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Blues rival Marseille for Ecuele Manga

21/06/2013 | Comments (21)
Everton and Marseille are interested in signing Lorient defender, Bruno Ecuele Manga, according to reports in L'Equipe, The S*n and the Daily Mail.

The 25 year-old is captain of Gabon and, at 6' 1" tall, is compared in the Mail's report to Sylvain Distin. He was drafted in by Lorient from Angers to replace Laurent Koscielny when he moved to Arsenal three years ago.

Though reports in England indicate that Everton will offer £4.5m for the defender, Lorient's manager, Christian Gourcuff, has apparently said that Ecuele Manga will not be allowed to leave the Stade du Moustoir for less than €12.5m (~£10.5m).

Elsewhere in Ligue 1, Monaco are being tipped to land midfielder Etienne Capoue who was linked heavily with Everton in the January transfer window before David Moyes made his aborted move for Leroy Fer.

Original Source: Daily Mail, L'Equipe  Rumour source ranking:
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Drew Shortis
385 Posted 21/06/2013 at 22:44:58
Its a shame we will miss out on Capoue as he would be an ideal like for like replacement for Fellaini, though Fer also fits the bill. I only know Manga from Football manager so I can't really comment on him. I have heard good things about the Birmingham youngster Redmond. All this is still pure speculation as nobody really knows who Martinez is looking at and also he doesn't know for sure the kind of budget he has as it depends if Fellaini stays or goes! We will just have to be patient for now and let the papers continue to churn out these speculative page fillers.
James Elworthy
386 Posted 21/06/2013 at 22:54:34
A younger centre back has to be a priority with Distin 35 and Heitinga totally useless, you could give him a 10-yard start in a 20-yard race and beat him.
Jon Ferguson
388 Posted 21/06/2013 at 22:54:11
Surely £10 mil on a centre back is a none starter even if we sell Fellaini. We need a striker, a winger and a midfield replacement for Fellaini and then possibly a goalkeeper. A centre back is not high on the priority list.
Mark Frere
389 Posted 21/06/2013 at 23:11:02
Jon Ferguson
Of course a CB is high on our priority list. Jags will be 31 next season, it will be Distin's last season, Heitinger will be sold more then likely and we don't yet know if Duffy will be up to the task yet.

No way am I saying we should spend £10 million on a CB, but that position needs addressing sooner rather then later

James Elworthy
390 Posted 21/06/2013 at 23:21:29
Yes, as I also said, it is a position that needs some younger blood to be introduced. Alcaraz for free is an option; not sure about Ashley Williams ability though.
Mark Frere
391 Posted 21/06/2013 at 23:28:48
James, think we should certainly get Alcaraz on board, I've heard only good things about him and if he wouldn't've been injured so much last season, Wigan would've had a much better defence. For a free signing, I think we will struggle to do any better.
James Elworthy
392 Posted 21/06/2013 at 23:42:26
Yes providing 'free' doesn't mean inflated wages making up for the lack of a few like the RS signing of Joe Cole.

Besides bringing in quality players, we need to strengthen the depth too as our subs' bench at times has been dire. With Mucha, Hitzlesperger and Neville gone the numbers are way down.

I wonder what will happen to the likes of Vellios, Gueye and Junior, none of whom got much of a look in under Moyes.

Mark Frere
395 Posted 21/06/2013 at 23:53:51
Well James, I think we should cut our losses as far as Gueye and Vellios are concerned, because I don't think they are up to the task. Junior from what I saw last pre-season was a very good player and I would like to see much more of him.

Steve Guy
409 Posted 22/06/2013 at 08:25:51
What's wrong with Shane Duffy ? Defenders not the priority. Midfielders with pace and a striker are though.
Jon Withey
416 Posted 22/06/2013 at 09:06:21
Interesting how much cash you could raise selling Gueye, Vellios, Anichebe, Heitinga to promoted clubs or abroad, where they would get more play time.

Under 20s tomorrow, do we have anyone to replace them already...

Mathew McKay
421 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:11:23
I would sooner Martinez took more time sourcing two £5m defenders to replace Jags and Distin and form a partnership together. If he could invest some decent research and acquire this nearer the end of the summer or even January, we will be okay. For the time being, though, we definitely need a striker and midfielder to get our goal tally up through to Christmas.
Denis Richardson
432 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:41:37
People should not worry too much. We will definitely bring in at least 4-5 players before the season kicks off, so this will be a busy summer for us.

Mucha, Hitz and Neville have gone and Fellaini and Heitinga will probably also go, so that's possibly 5 players we will need to bring in just to keep the same squad size.

A GK is crucial now as we have no back up for Howard. At least 2 CMs are needed, one to partner Gibson and another to provide cover and competition (Gibbo will miss a chunk of the season injured). A striker is a must as we only have one senior striker at the club and need more competition in that position. If Heitinga leaves, then we also need another CB, although just for cover.

Remember we're still only in June - most of our signings will be from mid July onwards - the players are not even back from their holidays yet!

Need to stay patient for another couple of weeks - it will certainly be the most interesting transfer window we've had for many many years. .

Paul Ellam
443 Posted 22/06/2013 at 12:28:24
Hope you're right, Denis!

If Fellaini is going though, I want it done very soon – not the last day like we normally do. We need to be able to get players in and training with the existing players before the season starts.

A striker or two is priority for me. We were creating enough chances last season with the team we currently have, it was finishing those chances off which was the problem!

Then we need a midfielder, or two if we have to replace Fellaini and then it's time to look at the defence where we obviously need a back-up keeper (Smithies from Hudds?) and at least one centre back.

It should be a busy summer but it is hard to watch other clubs already doing their business as we seem to be either waiting or not getting the deals we want.

Ian Bennett
486 Posted 22/06/2013 at 16:33:12
Don't know if he's any good, but we could do with more height if Fellaini is going. We concede far too many headed goals, with a big stopper needed. 6ft 1 ain't a giant.
Ross Edwards
494 Posted 22/06/2013 at 17:18:24
£10.5million for a bloke no one has heard of? Non, merci.
Mike Gaynes
501 Posted 22/06/2013 at 17:43:42
Steve Guy (409), what little we saw of Duffy, he looked strong in the air and good in the tackle, but to me he also looked really, really slow. Moyes knows defenders, and if he kept choosing Heitinga over Duffy, there was a reason. I'm guessing it was pace.
Steve Guy
518 Posted 22/06/2013 at 18:47:59
Mike Gaynes, I don't think we have seen enough of a whole host of younger players (including Duffy) to form an opinion one way or another. When have they played anything other than cameos ? Moyes was far too conservative with playing youngsters and how he got his reputation for promoting youth I have no idea. For what it's worth I think Heitinga is slow and I've had more opportunity to watch him than Duffy.
Ross Edwards
520 Posted 22/06/2013 at 18:56:53
Maybe you can inform us of the identity of the 4 or 5 players Denis, or have you been taking BK's brainwashing magic potion recently?
Edward Simpson
596 Posted 23/06/2013 at 00:43:22
I agree with you in parts, Denis, but unless we sell Fellaini we won't be able get truly good quality.

No-one has a clue exactly how much money we have to spend or whether Fellaini will leave, it's all just conjecture.

We'll need quite a few players in this window just to cover the players we've released, without even starting on how we can improve our first XI.

It will be an interesting couple of months for sure.

Harold Matthews
599 Posted 23/06/2013 at 02:33:17
Is Stubbs still with us?

I only ask because, in a recent radio interview, he had the same youth policy as Moyes. In fact, his parting words were, "There is no substitute for experience."

Another interesting point cropped up in the interview with our new Head of Recruitment, Ian Atkins. When asked about promising youngsters, he spoke glowingly of strength and power. Pace and technical ability never got a mention.

Let's hope Martinez is not afraid to give the smaller talented youngsters a chance. Oviedo and Junior in particular...

James Stewart
125 Posted 25/06/2013 at 00:51:28
Would love Manga to join us. Heitinga out Manga in would be a drastic upgrade. The class of player we should be in for.

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