Out of all the sets of supporters in the Transfer Tavern, it’s fair to say that the Everton fans who frequent in their droves are amongst the happiest.
With Ronald Koeman rebuilding his squad at Goodison Park, the Toffees in the Tavern are hugely optimistic about their chances of battling the top four for a Champions League spot. Still, the most recent transfer rumour has barely captured the collective imagination of our local Evertonians.
They claim Koeman is casting keen eyes over West Ham United defender James Collins this summer. Despite splashing upwards of £25m on England international Michael Keane, the Dutchman is understood to want to increase his option in central defence.
Ramiro Funes Mori was recently ruled out for months with a serious injury, leading to Everton’s reported interest in Collins. The vastly experienced 33-year-old is also thought to be a target for Crystal Palace and Stoke City, with interested parties said to be confident they can get him for £2m.
Collins has just a year left on his deal with the Hammers and Slaven Bilic could reportedly let him go, should they be unable to come to an agreement over an extension.
Moving for Collins may not seem like the most exciting of deals, though perhaps he could offer much in the way of experience.
Despite his advancing years, the former Aston Villa remains a decent enough Premier League-standard central defender and can supplement the likes of Keane, Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka next season.
At a reported £2m, he’d be a decent enough addition as cover.