Everton post-deadline day transfer news and gossip: James Rodriguez refused to budge on £200k wages to depart

James Rodriguez remained at Everton following the closure of the transfer window. Picture: on Super - Pool/Getty ImagesJames Rodriguez remained at Everton following the closure of the transfer window. Picture: on Super - Pool/Getty Images
James Rodriguez remained at Everton following the closure of the transfer window. Picture: on Super - Pool/Getty Images | Getty Images

This article contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission on items purchased through this article, but that does not affect our editorial judgement.

We round up the latest talk to come out of Goodison Park since the window shut.

Everton got their man on transfer deadline day when Salomon Rondon completed his move at the 11th hour.

The striker signed a two-year deal at Goodison Park and reunites with Rafa Benitez for the third time in his career.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Rondon was the fifth signing of the summer after Demarai Gray (Bayer Leverkusen), Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace), Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth) and Andy Lonergan (West Brom) arrived on Merseyside.

It proved a quieter deadline day than many expected at Everton in terms of incomings, though.

Although Moise Kean completed his return to Juventus and Niels Nkounkou joined Standard Liege on loan, the Blues did not strengthen further.

But since the window has shut, there have been other bits of gossip swirling around Goodison.

We round up the latest news.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Why James remained

James Rodriguez is looking increasingly likely to stay at Everton. Picture: Peter Byrne - Pool/Getty ImagesJames Rodriguez is looking increasingly likely to stay at Everton. Picture: Peter Byrne - Pool/Getty Images
James Rodriguez is looking increasingly likely to stay at Everton. Picture: Peter Byrne - Pool/Getty Images | Getty Images

James Rodriguez did not depart Everton because he refused to budge on his wage demands.

The Blues were looking to offload the Colombian throughout the summer after being told he was not part of Benitez's plans for the season.

Everton had hoped to use Rodriguez as a makeweight in a deal to bring Porto winger Luis Diaz to Goodison.

Rodriguez - who earns around £200,000 per week - would not to a pay cut, however. (The Athletic)

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Another failed right-back attempt

Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters. Picture: George Wood/Getty ImagesSouthampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters. Picture: George Wood/Getty Images
Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters. Picture: George Wood/Getty Images | Getty Images

Southampton snubbed interest from Everton for Kyle Walker-Peters.

The Toffees were keen to recruit another right-back to compete with Seamus Coleman throughout the window.

Having missed out on the likes of Denzel Dumfries, Nathan Patterson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Benitez turned his attention to Walker-Peters.

But Southampton rebuffed Everton's offer, along with an enquiry from Tottenham. (The Telegraph)

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Swap deal weighed up

Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff. Picture: Michael Regan/Getty ImagesNewcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff. Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images
Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff. Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images | Getty Images

Everton mulled over swapping Tom Davies with Sean Longstaff.

The Newcastle midfielder was heavily linked with reuniting with Benitez on Merseyside throughout the summer, having worked together at St James' Park.

Although Longstaff has less than a year left on his current deal, it still would have taken a sizeable bid to prise him to the Toffees.

But rather than paying a fee, a straight switch with Everton academy graduate Tom Davies was considered. (The Athletic)

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Holgate offered

The ex-England U21 international has kept his place in Everton's side since Carlo Ancelotti took the reins at Goodison Park, but that could all change if they sign someone new. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)The ex-England U21 international has kept his place in Everton's side since Carlo Ancelotti took the reins at Goodison Park, but that could all change if they sign someone new. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
The ex-England U21 international has kept his place in Everton's side since Carlo Ancelotti took the reins at Goodison Park, but that could all change if they sign someone new. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Staying with Newcastle, they were offered the chance of signing Mason Holgate on loan.

Everton are fairly well stocked in central defence with Ben Godfrey, Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and youngster Jarrad Branthwaite all options.

The Magpies were handed the opportunity to take Holgate but pulled out of a deal.

The centre-half has started two of Everton's opening three Premier League games this season. (The Telegraph)

📧 Contact us: email us at hello@liverpoolworld.uk or find us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.