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Martinez eyeing Norwegian midfielder

15/06/2013 | Comments (108)
Roberto Martinez is "preparing a bid" for Norwegian U21 international midfielder Stefan Johansen according to SportsDirect News.

The report claims that the Stromsgodset player is being tracked by three other (unnamed) Premier League clubs and that Everton are hoping to "beat their rivals" to land the 22 year-old.

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Kevin Day
816 Posted 15/06/2013 at 15:53:56
I cannot say I know anything about the lad, but, if this rumour is true he's the right age.
Mark Frere
818 Posted 15/06/2013 at 16:05:13
The lad has a dreadful goal return, not prolific in any way at all. Think we can do much better, although, I don't know that much about him
Mal Christopher
820 Posted 15/06/2013 at 16:10:15
Mark 818, probably the best midfielder I have seen in a blue shirt could not score from 2 yards, but what a player Peter Reid was though. Not saying this lad is good but a midfielder not scoring is hardly a reason to decline.
Mark Frere
821 Posted 15/06/2013 at 16:09:43
Sorry everyone, thought he was a striker. Doh! it says Norweigian Midfielder at the top of the post
Ross Edwards
822 Posted 15/06/2013 at 16:08:59
Why are we buying Norwegians and Danes we've never heard of? I know football is a world market, but I don't want Martinez buying expensive flops.

I think we should go after Keisuke Honda of CSKA Moscow, his contract is running out and he wants to move on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSV1c6_Q_4g

Al Philby
825 Posted 15/06/2013 at 16:12:51
SportsDirect looks to be a website with very little credibility. Probably just some Scandinavian blogger having a laugh at our expense.
Paul Olsen
826 Posted 15/06/2013 at 16:25:12
Bryan King has watched him several times it appears. Watching him is something completely different from buying anyone though.

However the current crop of Norway´s u-21 have done very well in the euros(Beating England on the way to the semi-final) and Johansen has gotten great reviews from his performances in the tournament. I guess you guys can check him out for yourselves tonight as Norway play Spain in the semi-finals tonight.

Al Philby
829 Posted 15/06/2013 at 16:37:21
Paul Olsen: do you have any source to back up your claim?
Stuart Mitchell
831 Posted 15/06/2013 at 16:46:04
We should be signing Leroy Fer and playing him next to Ross Barkley in Cm next season!
Al Philby
832 Posted 15/06/2013 at 16:44:17
Ok, Paul, you were right. The British google did not yield any results, but the Norwegian google did.
Shane Corcoran
835 Posted 15/06/2013 at 17:11:22
Ross, we're not buying anyone. Just because you haven't heard of him doesn't mean he's not any good. And while we're at it, I've never heard of Honda.......the player that is.
Mal Christopher
836 Posted 15/06/2013 at 17:16:36
I agree with you Shane. Some people really condemn players as poor without even seeing them. Lets give RM a chance, hopefully he knows the player market!
Paul Ferry
837 Posted 15/06/2013 at 17:16:54
Al Philby (825); 'Probably just some Scandinavian blogger having a laugh at our expense'

Hmmm, I wonder who that might be Al?

Ross Edwards
840 Posted 15/06/2013 at 17:24:59
I doubt Martinez will care about which players you have or haven't heard of Shane.
David Heaton
843 Posted 15/06/2013 at 17:30:14
Listening to TalkSport the other day, they said that Leroy Fer is desperate to come to Everton. He's not speaking to his present club and wants away at any price, and after seeing Everton last year, he would jump at the chance to sign.
Patrick Murphy
844 Posted 15/06/2013 at 17:39:22
David He's not allowed to jump - remember that dodgy knee?
Wayne Smyth
845 Posted 15/06/2013 at 17:45:51
Ross, speculation in the press is not "buying". Wait till martinez actually signs someone, then complain about why we shouldn't have bought them
David Holroyd
846 Posted 15/06/2013 at 17:45:15
For someone to have a dodgy knee he played all of his teams games. Our medical team put the scuppers on that deal or, was it because we had no money.
Lee Baines
848 Posted 15/06/2013 at 18:02:18
"Preparing a bid" - what does that even mean? It's not like Martinez has to pack a suitcase full of £20 notes and haul it over there! It's a bloody fax/e-mail for Christ's sake!

This is a load of old shite, I reckon.

Stuart Mitchell
849 Posted 15/06/2013 at 18:08:15
Watching the Spain Norway game and not impressed by Stefan Johansen , I think we have a better young midfielder in Lundstram.
Ross Edwards
854 Posted 15/06/2013 at 18:38:14
I wish we would stop being linked with these nomark Scandinavians. I want Martinez to look to Germany, Spain, Holland, South America and tbh Belgium as well, rather than Norway. Nothing against Norway but I don't think we should be looking there really.
Paul Ferry
857 Posted 15/06/2013 at 19:00:52
'Nothing against Norway but I don't think we should be looking there really'

Shhhhh, be careful what you say Ross (854),

We got on these boards a certain ...............

Ian Glassey
858 Posted 15/06/2013 at 19:00:50
I see Dries Mertens could be in for a move to Napoli for €10M we should be in for him, a bargain at that price when you think of the inflated prices here...
Gerry Quinn
859 Posted 15/06/2013 at 19:09:41
Shhhhh, be careful what you say Ross (854),
We got on these boards a certain ...............

Guys, do you think the fact that Royston Drenthe is about to sign for Reading, that "a certain" will go support the Royals?

Eugene Ruane
860 Posted 15/06/2013 at 19:13:06
Gerry (859) - "Guys, do you think the fact that Royston Drenthe is about to sign for Reading, that "a certain" will go support the Royals?"

Possibly... and if Mr Drenthe has knocked the clubs, cars, drugs, & scrubbers on the head, changed his ways and starts banging goals in for Reading next season, we can no doubt look forward to..

"I FUCKIN' TOLD YOU, MOYES, YOU FUCKIN' BELLEND, HE WAS OUR BEST PLAYER BY A FUCKING MILE AND NOW FUCKING READING HAVE GOT HIM FOR FUCK ALL AND IF THEY GET PROMOTED HE IS BOUND TO SCORE AGAINST US!" ...type stuff.

Matt Traynor
864 Posted 15/06/2013 at 19:24:21
Eugene #860, very funny, however, you lost it with "if Mr Drenthe has knocked the clubs/cars/drugs/scrubbers on the head" - no chance. Although Reading/Maidenhead/Woking are a bit shit on the lads entertainment front, he's sufficiently close to numerous dens of iniquity in South East London that one too many games on the bench, they won't see him for the rest of the season.
Mark Frere
867 Posted 15/06/2013 at 19:27:06
Ross Edwards
I don't know what your problem is with Scandinavians! We've had some fantastic players from that region: Alexanderson, Linderoth and Blomquist.....er maybe your right after all. Well, one of our proudest members of TW is Norwegian: Bjorn-Ivan-Pederson....er your right Ross lets give these Scandinavians a miss altogether
Ross Edwards
871 Posted 15/06/2013 at 19:35:16
Well, I have nothing against Scandinavia, but all of the best players are in Spain, Holland, South America and Germany.

Was Bjorn the one who said that he was giving up supporting us because Bill appointed Bobby M? If so, no loss mate...

Al Philby
875 Posted 15/06/2013 at 19:31:15
Ross Edwards, I share your views on the matter. But look on the bright side: Bryan King said that he had been monitoring this Norwegian for a year; this means that he was acting on Moyes's behalf. It is highly improbable that Bobby will be interested in the same players as Moyes.
Ross Edwards
880 Posted 15/06/2013 at 19:45:58
Maybe Moyes might pinch him then at Man U Al.
Mark Frere
884 Posted 15/06/2013 at 19:46:35
Yes Ross, Bjorn was the one who said that. I just hope I never have to hear anything on this great site from that loser again.
Jimmy Sørheim
901 Posted 15/06/2013 at 20:20:08
I think he is in the right price range, but I think he has a long way to go yet for Everton.

Vegard Forren was supposed to be the best defender in Norway, but he is not even getting games for Southampton. I think he is getting sick of it. I would rather Everton get Forren than Johansen.

Paul Ferry
921 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:04:52
Listen I'm being serious.

He's a tough bruiser that Jimmy Drenthe fella.

He threatened me on line once, on here .....

Said if I came to Oslo he would beat the shit out of me.

So, just be a little more careful, please.

I like over 90 per cent of you all.

Ross Edwards
923 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:17:25
Am I in the 10% you don't like Paul??
Ross Edwards
924 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:18:09
Haven't Soton only just signed him Jimmy? Also, I doubt he won't get many starts as they signed Dejan Lovren from Lyon yesterday.
Al Philby
925 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:20:41
"I would rather Everton get Forren than Johansen."

Forren than Johansen? I would rather have neither.

Al Philby
926 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:22:28
Ross, Forren is Championship material. Maybe Reading will sign him?
Ross Edwards
927 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:24:19
Palace are willing to spend cheaply Al, maybe they could take him?
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
929 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:27:23
Sorry, Al Philby — Jimmy always writes "then" instead of "than" (must be a Fjord thing...) and I missed that one!
Paul Ferry
932 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:10:55
It just occurred to me if memory serves that we have an equal number of Scandinavians treading these hallowed boards —dickhead Bjorn, who might have tapped his last piece of shite on here, and hard-man Jimmy Drenthe — as chicks, erm birds, erm girls, I mean women — Frida from the 'pool (and here's the cunning twist, she was born on the other side of the North Sea — and Southport's Sharon.

We clearly need more diversity on here, chaps.

Though we do have a Doddese on here, I suppose. That ticks
another box.

Yeah, we non-Scandinavian-female-Doddese need to be more constructive and purposeful to recruit outside our demographic.

Paul Ferry
933 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:30:45
Ross you are firmly in the 90 per cent mate!
Ross Edwards
936 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:34:11
If we start speaking the language of "Doddish" on TW Paul, it would be... well... surreal to say the least...
Michael Evans
941 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:39:56
Johansen ?

Scarlett ?

Ross Edwards
942 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:41:33
Now, I'd take her in a flash Michael!!
Steve Mink
949 Posted 15/06/2013 at 21:55:23
Why get a Norwegian when you can get a Brazilian. Lad who came on for Brazil and got the third looked a real player.
Sean Bennett
001 Posted 16/06/2013 at 01:00:21
I've never heard of this Johansen. He had a few good games at U21 level.

Martinez should sign Leroy Fer ASAP before someone else does; him and Barkley together... our future will be bright!

Al Philby
022 Posted 16/06/2013 at 10:51:57
Sean Benett: My only source of performance data on Fer is YouTube. He looks good for sure, but nothing special. Again based on what I have seen on YouTube, I would say that Étienne Capoue looks much more promising. He is a holding midfielder in the mold of Patrick Viera, and in my view he is just the kind of man we need.
Paul Ellam
023 Posted 16/06/2013 at 11:09:58
I have a bad feeling that Martinez may just not want to buy Fer, despite the fact most of us on here would love to see him join us.
Sam Hoare
025 Posted 16/06/2013 at 11:21:14
I think Capoue has the talent to be really world class but will likely go for somewhere in the £12-15m range whereas Fer will perhaps be a chunk cheaper.

Either of them would be good if Fellaini goes but if not then do we need another CM with Gibson, Fella, Ossie and hopefully Barkley and Francisco Junior playing more? If Fella stays then I think striker is the priority.

Al Philby
026 Posted 16/06/2013 at 11:33:43
Sam, if we are gonna play attacking football Bobby's way, then two central midfielders with world class defensive abilities as well excellent distribution will be indispensable to us. A 3-4-3 formation with the central pairing of Fella and Capoue would make lots of sense. As for Gibson, he may be a decent squad player, but hardly the kind of man who could take us to the CL. If Fellaini goes, which I think he will, then we wil need to sign two central midfielders rather than one.


Sam Hoare
029 Posted 16/06/2013 at 11:52:12
Al, I think that Gibson is better equipped to play as our defensive midfielder in a 3-4-3 than Anichebe or Jelavic are to play as the central striker.

Gibson has excellent positioning as well as a superb range of passing and football intelligence.

Jelavic (last season) and Anichebe are simply not good enough at getting the ball in the back of the net.

Mark Frere
031 Posted 16/06/2013 at 11:51:59
Al Philby,
I think you totally underestimate Darron Gibson, he was playing with an injury most of last season, Before Gibson had his injury, he looked much more mobile and he does have excellent distribution, much superior to Fellaini.

If Capoue would cost £12-15 million, i'm thinking we could buy Nacer Chadli and Leroy Fer for the same price from FC Twente, get both of them for £12-15 mil.

Arild Andersen
036 Posted 16/06/2013 at 11:55:52
As one of the Norwegians here, I have to say that Johansen looks quite good. And bossed the midfield against England U21, although that doesn't say much these days. Didn't have the best game against Spain, but who has? TW favourite Leroy Fer was totally anonymous against them. I'm not saying that Johansen is ready for PL already, I expect him to move to Netherlands or Belgium, but I think he could be a good signing, and quite cheap.
Sam Hoare
039 Posted 16/06/2013 at 12:29:08
The player I would most like to see us sign is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Reported to be available for around £10m, he is young and racked up a stack of goals and assists in a weak team in the French league last year.

He's tall, skillful and rapid. Could maybe be the next Thierry Henry... or then again he could be the next Jo.

I think he would suit Martinez's system well and could be that 15-20 goal striker we need.

Jarrod O'Neill
041 Posted 16/06/2013 at 12:51:47
Yeah, he's a great player but Aubameyang is wanted by top clubs such as Dortmund and the kid's father was quoted saying he would like his son to sign for AS Monaco. Sounds like his father has his "son's" best interests at heart!
Brian Waring
045 Posted 16/06/2013 at 13:05:22
Mark, I think Gibson has played most of his career carrying an injury of some sort.
Mark Frere
047 Posted 16/06/2013 at 13:03:53
Jarrod' O Neill
Yes his father wants him to sign for the new Mercenary heaven that is Monaco. Sounds like his father is more bothered about his son getting rich quickly, rather then getting first team football.

Monaco have new wealthy Arab owners with the same kind of money to splash like Man City. The even bigger attraction for players is, they don't have to pay any tax in Monaco, no need for them to fiddle a few thousand on off-shore accounts and bonuses

Mark Frere
051 Posted 16/06/2013 at 13:13:12
Brian, Gibson has had a few injury issues in his career, not career threatening ones though, and for the money we payed for him I think we got a major bargain.

Brian, cast your mind back to the begining of last season, Gibson had lost weight, was very mobile and looked a world class act. If we can get that same Gibson back, we've got one hell of a player!

Mick Doherty
054 Posted 16/06/2013 at 13:16:36
Nah Mark, Monaco is owned by a Russian billionaire
Al Philby
059 Posted 16/06/2013 at 12:57:43
036 Andersen: What's this thing with the Norwegians promoting their compatriots? Is there some tribal mechanism at work here? Wait till Ross Edwards gets to hear about this. When it comes to Fer versus Johansen, the former is undoubtedly the better player. Fer has been capped by one of the finest footballing nations in the world, whereas Norway, I am sorry to tell you, is still a developing country in terms of football.

The truth is that no Norwegian player ever dominated one of the top European leagues the way some Swedes and Danes have, e.g., Patrick Andersson in Germany and Ibrahimovic/Laudrup in Italy. You Norwegians still have a long way to go; no Norwegian is good enough for Everton.

Mark Frere
060 Posted 16/06/2013 at 13:30:27
Mick, You might be right. Russian or Arab, its always one of the two when we're talking about billionaire's splashing ridiculous sums of money. Think I was getting confused with PSG, aren't they owned by billionaire arabs? Anyway Arab or Russian the same logic applies.
Mark Frere
062 Posted 16/06/2013 at 13:37:42
Be careful Al. Andersen might remind you about a certain game Between England and Norway when Graham Taylor was in the managerial hot seat.
David Greenwood
070 Posted 16/06/2013 at 13:55:33
#059 Al - Norway a developing nation?

Didn't their u21's qualify out their group recently?

Did Englands?

Wonder which nation is developing the better youngsters.

Ross Edwards
072 Posted 16/06/2013 at 14:00:21
Er, Norway a developing nation? In their World Cup 2014 Qualifying group, they are 4th, being beaten by ALBANIA. Norway are not a developing nation, the country we should be looking out for are the Belgians.

The last thing I want are a bunch of Norwegian and Danish flops. The only Norwegians I have seen do reasonably well in the PL is Steffen Iversen and John Carew.

I agree David, our u21 performances were unforgivable, but that doesn't make Norway better than us. If Albania qualify for the World Cup, shall we buy their players?

Ross Edwards
076 Posted 16/06/2013 at 14:06:56
Mark, lets be fair, Graham Taylor was the master of his own downfall, he had so many talented players, yet he picked players like Des Walker and Carlton Palmer, and playing a brand of hoofball nearly 30 years out of date. How Turnip can be taken seriously when he is on 5Live is beyond me.
Colin Glassar
079 Posted 16/06/2013 at 14:33:58
Ross, there was a certain Mr. Sjolskaer who was quite decent and isn't Pedersen from Blackburn Norwegian as well? He used to be a decent player too.
Ross Edwards
080 Posted 16/06/2013 at 14:39:42
Oh cripes, Solsjkaer was Norwegian wasn't he? For one horrible moment I thought he was Danish. Thanks for correcting me Colin. Missing them out has really peed me off.
Phil Sammon
083 Posted 16/06/2013 at 14:48:02
Hangeland and Riise haven't done too badly either.
Ross Edwards
084 Posted 16/06/2013 at 14:52:15
Oh them as well, but there's not many, that's my point.
Jarrod O'Neill
090 Posted 16/06/2013 at 14:58:58
Anyone read how much West Ham are trying to get Wilfred Bony for? He's a class finisher but most likely to be another one just out of our reach financially.
David Greenwood
091 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:00:06
Ross couple of points,

I agree Belgian certainly looks like the way to go. Lots of promising players from there.

However Norway isn't a footballing backwater. Its not a power house either of course.

And if England don't qualify for the WC under Woy , does that mean we shouldn't sign Englishmen?

Are you saying only players from countries who qualify for world cups should be signed?
That would have ruled out George Best and Ryan Giggs then.

Oops, that's more than a couple of points!

Al Philby
093 Posted 16/06/2013 at 14:57:10
Denmark: European champions (1992) and semi-finalists (EC: 1984)
Sweden: World Cup finalists (1958) and semi-finalists (EC: 1992, WC:1994)
Norway: Qualified for the world cup for the first time in 1994.

Even nations like Turkey and Greece are far ahead of Norway.

As for the U21 championship: Norway were lucky with group draw. I wonder if the groups were drawn as they were because someone was trying to do the host nation a favour.

Ross Edwards
095 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:09:35
No, no that's not what I said David.

Just because Norway have had a good Euro Under-21 tournament we are suddenly linked with most of them.

I'm not saying we should only sign players from countries that qualify for the world cup, people are saying that Norway are a developing football nation but they're not if you compare them to the likes of Belgium or Holland. The fact that they are below Iceland and Albania in the World Cup qualifying proves that.

Mark Frere
096 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:19:50
Rosenberg have been in the CL plenty more times then any team from Sweden or Denmark in the last 15 years.

We could go on naming good players from Norway who have played in the PL: Ronny Johnson, Henning Berg, Erik Bakke, Tore Andre Flo and Egil Ostenstdtt( not sure about some of the spellings)

Ross Edwards
098 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:26:04
Have they progressed far Mark?
Mark Frere
101 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:32:27
At least they got to the group stages of CL, might of got to last 16, I can't quite remember, all I know is that they've done much better then other Scandinavian teams of the past 15 years.

This is a silly debate anyway, if you ask me. Norwegians aren't born shit footballers

Al Philby
102 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:20:42
Another thing: there was lots of demurring in the French U21 squad, with its large contingent of players of North-African/Berber/Arab ancestry who objected to the idea of participating in a tournament hosted by Israel. Without this lack of in-group cohesion among the French I deem it highly unlikely that the Norwegians would have beaten them in the qualifiers.

Mark: Rosenborg's accomplishments are trifles compared to what IFK Goteborg and Malmo FF have achieved in Europe.

Ross Edwards
105 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:39:10
Do you want a team full of crappy Norwegians Mark, or a mix of German, Spanish, South Americans and some Belgians? I know what I'd prefer. I don't want another Viking invasion, although it seems the Vikings have invaded ToffeeWeb. Before anyone says, I have nothing against Norway personally, it's just that it isn't an area we should look at for footballers.
Harold Matthews
106 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:16:31
Whether or not Gibson has an injury remains a mystery. Something is causing him to pull out of tackles so maybe there is a problem. If so , it needs to be fixed. Moyes never believed the" injury" story so we'll just have to wait and see.

Memo to the lads who are trying to get us to call the manager Bobby.....Grow up.!

What is the christian name of the last three FA Cup winning managers?

Colin Glassar
107 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:42:25
Al, the French didn't go through because well, because they're French. Apart from a minor historical hiccup between 1998-2000 they are traditionally shit at everything apart from food. Even their ability in bed is totally made up bullshit. Fuck the French, everyone else does, the moaning little shits.
Al Philby
108 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:47:08
To change the subject. Our new kit looks really nice:

http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/leaked-pictures-is-these-images-of-the-new-2013-14-everton-home-shirt/

Ross Edwards
109 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:48:59
Harold: The christian names of the last three FA Cup winning managers is Bobby!

Bobby Mancini
Bobby Di Matteo
Bobby Martinez

Al Philby
111 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:50:09
Nice one Colin. And Platini was Italian.
Ross Edwards
114 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:51:07
Mr Platini seems to hate England. I bet you when he becomes FIFA President he'll do everything to ruin English football further.
Tom Owen
115 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:55:40
Platini was and is French
Al Philby
116 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:56:52
Harold: even the Spanish newspapers call him Bobby!
Al Philby
119 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:58:16
Tom, Platini is the son of Italian immigrants. The Italians of Torino certainly consider him one of their own.
Mark Frere
120 Posted 16/06/2013 at 15:54:01
Yes Al, but you were talking about Norway as being underdeveloped. Recent times its been Rosenberg flying the flag for Scandinavia. Silly debate though, lets leave it at that.

And yes Ross, if I had the choice, I would prefer to buy players from the Nations you've mentioned.

Al Philby
122 Posted 16/06/2013 at 16:04:11
Mark: I said develop-ing, not underdeveloped. Big difference. But I agree: silly debate.
Ross Edwards
125 Posted 16/06/2013 at 16:03:25
Platini was a brilliant player, but he is crap in his current job. How can anyone in their right mind recommend the Qatar 2022 World Cup to be held in Winter? He will be FIFA President by then no doubt. We will have to stop our football in Europe just because it is too hot to play football. It's absolutely laughable. If they knew they'd have those problems, so why did they vote Qatar, apart from the bribe money?
Al Philby
130 Posted 16/06/2013 at 16:09:45
Ross: there are not many options in Asia. Japan and South Korea have recently and hosted it; this basically leaves us with Arabs with money to burn and the Chinese. I am pretty certain that the next Asian host is going to be China.
Ross Edwards
131 Posted 16/06/2013 at 16:16:29
What about Australia?
James Morgan
152 Posted 16/06/2013 at 16:49:53
So the shite are doing a deal for Mingolet, already have Toure and Aspas and are about to sign a midfielder from Shaktar I think it was, yet we haven't sorted a deal for an out of contract Alcaraz. I know there is plenty of time to go but can't we get some early business in for a change?
Phil Sammon
157 Posted 16/06/2013 at 17:11:33
James

Is there really any need to get wound up about a lack of transfers mid June? The players are on holiday and very few transfers tend to happen at this time. A month from now and still no incomings then you may begin to have a point.

I would rather Martinez has a couple of weeks with the squad to assess where we need new recruits, where we don't, and where we can trim a player from the wage bill.

Sondre Haga
165 Posted 16/06/2013 at 17:24:17
The second Stømsgodset player to be linked with Everton lately. As I go to every Strømsgodset game I've seen this guy a lot. He is a central midfielder with a fantastic left foot. The best passer we have ever had in "Godset": He has been our best player and the norwegian top division's best player this season. "Godset" is currently top of the league in Norway.

I'm suppose this is only daily mail bollocks, but if it's not, I think he would be a great signing for Everton. He would probably cost approx 2 million pounds.

Ross Edwards
168 Posted 16/06/2013 at 17:41:27
Are you sure Sondre, if he has done well in the U-21 he could go for more than £2million.
Sondre Haga
171 Posted 16/06/2013 at 17:43:27
Strømsgodset have never sold a player for more than £1.3 million before. I think they would sell him for £2 millions. That's a hugh amount for a club like "Godset". I think Stefan Johansen is paid £90 000 a year.
Al Philby
172 Posted 16/06/2013 at 17:43:54
Ross, Sondre Haga is incidentally both a Stromgodset fan and an Evertonian. Divided loyalties as well as norse provincialism are at work here.
Thomas Windsor
192 Posted 16/06/2013 at 18:28:45
Let's just wait and see who we get, but don't be expecting the best from Europe to be coming to Everton.

The club needs to be sold, we know that... but I feel our ground is a big problem to buyers.

James Morgan
204 Posted 16/06/2013 at 18:44:21
Phil, fair point.
I suppose Brenda has known who to buy and where to strengthen throughout last season. I just wouldn't mind us getting some early business done for a change so the new lads can get in to pre season from day one, and I'm not all that confident that will be the case.
Tom Bowers
247 Posted 16/06/2013 at 20:32:17
It has to be said that very few Scandinavians have made it in the big leagues. Ibrahimovic, Solskjaer and Schmeichel are exceptions.

The odd game game in the spotlight at International level has to be taken with a pinch of salt. This lad has talent like many others but so does Ross Barkley who is struggling to get a consistent run. Hopefully things will change for Barkley.

We have to expect many media rumours this Summer now that we have a new gaffer.

Arild Andersen
273 Posted 16/06/2013 at 21:05:15
@Philby 059: "What's this thing with the Norwegians promoting their compatriots?" - well, those are the players we see every week. You may call that provincialism, I don't mind.

Personally, I don't think there are any players in Norway that's good enough for the premier league at the moment. But I think Johansen is one of the very few that could be good enough. And unless there has been some radical changens in Everton's finances, the players have to be quite cheap. So I think there could be worse gambles than to buy him and then perhaps loan him out for a season. (It worked for Seamus Coleman...)

Regarding your (and others) other points: I know that Norway are not a world football superpower, thank you. Our senior team stinks, yes, I think so too. And there is at least ten years since Rosenborg beat Real Madrid, Milan and Borussia Dortmund in the CL. But still, we have a more than decent U21-side at the moment, and for us plucky little minnows, that's enough to make us optimistic, you see. We're not used to suddenly having a lot of talented players in the same age group (one of the last times that happened. Stability is not an option because there is simply not enough players to choose from.

Short history lesson as well, Philby: Norway played their first World Cup in 1938. Lost 2-1 to Italy, AET.

Still, I leave it there. Of course there are more talented players in the Belgian or Dutch league than in the Norwegian/Swedish/Danish. And it's quite usual that talents from the Scandinavian leagues go to a club Belgium or Netherlands, and if they are good enough, they move on to Germany, Spain, Italy - even England.

Al Philby
276 Posted 16/06/2013 at 22:01:03
Andersen, I did not know that Norway participated in the world cup in 1938. But keep in mind that they did not have proper qualifications back then. Norway's qualification "group" consisted of Irland only and they were knocked out by Italy in the opening game of the competition.
Arild Andersen
280 Posted 16/06/2013 at 22:28:35
I was only being pedantic, no worries. My point is only that there could be talents to find in the strangest nations, and at the moment, Norway has a good U21-team (another midfielder there, Markus Henriksen, was named player of the year in AZ who won the Dutch Cup this year. So they can cope in other leagues. Personally I think Johansen has more potential).

For what it's worth, Bryan King, who seems to be a scout for Everton - I don't know anything about him, was on Norwegian television saying that he'd followed Johansen all year, also in this link (in Norwegian): http://www.nrk.no/sport/fotball/bekrefter-johansen-interesse-1.11076936

But for the record, I'd prefer that Barkley get a good run.

The Italy match, btw, is a legendary one in Norwegian football lore as Norway was denied a perfectly good goal in the 90th minute that would have won the game. (The anger and indignation of the radio commentator is as intense as the guy with "your boys took a hell of a beating"). But the ref wouldn't have any of it. Italy went on to be world champions. And yes, the qualification wasn't the toughest. But it must have been a good team for it's time, the core of it bronze medalists from the 1936 olympics.

Derek Knox
306 Posted 17/06/2013 at 02:26:12
I watched the lad in the Under-21s; I couldn't make my mind up whether he would be any great addition!

However, Bobby is doing a moonlighter with ESPN in Brazil, he maybe will make it a bit of a scouting mission (on our behalf) — El Dorado and all that! Who does he play for? I can hear it now!

Andrew Ellams
368 Posted 17/06/2013 at 16:02:22
If modern football has taught us anything it is that the current standing of a players national team has absolutely no bearing on his ability.

Just think George Weah and Dwight Yorke, and there are plenty more around.

Most people are judging this lad because he is Norwegian, Liverpool are about to spend £20million on an Armenian.

Jimmy Sørheim
381 Posted 17/06/2013 at 17:44:37
I think Martinez recent comments on personality will count more then ability.

I think we should go for Fer, but this young lad from the U-21 team has shown he has got ability.

Perhaps it is wise to spend a little less money on a younger midfielder then Fer.

I think we should just buy him and get it over with, go for one of the two.

Karl Masters
447 Posted 17/06/2013 at 20:54:31
I don't why some people are looking down their noses at Scandinavian players. England are hardly world beaters and judging by the recent under-21 performance, it's going to get a lot worse before it ever gets any better.

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