Darron Gibson is line to play his first competitive football in almost a year after being selected by Martin O'Neill for the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Oman tomorrow evening. The midfielder ruptured a cruciate knee ligament on international duty for his country last October and is only now back to full fitness.
Everton's attempts to draft Tom Cleverley into the squad today were scuppered by Manchester United's refusal to lower their price for the midfielder, according to reports. It been suggested throughout the day that the Blues had tried to sign Cleverley on loan but this does not appear to have been the case. Though there was early speculation suggesting Roberto Martinez might try and sign central defensive cover in the wake of Shane Duffy's transfer to Blackburn, nothing came of the rumours and the club have told reporters that they are done for transfer deadline day.
Everton crashed to their first
defeat of the season amid a deluge of goals at Goodison Park. 2-0 down after less than three minutes to strikes by Costa and Ivanovic, the Blues rallied and scored on the stroke of half time but fell 3-1 behind when Coleman unwittingly put past his own goalkeeper with 23 minutes to go. Goals from Naismith, Matic, Eto'o and Ramires in a hectic eight-minute spell then left the score at 5-3 to the visitors before Besic ruined his debut by sending Costa away to score an undeserved sixth.
David Henen did not sign for Everton before the transfer deadline after all – at least not on a permanent basis – but joined Olympiakos instead. He will remain with the Blues, though, after they signed him on a season-long loan from the Greek club.