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Blues snap up Brendan Galloway

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Everton's new boy Brendan Galloway signed a five-year contract
Everton have confirmed the signing of Brendan Galloway from MK Dons for an undisclosed fee. The 18-year-old has committed to a five-year contract with the Blues and went straight into the Under-21s line-up to face Leeds United U21s at Thorp Arch this afternoon.

It marks the conclusion of more patient negotiations by the club for a player who was first mooted as being on the verge of signing for Everton at the start of the World Cup in June.

Born in Zimbabwe, Galloway, is an England youth international who became the Dons' youngest ever first-team player when he made his debut against Nantwich Town in November 2011 at the age of just 15.

Primarily a defender who can also operate in defensive midfield, he played 17 times for the League One club, scoring once and he spoke to evertontv once the deal to bring him to Merseyside had been completed:

"It means an awful lot to me coming to such a great Club. I'm now looking forward to learning off some of the more senior players — the likes of Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka.

"I've been watching them for years now and they're great professionals, great players — players who have been there and done it. That's a big thing for me to be able to learn off guys like that.

"Short-term, I just want to work hard to better myself as a footballer here, which I know I will with the coaches and other staff here.

"Long-term, I also want to get in the Everton team and play week-in and week-out in the Premier League and play in a team that's doing well, which I know we will do."

Galloway's acquisition for the U21s — the fee is believed, but not confirmed, to be around 500,000 — is expected to be followed imminently by the long-awaited confirmation of Davis Henen's move from Anderlecht.

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Mike Hughes
1 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:18:00
Spend, spend, spend.
That's all this club does these days.
The new badge should have a cash dispenser on it.
Moneybags Everton.
Tommy Coleman
2 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:22:38
Mike. Ha ha.
Phil Bellis
3 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:21:36
Another articulate, grateful, humble young man - see OS interview
Monsieur Henen!, please
Patrick Murphy
4 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:28:27
Taxi driver claims Henan has signed a five year deal?

Taxi Signing?

Mike Childs
5 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:28:10
We may get to that 6 or 7 additional players yet. Obvious over here in the states I know little about him but to be able to start at 15 years of age is promising.

Mike H. Thanks for a good laugh.

Peter Z Jones
6 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:31:32
God this is gonna be a fun season.
Ian Bennett
7 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:42:39
Coming in like buses now.
Jack Plant
8 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:43:54
Sam Byrne's just scored for the U21s, great youth investment alongside the big purchases.
Duncan McDine
9 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:48:05
Great that we’re bringing in these potential stars of the future too. Any ideas what the undisclosed fee would have been reported as (ballpark figure)?
Gerry Quinn
10 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:54:50
Confirmed - Henen on 5 year deal
Shane Corcoran
11 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:56:29
Source Gerry?
Harold Matthews
12 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:54:11
Great news. 6'-1" and still growing. Fans say he didn't give Andros Townsend a kick of the ball.
James Elworthy
13 Posted 02/08/2014 at 14:57:42
I thought you took a taxi heading out of Goodison, not heading in.
We have never had all our business done so early.
Atsu and Traore on loan soon
I have a feeling on deadline day Jack Rodwell will come on loan especially with Lampard in.

Stephen Bird
14 Posted 02/08/2014 at 15:05:14
This trend for young players is so exciting , we have a plan going forward both short term and long term bases are all covered

Incidentally take a look at the RS list of young players they have released recently, all foreign nationals that cost them a fortune to bring in over the last few years !! TheyÂ’ve spunked millions on them , just like they are spunking millions on their first team squad now .

They finished second last year , anything less this season will be a step back and they have spent over 100 million !!

But hey onwards and upwards for us , no foundations made of sand here !!

Martin Farrington
15 Posted 02/08/2014 at 15:17:36
I believe Brendan is a great acquisition for the club.
With John Stones also showing signs of further potential the centre halves we desperately need for the future seem to be sown up. Fantastic !
But what about Eric Dier who we had on loan for 18 months and Spurs have just bought for ٢m ?
Was he that poor and not up to our quality or as I fear a harsh lesson learned, hence our swoop ?
Ernie Baywood
17 Posted 02/08/2014 at 15:44:13
Know nothing of the guy but good to see a bit of age range in Bobby's buys.

A few years ago I was genuinely worried that this team needed significant investment just to be a going concern... simply due to the age of the first team. Look at the first XI and beyond now - we've got a mix of experienced heads supported by players in their early to mid 20s... and then another layer of youngsters ready to get experience.

Dick Brady
18 Posted 02/08/2014 at 15:50:11
Rather annoyingly we had both Shkodran Mustafi and Eric Dier in our youth ranks and both were allowed to leave (although I seem to recall Dier was only ever on loan).

I would have been great to have Stones, Mustafi and Dier in the ranks behind Jagielka & Distin. But I guess now we have Galloway so we'll see how that pans out.

Don't think Duffy has much chance.

Patrick Murphy
20 Posted 02/08/2014 at 15:57:32
Mike we had a little debate over that on another thread and Colin didn't seem to think it was a goer and for what it's worth neither do I but stranger things have happened.
Mike Hughes
21 Posted 02/08/2014 at 15:59:56
I missed that discussion, Patrick.
I went on SkyBet to check for Henin - though I think he's too small fry for those exchanges.
It did strike me as odd but like you say......
Chris James
22 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:00:56
One thing to add to the youth discussion is that we never actually had Dier full time in our ranks. We effectively took him on loan from Sporting Lisbon for a season.

We did have Mustafi on our books but he didn't break through under Moyes and we let him go to further his career in the end.

Phil Walling
23 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:03:21
With all these signings, what shall be sweating on come deadline day ?

Macca leaving for Man City ?

Dick Brady
24 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:03:02
I have a feeling the board will want to recoup the majority of the Lukaku money somehow and McCarthy is definitely one of our most saleable assets. But he seems like a good kid and every time he speaks he expresses his happiness at playing at Everton for Roberto.

I wouldn't expect McCarthy to push for a move to Man Utd but I'm sure the board would be interested if Man Utd put in a big enough offer.

Chris James
25 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:16:57
So if this cabbie is to be believed, we have another young talent on board.

Could we be heading for a three-way press conference on Monday? (Atsu, Galloway and Henen?)

Tony McNulty
26 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:18:53
A cab driver has confirmed the Henin signing. Unusual for us to be bring people in by taxi - normally we use this form of transportation for another purpose.

Peter Mills
27 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:17:21
Just as an aside, I called in at the club shop at Goodison at 1.00 pm today and it was absolutely heaving with customers.
Nigel Gregson
28 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:21:26
Absolutely makes no sense to sell James Mc (at least not this year). He'll easily be worth 30mn + in a year or two. Board should hold on a little.
Phil Bellis
29 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:17:54
Not that I would ever advocate violence such as stringing-up our charirman, but, if the prospective future heartbeat of our team were to be sold for club profit, I'd make an exception
Mike Hughes
30 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:25:00
Peter #27

This feel good factor and associated spending is infectious.
I haven't bought trainers in ages but have bought two pairs this month (since the Barry deal).

However, unlike Bill "Decadence" Kenwright, I won't go on to buy three, four, five, six pairs ......

When will this madness stop?

Keith Glazzard
32 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:21:59
Barry, Besic and now Lukaku have given weight to the manager's efforts in persuading others to come. Brendan Galloway - welcome - must have had a few options and he's come with us. There will be others.
Patrick Murphy
33 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:39:23
Sven Claes whomever he is; is tweeting that Henen hasn't yet signed for Everton...
Phil Bellis
34 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:41:24

Lesson from our history...
done deal
bollocks and conjecture

Patrick Murphy
35 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:45:24
Phil - I'm sure that being an Evertonian for all of my life has taught me that one,, which is why I put a question mark on the earlier link.
Brian Waring
36 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:45:18
Skybet put the odds at 1/3 making it look a cert McCarthy is going to sign for Man U, cue a loads of money being placed, the transfer doesn't happen (because it's a load of bullshit in the first place) Skybet make a ton of money.
Brian Hill
37 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:45:12
Is it safe to assume that Skybet is owned by, er, Sky TV? And, if so, would their odds reflect the truth of a situation or the desire of their paymasters to undermine naughty little Everton which may just interfere with the status quo in the upcoming season?
Phil Bellis
38 Posted 02/08/2014 at 16:57:31
Too right, Patrick

I still cringe when I think about that tax-dodging Brazilian tart who turned up in a red blazer!

Colin Glassar
40 Posted 02/08/2014 at 17:06:08
Spot on Brian, it will be a relentless media onslaught from now until September trying to unsettle these Evertonian upstarts.
Geoff Evans
41 Posted 02/08/2014 at 17:08:19
I've been feeling absolutely great all week, now I hear the rumours about Mac. If we did sell him to United it would undo all that the manager has achieved so far. Top sides don't sell their top players, top managers don't stay at selling clubs, think on Mr Chairman, I for one prefer a future of hope with a young, positive, brilliant manager, I'm too old to go back to the dark days of losing at home to Tranmere Rovers.
Martin Farrington
42 Posted 02/08/2014 at 17:20:53
It is encouraging that we are signing talent.
Clearly Mr M has said to Billy L that the present crop of youthers [a la opm] don't cut the mustard.
Scarily Billy L is buying up the future talent identified. [Saleable assets I wonder ?]
Whats troubling is that we had Dier [albeit on loan] and no one thought he was worth a punt - but Spurs do !
That said I further wonder if one of the board is finally stumping up dosh realising there's money to be made here ?
Kev Johnson
44 Posted 02/08/2014 at 17:21:35
Colin - don't keep playing the "Everyone's out to get us" card. It's a fact of life that when teams do well their players are sought after. 'Natural selection' will occur - at some point, any glory/money-seeking lightweights will move on (to our financial advantage) and those who really want to be here because they value 'the Everton experience' will stay (which is ultimately what we want). So be it.

I'm glad we're outside the 'magic circle'. I say it's to our advantage. If Man Utd, for example, lose two games on the trot, their players will be pilloried by the press; if they win two in succession, their players will be praised to the skies by the very same press. Either way, it's unhelpful for the individual players and the team in general - although it might be lucrative for the club, any publicity being good publicity in a certain way. We don't have that kind of insane pressure. We have (to use a very Martinez-type word, the opportunity to concentrate on playing our football, That's a good thing.

Harold Matthews
45 Posted 02/08/2014 at 18:20:12
All this Man U stuff is tripe. No-one knows the thoughts and opinions of Van Gaal.
Dick Brady
46 Posted 02/08/2014 at 19:45:18
I agree with Harold, nobody knows what Van Gaal is thinking.

I would actually be very surprised if Van Gaal even knew who James McCarthy was. I can't imagine Van Gaal sitting behind his desk at Old Trafford and issuing the order 'get me James McCarthy'.

Don't get me wrong McCarthy would be ideal for Man Utd but I just don't think Van Gaal is good enough to know that. Maybe after Everton play Man Utd this season he'll know all about McCarthy

Matt Muzi
47 Posted 02/08/2014 at 19:54:22
Dier, as with Mutafi were both under OFM numb nuts!! So we have to accept that we missed out, (certainly with Mustafi), messed up.

As for Galloway, definitely one for the future and a player who wanted to come to us. I think the MK Dons Managers comments on the transfer sum the situation up well: He was great for them, they didn't want him to go, he can be as good a player as he wants to be and most importantly he's gone to a fantastic club.

I think we're more attractive to younger players, because they've seen RM will give them a chance, unlike OFM!!

As for McCarthy, would be gutted if he goes, however lets look at this realistically if Man U, offer more than double what we paid for him, (as no doubt Whelan will get a sell on cut!!), the board would consider selling him.

That said I agree with other points I just can't see Van Gaal putting him on his wish list. This all stems in my opinion from the rumours that came out, at the end of last season, where Roy Keane voiced his opinion saying McCarthy should stay put, and the rumour no doubt put about by the press to destabilise our push for a CL spot.

Plus we're all assuming Van Gaal is going to be a success at Man U, who knows what's going to happen!!

Dick Brady
48 Posted 02/08/2014 at 20:15:32
In hindsight our letting Mustafi and Dier (although he was never officially an Everton player) leave the club was a mistake by OFM.

But Matt Muzi I think you are way out of line calling OFM numb nuts, OK he may have made a mistake with Mustafi and Dier but those two players were brought to Everton by OFM to begin with.

And don't forget OFM may have been wrong letting Dier/Mustafi go but he's also guilty of bringing John Stones, Luke Garbutt and George Green to Everton.

Seamus Coleman cost Everton 㿨,000 and we could probably sell him now for close to 㿊 million.

I'll forgive OFM for Dier/Mustafi because we now have players like Coleman and Stones.

Matt Muzi
49 Posted 02/08/2014 at 22:12:03
That's your opinion Dick.
John Raftery
50 Posted 02/08/2014 at 23:00:27
Mustafi was not good enough at the time he was with us to challenge Distin or Jagielka. No club can hang on to their under 21 year olds indefinitely in the hope they might make it. The best option for all parties is to release them and allow others the opportunity to move up the ladder. Inevitably some of them will eventually be successful elsewhere. That's the way of football.

Having watched Dier on the TV playing for England under 20s earlier this year I saw nothing to suggest he is ready to play in the Premier League.

Harold Matthews
51 Posted 03/08/2014 at 01:30:23
Galloway reported to be composed and commanding with the U21s.
Mark Halliday
52 Posted 03/08/2014 at 01:34:45
Brian Hill 37, totally agree. This just reeks of sky trying to unsettle a very settled side and make a few bob to boot. On the plus side if they are willing to resort to this sort of tactic we must have them worried. They don't like it up em Mr Mainwaring. C.O.Y.B.
Brin Williams
53 Posted 03/08/2014 at 08:37:52
McCarthy isn't going anywhere - he's Martinez's player and will stay so until Martinez goes - then he will go with him.
Neil Riddell
54 Posted 03/08/2014 at 10:12:10
What an amazing week to be an Evertonian. I share everyoneÂ’s excitement and pleasure in our great new signings, our positive, visionary manager, and the wonderful foundations he is laying for the future with exciting young players and a fabulous youth programmer.

And big congratulations also to the Everton management and Board of Directors who spent the summer haggling (whilst we were biting our teeth!) to get the best possible value for our money (and got it) whilst other clubs were throwing money at players like Luke Shaw for 㿊 million.

And now for a healthy bit of realism as well. We still have basically the same team as last year (albeit with some very talented youngsters who are going to be better this year) and are up against some very strong, very well-funded big teams. I think we are going to need to be patient whilst MartinezÂ’s plans for the future start to, literally, mature.

What makes us all excited and gives us such great confidence, however, is the guy who’s steering our ship – Martinez himself – a hugely positive man with fantastic tactical nous and wonderful long-term vision. And if we are allowed to dream for next season, what better dream, and what would be an absolute game changer for us, would be winning the Europa League – serious silverware, Champions League, money (lots of it for new players) and prestige.

HereÂ’s to Roberto Martinez, the man whoÂ’s giving us dreams to dream again!

Chad Schofield
55 Posted 03/08/2014 at 10:40:10
Great to see young signings, and he certainly comes across as sayingall the right things.

As for the rest of the thread, hindsight is wonderful and perhaps they would have been given more opportunities under Roberto rather than Man U's FM. As for Man U's current manager, I would expect a professional manager to know the stand out players in the teams in his division... so I think he would know who James Mc is. Obviously I hope we keep him as not only will he be worth more in two seasons (failing any form or injury disasters), but he's great for us.

If Man U or another club do put in a silly offer though and JM does decide to go it won't undo all the work Martinez has done... that's some serious hyperbole. I expect the media to be relentless on this until the window closes, but players only have to look at Rodwell and Fellani's current careers (or arguably Barry's) to see that the grass is definitely not always green. Include the lesson of Pienaar's God endorsed temporary London switch, Lukaku's big money move for a pay cut and the feeling surrounding Osman's testimonial and it would be difficult to lure our players away with promises of shiny things.

Jack Cross
56 Posted 04/08/2014 at 01:00:34
James McCarthy he isn't going anywhere. But there's talk of the Spanish kid maybe coming back.

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