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Lucho and the transfer activity

By Steve Ferns :  04/08/2007 :  Comments (8) :
I've been very disappointed at the lack of transfer activity this season, like most fans. The reason for this is that clubs that were weaker than us last season have spent heavily and brought in vast numbers of players.

I think its important to remember that there is a reason why the likes of West Ham, Man City and Newcastle have bought so many players. Basically, they were very poor sides who have all had a recent change of ownership, manager and a cash injection. In short they had to spend and they have the funds or are prepared to take risk for fear of relegation.

We are in a period of stability, after years of stuttering and tittering on the brink of disaster we?ve got a finances under control. Anyone who has ever been unable to pay a credit card bill knows how hard it is to get your finances under control and how money vanishes with interest payments, etc.

I believe that Everton are not prepared to risk spending spree as they feel they don?t need to and they need stable finances to attract investment in the light of any ground move.

Moyes appears to have had transfer targets this summer of Nugent, Koumas, Smith, Fernandes, Pineaar, Vogel, Baines and now Lucho Gonzales. I believe that Everton set a price bracket for Nugent and Koumas and quite frankly I would have been upset had we signed either of these players for the fee that was paid for them. Simply they are not worth that much, even in the present market. Fernandes is a strange one. I heard some murmurings of a loan deal and then that went quiet with further murmurings that he wasn?t really happy to come here full time. Vogel, he was promised a free but as soon as a premiership club came in for him his club wanted a fee. Baines appears to want to come here and it appears that Everton are trying not to pay over the odds for him. I think that £6 million is a bit steep for a left back.

If so many clubs have bought so many new players, then how many of these quality players will become disillusioned come January or be frozen out in the reserves. Waiting to the end of the window or even January may mean we could pick someone up on the cheap. This appears to be what Wyness has hinted at.

Finally, Lucho. Who had heard of him before this morning? If he was signing for £5 million, I don?t believe there would have been half the rubbish that has been said on here. I hadn?t heard of him. I?ll be honest. I have since watched you tube and now recognise him from having watched a few copa America games. Lets be honest, he?s hardly Messi, Riquelme or Tevez is he? He plays in Portugal, not La Liga. So why wouldn?t he consider us? Yes if Juve and other top European sides come in we?ll probably lose out. But why won?t he come to the sixth best team in England?

I think that the squad is light on numbers, but we have quality and the way forward to sign only a few players each season. That way, we maintain a close knit squad and its easier to bed players in. furthermore, if you sign less players then you pay less money to agents. West Ham have had a high turnover of players in and out and claim to have re-couped most of their spendings, but how much money has gone to players and agents in signing on fees?

If we get Lucho, we don?t need another striker that desperately. Moyes favours 4-5-1. If you have Lucho down the right, then based on what I?ve seen he will be very far forward, playing as a wide front man like Kanchelskis used to. That would mean we have Anichebe and McFadden waiting on the bench and Vaughan to return. Also young Agard may make the breakthrough this year.

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1   Posted 06/08/2007 at 13:34:11

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according to wigan website deal done for 5m, follow link
Dan Pedersen
2   Posted 06/08/2007 at 13:49:04

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Maybe smoke! It will tell Benfica that we have offered 11 million to their rivals. Maybe reconsider Manny, allthough I think Lucho is the better player of those two, but Manny has potential to be even better. Lets see hopefully one of them. Should I say WELCOME BAINES or is that just a little bit to early?!
3   Posted 06/08/2007 at 15:02:55

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say like johnson got injured for a lenfy time then we will not score what so ever
4   Posted 06/08/2007 at 16:08:42

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According to Wigan’s official site and Sky Baines has signed but Everton have not confirmed, does this mean we are going to have us announcing very soon he failed a medical. We suffer from the mushroom syndrome at Everton, we are all kept in a dark room told nothing and every now and then someone throws in a bucket of shit like Gonazalez is going to sign, Smith, Richardson, Koumas, Riquelme etc etc
Brian Waring
5   Posted 06/08/2007 at 16:48:53

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The 2 clubs have agreed a fee Paul,and He has passed the medical.It is all down to what deal we are going to offer him in wages.This could be the only stumbling block.
6   Posted 06/08/2007 at 18:19:39

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Wigan are saying he failed a medical now and the story has been removed from their website
Mark Pendleton
7   Posted 06/08/2007 at 19:45:06

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Whilst i agree with a fair amount of this article as for picking up any players on the cheap in January i doubt it because other clubs will be panicking and there’ll be a merry go round. In any case, that would be too late for EFC. We’ll be out of the Leage Cup, UEFA cup and struggling in the league by then! We need players NOW!
lee rogers
8   Posted 07/08/2007 at 00:19:09

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acording to 5 live baines has a slight knock on his shoulder but will still be signing.blimey how many dome and glome people keep posting crap i get enough from a red nose in work and the misses.

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