With more clubs needing to sell before they can buy thanks to financial restrictions and this new 25-player rule (mainly City), plus some long-running pursuits of marquee players (particularly Torres and Fabregas), the transfer season feels a bit like a Heath Robinson machine this year, just waiting for one switch to be clicked before a whole host of interconnected moves are made.
Everton are no exception to this and have several of their own cogs in the infernal machine, notably Pienaar and most recently Arteta either of whom seem to be slotting into the plans of Inter, Spurs, Arsenal and latterly Barcelona. Suffice to say we all hope that neither cog is moved, as they're both pretty integral to our own midfield machine.
Naturally should one or the other move on they would free up income for investments of our own, specifically a right winger, left back cover and potentially an experienced striker.
A more palatable machination however is developing, which looks like this:
Yakubu (West Ham) and Vaughan (Blackburn/Bolton) out for c.£11M combined
Jelavic in for c.£3M
Donovan in for c.£8-10M
Granted there's still a shortfall of £2-3M, but I think even our stretched finances could probably cover that in light of Landon's potential commercial value.
Assuming there's nothing more in the kitty, left-back cover for Baines would have to be done via a loan deal OR by shipping out Yobo. Although as we've not been linked with any left-backs and there's been no word of interest in Joey, this is far more hypothetical.
Either way it's going to be a fascinating few weeks. Hopefully with a happy ending for the blues!
Chris James, Posted 05/08/2010 at 09:00:46
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1 Posted 05/08/2010 at 14:21:25
One would assume that contingency plans are in place to quickly buy replacements. Who might they be? I f City are involved then I would expect Ireland and/or Bellamy to be coming here. Other than that I dread the thought of last minute panic buying. If it must happen get it done now.
2 Posted 05/08/2010 at 15:22:45
3 Posted 05/08/2010 at 15:26:39
4 Posted 05/08/2010 at 15:58:10
Cannot agree. The right-hand side is not there yet. I am certainly among those wanting Donovan. I don't see any worries with him coming here, as he has already gelled with the team.
I reckon we will get a left back, either a loan deal or finacing through a sale of a squad player. Then, we'd have balance.
Of our big players. Only two may go, unless we are bullied into losing Arteta. And they are Pienaar and Yak. The first if he does not sign, he is too expensive to keep without a new deal (forgo £11-12 million for a one year deal; nah!); and Yak, if the boss has lost confidence in him.
Btw, I would like to keep Yakubu. for all the talk of his woner-miss at the World Cup, he scored just two minutes later, and it therefore cost them nothing. Took balls to take that pen. Good on him.
5 Posted 05/08/2010 at 19:25:32
Agreed we will lose £12m transfer fee, but equally if we are in CL he will probably stay, and even if he doesn't the money from being in CL is much more than £12m
6 Posted 06/08/2010 at 08:08:09
7 Posted 06/08/2010 at 10:58:12
Either I'm a one-man fan club of the guy or everyone thinks he's way too good and expensive to even mention, but I think if we lose Pienaar or Arteta AND are willing to sell Yakubu to West Ham, then I think trying to do a swap deal to get Mark Noble would me fantastic.
Like Arteta he can play wide or central midfield, has with lovely dribbling ability, can cross, has the vision and the passing ability to pick out defense splitting passes, can tackle, works his rear-end off all game (even up to the 'Moyes Standard'), plays in a position West Ham are well-covered in anyway, and is home grown.
Please shoot me down if I'm the only person seeing this or if for some reason his signing is implausible.
8 Posted 06/08/2010 at 11:08:21
"trying to do a swap deal PLUS SOME OF THE PIENAAR/ARTETA MONEY to get Mark Noble would me fantastic"
....obviously if I think that much of him then I must presume we have to pay a decent sum for him which is greater than Yakubu's value.
9 Posted 06/08/2010 at 11:18:00
10 Posted 06/08/2010 at 11:23:58
11 Posted 06/08/2010 at 12:08:43
Again people go on about "getting rid" of Pienaar..........There've been no offers for him."
How do you know?
12 Posted 06/08/2010 at 12:11:20
If Pienaar's staying means we have a better chance to qualify for the CL then I say keep him.
Agreed we will lose ï¿½12m transfer fee, but equally if we are in CL he will probably stay, and even if he doesn't the money from being in CL is much more than ï¿½12m.
if we get Ben Arfa and Donovan for the price of Pienaar and Vaughan, plus say Â£2 million.
Which of those alternatives would give us a better chance of making top 4? Balance all round the pitch, and still have Fellaini, Arteta, Rodwell, Cahill, Bily, and good centre backs.
and what if we miss out on CL, and have neither choice for the following season, because we let a top player leave us for nowt??
13 Posted 06/08/2010 at 12:38:38
We have a good starting base with the current squad. Ideally Yak and Vaughny will stay, as will Pienaar and Arteta.
For once, I would like a settled line up going into the new season. We have a group hungry for success because of injuries (Fellaini), to show their worth at the peak of their careers (Pienaar, Arteta), to make up for not being at the World Cup (Baines), and those who have been given a big break (Beckford, Gueye). Perhaps Yak, Yobo and Vaughny have a point to prove as well.
14 Posted 06/08/2010 at 12:53:56
15 Posted 06/08/2010 at 16:17:46
16 Posted 06/08/2010 at 18:20:56
Am I right to be a bit worried that they may come knocking for Arteta?
I think their lure would be to much and if they do I do not think it is worth messing about to much. £15m good enough? Get Ireland in for £8-10m.
I do not know!!!!!!
17 Posted 07/08/2010 at 14:57:19
I can't quite figure out why Arteta is being mentioned. If Barcelona buy another midfielder it will be to replace the enforcer Toure who was only a squad player for them anyway.
I think Arsenal would have been robbed of a playmaker if Fab had left and then could very possibly been interested in Arteta. Barca don't really need another playmaker. In fact thinking about that wonderful team, the only signing they desperately need is another ice cream seller outside the ground.
The media love the phrase "mounting speculation", all this means is that they are referring to their own tired old story that they've been peddling all month.
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