The winger was close to completing an £11m move from Lyon to Goodison Park in August but the move fell through when he elected to stay and try to hammer out a new contract.
No deal was reached, however, but while both parties are still hopeful one can be agreed, the Blues are eyeing a swoop on a free transfer if his current contract expires without it being renewed.
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1 Posted 21/04/2017 at 08:08:37
2 Posted 21/04/2017 at 09:00:14
Personally I feel we need another wide option, especially for down the right and that's where Ghezzal plays and IF we are still interested he could be a great addition on a free!
3 Posted 21/04/2017 at 09:35:12
Still worth a punt for me and to be linked with good player is encouraging.
4 Posted 21/04/2017 at 10:48:10
I think if we do revive this one, it is a sign that the club are more worried about the long-term effects of Bolasie's injury than we thought.
5 Posted 21/04/2017 at 10:53:09
6 Posted 21/04/2017 at 11:40:18
We'll have to see how this one goes but I think he'd be a good addition...
7 Posted 21/04/2017 at 12:45:25
8 Posted 21/04/2017 at 13:19:48
We play 1 Centre-forwat F (Rom) with a Attacking Midfielder in a central free role and a Wide Attacking Midfielder who operates down both sides during the course of a game.
The WAF options we have are Mirallas, Bolasie (when fit), Lookman and Calvert-Lewin. We also have Lennon, Deulofeu and McGeady who will all go in the summer.
The CAM (free role) is Barkley's at the moment. Obviously the likes of Rooney and Sigurdsson will increase competition in this area, which is why we are linked to them. We also have Dowell coming through who prefers to play this sort of role.
I am not sure Ghezzal can play in this role.
Don't get me wrong if he signs on a free, it would be good business, but my suspicion is that it is paper talk generated by his agent to put pressure on Lyons to come up with a contract.
Why would we sign 3 similar players between our bid last summer falling through and this summer, and then still go after him? Just doesn't make sense to me.
9 Posted 21/04/2017 at 16:34:15
10 Posted 21/04/2017 at 17:13:41
11 Posted 21/04/2017 at 17:25:52
12 Posted 21/04/2017 at 17:32:00
13 Posted 21/04/2017 at 18:37:20
I can't believe that Lyon would play hardball with a player of this ability over a contract or that he could possibly be available on a free. He will of course be looking for a hefty signing on fee for himself and his agent. Touch of Mahrez and Yarmolenko about him. Buy Buy Buy. If he doesn't turn out. Sell for a serious profit.
As Mike says, this is a Steve Walsh pick. What's not to like?
14 Posted 21/04/2017 at 23:50:56
15 Posted 22/04/2017 at 04:08:16
16 Posted 22/04/2017 at 10:23:25
As far as I'm concerned, the likes of Oscar and Co can rot out there and enjoy their millions.
17 Posted 22/04/2017 at 12:02:40
At the minute he doesn't, or he does have the players and doesn't rate them and with the emergence of Davies, it's pushed Barkley out there for now so we do need wide right options. It's why we went for the likes of Ghezzal, Lucas Perez & Gabbiadini in the summer as they all play predominantly down the right as wide forwards...
18 Posted 22/04/2017 at 13:07:57
19 Posted 22/04/2017 at 14:25:45
Perez is a "Vardy style" forward first and foremost who sometimes plays down the left. Gabbiadini is mainly a forward, but he is left-footed, so is sometimes asked to play wide right, so he can cut-in and shoot (a la Kanchelskis). Neither one are a winger by trade. I think they were the pre Enner Valencia targets last summer.
I hope I am wrong, that we get Ghezzal, he rips up the Premier League and we finish in the top 4 next season. I just don't think we are really in for him. Based on our transfer dealings over the last 10 months or so.
20 Posted 23/04/2017 at 01:37:09
His control is not tight enough. No doubt he is fast, but he's too fast to keep it under control, the ball is Ricocheting everywhere. He's far too thin for my liking, he'd seriously need to bulk up to last in the Premier League. He's already had injuries this season.
Someone was joking saying he doesn't track back, but in a front three he will need to press and you see petulance in that video, far worse than Mirallas. He wouldn't press, he'd roll around for half-an-hour after he was tackled. He's not a scrapper.
Maybe it's just being in a bad move after watching that shite today, but this fella does not impress me at all. I'd prefer to buy Brahimi. He's got better control, is more powerfully built and can do all the neat little tricks as well. But he is another terrible diver.
21 Posted 23/04/2017 at 01:39:40
Video of Brahimi
22 Posted 23/04/2017 at 02:28:31
Lookman, Mirallas nor Calvin-Lewin have taken a spot in the team so I'd pretty much say each of the 3 attacking positions are available to grab, but I expect that we will be buying players for the positions.
Were ready to take a lot of money into the club, we have to spend it wisely.
Rough price guide for sales:
All pretty much nailed on to leave at a total of £135m.
McCarthy could be sold due to his strained relationship with Koeman, he'd command a £15m fee.
Not to mention one or two of Jags, Steklenburg, Barry could easily move on.
I'd say were in for our busiest summer ever, but if you look at Koemans time at Southampton he's used to such activity.
Basically I wouldn't rule out Ghezzal or anyone else at this time; it's going to go mad in this window for us.
23 Posted 23/04/2017 at 07:53:53
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