By George Overhill

2nd Feb, 2023 | 3:10pm

Sean Dyche left to face the music alone at Everton as Andre Ayew heads for Nottingham Forest

Everton are “destined to miss out” on Andre Ayew who prefers to renew his relationship with Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper, according to Alex Crook.

The free agent Ghanian international has held talks with the Toffees after leaving Al Sadd in Qatar, but wants to join Cooper at the City Ground after playing under him at Swansea.

Meanwhile, new Goodison boss Sean Dyche did not receive an official unveiling ahead of his first press conference as manager, meaning he had to face questions about the current mess at the club alone.

Posting on Twitter on Thursday afternoon (2 February) talkSPORT reporter Crook wrote: “Another target EFC are destined to miss out on as Ayew prefers NFFC. Relationship with Steve Cooper key.”

Referring to the lack of an unveiling for the new manager ahead of his first press conference he added: “Meanwhile Sean Dyche left to face the music alone.”


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Failing to sign anybody when the current squad has lost to all three of the relegation rivals they have faced since the World Cup break in Wolves, Southampton and West Ham, is extremely disappointing.

Having a cash injection via the sale of Anthony Gordon to Newcastle, even if all the money doesn’t come in immediately, should have opened up some options but nothing was successful despite numerous links.

Coming second in a two-club race for a 33-year-old free agent on top of that is pretty demoralising for supporters, even if there are a couple of moving parts around Lewis O’Brien at the City Ground still to navigate.

It seems unlikely to be a coincidence that club suits were not willing to face the media alongside Dyche when his pre-match press conference for Arsenal has come hot on the heels of a barren transfer window.

The former Burnley man was asked about the lack of arrivals and gave a diplomatic answer about how hard he had seen Kevin Thelwell and the chairman working.

But that is unlikely to cut it with a fanbase who were promised a striker by Everton chief Farhad Moshiri earlier in the window and have ended up with nobody.