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Everton target Alvaro Negredo says he will play in England

Sooner or later I will be playing in England! Everton target Negredo encourages bids

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

07:15 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

07:15 GMT, 25 March 2013

Everton will be encouraged by the news that 13million rated Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo is open to a move to England.

David Moyes tried to procure the striker in the summer but could not match the La Liga side's valuation of their Spain international.

The 27-year-old hitman who has 15 goals
in 26 league games this season, claims that he likes English football and he
will play in the country at some point.

One day: Alvaro Negredo wants a move to England and Everton are interested in him

One day: Alvaro Negredo wants a move to England and Everton are interested in him

'It is a league that I like and sooner or later I will play in it,' he said.

'President Jose Maria del Nido received some offers in January, but decided not to consider them.

'We’ll see what is going to happen in the future.'

Bad times: Negredo could not help as Spain stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Finland

Bad times: Negredo could not help as Spain stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Finland

Seamus Coleman signs new Everton contract

Coleman seals new Everton deal which keeps him at Goodison until 2018

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UPDATED:

11:36 GMT, 31 December 2012

Everton defender Seamus Coleman has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with the club.

It means the 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international has extended his stay at Goodison Park until the summer of 2018.

'I'm over the moon. I'm glad to get it all done and to sign for so long at a club like Everton is a great achievement – I want to be here for as long as possible,' he told evertontv.

Long term: Seamus Coleman has committed his future to Everton

Long term: Seamus Coleman has committed his future to Everton

'Signing a contract here is fantastic and I'm really looking forward to the next couple of years.

'I'm going to keep working as hard as I have done since day one and keep improving every day in training to impress the manager.

'I'm really happy to have signed for the length of time that I have.'

Loyal: Coleman says he wants to stay with the club for as long as possible

Loyal: Coleman says he wants to stay with the club for as long as possible

Coleman has missed the last three games through injury but has proved to be an increasingly useful addition on the right-hand side.

Having joined from Sligo Rovers in January 2009 for just 60,000 he made his debut against Benfica in October that year and later went on loan to Blackpool in their promotion-winning year.

He was rewarded with a new three-year contract in May 2010 and signed an improved four-and-a-half-year deal in January 2011 in a season in which he made 24 Premier League starts, his best to date.

Manager David Moyes found a place for him on the right of midfield for many of those early first-team appearances but has since slotted him back into the side on the right of defence.

David Moyes must be given money to spend at Everton or he"ll be off

Everton must let Moyes splash the cash or face losing him

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 30 December 2012

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There was a theory doing the rounds yesterday that Everton have to secure a place in the Champions League to keep David Moyes at Goodison Park beyond this season.

If so, anxiety levels in and around Goodison are likely to rise sharply between now and May, as Moyes monitors Everton’s position in the Barclays Premier League and ponders his future.

There is a way of cutting short the waiting time, though, and ensuring the unthinkable is not allowed to happen.

Cold feet Everton manager David Moyes could be tempted by a move away from Goodison Park if he doesn't get a decent transfer kitty in January

Cold feet Everton manager David Moyes could be tempted by a move away from Goodison Park if he doesn't get a decent transfer kitty in January

A simple pledge of transfer funds for next month’s window ought to do it. Easier said than done, of course, given Everton’s modest resources but Bill Kenwright has found ways of delivering for his manager in the past and must pull out all the stops to do so again.

Fortunately for all concerned, the Everton chairman doubles up as a fan, as devoted as they come, and will, it is safe to assume, hand over every penny he can lay his hands on.

As a fan who sits on the front row of the directors’ box and kicks every ball, Kenwright will also appreciate why facilitating his manager’s wishes next month is so crucial to a project that has been a decade in the making.

Everton have flirted with the Champions League before, only to falter at the qualifying stage, but a breakthrough is surely closer than ever.

So close: Nikica Jelavic rues a late missed chance as Everton pushed for an equaliser in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

So close: Nikica Jelavic rues a late missed chance as Everton pushed for an equaliser in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

It is tantalisingly close, as was evident in an epic battle with Chelsea that eloquently argued the case for and against their prospects of finishing in the top four.

It was gripping stuff, a classic Premier League encounter that both illustrated how Everton’s strongest starting XI can be a match for anyone and exposed their need for greater strength in depth.

Moyes (right) wants to address the latter as a matter of urgency and needs no reminding of the perils of relying on a wafer-thin squad.

Injuries to the likes of Phil Neville, Seamus Coleman and Darron Gibson and a suspension for Marouane Fellaini — by no means an uncommon roll call at this stage of the season — left him glancing over his shoulder at a bench containing the likes of Bryan Oviedo, Apostolos Vellios and untried 18-year-old Tyias Browning.

Ill timed: An injury to captain Phil Neville didn't help Moyes in the Chelsea game

Ill timed: An injury to captain Phil Neville didn't help Moyes in the Chelsea game

Everton still ran rejuvenated Chelsea close, despite the telling absence of the influential Fellaini, yet, as limbs tired and managers looked for reinforcements, the two camps were shown to be poles apart.

While Everton’s replacements had the look of reserves about them, Rafa Benitez was able to choose between Oscar and Victor Moses for an injection of attacking impetus, or Paulo Ferreira to lend an experienced steadying hand at the back.

Little wonder that Everton’s challenge ultimately ran out of steam, and Moyes was left venting his frustration on referee Howard Webb’s failure to spot an added-time foul on the edge of the area that denied his side the chance of an equaliser.

However, Moyes did give the much-maligned Respect campaign’s tarnished image a welcome shot in the arm by apologising for a post-match rant at Webb, making amends immediately with a show of remorse that may spare him any disciplinary action.

Frustration: Moyes was annoyed that referee Howard Webb missed a foul on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area in injury time

Frustration: Moyes was annoyed that referee Howard Webb missed a foul on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area in injury time

‘I did have words with the referee when I was coming off,’ said Moyes, whose side missed the opportunity to move into the top four.

‘I was wrong to do so and I apologised about it to him afterwards. I just thought there was a foul by Frank Lampard on Leon Osman on the edge of the box in the 92nd minute but he didn’t give it.

‘The way the game went, the players deserved to get something out of it because they played ever so well. It was harsh on us.’

There will doubtless be words with Kenwright, too, in the coming days, and the answers Moyes gets could determine whether one of the Premier League’s most enduring and fruitful partnerships continues to thrive into a second decade.

Rafa Benitez refused to rule out a return to Anfield

Never say never: Rafa refuses to rule out a return to Anfield

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UPDATED:

00:31 GMT, 29 December 2012

Rafael Benitez has refused to rule out a second coming at Liverpool ahead of his first match on Merseyside as Chelsea boss.

Interim Blues manager Benitez has been linked previously with a return to Anfield and will be a free agent again at the end of the season.

Sunday sees Benitez take a team to Merseyside for the first time since he was sacked by Liverpool two-and-a-half years ago when Chelsea visit Everton in the Barclays Premier League.

Refusal: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez refused to rule out ever returning to Liverpool but did say he will give '100 per cent' for Chelsea

Refusal: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez refused to rule out ever returning to Liverpool but did say he will give '100 per cent' for Chelsea

And asked if he could see himself returning to manage his former club one day, he said: 'At the moment, I'm really pleased here.

'I want to keep winning and you never know what can happen in football.

'I have a very good relationship with the fans and the city but I'm a good professional and that means I will give 100 per cent for this club.'

Return: Benitez returns to Merseyside for the first time since leaving Liverpool when Chelsea visit David Moyes' Everton team

Return: Benitez returns to Merseyside for the first time since leaving Liverpool when Chelsea visit David Moyes' Everton team

Benitez's work ethic has helped him begin to rebuild his reputation as one of the most astute coaches around, the Spaniard having got Chelsea's campaign back on track in recent weeks.

However, his latest comments are unlikely to aid him in his quest to win over Chelsea fans who still see him as the enemy due to his Liverpool connections.

Benitez's work ethic has seen him begin to rebuild his reputation at Chelsea

Graft: Benitez's work ethic has seen him begin to rebuild his reputation at Chelsea

He added ahead of Sunday's game at Goodison Park: 'It is always something special when you go back to Liverpool.

'My connection with the city is very strong.'

Those links continue, with Benitez's family home still on the Wirral near the city after he decided against relocating them when he joined Inter Milan or when he was appointed to the Chelsea hotseat.

He said: 'When you have children, 10 and 14, they have their friends around and have been there for eight years so it is difficult to move the family and you have to do something for them.

'I have to move around on my own and then find a way to be there for Christmas dinner or whatever.'

Liverpool have nosedived since sacking Benitez and are on their third manager in that time.

To compound matters, they have also been supplanted as the top team on Merseyside by Everton, who finished above them last season and ended the first half of the current campaign eight points clear of their neighbours.

However, Benitez was almost at pains to avoid discussing whether there had been a power shift in favour of David Moyes' men.

He said: 'I cannot say this. What I can say is that Everton are doing well.

'I don't think it is fair for me to talk about one or the other one. I think it is fair for me to say that we are playing Everton and they are doing well.

'Moyes is doing a great job, they have good players and a good team spirit and it will be difficult for us.'

Dissent: Despite a recent run of good results there are still protesting voices among the Chelsea support

Dissent: Despite a recent run of good results there are still protesting voices among the Chelsea support

Side-stepping another row with Everton is unlikely to spare Benitez the role of pantomime villain when he takes a team to Goodison Park for the first time in more than three years.

The Spaniard is still suffering a backlash from his own club's fans, whose revolt against his appointment was galvanised by criticism they perceived him to have levelled at them while Liverpool boss back in 2007.

That was also the year Benitez branded Everton one of the Premier League's 'smaller teams', something that provoked a furious response from Liverpool's arch-rivals.

Benitez was the subject of plenty of unpleasant chants from Toffees fans during his six years at Anfield and he was not expecting an easy ride this weekend.

Return to form: Chelsea have won their last three Premier League games, scoring 12 and conceding just one

Red hot: Chelsea have won their last three Premier League games, scoring 12 and conceding just one

Everton have also made themselves Chelsea's bogey-team, having won the sides' past three league meetings at Goodison Park.

But Benitez has won on his past three league visits there and goes on the back of six wins from seven games.

He said of his own impact on his players: 'We are adjusting things but, at the same time, we are giving them freedom to do things in the way they want to do.

'I think we have a good balance and you can see they are keen to learn and that is the main thing for a manager.'

John Hartson says Martin O"Neill is the right man to be the next Manchester United manager

Only one man to succeed Fergie, according to John Hartson… the 'genius' Martin O'Neill

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UPDATED:

16:44 GMT, 27 December 2012

The question of who will take over as manager of United (if Sir Alex can ever be removed from Old Trafford) is likely to become a hot topic of debate in the coming year.

But one former footballer reckons he’s already got the answer, and it’s not who you’d expect.

Former Arsenal and West Ham striker John Hartson says there’s only one man for the job, and that’s… Martin O’Neill.

Hartson feels that O'Neill would be a better choice than a foriegn manager

British Connections: Hartson feels that O'Neill would be a better choice than a foriegn manager

‘Only one man could have got Sunderland out of the hole they were in..’ Hartson tweeted. ‘That’s the genius Martin o'neill.. Next man united manager..’

He followed that assertion by adding: ‘Moyes not in the same class. Mourinho is proven but is a liability with his behaviour. Pep taking a break not sure for how long..o’neill cert.’

Now it’s true that Sunderland have seen an improvement during their year under O’Neill.

They’re on track to finish a few places higher than last year in the Premier League, and the Northern Irishman will be riding the high of beating Manchester City for quite some time.

Ferguson's perseverance has been mirrored by United's comebacks this season

Never-say-die: Ferguson's perseverance has been mirrored by United's comebacks this season

Pep Guardiola may be a long-shot for the Manchester side, especially now that Barcelona are in need of a manager in the absence of Tito Vilanova.

However, the idea that O’Neill would be a contender ahead of Jose Mourinho is slightly questionable.

Real Madrid are sitting 16 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and it is widely thought Mourinho's stay in then Spanish capital will not last past the end of the season.

What he does have is extensive experience of topping European tables, whereas O’Neill has yet to lead a team to a finish in the top five of the Premier League.

Last season Real Madrid won their 32nd League title and scored a record-breaking number of goals. Mourinho’s ‘behaviour’ hasn’t made him too much of a liability for the Spaniards it seems.

Mourinho looks set to leave Madrid in the Summer after falling too far behind Barca

Not a happy bunny: Mourinho looks set to leave Madrid in the Summer after falling too far behind Barca

Moyes has been installed as the front-runner for the job owing to his success with limited resources

Popular: Moyes has been installed as the front-runner for the job owing to his success with limited resources

And as far as Moyes is concerned, the Scot has an impressive record with Everton, having taken them from a side that continually finished in the bottom half of the table to one that has made consistent appearances in the top half at the end of each season.

There are also some similarities between Ferguson and Moyes which might make him a preferable option. Both are long-serving managers for one thing.

And of course, there is the Scottish connection. But who knows, maybe the Welshman will be proved right. It’s doubtful though.

Roberto Martinez backs David Moyes for European role

Martinez hails rival Moyes as he backs Everton boss for successful stint abroad

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22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Roberto Martinez believes that Everton manager David Moyes would be a success if he pursued his ambition to manage abroad.

Moyes, whose fifth-placed team host Martinez’s Wigan on Boxing Day, said last week that he would one day like to test his abilities in a European league, citing the Bundesliga as a preferred option.

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

And Martinez is convinced that he would prosper after a decade at Everton overcoming the Premier League’s challenges.

He said: ‘David has been there 11 seasons, a man of knowledge and experiences that he’s built up over the years — and always finding the solutions to have a competitive team reaching the target that they need to achieve.

'It makes him capable of going anywhere in the world, that’s very clear.'

Salomon Kalou is considering a return to England

Struggling Kalou's unrest alerts Redknapp, Allardyce and Moyes

PUBLISHED:

21:50 GMT, 19 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 19 December 2012

Salomon Kalou is considering a return to England with Lille ready to sell in January.

The 27-year-old joined for free from Chelsea in the summer as Lille beat West Ham, QPR and Everton, among others, in the race to win his signature.

Looking for the exit: Ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could return to England just months after signing for French club Lille

Looking for the exit: Ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could return to England just months after signing for French club Lille

Those clubs could be tempted to take a look at Kalou again come January, but his high wages could prove prohibitive.

Lille, who came third in Ligue 1 in 2011/12 and won the doube in 2010/11, have endured a tough campaignthis season, and are currently languishing in 11th place, nine points off the leaders, Paris Saint-Germain.

Kalou has hit just three goals in 17 appearances so far this season.

The Champions League winner attracted the interest of Everton, West Ham and QPR in the summer and could be on those clubs' shopping lists again

The Champions League winner attracted the interest of Everton, West Ham and QPR in the summer and could be on those clubs' shopping lists again

Everton are also keen on out-of favour Ajax winger Miralem Sulejmani, who snubbed a move to West Ham in the summer.

The Serb joined Ajax for 13.8million two years ago but has only played six times this season.

Out of favour: Miralem Sulejmani (right) is a target for Everton. The Serb winger cost the Dutch club 13.8m just two years ago

Out of favour: Miralem Sulejmani (right) is a target for Everton. The Serb winger cost the Dutch club 13.8m just two years ago but has only played six times this season

Marouane Fellaini could be fined 150,000 for Ryan Shawcross headbutt

Fellaini could be heading for 150k fine after furious Moyes confirms Everton won't contest three-match ban for Shawcross butt

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08:16 GMT, 18 December 2012

Marouane Fellaini is facing a fine of
up to 150,000 after David Moyes confirmed Everton will not be
contesting his three-match ban.

The Belgian midfielder was found
guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association yesterday after
they took retrospective action following his head-butt on Stoke defender
Ryan Shawcross.

Fellaini, however, can consider
himself fortunate that he is not facing an even greater suspension as
referee Mark Halsey confirmed he saw two other clashes between the
25-year-old and Shawcross during the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

Headbutt: Fellaini makes contact with Stoke skipper Shawcross

Headbutt: Fellaini makes contact with Stoke skipper Shawcross

The games he will miss…

West Ham (away), Saturday, December 22

Wigan (home), Wednesday, December 26

Chelsea (home), Sunday, December 30

Moyes is furious with Fellaini for
letting himself and the club down and he will be hit in the pocket. The
maximum fine Everton can impose is two weeks, which equates to 150,000.

Everton had until 6pm today to lodge
an appeal against the ban, which rules him out of games against West
Ham, Wigan and Chelsea, but Moyes has confirmed they will accept the
charge.

Moyes, who expressed contrition
immediately after the game on Saturday, said: 'We were always going to
accept whatever punishment we got. We know he did wrong. We apologise
for the incident.'

The FA said in a statement: 'The
referee confirmed he saw two other incidents, in the 71st and 91st
minutes, also involving Fellaini and Shawcross, neither of which he
deemed violent conduct.'

Rough and tumble: The pair dueled for much of the afternoon during the 1-1 draw

Rough and tumble: The pair dueled for much of the afternoon during the 1-1 draw

Floored: Shawcross was left in a heap after the incident

Floored: Shawcross was left in a heap after the incident

While some will feel Fellaini has got
off lightly, there is no suggestion Everton will go easy on the former
Standard Liege man during his enforced absence and Moyes remains
mystified as to why he acted with such recklessness.

Fellaini, who was last week named
Everton's player of the month for November, has been the driving force
behind his side's eye-catching form this season and his seven goals have
helped give Moyes a platform to strike for Europe in the New Year.

Though Fellaini is understood to be
distraught about what happened, he has put an unnecessary burden at the
busiest time of the campaign on a squad that is already stretched to the
limit.

Fall from grace: Fellaini was named Premier League player of the month for November

Fall from grace: Fellaini was named Premier League player of the month for November

Kevin Mirallas is out with a
hamstring problem, Tony Hibbert has undergone a operation on his calf
that could mean he is sidelined for two months while captain Phil
Neville has missed the last four weeks after knee surgery.

This is not the first time Fellaini
has angered Moyes this season. In September he said during an
international break with Belgium that he would leave Goodison Park if
Everton could not give him Champions League football.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris St Germain all remain interested in Fellaini.

David Moyes wants a winner at Cheltenham

Moyes chasing Cheltenham double as Everton boss eyes Festival winner

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11:44 GMT, 15 December 2012

Everton manager David Moyes hopes to be celebrating in Cheltenham next month in the FA Cup – and again at the Festival in March.

The Scot, whose side face Stoke in the Premier League this afternoon, owns Desert Cry who ran at Cheltenham this year.

And Moyes the town will prove a happy hunting ground both on the pitch and on the track.

Winning feeling: David Moyes has Everton flying high in fourth place

Winning feeling: David Moyes has Everton flying high in fourth place

'I would like at least one winner at Cheltenham next year. Horse racing remains a hobby for me,' he told the Daily Express. 'My horse, Desert Cry, is at Donald McCain’s stables and he has gone on to the jumps this year.

'On a day off, I’ll go along and watch them on the gallops and I like seeing the horses train. Being a trainer and a manager are different but there are some similarities. You are out there every day with the horse or the players, making sure you get the best out of them. You have the same thoughts, I suppose. “How’s he going Is he at his level”.

Track days: Moyes hopes his horse Desert Cry can win at Cheltenham

Track days: Moyes hopes his horse Desert Cry can win at Cheltenham

'Desert Cry ran at Cheltenham last year and Everton will be going there next month in the FA Cup. I saw them beat Hereford on Tuesday in the replay. Managers are much more liable to take a gamble in an FA Cup game because the points at stake in the Premier League mean everything. But the FA Cup provides strange, strange results and we have to make sure we are not on the wrong end of them.

'We went to the semi-final last season and we want another good cup run.'

Andy van der Meyde admits to cocaine and alcohol abuse following Everton release

I did cocaine after Everton snub! Van der Meyde bares all about his unhappy life on Merseyside

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UPDATED:

11:13 GMT, 13 December 2012

Former Everton and Holland midfielder Andy van der Meyde has admitted he turned to cocaine and alcohol following the breakdown of his relationship with David Moyes.

The Dutchman spent four years at Goodison Park after joining from Inter Milan in 2005, but quickly fell out of favour and mustered just 20 appearances before being released.

Feeling blue: Andy van der Meyde endured an very difficult time at Everton

Feeling blue: Andy van der Meyde endured an very difficult time at Everton

Van der Meyde's problems on Merseyside began as early as 2006 when he spent a night in hospital amid claims his drink had been spiked. He also had his pet dog 'Mac' stolen by burglars.

But in an interview with The Times, the 33-year-old has opened up about exactly how far his life spiralled out of control.

'When I was at Ajax, I never even drank alcohol,' Van der Meyde told the paper. 'It was the same at Inter. My team-mates would go out to a club, but I didn’t even know they existed. That changed at Everton.

'The biggest mistake I made was cheating on my wife. My relationship with the manager went downhill from that point. Everything did.'

Then when he was left without a club, he turned to drugs.

'I started doing cocaine,' he added, explaining the situation spiralled for a few months.

Seeing red: Van der Meyde admits to using cocaine and alcohol to escape

Seeing red: Van der Meyde admits to using cocaine and alcohol to escape

He added: 'I looked at myself and asked what I was doing. I thought being in Liverpool would kill me. I needed to go home. So I left everything behind and went back to Holland. Within three days, I had signed with PSV Eindhoven.'

Van der Meyde is now plying his trade in the Dutch amateur leagues having written his autobiography, 'Geen Genade' (translated as 'No Mercy').