Moyes looks to bring in Boruc and gears up for Newcastle clash with added spice
21:30 GMT, 16 September 2012
Everton are considering a surprise move for Artur Boruc as David Moyes looks to bolster his squad by exploiting the free-agent market.
Moyes, who is short of numbers in midfield, is also mulling over a move for former Aston Villa and West Ham man Thomas Hitzlsperger but he needs an experienced goalkeeper to provide back-up for Tim Howard.
Boruc, who is without a club after leaving Fiorentina, had a trial at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground on Sunday.
Target: Former Celtic keeper Artur Boruc is available on a free transfer
The Poland international, 32, spent five seasons with Celtic before moving to Italy in 2010.
Everton face Newcastle at Goodison Park on Monday night and there will be an added spice to the encounter, given the comments Newcastle boss Alan Pardew made at the end of last season, when he claimed his club were ‘in a different league’ to Everton.
Although Moyes has taken a diplomatic stance whenever he has been asked about the declaration, long-serving midfielder Leon Osman is determined to ensure Pardew leaves Merseyside feeling the same as he did in May after Everton beat Newcastle 3-1.
‘It is his right to say what he thinks,’ said Osman. ‘As players, we try not to get wrapped up in any war of words that happen off the pitch. We just get on with the game.
‘It was the game ahead of ours (when Pardew made his comments) and we won. It has come around again and hopefully we can put in the same performance and result. This is the best squad we have had in my time here.’
Osman’s team-mate, Phil Jagielka, also suggested last week that Pardew had been disrespectful with his comments, especially after one good Newcastle season.
Inflammatory: Alan Pardew's comments annoyed Everton players
Watching brief: 8pm kick off at Goodison Park
‘Fair play, Newcastle had a fantastic season and massively overachieved,’ Jagielka said. ‘In the Premier League, it’s all about consistency and if you look at how we have performed over the years, then it’s a little bit disrespectful to come out and say something like that.’
It is a charge which Pardew refutes. He was also quick to insist that he had never intended to insult Moyes or Everton.
‘I don’t think I ever said that,’ said Pardew. ‘It’s a very tough call to know how this game will go and who will finish above who.
‘We’re in very similar scenarios — our
squads haven’t got great depth compared to the top sides so obviously
we’re a bit vulnerable playing Everton this time but maybe it’ll be
their turn in the return game at our arena.
‘It is a difficult one to call and I
think both myself and David will be looking to finish above each other. I
would probably take it if you asked me now if we could guarantee
finishing above them. As long as it’s fourth!’
Pardew is without injured goalkeeper Tim
Krul and captain Fabricio Coloccini and midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote
is still doubtful with the calf injury which has kept him out of the
Magpies’ last two games.
Unhappy: Phil Jagielka (left) did not like Pardew's comment which the boss later refuted he said