's radar and Kevin Thelwell is keen to add to Sean Dyche's wide options. Ipswich Town are in for the Aston Villa academy graduate and that may force the hands of others, so let me take a look.

Here is the full story, reported by HITC

10:42Joe Thomas

Everton 'in position of strength' over Jarrad Branthwaite

Keith Wyness, who served as Everton’s chief executive between 2004 and 2009 and now runs a football consultancy advising elite clubs, concurs with the sentiments of last weekend’s Royal Blue column, written by my colleague Chris Beesley, by insisting that the Blues now hold all the cards when it comes to making a decision over Jarrad Branthwaite. He told Football Insider: “Now we’re past the 30 June deadline, they’re in a position of strength."

Full story HERE

10:30Joe Thomas

All smiles as Finch Farm introductions begin

We've had the arrivals for Day One of pre-season and there are plenty of familiar faces - James Garner, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Seamus Coleman are among those set to undergo their initial health assessments.

Iliman Ndiaye and Tim Iroegbunam are also in Halewood saying hello to their new teammates.

09:59Joe Thomas

Fixture changes in a poignant final campaign at Goodison

Friday saw the kick-off time for Everton's trip to Aston Villa changed due to the September TV picks. Last season I was inundated with messages of frustration over late changes leading to long-planned trips being scuppered. Big plans will be more poignant than ever for the final season at Goodison so here are the deadline the Premier League has set for mimumum notice periods for schedule changes. All the dates are in the article - including the one by which we should know when the final home game, against Southampton, will take place.

Full piece - HERE

09:40Joe Thomas

Everton’s new training gear

Another thing to look out for is the training gear. Everton have now entered into a partnership with Castore, which replaced kit manufacturer Hummel over the summer. While there have been glimpses of the new-look training gear in the announcement images that were published when the signings of Iroegbunam and Ndiaye were confirmed, the full wardrobe is yet to be seen. That will change on Monday as images start to emerge from Finch Farm of the club’s new training collection

09:39Joe Thomas

Dyche’s ‘train how you play’ mantra

Once work starts on the grass there will be some features you are unlikely to spot. They include players wearing snoods and hats - while they will be donning shin pads. These were commands from Dyche that were made as soon as he arrived at the club, with him explaining: "This has been going round for years and it drives me mad. Unless I’ve been out of the game for too long, you’re not allowed to wear hats when you play on a Saturday, you’re not allowed to wear snoods when you play on a Saturday and you have to, by the rules, wear shin pads. It is not rocket science.Everyone makes the mythical story that it’s hard lines from Sean Dyche. It is just common sense. You train how you play, how can you train how you play if you have 14 snoods on, 15 hats and leggings, no shin pads, white socks, it’s not relevant. I told the players, ‘these myths I’m going to bust them for you right now’. I explained to them. There is not a single player here where everything is not explained to them. I’d be surprised if any of them are in the dark on anything. I explain everything to them and the reason behind it."

09:38Joe Thomas

Initial fitness tests and checks

Everyone who arrives at Finch Farm on Monday will undergo a series of tests and examinations as medical and fitness staff assess their health after the summer break over the opening days of the week. Last summer, those initial checks included getting baseline measurements for body fat and muscle mass as well as more general medical tests and work to judge players’ reaction times and the condition of individual muscles and joints. Gaffer’s Day - when the footballs are discarded for a day of hardcore physical tests set by Dyche.

09:37Joe Thomas

And some familiar faces will also return

Everton have, of course, secured three arrivals so far this summer. But Jack Harrison’s presence will signal the return of a familiar face after his successful loan spell from Leeds United last season. He will not be the only returning character either. Mason Holgate spent last season on loan, first at Southampton and then at Sheffield United. Neal Maupay, meanwhile, started the campaign in Dyche’s first XI but ended up moving on loan to Brentford. Despite a good spell in London, Thomas Frank’s side did not take up the option to make the move permanent. That means Holgate and Maupay will be able to get reacquainted with their old haunts and teammates.

09:36Joe Thomas

New faces set to be welcomed into the squad

What to expect on Day One of pre-season:

Two players who have not been tested by Dyche before are the early summer signings. Midfielder Tim Iroegbunam joined from Aston Villa last month while forward Iliman Ndiaye was confirmed as a new Everton star last week. The pair will get their first opportunity to introduce themselves to their new teammates and the staff who will be overseeing their progress.

09:35Joe Thomas

A new week begins in earnest

Hello! Good morning everyone - Joe Thomas here, checking in on Day One of Everton's pre-season. Well, it doesn't feel that long ago since the final whistle blew in a fit of controversy at the Emirates to end last season (SURELY it was a handball by Jesus?!). But seven weeks have passed and they have flown by - probably due to how much has happened. Hopefully those players not on international duty have had a good break and will return to Finch Farm refreshed today as pre-season begins. A new season essentially begins today. Get ready

09:00Paul Wheelock

Dan Friedkin latest

Dan Friedkin has been granted exclusivity by Farhad Moshiri to buy his 94.1 per cent stake in Everton. That much we know.

And according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Goodison News), the Roma owner is set to complete the takeover with an announcement due in days, and that it will be his son Ryan who will be running the Blues on a daily basis.

At the back end of last month we reported that the process still had a "significant amount of road to travel" despite both parties being keen to get a deal done.

08:49Paul Wheelock

Everton could take £15m transfer chance on James Rodriguez team-mate who plays like Anthony Gordon

Readers of this blog yesterday may have picked up the report that stated Everton are admirers of Watford's Colombia international winger Yaser Asprilla.

On the back of that, Chris Beesley has taken a deep dive into what the youngster could bring to the Blues.

Read his full report HERE.

08:28Paul Wheelock

More on Jaden Philogene as Everton set to be beaten to Jacob Greaves

Two sports journalists synonymous with transfer windows are David Ornstein and Fabrizio Romano.

And both have provided updates which will be of interest to Everton followers.

Firstly, Romano says a decision from Jaden Philogene is expected soon...

Secondly, Ornstein says Philogene's Hull City team-mate Jacob Greaves has been given the go-ahead to undergo a medical with Ipswich Town...

The full article is worth a read. In it, it says a double deal for Greaves and Philogene is regarded as "likely", with no mention of Everton at all, contradicting what the Daily Mail are reporting.

07:44Paul Wheelock

Jaden Philogene wants Everton, according to new report

Everton like Jaden Philogene. We know that much.

But we also know that, after the Hull City winger made it clear that the Premier League was his preferred destination amid reported interest from Barcelona, Crystal Palace and Premier League new boys Ipswich Town are also interested.

However, according to a new report from the Daily Mail, Philogene has indicated that he wants to join Everton.

Simon Jones writes: “Everton are hopeful of heading off competition from Ipswich Town and Crystal Palace for Jaden Philogene after the winger indicated a willingness to join them.

“Everton have an agreement in place with Philogene's club Hull City and are awaiting the go-ahead to sign the 22-year-old.”

07:39Paul Wheelock

Good morning, Blues!

Welcome to our Everton live blog for Monday, July 8th!

Blues players return to Finch Farm today to begin their pre-season preparations - and it looks like they've got a cracking day for it.

We'll have updates throughout the day but let's start with some transfer gossip.

17:38Paul Wheelock

That's all folks

Thanks for joining me and Chris on today's Everton FC live blog. See you tomorrow!

16:47Chris Beesley

Winger transfer move a priority

Alan Myers reckons a move for a winger is a transfer priority at the moment for Everton.

Sean Dyche are certainly short of options down the flanks. Who would you like to see the Blues make a move for?

16:25Chris Beesley

Everton dream transfer ended after just 11 games

Many happy returns to Mickey Thomas as he celebrates his 70th birthday today but the boyhood Everton fan's dream transfer to Goodison Park ended after just 11 games for the Blues.

There have been plenty of regrets from players and the club alike over True Blues that left Everton too soon but Mickey Thomas’ 11-game spell at Goodison Park remains one of the most lamentable.

Thomas – who celebrates his 70th birthday today – might be viewed by many as one of football’s loveable rogues but he was also a hugely gifted player who could light up any match on his day, as displayed by his famous free-kick as a 37-year-old in 1992 to dump reigning League Champions Arsenal out of the FA Cup while turning out for Fourth Division Wrexham. This correspondent was fortunate enough to spend time with the former footballer during my time at the Welsh Daily Post and it was always a joy to be in his company.

He joined us for our staff Christmas meal at a local restaurant in Llandudno and took all the inevitable gags about paying the bill with dodgy notes in good humour even if they were regular reminders of a dark period in his life. He also once turned up for our weekly five-a-side kickabout where, sharing a sports hall with an assortment of office workers and farmers, he – despite by this stage being in his 50s – predictably bossed proceedings with minimal effort and without the requirement of having to make a single tackle, regularly placing shots into the top corner of the goal every few minutes when he felt like it.

Thomas though had clearly mellowed with age though when it came to playing alongside those of lesser talents than himself as his dream move to Goodison ended up being short and not-so-sweet after he was sent packing by the club’s most-successful manager Howard Kendall for refusing to turn out in a reserve team match. Kendall, who was only on the cusp of his 35th birthday when he returned to the club as Blues boss in 1981, was still playing for odd game himself for Everton’s second string when he first came back.

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15:10Chris Beesley

Second chance for Dele at Everton?

This would be an intriguing one.

I know Everton have given Dele lots of support from a human perspective but from a football point of view he produced almost no indication while in a royal blue jersey that he could get back to his previous levels.

14:40Paul Wheelock

A look into reported Everton transfer target Jake O'Brien

Jake O'Brien, the Lyon and Republic of Ireland centre-back, continues to be linked with a move to Everton.

And recently my colleague Chris Beesley took a deeper look into what he could bring to the Blues.

Read the full story HERE.

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