Wednesday, July 17, 2002
Moyes set to join the Kamil race
By Alan Nixon and Colin Wood
Everton boss David Moyes has switched his search for a new goalkeeper to Slovakia's Kamil Contofalsky as his vain chase of Mart Poom nears an unsatisfactory conclusion.
Kamil Contofalsky: Toffees' target
Moyes last night sent goalkeeping specialist Chris Woods and senior coach Jimmy Lumsden from the club's Austrian training camp to look at Contofalsky in action for his club Bohemians Prague in France.
Contofalsky is available at around Ł1.2million and has impressed other clubs in recent weeks, with Southampton watching him at a recent Bohemians game as well as at Le Havre last night.
However, Everton may step in quickly for the giant keeper who has a big reputation in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and is similar to Poom in many ways, with his bravery and agility.
Moyes, normally cautious in the transfer market, will listen to a report from Woods when he returns from the journey today, although other homework has been done and the results so far are positive.
Contofalsky has had run-ins with his club over disciplinary problems in the past but these have been put in perspective by Everton as they check out his background.
Moyes - who last week sounded out Arsenal over their reserve goalkeeper Richard Wright without success - is at the end of his tether over the Poom deal, with Derby County sticking to their demands for an overall fee of around Ł7m.
That has annoyed Poom, who said last night: 'I am very flattered by Everton's interest and like every other player, I want to play in the Premiership. Derby's valuation is too much in the current market situation.
'Everton have made a very good offer and Derby are no longer a Premiership club, though, of course, they have the right to ask for that much money.'
Everton have also been linked with Fenerbahce No.1 Rustu Recber, who has already caught the eye of Arsenal and Manchester United. The Turks have made it clear they are ready to sell after losing the title to Istanbul rivals Galatasaray.
But his top-drawer performances in helping Turkey reach the World Cup semi-finals see him valued in the same bracket as Poom, which would all but put the 29-year-old out of Everton's reach.
Moyes had some joy last night as 16-year-old prospect Wayne Rooney and Kevin McLeod both hit hat-tricks as Everton cantered to a 10-2 friendly win over Austria's SC Weiz.