United manager David Moyes has already been unsuccessful with two £26m plus raids on his former club. However, after Everton drew a blank for the second successive weekend, at Cardiff City on Saturday, it emerged the champions were poised to hit the Toffees with another bid, in the region of £30m.
“I will just turn the telly off and hope they’re still here come Monday night,” said the diminutive midfielder. You certainly don’t want to lose your better players. As players, we can’t affect it, so we’ve just got to let things happen and deal with them when they do.”
Regardless of players moving of Goodison Park, Saturday’s show provided further confirmation manager Roberto Martinez would be well advised to seek one or two additions to his front line.
In terms of possession, they dominated the game against last season’s Championship winners. However, they fluffed their lines in front of goal and are now without a win in any one of their opening three games.
Osman said: “We’ve had three draws and we’re trying to change them into wins. Obviously we’d like to win the games and we’ve got to work hard to make sure we do. ”
It was another successful day for Cardiff who have now taken four points from their opening two home games. Full back Matt Connolly said: “We worked hard, we made some chances and we are pleased with the point.
“Had you have said before the last two games we would have four points, we’d have been delighted with that. We are going to cause teams problems here. It’s a great atmosphere and every team that comes here will have to work hard if they are going to beat us.”
CARDIFF (4-1-4-1): Marshall 7; Connolly 6, Caulker 7, Turner 7, Taylor 6; Medel 6 (Mutch 89, 5); Gunnarsson 6, Kim 7 (Maynard 82,6), Whittingham 7, Bellamy 6 (Cowie 79, 5); Campbell 6.
Subs not used: Lewis, Noone, Gestede, Hudson.
EVERTON (4-5-1): Howard 6; Coleman 6, Jagielka 7, Distin 7, Baines 7; Osman 6, Pienaar 6, Barkley 7, Fellaini 7, Mirallas 6 (Deulofeu 86, 5); Jelavic 6 (Kone 67, 6).
Subs not used: Robles, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Stones.
Referee: A Taylor (Cheshire).