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Besic flies in as transfer saga nears conclusion

by | 23/07/2014  Comments (78)  jump
Hopes that Muhamed Besic may finally be confirmed as an Everton player this week were given a lift by the news that the Bosnia-Herzegovina international is on Merseyside tonight.

The 21 year-old was photographed at San Carlo restaurant on Castle Street in the City Centre today prompting expectation that he will be at Finch Farm tomorrow to finalise his transfer from Ferencvaros.

Besic looked set to sign for the Blues a fortnight ago amid reports that a 2.5m deal had been struck with the Hungarian club but negotiations stumbled over complications over the fee. Later reports, echoed by media sources this evening, claim that the final price will be closer to 4m, with the bulk of it due up front.

The midfielder is believed to have cut short his post-World Cup holidays to link up with the Everton squad in Austria last week and his apparent arrival in Liverpool today suggests that he is finally close to sealing his move to the Premier League.

This tweet from photographer Gareth Jones went viral this evening:


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Eugene Ruane
1 Posted 23/07/2014 at 22:53:34
On the right I hope.
Patrick Murphy
2 Posted 23/07/2014 at 22:57:26

He looked a lot younger a fortnight ago – that lad's far too young to be an agent surely. But seriously let's hope he will be worth all the 'effort'.

John Daley
3 Posted 23/07/2014 at 22:56:42
For fucks sake. I hope it's just a strange coincidence that he chose to sit down next to Andy Van der Meyde.
Sam Hoare
4 Posted 23/07/2014 at 22:58:38
Let the transfer floodgates open. Erm, Bill I said let the floodgates open. Bill? Bill?! Bill, ya tight git! You still there?! Oh, nevermind.
Patrick Murphy
5 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:00:52
That's what Bill does during the close season waits tables and begs for tips unless of course he has Roberto on a zero hours contract and RM has to do the waiting – an appropriate job given the nature of the summer transfer 'debacle'?
Dan Brierley
6 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:00:23
Those tattoos look like high school Indian ink jobbies. But whatever, welcome on board lad.
Dave Cook
7 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:02:42
My concern is who’s hiding in the Barrel.
James Elworthy
8 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:02:36
As he is a Muslim and it's Ramadan, why is he eating before dark?
Patrick Murphy
9 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:04:09
Not good that the lad's sat next to a barrel of lemons - it's OK. it's the Dark Sides latest batch of world beaters.
Joe O'Brien
10 Posted 23/07/2014 at 22:58:29
Haha. I hope so too Eugene. Hope we'll get this fella finally signed up. That was a long 48hrs...Wait, he hasn't signed yet!!

I'll never ever ever believe anything again unless I see it on our official site. This has been a horrible window so far.

Mike Green
11 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:05:43
He's not eating, he's looking at the menu waiting for dark.
Mark Frere
12 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:04:17
Trainers with no socks on? He's just asking for blisters and athlete's foot!
Mike Green
13 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:08:01
His mate can't wait and is ringing for a take out, which just leaves mystery man with the grey suit who's just come back from the gents.
Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:08:50
After all the misinformation, screw ups etc I don't even want him to join Everton anyway. The summer is already ruined. Too little too late. Thanks Bill Kenwright. Same old story.
James Elworthy
15 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:10:10
His agent looks like he is from the WWF he will take Blue Bill to the cleaners, surely if bill is picking up the tab, it would be a Wetherspoon's not San Carlo.
Jamie Barlow
16 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:09:38
Is that a scar on his left leg?

He'll never pass the medical.

Shane Corcoran
17 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:20:38
Shandy Andy is the first thing that came to mind for me too.
Andrew Davies
18 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:18:03
There's no food... Bill has just realised his mistake. He's Bosnian not a Bosman. Bill won't be picking up any bill.
Harold Matthews
19 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:15:53
Delighted. OK, he can be wild in the tackle and was once strangled by a manager and chucked out the changing room, but he's pretty useful and we need someone in the role he plays. Don't be surprised if Gibson goes elsewhere.
Kristian Boyce
20 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:30:59
He's getting comfortable knowing he's going to be there for 48 hours...
John Maxwell
21 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:44:29
I must be getting old, that lad looks about 15?
Kieran Riding
22 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:49:48
Operation Goodison / Opetation Yewtree ?
John #21
Colin Glassar
23 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:52:11
First of a few I believe.
James Stewart
24 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:54:13
So someone has solved the work permit issues then?
Phill Thompson
25 Posted 23/07/2014 at 23:58:51
Hmm, fails the new criteria I've adopted since the World Cup on how you identify world class talent – no tatoos! This based on the German World Cup winning team... still, I guess that would rule out about 80% of PL players .
John Malone
26 Posted 24/07/2014 at 00:05:16
Looks like he's fell out the Weatherspoon's on County Road with that cap and trainers! The big fat pimp sitting next to him should've told him San Carlo's is a bit of a fancy gaff with a "no trainers" policy; no wonder he's sitting outside!
Colin Glassar
27 Posted 24/07/2014 at 00:11:11
His tats certainly aren't as extensive as say, Beckham's but they are of poor quality. Hopefully Roberto will make him wear long sleeves from now on.
Harold Matthews
28 Posted 24/07/2014 at 00:14:48
Colin. Spot on with your forecast. Keep 'em coming but don't get carried away.
Kieran Riding
29 Posted 24/07/2014 at 00:22:05
You've seen Ross's sleeve, right?
Chad Schofield
30 Posted 24/07/2014 at 00:17:05
One of the funniest one-liners I've read on here, Eugene; take a virtual bow.

With any luck, he's here for us not as a stop-over, now somewhere else, or to visit the Poisonous Dwarf.

Gerard Depardieu's cousin looks like he knows his way round a menu though.

Colin Glassar
31 Posted 24/07/2014 at 00:34:44
That's me done, Harold. I promised you all Besic and Lukaku would become Everton players as I had a very good, and trustworthy, tip on both of them.

There will be more players coming in the next few weeks but I will refrain from sticking my neck out any further. Let's just say that a certain LVG will have a big say.

Harold Matthews
32 Posted 24/07/2014 at 00:30:14
Watching Spurs v Toronto. Ex Saints manager trying to get his philosophy across. Not easy, as we know.
Nicholas Ryan
33 Posted 24/07/2014 at 00:41:10
The rumours that he's a bit wild must be true; as Besic is clearly saying: 'You lookin at Me dude... you lookin at ME?!' ... And the agent is pretending to look at his phone, and saying: 'Oh God, he's off again!!'
Ant Dwyer
34 Posted 24/07/2014 at 00:49:16
Come on, Colin! Who you reckon is next then? Cleverly is my guess as a United player but I’d hope it’s more likely to be a forward, maybe Welbeck or Hernandez.

I’m sure most would welcome Hernandez with open arms, and I would certainly join them but for me I can’t help but think Welbeck would be a great buy for us. I think he may do something similar to what Sturridge has done for them.

Anyways, feed me the info.

Chris Wilson
35 Posted 24/07/2014 at 01:07:05
Chicharito, Colin? Or are you just being Cleverly?
Colin Glassar
36 Posted 24/07/2014 at 01:26:20
Their futures will be decided this week Chris.
Dennis Ng
37 Posted 24/07/2014 at 01:28:32

I dreaded Man Utd going for Pochecttino and Spurs getting him is not much better news, in my opinion. I do hope their lack of patience undoes them again. I guess the good news is that Saints are sunk right now.

Colin, I don't mind Lukaku here but definitely not for the limb Mourinho is asking for.

Didn't get to read much on his crazy other than that old bit from his Bundesliga days. Wonder if he's going to be wilder than Dunc.

Julian Wait
38 Posted 24/07/2014 at 01:40:04
Colin, you're such a tease but it's appreciated ... it allows me to just relax and enjoy what may happen this week and next. Certainly, I feel confident we'll come out and play again this season, and impress, and I think there will be a lot of eyes on Everton over here in the US. We may not win anything again, but I think we can win hearts and minds and continue building the platform for actually winning something.

Interested to see how much LVG is focused on not bolstering his opponents (e.g. Everton) and how much he just cares about his team, which I think is more his egocentric style (and I mean that in a good way). Taking more players off Man United wouldn't be a bad thing for us; Cleverley, Fletcher, Lil' Green Pea and the Prodigal (or was that Profligate?) Wayne would all be appreciated thanks very much :-p

At least LVG already offloaded Buttner (no surprise their given their history) who seemed more suited to the other lot anyway i.e. he's a crap defender, he's full of himself and seems like a bit of a knob-head, otherwise I'd be concerned, even with our lovely range of left backs on offer ...

Paul Ferry
39 Posted 24/07/2014 at 02:33:58
Darren Hind aint gonna like this one little bit.
Paul Ferry
40 Posted 24/07/2014 at 02:36:55
Erm, finally, we have reached rock bottom, unless IÂ’m missing some of the old gotta love it tongue-in-cheek that I ainÂ’t seeing coz I donÂ’t see any of these! Or any of these... or any of these, for that matter?

Kieran Kinsella 14: After all the misinformation, screw ups etc I donÂ’t even want him to join Everton anyway. The summer is already ruined. Too little too late. Thanks, Bill Kenwright. Same old story.

Breathtaking! Can I just say ... feck, I canÂ’t put it into words ... I canÂ’t find the words

Matt Traynor
42 Posted 24/07/2014 at 03:55:43
Paul #40, I'd wager you can't find the irony in his post either? Admittedly I did a double take as well, but on the basis that I don't have him pegged as a Meltdown Melvyn, dismissed it as tongue-in-cheek.
Jay Harris
43 Posted 24/07/2014 at 05:14:17
Well thats our one midfielder in; now on to the three forwards.

If Traore is not coming, maybe Welbeck or Hernandes plus Lukaku and Henen (assuming he counts).

Or could there be a cheeky bid for the lad from Norwich.

Watch this space (or follow the Colin Glassar page).

Ajay Gopal
44 Posted 24/07/2014 at 05:30:34
Jay, I think Martinez (in his post match comments) clearly thinks that Henen will be part of the U-21 side this year. He could step to the senior squad next year. Maybe even loan him out for a few months to a Championship club this season.

So that leaves 4 signings to be made. I am thinking:

Besic will be our 1 mid-field signing
Lukaku remains our main striker target
Martinez will probably sign 1 winger to supplement McGeady & Pienaar – Redmond / Moses / Atsu (on loan)
And 1 more striker – Wellbeck/Hernandez or Traore (on loan)

The next season, Martinez will probably turn his attention to the defence: Howard, Distin, Alcaraz, Jagielka will be reaching the end of their careers. Baines will be a year older – so a new goalkeeper and a new centre-back would come in next year possibly?

James Morgan
45 Posted 24/07/2014 at 07:05:56
How long before he's linked with a "big money move" to one of the Sky four after a few good performances?
Jim Lloyd
46 Posted 24/07/2014 at 07:08:18
Well, this is looking hopeful. It's took long enough but I supose the non Eurpean redidency thing took a while to sort out.

We'll have to wait and see but this lad (in the admittedly meagre offerings on you tube) looks to have a fighter's attitude and he didn't do a bad job on Messi by all accounts. I couldn't help thinking that his body language reminds me of a young Peter Reid or even Jimmy Gabriel. A real winner.

If it works out that his skill matches his attitude, we might well have two fine young midfielders forming a great partnership for the future.

David Ellis
47 Posted 24/07/2014 at 07:41:07
Ajay 44 - yes I agree. We need one winger and two strikers and then we will be set. And much stronger than a year ago if we get the relevant quality (and if one of them is Lukaku or at least as good).

As for the next summer transfer window, who knows – but I think we will need to start looking for cover in the Barkley/Osman No 10 position as Osman (like Pienaar) was showing some signs of a decline last season and I think the end may be approaching for him.

For other positions, it will depend on how the U21s and other young players develop over the season. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves heh – one transfer window at a time.

James Richard
48 Posted 24/07/2014 at 07:27:33
This deal makes me think "only the right personalities" is definitely an excuse for signing nobody. Bang on about how the right characters are so important then sign a lad who's been strangled and thrown out by a previous gaffer. Anyway, I'm made up: I like the look of him from what I saw at the World Cup.
Jim Bennings
49 Posted 24/07/2014 at 07:50:28
Let's just hope this one finally goes through now Besic is here on Merseyside.

I don't want no more hold ups, no more hitch with the work permit or medica. You can imagine Kenwright now, "Let's think of an excuse why the deal will fall through."

I just want it complete with 48 hours, surely anymore than 48 hours is taking the piss again.

This time next week, I want at least two others in.

Anthony Flack
50 Posted 24/07/2014 at 08:14:43
BBC headline "Patrick sign Osman" there goes our chance of scoring another goal from a corner!
Derek Knox
51 Posted 24/07/2014 at 08:05:21
Jay # 43

"Or could there be a cheeky bid for the lad from Norwich."

Hope you don't mean Ricky Van Wolfs(dick)Winkel there Jay?

What a prolific marksman he was, I think he he only scored about one, and guess who that was against?

Only joking mate, I said on another thread in response to Ajay's post that I couldn't understand why we didn't get the lad, when he was at from Birmingham, and he wanted to come, saying he would prefer a move to Everton!

Thing is now if we did go for him, he would cost more than the ٠M-ish figure quoted then, that sounds about right for Everton though.

Would love to get Chicharito too, even if we used him as an impact sub like Manure did, but don't fancy Cleverly etc. but who knows what the Blue Tooth Fairy will deliver before the window comes crashing down!

Paul Kernot
52 Posted 24/07/2014 at 08:36:38
Colin. We're getting Fellaini back on a free aren't we????
Andrew Ellams
53 Posted 24/07/2014 at 08:31:01
Kieran Kinsella @ 14, that has to be one of the most mental posts in TW history.
Ian McDowell
54 Posted 24/07/2014 at 08:40:30
Roberto just on Talksport. He says he is hoping to complete deals for 3/4 players over the next few days.
Colin Glassar
55 Posted 24/07/2014 at 08:41:42
Paul, that is one prodigal son that won't be returning. Like I said last night, Besic will be the first of a few signings. The big man is waiting patiently for the call.
Patrick Murphy
56 Posted 24/07/2014 at 08:50:27
Anthony (50), I didn't sign him – I made an enquiry, but his wage demands were ludicrous 㾸 an hour for a bit of gardening work and car-cleaning!
James Richard
57 Posted 24/07/2014 at 08:30:33
Not sure how true this is but here goes (shoot me down as you see fit):

What I have been told is the only hold up for the Lukaku deal is the McCarthy deal to Manchester United. Chelsea have upped the asking price and the only way we can afford it is to sell first. Once the deal for McCarthy to United for 㿅M goes through, we will get Lukaku. Besic has been brought in for cover for Gibbo and Barry.

Again not sure how true this is but I believe it. Hope i'm wrong. Surely we can't be that skint. Can we?

Derek Knox
58 Posted 24/07/2014 at 09:28:02
Patrick # 56

Think you slipped up there mate, you could have just used him as second half sub. ie. 45 minutes = ٧ Simples !! :-)

Shane Corcoran
59 Posted 24/07/2014 at 09:33:39
Colin you're a good laugh although not as funny as those slapping you on the back. Besic is in the city and you're mystic meg.

Keep it coming nonetheless. Very entertaining and you might turn out to be right.........when someone actually signs.

Milos Milenkovic
60 Posted 24/07/2014 at 09:53:15
Besic was really impressive at the World Cup, as he was covering entire ground for 90 minutes, every game. He reminded me of McCarthy as they are both big fighters but modest going forward. What concerns me is how will Martinez use all four of our defensive midfielders, since they are all looking like a strong personalities and we can only play one or two of them at the same time...
Andrew Ellams
61 Posted 24/07/2014 at 10:04:34
Milos, I have a feeling we will see a 4-3-3 formation next season with Barry sitting and McCarthy and Besic doing the legwork with Barkley, Mirallas and hopefully Lukaku as the front 3. Gibson will be the cover.
Jon Bentley
62 Posted 24/07/2014 at 10:11:27
Bobby just on TalkSport was saying he expects "3 or 4 to be completed in the next couple of days". He also said the important task this summer was "continuity" which to me means "same squad as last year" .....oh well....

However he sounded VERY non committal on Lukaku!! Didn't sound like that one was going to happen any time soon.

Anthony Flack
63 Posted 24/07/2014 at 10:22:48
Sorry for my shit post - 50 - well spotted Patrick, might even have been funny first time. Should have read

BBC headline "Partick sign Osman" there goes our chance of scoring another goal from a corner.

James Marshall
64 Posted 24/07/2014 at 10:32:06
Colin, you're such a tease with your tidbits of information on transfers.

Are you actually senor Martinez hiding within our midst?

Patrick Murphy
65 Posted 24/07/2014 at 10:39:43
No bother Anthony - I only caught because it's my name - Is it Leon who is going to Partick or another Osman?
Tom Bowers
66 Posted 24/07/2014 at 12:58:57
For those who remember a certain Alan Ball, who looked about 13 years old when he signed for the Blues, but what an engine he had.
Shane Corcoran
67 Posted 24/07/2014 at 14:31:00
Patrick, by any chance did you happen to spot this on Sky Sports a while back?


Mike Allison
68 Posted 24/07/2014 at 14:42:52
Milos up until Christmas we’ll have two games a week. Barry is 34 and Gibson has a poor injury record. I really wouldn’t worry about whether he’ll fit them all in, I’d worry more about whether we’ll need Lundstram and Ledson to play a role as well.
Raymond Fox
69 Posted 24/07/2014 at 14:33:10
If Besic does indeed sign, from what little I've seen he looks a lively player with a winning attitude. Just the right age too, I can see him being a very useful addition. No doubt Roberto's filled him in about the club and what role he see's for him.

Personally I think it's vital that we can get Lukaku to sign; if we don't, my expectancy for the season will drop quite a bit.

Linda Morrison
70 Posted 24/07/2014 at 14:48:37
This may link in with John's comment. Apparently Lukaku is training with his old club. Okay, it is in the Sun, but they seem to think this points to Lukaku going.
Harold Matthews
72 Posted 24/07/2014 at 15:25:27
Apparently the new lad is going to be unveiled with the new strip.
Derek Knox
73 Posted 24/07/2014 at 15:32:39
Linda # 70

Read that as well and saw pictures of with Anderlecht , but before we assume anything, I think he is doing this as a way of keeping fit.

As far as I know, he wasn't due to join up with Chelski until next Monday, when they transfer their pre-season training programme to Holland !

It is possible I suppose then, we will know more, when he has a face to face with the Special One !

Personally I think, Mourinho being Mourinho, will delight in it dragging on, and him being the lynch pin, in the outcome of affairs.

We must all remember too, that although contracts don't seem to be that binding these days, but however he is still their player, and up to a point at their behest !

Shane Corcoran
74 Posted 24/07/2014 at 17:14:54
So RM is looking forward to presenting him next week according to the OS.

It's a strangely worded article but even I accept that there's at least a 50% chance he'll sign.

Eugene Ruane
75 Posted 24/07/2014 at 17:14:31
Besic going to Thailand, won’t be playing, just going ’so Mo can meet the players’

I’d say that’s signed.

Source, OS.

Patrick Murphy
76 Posted 24/07/2014 at 17:20:41
Shane unfortunately the link you put up doesn't work so I am none the wiser but I'm sure it would have been interesting.
Shane Corcoran
77 Posted 24/07/2014 at 17:26:51
Sorry Patrick. Any idea if I can just post a photo. The link was from my Facebook page so not sure why it won't work.
Patrick Murphy
78 Posted 24/07/2014 at 17:36:27
I went on facebook to find your name Shane - but there are loads sorry I couldn't see it.
Harold Matthews
79 Posted 24/07/2014 at 21:02:31
䀎 per month to watch MUTVHD. Good grief. Also, according to a stat this morning, they have 600,000 fans. Sounds like stuff from another universe.
Andy Finigan
80 Posted 24/07/2014 at 22:53:59
Harold, thatÂ’s a lot of salty tears going on last seasonÂ’s games.

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