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Everton’s fixture with Watford has been re-arranged next month, and Blues fans across Twitter are furious.
The Toffees were initially scheduled to host the Hornets on Saturday, May 13 but will now play them on Friday, May 12.
The rearranged game will kick-off at the new time of 7:45pmat Goodison Park.
Van Dijk move
Some big transfer news for the Blues here, and Ronald Koeman looks set to test Southampton’s resolve over Virigl van Dijk.
The highly-rated centre-back has emerged as a reported target for Manchester City, and Everton are ready to boldly enter the running this summer.
Phil Kirkbride writes:
Van Dijk, out injured for the rest of the season, is attracting interest from a host of clubs but Koeman is determined for Everton to be in the race for his signature.
However, Southampton are set to drive a hard bargain ahead of an expected bidding war for his services.
Chelsea and Manchester City have been credited with being interested in van Dijk who has emerged as one of the most sought-after centre-halves in the division.”
Would be a huge statement if they were to land Van Dijk this summer - but this is the exact sort of transfer ambition that is set to excite Toffees when the transfer window re-opens.
Barkley returns to training
Ross Barkley returned to training today as he tried to put his city centre attack behind him and focus on football.
The Everton midfielder was punched by a stranger in an unprovoked attack during the early hours of Monday morning in city centre bar Santa Chupito’s.
The full story, and more pictures of Barkley’s return to Finch Farm is available here.
Summer plans explained
Everton remain on course for a Europa League spot next season.
It’d be their first foray on to the continent since March 2015, when they were knocked out of the Europa League by Dynamo Kiev.
Europa League qualification would mean an early start for the Blues’ campaign however.
Here’s the specifics....
Run with George
A great effort from all involved.
Barkley pictured after nightclub attack
A bruised up Ross Barkley has been pictured outside Everton’s training ground.
Rhys Jones documentary confirmed
Watford fans left fuming about the fixtures
As I said, spare a thought for Watford’s fans. They’re, quite rightly, furious with the fixture move..
'Total disregard for fans'
Everton fans are, understandably, upset about the rescheduling of Everton’s clash with Watford, now set for May 12 on a Friday evening.
When have the TV money men ever really cared about the fans? And spare a thought for Watford supporters, who now have to get to Merseyside on a Friday night.
What does seventh mean for Blues?
Phil Kirkbride has taken a closer look at what finishing seventh could do for Everton’s summer plans..
Friday fun day?
What’s the feeling about the Friday game then?
Great to finish work and head straight to the Old Lady!? Or fed up because it messes up carefully laid travel plans?
It's not on telly
The game’s actually been moved because Chelsea - who are still in the FA Cup - play Watford on May 15!
Friday Night Lights
Our last home game of the season is now on a Friday!
The Goodison clash with Watford has been moved from Saturday May 13 to Friday night, May 12.
Stadium running track?
Suggestions that Everton’s waterfront stadium might have a running track are nothing new - but could alarm some Blues.
Worry not though as even if this did happen - to boost the city’s hopes of staging the Commonwealth Games - it’s almost certain to be retractable and/or temporary.
Everyone at the club shares the fans’ belief that close proximity of seating to the pitch is key.
Let’s hope that remains consistent because nobody wants to watch football in a glorified athletics stadium! Just ask West Ham fans.
Myers off Twitter
Top Blue, former Everton communications director and all-round Good Egg Alan Myers is having a Twitter sabbatical.
Sure many Blues will have enjoyed following his posts, but seems that Alan is finding social media a bit too time consuming right now.
Sure we’ll see him back soon enough!
Why Kroenke won't sell to Usmanov
It doesn’t look like Alisher Usmanov is getting into power at Arsenal anytime soon.
Could that push him closer to Everton?
This is an interesting read on the situation from our friends at Football.London.
Mirallas hoping to continue top form
Kevin Mirallas has played quite well in recent weeks, and he’s hoping Ronald Koeman continues to pick him.
“I feel good at the moment,” the 29-year-old told evertontv. “Before the international break I scored against West Bromwich Albion and then I missed the game with Hull City because my baby was born.
I have kept at that level and now there is only seven games left. I hope I play a lot of games to help the team stay at their maximum.
“I said in pre-season that is was important to win a lot of games at home. Last season was not good enough but this year it’s been fantastic. We’ve been very strong.
“We need to get more wins and I hope we finish top six or top five.”
Misery Moyes dragging Sunderland down
That’s Peter Reid’s verdict in the Daily Mail today anyway.
Reid said: ‘Early on in the season David says, “We are in a relegation fight”. Now he might think that, but as a manger you don’t say it publicly.
‘I’ve got the highest regard for David, but when he was at Manchester United and they were champions and the fixtures came out, he said, “I can’t believe how difficult these fixtures are”.
‘I’ve been a manager and know what it’s like. When I first went up with Sunderland we were building a new ground and Niall Quinn and Tony Coton got injured.
‘I knew we were under the cosh, but I never publicly came out and said it because I think it sends out a bad message supporter wise, but even more so player wise.’
Reidy apparently spoke to Moyes after last month’s 0-0 draw with Burnley.
‘I had a word with David afterwards and I wouldn’t say he was resigned to it, but there was an air of inevitability around the Stadium of Light,’ he said.
‘I can’t see a way out. I think they are down now. The whole club is flat. It looks as though they are going down with a whimper.
‘I think it’s gone through all the club. It’s flat on the terraces, it’s flat on the pitch and a club that is close to my heart are going down. They are not good enough.
‘The owner is trying to sell the football club and at this moment in time there are no buyers,’ he told beIn Sports. ‘If they go down, like I think they will, it’s hard to get out of that league, it’s very difficult and it’s a slippery slope.’
Henen wanted by Nice?
David Henen is wanted by Nice, according to reports in France.
The Everton forward has been linked with a move away from Goodison in recent months, with a January move heavily rumoured.
According to L’Equipe, Nice are weighing up a move for the young striker, who would link up with the likes of Mario Balotelli if he does move to the South of France.
Not the greatest role model..
Everton glad running man Tom Davies won't have Georgia on his mind
This is a good piece on Tom Davies by Chris Beesley.
Davies will be getting a rest this summer after England U19s decided not to call him up for international duty - and Chris believes it will only benefit the young midfielder and Everton.
He writes: “While many observers have already pointed out that the savvy teenager’s game is heavily accented on a football intelligence beyond his years, another powerful weapon in his armoury is those stellar energy levels that his goals have shown.
His spectacular maiden effort in front of the Gwladys Street back in January showed both incredible fitness levels and composure to finish with such a deft strike following a mazy dribble.
Listen - Royal Blue podcast
On your commute into work? Then why not listen to the lads discuss Ross Barkley, Leicester and much more on our Royal Blue podcast.
On this day - derby joy for Blues..
Youri Tielemans chase takes another twist
The chase for one of Europe’s most talented teenagers continues.
Youri Tielemans has scored 18 goals and recorded 11 assists this season - a brilliant return for a 19-year-old.
You will be able to get a closer look at him on Thursday night when he lines-up against Manchester United, and reports in his homeland today claim that a number of Premier League clubs are chasing him.
Tielemans has been linked with Everton in the past, and he has even gone as far as saying that a move to Goodison Park would make sense because it would allow him first team football. Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea have all been linked too.
DH in Belgium today claim that Atletico Madrid are now favourites to sign him, just a day after L’Equipe reported that Monaco led the chase.
With a price tag of around £26m, Tielemans won’t come cheap - and I’d expect the fight for his signature to be a furious one.
Everton to hold talks with Wolfsburg regarding Donkor
Everton will open talks with Wolfsburg in the hope of tying up another loan deal for Anton Donkor.
The winger joined Everton in January, but featured just three times for David Unsworth’s U23 side before an ankle injury forced him to miss the rest of the season.
Read more on this story from Phil Kirkbride.
Rise and shine!
Good morning and welcome to the EFC liveblog. It’s Wednesday and we’re motoring through the week now.
Another crucial weekend of Premier League fixtures await, but before we get there there’s plenty going on to keep us ticking over.
Everton continue to be linked with potential summer transfer targets, there’s the latest on injuries and news on Ross Barkley in what has been a difficult week for the midfielder.
So what are you waiting for? Turn off that alarm clock and let’s get on with it!