Ex-CEO verdict on Jan signings at Everton - 'there are already rumours'

By Wayne Veysey

3rd Dec, 2023 | 10:00am

Former Everton CEO Keith Wyness fears January exodus of young stars from Goodison

Ex-Everton chief Keith Wyness has conceded he doesn’t expect much transfer activity at the club in January despite the threat of relegation.

The 66-year-old, who served as CEO at Goodison Park between 2004 and 2009 and now runs a football consultancy advising elite clubs, suggested “there are already rumours” about younger Toffees talent leaving amid the club’s financial problems.

Everton were plunged into a relegation battle last month when they were docked 10 points for breaching the Premier League’s financial and sustainability rules.

That breach came after years of overspending on transfers – such as the reported £25million fee paid to bring Jean-Philippe Gbamin to the club in 2019.

Dyche was handed five new arrivals in the summer window, including a permanent move for striker Beto and a loan deal for Leeds star Jack Harrison.

Everton have confirmed they are appealing their points deduction – which is the biggest in Premier League history.

They had amassed 14 points before the punishment, winning four and drawing two of 12 total games.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider‘s Inside Track podcast, Wyness said: “I don’t expect much activity at all.

“Hopefully there’s not much in the other direction. There are already whispers from what I’ve heard about some of the younger talent being taken away from Everton – I hope that doesn’t happen.

“A period of stability would be nice, just to let Sean operate.

“He’s proven, to me anyway, that he can get the team working together as a cohesive unit.

“Giving him the chance to have a settled squad would be good.”

In other news, major update on Everton triggering Harrison clause.