Baines's existing deal has less than 18 months to run and he has been a target for Manchester United over the past couple of years.
Barkley, meanwhile, has become hot property in what has become his breakout season under Roberto Martinez's tutelage. The 20-year-old has been rewarded with improved terms, partially in order to ward off potential bids from rival clubs for his signature.
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366 Posted 14/01/2014 at 11:34:16
Obviously doesn't mean we'll keep them in the summer, however we'll be in a better position to dictate prices if it ever comes to that (which I hope if doesn't!).
Surely taking the piss throwing Kenwyne Jones's name into the mix with EFC... Someone I don't mind is Mame Diouf at Hannover. Looks like Cardiff's new manager is trying to link up with old United players but, after watching a couple games with Diouf, I wouldn't mind having him on board. He's strong can hold the ball up, distribute, and has a good shot on him. Contract up at the end of season as well so maybe something can be done pre-contract, or provide Hannover with a small fee to get him in now... my opinion.
398 Posted 14/01/2014 at 13:04:50
Come on, RM — go for some quality!
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473 Posted 14/01/2014 at 16:26:26
It is in the local press that Baines and Barkley have indeed signed new deals and that Coleman and Distin are next. This is good news for our club, wherever we end up this season. Keeping our current squad is the first task for Roberto.
Regarding the Barkley foot, it takes 3-6 weeks from the injury happening for healing to take place. He injured it on 4 January in the FA Cup game so already almost 2 weeks have gone; I can see why there may be an outside chance of him playing in the derby.
Whenever he comes back, he needs to get some decent boots as opposed to those ballet pumps that offer no protection.
523 Posted 14/01/2014 at 18:33:28
Signed a contract as Spurs for 4 years or a similar length, then strides off to Real Madrid for £85 million a few months later.
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560 Posted 14/01/2014 at 20:08:29
Do you suppose spurs would have got that sort of money if he was not in contract.
Contracts still mean a lot in respect of the leverage that they give the selling club, look how united used it to keep Ronaldo an extra year or 2.
Course they mean something
564 Posted 14/01/2014 at 20:18:45
Are you telling me that, for instance, that Sewer Rat is going to honour a 4 year contract, even if the RS fail to make the Champions League in each year?
Agents have ruined the game. Contracts are insignificant. If your club is struggling, and an agent informs you that a move is possible, a contract is irrelevant in that situation.
589 Posted 14/01/2014 at 21:28:03
If the club plays there cards well, even if they cant keep a guy, they can are still able to cash in on an asset.
You gave the example of Rat-boy, well there you go, that's prime example that directly contracts your statement contracts not meaning anything anymore. They managed to keep him
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Totally underwhelmed as most of us are by thoughts of KJ and his ilk, I can only hope that RM has knowledge of some Johnny Foreigner who can really make a contribution.
Perhaps, all things considered, we should be content to see this as a formative season when, at the very least, we've been treated to some cracking football.
746 Posted 15/01/2014 at 12:10:43
Everton are one of the top 5 clubs in the country, end of. Where this side finishes may just depend on the bounce of a ball or decision of a referee. Either way I am completely proud of how we are playing and we have EVERY chance of a top 4 finish.
751 Posted 15/01/2014 at 12:50:32
Bang On mate
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759 Posted 15/01/2014 at 13:07:38
Post more frequently mate
Yep, more frequently
There will inevitably be these bloody doom mongers, preaching failure and hand wringing gratitude that we so, so, so, fortunately avoided eternal damnation in keeping with OFM Pvt Frazer's "Undertaker Mentality".
Perhaps, just perhaps, there are other possible outcomes?
Bloody hell, this "deranged Spanish lad" managing us now (pleasant and affable though he is) has made complete fools of us all by imagining that taking 3pts at the "Theatre of Yesterday's Dreams" was even possible
Let's not get carried away, please ?
Anyway must go now, I'm just watching this movie about forlorn hope "Eleven Years A Slave".
768 Posted 15/01/2014 at 13:28:07
Found an interesting piece by Gwillem Salague on Deulofeu. Reckons Barca can only use one free spirit and it's Messi. Everton is the perfect club for his developement and he'll probably stay for another year. and gradually learn to close down and regain the ball.
777 Posted 15/01/2014 at 14:25:29
Of course I would love to see us qualify for CL but it would be a bonus rather than a given right as you seem to believe.
By your reckoning, we may well be one of 'the top five clubs in the country' but our balance sheet and financial backing does not support that statement.
You may well regard Roberto as the football equivalent of Dynamo but, in reality, he is just a pretty good football manager.
781 Posted 15/01/2014 at 14:40:41
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