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Honda set to drive Blues forward...

23/06/2013 | Comments (57)
The Daily Star claims that Roberto Martinez is keen to make Keisuke Honda his first signing since checking in at Goodison Park because of concerns about Marouane Fellaini's future.

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Steve Brown
611 Posted 23/06/2013 at 07:19:28
Now that would be a quality signing!
Allan Barratt
613 Posted 23/06/2013 at 07:33:40
This would be a great signing!! Come on Roberto make it happen!!!!
Andrew Bone
615 Posted 23/06/2013 at 07:43:49
Although he would lack the height and the power of Fellaini, it would appear this lad has a terrific engine. I like the South Korean and Japanese players, mainly due to the work ethic in their play and the technical ability – this lad scored a cracker against Italy the other night. Let Gibson do the physical stuff and bring him in – even better if we keep Fellaini as well though.
Derek Thomas
617 Posted 23/06/2013 at 07:43:08
Honda have a rep as the BMW of Japanese motors so what's not too like? The sooner some one activates Fellaini's buy-out clause the better, coz I have little or no faith that Boys Pen Billy will find anywhere near that sort of money from other sources.
Sam Hoare
619 Posted 23/06/2013 at 07:46:49
When is the last time we got a top player on a free transfer? Seems we always miss out as we cannot afford same wages as Tottenham, Newcastle etc

Honda would be a good signing I think both on and off the pitch but given the source I won't hold my breath.

Would expect Alcaraz to be our first signing in the next couple of weeks.

Ian Corky
635 Posted 23/06/2013 at 09:31:07
Honda will go to Arsenal or the bitter bitter Reds.
Drew Shortis
636 Posted 23/06/2013 at 09:48:52
We are in a position where we have a lot of wages available due to the loss of a manager and captain plus a few others. Honda is a class act and still, at 27, has his best years ahead of him. He's 6ft tall so no lightweight. Also, after a career spanning Japan, Holland and Russia the Premier League must be an attractive proposition. I would love to see Martinez pull this one off!
Andrew Bone
638 Posted 23/06/2013 at 10:06:06
Is he available on a free? If so didn't realise and seems like a no-brainer.... just wait now for Liverpool and Spurs to put their hat in the ring now.
David Hallwood
640 Posted 23/06/2013 at 10:24:41
I refuse to say that he's got a great engine on him.
Eric Myles
643 Posted 23/06/2013 at 10:41:45
A Honda and a Jag running out to Z-cars, would be good.

We'd be big in Japan as well with one of their stars in our team. Good for sponsorships and would be good for marketing if we were able to sell anything outside of our only 2 outlets.

Barry Rathbone
645 Posted 23/06/2013 at 10:52:54
Eric, we could invite the mercurial ex Leicester and England rugby player and Evertonian, Austin Healey, to lead them out... what a Triumph!!!

(Kill me now...)

Paul Ellam
646 Posted 23/06/2013 at 09:39:07
Would be a great signing.....but won't happen!
Colin Glassar
651 Posted 23/06/2013 at 11:01:02
Players like Honda, Fer, McCarthy etc would all be great signings but my priority would still be a consistent goalscorer. If we had had one last season, we would be looking forward to CL football this season.

Fellaini is now looking a cert to move as he's gobbing off to everyone who will listen so sell him (£24m?), Heitinga (£4m?) with that £28m surely we could buy a top striker and have enough left over to buy one of the above mentioned players?

Eric Myles
655 Posted 23/06/2013 at 11:19:05
Barry #645, one of my favouritest ever England players but I didn't know he was a blue. He's even better now!
Ray Roche
656 Posted 23/06/2013 at 11:26:13
Barry, 645, As long as we don't appoint McLaren to the coaching staff, although we could re-sign Ferrari as centre back, coz we're Reliant on Jags at the moment. I could go on...

Incidentally, Drenthe has signed for Reading. Jimmy must be suicidal.

Andrew Yates
667 Posted 23/06/2013 at 11:59:49
I don't think we could (wait for it) af'Ford' his wages! Yes!! Sorry. He'd be a great addition I believe, we have to feel optimistic don't we?
Aidy Dews
677 Posted 23/06/2013 at 12:24:12
I don't think he's quite a free transfer just yet. I read his deal doesn't run out till January next year, so he won't be free.

I think he would go for a small fee though, anything from £2, 3, 4 million tops? But this is the kind of signing we want to see at Everton!

He'd be ideal in the hole behind the striker for us and it doesn't matter if he isn't as big or as physical as Fellaini, we're not gonna lump balls up to this lad, we'll play into him etc.

I think Martinez ought to get his finger out with this one and get it sorted — IF he's genuinely interested in the lad!

Fergus McCarthy
683 Posted 23/06/2013 at 12:52:57
Barry. Good call Austin Healey does support Everton...he also likes puns, especially cream puns.
Ian Corky
687 Posted 23/06/2013 at 13:00:36
Honda will go to Liverpool or Spurs.

Billy BS was lying (as usual) in RMs press conference: we have no money unless we sell Fella and Baines. (Both will go.) We will end up with never-heard-of foreign loanees or aging freebies.

Sorry for being so negative, guys, but I've been watching Everton for 40 years now... :(

Mark Frere
691 Posted 23/06/2013 at 13:04:33
Sam Hoare 619

You're right, Spurs and Newcastle in particular seem to always get the top players that are nearly out of contract: Sissoko, Holtby, Ben Arthur and Demba Ba. We should really be able to compete when it comes to signing these kind of players, its not as if these players are asking for ridiculous wages.

We need to at least compete with our closest rivals for transfers, i'm not asking us to compete with Chelsea and Man City, but with Newcastle we need to be beating them to some of these transfer targets.

Like you say Sam, Honda and Alcaraz would be terrific free signings.

Colin Glassar
692 Posted 23/06/2013 at 13:21:34
Mark Frere, Ben Arthur? Are you Joe Kinnear? Didn't Ben Arthur win the X-factor last year? I feel like a kebab right now.
Mark Frere
693 Posted 23/06/2013 at 13:33:00
That was James Arthur, Colin. Okay I meant Ben Arfa, Mr Pedantic
Colin Glassar
695 Posted 23/06/2013 at 13:47:09
Touché Mark. I'd still prefer someone like fur or is it fair? Maybe it's Fer but then it could be fare.
Mark Frere
698 Posted 23/06/2013 at 13:51:31
Haha, very good Colin, grammar never has been one of my strong points. I would love both Fer and Honda if the price is right.
Gerry Quinn
699 Posted 23/06/2013 at 14:09:23
Honda - how much mileage on his clock?
Would be a MINI COUPE to get him.
Can he reverse? Sorry, forgot it's Martinez now - only forward gears required!
I hear that he is a bit of a ROVER in midfield, though, as long as he doesn't PARK himself in the middle
Ben Jones
701 Posted 23/06/2013 at 14:14:25
I think we need to pull this one off. We don't have any cash to spend and we must have some free wages, with some fringe players leaving and the 70 odd grand Moyes was getting per week.

He's a different player to Fellaini, but I think he's the creative attacking midfielder we have all been craving. Good technique, creativity, skill, this is definitely a Martinez type player, and hopefully bring the best out of Jelavic.

The only thing is I don't see him as a replacement for Fellaini. We need someone else, with a bit of pace and physical presence, and Fer seems to fit the bill if the price was right.

But a front six of Mirallas, Pienaar, Gibson, Fer, Honda and either a fit and firing Jelavic or new striker looks a hell of an attacking force.

I'd pay the £50k Honda is probably asking for, and he must be thought of by Everton seeing he is a free agent.

Let's hope this one is pulled off.

Brent Stephens
704 Posted 23/06/2013 at 14:34:57
There used to be a Vauxhall VICTOR. Both a load of crap.

I believe has bought a SEAT in Bullens Road.

Ray Roche
705 Posted 23/06/2013 at 14:45:40
Speaking SEAT'S, we've also got a LEON.
Well, you started it.
Brian Cleveland
706 Posted 23/06/2013 at 14:43:07
So long as nobody suggests we resign VAN der Meyde!
Ray Roche
714 Posted 23/06/2013 at 15:12:48
Ben, apparently he's in Transit.
Andrew Ellams
716 Posted 23/06/2013 at 15:13:07
If we sold Heitinga and genuinelly have some money that was going to be given to Moyes then we could sign Fer, Alcaraz and Honda as well as maybe even wheeling and dealing a new keeper as backup to Howard.

Then if we sold Fellaini as well we could buy a a front 3 as cover/competition for what we already have. Depending on who those front 3 are we could have a stronger squad and have pretty much all of the TV money for the bank.

Paul Melarange
720 Posted 23/06/2013 at 15:15:34
I hope Roberto gets the cash to splash soon because he could be scouring the scrap yards for one time good runners that sadly now need new parts replacing instead of getting a new Honda! Over to you mr Chairman and your board lets stop acting like arthur daley's and if it means selling a classic in our collection to bolster up the squad then so be it!
James Stewart
723 Posted 23/06/2013 at 15:44:19
Top player. Fantastic engine will run and run all day long. Would fit in very well here. If we aren't in for him then why the hell not!?
Ian Glassey
728 Posted 23/06/2013 at 15:57:21
Just the sort of player we need, Elstone should be over in Brazil now making this happen. But we are Everton so no chance.

Nothing will happen till the end of August.

[I've been watching the Blues too long (55 years) to think anything else...]

Andrew Ellams
729 Posted 23/06/2013 at 16:07:39
Well Japan's interest in the competition ended last night so I guess the guy is now going to have a holiday. We need to be hounding his agent and convincing him that Everton is the best place for him. I suggest his destination will probably be England or Germany and I'm not sure he will attract the top 4 here or Munich/Dortmund over there so if we are interested the ball really is in out court.
Ray Roche
731 Posted 23/06/2013 at 16:13:06
Ian, according to Sky Sports our manager is in Brazil. Shouldn't he be taking an interest? Or maybe he is already.
Jim Knightley
736 Posted 23/06/2013 at 16:28:31
I don't see why Spurs will get Honda? They have Dempsey and Siggurdsson for AMC...not to mention Holtby. They also have seemingly made an offer for Paulinho... I really really doubt they will go for Honda. I'd be more worried about top clubs in Italy (The milans) and Spain tbh. Would be a great signing of course...and I personally believe there will be around 5million to spend irrespective of departures.
Ben Jones
741 Posted 23/06/2013 at 16:41:25
The only thing Jim is could be looking to get rid of Sigurdson or Dempsey.

But I do agree, we need him more than they do. And I cant imagine any of the top 6 would need him either. So unless the shite come in with a bid, we are surely favourites in the EPL to get him.

Ian Glassey
744 Posted 23/06/2013 at 16:49:07
Ray... Roberto may be working on it as you say, I just meant it is usually down to
the CEO to do the talking and paper work.

While there over there they should look at Columbia striker Carlos Bacca would
cost about £5m, being linked as Negredo replacement for Sevilla...

Harold Matthews
746 Posted 23/06/2013 at 16:08:04
Well known, ambitious players don't come to Everton these days. The wages are quite good but we are seldom in Europe and we don't win trophies.

That doesn't mean we have to scrape the barrel. The rich clubs can't sign everyone. Even Spurs and the mob across the park have squad limits.

The Premier League is a huge international shop window with excellent, guaranteed wages. Martinez will have more than enough talented players to choose from and he knows it. I'll bet he's already got a bunch of them in his pocket. BK will make sure the media are led up the garden path.

Jeremy Benson
756 Posted 23/06/2013 at 17:55:52
Adam Jones (of the Lions..) is also an Everton fan, and wrote a great article on meeting his hero Tim Cahill in Aus recently:

Jeremy Benson
757 Posted 23/06/2013 at 17:59:34
This is the original article:

Peter Jones
758 Posted 23/06/2013 at 17:57:26
If he really is on a free, how could you not at least offer the guy a contract? Great player. If he wants to go somewhere else, then that's on him, but no reason we shouldn't give it a go. Roberto would be off to an excellent start with this signing. Props to Ross Edwards. Think he was one of your main suggestions earlier in the off season. Would be really cool to see him come to Everton. I hear Honda's are reliable....
Tony Marsh
760 Posted 23/06/2013 at 18:01:41
Ha Ha... here we go again — when will you lot ever learn?

It's not that long ago you were all devastated by the Leeroy Fer bollocks and now, months later, you fall in to the same trap and start all the nonesense yet again. Save your thoughts until it's a done deal — that way, you wont get your nerve ends shredded and end up wanting to commit Hari Kari.

Honda, Nissan, Ford Focus.... I don't believe a thing any more. It's not worth the hassle and the come down.

Ross Edwards
763 Posted 23/06/2013 at 18:22:53
He was indeed Peter. I think he is an excellent player. He is available for free for Christ's sake. Get him in, then get the Felli cash and Bobby will be off to a flyer.
Ian Glassey
765 Posted 23/06/2013 at 18:21:28
Just been reading the Japan Times sports section (in English); Honda says he will be moving to a BIG club with world class players... It seems AC Milan are in the driver's seat...
Ross Edwards
770 Posted 23/06/2013 at 18:49:37
We are a big club. Bigger than Tottenham and whoever else wanted him.

Milan don't need him. We do. The PL is shown all over the world, including billions watching back in Asia. We can give him the exposure he needs.

Peter Thistle
771 Posted 23/06/2013 at 18:49:24
If he's any good he will have higher aspirations than joining Everton sadly.
Paul Ferry
773 Posted 23/06/2013 at 18:59:37
Would love to see you proved true Ross (770) but I don't see this happening, although, if this makes sense, I feel there is more of a chance of H joining us with Bobby in the hot seat than Ginger.

When I watched Japan a few days ago they were talking of him heading to I think Monaco or PSG. He is a joy to watch, by the way. And never mind the Man-U fella, Honda is Japan's Beckham and it would be an astute commercial move too.

How can I put this, I'm so used for so long now to EFC not being able to catch these sort of players that I guess I'm jaundiced.

Just don't see it happening. He would go to Spuds ahead of us.

London now has the 1st restaurant in the world - and its Sushi - where plates fly to tables.

We need (1) dosh (2) a board with flair that will resound on the pitch (3) a more stylish image - sorry, it's true (4) perhaps a v good flair year under Bobby's belt to make us more .... and (5) a Sushi restaurant in Lpool where plates fly to tables

Steavey Buckley
800 Posted 23/06/2013 at 20:53:51
Considering selling Fellaini is a massive backwards step, for those who don't understand football. But Everton do need a quality striker with an eye for goal who has got the half yard of extra pace something that Jelavic lacks. Another quality midfield player. Cover at the back and somebody extra wide, right or left midfield. And Everton will be motoring and going places next season. Tinker too much with a team, it takes half a season to adjust, then it's problems for the rest of the season. The Rs have bought massively but there is no guarantee they will have a successful season because of having too many new faces.
Ross Edwards
802 Posted 23/06/2013 at 21:14:20
Steavey, we are now a selling club under this board. Plus, without Europe this season we cannot possibly keep Fellaini unless we break the bank in order to do so.

If we sell Felli, we could get Fer, a forward possibly, Honda on a free and Alcaraz to provide defensive cover.

Kieran Fitzgerald
804 Posted 23/06/2013 at 21:09:08
Steavey, I think for me, I would prefer to keep Fellaini, or other star players such as Baines or Coleman, if we could raise enough cash through the sale of fringe senior players who play in positions where we have strength in depth. Unfortunately, the only position we have strength in at the moment is centre half. We have Jags, Distain, Hetinga and also Hibbert. To sell from other positions would not raise you enough cash unless we knew for certain that players from the under 21 squad were ready to play forty games a season. Is Garbutt or Oveido ready, is Barkley ready? Is Junior or Gueye ready if he was brought back from loan? Is Duffy ready? W ejust don't know and that is the conundrum.

I do get what you're saying though. It would be a step backwards in a way to see a star player, especially when the player has been central to our positive style of play in recent years.

The cash isn't going to come from anywhere but player sales. We have a couple of sets of wages freed up that we could offer free agents, but a highly sought after free agent will be in demand. We can't even offer Europa League football next season.

Jon Ferguson
817 Posted 23/06/2013 at 22:43:30
If we were to keep Fellaini (which is not in our own hands) then we might actually have options for once.

If the press is right and Redmond is going for only £3mil, it's a bargain. Honda is on a free, which would be quality. Bacca at Brugge. Plus Alcaraz on a free.

We might be able to get a decent squad size, with quality to match without braking the bank.

Jamie Sweet
832 Posted 23/06/2013 at 23:59:56
Wouldn't we be better off signing a Holden midfielder?

That's one for you Antipodeans out there.

I'll get me coat.

Jamie Sweet
099 Posted 24/06/2013 at 22:05:35
Yes, that's right - someone on the mold of Lee Cars-ley.


Ross Edwards
103 Posted 24/06/2013 at 22:14:19
Well Jamie, I hope in our attempts to sign Honda we don't end up with a Skoda...
Colin Glassar
179 Posted 25/06/2013 at 12:01:35
Honda would cost us £5m as he's still under contract till December.

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