Everton supporters have been reasonably buoyant in the Transfer Tavern in recent days after seeing their side bag a late leveller to earn a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into the clash off the back of successive Premier League victories over West Ham and Huddersfield Town, yet looked on course for a first defeat under the former England boss when Mohamed Salah gave the Reds a first half lead. However, the Toffees responded in the second period when Dominic Calvert-Lewin was needlessly pushed by Dejan Lovren in the penalty area, from which Wayne Rooney netted the resulting spot-kick to preserve a point for Allardyce’s side, and thus maintain their unbeaten start under the 63-year-old.
Subsequently, there have been many upbeat Evertonians in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from The Daily Mail, which outlines a key reason as to why the Toffees won’t secure a much-needed deal for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
The 31-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park over the summer but no deal materialised, and given his lack of first team football at the Emirates Stadium so far this term, having failed to start a league game, speculation has been building that he could be on his way out in January.
And the Toffees were one side reportedly interested in landing the forward in a bid to bolster their own flagging attacking ranks, yet recent reports suggest that a January deal is unlikely given that Giroud and his family were ‘reluctant’ to make the move to the North West during the summer.
But with a World Cup to come at the end of the campaign, and his chances suffering at Arsenal given his lack of playing time, a move away does look likely in the New Year, but it’s unlikely to be to Everton.
Landlord’s verdict: Everton’s striking woes have been well-documented throughout the current campaign, so much so that Oumar Niasse has been dragged back in from the cold to help the club in their battle for more goals.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was one man the Toffees targeted over the summer to bolster their ranks, only for no move to materialise, yet the Frenchman’s struggles for regular football at the Emirates, coinciding with a World Cup in the summer, has plunged his future into doubt once again.
Again, Everton have been linked, but reports suggest that Giroud’s family were ‘reluctant’ to make the move to the North West in the summer, surely ending the Toffees’ hopes of luring the 31-year-old to Goodison Park in January.
Thus, new boss Sam Allardyce may have to turn his attentions to other striking targets ahead of the January window.
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