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So we finally have a signing in this window! He's a 17 year old centre half. On loan...

Although I'm sure the lad is a great prospect I fail to see any point behind this move. There's currently no mention of an option to buy and he's unlikely to challenge for a first team slot. Can anybody shed any light on this one?
Mark Burton, Cornwall     Posted 20/01/2011 at 19:28:26

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Tony Hale
1   Posted 20/01/2011 at 20:04:56

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Who needs a new Winger eh?
Craig Burrell
2   Posted 20/01/2011 at 20:08:21

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Of particular concern is the comment about not hoofing it. I'm hopeful Jags will take him under his wing and have the lad hoofing in the first team reall soon!!

That's three promising young centre halves. Will one get a chance instead of Hibbo if the worst happens (injury). Does this mean Heitinga is on his bike to Barca (or insert club here).

Chris Keightley
3   Posted 20/01/2011 at 20:09:43

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The lads 17, 6ft 2 and was part of the Umbro Kit campaign with rooney beckham etc.

Apparently a very cultured centre back oozing class.

If its true would be great to pitch him in, fuck the ressies get him in, and tie this lad down, he's one for the future - and my god he's got one!

Dennis Stevens
4   Posted 20/01/2011 at 20:18:25

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He'll probably be played up front on his own, so as to take advantage of his height!
Paul Olsen
5   Posted 20/01/2011 at 20:20:34

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Won´t make it, no need to get excited.
Brian Waring
6   Posted 20/01/2011 at 20:13:04

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Its a strange one. If this lad is class, there is no way Sporting would want to get rid of him, considering he has been with them since he was 8 as well, and if they did want shut, they will probalby want decent money.

Maybe he is just coming to spend the time with us to gain some experience of the English game.
Julian Wait
7   Posted 20/01/2011 at 20:25:53

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It says "Academy signing" on the OS so I would not expect to see him in the first team anytime this season. There's got to be something in it for us though ... perhaps first refusal and an agreed price for loan-to-perm?
Lyndon Lloyd
8   Posted 20/01/2011 at 20:48:53

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This line is slightly cryptic, no? (Or am I reading too much into the wording?)

"The 17-year old Academy signing will train at Finch Farm whilst he is in the UK."

One could interpret that to mean he'll be using his time on Merseyside to get in front of the eyes of the England setup rather than play any meaningful part for us.

Of course, if he gets bitten by the "Everton bug" and he's good enough then he might get to stay long term.

Thomas Christensen
9   Posted 20/01/2011 at 20:47:45

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Sounds interesting but not a 1st teamer
Terry Downes
10   Posted 20/01/2011 at 20:52:48

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Just what we need... a young center half! Mind you if Rodwell can play on the right, Moyes could always stick him on the left? NOT!!!
John Crook
11   Posted 20/01/2011 at 21:08:06

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if he is not brought in with no intention to be in and around the 1st team squad why the fuck have we got him on loan for 6 months?? no one gets a loanee for the reserves or youth team! I would imagine its a 6 month trial so to speak with an option to buy if the player impresses Moyes.
Dick Anderson
12   Posted 20/01/2011 at 21:24:25

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Whats the point of loaning a 17-year-old who has no chance of making the first team during that loan?

I cant understand the point of loaning him unless he can help out the first team now?

Moyes needs to find a loan who can go straight into the first team and help (like Landon Donovan did last year) not waste time loaning a teenager who will sit in the reserves and then eventually return to Portugal.

Surely this loan deal is just temporary and a permanent move is just around the corner?
Tom Bowers
13   Posted 20/01/2011 at 21:24:44

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Won't help Everton this season.
I cannot see the point unless it is hoped that he will be persuaded to sign a permanent deal for the future.
Remember Rodwell was a great prospect for centre back also and we have Duffy but it appears Moyes would sooner have Heitinga or Hibbert as the cover for Jags (or Distin).
Don't know why we made no bid for Wheater at the price -what a bargain Bolton got.
Glen Anderson
14   Posted 20/01/2011 at 21:28:31

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This has already been dealt with in the Boussoufa thread. I'll paste here what I wrote there:

I doubt Eric's coming in as direct replacement or even potential cover for a first team player.

Looks like Moyes will use six months to run the rule over him and decide whether to splash any of his 50 pence Summer transfer kitty on him.
Jamie Barlow
15   Posted 20/01/2011 at 21:51:20

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Paul @5. What do you base your hopeful theory on?
Ray Roche
16   Posted 20/01/2011 at 22:12:26

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I heard that he'd been taken to Portugal as a small child by his British parents who have recently returned to the UK. Maybe he will want to return himself and this could be an opportunity for us to get ahead of the pack,so to speak.
Ian Tunstead
17   Posted 20/01/2011 at 22:22:16

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Maybe Moyes has given up on this season, and i thinking of more long term signings, rather than a short term fix. I dont think Donovan would be good enough to get us into the European places. In Moyes I Trust!
Tom Bowers
18   Posted 20/01/2011 at 22:32:17

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Ian, Surely Moyes has not given up on the season when we are only 4 points from the drop zone?
On the contrary strengthening the squad would be number one priority.
Yes, any hope of Europe has long gone thanks to all the draws but we have to start winning some games soon otherwise it's going to be a nervy end to the season which has already been somewhat of a disaster.
David Israel
19   Posted 20/01/2011 at 23:08:50

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One thing I can tell you: if we're skint, Sporting Lisbon are a UN relief case. I doubt it will take a lot of money to sign him on permanently if he's good enough.

I know a thing or two about Portuguese football: Sporting are better known for developing good wingers (Nani, Figo, Ronaldo). The club where to look for centre-backs (not that we need one) is FC Porto, but they're a much tougher nut to crack when it comes to buying their players. They've made fortunes over the past 10 years (the latest being that bald man who scored against us on Sunday, but everyone remembers Ricardo Carvalho, whom they sold to Chelski for over £ 20 M back in 2004).
Richard Harris
20   Posted 20/01/2011 at 23:04:29

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Glen Anderson wrote "Looks like Moyes will use six months to run the rule over him and decide whether to splash any of his 50 pence Summer transfer kitty on him".
Does this mean Kenwright has found an investor ? Now ten bob was worth something back in the days of the boys pen.......
Tony Rice
21   Posted 21/01/2011 at 03:26:32

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seriously.....WTF ?????
Moyes is always reluctant to give youth some time.....Rooney / Rodwell / etc...... look how long it took Coleman to work himself in.....now a 17 yr old centre back !? Will he even play ???/ Duffy can't even get in.....

The ONLY possible reason is....he's going to be cover etc. as we are going to sell either Jags or Johnny in this window.....
Les Martin
22   Posted 21/01/2011 at 04:01:15

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A great move by Moyes. Dier is reportedly a hot prospect, we cannot lose on this one, the fact he has come on loan to US at not some other Premiership team is a coup, and he cannot fail to be impressed with Finch Farm. I know alot of posters are saying he wont help our situation now, but if we sign him and he becomes a future cente half, then it been a great move. We have some great youth potential at Everton, more than can be said for Chelsea and Liverpool who have aging squads and no real youth of any quality coming through. So come on boys lets not put a negative spin on this one !
Jay Harris
23   Posted 21/01/2011 at 04:51:25

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Calm down guys.

He is a Man U supporter and is under contract with Sporting until 2014.

Can only assume it's some sort of PR stunt or keeping relations sweet with Sporting.
Howard Don
24   Posted 21/01/2011 at 07:33:43

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Mountains and molehills. What's everyone so excited about. No cost involved, if he's great we get a foot in the door, if he's not goodbye in six months. No downside and potential upside, what's to worry about.
Craig Taylor
25   Posted 21/01/2011 at 08:34:09

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Obviously we are concentrating on the FA youth cup.
Al Reddish
26   Posted 21/01/2011 at 09:11:23

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Maybe it's an age thing and he cant sign a full contract til he reaches 18, so we snap him up on loan early to stop others getting in there?
Al Reddish
27   Posted 21/01/2011 at 09:11:23

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Maybe it's an age thing and he cant sign a full contract til he reaches 18, so we snap him up on loan early to stop others getting in there?
Sam Hoare
28   Posted 21/01/2011 at 09:39:46

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Agree with Howard Don.

Surely nothing bad can come of this.
Anthony Hughes
29   Posted 21/01/2011 at 09:52:02

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No problem with the lad being here. He just will be of no relevance to the rest of our season.
Alex Robinson
30   Posted 21/01/2011 at 09:52:57

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Jay #22 - think you may have hit the nail on the head there! Is Mutinho still playing for them? Maybe Moyes is using this deal to finally sign the Portuguese midfielder after all these years! :P
Jefferson Gard
31   Posted 21/01/2011 at 10:06:57

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Jefferson Gard
32   Posted 21/01/2011 at 10:07:11

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Regarding Moutinho he moved to Porto last season,but we should still be interested though as his goal tally so far this season is 0 !
Richard Parker
33   Posted 21/01/2011 at 10:18:53

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There's not a hope in hell that we'll sign this fella permanently. With how highly rated he is, he'll cost more than our net spend in the next 20 transfer windows. He's got all the top clubs sniffing around him and already said he doesn't want to leave Lisbon.

There is no good news in this move for us whatsoever, except at best some publicity. But I'm not sure that I want publicity as a feeder club for a Portugeuese side.
Neil Vaughan
34   Posted 21/01/2011 at 11:04:51

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Another waste of time by our great ..manager..we will never see this kid in the 1st team...What's the point Moyes
Dan McKie
35   Posted 21/01/2011 at 11:02:41

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There must be some point to it, but I just cant see what it is. A 17 year old centre half loaned to the academy? Are we even thread bare at that level? Even if we had signed him proper it would hardly be great news. Where the hel has that Mustafi lad gone, that was supposedly getting first team games in the german bundesliga before coming to us? Moyes puts Duffy on the bench, but then sticks Hibbert at centre back before him! Baxter doesnt seem to be progressing, so where are our young talented players?
Brian Waring
36   Posted 21/01/2011 at 11:03:59

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Richard's got it spot on for me. Reading more into this lad, he is hot property at the moment, and would probalby command big money for Sporting.

Also, Man u, Arsenal and Spurs have all shown interest in the lad, so its not as if he's an unknown commodity.
Dave Lynch
37   Posted 21/01/2011 at 12:54:40

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More PR bullshit by the club.

They must be getting deperate to blow the trumpets over a kid that's never going to pull on an Everton shirt.

How fucking thick do they think supporters are.
Tony J Williams
38   Posted 21/01/2011 at 13:59:57

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MAybe he sent a book around like Michael Owen and we have been the only club to say, "Go on then lad, train with us for a few months"

It will be a a PR thing, nothing more but I don't know why we would have to know about it.

Where is that Aussie lad we bought with Tim....is he still with us?
Jonathan Tasker
39   Posted 21/01/2011 at 14:36:57

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Difficult to believe that this has been reported at all.


Everton are just above the relegation zone and we sell Pienaar, one of our most important players and look likely to loan out Yakubu and Vaughan.


What is going on?

You couldn't blame Moyes for walking out given the nature of the constraints seemingly placed on him.


We will be in a crisis if we lose tomorrow.
David Israel
40   Posted 22/01/2011 at 15:51:39

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Joao Moutinho joined Porto from Sporting Lisbon in the summer for something like £ 8,000. Porto are not known for selling their top players cheaply, so we might just as well forget about that one - that is, if we were still thinking about it.

Moutinho hasn't scored a single League goal for Porto all season, as pointed out above, but that's not really the point, as he's a good playmaker and has apparently been having a fine season.

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