Manager reveals Everton are waiting for green light on three new signings
By Alex Stevens
Everton are close to sealing three new signings, according to manager Ronald Koeman.
The Goodison manager revealed on Saturday evening that the club are working on a number of deals and expect two of then to be completed next week.
One is almost certainly to be Yannick Bolasie after Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew admitted the winger was “close” to joining the Merseysiders.
There is a strong possibility that one of the two others is Lamine Kone after Sunderland manager David Moyes admitted on Friday that Everton had submitted an £18million bid for the centre-back.
“We are waiting for two, three new players and the board is working very hard to bring players in,” Koeman said, as quoted by the Sky Sports transfer centre blog. “I don’t talk about names because that’s not respectful to the clubs and the players but I hope we will get two new players next week.”
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The 27-year-old winger was on the substitute’s bench for Palace’s 1-0 defeat against West Brom on Saturday but came on in the 66th minute to a standing ovation from the Sellhurst Park support.
However, boss Pardew has admitted that it will be possibly the last time that the Palace faithful see the DR Congo is a home shirt as he is in line to join Everton.
“It will be disappointing if he is going to move,” Pardew told BBC Sport, as quoted by the post match reaction blog (5.31pm). “The deal is close but he will go with our best wishes.
“I think it is fair to say his heart and soul is elsewhere. Yannick is all about heart and soul and if it is not with us then we have to say goodbye.”
Koeman has also been on the trail of Sunderland’s Lamine Kone and the Sun report that terms for Kone are expected to be concluded within days of Bolasie’s capture being announced.
Moyes claimed the Black Cats want the centre-back to sign a new deal and remain at the Stadium of Light.
The two Premier League stars are set to link up with new signings Maarten Stekelenburg, Idrissa Gueye and Ashley Williams in Koeman’s new-look squad.
In other Everton transfer news, former Toffees wonderkid George Green has moved to Kilmarnock on loan from Burnley.