Everton were denied the chance to bring goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to the Goodison Park on transfer deadline day, with Tottenham refusing to allow the 28-year-old to make the move.
The Toffees were looking to add another keeper to provide competition to, and cover for, Jordan Pickford, after the England number one’s form has come under scrutiny. Everton were linked with a move for both Gazzaniga and Manchester United’s Sergio Romero.
However, after both of those moves failed to happen, the Toffees brought in Robin Olsen from AS Roma. The Sweden international will now fight for a place in the side for the rest of the campaign with Pickford, who will need to improve his form after giving another poor goal away against Brighton.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were wanting to pursue a late move for Gazzaniga, who has found himself as Tottenham’s third-choice keeper since the arrival of Joe Hart. However, Tottenham consider the Toffees as top-four rivals so denied him the move, as per the Telegraph.
Gazzaniga has not played much first-team football over the last few seasons, but he did make 18 Premier League appearances last term, in which he averaged 3.3 saves per match (via Sofascore). The 28-year-old is now likely to Spurs’ third-choice keeper until at least January.
Gazzaniga could have been a useful option for Everton, having been more than able back up to Hugo Lloris at Tottenham. However, the fact that the Toffees are now being seen as genuine rivals for the top four show what a good window they have had and what a good job Ancelotti is doing.
Everton eventually brought in Olsen, so they did at least get a keeper through the door like they wanted. The pressure will now be on Pickford to show that he can retain his place in the side, while for Gazzaniga, he is likely to have little game time between now and January.
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