Its just been confirmed on Sky Sports News that Zoltan Gera has passed his medical for Fulham and has signed.
I believe he would have been an excellent squad addition on a free and it makes me wonder if Moyes is lining up enough additions to cope with the demands of competing on four fronts next season?
Sean McNally, Posted 11/06/2008 at 13:01:44
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1 Posted 11/06/2008 at 13:56:13
Ramsey, Gera....see the pattern emerging?
2 Posted 11/06/2008 at 14:02:10
3 Posted 11/06/2008 at 14:06:00
4 Posted 11/06/2008 at 14:00:16
I would imagine that Moyes made enquires about him and would have been looking to use him as squad player at best. The wages we would have offered would have reflected this, probably around £15-20K per week. Fulham will give him first team football and more than likely more money.
You can’t be too upset missing out on a player like Gera. After finishing fifth last season we should be setting our sights much higher.
Arsenal have a hugely impressive set up. Wenger flew Ramsey to Switzerland by private jet to talk to him. We probably bought him a pint at the Suites hotel in Kirkby !!
5 Posted 11/06/2008 at 14:00:15
Ramsey was a blag offer blas blah, so blag that Moyes met him and apparantly he was going to snub ManUre for us but Le Arse made him feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I am not too concerned about Gera, as he would have been squad cover only so big loss.
6 Posted 11/06/2008 at 14:27:26
Gera is shite and we need players better than him, but every single time we want a player it turns in to a complete fuking fiasco and lasts for ages doesn?t it?!?!?!?
Makes me chuckle these days...
Sign Villa, Ronaldo, Cech and Ballack I say...
7 Posted 11/06/2008 at 14:26:50
Let's face it Vaughan will mainly be injured & AJ can?t score in a brothel. We need players coming in asap.
8 Posted 11/06/2008 at 14:32:25
9 Posted 11/06/2008 at 14:44:53
I’ll be more guttted if we dont pursue seriously the likes of Arshavin and Huddlestone to be honest. 3 good signings this summer and we can achieve 4th or even 3rd with Cahill, Baines, Fernandes, Vaughan, Arteta & Yakubu all fit and firing regularly imho.
Gera is not the standard we should be looking at anymore - that was sooo last year!
10 Posted 11/06/2008 at 14:51:06
11 Posted 11/06/2008 at 14:51:39
12 Posted 11/06/2008 at 14:54:12
13 Posted 11/06/2008 at 15:01:36
So takin that into account doubt Moyes wanted to fork out 30 - 40k week on wages with him being on a free. Surely that would unsettle the other midfeilders like Osman who plays every week.
I think we should be looking at first teamers so the likes of Osman will be sitting on the bench, thats the type of quality we need in this squad.
14 Posted 11/06/2008 at 15:09:19
A side whose arses narrowly escaped the relegation trap-door last season have signed a player and we haven’t. Ergo we’re doomed, we won’t sign anyone at all and Moyes will walk out on us.
I really have to try very hard not to weep bitter tears of frustration at the panicking that goes on on this site at times.
15 Posted 11/06/2008 at 15:14:37
16 Posted 11/06/2008 at 15:44:23
17 Posted 11/06/2008 at 15:50:49
As for Moutinho i’m not sure there’s serious interest there. I think Moyes was in the crowd and assumptions are being made. Either way i’m confident that weaknesses in the squad will have been addressed by the start of the season and the only player we’ve lost that actually makes a difference is Carsley to date.
18 Posted 11/06/2008 at 15:59:58
19 Posted 11/06/2008 at 15:52:55
20 Posted 11/06/2008 at 16:01:42
McFadden, Stubbs,Fernandes (been and gone) Carsley,Gravesen,Wessels,Boyle,Vidarsson and Anthony Gardner have all left.
Ok a few of those players never got near the first team and you can argue that not much quality has left but they were still part of the squad and could be called on for reinforcements.
Its still realy days in a way but I think we are going to have to start gettiing things done and dusted soon.
Remember what happens when the hectic fixture list kicks in like it did last year and in the end our lack of numbers and class in depth cost us arguably a trophy in the form of the Carling Cup and UEFA Cup and also it botched up our chances of sneaking fourth place.
Pre-season traing starts next month, I expect there will be a few new faces in by then but if there are not then I would really be getting more than a bit concerned.
21 Posted 11/06/2008 at 16:11:01
The 22-year old has impressed whilst playing for Sporting last season in both the league and Champions League leading to speculation that a £18 million move to the Premier League could be on the cards but few predicted Everton may of signed him. Veloso has six caps for Portugal and is currently playing at Euro 2008.
22 Posted 11/06/2008 at 16:11:42
Lets be honest If Moyes was that desperate to capture him he would have. He obviously feels there are better options out there. To be honest I’d rathet buy players who are going to make the likes of Osman, Neville, Jagielka and Johnson squad players. Thats the way forward.
Moutinho would be an excellent signing. He’s a quality player, has an excellent work rate and is a natural leader. Yes he’s small but his enthusiasm and ability make up for his lack of stature.
I’m not saying where going to sign him but he’s in no way out of our League. He’s not a world class player and he hasn’t proven himself outside of Portugal. The English premier League is an attractive League to play in and joining Everton would definatly be a step up from Sporting. The likes of Man utd, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcalona have alot of quality players in his position. I could only see him joining Arsenal and even then he’d have to play second fiddle to Fabregas as there very similar.
I think Moyes main targets at the moment are Tom Huddlestone and Michael Johnson. I’d take both to be honest.
23 Posted 11/06/2008 at 16:12:12
We had an extensive list of potential signings and the players you mention were, indeed, included but dismissed for various reasons
In fact, Gera was 35th
24 Posted 11/06/2008 at 16:45:19
25 Posted 11/06/2008 at 17:28:58
26 Posted 11/06/2008 at 17:34:37
Just be patient everyone and show some trust in Moyes. Last summer's deals were okay don?t you think?
27 Posted 11/06/2008 at 19:25:23
No more than a squad player for me so no big loss as far as I’m concerned.
28 Posted 11/06/2008 at 20:04:36
29 Posted 11/06/2008 at 20:50:25
30 Posted 12/06/2008 at 01:06:58
On Gera, would have been an ok signing, however if/when we sign Moutinho & Veloso (or just any 2 centre mids) then we will have them as well as Ossie, Cahill, Gosling, (h. charles says he has left??? Either I missed that or you got your wires crossed) Arteta, Pienaar, Kissock so will Gera really be missed?
Why are people moaning about this? Makes no sense, he would have been an ok signing, but there are a million players out there as good as Gera, so it's not a loss.
Basically, Ramsey, Moutinho, Veloso are the ?type? of players we should be looking at, young, talented and ?guaranteed? value increase. Paying £16-18 million for Moutinho is no problem when his value will almost certainly raise each year.
Losing out to Fulham? I think not; Gera will start the season along with Simon Davies and Jimmy Bullard.. .says it all I think.
31 Posted 12/06/2008 at 06:23:36
32 Posted 12/06/2008 at 07:31:50
Zoltan Gera? Please wake up guys...this fella should not and will not play our club as he is not the quality we need!
If so, we would just have kept Cars
33 Posted 12/06/2008 at 08:29:24
Harry makes a point, we were way down in number at the beginning of Jan, and we have lost 4 first team players (quality debatable). I?ve a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of Neville in Midfield & Hibbert in the starting line up.
34 Posted 12/06/2008 at 12:51:08
35 Posted 12/06/2008 at 13:59:20