Everton FC News: EVERTON are monitoring the situation of Blackburn Rovers winger Junior Hoilett, but are yet to enter into any discussions with the Canadian.
The Blues have also ruled out moves for Wigan Athletic striker Hugo Rodallega and Croatian full-back Danijel Pranjic.
Hoilett’s contract at Ewood Park has expired, and although Blackburn boss Steve Kean revealed this week that he was eager to keep the 22-year-old, he is expected to leave the Championship club in the next few weeks.
Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers and German club Borussia Moenchengladbach have all expressed an interest in signing Hoilett, who scored seven times as Blackburn were relegated last season.
The Chronicle understands that Everton are keeping a close eye on the situation, but that no formal talks have taken place with the player’s representatives yet.
Hoilett would not command a transfer fee, but as he is under the age of 23, and as he was a product of Blackburn’s youth academy, any club signing him would be required to pay ‘development costs’. It is understood that these could run to more than £3million.
Everton boss David Moyes, who has already landed one forward, in Steven Naismith this summer, is eager to add to his squad before the start of the new Premier League season next month.
The Blues will not, however, be making a move for former Wigan forward Rodallega.
The Colombian is another who is out of contract this summer, but Goodison chiefs believe the 26-year-old’s wage demands are out of line with what he could bring to the club.
Rodallega scored just twice for Wigan in 23 appearances last season, and was a bit-part player as the Latics secured Premier League survival with a stunning late surge. Fulham appear to favourites to land the former Necaxa man.
Pranjic is another that has been linked with Everton all summer. The 32-year-old is looking for a new club having left Bayern Munich last month, but Goodison officials insist that no contact has been made with the player, and that none is likely to be made any time soon.
Meanwhile, Everton have announced that their opening Java Cup match in Indonesia has been rescheduled.
The Blues were initially due to play Turkish side Galatasaray on Thursday, July 26, but due to a short turnaround between their arrival in Indonesia and that opening game, the club requested they play on the Friday instead.
Everton will now open their campaign against Malaysia on Friday, July 27.
It means Everton could potentially face the prospect of two games in two days, with the third/fourth place play-off due to be held on Saturday, July 28.
The final will be played the following day.
All games will be played at Jakarta’s 88,000-seater Gelora Bung Senayan stadium and will kick-off at 8.45pm local time – 2.45pm UK time.