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Everton make £5M bid for Japanese star

28/06/2013 | Comments (42)
The Mirror have gone into overdrive on the Honda puns, claiming that "Everton drive to the front of the queue with bid for Keisuke Honda" — supposedly £5M, according to Sky Italia.

The paper mention reports in Italy today that claim a £5M bid has been made for the Japanese player, who is out of contract in December and would be available on a free.

Honda, 27-years-old, has supposedly "alerted clubs everywhere" by stalling on a new deal with CSKA and is, according to The Mirror, "attracting huge attention".

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Ben Jones
402 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:02:09
It's been an exciting day today.
Ben Jones
407 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:25:34
That was edited, thank you MK and LL haha!!
Sam Hoare
411 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:29:30
If he adapts to the Premier league could be an an excellent player and the playmaker that we have lacked to unlock tight defences. £5m seems decent value, I think his true value (not including run down contract) is probably nearer £10m.
James Elworthy
414 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:32:25
We would get our money back in merchandise sales alone in Japan in a very short while if we signed him, he is their nearest thing to Beckham in that part of the world.
He would be a better signing than McGeady.
Roman Sidey
415 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:35:13
Without knowing about the quality of the bloke, how did we only get 3m out of Pienaar with six months left on his contract but six months for this bloke who is unproven in England is 5m?
Harold Matthews
416 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:37:16
Go for it.
Paul Andrews
417 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:38:04
James Elworthy,
The potential for merchandise sales if we sign Honda would be massive.
Problem being you can only purchase our shirts in a couple of outlets in and around Liverpool
The Japanese fans would have to get on a plane to buy a shirt.
James Elworthy
418 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:41:55
Maybe we can open the Everton 3 shop in Tokyo then.
Who is responsible for the marketing strategy for selling merchandise sounds like they should be hung at dawn.

James Morgan
420 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:35:51
Hopefully we do our CIVIC duty and this is a PRELUDE to us getting him of our own ACCORD. He can pass, shoot, dribble and all that JAZZ.

I'll get me coat.

Mick Doherty
421 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:46:52
Paul, you can buy things on the internet, and they post it to you and everything.......
Eric Myles
423 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:45:25
Paul #417, provided the Japanese don't mind the shitty logo on the shirt.
Drew Shortis
428 Posted 28/06/2013 at 17:52:30
I have regularly seen Everton shirts on sale in large Sports shops over the years. Perhaps not as numerous as Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal, but still there. These shops work on demand, and if Honda were to come to Everton then I'm sure the Japanese sports shops would order our tops in in anticipation of an increased demand!

I would love to see us get Honda in and get Baines to sign a new deal to quash the United interest. Then if Fellaini were to leave we would still be in very good shape, and Martinez would have a substantial war chest to build on an already decent squad. Really excited about next season!

James Elworthy
436 Posted 28/06/2013 at 18:03:46
I am sure Jspanese would buy anything Everton if Honda signed, no matter what logo was on it.
Roman Sidey
439 Posted 28/06/2013 at 18:14:44
Spot on, Drew. I was in a Rebel Sport shop in Brisbane a few years ago and there were dozens of Cahill tops for sale and fuck all of any other club, which is not usual for Australia.
Andy Rogers
440 Posted 28/06/2013 at 18:10:48
Do you think the absence of words on the badge shows foresight on behalf of the club? Nothing will be lost in translation to the Japanese supporters.

... and no, I don't work for the EFC PR department!

Phil Sammon
441 Posted 28/06/2013 at 18:16:56
Sounds like paper torque.
Eric Myles
443 Posted 28/06/2013 at 18:15:10
James #436, being a Hello Kitty and Mickey Mouse culture you might be right.
Eric Myles
445 Posted 28/06/2013 at 18:24:35
That if based on the record volume of sales from the Japanese market that the Club announce that the new logo is widely loved by the fans and will be staying with us for years to come?
Mark Griffiths
452 Posted 28/06/2013 at 18:52:33
Would the kitbag deal mean honda shirt sales would not mean anything to us as we get a fixed sum from them regardless? Sorry, i'm not that up on the whole kitbag deal so I am probably wrong?!
Barry Lambert
454 Posted 28/06/2013 at 18:56:25
James, awesome! This week I are mainly wearing Blue. Good on ya!!
Colin Glassar
455 Posted 28/06/2013 at 19:02:57
Fellaini as our defensive midfielder and Honda as our attacking/creative midfielder would be a mouth watering prospect.
Paul Andrews
457 Posted 28/06/2013 at 19:04:19
Mick, they do, and the charge you £13 plus delivery and a credit card charge an everything :-)
James Stewart
460 Posted 28/06/2013 at 19:13:13
If handled right which I'm sure we are not capable of the fee would pay for itself. This guy is huge over there and even more famous than Kagawa.
Robin Cannon
461 Posted 28/06/2013 at 19:15:26
I'd stop worrying about the potential shirt sales, or its impact on the badge, because if we get Honda for that price then it's a total steal for a top quality attacking midfielder at a prime age...which would be great.
James Wilson
463 Posted 28/06/2013 at 19:21:13
If we signed him and Redmond, I would be over the moon. We have needed a creative midfielder for years and he looks perfect cause he can net them too. We need a player like him and I would be overjoyed by us signing him and who gives a crap about return? £5M for a player like Honda is just good business.

If we can keep hold of Fellaini and Baines, I think we will definitely make Europe next year, just need a new striker and maybe a centre-back or goalkeeper and I think we would be able to beat most sides in Europe.

Please sign Honda!

Harold Matthews
481 Posted 28/06/2013 at 20:09:51
Will they like "Chang"?
Paul Andrews
504 Posted 28/06/2013 at 21:42:17
Honda would be a great signing.Right out of the top drawer and from what I have seen suited to the Prem.
I haven't seen much of Redmond,anyone who has what player would you liken him to?
Mark Frere
509 Posted 28/06/2013 at 21:56:18
Honda would be a great addition to our squad, but I think its really a question of who the interested parties are, if lets say, teams like AC Milan, Real Madrid or Beyern Munich are interested then we can forget it. Lets hope none of the elite are that interested, because although all of us Everton fans think we are the greatest club in the word, I don't think Honda will see it that way.

£5 million would be a steal for a player of his ilk, i'm optimistic but I would be surprised if this deal became a reality

Dave Long
513 Posted 28/06/2013 at 22:30:44
My kids will be elated. We live in urawa and my kids wear their everton kits all the time. Will be nice to see everton build more recognition out here. They last came here with Kendall in the early 80s.
Colin Glassar
517 Posted 28/06/2013 at 22:37:57
A few weeks ago I read somewhere that we had between £10-12m for transfers this summer. If we get Honda and Redmond for a combined £8m that would leave 2, possibly 4 million left over. If we could get rid of Heitinga for £4m that could leave us anything between £6-8m as a downpayment on a decent striker. If we keep Bainsey and Fellaini then we'd have a really decent chance of winning something next season.
Harold Matthews
529 Posted 28/06/2013 at 23:55:43
Honda will do for me. A proper player.

I don't want Redmond or that kid from Southampton.

In fact, I do not want anyone with prospects.

Our club is cluttered with L plates.

Patrick Murphy
530 Posted 29/06/2013 at 00:08:17
Harold I know what you mean about potential it isn't always realised but I think Redmond is worth a punt - I would prefer to buy him rather than spend £6m on a soon to be 30 year old striker with little or no sell on value.

Russell Buckley
531 Posted 29/06/2013 at 00:03:58
Being an Australian we got a good chance to watch Honda play against us in the World Cup qualifiers. Honda ran the show with Kagawa.

He is a brilliant little player to watch. Quick, great movement skill and a quality footballers brain.

Also takes a cracking set shot.

Andy Crooks
533 Posted 29/06/2013 at 00:15:18
I fear that Honda's wage demands will be well beyond what we can offer.
Ross Edwards
621 Posted 29/06/2013 at 12:51:34
Excellent. That will provide us with something creative in the middle, something that was really lacking under the previous regime. I'm happy. Just a shame we can't get Bony, but I saw before that we are in for that St Etienne player who looks a good player.
Harold Matthews
623 Posted 29/06/2013 at 12:36:36
Patrick. Of course, your reasoning would appear to make sense. £6,million for a 30-year-old is pretty hefty. Maybe I don't want to see Redmond's haircut in an Everton shirt.
Noel Early
646 Posted 29/06/2013 at 14:02:54
Competition for Honda will be fierce, a quality player available on the cheap. I would be delighted if we could sign him he looked very composed and could see him being a big success in the Premier League.

Something that has always been an issue with me is how we conduct our business: why does every transfer involving us need to be long and protracted? Can we not just sign a player without the drama of everything being played out in full glare of the media?

Surely other clubs will be lining up to sign Honda as well? If they can offer Champions League football, I don't fancy our chances.

Tom Bowers
675 Posted 29/06/2013 at 15:21:45
Transfer fees and wage demands are going to be Everton's concerns with any high ranking player who is in the spotlight right now. Players' agents will be very active negotiating the best and playing interested clubs against each other to see who will bid the highest.

Everton can't and won't be sucked into that kind of scenario. Honda, I think will end up elsewhere.

Ross Edwards
676 Posted 29/06/2013 at 15:27:31
I doubt a player who has been in Moscow for the last 5 years will have high wage demands, Tom.
Neil Humphreys
875 Posted 29/06/2013 at 22:41:14
Im laughing, hard...
Given the futile performance of the club commercially, do you really think they are in a position to exploit APAC... Billy Bullshit will no doubt lead the charge by reminiscing about a Japanese bloke pissing on his shoes when he was a child supporting the Japanese national team. Suntan Bob will contrive to label the ten shirts sold in Japan as a masterstroke...

Ah balls to it, Im so attuned to BS and impending disaster these days I expect it is nothing but idle speculation. Given we are a selling club he seems a little old..

Harold Matthews
888 Posted 30/06/2013 at 01:39:38
Neil. You're right .His age doesn't exactly make him a sound investment.
Unless, of course, he scores 20 plus goals and everyone wants him.
Jimmy Sørheim
059 Posted 30/06/2013 at 18:58:31
Too much with only 6 months left on his contract.

I would bid max. £4 million, even that is too much.

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