Friday Kickoff: Tevez deal called off, Gibson headed to Everton and more

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Carlos Tevez is not headed to Milan.

Talks between Manchester City and AC Milan suddenly broke down after Alexander Pato refused a move to Paris-St. Germain. Milan needed the 20-25 million pound transfer fee from the Brazilian international's move to have any chance of raising the necessary cash. Inter and Juventus are reportedly still interested in the exiled striker but no serious approaches have been made.

Tevez has stood firm in his refusal to return to Manchester City while the club has publicly refused to sell him at a discounted rate. Milan continue to offer a loan deal for Tevez but that has been rebuffed repeatedly by City.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Friday.

EVERTON SIGN GIBSON FROM MAN UNITED

Everton have signed midfielder Darren Gibson from Manchester United for a fee of just under $1 million in the club's first signing of the January transfer window. Gibson, 24, is a product of the United youth development system but was on the fringes of the team this season, making only a handful of appearances. The Ireland international has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Goodison Park.

TREZEGUET HEADED TO RIVER PLATE

Former France striker David Trezeguet is returning to Argentina where he will join legendary club River Plate. River Plate are currently in the second division of the Argentinian league after being relegated for the first time in history but the move marks a return home for the 34-year-old striker. Trezeguet began his career at Platenese before moving on to success at Monaco and Juventus.

GRANT HEADED TO SERBIA

Former Chelsea and Portsmouth manager Avram Grant is headed to Serbia to take charge of Partizan Belgrade. Local media reported the one-year deal to be valued at around $1.1 million plus a half-million dollar bonus should Grant lead the club back to the Champions League. Partizan currently lead the Serbian league by 10 points at the halfway point.

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What do you think of today's stories? Disappointed Tevez isn't headed for Milan? Can Gibson make a difference at Everton? Are the moves for Trezeguet and Grant good calls?

Share your thoughts below.

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15 Responses to Friday Kickoff: Tevez deal called off, Gibson headed to Everton and more

  1. NE Matt says:

    Just read this on the UK’s “Daily Mail”:

    Bolton will offer Tim Ream 30 times his basic salary to become Gary Cahill’s replacement at the Reebok Stadium

    Holy Crap! How much is he making now?

  2. eleven says:

    $55,000

  3. Martha says:

    Anything to the Cone to NY rumours? If so I hope the Fire fleeced them but it doesnt sound like they did.

    At one time a great player but has been injured and a malcontent with the Fire and Atlas.

    He is a clubhouse cancer and I thought NJ Red Bulls had a plethora of those already. Raga Marquez x2

  4. Bumby Hemmingway says:

    Everytime I play Everton on Football Manager 2012 I sign Darren Gibson.

  5. Tractor says:

    “Partizan currently lead the Serbian league by ten points at the halfway point.”

    And they’re bringing in a new manager because…?

  6. Paul says:

    Darren Gibson is a *Northern* Ireland international. Different team.

  7. Brain says:

    Born in Northern Ireland, chose to represent Republic of Ireland at the senior level.

  8. fischy says:

    That Grant move is surprising if only because I would never have guessed a Serbian team would hire an Israeli manager.

  9. Jamie Z. says:

    The sooner Everton can get Gibson dressed and on the field, the better it will be for them. Without him on the pitch, stat, they’ll be looking at Drenthe or Bilyaletdindov in the center of the park, which is just the kind of austerity midfield it would take to lose to a team as shambolic as Aston Villa right now.

  10. Isaac says:

    Apparently there was a dispute with the club’s board.

  11. Isaac says:

    Yeah, they seem to lack creativity in the middle right about now. Plenty of energy of energy in that area, but they need someone to really thread the needle and take advantage of that. Gibson could do it.

  12. IsaacMundia says:

    What’s more, they seem to depend on the wide areas for creativity, particularly with overlapping fullback Leighton Baines. Let’s not forget Landon Donovan coming in from the flank.

  13. Agreed Everton need Gibson to spell injuries but Moyes would never put Drenthe or Bily in the center of the park. With Rodwell and Osman injured, Moyes will use a combination of Fellaini, Cahill and Gibson to patrol the middle.

  14. Martek says:

    I was kind of hoping Trezeguet would come to MLS, but think this will be a great stop for him.