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Second time lucky for Pranjic?

30/06/2012 | Comments (12)
Daniel Pranjic could be set for the move he was all set to make in January with a free transfer to Everton — if the Daily Star is to be believed.

The Croatian international, already linked with Everton in the past week, is quoted as being devastated after a move to Goodison fell apart in the last transfer window when Bayern Munich blocked the deal:

?I had an agreement with Everton for two-and-a-half years.

?I was ready to board a plane and was really happy because I knew Everton were serious and that they had big plans for me.

?But now it is all over and this is a catastrophe.?

The 30-year-old wingback is available on a free transfer after his Bayern contract expired this month and the Star will have you believe that it's Everton who will snap him up as a replacement for Leighton Baines.

Never mind that Pranjic was apparently targeted six months ago when there was little talk of Baines leaving.

Original Source: Daily Star

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Sam Hoare
562   Posted 30/06/2012 at 06:19:21

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I would prefer Cissokho but Pranjic is a decent player. Quite old though, maybe to hold down the LB spot till Bidwell or Garbutt can take over in a few years time?
Ray Roche
567   Posted 30/06/2012 at 08:50:40

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"if the Daily Star is to be believed. "

Well it's not.

Paul Ellam
576   Posted 30/06/2012 at 10:24:50

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Free transfer, as long as he is prepared to take a drop in wages, sounds like a good deal. It would be nice to start getting our players bought soon though or it will be the usual scenario we have all become used to!
Ryan Johnson
585   Posted 30/06/2012 at 14:01:17

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People continue to complain about the Pranjic's age being such a problem but the man just turned 30 for god's sake! That's a full 4 years younger than Distin (whom many believe to have 2 good years left in him before Duffy looks to take over), 5 years younger than Neville (who is admittedly winding down an impressive career), 1 year younger than Hibbert... and not much older than Heitinga or Jags!

I'm well aware that the effect of your age depends a lot on the position you intend on playing and how you look after yourself in diet, training etc, but, from what I've seen in the Euros, he's shown no sign of a declining player. Everton offered him a 2½-year contract back in January and I would expect a 2-year contact to be given to him if he signs.

Considering the talent coming through at left back for us as well, loosing Baines is a lot less of a crisis than loosing Fellaini (who, in my opinion, is our best player by a long shot). But saying all that, I would still prefer Blackburn's Martin Olsson as a replacement.

Dean Swindells
591   Posted 30/06/2012 at 14:37:27

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He will be good for a few years...
Si Cooper
593   Posted 30/06/2012 at 14:43:11

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Pretty sure I have seen this story before. Why not in addition to Bainesy rather than instead of? We need cover in case of injury and Bainesy might even be pushed further forward if needs be (eg, if we don't get Peanuts). May potentially be saving us the transfer fee for a left midfielder. If he is on a free then the manager can bring him in without necessarily being set on what he has to do in the rest of the transfer window.
Kieran Fitzgerald
596   Posted 30/06/2012 at 15:04:28

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Si, good point about pushing Baines further forward. I think that at thirty, Pranjic will be looking for more than just warming the bench.

Coming from the German League, where they don't pay huge amounts in wages, Pranjic would not be looking for wages that our budget can't afford. He's experienced, and as he would also have the benefit of knowing Jelavic, would settle in fairly quickly.

Aidy Dews
597   Posted 30/06/2012 at 15:28:03

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Potential signings like the likes of Pranjic, Naismith and Sivok make sense to me. I know there's no such thing as a free transfer as you pay out signing-on fees etc but you don't pay out large fees in general so they're affordable to us and they're versatile players and can add to the squad.

A team/squad like ours with no money of such and lack of squad depth needs players like these who can play in a number of positions and are invaluable to squads as small as what ours will be.

Dave Weston
600   Posted 30/06/2012 at 15:46:50

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I think Pranjic is also a left-midfield back-up in case Pienaar fails to secure his return. He has a good scoring record too for a full back, so a free transfer would make sense to me.
James Stewart
607   Posted 30/06/2012 at 16:41:21

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Good player at LB or LM.
Ryan Holroyd
671   Posted 01/07/2012 at 15:03:47

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So looks like he's signing next week. Naismith and him are good signings hopefully. Not world beaters but will add to the squad.
George Blundell
672   Posted 01/07/2012 at 14:57:01

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From what I here he can play LB, CM, LM, AM.

If Baines leaves we have a replacement, if he stays, we have a left midfield, if Pienaar arrives we have options. Seems to be saying all the rights things too!


?I am honoured that such a successful coach wants to sign me, and would be honoured to play for a club like Everton with such a rich history,? said Pranjic.

?We were very close to completing a deal in January, but then Bayern prevented it going through. I can?t say that everything is finished, but next week I?m expecting some concrete developments.

?I?m hungry to play again, to fight with my team-mates for success, to play for the fans. I missed all that sitting on the bench at Bayern.

?I?m 31 years old and physically I feel perfect. I have reached my maturation point as a player and as a person, and I think I?m capable of producing the best form of my career.?

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