Transfers Aubameyang once a target for Real Madrid, but Everton move now a possibility Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:44 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Borussia Dortmund Everton Bundesliga Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Toffees manager Sam Allardyce has refused to rule out an approach for the Borussia Dortmund striker when the January transfer window opens Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could “possibly” end up at Everton, with Sam Allardyce refusing to rule out a move for the Borussia Dortmund striker.The Gabon international is a proven performer at the highest level, having found the target 139 times in 209 appearances for his current club – including a personal best 40-goal haul last season.Those efforts have seen him register on the transfer radar of clubs across Europe, with La Liga giants Real Madrid reported to have been closely monitoring his situation at one stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That interest appears to have passed, however, and Aubameyang is now being heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League, with goal-shy Everton among his many suitors.Pressed on whether an approach could be made in the January window, new Toffees boss Sam Allardyce told reporters: “Possibly.”It is the hardest thing to recruit today, a centre-forward who scores goals and is the right type of centre-forward who scores goals for you. That’s the most expensive area on the pitch today.“We’ve a number of players here who have reasonably good goalscoring records who haven’t settled in – [Oumar] Niasse when he came from Russia, but has scored a few this year.”And Sandro [Ramirez] who hasn’t quite settled yet but scored lots of goals at Malaga last year.”There are people who have scored goals here but if there’s one out there that’s ready and ready-made it would be 1) expensive and 2) you have to ask is it the right one?”It’s my opinion that my first signing has to be correct, has to be the right signing for Everton and for my future.”Because if you make bad signings you get the sack. If you make good signings you become a better manager.”Everton spent big over the summer but have been unable to bring in a suitable successor to Romelu Lukaku following his £75 million move to Manchester United.Aubameyang would help to fill those boots, but he will not come cheap either and the Toffees will need to see more funds made available if they are to address a problem area in their squad. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Linking extreme interannual changes in prey availability to foraging behaviour and breeding investment in a marine predator, the macaroni penguin
Understanding the mechanisms that link prey availability to predator behaviour and population change is central to projecting how a species may respond to future environmental pressures. We documented the behavioural responses and breeding investment of macaroni penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus across five breeding seasons where local prey density changed by five-fold; from very low to highly abundant. When prey availability was low, foraging trips were significantly longer and extended overnight. Birds also foraged farther from the colony, potentially in order to reach more distant foraging grounds and allow for increased search times. These extended foraging trips were also linked to a marked decrease in fledgling weights, most likely associated with reduced rates of provisioning. Furthermore, by comparing our results with previous work on this population, it appears that lowered first-year survival rates associated, at least partially, with fledging masses were also evident for this cohort. This study integrates a unique set of prey density, predator behaviour and predator breeding investment data to highlight a possible behavioural mechanism linking perturbations in prey availability to population demography.