A new season, a new era, a new manager – new players.
That’s what is happening at Everton and there’s cause for optimism if you are a long suffering Toffees fan.
Gone are the days of trophy winning teams that stormed the old Division 1 in the 1980s and in it’s place came consistency without silverware under Moyes and pure mediocrity under Roberto Martinez.
With the appointment of Ronald Koeman comes a statement of intent from the Everton board.
Moshiri and Kenwright are desperate for success and with a reported £100m to spend this summer, Koeman needs to spend wisely and do his utmost to keep some valuable stars on board.
With every player worth his salt being connected with every Premier League team, which players should Koeman concentrate his efforts on?
Here are five possibilities to give Everton a lift this coming season…
Everton need a solid goalkeeper and they don’t come much better than the Southampton giant.
Forster is currently bench warming in France with England, but Koeman knows what Forster is capable of and will want him as The Toffees number one.
Despite signing a new contract a month ago, Koeman will target Forster before any other approaches are made, as Tim Krul is also on the wanted list.
According to the Echo, when asked about his goalkeeping dilemma, Koeman responded: “If you look at the squad you see one goalkeeper.”
You can’t start a season with one goalkeeper.
Holding not a household name, at least not yet.
The Bolton and England U21 player has been gaining recognition after a very promising individual season and is being tracked by a number of Premier League clubs.
Trotters starlet Holding, a product of the club’s academy, was voted Wanderers’ Player of the Year by fans this season, despite their relegation from the Championship to League One.
The young centre-back has been on the radar of a number of top-flight clubs since making his first-team debut last August, making 30 appearances and scoring once.
He recently signed a one-year contract extension at his hometown club, but £10m plus will prise him away from Bolton. One for the future and could replace John Stones.
After paying out £14.5m to PSV last summer, £25m is the least that Newcastle United would want for the Dutchman.
The Magpies stand-out player last year wants a move from Tyneside and is being watched by Premier League and Serie A clubs.
His 11 league goals couldn’t save a poor Newcastle from the drop, but his abilities were there for all to see. Expect a number of clubs to bid for the 25-year-old this summer, but this is certainly a player that would look good in the blue of Everton.
It’s also worth noting that Koeman’s brother and long-time assistant Erwin knows the player well, having given him his break in 2007 while he was in charge of Feyenoord.
One of Belgium’s most outstanding players could be coming to Goodison Park despite the interests of Italian clubs.
Witsel has made it known that he is looking to leave Zenit St. Petersburg after the European Championship.
The 27-year-old, who plays in central midfield, has spent four years in Russia and is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League. Zenit want to recoup a sizeable part of the €40m fee they paid to activate Witsel’s buyout clause at Benfica in 2012.
The former Standard Liege player has 12 months remaining on his contract and it would mean Koeman breaking a club transfer record to get his man.
41 appearances in all competitions last season produced six goals and five assists and he could be a very useful acquisition for Koeman.
The 22-year-old has had a year to forget. After a proposed move to Spurs fell through last summer and the public sulk that followed, the youngster now needs to settle down, and starting somewhere new seems a good idea.
Koeman is known to be an admirer of the England U21 international, who has a year left on his Hawthorns contract.
Berahino netted just seven times in 35 appearances last season after falling out of favour with boss Tony Pulis.