With their transfer record broken and a genuine world superstar in the shape of Samuel Eto’o having been signed, Everton have enjoyed one of their better transfer windows recently.
But with Europa League football on the horizon, there are worries that a small-ish squad and travelling across the continent could be a drain on them, meaning that another body or two could be needed.
We at FFC Towers have been searching the bargain bin, and among the Jeremy Clarkson DVDs and ‘hits of the 70s’ CDs, we’ve found these six stars…
Once a player tracked by Europe’s elite, Ninis is now without a club at the age of 24. TWENTY FOUR. The tricky attacking midfielder was axed by Parma recently after failing to adjust to Italian football, but Roberto Martinez could wave his managerial magic wand and extract some of the massive potential once seen in the Greek ace.
Who knows, this fella could well be one of the best signing the Spaniard could ever make.
A star for Valencia in recent seasons and a fully-fledged Brazil international, Jonas looks to be the absolute pick of the freebies this summer. Los Che terminated his contract in a bid to meet Spain’s fierce non-EU player rules, and Everton could profit to land the 30-year-old.
Even with Samuel Eto’o in, the Toffees are short of options to cover Romelu Lukaku, which makes Jonas a tempting proposition. The South American can also play in a deeper role, and would certainly help in terms of numbers with the Europa League beckoning.
Another player who was once on the radars of the big boys but is now unemployed in Nilmar. The Brazilian speedster terminated his contract with Middle Eastern side Al-Jaish, and is thought to be eyeing a move back to Europe.
Nilmar impressed with Villarreal in 2010/11 with 18 goals and still has the tools to do it at the top level at 30.
One of Arsenal’s worst ever signings, the Gunners finally got rid of the South Korean over the summer after loaning him out. Park is still considered to be a big name in his homeland, and with a fine scoring record through his career (prior to joining the Gunners) there must be some talent in there waiting to be extracted.
Roberto Martinez could use his skills to get the best from the 29-year-old, who may just require some patience and game time to show his abilities.
Sunderland beat a host of big teams to nab the big defender last summer, but the switch proved to be a disaster for all involved. Now with his contract having been cancelled, Diakite is available for free, which could tempt Everton as they look to bulk out their backline.
At 27, the enforcer is entering his peak, and he could show what all the fuss was about under the right guidance. Step forward, ‘Bobby’.
An obvious stand-in for Lukaku, Almeida could be a solid signing for the Toffees. West Ham are also chasing the Portugal international, whose wage demands scuppered summer moves and saw him cut loose by Besiktas.
With lots of European experience, the 30-year-old could be a vital tool for Everton as they journey into Europe and would provide cover for the club’s current strikeline.