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January Transfers?

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Just read at SkySports.com that Moyes has said there isn't any money to spend in January. Forgive me for asking, but weren't we about to spend something in the region of £12 million on Fernandes days before the transfer window closed? Where's that money gone? Or is this just a smokescreen?
Adam Doyle, Stafford     Posted 02/11/2007 at 17:35:57

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Lyndon
Actually, Adam, if you can past the the double negative, I think he's actually saying that so far he hasn't been told there won't be money so he's expecting there will be:

"[Looking at loan deals] will play a part. But I have not been told that there will not be money to spend in January."

As you say, I think there would be a clamour of angry Evertonians if the club were to turn around and say there's no cash after nearly spending £12m on Fernandes.

John Lloyd
1   Posted 02/11/2007 at 18:19:43

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I reckon its a smokescreen, so if we do go in for players we dont get fleeced by clubs like Tottenham or West Ham ususally do.

Hope so anyway ha ha!
dave t
2   Posted 02/11/2007 at 18:32:56

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he said something similar in the summer.
then we spent millions
he knows we need a midfielder and a rb
he?s not soft
Ben Brown
3   Posted 02/11/2007 at 18:36:21

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It’s because it’s the worst bit of journalism ever. The actual quote is: "That will play a part. But I have not been told that there will not be money to spend in January."

Then in the Quotes of the Week bit it’s: " There will not be money to spend in January." Moyes on transfer window spending.

In conclusion, fuck Sky.

Mick
4   Posted 02/11/2007 at 19:18:02

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Sky sports are a fucking disgrace, their stupid spotty faced presenters makes you want to poke them in the eyes. Wouldnt youlove to just sit one down and quiz them about football, gormless pricks and the producers are all up the arses of Ferguson and the spanish pedo fuck them
David Barks
5   Posted 02/11/2007 at 20:25:36

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We had the money for Fernandes, so we should be able to spend something in January. Say what you want about Moyes but he will not want to take a step backward. We are in prime position to get out of the group stages of the UEFA Cup, we’re in the Quarters of the League Cup and see how it looks after the draw tomorrow, and we still have the FA Cup coming up. The point is we should be making some money from our Cup performances so far, and we are only 4 points outside a European spot right now after missing Cahill, Gravesen, Vaughan, and AJ for most of the first quarter of the season. I think he will look to get some sort of central midfielder if a quality one is available. I’ll say it again, Riquelme is available. He would make a huge difference in our team, would be fresh after sitting the bench for Villareal the first half of the season, and would definitely be motivated to prove himself. This signing would accomplish two things. It would give us the quality central midfielder that we desperately need, and it would keep Arteta happy, giving him another player with skill on the ball to take some of the pressure off himself. This is who we need to get, and he wouldn’t cost that much.
Chris Cook
6   Posted 02/11/2007 at 20:43:05

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perhaps he’s saving up for Pienaar on a perm move
Terry Smith
7   Posted 02/11/2007 at 21:09:30

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Whether you like this or not i have heard that the only big money move for Everton is Stuart Downing & VDM going the other way the fee is around £10-15mill not sure if this is for the xmas or summer window.
bluenose83
8   Posted 02/11/2007 at 21:12:05

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Riquelme is available but the rumour is he wants to move back to argentina. I thought the pienaar deal was already sorted. Part of his loan move was an agreed fee at the end of the season. Similar to arteta’s loan move.
David Barks
9   Posted 02/11/2007 at 21:55:39

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Stuart Downing wouldn’t be bad, definitely not the worst signing we would have ever made. I suppose it could allow Arteta to move more into the middle more with Downing and Pienaar on the wings. Arteta already plays that roaming position anyway.
jayharris
10   Posted 02/11/2007 at 22:36:10

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Downings not fit to lace VDM’s boots.
He hasnt had a decent game in 12 months and gave away a howler to Rooney last week. We need to find a foreign(better technique)central midfielder similar to Fernades or Dacourt.Arsenal never seem to have trouble finding them may be we could ask Wenger’s advice since Mourhino recommended Valente.
David Barks
11   Posted 02/11/2007 at 23:36:23

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To be fair to Downing, he’s playing for a terrible manager, a terrible team, in a half empty stadium, with a pretty poor team. And players have a howler now and again, it happens to everyone. I think that if he came to Everton and slotted into our midfield with Cahill, Arteta and Pienaar he would thrive.
Brian Wolf
12   Posted 03/11/2007 at 00:45:34

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Isn’t one of the presenters on Sky Sports the guy who used to do Blue Peter?

So he’s gone from Here’s one I made earlier to Here’s one I made up earlier.
bri L
13   Posted 03/11/2007 at 00:26:27

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Jay Harris Are you on drugs? "Downings not fit to lace VDM boots?"

VDM’s not fit to lace Downings drink
Bentley
14   Posted 03/11/2007 at 09:59:25

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Stephen Appiah, please god.
philip mcavoy
15   Posted 03/11/2007 at 10:59:54

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I concur - we’d be all much appiah with him in midfield.
Aside from that Downing would give us real width but at 10mil he way overpriced.
Ben
16   Posted 03/11/2007 at 12:35:19

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I agree.. Stephen Appiah would be an awesome signing.. and save up for Pienaar? The agreed fee for him is only 2 million at the end of the season
Tony Miller
17   Posted 03/11/2007 at 13:25:01

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Not for this thread I know but we have West Ham away in the cup
Michael Newton
18   Posted 03/11/2007 at 14:26:10

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Appiah isnt a world class player if he was he wouldnt be plying his trade in Turkey.
Downing, a good centre back to replace Stubbs in the squad and a midfield general are 3 people I would like to see join the club in Jan
Thommo
19   Posted 03/11/2007 at 14:44:58

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Why is it that when there are doubts that Everton have transfer funds the first reaction seems to be, "Whatever happened to the So’n’so transfer money" as if Everton sit around with 12M in the safe or burning a hole in their pocket. It may be that the Bank is no longer as amenable as they were or that staggered payments that were negotiated with one club are not acceptable to another. After all, in the real world interest rates are changing for various reasons and clubs with other large debts may not look as attractive a loan proposition. One thing that does seem to be inferred in Moyes’ comments is that he has not spoken to the Chairman about it.
Bentley Gibson
20   Posted 04/11/2007 at 09:37:55

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I know Fenerbahce isn?t glamourous, but nor are Wolves, Milwall or Real Sociedad, and I wouldn?t change our purchases from them for the world.

We?ve been linked with box-to-box midfielders for a while (Fernandes - sort of, Reo Coker and Barton etc) and its definitely a position we need.

I?d be very happy with Appiah.

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