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So the Euro 2008 Championship is upon us and we will all be watching, even with England's notable absence. We've all heard our transfer target rumours so far this summer, a lot of which we will be keeping a close eye on as they play for their countries in the Euros this summer. Arshavin, Huntelaar, Kallstrom, Joaquin etc. along with a load of others who have in some way been linked with the blues!

The trouble with buying internationals after a big tournament is that their price can become grossly over inflated. I'm sure a lot of average or just above average players are going to be playing out of their skins in the Euros,which is arguably one of the highlights of any player' career. What you can end up with is a £5 million Kallstrom having a great tournament with Sweden meaning a good player becomes an overnight world beater and his price doubles.

It's happened so many times in the past. Liverpool with El Hadj Diof who had a great World Cup before showing his true colours in the Prem! What a waste of money! Even closer to home, remember Amokachi? Excellent World Cup with Nigeria, but found it hard to hit a barn door from three yards when he joined the blues (apart from on a couple of high profile occasions: namely the FA Cup Semi-Final v Spurs).

Now I believe Moyes is far too good a manager to be fooled by average players having tournaments of their lives during the Euros, but unfortunately, he will be powerless against the prices of these players going up significantly due to the Euros.

Sould we be looking at any big names from Europe, chances are we are going to have to pay top dollar! Will this scare Moyes or more likely our wallet-iding club away from the players we could and should be targeting?
Ian Ankers, Chester     Posted 08/06/2008 at 21:15:06

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Tony Part
1   Posted 09/06/2008 at 07:58:52

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I cant really see Everton signing any of the major names at the Euro Championships simply because I am not that sure we have much money to spend.
People may say if we can bid £5 million for a 17-year-old then we must have it but reading between the lines with Ramsey I think its easy to see that Everton have used their heads. If Ramsey turns out to be a quality player or the new Ryan Giggs then we can sell him on in four years for about £12 million and make a profit. Do you think we would still be bidding £5 million for Ramsey if he was 27 or 28?

I cant blame Everton for thinking that way mind you as he may turn into the finished article but then again he may be another John Oster. I seem to remember Manchester United wanted him also when he was at Grimsby.

Back to the Euro 2008 and for me personally the player or striker I would be looking to pay £18 million for is not Jo but Lucas Podolski. This guy is an unbelievable finisher and looks as though the Premier League is made for him. Of the others, Arshavin is of course the man we would like to see but maybe again the price is scaring off Everton.

Reading between the lines I just wonder if Wyness and the board can deliver on Moyes transfer targets judging from Wyness?s words recently. It would be better if Moyes knew now the calibre of player he can chase so we know if he can go after the Arshavins and Joaquins or the also rans .

Gavin Ramejkis
2   Posted 09/06/2008 at 08:31:48

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I’d be looking at players like Clemens Fritz from Werder Bremen who due to Schweinsteigers drop in form got the nod yesterday and was very good against a tough Polish side, the German league isn’t a million miles away from the EPL and this would be a good start in looking for players. Every tournament is the same though b e in Euros, World Cup, Africa’s Cup of Nations etc they all inflate prices but that’s life for you. Any decent manager would know his targets well in advance of the tournaments and start the ball rolling IF they were targets and IF he had the funds to do so.
jason williams
3   Posted 09/06/2008 at 09:02:37

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The thing is that we will struggle to hold onto players like lescott and jags as they are english and exceptional footballers and young to boot.
utd, arse etc could well come calling for our English talent.
Colin Myers
4   Posted 09/06/2008 at 09:14:46

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Please excuse the cynicism but expect to see Everton bidding for lots of players we haven?t got a hope in hell of signing. It keeps the native?s happy but when Bully starts his £1M down and the rest over 20 years patter, our £5M bid is laughed out of court. It happenned with Ramsey and Cardiff told him to get stuffed.
Adam McCulloch
5   Posted 09/06/2008 at 09:27:18

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One example you can look at in terms of major tournaments is Yobo - Moyes snapped him up on a loan to test the water, and know £5million or so looks a snip. Sometimes its the players who quietly perform well who end up being plucked away.

Saying that Arshavin would be nice =D
Chris Robinson
6   Posted 09/06/2008 at 10:49:08

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Arshavin would be a fantastic addition BUT, there’s alot of money now washing around the Russian League. Arshavin is reputedly already on wages of £50k per week at Zenit. Could we match that, never mind pay him even more to attract him to just UEFA cup footie next season? Zenit are already in the Champions League by the way, being Russian champions. Unless he is player of the tournament at EURO ’08, thus attracting interest from the Champions League regulars, I suspect he will stay put at Zenit and let some of the "euro giants" have a look at what he can do in the Champions League, then leave for mega-bucks next year. Either way, sadly I think he’ll just stay on our wish list, nothing more.
Andy Callan
7   Posted 09/06/2008 at 13:40:39

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All pie in the sky...

The top names will go to the top teams, who spend top money.

We do not fit in to either category any more.

I am just enjoying the Euro’s knowing twat’s like Ferdinand, Terry, Rooney, Lampard etc are watching it at home as well....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Up the blues.

Peter Roberts
8   Posted 09/06/2008 at 13:45:39

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Re: Colin Myers:

Well done on letting personal opinion cloud the facts.

Show me one source where it says the Cardiff chairman told us to get stuffed? As far as I know our £5m bid was accepted.
Scott Milne
9   Posted 09/06/2008 at 14:10:29

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For the record - Neither Joaquin nor Fernandes are actually in their respective squads for the Euros - so if anything, their prices will stay the same, if not have fallen...

Arda Turan?s another that we?ve been linked with, whilst he?s in the Turkey squad, he?s preferred in their line-up to Colin (Kazim-Kazim) Richards so not really sure if he?d be up to scratch anyways...

Realistically, if we?re to sign anyone from the Euros, I?d check out out a few of the Romanians - Dica, Nicolita & Cristea have all looked the business previously...
John Murphy
10   Posted 09/06/2008 at 15:47:50

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I have heard a few people say that we have been linked with Huntelaar but I have never seen anything. Anyone got any links? Even though there is no chance we will get him
Rob Heaton
11   Posted 09/06/2008 at 18:05:25

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Huntelaar - Dutch striker
Ajax player of the year 2005-2006
7 in 12 for the national side and 70 in 82 for Ajax.
Top scorer in the Eridivisie 2005-2006 and 2007-2008

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaas-Jan_Huntelaar
Frank Bird
12   Posted 09/06/2008 at 18:30:12

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I was a bit concerned as to Wyness 's comments about us "punching above our weight", that tells me we won't be in for the players who are in the Euros. Instead, players from the lower leagues, me thinks... One thing, that's Wyness may be punching above his weight, and should fuck off.
Karl Masters
13   Posted 09/06/2008 at 18:06:24

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One good reason to think twice about European players is the current exchange rate against the Euro that thas shifted 20% or so in the last year.

A £10M players a year ago will now cost £12M yet the European club will only get the same amount of Euros. The very Top players may well stay in the Eurozone.

Personally, I'm all for shopping around some of the more unfashionable Clubs in France, Holland & Germany where I think there are some absolute bargains to be had.

Wenger?s been doing it for years and it shows the value of a good scouting network.
Erik Dols
14   Posted 09/06/2008 at 22:44:02

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John Murphy - Huntelaar has publicly stated he will only leave Ajax for a club with a decent chance of winning the CL. He will go to Real Madrid or Man Utd if you ask me.

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