When you think of Merseyside, Everton are usually the second team that comes to the mind. But of late, the Toffees are making a lot of noise in the transfer market. In the summer of 2017, Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri acquired a 49.9% stake at the club and that meant only one thing, they were going to spend big. And that is exactly what transpired.
After Moshiri's investment, the club had big ambitions and unsurprisingly, they made some big name signings. The club signed as many as nine players in the summer of 2018 and it was by far their biggest transfer window in the history of the club. Having said that, they also sold a few stars; Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu left for Manchester United and Barcelona respectively.
The club weren't know as big spenders. Of course, they spend decent money for a couple of years before Moshiri's arrival but that was mainly down to the new TV revenue deal that kicked in and allowed the Premier League sides to spend lavishly on players.
Everton predominantly depended on academy players and they have been know to have one oft the best academies in the country. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Jack Rodwell, Ross Barkley and more recently Tom Davies are some of the prominent names in recent years.
Everton - Recent signings
Everton spend big money on Gylfi Sigurdsson in the summer of 2017 and the Icelandic international currently holds the record for being the most expensive Everton signing. Wayne Rooney also returned to the club from Manchester United in a player plus cash swap deal for Romelu Lukaku. Other notable signings were centre-half Michael Keane and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
In the winter transfer window, the club signed Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun.