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Alcaraz to become first transfer this week

30/06/2013 | Comments (43)
According to the Daily Star Roberto Martinez will this week make 30-year-old Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz his first signing for Everton.

Martinez signed Alcaraz on a free transfer from Club Brugge in Belgium when he was in charge of the Latics. And the Paraguay international won't cost Martinez a penny this time, either, as he's a free agent and out of contract at Wigan.

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James Elworthy
987 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:17:16
That's goodbye and good riddance to Heintinga, get a few quid for him and his extortionate wages off the books.

You could get young Redmond for the money you get on one third of his wages.

Ross Edwards
988 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:19:11
I would have preferred Redmond or Honda first. We need to get moving. The RS have signed two players already, Chelsea have already signed Schurrle. If we don't hurry, all our targets might be targeted by other clubs.
Ray Roche
990 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:27:38
Ross, the RS have signed four players:

Simon Mignolet, £9M
Lago Aspas £7M;
Luis Alberto £6.8M; and
Kolo Toure free.

Ross Edwards
992 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:36:28
Precisely, Ray. We need to get on with it.
Sam Hoare
993 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:34:39
No rush. Would rather get the right players in a months time than the wrong ones now.

Alcaraz seems like a sensible if unglamorous way to start.

Ross Edwards
994 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:36:28
Precisely Ray. We need to get on with it.
Ross Edwards
998 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:36:28
Precisely, Ray. We need to get on with it.
Mark Frere
999 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:44:29
Sam Hoare — All the best players could be gone in a months time. Teams are already hot on the heels of players like Fer and Bony... wait too long and our first-choice targets will be gone.
Ross Edwards
001 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:48:28
Spot on, Mark, any more dawdling and Honda will be gone to Italy, Bony will be at Swansea, Redmond at Norwich, and perhaps Fer will get injured reaching his laptop probably...
Colin Leary
004 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:53:58
Instead of spending on players, get Rooney on a season-long loan with a clause of sending him back in the next window. Martinez needs to make an impact statement.
Ross Edwards
006 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:56:53
Rooney on loan????

Shall we sign Messi for £100 million but pay £5 million in 25 yearly installments?

James Martin
007 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:59:18
Alcaraz isn't a bad player, the Wigan fans I know loved him when he played and they said he was by far a cut above any of their other players. He could just never stay fit.
Colin Leary
009 Posted 30/06/2013 at 16:00:34
Rooney is not Messi... Arsenal are linked; they don't pay the wages we do. Man Utd are trying to cut his wage.
Ross Edwards
010 Posted 30/06/2013 at 16:03:21
I didn't say Rooney was Messi, Colin. I was being sarcastic.
Aidy Dews
013 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:11:53
Decent investment for 3rd choice CB. Will allow us to sell Heitinga and bring in a decent fee, say £2-3m hopefully and Alcaraz would only use a percentage of Johnny's wages as well and he isn't all that bad so it would be good business with those two all round IMO.
Alan Baillie
017 Posted 30/06/2013 at 16:28:06
Why not try and get Rooney back? I know we can't afford what he is on now, but maybe he would come back to us due to the fact he would still be on great money and it's not like he already needs any more than he has in the bank. The profile of the club would sky-rocket and things like sponsorship would go through the roof. We could even subsidize his wages through sponsorship money.

Who knows, it could be the launch of EFC to the next level and even help with finding a rich new owner. What I have said might sound unrealistic, but why not see if it could happen? My biggest fear would be that the club would not know how to market this idea.

James Martin
028 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:04:27
Why do people always assume that we dawdle over transfers? I've never understood that criticism.

Our player trading in recent times has been excellent (obviously within the monetary restraints... but that's another issue). The amount of times we've supposedly 'missed out' on a 'target' that's gone to some team lower than us in the league and turned out to be rubbish, only for us then to move for our real targets that have mostly been top quality (I still cannot believe Mirallas for £5M when people like McManaman are being quoted at £7M). Quality transfers take time.

We're in the tough situation of wanting top class players but having little money. These players are usually wanted by other clubs, such as Milan. Most players will not choose us in that situation. Honda isn't going to sign for us just because we rushed him if he knows Milan might be interested; that's not us dawdling.

If you want quick transfers, then they're going to be rubbish players that are only too happy to play for us because no-one above us wants them. If you want Everton to buy quality players, then they may well turn out to be long protracted transfer sagas because that is the nature of the market Everton are operating in. We can't just throw £35 million at a club just to get the deal done quickly.

If some of these players that are supposedly slipping away from us are signing for Norwich and Swansea, then you have to ask: Are they good enough for us anyway? It's not as though Tottenham are coming in and pinching them as we 'dawdle' on a deal. They're not all going to turn out to be like Michu – who is the exception to the rule.

The right signings are better than rushed ones. If they had been our targets then we'd probably know about it or might yet have done something about it. Do people not think we could match Norwich or Swansea for a transfer? Just because players who some people would like to see at Everton are going elsewhere doesn't mean the targets we really want are.

Phil Davies
031 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:05:46
He wouldn't be a bad signing but we need another young centre half in as well; only having 3 central defenders is ridiculous and Duffy only has 10 games and a handful of starts to his name. If Heitinga is to be sold then that money should be re-invested into signing a central defender under the age of 25.
Harold Matthews
039 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:16:50
We'll certainly need a few players, that's for sure. A striker, a rival for Howard and a midfield ball-winner will do for starters.

Lots of exciting names have been mentioned but our targets may not be the targets of Mr Martinez. So much will depend on the movement of Fellaini and Baines...

Raymond Fox
040 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:35:34
It's a very complex deal when signing any player, especially when you haven't the money to throw about. Whats the saying? "Buy in haste, repent at leisure!"

What did Roberto say, "I want players with the right character first and foremost."

I think we've all seen some very good players, that only stay at a club for a short time before they're transfer-listed, it's usually because they are 'trouble' behind the scenes.

Sam Hoare
045 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:59:06
Mark Frere, there are plenty of good players out there and I would rather we made considered purchases than got drawn into a rushed buys for fear of losing out. We don't have enough money to make uninformed decisions.

Having said that, I'm pretty sure RM already has a list of players he likes, as will the scouting system in place at Everton. I expect things will move forward a bit more once he comes into the office tomorrow – probably starting with backroom staff.

Mark Frere
049 Posted 30/06/2013 at 18:17:55
James Martin,

We do dawdle over transfers, so many of our transfers have happened right at the end of the transfer windows. We never seem to get players so we can bed them into pre-season. You can't tell me the majority of the best available players won't've already been snapped up before we start making our move in the transfer market. I think it's got a lot to do with BK trying to get players cheaper right at the end of the window.

Often I think many of the better players are gone by the time we start to get involved in the transfer market. Aston Villa for example might not of got the players they wanted if they waited any longer.

We can only really make 10-12 million pounds worth of signings anyway, because we haven't sold anyone yet.

Kunal Desai
051 Posted 30/06/2013 at 18:35:49
I wouldn't worry too much about who the Shite have signed as no doubt they are likely to be just that under Brenda.... shite.
Al Reddish
056 Posted 30/06/2013 at 18:52:26
We dawdle because we ain't got any money until Sky pay us at the end of August.
Jimmy Sørheim
057 Posted 30/06/2013 at 18:51:27
He is a very decent replacement for Heitinga, but I am not sure about his general fitness. He might take half a season or so to get up to speed again. Not a bad move anyway as we need all the players we can get.

I too am worried we will miss out on Honda and Fer because RM has not started his job yet. How come we did not get RM early like Man Utd did with Moyes???

We always wait until the last minute here at Everton.

Steve Edwards
095 Posted 30/06/2013 at 22:54:24
You can stick Rooney up your arse. He's already way past his best, never lived up to his potential and he is a piece of shit. I and many more Evertonians remember what he did even if some on here have short memories and or an extremely forgiving nature.
Dick Fearon
099 Posted 30/06/2013 at 23:19:20
Alan B @ 017,

Your comment that for love of Everton or whatever, Rooney could eschew another club's offer of a bigger wage brings to mind my old mum's saying that much always wants more.

Al Philby
101 Posted 30/06/2013 at 23:13:57
I expect to see quite a few signings over the next two weeks. These are the players I would sign. The amounts hypothetical of course:

Étienne Capoue £13M - best holding midfielder I know of
Vladimir Dyadyun £1M - contract about to expire; worth the risk
Nathan Redmond £2.75M - exciting prospect
Asmir Begovic £7M - 7-10 extra points
Some Brazilian: £1M
Some Bolivian: £1M
Some Mexican: £1M
TOTAL: £26.75M

Fellaini £23M
Heitinga £2M
Naismith £0.5M
TOTAL: £25.5M

Adam Fenlon
126 Posted 01/07/2013 at 04:40:37
Al 101 - I heard that Some Bolivian's knees are shot. We can do better.
Ged Alexander
129 Posted 01/07/2013 at 07:03:48
James,28, ray,40, spot on. There are five parties in a player purchase, The clubs, the agents fr both clubs ant the player. Then add other clubs who may be interested - lets say three clubs - which can mean as many as 12 representatives. They all have until September to do a deal. It takes time.,

To be fair, if you begin in January then this can be done quickly in the summer. But you stand the chance of musing out on last minute bargains because you have spent your money. Like Mirallas.

We fans are simple folk. At independents, hey do things differently. Forget 'taxi for manager' see 'seat chairman?'

Derek Turner
146 Posted 01/07/2013 at 08:40:57
Steve 095,

Thank you good sir.

Roger Sunde
186 Posted 01/07/2013 at 12:35:36
Rooney on loan sounds far-fetched, but Rodwell could be a possibility.
James Stewart
194 Posted 01/07/2013 at 12:54:10
Étienne Capoue is a fine player and a great shout. I would take him over Fellaini any day.

If Alcaraz means the end of Heitinga then I'm all for it

Jon Ferguson
198 Posted 01/07/2013 at 12:53:16
Al - 101 No decent Brazilian is sold for £1mil. You're 3 South Americans coming in at a million each is ridiculously optimistic.
Ryan Sloan
199 Posted 01/07/2013 at 12:58:28
Rooney? No way on earth! If he ever put a blue shirt on again, I wouldn't be going while he was there. I always thought he was over-hyped.

No thanks, plus we couldn't afford him anyway, which is a good thing.

Mark Knight
203 Posted 01/07/2013 at 13:18:02
Have to agree with Steve@095...
Colin Glassar
206 Posted 01/07/2013 at 13:31:44
Jon Withey, DM has received more media coverage today than he did in the last 5 years combined with us. Always said that ssn have their own agenda defending their beloved rich clubs. I wonder if he likes the limelight?
Gavin Ramejkis
219 Posted 01/07/2013 at 13:36:09
Al #101 — you have forgotten each new player needs a wage, your maths is far too simplistic.

Unless Fellaini, Heitinga and Naegood were on £100k a piece each to then be split amongst the new guys, it won't work.

Rick Pattinson
383 Posted 01/07/2013 at 20:47:00
Depending on what wage this guy wants, it could be a good bit of business. I have never really seen him in action mind you.

Heitinga's got to go, regardless; we should get £3/4 mill for him surely?

Al Philby
409 Posted 01/07/2013 at 22:17:15
Gavin, Pip's out as well. We could sell another three. 7 in, 7 out.

Jon, Portugese clubs buy Brazilians for peanuts.

Chris Cumisky
615 Posted 02/07/2013 at 15:21:34
The lad got done for spitting in a opponents still the type of player we are gonna be signing?
Ross Edwards
999 Posted 03/07/2013 at 13:05:54
"Some Brazilian: £1M
Some Bolivian: £1M
Some Mexican: £1M"

So Al, we send Bill to hang around immigration control at Heathrow and the first Brazilian, Mexican and Bolivian he sees, we sign them up for £1m?

Al Philby
005 Posted 03/07/2013 at 13:21:30
Ross, I do not follow football over there like I used to. Hence I know no names. All I know is that Portugese and Spanish procure talented material from South America for very little money.

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