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Martinez to rival Wenger for Williams

12/06/2013 | Comments (27)
Roberto Martinez wants to reunite with Ashley Williams and will join the race with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to land the £8m-rated defender if The Mirror are to be believed.

Martinez signed the 28 year-old for Swansea from Stockport five years ago and the Welshman's stock has only risen from there.

Elsewhere, The Mail are peddling the Antolin Alcaraz link and insist that Everton are the favourites to sign Arouna Kone from Wigan for £5m and are in the race for Chelsea's Victor Moses.

They report that Sascha Molders at Augsburg and the Latics' James McCarthy are also "under consideration".

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Jack Okell
342 Posted 13/06/2013 at 00:29:32
We're going to be linked with current and ex Wigan players all transfer window. I don't want Kone, especially for 6m. Would certainly take Alcaraz if a Heitinga sale went through.

We need a solid right winger. I'm hoping Mirallas will play in the hole next season. Jelavic will start bagging again, but a top striker would be essential, as well as Fer. All through the sale of Fellaini and Roberto's pocket money.

Then again it is the Daily Mail. Bed now...

Albert Perkins
349 Posted 13/06/2013 at 03:35:21
I think it's interesting that Roberto wants to strengthen the defense as his first priority. Must have learned something from his Wigan experience.
Ben Cliff
359 Posted 13/06/2013 at 08:14:26
Surely if Martinez had learned from his Wigan days, he wouldn't be trying to sign Alcaraz. I don't want Ashley Williams either, I would rather get someone younger.
Drew O'Neall
372 Posted 13/06/2013 at 09:34:49
Strengthen defence or reduce the wage bill....
Sam Hoare
373 Posted 13/06/2013 at 09:37:31
No thanks. Not for £8M. Better off putting that money (if it exists) towards a striker.
David Harrison
375 Posted 13/06/2013 at 09:41:34
Blah, Blah, Blah. We're gonna get this all summer long.
Stuart Eaton
380 Posted 13/06/2013 at 10:14:07
Let's get all our business done early this year please so we can bed everyone in and start the season flying.
Danny Jones
384 Posted 13/06/2013 at 10:37:43
I look forward to a world without The Mail. Where I don't have to consciously avoid hitting links to their site. Where the moribund, Nazi-supporting, right-wing rag has breathed its last.


Just me then.

Brent Stephens
386 Posted 13/06/2013 at 10:48:20
You're not alone, Dan. (and that's no threat about PRISM).
Phil Sammon
394 Posted 13/06/2013 at 12:13:33

It's a crap paper but it's far from right wing. It sensationalises every drop of news with the sole intention of rattling the brainless dopes who buy it.

Roger Sunde
403 Posted 13/06/2013 at 12:46:33
Since RM is using three central defenders, we're gonna be linked with any DC all summer it seems.
Gavin Ramejkis
406 Posted 13/06/2013 at 13:00:07
The Daily Bigots departure would be cause for celebration. Its scare mongering stories of dirty Johnny Foreigner or council estate benefit cheats and scrounges and its really really piss poor football coverage will not be missed. Plus it's a propaganda outlet for Bill Jong ill and the removal of any of those can never be a bad thing.
Jon Withey
408 Posted 13/06/2013 at 13:03:55
(I hope) We've no reason to sell him for less than £23M, it should be more given the money sloshing around from the TV. So he can stop this negotiation nonsense.

If other clubs do the dithering, waiting to the last minute nonsense we should keep him too.

He is a match-winner at any level.

So actually, it would be good to keep him.

Craig Walker
410 Posted 13/06/2013 at 13:12:04
The Daily Heil should be put on the top shelf and every purchase should be accompanied with a brown paper bag to hide it in. We're just now seeing the effects of their sensationalist coverage of Wakefield's flawed MMR research. Their sports coverage is awful. Have any of their Everton related transfer stories ever materialised?
James Marshall
411 Posted 13/06/2013 at 13:38:02
Phil #394.

Far from right-wing? You must be joking, right?

The Daily Tory is about a right-wing as a mainstream rag is allowed to be without actively supporting those morons at the EDL.

Lets not forget, this was a newspaper encouraging out Government to back the Nazi uprising only weeks before the second world war broke out - that shit sticks.

They also back every propaganda campaign against non-white-British people this country ever sadly see's. Please don't be fooled, unless you're right-wing yourself, in which case knock yourself out and keep buying the rotten-to-the-core rag that it is. Apologies if I've overdone this response, Phil!

Moving on....

I think Ashley Williams would be a great signing – and Alcaraz on a free too. We're going to need cover at the back, as well as everywhere else but starting at the back is the best option in my opinion.

Clearly we need a striker too but that's a much harder task – Kone looks OK, but he's 29 and a bit too much like Anichebe for my money. We need someone who can score 20 goals (Jelavic?) and I don't think that's Kone... I also don't think we can afford a 20 goal striker.

Phil Sammon
413 Posted 13/06/2013 at 14:12:17
There is no national newspaper that is even centre-right, never mind right wing. Would Mary Beard write for a far right organisation? I don't think so. Would a right wing paper refer to North Korea as a 'far right' dictatorship?

I have plenty of right wing views and plenty of left wing views. I'm not some dreamer who believes that any ideology has all the answers. What I do know is that far left politics is freely encouraged throughout the media and educational system when it is equally as dangerous and ridiculous as far right extremism.

And the sports section is shit.

Mike Green
414 Posted 13/06/2013 at 14:30:35
Phil #394 -

'It's a crap paper but its far from right wing.'

Hmmmm....... OK, it's not sat on Hitlers lap tickling his chin, I'll give you that, but it's definitely giving him the come to bed eyes. In jackboots.

I'm not sure what its ugly sister, The Express, is up to in the corner either.

James Marshall
416 Posted 13/06/2013 at 14:42:46
They're all as bad as each other, one way or another, you're right there, Phil.

I haven't bought a newspaper for about 10 years anyway, and refuse to read them. Pointless rags the lot of them and a complete waste of money & brain cells.

It's like advertising - and I'm with Bill Hicks on that one.

Phil Sammon
417 Posted 13/06/2013 at 14:46:48
Exactly James.

I'm barbequing on Saturday so may have to break the habit of a lifetime to get the thing started.

Richard Dodd
418 Posted 13/06/2013 at 14:41:14
So yet another thread gets kidnapped by the Left-wing Tendancy.At this rate,rather than arguing over managers,signings and badges the debate will be centering on what shade of RED Everton should be playing in!
I thought Michael had outlawed political debate?
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
419 Posted 13/06/2013 at 14:47:15
We're straying a bit off topic – and I personally agree with the sentiments expressed above about The Mail's horrible journalistic standards.

But to step back from all that for a moment, I suspect they may be around a lot longer than many of us may care for. And the reason will be how they have succeeded in projecting themselves as a populist 'news' source on the Internet.

While many of the other newspapers joined that stupid campaign to limit link promotion in the form of news aggregation on the internet, and started to charge for access to their websites, The Mail has made what I think is a much more sensible decision to embrace cross-linking on the internet and encourage as many links as possible to their (free), highly visual graphics-driven website.

So, while the coverage remains maddening, the fact that they make their crap journalism freely available over the net – when their competitors don't – means we often end up linking to them when they are carrying an Everton-related story. Sorry!

James Marshall
425 Posted 13/06/2013 at 15:34:38
I'm all for a free (in every way) press, so post links to the rags till your hearts sings.

We have gone rather off topic.

Ashley Williams and Jagielka would make a rather good partnership, don't you think?

Wayne Smyth
449 Posted 13/06/2013 at 17:35:32
I think we can do a lot better for £8M than the 28-year-old Ashley Williams.

Albert(349), I'm not sure that you can assume that RM wants to strengthen our defence. We've been linked to alcaraz quite a lot because he's on a free from Wigan.

Other than Alcaraz though, its the usual story where we get linked to every other player and I suspect 99% of any links we'll read about is pure rubbish just as it was with Moyes.

Once RM starts actually paying for players we'll find out where his priorities lie.

Ross Edwards
470 Posted 13/06/2013 at 19:36:08
A defence with Bainesy, Jags, Williams and Coleman in it would be very solid indeed. He'd be better than getting Alcatraz, sorry Alcaraz.
Craig Robb
493 Posted 13/06/2013 at 20:53:15
Surely we could get Vermaelen as part of the Fellaini deal, wages permitting.
Adam Bellis
507 Posted 13/06/2013 at 22:12:37
I think Felli will go but don't want Williams or Kone neither can give us any improvement. Need to look at McCarthy if he goes to Wigan looking. Problem they will be looking for £8million plus. Would like to look at some serious pace and a quality midfielder like Diame of West Ham or Remy from QPR although he might be away on her majesty's for a while.
Ifor Hughes
782 Posted 15/06/2013 at 10:01:26
I quite like the thought of Williams in a back three with Jags and Distin, with Baines, Coleman as wing backs. Jags is more than capable of covering Coleman if he gets caught upfield; likewise Distin with Baines. This still leaves two very good central defenders to look after the middle.

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