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Baines Rules Out Liverpool Talk As Moyes Steps Up Interest In Dutch Striker

Everton have not been involved in the purchasing side of the transfer market much recently, but now they look set to make moves or Luuk de Jong and Lucho Gonzalez. Much has been said about the Goodison Park club’s finances in recent months as many are concerned over their future.

However David Moyes is looking to strengthen his team in the vital areas of midfield and attack, as well as hold onto his current stalwarts.

De Jong currently plies his trade at FC Twente and has managed to earn a call up to the Dutch national side after a good run of goals at the start of the season.

He qualifies for Holland despite being born in Switzerland to two volleyball playing parents, as he has lived there since he was four.

Moyes may face some competition for the 21-year-old’s signature as back in October both Liverpool and Newcastle sent scouts to watch De Jong.

According to the Sun both were impressed with what they saw, reporting that the striker would make an immediate impact in the Premier League.

He has been described as one of the Netherland’s hottest striking prospects as he has scored 15 goals in 16 starts so far this season.

Now Everton, who have had bad luck in the striker department for some time now have joined the race, the fee could be around the £10m mark.

Their other target, Lucho Gonzalez, is a different proposition altogether and is at the other end of the career spectrum.

For a start he is 30-years-old and reportedly demands £115,000 a week; a stumbling block not many Premiership teams would overcome for an unproven player.

His current club, Marseille, wanted to off-load the Argentine back in July and Everton were linked with him then too.

But he is still awaiting his dream move, mainly because of his huge €7m yearly salary, which if he can’t be sold will mean Marseille will either have to subsidise his wages or waive a loan fee. Perhaps more realistic wage demands are required.

Another Everton rumour to have resurfaced is Leighton Baines to Liverpool, a suggestion the 26-year-old, who admitted he was a Liverpool fan in his youth, extinguished when it was first made in September this year.

He told reporters: “When you’re from Liverpool, it’s either Liverpool or Everton,
one and not the other.

“I was made aware of the stories but as far as I’m concerned it wouldn’t have got beyond that. It was just speculation, it was never an option. You are one and you stick with that.

“You’ll get some who go between the clubs, people from outside the area, but once you know the people and you’re a part of it, it’s not something you do.

“Even now my family is still split. There has been no crossover to Everton in my family.
They still want Liverpool to win. The only one who has come across is my dad,
who was a red and now supports Everton because of me.”

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