Everton Are Plotting A January Raid For Palace Man

0 Posted by - December 14, 2017 - News

With the January transfer window now just a couple of weeks from opening, reports are linking Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt with a move to Sam Allardyce’s newly resurgent Everton.

Whilst the Dutchman has been with the Eagles less than a year, it was Big Sam who brought him to SE25 in the first place, in a bid to shore up the left-hand side of defence following the long-term injury sustained by Pape Souare in the opening stages of the 2016/17 campaign.

Now, with the former Sunderland and Palace gaffer having taken up residence in the Goodison Park dugout, it sounds as though he’s keen for another reunion with one of his trusted lieutenants. Having been forced to use PVA’s fellow Dutchman Cuco Martina in place of the injured Leighton Baines in his opening few games, it comes as no surprise to me that he’s keen to add reinforcements and depending on the fee the Toffees are willing to stump up, it’s not necessarily a deal I’d be against.

With Patrick having lost his place in the side to Jeffrey Schlupp under Hodgson, the prospect of recouping the £10 million we’re reported to have spent on him last January isn’t exactly filling with me rage. No doubt a threat going forward, the ex Black Cat has always struggled to convince supporters defensively, with his display in our League Cup hammering by Bristol City raising far more questions than answers in the minds of those who were forced to watch.

Whilst no one can be truly sure about Pape Souare’s long-term hopes of reestablishing himself as a regular starter in red and blue after such a freak accident, the prospect of completing the season with two fit left-backs and an extra £10 million in the transfer kitty isn’t too shabby.

At this stage, the rumour remains nothing more than that but given Allardyce’s obvious affection for Pat, I highly doubt that this is the last we’ll hear of this.

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  • TonyN December 14, 2017 - 8:50 am Reply

    I have no objections if Pape doesn’t go out on loan, we can afford to lose one but I would worry about losing both. I know with Ward being able to cover and having TFM able to fit in on the right even both going doesn’t seem that bad but 2 injuries and we are in trouble so Pape or PvA but not both.

    • admin December 14, 2017 - 9:45 am Reply

      Agreed there Tony, if PVA is sold, Pape has to stay put.

  • tzcar December 14, 2017 - 9:36 am Reply

    van-arnolt,has done nothing since coming to us.everton want him fine.let,s do a swap j.macarthy for van-arnott.also im sure come january roy will get decent cover for our leaky defence.personally im not a fosu -mensa fan.his performances have been mediocre at best.why do u think roy only play,s him cos ward is injured.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh December 14, 2017 - 11:23 am Reply

    Keep Pape, sell PVA. The reason he didn’t get sent off the other night is because the ref correctly assessed we would be more vulnerable with him on the field!

    When Souare is fit i’d have him start with Schlupp in reserve. Let City and Everton bid on PVA and use the proceeds to towards a keeper and ST. Or a spare winger, CB, no10……

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