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Everton close in on Eto'o

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Cameroon international reportedly set for medical tomorrow

Everton appear to be close to signing veteran striker Samuel Eto'o on a free transfer, with the BBC adding weight to earlier reports from Sky Sports Italia journalists that the 33 year-old has agreed a two-year contract.

Eto'o, who was released by Chelsea in May after notching nine goals in 21 appearances, would provide additional striking options to Roberto Martinez's side and bring considerable European experience.  

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Eivind Nyhus
1 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:33:50
This might be interesting. I still have my doubts, though.
Kunal Desai
2 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:34:03
A huge gamble at 33 years of age. Not sure about a 2 years contract either. I'm hoping Martinez can get the best out of him and more importantly can stay fit for large parts of the season as well. Hopefully we can get another in as well, be it Welbeck on a season long loan.
Ken Buckley
3 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:37:14
Shades of Ginola and Gazza
Gavin Johnson
4 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:36:36
Huge gamble at 33..he's really 39!
Joseph Terrence
5 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:37:03
So long as it is a heavily incentive based contract, then I think it would be a good signing. Complain about his age or diminishing skill set, but he is better than any other striker we have than Rom.

The only thing that worries me is when the ACN comes around and we lose Eto'o and Kone

Nick Waters
6 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:34:04
Not the answer to immediate fitness-level concerns, not having kicked a ball at all in any pre-season action I guess. Should add a bit of know-how on the pitch and will win free kicks around the box as a result. Let's see what Martinez can add.
Does seem a bit odd doing it before the weekend. Is everything ok with Lukaku I wonder?
Kevin Rowlands
7 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:40:36
Not sure about this one but maybe we should trust Roberto..........
Steve Jenkins
8 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:41:34
Plus points - great experience and can come off the bench with only 20/30 mins left and get you that goal needed to win or draw.
He won't play 90 mins but with 3 other strikers here he doesn't need to.

World Class finishers are short in abundance and regardless of age, he is that, just can't do regular 90 minute games now.

Use him wisely and he could turn out to be a top signing.

Points about his attitude are a concern - just have to hope for the best with that.

Kieran Riding
9 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:42:31
He will teach Lukaku a lot in terms of finishing and in the box play.

He's better than Kone.

Chris Gould
10 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:41:39
Mistakes in pre-season followed by mistakes with substitutions against Arsenal. I hope this isn't another one. Martinez has had a bad start to the season and even his most ardent fans must acknowledge that. I like him a lot, but I think he needs to knuckle down and make up for his mistakes. I will give him the benefit of the doubt regarding Eto'o but will be disappointed if he doesn't bring in at least one other.
Kelvin Thomas
11 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:44:18
Im sure if Roberto had the funds he would have signed Danny Welbeck. EtoÂ’o will be a good signing. He will be invaluable in the Europa League.

Roberto will want him to mentor Lukaku.

Kevin Rowlands
12 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:46:01
For those concerned about age(myself included) he's 3 years younger than Distin, 2 years younger than Howard, same age as Osman and Barry and only a year older than Jags, one thing for sure if you look at his scoring stats on his wiki page they are very very impressive, who knows maybe this will be a masterstroke signing.
Drew Shortis
13 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:38:41
Massively experienced player with an excellent goal scoring record. It would be nice to get in an up and coming striker but we already have one of those and normally getting in a player with the quality and experience of Eto'o would cost an absolute fortune so I would be glad to get him on a free. Of course this will be offset somewhat by his wages, but if he can have an impact over the next couple of seasons this could be one of Martinez's best bits of business. Remember how many fans were sceptical about bringing in an overpaid, over the hill Gareth Barry last summer. If Eto's can have the same kind of impact we will be a real threat.

It will take some of the burden off of Lukaku whilst giving him some real competition. It would be great to have them both in the squad for the Chelsea game raring for a little payback against Jose!

Lyndon Lloyd
14 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:48:35
I initially had reservations and I have concerns over his attitude but the more I think about it, the more I think this is a decent move for us.

If he has taken a lower salary in return for a two-year contract (as opposed to just the one reportedly offered to him by the dark side) then he fits in with our wage structure and allows us to cash in, if desired, in a year's time when the Middle East comes calling.

It might be too much to expect for him to continue that 1-in-2 strike rate at his age but you can't argue with his record. A natural goal-poacher coming on when Lukaku tires is no bad thing.

Jim Bennings
15 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:46:59
It's a bloody great signing in my opinion.

This is a fella with a goal record as long as a phone book, 100 goals at Barcelona??
Scored God knows how many at Inter Milan.

The guy has bundles of experience and has proven he can still do a good job last season, infact only in January this year he hit a hat-trick against Man United.

Lets not forget we're talking back up striker here, well Eto'o will do you a good job and he will also help the younger lads along including Lukaku.

Tony Twist
16 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:42:19
Waste of money, he is too old, we have too many players who can't last the full 90 minutes. If he does sign I hope he immediately announces his retirement from international football. Not impressed.
Craig Fletcher
17 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:49:27
Was just thinking that Ken, (3) reminds me of the Walter Smith signings.

As others have said, he’ll be a Mr. Miyagi-type for Rom, and hopefully he can turn games coming off the bench.

Simon George
18 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:51:22
I'd be over the moon if we signed him. Look at his history, he's been one of the top strikers over the last decade... not a bad player to have on the books as cover. Would be a great signing.
Peter Bell
19 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:52:43
I remember shaking my head when we signed Andy Gray.
Tom Evans
20 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:53:22
Smacks of a panic buy in an attempt to appease those worrying about our seeming lack of signings.
Got a bad feeling about this one.
Jim Bennings
21 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:52:38
This a player who I have always really enjoyed watching during the last 10 year's of glorious Champions League nights for Barcelona and Inter Milan.

So I am pleased enough to see him in our blue now.

Colin Glassar
22 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:53:34
Ok, some of you have convinced me. I'll give him he benefit of the doubt. Come on Samuel!!
Ian McDowell
23 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:55:20
I'm pleased. I said a while ago on here Eto offers great movement and a sublime first touch that none of our current strikers posses. A proven quality player.
Harold Matthews
24 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:48:44
Don't think we'll see Lukaku or Pienaar for a while.

Around the box, this guy is always on full alert.

Derek Knox
25 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:55:53
I still find it unlikely, but he can't be match fit either not having played recently.

Here we go again, another expensive sick room candidate.

Ray Roche
26 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:56:04
He could be a Kevin Campbell, but could just as easily be a Ginola, Samson, Gascoigne.....let's hope he's the former.
Andrew Hawes
27 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:51:29
This deal doesnÂ’t fill with excitement to be honest. I think Welbeck would have been a better move for our evolving squad. Without wanting to run down my own team, what exact motivation has EtoÂ’o got coming to Goodison ?

ThereÂ’s no Champions League and am sure we are not paying the massive wages he could get in the Middle East I remain unconvinced he will be good for squad morale but I suppose Roberto has inquired about his character.

Gavin Johnson
29 Posted 25/08/2014 at 19:49:08
Despite misgivings about the potential wages he'll be getting and question marks over his age, I think he's still got a a lot to offer.

He had the best part of a goal in every 2 games last season at Chelsea, where he was used sparingly. I just watched his goals for last season and he scored some crackers..Added to that, his experience playing europe will help us playing in the europa this season.

If Jose hadn't made the quip about his age, I don't think Roberto would've been posed questions about whether Eto'o can still do-it over 90 minutes. Chelsea have just signed Drogba who's older at 36 and nobodies battered an eyelid at that signing

Mike Hughes
30 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:01:33
Skybet have closed the book on this one.
Looks like a done deal.
Yes, could be anything, but at least it's something.
And a few others appear to have been interested in him.
Now for one or two others - keeper and central defender for me.
Mike Gaynes
31 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:02:23
Couldn't care less how old he is or whether he can go 90 every week. This man finishes chances like few others, and that quality has been in short supply at Everton since... forever.

And yes, his experience in working free from defenders will be an incredibly valuable grandmaster lesson for Rom, who currently has no idea how to do it.

A huge YES to this signing.

Paul Ellam
32 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:02:52
Pros - fantastic career scoring record, experience of playing European football at the highest levels.
Cons - age.
To sum up, I think he would be a great signing and I would use him for the European and domestic cup games with Lukaku for the league.
That way both would be relatively happy with game time as well as getting the required rest to keep their energy levels up.
Dave Hall
33 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:05:58
Instinctive finisher, give Bobby the benefit of the doubt. Coming in on a free, even on inflated wages itÂ’s the same, if not far less of a financial commitment as a cheap transfer anyway. Far less than a Danny Welbeck type signing. Not every signing needs to be for the future on our budget, and weÂ’ve kept our core and need short-term cover. Makes complete sense to me, and I feel a tremendous amount better about EtoÂ’o than I would a loan for Traore which seemed the other viable option...

Flying in from the States for the Chelsea match. Any TWers finding a pub before the match this Saturday?

Kevin Tully
34 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:10:23
A winner at Old Trafford or Anfield and his signing will be hailed as a master stroke.

Footy fans, fickle?

David Chait
35 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:15:39
But does he finish as well as Naismith ?
Derek Knox
36 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:14:25
Kevin# 34

If he scores the winner in both derbies mate, he can go fast-track straight into the Hall of Fame !

Sam Hoare
37 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:16:13
Hmmm. Would rather sign players either in or looking forward to their peak as opposed to one whose peak is a few years behind them.

Also not much use comparing his age with Barry, Distin and Howard who play in different positions.

The premier league is dominated by teams with pace, energy and guile at the moment. He has 1 of the 3 so hopefully he uses it well.

Not convinced its a great move financially but we need another striker and if he puts in a few goals and good performances then I will be easily converted.

Dave Cook
38 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:22:42
Unless the deal is for under 㿞k a week this is a bigger disappointment than throwing away 2 games.
Peter Mills
39 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:19:51
Class is permanent. I hope.
Stu Smith
40 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:29:47
Wages worry me. Could start unrest
Andrew Yates
41 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:27:23
I think it's got to be a positive move, his experience will count, he's a goalscorer whether that's over 90 minutes or the final 20, he'll teach Lukaku a thing or two.

We've been asking questions for years about spending money, splashing the cash, so why the hell not, he may be slightly older than we'd like but sod it, I'd like to see what he can do.

Exciting times ahead!

Eivind Nyhus
42 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:32:12
His wages would have to be more then halved, right?
Alex Carry
43 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:19:46
He might be a bit older than what we want but I think Bob has him to train some of the up and comers and if he gets a few goals in the season all the better
Chris Gould
44 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:23:09
I was hoping for a fit and firing Lukaku hoping to put one over on Mourinho and Chelsea, but it looks like we'll have an old and unfit Eto'o instead.
No way he is match fit....
so he'll pretty much fit right in.
A lot of people are banging on about what he achieved at Barce, Inter and wherever else. That was a younger, hungrier, fitter Eto'o. He isn't half the player now.
Maybe he will be able to help Lukaku become a better player? But on the other hand maybe he's just a disruptive shit who doesn't give a shit about anyone per many reports.
We need fully fit and match ready players who can last the full 90 without dying on their feet with 15 mins to go. We don't have many of those at the min.
Mark Frere
45 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:33:45
On the evidence of last season, he's clearly a player which still has much offer. A good stop gap until Henen is ready to take the PL by storm in a couple of years.

Would love Micah Richards next; he can play centre back and RB... and when at his best, is far superior to Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker or any other English RB's. Coleman can't play every game in all 4 competitions... and the thought of seeing Hibbert or Stones at RB brings me out in cold sweats. We rely heavily on our fullbacks to be an integral part of our attacking play, so we definitely need another RB.

Mark Press
46 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:38:05
Eto'o is a nut. Doesn't seem an Everton type of player at all.
Raymond Fox
47 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:25:20
Well lets put it this way, are we a stronger squad without him in the squad or in it?
Well that's a no brainer isn't it, he has vast experience as a striker, and still scored 9 goals last season.
Play Rom for first the 60mins and run his heart out and then bring Eto on for the remaining 30mins, could be a master stroke!
Si Cooper
48 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:28:54
Really depends on where he is supposed to be in the striking hierarchy. Is he simply to fill a gap left by a delay to Arouna Kone's return to fitness (and uncertainty about future fitness consistency) now that the Lacina Traore loan option has been removed?

As an option to throw on with 20 minutes to go against unambitious 'bus-parkers' I don't think you can have too many qualms. As someone you might want to lead the line for 70-80 minutes in an extended series of games, then it might be expecting an awful lot.

James Flynn
49 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:48:57
Yes and welcome.
Peter Z Jones
51 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:59:27
We didn't sign Jermaine Beckford or Denis Stracqualursi. We just signed Samuel Eto'o! I don't care if he's old. We are on the up big time.
Kevin Tully
52 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:56:01
If he stays fit, he will reach double figures for the season - no doubt. Unless we've got another 㾻-20m spare, he's probably one of the few options open to the manager in that position. Could prove a steal, at least give him a chance before writing him off.

These boards are starting to sound more and more like we are defending champions, rather than trying to break into the elite. That's Martinez's fault I suppose....the positive bastard.

Christopher Kelly
53 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:02:38
I love the signing! Kone seems a bust and you can’t have enough goal scorers off the bench...

Could have used him Saturday! Early call for masterstroke me thinks

Tony McNulty
54 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:04:45
He's a mere slip of a lad. Not yet out of short trousers. After all, we are the club that signed Yakubu.
Rob Halligan
55 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:59:37
Mark #46. Wouldn’t say he was a nut. The nut signed for the RS today!!

I said elsewhere Eto’o was only holding out for the club prepared to pay the most, which someone else said before me, but fair do’s if he has taken a significant pay cut to sign for us.

Now go back to Chelsea RM and sign Petr Cech as well!!

Chris Lawlor
56 Posted 25/08/2014 at 20:27:05
After initial reservations i'm starting to come round to this. Was a huge fan of this guy during his time at Barcelona and there is no doubt he is probably the classiest player we have signed in the last 20 years...age irrelevant. Lets see how he fits in and if Bobby can squeeze another two seasons of magic out of him.
James Stewart
57 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:05:41
Serious concerns over his attitude. All that business of Cameroon players striking at the world cup over bonus's etc.

That said he is free and does know where the net is. He is a damn sight better than Welbeck so there is that.

We will see I guess if he hits double figures great move. I am concerned what kind of wage he will be getting though!

Robbie Muldoon
58 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:07:18
There really must not be anybody else available, and I cringe at imaging what his wages must be even with a cut (down from 130k).

Let's get one thing straight, he hasn't been brought in as a coach for Lukaku so let's stop these terrible shouts that Lukaku will learn anything from him. He is here as a very highly paid back up striker and if he gets injured it will be a signing that has backfired.

Derek Knox
59 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:15:21
Come on now Ray, what do you expect they have only spent 𧴰+M in addition to what they spent last year.

I think they will win the Championship, next year!

Kieran Riding
60 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:17:08
1. We haven't signed him yet.
2. He needs to pass the famous Everton medical.

Scar tissue written all over this.

What's Shevchenko doing nowdays ?

Ian McDowell
61 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:10:17
I honestly can't see what the negativity is about. Yes he is 33 but I haven't heard anything about a poor attitude and a disruptive influence. Watching Eto his movement, close control and touch are a different class. Its those attributes that will make the difference in the final third. If we can get Kone fit then Naismith, Kone, Eto and Lukaku excites me for this season. COYB!!
Dave Lynch
62 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:14:24
Really do not know what to make of this one.

What worries me most though is our lack of cohesion at the back, I suppose if we score more then we have to concede more to snatch more draws from the jaws of victory.

Hey ho, onwards and upwards...

Andy Meighan
63 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:20:53
Would rather have gone for Welbeck but whether heÂ’d have came is another matter. LetÂ’s not forget them bastards were in for him if the Balotelli deal went tits up so heÂ’s obviously rated in the game. Got me doubts but could be useful as an impact player.
Mike Hughes
64 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:22:36
Eto’o is class and I’m made up we’ve got him.
He may be 33 but age means less for top class pros like him.
(It’s like Logan’s Run on here sometimes. Even I ran a sub 3 hour marathon age 42.)

He’s a top professional and others in the running for him included AC Milan.

Good signing. And on a free.
Some people look for any excuse for a moan.

Chris James
65 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:19:45
Too old.
Too expensive.
Move on.

The point mentioned about that he's the same age as Osman and Barry are precisely what terrifies me. Without McCarthy doing the running for them our midfield was virtually stationary, surely we can't afford to have the same up front?

Drew Shortis
66 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:17:30
Micah Richards would be a very good addition, would give us strength and options in defence. Another player at a money club who has just been overtaken by expensive imports. Everton would seem like a great opportunity for a player in such a position.

I'm surprised by many peoples reaction to the Eto'o signing. He's clearly still a class act, though he's not going to play every minute of every game. I'm not normally keen on signing players in the twilights of their careers, but I make an exception to that rule when they are genuine class acts like Barry and Eto'o . To me this will work in a similar way to the loans last season in that they buy Martinez more time to build his squad without compromising on quality or just bringing in bodies to make up the numbers. We get a couple of decent seasons out of Eto'o whilst the new young crop of talent grows into the team. A shrewd move by Roberto in my book.

Mike Oates
67 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:25:32
Sorry but looks like a little bit of desperation to me. I suspect Kone isn't looking too good, we've blown the budget already with ٢m Galloway, ٢m Besic and 㿈m Lukaku.
Not against the player and was class, but if we want to be up with the Top 4 we shouldn't be going for their rejects.
Chris Lawlor
68 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:27:28
I can understand people's hesitancy but this could turn out to be a great move for us. How many strikers have we had down the years that have turned to clay after coming in on a decent wave? Beattie, Johnson, Bent, Yak, Beckford, Radzinski etc etc...this guy is proven class and will bag us goals.

Regarding his wages, this is football in 2014 lads, if we want to compete at the top this is a very unfortunate side effect.

Mike Allison
70 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:39:43
Barry was past it, too old and too expensive remember. Eto'o is younger than me, that's all that matters.

And he won't be knackered after a long career of hard knocks either, in fact he had plenty of rest last season.

Tony McNulty
71 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:45:47
And a certain opposition manager has him nicely motivated for Saturday
Scott Hamilton
72 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:49:03
At the very least Eto'o is great marketing. Raises our profile no end internationally. If he scores 10+ goals this season too then it's definitely the right move.
Andrew Yates
73 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:37:23
Why so many points about his wages, he's demanded so much because clubs have been willing to pay him, wasn't it something like £250,000 a week in Russia? It's not greedy, it's what the ridiculous boards have offered him, you can't blame him for accepting.

If he's agreed lesser terms with us, to me that says he's got a point to prove and if he does it in the Blue of Everton even better.

As Chris 68 says, this is not Beckford/Beattie.......blah blah, this is Samuel Eto'o!

We're throwing money around more than ever and still people are frustrated!!

Paul Thompson
74 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:45:17
A big risk in terms of age and motivation. But he's still a clever player who knows where the net is and is better than a number of other likely options, notably Traore.
Liam Reilly
75 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:31:04
He's a quality player; on a free with a number of sides after him. Sure he might command a wage, but so would Welbeck, who is fucking shite. Almost 1 in 2 throughout his career is not to be sniffed at.

That said; if we are paying Chelsea 5M a year for Rom; where has the money gone this time?

Matt Traynor
76 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:58:25
Scott #72 "At the very least Eto'o is great marketing. Raises our profile no end internationally."

Yes, because our Commercial Department has nailed our opportunities having the likes of Howard, Cahill, Donovan etc. down the years.

Dennis Ng
77 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:57:07
His experience is beyond doubt. Financials aside, this is a good signing. Again, financials aside. I can't blame anyone to take money thrown at him but I hope that stories of his hunger still there being true and that he is willing to take a salary suitable for us. Pretty sure this is not a signing for the first team, if not we're in trouble.
Nicholas Ryan
78 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:05:05
I'm frankly stunned by some of the negativity:
We haven't got any money [left]; so we can't buy Welbeck or any other striker who's going to cost £10 mil. or so. Remember: Eto'o in his prime would cost £60-70 mil. [and wouldn't come to us].
We've just bought the most gifted young striker in the PL. Eto'o offers everything which Rom doesn't [yet] - reliable first touch, vast [winning] European experience; killer instinct i.e. every chance put away.
OK he's not young, but just look at videos of the goals he scored at Chelsea in the 2nd half of last season; AFTER Jose had called him an old has-been. Look at his physique, he STILL looks like an Olympic 100-metre runner!

He is burning with resentment at what Mourhino said about him; so we'll have 2 strikers, one older one young; both desperate to make Jose eat his words!

Throughout his career [which has mostly been at heights we won't see] he's scored 1 in 2. Even at Chelsea, his 9 goals came from 16 STARTS.

Also, Eto'o will take all the press attention; the media will love him; allowing Rom to develop quietly in the shadows.

Mourinho, Rodgers and Martinez have all been keen to sign him; so, if the 3 best young managers in football, all wanted him; mightn't they know a bit more about it than we, the public?

And he's FREE!!

P.S. for those worried about the African Cup of Nations, Cameroon have just announced their squad, and he's not in it [neither are 13 others who went to the World Cup].

Scott Hamilton
79 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:01:54
Matt #76 - You're right, we've been useless at capitalising on players with appeal further afield.

The difference with Eto'o is that he's not just a star in his home country. An Everton team that plays great football and includes the occasional flash of genius from Eto'o wouldn't need any other marketing. That would be enough to draw interest from neutrals worldwide.

John Malone
81 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:09:03
If he does a little Roger Miller at the corner flag every other game, heÂ’ll do for me!
Ed Fitzgerald
82 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:05:46

He is not free he is going to cost us a fortune in wages for christs sake. He was a great player but he hadn't been for a long time he is a money grabber hence his time in Anzi. Smacks of panic to me. I am sure the mega bucks we will have to pay him will unite the dressing room. A two year contract as well, he can probably qualify for his pension at he end of his time,

Kelvin Thomas
83 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:04:49
Robbie #58;

Romelu will learn every day from EtoÂ’o, no doubt about it. Any young striker with ambition would look up to him.

A loan deal for Micah Richards with an option to buy at the end of the season would be good!

Karl Jones
84 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:11:14
Hopefully there'll be some money to sign a commanding centre back who wins the ball. Ron Vlaar would be perfect to play along Stones.
Peter Holmes
86 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:10:58
Eto OK.
Welbeck No! No! No! No! As I have said before, Man Utd rejects are always shite and we have had our share of them - Saha, Howard, Gibson, Neville. RM stay away from them please.

Dave Williams
87 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:02:16
If we pay him say 㿲k per week that equates to buying someone for ٠M on 㿊k which wouldnÂ’t be a great bet. On a free, with just wages to pay, he has to be worth a go. Chelsea were happy to have him last year and RS were keen this time so itÂ’s not just us who have taken a look. As someone said earlier, think back to Andy Gray – and his knee was knackered!

He’s got to be worth a punt with no transfer fee and it is not a hark back to Ginola etc – this time, we have spent 㿏M or more and are looking for backup. Naismith will do his running for him so let’s see if he can put the ball in the net.

Nicky Styles
88 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:17:20
Well, if heÂ’s used to good effect, then I donÂ’t see why not... but, like many have already stated, does smack of panic and the wages issue wont do us any favors...

But In Roberto We Trust...

Darryl Ritchie
89 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:08:08
A good bit of business IMO. The man still knows where the net is and can play at a high level.

With Eto’o to show Lukaku a few tips, skillwise, in and around the box, and Big Dunc to instill a bit of attitude, Rom can’t help but soak up a few pointers. It’s all good.

Kevin Rowlands
90 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:14:06
Lukaku, Eto'o, Naismith, Welbeck and Kone may be our strike options this season, if that's the case I'm more than happy, when have we ever had it that good in the last 10/20 years?
James Morgan
91 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:14:39
Who cares he's 33? He won't be playing 90 minutes week in week out. He will come on as a sub or play a few cup games and come off after an hour. You might lose stamina or pace as you hit your 30s but finishing is still there, and this guy is one of the best finishers in the game. Certainly the biggest name in our history!
As for wages, I couldn't care less what he earns, as long as he bags a few goals.
Welcome la!
James Stewart
92 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:18:29
Have to agree with Karl @84. Defence is a cause for concern more than strikers in my opinion. Jags and Distin are simply in fast decline and this needs addressing. Vlaar is a great shout; I’m surprised nobody went for him yet.
Peter Laing
93 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:20:47
Peter, can't agree with your comment regarding Saha, Neville, Howard and Gibson as they all have made a positive contribution to Everton. Saha and Gibson signed for nominal fees, Neville and Howard each giving approximately ten years of service.
John Pickles
94 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:14:48
He can't manage 90 minutes....... Hang on a minute, none of our players can manage 90 minutes!
Rob Halligan
95 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:15:29
Thing is Ed, every player we’ve got costs us a fortune in wages. It may or may not turn out to be a good signing. I do think though, the club can afford to pay these wages to Eto’o given the money received from sky etc, although I doubt we could have afforded a fee for him.

Sometimes, in my opinion only, you need to gamble on certain things, and I think this maybe one of them

Barry McNally
96 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:14:14
I don't like to tall about other clubs especially those loveable reds but this takes the biscuit - Rodgers "Liverpool is a club that is a real strong family football club, with values and ethics that run over many years. I, as the manager, will fight to protect that always, so no matter what player or professional at the club, they will abide by that." - Is that why they hung onto the sewer rat after his second? biting incident or was it to get a bigger fee when they duped him into signing a new contract?
Mark Frere
97 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:21:43
Peter (86) I don't think any of the players you listed were/are 'shite'... perhaps Neville in his final season, but way too harsh assessment IMO.
Denis Richardson
98 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:21:39
Amazed this is actually happening - if it does then I'll back him until he proves otherwise. If he does come in I'm just wondering who's the creative midfielder in our squad that will supply him with those killer passes he needs to score?

Also not sure about the two year deal, surely one year with an option would be the way forward. Hope this isn't another gazza/ginola type moment....

Interesting times indeed and certainly good for the profile of the club (hope he scores and his ego doesn't screw up the dressing room....).

Spot of desperation here?

John Malone
99 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:10:39
On a serious note he could teach Lukaku how to be a real top draw centre forward, i.e. Being a back to goal target man, linking up play, disguising and taking early shots and good movement in and around the box.

ItÂ’s also a top name in the ranks; old or not, itÂ’s good for the status of the club to have such an established well known player in an Everton shirt.

Anthony Jones
100 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:26:50
Many moons ago there was a redshite. His name was Fernando something-or-other. He was one of the best strikers the world has seen. He almost won them the league. Then he had a dip in form and moved on. The dip turned out to be indefinite. So Eto'o was a world-beater for Inter and Barca? He isn't now. I'd rather see Naismith up top busting a gut.
Colin Glassar
101 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:24:02
Still undecided about him but he will raise our international profile. Something our "commercial dept.," will no doubt fail to capitalise on.
Denis Richardson
102 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:32:32
Thinking about it some more, this guy has won 3 CLs and 3 Spanish league titles, amongst, it certainly should help give some of the other players a lift to have someone of this stature in the squad......
Ernie Baywood
103 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:34:41
Anthony, I don't think he's rivaling Naismith. Martinez seems to understand where Naismith is most effective and hopefully doesn't now have to make him lead the line where he's a bit lost.

Simply Eto'o gives us an option to rest Romelu and the ability to go to 2 up front if a game requires.

Struggling to see the downside with this. If we had an 18 year old ready to break into the side them I'd be disappointed... but we don't.

Trevor Lynes
104 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:37:31
The 2 year contract will enable us to offer him lower wages.

I just hope (and pray) that Martinez brings in another striker either on loan or bought as we are still very light up front!

Zahir Jaffer
105 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:00:07
Is the glass half full or half empty? HeÂ’s going to be a great impact player from the bench, yup, we finally have a super sub!

Now the question is: Do we want to pay that ٢-5m a year on an impact player? Well, yes and no. Let me break down the advantages and drawbacks.


Considering Lukaku is the only fit striker, heÂ’ll now he be able to share the burden upfront with Eto’o.
Lukaku will have some healthy competition.
Eto brings a different dimension to the game, quicker and agile inside the box.
Even at 33 he will still be able to outrun most centrebacks as an impact sub (if there’s a goal/assist bonus in his contract).
HeÂ’s got great footballing experience around Europe which will come in handy with the Europa League games.

Our options were definitely limited and let’s be honest, we needed a bench player. I don’t think there are many out there better than him who want to warm up the bench and who know where the net is.


HeÂ’s a pompous hard-head, a one-man team, a selfish animal.
He has lost a yard or two.
HeÂ’s going to be gone for the African Cup of Nations.
He has no resale value.
Fairly injury prone.
May actually be the highest paid player while playing the least, if he signs.

If I was Martinez, I would take Eto’o on that 2-year contract and then sell him off come the winter transfer window. Of course, depending on our other strikers, if theyÂ’re fit and in form.

We are a sell-to-buy club and I can see us selling of either Barkley or McCarthy in the next year or two if we donÂ’t make that Champions League spot. Our squad needs a revamp and that 㿊-60M isnÂ’t going to come out of BillÂ’s pocket, I am sure of that.

Drew O'Neall
106 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:45:36
In two months time we will be debating the effect of Eto'o keeping Lukaku out of the team.

This guy was the best player in the world.. Did anyone think Everton would ever sign Samuel Eto'o?


Tamhas Woods
107 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:54:43
I approve. It's a logical move under the circumstances and who knows, he might just have another 2 seasons in him.
Derek Knox
108 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:58:13
Two years down the line we will probably have Messi, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Bale.

I don't know what has happened to our club lately.


Mark Pierpoint
109 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:53:13
I am happy about it. I am surprised about the negativity overall. Apparently it will be 㿨,000 for two years, His involvement may be particularly limited next year (he will be 35 in march 2016) but what is the alternative? I tell you it is someone like David Nugent for a ١m transfer fee and ١m wages for two years. I honestly know which I prefer. We are not privy to things like signing on fees. It is not ' Football Manager' so I feel a lot are assuming things of which they know little.

Overall I would have preferred Welbeck, but I just don't see United loaning him to us, a rival. I think that if he was hellbent on leaving next monday and there was nothing else on the table (which is unlikey) United may deal, but that is one hell of a gamble to take with our schedule coming up.

Secondly I am fed up of 'fans' casting aspersions of people they know nothing about. How do some of you know that Eto'o is a disruptive influence? Why does the fact he went to Russia make him a moneygrabber etc. Afterall he had done everything in Europe. Do we look at him as more of a mercenary because he is African? However it is totally unjustified.

If he does sign welcome to the best club in the world Samuel.

Andrew McLean
110 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:09:25
oh dear, oh no, oh god
Craig Bellew
111 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:34:01
I think when you compare this transfer to say Rickie Lambert who is 32 and that lot paying ٢m for him it seems like a decent enough deal to me !
Harold Matthews
112 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:06:33
I suppose we could do a lot worse. Finding a proven grade one goalscorer at a reasonable price is next to impossible.
Si Cooper
113 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:59:43
If people can't see any potential downside to signing a once great player in the twilight of his career then they obviously weren't around for the Walter Smith era.

This is a huge gamble that could go either way. To those who don't see any alternatives I would ask how many of them knew about Gerard Deulofeu before he was loaned to us. I am disappointed that the links supposedly forged through that deal have not yielded a promising young striker who could be assured to be keen to impress.

Maybe Samuel Eto'o is the best we could hope for and will be a resounding success. Personally, I am a little disappointed with the way the transfer window has panned out since we signed Rom.

Any news on Henen.

Colin Glassar
114 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:12:16
The possible Welbeck loan has legs by the sound of it.
The signings of Barry, Besic, Lukaku, Galloway, Henen, Eto'o and Welbeck wouldn't be a bad transfer window, would it?
Aman Kanji
115 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:40:24
Spot on Kevin #12. HeÂ’s around the same age as four or five of our players so I donÂ’t see that as a problem...

Aperfect signing... who will pass on his experience to Rom, Kevin etc, as well as scoring goals in league, cup and and Europe.

I canÂ’t believe some would prefer diving Wellbeck. Not a chance.

Ant Dwyer
116 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:09:43
IÂ’m happy with this one. IÂ’d rather have had Welbeck to be honest but maybe we havenÂ’t got the cash. I think some of our fans have to remember that EtoÂ’o hit a hat-trick vs Man Utd last season and bagged almost 1 in 2 without ever really playing the full 90 mins.

Also, I think EtoÂ’o is a guy who likes to prove people wrong so I canÂ’t help but feel heÂ’s gonna be a hit with us for at least this season, just to prove himself to the teams and managers (Mourinho in particular). HeÂ’s always known were the goal was and heÂ’s filled in on the right for inter in their treble-winning season just a few years back as well as playing in the playmakerÂ’s role for Anzi.

All-in-all, heÂ’s a well rounded and experienced goalscoring international.

Alex Trevalyn
117 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:17:34
@109 thats fine by me..
Bob Parrington
118 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:15:30
Good move as a back up. Otherwise, we've been making chances and started with 4 good goals in the first 2 games. Problem is we're leaking through central defence. Lock this up with at least one addition before it is too late!
Patrick Murphy
119 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:17:11
I can live with Welbeck Colin - I think he could add a little something different and can play across the front - how many inches has the Henen deal moved this week - Ice Bergs move quicker!
Sam Hoare
120 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:14:16
My worry is does Samuel have the hunger?

Cannot handle watching Everton players who don't give everything for the shirt and I wonder how bothered Samuel will be. If he busts a gut and gives everything on the pitch then fair enough. If he wonders around looking like a dazed and lost geriatric waiting for Messi to serve it up on a plate then that 60k per week is going to start to irk fans and players alike.

Don't rest on them laurels Samuel. Give everything, score a few goals and you will be adored.

Vijay Badhan
121 Posted 25/08/2014 at 21:43:16
I personally think this is a fantastic signing. A player with EtoÂ’oÂ’s record, regardless of his age, can only add to what we already have. The guy has pretty much won everything in every league he has played in and scored 9 goals in 21 appearances for Chelsea; he is a winner, and if the deal goes through, I will welcome him with open arms.

Kone doesnÂ’t look like he will be fit any time soon and most teams with CL ambitions have at least two good goalscorers, I still feel he has a lot to offer and can only help our profile.

With regards to his temperament, maybe that little bit of arrogance in his character is what made him such a top player; after all, you donÂ’t really play for the teams heÂ’s played for and win all the trophies he has without having some serious ability as a footballer.

Mark Frere
122 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:26:14
No, Colin, it wouldn't be a bad transfer window if that was the outcome. I don't think Bobby is too interested in a 'playmaker' and I for one am comfortable with that... but would love M Richards in to complete the squad.
Mark Pierpoint
123 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:21:40
Si Cooper 114

I was around during the Smith Era. Eto'o scored twelve goals last year including a hat trick at United and was playing in Europe. Other than age ( which is simplistic) I see no similarities. Can you elaborate?

On Deulofeu if it is a player who simply plays for himself and shows the poor decision making he last year I would rather not to be honest, no.

Kevin Tully
124 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:23:36
Didn't really see much of him last season for Chelsea - so looked at YouTube for his goals last season. He looks as if he still has a lot to offer to me;


Ed Fitzgerald
125 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:10:41

Get off your high horse pal, he is a money grabber as all the players who went to Anzi during their boom time were due to dodgy Money building a team who didnt even train there FFS. You also contradict yourself as well how do you know it's 60k a week, do you know whether there is a signing on fee. You also unsubtly infer that my earlier comment about being a money grabber is somehow related to him being an african? Which is a load of crap. Anybody who followed world football would know that ALL of the imports who went to Anzi were going for a big pay day rather than compete at the top level in Europe or maybe they liked training in Russia and then flying to home games. However you might have known that one of Everton physios went to work for Anzi after Moyes got the push here. He was employed by Anzi for a few months before the bubble burst financially. I happened to bump I to him in town around 12 months ago, as I have known him since he was a kid he gave the lowdown on what was happening there do you can retract your sly racist slur

Ed Fitzgerald
126 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:30:07
For Russia read Moscow
Patrick Murphy
127 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:30:17
United have agreed a near 㿨m fee for Di Maria so they will want to get others off their wage bill - perhaps Welbeck might as Colin says agree to a loan deal with Everton.
Anthony Burke
128 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:31:38
ItÂ’s a big gamble but IÂ’m all for it. I believe he still has a year or two left. Look at it in another perspective: we signed Nyarko for ٢.5M so can it really be any worse than that?
Derek Knox
129 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:31:16
Mark#123 & Colin# 115

I have been beating the TW drum about Micah Richards for weeks, it is only now the window is gradually closing that others are seing that this would be a great (and not a bank breaking) transfer, should it happen.

I still feel Holtby, and a goalkeeping understudy (Marshall, McCarthy or Cech, well why not?) would really be the icing, and set us up for an assault on all fronts!

Peter Laing
130 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:44:44
Ed, if you carry on with that tone of voice I will send Christopher Samba around to your house pronto.
Barry Morrison
131 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:48:39
Ed, you infer; Mark implies.

Just sayin'...

Mark Pierpoint
132 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:43:52
I will say again Ed 'pal' that I don't think it is fair to chastise a player as a money grabber because he went to Anzhi. You don't know him Ed. Going because of a financial package and being a money grabber are different things.

The African player thing was not directed at you at all, more at a wider media idea that it is ok to label players like this as money grabbers.

I am certainly not on a high horse so cut that out now.

Kevin Rowlands
133 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:45:16
Si Coop #114 if, your personally disappointed with this transfer window you must have been close to suicidal at the previous ones the last several years, jeeps get a grip ffs it's been a great transfer window so far.
Robin Cannon
134 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:51:38
@Ed (126)

To be fair, if he's purely a money grabber then he wouldn't be coming to us, though. Been pretty well reported he's got some ridiculous deal on offer in Qatar, but apparently wants to stay in Europe and continue playing at a higher level.

Chris Sillett
135 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:56:07
Delighted if he signs, i'd rather have Eto'o than Welbeck any day. He might be 33 but wasn't Barry being labelled as 'past it' when we got him? Seeing Samuel Eto'o in an Everton shirt is something we could only dream of a few years ago!
John Beesley
136 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:54:28
Great signing! Who wouldÂ’ve thought it a few years ago? I mean, we havenÂ’t had a good striker since Andy Johnson, apart from when Jelavic first came and that did not last long.

Now we have Lukaku at 21 and EtoÂ’o as back up and, 33 or not, that is a great strike force. IÂ’m made up!

Kevin Tully
137 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:56:52
From Straquilarsi and glass legs Saha, to Lukaku & Eto'o!
Thirty goals guaranteed. Loving it myself. Can feel a European final coming on.

We have a team full of potential and bottle merchants - do you think Eto'o will bottle it at Anfield, or Old Trafford? It will be an excellent signing. He's better than some of our midfielders, never mind playing as a striker.

Kevin Rowlands
138 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:00:14
Col #115,no it wouldn't be a bad transfer window, it would be a fucking fantastic one compared to previous.
Keith Edmunds
139 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:04:46
Kevin Rowlands 134. Made me laugh!!
Eugene Ruane
140 Posted 25/08/2014 at 23:35:26
I love the staggeringly naive notion that you can pick out the money-grabbers in football.

"Fuckin’ money-grabber that feller!"

They ALL have agents and no agent (worth his/her salt) is doing anything other than trying to get the most money they can for their client (and therefore themselves).

EVERY agent is looking for a four/five/six year contract at top whack - some agents are better than others (bit like footballers then)

The fact that one player is on 25 grand a week and another on 100 is absolutely no reflection on the greed level or monygrabaciousness of the players.

Imo those who target specific individuals for being ’greedy’ are simply venting.

Mike Green
141 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:12:48
Eto's a Has Been.

But - Has Been's 'Have' - he's been there, seen it, done it, will do a job for us, teach Lukaku a thing or too and raise our profile a bit too.

We need more options up front so to get him on a free on a realistic wage seems good to me.

Mark Pierpoint
142 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:18:51
Robin and Eugene 135 and 141 spot on. Let's be positive. The lad looks like he had decided to join. Embrace it.
Robin Cannon
143 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:18:00
It's also not like these players have (or should have) any particular loyalty to one club or another. So it's a purely professional decision.

Taking Eto'o specifically, he'd won *everything* at club level, and Anzhi made him the highest paid player in the world to lead what, at the time, seemed like a highly funded project to create a genuinely competitive Russian team. Obviously that never happened, but it's not like it was a totally confusing decision; and he continued to score goals and seemingly stay pretty motivated.

Karl Masters
144 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:05:32
Eto'o on 㿨k a week is ٣.7m until June 2016.

What else can you get for that these days? You wouldn't even get someone like Jordan Rhodes when you factor in his wages as well.

Obviously there is no sell in value, but on this occasion and in the stage we have evolved to, I think we need another proven striker, and yes he hasn't got long left, but they don't come much more proven than Eto'o so why not?

Sometimes you have to take a few risks, so overall, having given it some thought, I think it's a good move.

If, however, this doesn't happen, he can fuck right off, the mercenary, lazy, past it twat. I never rated him anyway!! ;)

Mark Pierpoint
145 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:27:31
Exactly Robin. These players were probably sold a project where Anzji would be competing at the business end of the Champions League whilst they would be earning astronomical salaries. Most would have taken it, including us. Certainly if like Eto'o you had already won leagues in two countries and a CL.

If Eto'o really couldn't care less then why stay in the PL. The most competitive and physically demanding league in the world? Go to Qatar, America or Dubai surely!

John Crook
146 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:04:57
Speaking of Skybet, IÂ’m extremely concerned that McCarthy is 1/3 on to join Man Utd before window closes. As an experienced punter, that price is far too short for comfort and there must be some legs in this Â’dealÂ’ for it to be that short. I wonder if anyone thinks McCarthy has been off his usual standards last two games for this reason??

IÂ’m not fussed about talking about Eto. He doesnÂ’t excite me. I think he will think he is too big for Everton and the fact he will be our highest paid player?? I hope it works out and he scores lots but I repeat IÂ’m not excited about it.

Karl Masters
147 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:33:36
Is there a league in Dubai, Mark, or did you just mean to do a bit of shopping and driving 4x4's up and down sand dunes?
Mark Pierpoint
148 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:33:44
Coming back to my point on the media ( not you ed) it would be interesting to here from the American contributors. The British press seem to have an obsession with how much players like Eto'o earn if they go to Russia Etc. Normally with negative connotations. Not sure if thus is the case elsewhere?
Mark Pierpoint
149 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:38:41
I think there is an emirates league? Sure O'leary manages over there? Is the club al Jazieera? (Like the TV Station?
Anthony Burke
150 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:38:23
Im all for it big wages but I think he still has something to offer plus no transfer fee if he can get 10 to 20 goals IÂ’d be more than happy
Karl Masters
151 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:48:44
There are five clubs in Dubai competing in a fourteen club league founded in 1973.

Opposition is based in Abu Dhabi and the like.

Nobody of Eto'o 's stature would go there unless planning on retirement!!

Dave Abrahams
152 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:46:03
WouldnÂ’t touch him with a ten-mile long bargepole. Absolutely ridiculous.

I think Martinez is great but, if this deal goes through, IÂ’ll be having very serious doubts about Robby.

Si Cooper
153 Posted 26/08/2014 at 00:18:12
Mark (124) - if all we need him for is bench duty and a couple of the easier European ties then fair enough.

Personally I think you are comparing apples to oranges.

As it stands he is our back-up striker with Lukaku suffering from some sort of injury. At Chelski he had the company of Ba, Torres and Schurrle to share the loan. If you expect him to be skipping around merrily slotting in the goals after half a dozen 90 minute outings on the trot then you have high expectations.

That was my point about the Walter Smith era. We are recruiting players who are very much on the down-slope and may need them to really put in a shift. Coming off the bench and dealing with tiring defences is not the same as leading the line from the first whistle. It is the same reason why you cannot simply project Hernandez's performances at United into a putative career at Everton because he will not be used in the same way in all likelihood. We are not Chelski and what Eto'o did last season is pretty much irrelevant (in the same way we are not Wigan and what Martinez did with them 2012-13 was in no way guaranteed to be repeated).

You also misinterpret / misrepresent my point on Deulofeu. It was simply a comment that none of us really know who may be available beyond the players we have all heard of. To claim that Eto'o is the best we could hope for is just making things up.

Kevin (134) - yes, I am largely disappointed in what has happened (or not) since Lukaku signed. To be fair I had overlooked the loan of Christian Atsu, but whilst he is a big plus he is not one for the long-term (especially if he actually does have a terrific season).

The drawn out Henen saga, the lack of interest in signing another midfielder to cover Barkley's absence (as well as any of the others who fail to make it through the season unscathed), and the last minute scramble to sign any half-decent striker that is available (i.e. not wanted by our main rivals), seem very typical of the sort of 'activity' that I hoped we had somehow left-behind .

Ernie Baywood
154 Posted 26/08/2014 at 01:34:24
But Si, we're not nearly as desperate for activity now. You don't need to sign 6 new players when you already have a good squad... A few years ago we were disappointed not to sign players because we desperately needed bodies.

These days it's thankfully a targeted effort to improve on what we have. Eto'o would do that; we need a backup striker to play 10-20 sub games and maybe start another 10-15 games. He's perfect for that isn't he?

Gaute Lie
155 Posted 26/08/2014 at 01:41:07
I believe we could utilize more on Naismiths form. Altough he would not rate on the top on speed and technique, he's got a taste for goals anyway. He's sort of like Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

So we cold move him to the top, and put Barkley, Oviedo, Osman or Pienaar behind him. Or perhaps Besic, though I don't know much of his ability as an offensive midfielder.

I am just saying that Naismith really is a good striker, and hardworking as we like it. Lukaku no doubt has talent and is a goalscorer. But so is Naismith, and I believe he would be a proper replacement if Lukaku is out-has to be substituted.

E'to has a good record and will surely give us some good goals to celebrate, bt why is he comming? To give in to his pocket, or to give it for Everton? Regarding Naimsith there is no doubt..

Kone I believe is ruined and will not make many apperances.
IF he recovers, he's been out for so long it wold take him half a year to get the touch again. And by then someone else is no 2 and no 3 on the picking list, before him.

Traore could be a good catch, altough I reckon he's out of the pic now.

James Flynn
156 Posted 26/08/2014 at 02:13:58
So. If Mourinho's first move was to dump Eto'o, Chelsea would have finished in what place?

Fantastic signing. Now teams will fear us.

David Ellis
157 Posted 26/08/2014 at 02:02:05
He's been dropped from the Cameron squad post World Cup (along with about 10 of the old guard) so we don't have to worry about the African Cup of Nations. I don't blame him for leading a players strike at Cameron. The players were not getting paid, their FA is completly disfunctional - the money was there but it got...erm held up. I would have gone on strike in the circumstances.

As long as he is not a disruptive influence and the wages not out of kilter (and who knows) then a two year deal makes sense. I hope Kone comes back and comes back good, but we just won't know for at least 6 months and we need a body we can throw in now as cover for Lukaku.

Its not like Gascoigne or Ginola. Gascoigne in particular was well gone when we got him, whilst Eto was still scoring goals in the Premier League last season.

Sorry to hear the latest Gazza story. 47 and passed out outside his flat with a bottle of gin in his hands. Its a story that will not end well.

Robin Cannon
158 Posted 26/08/2014 at 02:26:08
@Gaute (156) - most reports imply he's not short of options, including some silly money in Qatar. So does seem that at least some of his motivation is about continuing to play at a high level in the Premier Lrague, which seems promising.
David Ellis
159 Posted 26/08/2014 at 02:26:58
And my 10 year old will be delighted and amazed that we have signed such a well known player. And that matters, I suspect he is not the only 10 year old that will take notice.
Roman Sidey
160 Posted 26/08/2014 at 02:35:16
I skipped the last 80 or so comments, so if this has been covered I am sorry.

This guy was arguably the best striker in the world for a good chunk of the last decade, played with some of the greatest players we have seen in a generation/lifetime (Ronaldinho, Xavi, Deco, Inietsa, Giuly, Puyol, MESSI), won an Olympic gold medal, Champs League winner's medal and at one stage was the highest paid footballer on the planet. At 33 (not that old) he is looking like signing for Everton. Some of us haven't had the luxury of seeing Everton of the 80s play like the best club in the world that they were for a short time, so forgive me for being over the top, but this is a massive deal for the club, if only for the fact that a player like Eto'o would consider us a viable option.

We've drawn the first two matches. Last season we drew the first three against teams that were not as good as Arsenal.

Memory is a wonderful thing to use sometimes.

Jamie Crowley
161 Posted 26/08/2014 at 02:55:44
So the TW poll favors Welbeck 55% to Eto'o 25%.

Are u kidding me?

World class striker admittedly older and slower but with clinical finishing capabilities and bags of experience vs. donkey, over-paid English, no talent Bambi on ice Welbeck.

You gotta be fuckin kidding me?!

We are signing Samuel Eto'o FFS and he will contribute and will improve the team! He bridges the gap between him and the next young striker to make the grade and compliment Rom.

How can you be against this?

Welcome Samuel!!! Get in!!

Jim Knightley
162 Posted 26/08/2014 at 03:03:38
Last season Eto'o started 16 games and scored 9 league goals, and Welbeck started 15 and scored 9. Welbeck is a 23 year old striker, who has primarily been played out of position for United. Eto'o is a 33 year old striker. One will likely improve, and one will only get worse.

Maybe the poll should have told you something Jamie? Welbeck is clearly a better striker than you give him credit for, and Eto'o, as wonderful as he once was, is now 33. How many 33 year old strikers cut in the Premiership? how many 34 year olds or 35 year olds?

And Roman, I don't share your glee about Eto'o honouring us with his presence. We are buying the player now, not his past reputation.

Eto'o is still a good striker. Just as Barry as an important midfielder. But my concern is this: We've Barry for 3 seasons, and Eto'o for 2, on high wages. Both will bring experience of playing at the top level, which is an invaluable bonus. Both have a winning mentality. But, both are on the decline, and will likely cost us a significant amount of money in wages when they are no longer vital to the first team. I'd be happy with Eto'o for one year, but I'm not happy with him for two. He will also not be happy to sit on the bench, and if he is unhappy, then the dressing room will be unhappy too. If Eto'o prevents us from going for Hernandez or Welbeck on loan, we will have also lose out on players who can improve us now and in the future, and who offer the kind of pace which our system relies on. Is this move best for us now, and for the future? I'm not sure, and cannot share the glee of some others on here. This is a big big risk, and I'm not sure we needed to take it.

Julian Wait
163 Posted 26/08/2014 at 03:13:48
I think RM has assessed the competition in the domestics, and decided the Europa is the way to win something & get into the CL.

Eto'o / Besic is making sense to me, i.e. we need the European experience and they're what we can afford in the crucial areas.

Julian Wait
164 Posted 26/08/2014 at 03:23:29
And I'd still like a Micah Richards plus one Danny Wellbeck - the more the merrier :-)
John Daley
165 Posted 26/08/2014 at 03:30:49
"I haven’t heard anything about a poor attitude and a disruptive influence"

....exclaimed the wild eyed, wiry goats pube haired humanoid known as Gene Wilder. "And I never saw shit neither" chimed in Richard Pryor, his slightly less annoying co-star in celluloid shite-fest ’See No Evil, Hear No Evil’. "Unfuckingbelievable" groaned the entire audience.

"I am fed up of ’fans’ casting aspersions of people they know nothing about. How do some of you know that Eto’o is a disruptive influence?"

You’re dead right Clouseu, it’s an absolute disgrace the way in which some people are presumed guilty despite the fact your finely honed, nigh on godlike gifts of guilt detection have thus far failed to find even a hint of a hissy fit...erm....apart from those well reported rifts at almost every club the crinkly Cameroonian pulled a kit on for.

Let’s see who he’s had run ins with over the years:

Pep Guardiola:

"Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola rowed with striker Samuel Eto’o yesterday.

El Mundo Deportivo says Guardiola clashed with the Cameroon star during a closed-doors training session.

Eto’o was ordered with the rest of the squad to do stretching, something that Guardiola believes in strongly. The coach was unhappy with Eto’o’s efforts and demanded better.

The player snapped back at Guardiola, insisting he was doing the exercises properly, but the coach was having none of it and sent Eto’o to the showers early."

"Samuel Eto’o has accused Pep Guardiola of being a coward and disrespecting him in his final season at Barcelona:

"I first of all reminded Guardiola that he’d never been a great player," Eto’o told BeIN Sports. "He was a good player, that’s true. I told him. As a coach, he had proven nothing. He came in and didn’t even know the story of the dressing room.

"Guardiola has never had the courage to say things in front of me. He passed by the players. Xavi told me they wanted me to stay but I had to talk to Pep. I say ’never, if you do not respect me, I do not respect you’.

"Pep told me how to move like a striker. I told him: ’You’re not normal!’ The true story is that Pep didn’t respect the things in football"

Roberto Carlos:

"‘I’ve known Eto’o since I was 16, and from that time on he’s always been a good guy who I’ve liked a lot,’ Carlos said.

‘He’s a good person, but there’s a big part of him that thinks “I, and not the group”, which is really damaging.

‘....a moment arrived when Eto’o thought to interfere with my work, to control the club, taking my position and that of Guus [Hiddink, the coach].

‘We talked about one thing, and then he went to the players and talked about another. That stressed me out and I warned that I would pack my bags and go.’

Frank Rijkaerd & Ronaldinho:

"Eto’o refused to come on as a substitute in a league match against Racing de Santander on 11 February 2007. Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard said after the match, "He did not want to come on; I don’t know why." Ronaldinho was critical of Eto’o’s actions, saying that Eto’o was not putting the team first"

Then there’s the effect of his wise head on the Cameroon World Cup squad:

"Add to all that the influence – often disruptive – of Samuel Eto’o, the 112-cap Chelsea striker. If he’s not trying to pick the players and coaches, he’s accusing his team-mates of “not wanting to pass to me”.
(-from ’the secret footballer’)

"Eto’o was accused of treason by some members of the media in his homeland after the Cameroon national team wouldn’t board their plane to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil until they received bigger bonuses.......The Cameroon team has been involved in monetary disputes before and this time it was over an extra $10,300 to each member of the World Cup squad. Back in 2011 Eto’o was banned from the senior national team for a total of eight months for his role in leading a players’ strike. In that instance the Cameroon team refused to play a sold-out match against Algeria unless they received more money and it had to be called off"

John Daley
166 Posted 26/08/2014 at 03:48:14
"I haven't heard anything about a poor attitude and a disruptive influence"

....exclaimed the wild eyed, wiry goats pube haired humanoid known as Gene Wilder. "And I never saw shit neither" chimed in Richard Pryor, his slightly less annoying co-star in celluloid shite-fest 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil'. "Unfuckingbelievable" groaned the entire audience.

"I am fed up of 'fans' casting aspersions of people they know nothing about. How do some of you know that Eto'o is a disruptive influence?"

You're dead right Clouseu, it's an absolute disgrace the way in which some people are presumed guilty despite the fact your finely honed, nigh on godlike gifts of guilt detection have thus far failed to find even a hint of a hissy fit...erm....apart from those well reported rifts at almost every club the crinkly Cameroonian pulled a kit on for.

Let's see who he's had run ins with over the years:

Pep Guardiola:

"Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola rowed with striker Samuel Eto'o yesterday.

El Mundo Deportivo says Guardiola clashed with the Cameroon star during a closed-doors training session.

Eto'o was ordered with the rest of the squad to do stretching, something that Guardiola believes in strongly. The coach was unhappy with Eto'o's efforts and demanded better.

The player snapped back at Guardiola, insisting he was doing the exercises properly, but the coach was having none of it and sent Eto'o to the showers early."

"Samuel Eto'o has accused Pep Guardiola of being a coward and disrespecting him in his final season at Barcelona:

"I first of all reminded Guardiola that he'd never been a great player," Eto'o told BeIN Sports. "He was a good player, that's true. I told him. As a coach, he had proven nothing. He came in and didn't even know the story of the dressing room.

"Guardiola has never had the courage to say things in front of me. He passed by the players. Xavi told me they wanted me to stay but I had to talk to Pep. I say 'never, if you do not respect me, I do not respect you'.

"Pep told me how to move like a striker. I told him: 'You're not normal!' The true story is that Pep didn't respect the things in football"

Roberto Carlos:

" I've known Eto'o since I was 16, and from that time on he's always been a good guy who I've liked a lot,'Carlos said.

'He's a good person, but there's a big part of him that thinks "I, and not the group", which is really damaging.

'....a moment arrived when Eto'o thought to interfere with my work, to control the club, taking my position and that of Guus [Hiddink, the coach]. We talked about one thing, and then he went to the players and talked about another. That stressed me out and I warned that I would pack my bags and go".

Frank Rijkaerd & Ronaldinho:

"Eto'o refused to come on as a substitute in a league match against Racing de Santander on 11 February 2007. Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard said after the match, "He did not want to come on; I don't know why." Ronaldinho was critical of Eto'o's actions, saying that Eto'o was not putting the team first"

Then there's the effect of his wise head on the Cameroon World Cup squad:

"Add to all that the influence – often disruptive – of Samuel Eto'o, the 112-cap Chelsea striker. If he's not trying to pick the players and coaches, he's accusing his team-mates of "not wanting to pass to me".
(-from 'the secret footballer')

"Eto'o was accused of treason by some members of the media in his homeland after the Cameroon national team wouldn't board their plane to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil until they received bigger bonuses.......The Cameroon team has been involved in monetary disputes before and this time it was over an extra $10,300 to each member of the World Cup squad. Back in 2011 Eto'o was banned from the senior national team for a total of eight months for his role in leading a players' strike. In that instance the Cameroon team refused to play a sold-out match against Algeria unless they received more money and it had to be called off"

Roman Sidey
167 Posted 26/08/2014 at 03:55:17
I can accept that explanation, Jim. My point about being excited that a player like him would consider playing or us was more in tune with the growth that Everton has made rather than a world class player thinking we are good enough for him, but I see now I didn't explain that at all. I do, however stand by the fact that I think he is still a great striker, and don't think that 33 is all that old for a striker as clinical as he has shown to be. Those stats on Welbeck prove good reading for last season, but I would be very surprised if he maintained similar stats throughout his career in the same way Eto'o has done.

At the end of the day, having an older experienced striker in the squad can prove vital in a stretched campaign. Rom is obviously our marquee player, but he's still young and to have some of the pressure of leading the club to the next level shared with someone like Eto'o must be a relief for the big fella.

Mike Green
168 Posted 26/08/2014 at 04:47:56
Jamie #162 - I'm a fan of yours but clubs have got the choice as to what they pay their players, and excercise it too, so 'over-paid English' is inaccurate at best and racist at worst.
James Hill
169 Posted 26/08/2014 at 05:48:26
Master stroke , just like Barry
Jamie Crowley
170 Posted 26/08/2014 at 05:49:26
Mike -

Didn't mean it that way at all. if it came off as offensive I apologize.

I only meant to illustrate that English players seemingly have larger price tags, hence "over-paid" preceding it.

I don't rate Welbeck at all. The over-paid is what I see as clubs over-paying for English / homegrown talent.

I was stunned to see the word "racist" associated with my comments from you and believe me that was not in any way shape or form my intention.

I do see clubs over-paying for English players often. I think Welbeck would be a 3 or 4 million striker if he wasn't English. I don't believe that to be a racist comment.

Cheers and apologies but hoping that clears it up.

Matt Traynor
171 Posted 26/08/2014 at 06:40:05
Mike #169 racist, really? When people are blatantly using the stereotype about his age and being African about Eto’o...? But I guess it’s okay, as Mourihno made the same joke and Moyes did about Yakubu as well.
Bob Heyward
172 Posted 26/08/2014 at 06:39:37
Could be a shrewd move; gifted striker with bags of experience...certainly a positive influence for our younger strikers, plus worth 15-goals a season (at least).

Dream scenario would be to take him on a free, sell Gibbo, buy another striker - Welbeck? - and offload Traffic, giving us three Â’nameÂ’ strikers, with one of our young lads as number four. But, thatÂ’s a dream...

WT Looi
174 Posted 26/08/2014 at 07:15:55
I'm not familiar with Etoo's bad dressing room manners and domineering habits, but whenever I've seen him, since the Mallorca days to last season, he's always looked a lively, top-class forward with great movement and finishing ability.

I suspect Martinez's approach to this transfer is the same as his using of the loan system - it is a short term move to benefit both parties, especially with our involvements in Europe this season. If it it really is a 2-year contract, I suppose we're stuck with his high wages should we, god forbid, fail to qualify for Europe, but then again, can always mutually agree to tear it up if there's a suitor from the nouveau riche leagues.

As for Welbeck, I think he's a useful player but at this current moment Etoo is at a higher level, plus I'm also sure we can't afford the full transfer of a young England international player. He's quite an awkward customer to me, Welbeck, despite having some pace and skill I doubt he'll be a top-class centre-forward but he's very good defending from the front and on the counter-attack. But I reckon once he leaves Man Utd he won't be winning as many free-kicks.

Harold Matthews
175 Posted 26/08/2014 at 06:52:10
I'm not disputing the lad's talent but he sounds like a bigger risk than Balotelli.

As for Welbeck. Well I suppose he's the nearest thing to Lukaku but with Giroud out of action, Arsenal may come in for him.

Susong Hermawan
176 Posted 26/08/2014 at 07:38:16
You are panicking, Bobby... Sort this thing out and prove me wrong.
Jason Lam
177 Posted 26/08/2014 at 07:29:40
Whilst we're picking up all these Chelsea players let's go for Gary Cahill.

World class striker and would take some of the pressures off Lukaku in terms of goals and being our record signing. Speaks Calatan so would be able to suss out the rubbish sometimes Rob sprouts out, Rob'll have to come up with something in English.

Jason Lam
178 Posted 26/08/2014 at 07:44:14
Oh dear no Wellbeck please. Andy Johnson mkII
Jim Potter
179 Posted 26/08/2014 at 07:38:14
He is still a very fit 33 year old - and class, as they say, is permanent.

ItÂ’s Samuel EtoÂ’o for heavenÂ’s sake - just think how weÂ’ve progressed! ItÂ’s not Brett Angel. Some people are reacting as if heÂ’s arriving in a bath chair with a hidden commode.

He will guarantee us goals.

I hope it comes off.

Ed Fitzgerald
180 Posted 26/08/2014 at 07:34:15
I can't believe my own naivety (thanks Eugene for pointing that out) you say all footballers are money grabbers, which is of course a huge over simplification.They all have to earn money that is true but not all of them fuck off and chase the dollar, many do, but not all as in any other job. Who knows perhaps Eto will do a Naismith and buy tickets for the unemployed.

I am sure he will make the dressing room a place of harmony as he has done everywhere else in his career.

Steve Jenkins
181 Posted 25/08/2014 at 22:31:20
Last season before Roberto arrived our strikers were - Jelavic, Naismith, Vellios.

This year its Lukaku, Kone, Eto, Naismith.

I think it's fair to say we're moving in the right direction.

Anthony Newell
182 Posted 26/08/2014 at 08:04:14
’Some people are reacting as if he’s arriving in a bath chair with a hidden commode’

Absolute Quality, HAHAHAHHA !!!!

Shaun Traynor
183 Posted 26/08/2014 at 08:02:55
I think we need to stop comparing Barry and Eto’o. Same age fair enough, but both have totally different objectives (I believe). Barry came to us wanting to prove he can still cut at the top level and even had aspirations of breaking back into the England fold, so would give his all.

Can we say the same for Eto’o or does he just want a kick around and for the footballing party to not end?

That being said, I agree with a comment posted earlier in the thread.........a few seasons ago we were re-signing jimmy mac! So, I’d prefer to have Eto’o, who may or may not, add something to our squad. Time will tell and worth a punt.

I still think we should enquire about Dembele from spurs. Strong, creative, can beat a man and will force ossie further down the pecking order.

Dan Nulty
184 Posted 26/08/2014 at 08:30:55
I just donÂ’t get people complaining about this. As a bit part player he scored 12 goals last season. Welbeck has taken 6 years to score 28 goals. He only gets picked because he works hard. We have other players to work hard, we need someone to put the ball in the net.

EtoÂ’o will do that and I bet he reaches double figures for us this season which is more than welbeck would. Sometimes you lot are absolutely bonkers wi the negativity. If dougarry can come in and do a great job for Birmingham at the end of his career I reckon etoÂ’o stands a better chance

Colin Glassar
186 Posted 26/08/2014 at 09:15:03
Dan, IÂ’m not sure about etoÂ’o tbh but if we bought Messi and Ronaldo you would have people moaning on here. I suppose itÂ’s a general thing amongst some fans, of all clubs, that theyÂ’re never happy and prefer to focus on the negative.
Tony Abrahams
187 Posted 26/08/2014 at 08:59:17
Samuel Eto, hasnÂ’t even signed yet, but the response has been remarkable. We finally have someone to rival our chairman in splitting the fan-base!

When you read this thread itÂ’s clear he could be anything, and as always, only time will tell. He could be the missing link, having had a year to adapt to English football with Chelsea, and wanting to prove his old friend Mouriniho wrong! Or he could be the old man, desperate to rekindle past glories, and canÂ’t or wonÂ’t, accept the opinion of anyone, unless of course they agree with him!

There is too much money in this ridiculously over-rated league, with the recipients being mostly the luckiest bastards on gods earth.

Roll on 2 September when we will have the pantomime for the biggest false economy in the world!!!

Phil Gardner
188 Posted 26/08/2014 at 09:21:42
I suspected something was afoot when I saw EtoÂ’s clothing range plastered all over the main stand on Saturday....
Mark Pierpoint
189 Posted 26/08/2014 at 09:29:41
Agree with WT Looi. I donÂ’t think we will be lumbered with someone on big wages next season if he is rapidly on the decline.

If it goes balls up I bet there will still be offers that would suit all parties next season from Qatar, Saudi, Emirates, America, Australia, Turkey etc. His failure to cut it in the premiership will not put these clubs off and his reputation would actively encourage them. It would not be a hard sell. EtoÂ’o wouldnÂ’t hang around the premiership if he canÂ’t cut it, If simply because he could earn far more money in an easier league.

James Marshall
190 Posted 26/08/2014 at 09:44:04
This is a great move. EtoÂ’o is world class, and IÂ’m thrilled heÂ’s signing for us. Loved him to bits when he played for Barca, and of course heÂ’s not the same player now but he still knows where the goal is and is a pure, clinical finisher.

You give him the ball in the box, and heÂ’ll put it away. I couldnÂ’t care less if heÂ’s 33, so what? Chelsea just signed a 36 yr old called Drogba.

Players are able to play on much older these days, so the old adage about turning 30 doesnÂ’t really hold much weight any more. Better diet, better pitches, better lifestyles, fitness levels completely different, being 33 doesnÂ’t mean as much nowadays. Lampard is what, 34? Nobody cares. Sheringham was 40 and still in the PL.

EtoÂ’o is a quality player, and scored plenty of goals last year too. I canÂ’t wait to see him play for us and our squad is looking better & better now.

Great news :-)

Mark Dunford
191 Posted 26/08/2014 at 09:53:52
ElvidÂ’s comment at the start of this thread seems to sum this up. Might be interesting and doubts are reasonable given his age/form last year. I suspect heÂ’ll be a squad player and most effective as an impact sub or in games against poorer teams where his class will shine over his age.

I still think we need a forward, cover for left side centre half (assuming this isnÂ’t Besic) and back up goalie (assuming Joel isnÂ’t ready). On latter, IÂ’d be interested in loaning Joel so he gets some match practice but with a clause that allowed him to be called back if Howard picks up an injury. We should sign an ageing keeper to sit on the bench. Deadline next week is important.

Karl Masters
192 Posted 26/08/2014 at 08:36:31
I think Martinez can handle him. Looks fit based on KevinÂ’s video so worth a punt.

ItÂ’s not as if we want him to play every minute of every game - he is to cover and rotate with Lukaku. 20 starts and 20 in appearances with 15 goals would be great.

Steven Astley
193 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:04:52
I was happy about it, until I found out this morning that Liverpool were his 1st choice. But now he turns to us because they had drafted in Mario Balotelli.
Mike Keating
194 Posted 26/08/2014 at 09:56:35
Mark @ 124
Not only a hat trick against ManUre but the winner against the RS
Looks to be a done deal anyhow so letÂ’s stop carping and see what happens
Bring on Chelski
Tony McNulty
195 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:01:17
Re EtoÂ’o and Wellbeck, I would be happy to have both of them. As SAF said (I dislike the man but you canÂ’t argue with some of his successes): "You canÂ’t have too many strikers."

James Marshall
196 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:10:09
Also, anyone complaining about the money - EtoÂ’o has dropped his wage demands and weÂ’re about to recoup ٠m from the deal taking Adam Forshaw from Brentford to Wigan, which may well cover the EtoÂ’o signing on fee so all weÂ’re likely to be paying is wages.

Good deal.

Andrew Clare
197 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:12:27
I have a feeling that there could be a lot of activity on deadline day with one or two surprises in and out.
I just hope McCarthy isnÂ’t one of them!
Drew O'Neall
199 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:12:56
David Moyes signed Phil Neville to take us to the next level.

Roberto Martinez is signing Samuel EtoÂ’o (Samuel-Fucking-EtoÂ’o!) to take us to the next level.

This isnÂ’t a Moyes bash, IÂ’m a Moyes supporter but it shows the strides made in expectations, ambition and finances (thanks to OFM partly for dealing on Fellaini on that score).

Young players must be attracted to a club with SE on its books.

Richard Parker
200 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:13:55
Wow, only on TW could you get this amount of negativity about signing Samuel EtoÂ’o on a fucking free!

What risk? A couple of million in wages if it doesnÂ’t work out? We just signed one player for 㿈 million, weÂ’re one snapped leg away from writing that off... thatÂ’s a bigger risk.

He might be 33 and on the decline, but heÂ’s still class, knows where the goal is and heÂ’s certainly not ready for a zimmer frame yet. Check youtube and the way he gets half a yard on Koscielny and leaves Phil Jones for dead last season... theyÂ’re 2 of our rivals for 4th.

Great signing on a free, will get us some important goals this season... and what an option to have from the bench. Seriously, a front 4 of EtoÂ’o, Mirallas, Lukaku and Barkley. IÂ’d fancy them against most premiership sides.

Kevin Tully
202 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:21:49
Any poster on here who remember the days of Andy Johnson, or Louis Saha, giving the Â’thumbs upÂ’ as another Â’floaterÂ’ dribbled out of play, should have a long hard think before they start writing this guy off.

Or, you could go back 15 months when Fellaini was our top scorer from midfield, or even Tim Cahill!

I am starting to give up. In fact - go to this link on this very site and take a good look at what weÂ’ve been served as our leading goalscorers over the last 15 years or so ;


Lewis Barclay
203 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:28:15
This guy knows European football. He is a great signing, if we are trying to win the Europa league and get into the Champions League that way.

Patrick Murphy
204 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:29:21
It doesnÂ’t look like Welbeck will be Goodison bound according to Greg OÂ’Keefe at any rate. Pienaar unlikely to be fit to face Chelsea on Saturday.
Mike Hughes
205 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:25:51
Just from the YouTube clips, EtoÂ’oÂ’s territory looks to be just on the edge of the box from where he is dangerous. I hope this goes through today. HeÂ’s quality and will almost certainly score a few IMHO.

Also adds depth to the squad on our march to the Europa Cup, Carling Cup and FA Cup treble. What’s not to like – and he’s on a free?

A good bit of business and a decent transfer window – though I’d still like a keeper and a central defender if there’s any money left.

Tony J Williams
206 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:39:08
Greedy, classy striker.....whatÂ’s not to like (cue Monty Python Life of Brian scene)

Not overly fussed, but he will certainly score goals and is miles better back up than what we have at the moment

Denis Richardson
207 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:51:45
With Giroud looking like he could be out for up to 3 months, wonder what chance there is of Eto thinking to himself the Arse and CL football may be a better bet for him than us?

If we do get him, that Kitbag deal will really come home to roost again.......kitbag will be laughing all the way to the bank. At least Eto may mean we get a few more fans if some younger kids see Eto as a hero and start to follow us......trying to see a silver lining with this one. I know its Eto but....age, ego, wages.....mmm

(There is NO silver lining in signing Wellbeck - please god no.)

Brian Harrison
208 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:53:20
Jose Mourinho prefers a 36 year old Drogba to a 33 year old Eto, and I agree. Forget what Eto did for Barcelona he has scored 14 goals in his last 42 games and most of his goals have been against poor opposition.

Ross Hutchinson
209 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:43:25
EtoÂ’o is being brought in for 1 thing and 1 thing only, to score goals. His record speaks for itself, wherever heÂ’s been he scores goals. ItÂ’s that simple. There is no transfer fee but his wages is the big question. The RS dropped their interest due his 𧴜K expectations but he certainly wonÂ’t be earning that here. Probably a modest(cough) basic , maybe 㿨K with a hefty performance incentive, 㾻K a goal and ٣K an assist sort of thing. Plus it is a 2 year contract.

It is a gamble but with his vast amount of experience and I think guaranteed goals I believe EtoÂ’o will be an excellent signing.

David Midgley
211 Posted 26/08/2014 at 08:18:47
Lads! Lads! LetÂ’s take a few deep breaths. WeÂ’re hyper exaggerating here. Twelve months ago we had had a new manager who thrilled us with his positive and confident manner. I doubt if anyone reading ToffeeWeb [and there are far more that read than post] would have envisaged that Roberto could have changed the style of the team so quickly and so successfully. I didnÂ’t. It took Man Utd seven years to be successful again.

Like Charles Dickens he has given us all Great Expectations, and perhaps at this time theyÂ’re too much. Under the previous managerial set-up, I couldnÂ’t have seen us challenging for a CL spot in the manner that we did.

We are in the Europa Cup and will be up against some good teams with good squads. I hope our squad is big enough. We need a wiley midfielder, a RB/CH and some forwards (not a lot to ask). I am a bit surprised that RobertoÂ’s scouting team have not identified over the previous season players who could do a job for us given our financial constraints. We have Lukaku but we need more, as his leaving the field with the knock he took shows we didnÂ’t have a proper striker to bring on.

Samuel EtoÂ’o looks like a done deal, letÂ’s embrace him as a Blue now. I bet he wonÂ’t believe what a wonderful club he has come to. His signing will raise our profile even more and remind people who we are.

Liverpool signed Rickie Lambert for ٢ million and wages of 㿨k per week. Over 2 years, thatÂ’s 㾶M. HeÂ’s 32. If Sammi gets ٟM signing on fee and 㿨k per week thatÂ’s ٥M over 2 years.

HeÂ’s 33 (?) Who would you sooner have? Would a player of his quality have considered Everton 12 months ago? He must have put a few quid in the TSB by now so it canÂ’t just be down to the cash. Roberto stunned us with his signings at the close of the last transfer window and I expect him to do the same this time.

The chairman’s silence for the past 3 months over all the transfer speculation has been deafening. I expect The Everton Project to be a long-term thing – not a five-minute wonder.

Derek Knox
212 Posted 26/08/2014 at 11:16:17
Tony# 207

"Not overly fussed, but he will certainly score goals and is miles better back up than what we have at the moment."

We donÂ’t have any back up at the moment.

Each time Traffic is supposed to surprise us, well erm, he surprises us, with another setback. So much so, that it isnÂ’t a surprise any longer.

Seriously though mate, I think this could be just what we need. I have read various reports from different sources that have stated that he has (allegedly) dropped his outrageous wage demands in favour of fitting EvertonÂ’s wage structure, with a goal bonus incentive.

I do hope both of these are true, a) he genuinely wants to play for us and prove to the Prem. he has still got the desire.
b) he will provide goals and just may, go a little further to get them (goals) to top up his meagre wage.

Drew Shortis
213 Posted 26/08/2014 at 10:20:03
٠m for Adam Forshaw (50% sell on clause) is a great bit of business. I believe we received a similar amount for Jack Rodwell when he went to Sunderland. That wont be enough to pay EtoÂ’oÂ’s wages, but it will help offset them somewhat.
Steve Jenkins
215 Posted 26/08/2014 at 11:29:21
Brian 209 - most people would still take Drogba as a squad player @36. The thing is we donÂ’t have the choice of Drogba or Eto.

I donÂ’t know where the 42 games and 14 goals comes from, perhaps its right, Wikepedia however says the following.

2009-2011 Internazionale 67 (33)
2011–2013 Anzhi Makhachkala 53 (25)
2013–2014 Chelsea 21 (9)

Almost one in two wherever heÂ’s been if accurate.

He also last season scored against - Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and 3 against United, 2 against Schalke and 1 against Galatasaray and others against lower Prem sides.

Most are in the upper echelons on the Premier and hardly poor opposition.

Carl Peters
216 Posted 26/08/2014 at 11:46:29
Really not sure if this is a good move or not at 33? He still has a bit left if heÂ’s come to play and not fuck about, but could totally unsettle the side and cause problems with some of his antics, and for that reason alone it should be a 1-year deal with the option of a second.
Eugene Ruane
218 Posted 26/08/2014 at 11:23:32
Ed Fitzgerald - "I canÂ’t believe my own naivety (thanks Eugene for pointing that out) you say all footballers are money grabbers, which is of course a huge over simplification"

Er... no I didn’t, that’s not what I said at all – read the post that’s posted rather than the one in your head that you believe serves your ’argument’ (fact, I didn’t say any footballers were money-grabbers).

You enlighten me further - "They all have to earn money that is true but not all of them fuck off and chase the dollar, many do, but not all as in any other job. Who knows perhaps EtoÂ’o will do a Naismith and buy tickets for the unemployed."

Well, forgetting the ludicrously loose Â’not all of them fuck off and chase the dollarÂ’ (nothing like cold had stats) the key phrase imo is Â’who knowsÂ’ and my answer is not me and definitely not you.

Of course if IÂ’m wrong and you have proof the man has never made a charitable donation (as you definitely and desperately infer), I will be prepared to eat humble pie.

(Here’s a hypothetical – maybe he donates millions and says fuck all?)

Oh and so determined are you to score your Â’pointÂ’, you forget that by pointing out NaismithÂ’s generous act, you imply that not only does EtoÂ’o not come up to scratch, but neither do all the other Everton players - what a shower of mingebags! (Â’Yeah but no but...Â’)

Your final flourish – "I am sure he will make the dressing room a place of harmony as he has done everywhere else in his career."

Maybe, maybe not, but on your part, nothing but guesswork and venting. (By the way, Alan Ball was by all reports anything but a harmonising force but he was a winner and all around him knew it and were dragged to greater efforts.)

In the past, EtoÂ’o may not have been Mother Theresa (or Mother Naismith as you seem to prefer) and has no doubt made enemies, but personally, I think heÂ’ll probably be best remembered for being a great player, for his goals and for the trophies heÂ’s helped win.

I should add, if his house was called Â’Greedy Bastard TowersÂ’ and he sat Scrooge-like each night with a big tin of coins muttering Â’mine all mineÂ’ and never paid a penny to charity, I wouldnÂ’t give a flying shite as long as he knocked in 15-20 goals for us.

Steve Jenkins
219 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:10:49
Looks like Modou Barrow is going to Swansea reported ٟ.5M (perhaps less) and will be initially going into the development team.

He has a lovely touch, bags of skill and pace. Looks a great prospect for the future - for that amount IÂ’m really surprised we havenÂ’t taken a punt on this lad.


Looking at the Henen situation though, there obviously isnÂ’t much spare change lying around.

Brian Wilkinson
221 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:11:09
Take away his name, roll back the clock 12 months and insert the name Gareth Barry, hmmm sound familuar some of the postings on here.

Now go back around 30 years and insert Andy GrayÂ’s name, washed out striker just looking for one last pay day, some of you now getting the picture, can also throw Peter Reid into the mix, crocked and past his best.

Yes it could be a Gasgoigne or Ginola signing, there again it could be a Gareth Barry signing.

I like the 2 year deal, like Barry he will bring experience and knowledge to the players around him, Lukaku will benefit and improve as a result.

How on earth a free transfer can be a huge gamble god only knows, if we were paying millions for a 33 year old fair play big risk, but we are only paying his wages, may be high, but take out of the equation no transfer fee then I think Everton have got an absolute steal short term.

Will do for me.

Michael Polley
222 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:24:36
No chance of getting 90 minutes out of him. But he could be utilised as a Â’Super SubÂ’.

Don’t know about anyone else, but I’m still pissed off about Saturday’s result. I’m working over the weekend so I won’t be able to watch the game against Chelsea. Maybe just as well – don’t think I’ve got enough Valium left !!!

Derek Knox
223 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:23:50
I have just thought, that assuming the (ahem) medical goes through today, and the transfer does not reach David Henen (likely to sign within 48 /minutes/weeks/months/years) proportions, he could be eligible to play on Saturday.

While I am not expecting him to play 90 minutes (80 will do) I will of course be expecting no less than a hat-trick debut.

Now, who have we got on Saturday?

Paul Tran
226 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:26:39
Will he improve our strike force? Yes.
Will he score goals? Done it everywhere else?

WeÂ’ve just spent 㿈m on a striker who is brilliant on his day and disinterested on others, so I think 㾻m for the over-rated Welbeck is a non-starter. Proven aged striker on a free is much better.

DonÂ’t expect him to track back, but if he gets the service, heÂ’ll score goals.

My concern is like Lukaku, will he get the service he wants? If heÂ’s an arrogant sod who bollocks everyone else when he doesnÂ’t get that service, that may be a good thing!

Drew O'Neall
227 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:28:46
IÂ’m sure I read somewhere that teams have insurance against players becoming injured.

It leads me to wonder what level of injury can invoke a claim and also what governance exists over and above the diagnosis of the clubÂ’s medical staff.

The reason I say it is, even on high wages, if EtoÂ’o only played when he was Â’fit enoughÂ’ he might cost us very little.

Further filling your squad with Kone, Gibbo, EtoÂ’o and others may be part of a clever blended risk strategy.

Karl Masters
228 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:28:28
LetÂ’s batter Chelsea on Saturday. Lukaku brace and EtoÂ’o off the bench for a third. Cue pandemonium and Mourinho left speechless!

Now, this may not happen, but 12 months ago you would have been taken away for tests if you had even suggested it. The fact it is possible at all shows just how far we have come already. Exciting isnÂ’t it?

Brian Wilkinson
229 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:26:31
May even show Lukaku how to play a backheeler to a team mate instead of down a blind alley to an opponent.
Brian Wilkinson
230 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:42:39
Drew (#228), I think you have stumbled onto something that never even occurred to me about injuries.

I just wonder if Bill Kenwright could be using his theatre as a smoke screen and actually works for injuries direct, have you had an accident in the last 12 months that wasnÂ’t your fault.

Could be onto a nice earner with the injury list we have had over the years, tongue placed firmly in cheek before some actually take this as a serious post.

Pete Ellingham
232 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:49:14
He may be 33, and he may not be as quick or as fit as he once was, but he is a very clever player who knows where the back of the net is. Look at his positioning for the goals he scored for Chelsea and his touch, he is still a very,very good player. It can only be good for us!

If it is true that he can be disruptive in the dressing room and this begins to happen, I am 100% convinced that RM can handle him. Just because RM comes across as a nice guy in the media, I am sure if he needed to he could handle any possible disruptions; he is a very clever manager. I just hope we do get him!

Craig Walker
233 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:47:18
I think back to transfer deadline day last year. Wrestling with IKEA bookcases and screws missing with SSN on in the background. Heard that McCarthy wasnÂ’t joining us after all and that Lukaku was off to West Brom again and switched the telly off, abandoned the furniture and told the missus I was off to bed in a sulk.

Sometimes it is easy to whinge and get despondent when you look at clubs who can buy ten players (RS) or have bottomeless coffers (City, Chelsea) but I personally think we have the best squad weÂ’ve had for decades and EtoÂ’o will add to that. Would I have liked to have seen EtoÂ’o in his pomp at Goodison? Course but the sad fact is that we couldnÂ’t afford him then. HeÂ’ll bring experience and a much higher conversion rate of chances to our front line and for the money we are paying is no-brainer.

I canÂ’t wait for the transfer window to be shut then we can all stop playing Football Manager and look forward to the season (until January) with the squad we have.

Helen Mallon
234 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:01:35
What is it with people on here moaning about tactics and is it a gamble, some have short memories: two seasons ago, we were whipped 6-1 by Arsenal and had Jelavic upfront. Now 2-2 with Lukaku and EtoÂ’o. Get a grip.
Graham Mockford
235 Posted 26/08/2014 at 12:44:01
Jim #180

If class is permanent then I believe both Maradonna and Pele donÂ’t have clubs at the moment.

For me this signing smacks a little of desperation. I may be wrong and it may pay off in the short term but it doesnÂ’t feel like a long term plan for success signing players past their best ( however good that best was).

Karl Masters
236 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:16:34
5 years ago that 6-1, Helen. Saha up front. Actually, everybody questioned that signing as well and he turned out pretty good as it goes.
Tony J Williams
237 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:23:01
Of course itÂ’s desperation Graham, I imagine Martinez thought we would have had Traore by now.

However, what a desperate signing it could be. A man who has won it all domestically, a big head that will put the cat amongst the pigeons and hopefully give a lot of advice to our main, young striker.

I was completely against it at first but even I have been won over by the thought of having a world class striker as back up and a potential coach to Lukaku.

Drew O'Neall
238 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:16:47

Haha, I should have clarified, I understand clubs are insured against the lost wages they pay to injured players.

I didnÂ’t suspect BK of a ruse to defraud Injury Lawyers 4U - their claim would be against our incompetent medical and coaching staff anyway presumably, or the player himself.

Michael Penley
239 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:23:10
LetÂ’s sign whoever will improve our team. DoesnÂ’t matter if theyÂ’re at their best or worst, if they are 16 or 36. DonÂ’t forget that Romelu needs someone to learn from, and I donÂ’t see anyone at the moment who can do that. And who knows he may fall in love with the club and join the coaching staff.
Nicholas Page
240 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:22:45
Lots of opinions on here, which is great Â’cos without them weÂ’d be just like that shower of gobshites across the park.

Anyway, I think its a good signing if it goes through. Could have gone to Qatar or US (prob) for the wedge but wants to stick it out in a competitive league. Maybe he just likes playing footie. hmmmm. Does seem curious though.

Brian Wilkinson
241 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:32:40
Same could be said of Kendall, smacks of desperation signing Andy Gray and Peter Reid, some signings work out some donÂ’t, for me its a gamble worth taking.
Graham Mockford
243 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:30:20
Tony #239

It may turn out great, it may be an unmitigated disaster. Nobody knows.

However the worrying thing for me is it does not really seem to fit in with the approach Roberto seemed to be developing.

Successful managers usually have a very clear vision that permeates the club in all sorts of ways. ItÂ’s this clarity of purpose throughout a club which engenders success. This feels like a knee-jerk and a change of direction. Will the rest of the squad feel it is a panic move? Do they feel less confident in the managerÂ’s decision making?

ItÂ’s small things that can make big differences. Look how Moyes lost the squad very early on at Man Utd. The senior players obviously had no confidence in him and a team that won the league became also rans in six months.

As I said, it may end up being inspired but there are a few alarm bells ringing for me.

Patrick Murphy
244 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:36:44
Tony, I also think our junior strikers will learn a lot from EtoÂ’o as well. It will be interesting to see how he settles in to our squad though, perhaps a few feathers will be ruffled in the ensuing months but as someone has mentioned earlier he has been a winner at most clubs so that is a plus. I wonder how well Roberto knows him?
Mike Childs
245 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:30:58
Way back Colin (187) truer words were never spoken. I would be the first one to moan if it was Ronaldo. CanÂ’t stand the diving crybaby. HeÂ’s a great goal scorer yes but his me me me attitude is so not Everton. Messi on the other hand I would be over ecstatic.
Graham Mockford
246 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:40:18

Howard was a taking a gamble mainly due to the poor injury records of Reid and Gray. However they were 26 and 28 respectively when signed.

Brian Wilkinson
247 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:38:40
How many can hold their hands up and thought the same when we signed Kevin Sheedy and Alan Harper, cant get in their team not good enough for us then, Andy Gray past it, Paul Power your joking, Richard Gough way too old, Tim Howard nah, Gareth Barry no thanks, 㾹M+ for McCarthy half our Fellaini money gone.

Those are comments I have heard from fellow Blues over the years, you just donÂ’t know unless you gamble and take a chance so lets just first of all see if it turns out to be a masterstroke or a white elephant, only time will tell.

Kieran Riding
248 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:44:17
ItÂ’s nice that we only have to worry about a player getting injured in our negotiations, whereas Liverpool have had to put in a clause with their new signing to stop him being an utter tit.
Christopher Kelly
249 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:36:41
Financials??? What the hell else were we going to do with the money?? Make another play??
Denis Richardson
250 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:44:05
Any news of a press conference from Finch Farm or GP re this?

All gone eerily it because EtoÂ’oÂ’s agentÂ’s on the phone to Wenger now, waiting to see what GiroudÂ’s second scan says?

Denis Richardson
251 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:49:08
Sorry Brian 249 - canÂ’t raise my hand to that one as I think I was about 7 at the time....
Brian Wilkinson
252 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:46:08
Ok how many would take Drogba on loan and hes 3 years older than EtoÂ’o, age is just a number, how old is Kone again? A player free from injury beats a player out injured most of the time every time for me. 33 is not old these days for footballers compared to 40 years ago when a pint and spud pie was the normal diet for footballers.
Colin Glassar
254 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:42:00
My god Mike, have you read all these posts? Good man. Listen guys, EtoÂ’o is virtually an Everton player so letÂ’s just get be hind him and wish him all the best. Who knows, he might be starting against Chelsea if Lukaku isnÂ’t fit.
Chris James
255 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:57:13
ThatÂ’s a fair point Colin.

Whilst IÂ’m far from convinced EtoÂ’o is what we need, once he signs heÂ’ll get full support as long as he puts a shift in for the team.

IÂ’d still be hoping for at least one more before the window closes mind.

Colin Glassar
256 Posted 26/08/2014 at 14:03:36
IÂ’m not his #1 fan either Chris but once he pulls on the shirt heÂ’s one of us and I will back him as long as he does what he is expected to do.......bang in the goals!!
Sean Kelly
257 Posted 26/08/2014 at 13:56:08
With you 100% Harold. I canÂ’t get a post on here without it being monitored. Every time I post IÂ’m told bad spelling, bad grammar or paragraph spacing is at fault. I regularly see unmentionable descriptions of players on these threads that I wouldnÂ’t want either theisdus or my grandchildren to see.

Now IÂ’m not for one minute suggesting we should have the swear police on here but surely bad paragraph spacing isnÂ’t the end of the world.
Paul Smith
260 Posted 26/08/2014 at 14:22:11
According to a Sky. HeÂ’s just arrived at FF. Mixed feelings about this move; as soon as I watched him for Chelsea last year, I knew he wasnÂ’t the quality player they needed to win the league. So why is he good enough for us? I canÂ’t do any better than whatÂ’s been articulated already on this thread.

Welcome to Goodison Sammy lad.

Jim Potter
261 Posted 26/08/2014 at 14:00:06
Graham #237 - stretching a point a wee bit there perhaps? If not, then IÂ’d still take Pele. I think my shirt would look great with that name proudly adorned on the back.

You go on to say that you think it "smacks of desperation". I agree to a point - and that point is - we are Â’desperateÂ’ for striker cover.

Are there that many other proven strikers available at this late point in time?

I can understand that you (or anyone else) donÂ’t want EtoÂ’o. But to me (and others) we believe that he isnÂ’t over the hill and can still contribute in a significant way. As many have pointed out - Drogba at 36 has gone back to Chelsea - so (to me) why shouldnÂ’t EtoÂ’o come to us? ItÂ’s a long old season and weÂ’ll need experienced heads as well as young Â’uns.

LetÂ’s agree to disagree. The proof will be in the pudding (even if itÂ’s past its sell by date to some).

Jim Knightley
262 Posted 26/08/2014 at 14:16:17
IÂ’m not a fan of this EtoÂ’o deal because 1) of its length 2) my preference for a younger player. But IÂ’m with Colin re. getting him behind him. And Roman, im completely with you re. the growth weÂ’ve made. Lukaku was a massive statement of intent, and despite my feelings re. Eto being a little past it, IÂ’m still going to be a bit excited to see him in an Everton shirt. I thought that he was unplayable for Barca, and if he doesnt fall out with the management/other players, and gives us his all, he can contribute to a successful season. Lukaku, Eto, Naismith and Kone as striking options also looks better than any striking options weÂ’ve had in recent times.
Kunal Desai
263 Posted 26/08/2014 at 14:26:19
Paul #262. I understand your frustrations, but we have to hope Martinez can still get the best out of him and as fans we have to get 100% behind him on the pitch. Unfortunately beggars canÂ’t be choosers.

We are not in the same position as Chelsea where they can go out and spend another 㿊-40 million plus on another striker. Everton simply have to utilise the market within their means (Bosmans, loans etc) until that billionaire arrives one day. One day....

Tony J Williams
264 Posted 26/08/2014 at 14:35:08
Wait until he gets a load of Hibbert in training..... heÂ’ll be an Everton fan for life.
Jim Potter
265 Posted 26/08/2014 at 14:35:18
52% currently prefer Welbeck in the TW poll.

Methinks we have United fifth columnists infiltratiing the site - desperately trying to get shut of him.

Danny - Â’well backÂ’ - in my poll.

Phil Walling
267 Posted 26/08/2014 at 14:34:47
Only with us because RS got a better player. A one season contract would have sufficed but Roberto seems a soft touch for all these old boys.
Derek Knox
269 Posted 26/08/2014 at 14:46:26

Knew youÂ’d be over the moon, with this one mate.

As far as the record books go, hehas never played for Wigan either. :-)

Patrick Murphy
270 Posted 26/08/2014 at 14:44:57
Phil do you honestly believe that Roberto has the final word on the length of contract on offer? Do you really believe that BK and Elstone just accept whatever the manager proposes and then rubber stamp the contract on his say-so. Honestly it beggars belief what some people believe about modern day transfers, of course Roberto will have a say on who he wants to join his squad but the nuts and bolts are put together between the players agents and the financial people at Goodison e.g. Elstone and or Kenwright et al.

Anyway if he does sign letÂ’s hope he scores a few goals during his time here and whether the RS were set to sign him or not makes no odds if he pulls on the Blue shirt of Everton.

Anthony Flack
271 Posted 26/08/2014 at 14:58:57
Any news on this one - is it going in the Henen direction -
Tony J Williams
272 Posted 26/08/2014 at 15:20:51
48 hours Anthony, 48 hours!!!!
Denis Richardson
273 Posted 26/08/2014 at 15:17:02
Need to be a bit patient Anthony, he hasnÂ’t trained with us for a month yet...
Anthony Flack
274 Posted 26/08/2014 at 15:28:32
Lord help us if any 30 something Africans take a taxi over the next day or so...
Tony J Williams
275 Posted 26/08/2014 at 15:31:55
Just watch this space fellas ......
Phil Walling
276 Posted 26/08/2014 at 15:12:51
Patrick. Are you now saying Roberto does nothing in these transfers or, as his arch disciple, that if he does he can do no wrong?

Your love of this man mirrors that of Doddy for Moyes. Do you live in Formby by any chance?

Sean Kelly
277 Posted 26/08/2014 at 15:27:08
Phil, does it matter who EtoÂ’o spoke to recently. HeÂ’s a free agent and can talk to anyone he likes. When he signs, letÂ’s forget who said what to him and give him the opportunity to experience all the good things at our club. Also, didnÂ’t our manager speak to those across the park also. Does it matter? Not a bit as long as they give their all while in our club.

Colin, any news on Henen or a centre half?

Brian Wilkinson
278 Posted 26/08/2014 at 15:38:31
Agree with one poster here, bring in Peter Chech on a free as well, or at least half decent cover for Howard.
Richard Mudie
280 Posted 26/08/2014 at 15:45:26
ItÂ’s hard to think of a better striker who is happy to play second fiddle to Lukaku. Martinez likes playing with one striker and that will be Lukaku most of the time. EtoÂ’o will be a great sub and/or cup player considering how many more games we will play this year.

I canÂ’t think of anyone who is close to the quality of EtoÂ’o (even at his age) who would be happy not starting every game. Factor in the experience he can pass on to Lukaku, Long, etc and on paper it seems a great bit of business. Lets hope it lives up to that.

Kieran Riding
281 Posted 26/08/2014 at 15:57:21
He NEEDS to be signed in time to start on Saturday.
Derek Knox
282 Posted 26/08/2014 at 16:08:32
Brian# 284

Like I mentioned on another post, that would be a good move, but surely Howard would be HIS understudy, as he would be in the same situation he is at Chelsea.

I could certainly live with that, but could Cech and Howard?

Patrick Murphy
283 Posted 26/08/2014 at 15:58:25
No Phil there are no Freshies where I live. But itÂ’s not as you say my adoration of Mr Martinez that persuaded me to post my response but rather the fact that you seem to believe that every decision at Goodison is taken by RM, when it is obvious that the modern day transfer is a very complicated business with a cast of thousands involved. I never said that Roberto had no input I was just mentioning that his input will not be as large as some would think.

Whomever is the manager of most clubs donÂ’t get to negotiate the deals directly with the players as the owners and Chief Executives do most of the financial aspects of the contracts with the players agents. I said yesterday it was a gamble and I still believe it is, but if the club believe it to be the right move at this time then who am I to belittle their football knowledge and I am at least prepared to see how he does for the club before I start blaming anyone for the length of the deal or the folly of bringing him to the club.

To be honest with you if I started to worry about the financial implications of every deal and every contract and compared it to my own meagre income I would probably stop watching the game forever. As it is I am like most others suffering from a lifelong addiction to Everton FC and that knocks all logic out of my head.

Mike Powell
286 Posted 26/08/2014 at 16:24:19
I donÂ’t care about signing EtoÂ’o. IÂ’m more concerned that we havenÂ’t signed a centre back. We are desperate for one. Our centre halves have been woeful so far this season.
Kieran Riding
287 Posted 26/08/2014 at 16:56:32
Mercanary players eh ?
One of the biggest is Asamoah Gyan, and if the latest news is correct, he will need every penny right now !
Kieran Riding
289 Posted 26/08/2014 at 17:17:51
Wellbeck is into 6/4 on betfair to join us right now.

CanÂ’t stand this anymore.

Yair Kaye
291 Posted 26/08/2014 at 17:14:31
I voted in the poll "neither" for Eto vs Welbeck, because neither is good enough for a club aiming at top 4 position . Eto was good enough 4-5 years ago (now heÂ’s too slow), whereas Welbeck never was & never will be. If I had to choose between them, at least Welbeck still has quick feet and pace. The problem is he is like a blind horse - canÂ’t put the ball in the net. Victor Anichebe type of player.
The best would have been to bring a young hungry striker, the type of Bony or Loic Remy. If other clubs manage to spot them in other leagues and bring them on the cheap, why do we fail to do likewise?
John Byrne
292 Posted 26/08/2014 at 17:28:39
A bit of a gamble but thereÂ’s no transfer fee. His wages might be high but at his best he was a world class striker & we need cover for Lukaku. He actually did better at Chelsea last season than I expected him to do. Scored goals in some big games for them.

We need a bigger squad to cope with the extra games in the Europa league & his experience of playing on the biggest stage in Europe could be a great help. Could be good for some of our young strikers at the club to learn from him too.

I have my doubts about him just like most fans but I think the positives outweigh the negatives. If he even got 10 goals as back up to Rom IÂ’d be happy.

Dean Adams
293 Posted 26/08/2014 at 17:44:08

Now, now stop being insightful!!

Harold Matthews
294 Posted 26/08/2014 at 18:02:22
Yes Mike. Experts seem to agree that the most important signing for City was the guy brought in by Mark Hughes. A certain Mr Kompany. Great player, great captain, great person. Without him they struggle. He illustrates perfectly the importance of a top class commanding centre back. WeÂ’ve had our share of top notch No5s at Everton and another one would be most welcome. Jags and Distin have generally done a pretty fine job but standards have risen and theyÂ’re starting to look a bit shaky.
James Hughes
295 Posted 26/08/2014 at 18:32:47
<1--Tony @293
Are Eugene and Ed the main attraction or the warm up bout
(apologies for not using bold type.)

-->EtoÂ’o for me yes please plus anyone else, including a C.H. who can defend a 2 goal lead

Pete Ellingham
296 Posted 26/08/2014 at 18:42:09
Does anyone know what is going on with this?

Is it happening?

Is he at FF?

I canÂ’t stand this!

Pete Ellingham
297 Posted 26/08/2014 at 18:46:22
Do agree with Mike 289. We really do need to get the defence sorted.
Mike Hughes
298 Posted 26/08/2014 at 18:44:08
If there is any money left, IÂ’m torn between a keeper and centre back. The keeper, though less Â’excitingÂ’, just edges it particularly with Europe in mind.

If Tim Howard gets crocked then we really are going to be up the proverbial creek. Stones can cover at CB and perhaps one of the reserves but, without Howard, IÂ’ll be running for cover when anything comes near the box - especially with any height on it.

Kieran Riding
299 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:00:08
We could always loan Man CityÂ’s number 29 if we got short of a goalie?

(Richard Wright, is one of their back ups, so it could be worse..)

Rob Halligan
300 Posted 26/08/2014 at 18:54:40
Live report just been on SSN. He could sign tonight but probably tomorrow.

Whatever peopleÂ’s opinions of this deal, if he joins then EVERYONE should be right behind him for the next two years!!

Kieran Riding
301 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:10:38
Rob, as I posted earlier, this needs sorting out in time for Saturday, Lukaku, regardless of what Bobby said earlier may miss a few.
Peter Bell
302 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:11:13
Yes Rob, seen that... and if Vinnie O’Connor is saying it, then it looks like deal done.
Rob Halligan
303 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:16:02
Hopefully Kieran will be done in the next few hours.
If it does drag on a few days, is the cut off time in order to play on Saturday 5pm this Friday? Seem to remember this was the case years ago before this transfer window fiasco was introduced.
Kieran Riding
304 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:31:00
Clear as mud for me the registration rules having looked. Thought it was 48 hours myself ? But the fact heÂ’s a foreign player, a free agent and itÂ’s a window leaves me hoping we donÂ’t fanny about and just get it done. Utd have got Di Maria sorted today, so heÂ’s available for the weekend IÂ’ve read.
Iakovos Iasonidis
305 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:19:16
Nicholas Ryan 78 gives some very good arguments. Top post.
James Hill
306 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:25:53
Naismith, Barry, the same sort of critism was aimed at them by the same old naysayers on TW. LetÂ’s just give the guy a chance. Still scores a goal every two games which would make him top scorer at Everton.
Lyndon Lloyd
307 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:36:14
I believe the cutoff is 12pm on Friday for players to be eligible for that weekendÂ’s matches.
James Hill
308 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:35:43
Who remembers Rod Belfit, signed from Ipswich? Now theres a forward that really got the excitement rushing into the blood stream. Things could be worse than an ageing super star.
Kieran Riding
309 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:40:30
James, the fact RS paid ٢m for an ale house 32 year old seems to have got swept under the carpet.

A 33-year-old EtoÂ’o or a 32-year-old Lambert?

Puts it in a better perspective donÂ’t you think?

Geoff Harrison
310 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:46:21
Apologies if this has already been mentioned, but, according to Wiki :
"....He (Sam Eto’o) returned the fans’ appreciation when he donated €30,000 in meals to travelling Mallorca supporters who made the journey to the Copa del Rey final against Recreativo de Huelva in 2003. Mallorca won the match 3–0, with Eto’o scoring two late goals to seal the victory."

Eugene on points, I feel.

Kieran Riding
311 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:49:44
Not arsed about the morals of footballers wages to be honest. We used to be the Mersey millionaires. IÂ’d guess the EtoÂ’o Russian transfer dealings went along the lines of...

"Do you want 㾾m a year to play in my team?"
"Where do I sign?"

Mike Hughes
312 Posted 26/08/2014 at 18:52:35
Signed, sealed and delivered.
James Marshall
313 Posted 26/08/2014 at 19:56:32
Oh how lovely it is to see the TW gang all getting along famously as ever, with the two E’s going at each other. Some things never change!

Unlike this great signing we’re about to make - now that’s a change for the better!

Kieran Riding
314 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:00:11
Done deal.

The lack of fannying about makes me believe what I was told about Lukaku though.

Ross Hutchinson
315 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:00:54
He’s signed!
Barry McNally
316 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:01:14
Signed on OS.
James Marshall
317 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:00:51
Ian McDowell
318 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:02:10
Great news done deal. Welcome aboard Samuel
James Marshall
319 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:04:31
I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks about this, I’m delighted!

Cheer up you miserable buggers!

Rob Halligan
320 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:05:49
Great news. No press conference though.

Meanwhile, back to Henan....................

Harold Matthews
321 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:02:47
James Marshall
322 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:09:40
Rob, the press conference is apparently tomorrow
Ian McDowell
323 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:09:44
Lineker on BBC Sport

"Samuel EtoÂ’o has signed for Everton. I think thatÂ’s quite a canny acquisition. Good mentor for young talent. Very experienced.....very!"

Rob Halligan
324 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:10:48
Cheers James. Hope itÂ’s to also announce the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea as well!
Brian Denton
325 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:10:34
All I know is both Eugene and Ed used ’honing’ when they meant ’homing’.......
Neil Cox
326 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:13:13
Top post Kieran #312. Let the RS pay over the odds for Lambert. A top signing and better than hearing we had signed Brett Angell!!!
David Hallwood
329 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:15:43
As they commented on CityTalk , he could have gone to the MLS, or the far east for the final pay cheque, but he obviously feels heÂ’s still got something to offer.

Good strike rate, knows where the net is, and in his prime we wouldnÂ’t have been able to buy his left leg-so welcome aboard Sam.

Rob Halligan
330 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:21:30
WhatÂ’s the picture Kieran? There is a picture on OS of EtoÂ’o signing his contract in an Everton shirt. CanÂ’t get more conclusive than that!!
Kieran Riding
331 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:23:51
He’s on the training ground wearing the shirt, and holding a shirt with a big smile on his face..

Gonna love him I reckon.

Mark Pierpoint
332 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:23:34
Will wear number 5.... Really happy at the signing. Think he will score a few
Kieran Riding
333 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:26:15
FFS Mark.
Don’t get me started on shirt numbers.
Number 5 ?
Centre half wears number 5 !
Ian Bennett
334 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:28:24
He’d do a better job than the current lot...
Nicholas Ryan
335 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:08:35
’Calma...Calma’ as they say in Lisbon!

1. I would have thought that ’money grabber’ and ’about to sign for Everton’ are mutually exclusive!

2. My spies say he asked for 𧴜k pw for 1 season, which we refused; we then offered 㿨k pw for 2 years, which he accepted. This means, of course, that if he fails and we get rid after 1 year, we are entitled to a fee ... and I suspect we would get one!

3. For that sort of money, all you would get otherwise, would be the likes of Jordan Mutch or Jordan Rhodes... unlikely to keep Vincent Kompany awake at night!

4. Opposition defenders will be either scared of him or at least respectful of his reputation. Even at 33, you can’t leave him alone for a second.

5. While money obviously matters, I think his main motivation, and the reason he wanted to stay in the Prem, is to shove it up Mourhino [ metaphorically speaking!]

5. He was interested in Liverpool, because, like every other player on the planet; he would have preferred being in the CL to the Europa.

6. I have a suspicion he wouldn’t have come, had Lukaku not been here already.

7. Some say [on very thin evidence] that he might be a pain in the bum; well, so are C. Ronaldo & Ibrahimovic; but I don’t think we’d refuse THEM on that score!

8. I think he’ll be either OK or very good ... I don’t see him being a flop.

Ian Bennett
336 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:29:05
Welcome aboard EtoÂ’o. I hope Mourinho has given him the hunger to ram those barbs down his throat.
Mike Hughes
337 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:28:52
Kieran #317 - What was it you heard about Lukaku?
Mark Tanton
338 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:30:10
Finally - a replacement for Distin/Jags.
Neil Roberts
339 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:24:44
He will do well for us. Experience upfront — excellent news.
Rob Halligan
340 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:28:41
A goalscoring centre half who can hopefully play in goal as well!! A good all rounder eh, Kieran!!
Mark Pierpoint
341 Posted 26/08/2014 at 20:40:17
The number has been confirmed by the club btw. Like I stated before (and also Pointed out by Nicholas) should things go badly we will sell him onto a petro league, no problem. Good buy. If someone had told me we would buy Lukaku and EtoÂ’o would never had believed them!

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