Everton made a late mark on the transfer window as they completed a triple swoop to significantly bolster their squad, whilst at the same time selling two of their stars.
Toffee’s boss Roberto Martinez completed a multi-million pound deal for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy before sealing loan deals for Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku and Manchester City’s Gareth Barry.
The deals were funded by the departure of Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United in a £27.5 million pound deal and striker Victor Anichebe to West Bromwich Albion in a deal that will eventually rise to £6 million.
Republic of Ireland International McCarthy became the first player in the door in a dramatic few hours with Everton and Wigan finally agreeing a fee, believed to be £13 million pounds for the midfielder.
The 22 year old, a FA cup winner with the Lactic’s last season, returns to the Premier League just months after suffering the disappointment of relegation, has signed a long-term deal with the Merseysider’s.
Martinez also bolstered his forward line with the addition of Belgian star Lukaku. The Chelsea striker impressed on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season scoring 17 goals from 20 starts to help Steve Clarke’s side to 8th place in the table last season before returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
It had initially appeared that the club would not be letting him leave Stamford Bridge especially as the young forward featured in 3 of the club’s 4 games this season however in the end Jose Mourinho relented and sanctioned a season-long loan to Everton.
The final piece in the jigsaw was the arrival of Barry. The former Aston Villa midfielder had been frozen out at City following the arrival of Fernandinho and had yet to feature this season for the light blues.
The England star had been linked with moves to Arsenal and his former club Villa but it in the end he will make the short move to Everton, joining the club on a season-long loan.
A permanent deal had been discussed but with the clock ticking down to the 11pm deadline the two clubs agreed on a loan deal with Everton believed to be picking up the majority of the 32 year olds £100,000 a week salary.