With the start of a new year comes the start of a new silly season as teams look to strengthen their side for everything from a push for European qualification, to secure their top flight status for another season. This time around Everton will be looking for any sort of goalscorer that is available. A quick roundup of the same of the names that are rumored to be coming and going from Goodison Park this month
Steven Pienaar: With a contract up at the end of the season plus Pienaar turning down a new contract this past summer, many speculate that Pienaar could be out of the door this month. Spurs had been mentioned as a previous destination in the summer, and for a small fee good old 'Arry could take Pienaar for the rest of the season, plus work on a new contract. Part of the problem with this is that Pienaar has not had good form this season which has diminished what little value he would have this month.
Yakubu: Yakubu had been of interest to West Ham over the summer, but their low bid in the area of 5 million pounds was quickly dismissed by Everton, and a potential move came of nothing. 6 months later the rumor mill is again churning as Yakubu has not been able to return to form even in a squad where the forward position has been abysmal, and he may very well leave for West Ham this month for some much needed funds.
Leighton Baines: Subject to rumor this past summer from Bayern, the club has thankfully confirmed that Baines had no desire to join their squad, and have stopped heir pursuit.
There have been no solid rumors regarding who may be coming to Goodison Park this month. Landon Donovan ruled out any chance of a loan in December, as did Goldenmort. Some reports had linked Manchester United's Macheda to Merseyside, but his loan to Sampdoria.
One report did have Monaco striker Dieumerci Mbokani. possibly coming to either Everton or West Ham as he has failed to crack the first team after his 7 million pound move from Standard Leige.
Despite Louis Saha looking extremely dangerous today against Spurs, Everton could certainly use another striker or two in order to make what seems to be a possible if unlikely run at European qualification.