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Report: No Everton move for Lukic

15/01/2015  Comments (70)  jump

Updated Everton's reported deal to sign Partizan Belgrade teenager Stefan Lukic has been played down by the Liverpool Echo who claim that the midfielder is not on Roberto Martinez's shopping list this month.

The skillful Serbian U19 international midfielder had been expected to sign a professional contract with Partizan but quotes attributed to him in MozzartSport in his homeland suggested that a 40,000 move to Goodison was all but finalised.

Lukic is not yet eligible for a work permit to play in the Premier League so was, according to reports, to be farmed out on loan by Everton to SC Heerenveen for the remainder of the season but despite Lukic's apparent claims, those assertions seem to have been premature.

Belgian journalist Sven Claes tweeted today that Heerenveen sporting director, Hans Vonk, had reacted to the story by saying it's "just a rumour" and with no confirmation from Everton, the Echo's Greg O'Keeffe has weighed in to report that the Blues won't be signing Lukic in the current window after all.

"Once [Everton] were sure I was the one they wanted, they invited me and [things were done] pretty fast," Lukic is reported to have said. "My representatives are currently in England to finalize the details. It remains to be seen whether the deal is fully completed.

"[Everton] have presented me with a concrete plan. The goal is to stay a while in the Netherlands to get better. Then after a year [I'll] return to Everton and play in the Premier League. "

Billed in a recent report as "the hottest prospect in Serbian football" and described by the local Belgrade press as Partizan's jewel, Lukic was being admired by a number of high-profile suitors including Barcelona, Inter Milan, Benfica, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Whether one of those clubs now moves in for him or he remains with Partizan until the summer remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, O'Keeffe suggests that Martinez is looking at "other options" this month but that any business will likely be conducted towards the end of the current transfer window.  

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 14/01/2015 at 18:40:12
Another Coleman?
Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 14/01/2015 at 18:43:55
Another Henen?
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 14/01/2015 at 18:44:44
Henen, the invisible man. What a strange one thatÂ’s been.
Kieran Riding
4 Posted 14/01/2015 at 18:50:27
And yes, heÂ’s got a youtube clip !

Lyndon Lloyd
5 Posted 14/01/2015 at 18:49:28
Not sure heÂ’s invisible. Henen played the full 90 minutes for the U21s (which is what we loaned him for) at Leicester earlier this week and might have snatched a draw were it not for their Â’keeper.

David Unsworth will no doubt be assessing him with Roberto this season and if they think heÂ’ll make the grade, theyÂ’ll sign him in the summer. If not, no harm done...

Barry Connor
6 Posted 14/01/2015 at 18:52:40
If "The midfielder is not yet eligible for a work permit to play in the Premier League", because Serbia is not yet a EU Member State, how can he play for a Dutch side?
Colin Glassar
7 Posted 14/01/2015 at 18:56:09
Thanks Lyndon, I hadnÂ’t heard of him since he signed tbh.
Brent Stephens
8 Posted 14/01/2015 at 19:24:09
Is there a source for this? I noticed in passing that a few monied clubs were chasing him but our name wasnÂ’t mentioned. DonÂ’t know owt about the lad though have watched the YT clips.
Kieran Riding
9 Posted 14/01/2015 at 19:33:02
Do Bosnia and Serbia still not get on ?
Sam Hoare
10 Posted 14/01/2015 at 19:36:31
Not gonna have any impact now but maybe in a few years or time. Looks like a similar player to Barkley in the clips...
Colin Glassar
11 Posted 14/01/2015 at 19:43:02
DonÂ’t think so Kieran. My lad crossed the border from Croatia into Bosnia last year (holiday) and it took him about 6 hours to cross as the border guards checked every single bus, car lorry etc...

The same leaving.

He watched the Bosnia Argentina game in Sarajevo and after the game all they (locals) did was burn Croatian and Serbian flags.

Kieran Riding
12 Posted 14/01/2015 at 19:55:44
I’m more worried about Besic, Colin !
Colin Glassar
13 Posted 14/01/2015 at 19:59:09
I saw Besic and Jovetic (Montenegro) the other day and they seemed to get on fine Kieran. Dzeko and Nastasic at city were ok together as well.
Andrew Laird
14 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:39:33
Religion is the problem between Serbia and Bosnia.
Andrew Laird
15 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:46:41
Another one for the future, I am all for this especially if he is more talented than the dearth of quality we currently have at u21/youth level. A good move but we need to be looking at bringing players in who can make an impact this season also, preferably in their mid 20's!
Paul Ellam
16 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:48:50
How about we sign somebody who can go straight into challenging for the first 11?
We desperately need cover in defence, a left winger (so Mirallas can go back to right wing instead of McGeady) and a striker (if Eto'o goes as expected)
Colin Malone
17 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:52:13
Might have a Gheorghe Hagi type player on our books. If only.
Barry McNally
18 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:40:26
How many 'wonderkids' ever make it?
Barry Connor
19 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:48:56
How come he can play in the Dutch League but not for us?

Serbia is not an EU member but that applies to both the UK and the Netherlands.

Peter Bell
20 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:49:16
Does anyone remember Martin Murray?
Paul Hewitt
21 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:59:53
So he wants to play in the Premier League... has this lad seen the league table?
Phill Thompson
22 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:07:43
Martin Murray, yep remember the name. It's funny how odd names stay with me. I always remember Ross Jack playing in the FA Youth Cup Final about 77. A common name in Scotland, then realised he was managing 15 miles down the road from me (long story).

Anyway, I can't see much downside to this latest deal. We pay 㿔k, farm him out and take him in if he's any good .

Nick Entwistle
23 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:13:03
Wonderkids don't cost 㿔,000. Vellios, Gueye, Jaoaouoao Silva, etc all cost more.
Peter Bell
24 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:17:39
Billy Bingham told us Martin Murray was going to be the next George Best.
Lyndon Lloyd
25 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:16:25
Nick (23), they do if they're out of contract. From what I can gather, Lukic was supposed to sign a professional deal at Partizan (that some outlets have suggested would have pushed his value up to around ٢m) but decided he was best served by moving on after 9 years with that club.

The 㿔k is the rough currency equivalent (it's 㿒.9k at today's exchange rate) of €50k we would pay Partizan as a development fee to compensate for what would otherwise be the loss of a product of their youth system for nothing.

Barry (18), the work permit restrictions in the UK are set by the Department of Employment, I believe. I imagine the Dutch have different requirements than we do.

Nick Entwistle
26 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:20:45
So we've poached him then?

Is this the same team that banged five passed us once we got Collinered out of the CL? If so, screw 'em!

Milos Milenkovic
27 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:06:48
I saw this article in today's newspapers. Never heard of him before as he hasn't played for the first team of Partizan Belgrade so far. It could be good move, to learn more in Holland and after that we will know more.

Regarding your question Kieran, situation in former Yugoslavia countries is still complicated, nationalists in every country are loud, while majority has moved on. Usually, players from different countries are good friends at European clubs.

Peter Bell
28 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:26:34
Nick, it was Dynamo Bucharest who put 5 past us not Partizan Belgrade,
Nick Entwistle
29 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:29:48
Oh, well now I feel just sad for Partizan. But we've seen too many kids come to us down the years to get excited about any one of them. I still long for a come back special from Eddie Bosnar.
Harold Matthews
30 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:36:24
We have to take a chance with these kids.
Denis Richardson
31 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:40:56
Won't hold my breath on this one. A 'wonderkid' and we're the only ones interested and at 18 he's not even eligible to play in th PL (i.e. not close to the Serbian national side or we could have appealed for a WP).

I guess 㿔k is cheap for a punt.

Colin Glassar
32 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:55:14
I'm still waiting to see if George Green really exists.
Brian Cleveland
33 Posted 14/01/2015 at 23:40:26
... and I'm still waiting for Martin Murray to come through too. The kid who could put the ball in the net from a corner every time.... (never said whether there was a keeper there or not!)... where did he disappear to?

But off topic.... With regard to Lukic, British work permit requirements tend to be tougher than those of the other European countries (you'd think we'd have common laws but no!), so he'll be able to get a work permit somewhere else, in this case Holland, but not here until he has a certain amount of international experience... or some other criteria that may exist.

Neil Wood
34 Posted 14/01/2015 at 23:46:22
Colin @32.... He does I have met him... Twice!
Can't say how but I have!!!
Ant Summers
35 Posted 14/01/2015 at 23:48:31
Stop over hyping players, look what its done to Barkley, eat himself if he was chocolate...jusy down right lazy now.
Colin Glassar
36 Posted 14/01/2015 at 23:52:02
Does he play football Ian? He's not your plumber is he?
Spencer. Why does that name ring a bell? I can't even remember what era it was but we got this kid called Spencer and he was supposed to be the next big thing.
Neil Wood
37 Posted 14/01/2015 at 23:55:32
Colin appears to have changed my name to Ian by deed pole!!! Ha.

No, he is a footballer and in fairness to him he was actually quite a pleasant and well grounded young man. I have spoken to others about him and there's a genuine feeling that he will be a v v good player. I spoke to one person who has had a 㾶 on him to score the winning goal in a World Cup final??? Dunno what odds like.

Colin Glassar
38 Posted 15/01/2015 at 00:03:53
Sorry Dave, I'm crap with names. Green must be about 35 by now isn't he?
Neil Wood
39 Posted 15/01/2015 at 00:10:02
Ha... He will be looking for a move to a CL side with Mirallas now he's at the peak of his career!!
Harold Matthews
40 Posted 15/01/2015 at 05:26:28
Thought young Green had a back injury.
John Daley
41 Posted 15/01/2015 at 07:31:07

Are you thinking of Scott Spencer?17 yr old striker from Oldham that Moyes brought in around 2006?

The only other Spencer I can think of is Scottish strike 'sensation' John Spencer. Although, the only person in the world ever to call him 'Wonder Boy' was probably the weird 'Lawro' lookalike who lived next door and was forever telling young 'Spence' he'd love to play superheroes with him, as long as he dressed up in Linda Carter's skimpy 70's tv costume, tied him up with his 'lasso of truth' and took extra care not to leave his bullet proof bracelet behind when removing his wrist from his arse.

There's been quite a few other hotly tipped youngsters turn up at the club though. Mustafi being one we seemingly never made the most of. There was also the much hyped Azerbaijani amazo boy, Araz Abdullayev, who Everton paid to have a two year 'first option' deal on, duly signed on a three year contract, sent out on loan as soon as they could and then....god knows....probably sprinkled him in salt and pepper, sliced him up and served him piping hot in the following seasons Scouse pies or something.

Colin Glassar
42 Posted 15/01/2015 at 08:01:16
Scott Spencer, that's the one. Cheers.
Anthony Flack
43 Posted 15/01/2015 at 08:05:16 you see him now you don't...
Andrew Ellams
44 Posted 15/01/2015 at 08:38:36
Last I heard of Scott Spencer he was playing for the mighty Hyde Utd, bottom of the Vanorama Conference North.

Neil Wood @ 34, I hope after that comment you're not a police officer

Chris Williamson
45 Posted 15/01/2015 at 10:56:45
According to that clip – seems to have a decent quick football brain in terms of passing in the right areas. Looks a bit gangly – but that's yoof for you. On the other hand his passes are FAR too LONG (more than 10m) for our style of play!
Steve King
46 Posted 15/01/2015 at 11:02:15
The reason he can play in Holland but not here is our stricter work permit rules.

Despite what UKIP will tell you, if you're not from the EU it's actually not that easy to steal our jobs!

Christopher Wallace
47 Posted 15/01/2015 at 12:06:50
Can't see any negatives to this deal.

Not seen him play but heard good things. No risk involved and could be a decent premier league player, if not a world beater.

Peter Roberts
48 Posted 15/01/2015 at 13:25:18
Lets not sign him - he could be another Bjanrni Vidarsson.

Then again even worse we could sign him, not use him, let him go and he becomes another Mustafi who is interesting Real Madrid with a €50m buyout clause with Valencia...

Lewis Barclay
49 Posted 15/01/2015 at 13:51:44
John Lukic's nephew apparently.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Dominic Tonge
50 Posted 15/01/2015 at 14:40:11
Wonder kids don't cost 40k

True I believe the song is SIXTY grand , sixty grand.....

Get him signed, his value is closer to the 3.5 million mark, but we just pay an arbitrary fee based on his development & he gets first team football for a year.
If he's cack we move him on. We just need to ensure when we do we negotiate future sell on clauses or we look silly a la Mustafi.

Dave White
51 Posted 15/01/2015 at 15:29:10
Peter 48 - Shkodran Mustafi! Bloody hell, there's a blast from the past! I had to look him up...according to Wikipedia Moyes let him go 'to raise funds' ....funny thing is he went on a free transfer. I can only think his wages were huge?!!
John Pickles
52 Posted 15/01/2015 at 15:42:38
I reckon the deal will be held up because Bill will want to pay the 㿔K in installments.
Christian Gawne
53 Posted 15/01/2015 at 16:05:57
It will be a typo by some journo. Think about it we need a keeper. We will have signed John Lukic and once Taliban Tim is fit again we will send him out on loan ala Eto.
Ajay Gopal
54 Posted 15/01/2015 at 16:12:36
Dave (51), that season we let Shkodran Mustafi AND Eric Dier go! The 2 of them could have been our centre back pairing for years and years.
James McGlone
55 Posted 15/01/2015 at 16:09:14
Shkodran Mustafi said recently that his time at Everton hadnÂ’t went the way he or the club wanted, so he approached the club and asked to leave, and they duly obliged.

One of those situations where a promising player takes a step back to make two steps forward. He signed for Sampdoria when they were in Serie B and worked his way into the German squad from there.

Mustafi said: "I asked David Moyes to release me. They were a really professional club and they always thought about the players not themselves. That is unusual.

"They wanted to give the players the best opportunity and for me that was to move on and go somewhere where I could play.

"I just needed a new challenge and when I wasn’t playing I had to move on and play somewhere that would help me develop as a player."

Nice story, actually.

Keith Harrison
56 Posted 15/01/2015 at 16:44:13
In that Youtube clip he looks 18" taller than everybody else in the first game, and they must have won each game about 27-0. Bit like me against Redsh*te on the Wii!
He could be the next Gareth Barry!!!!
Barry Thompson
57 Posted 15/01/2015 at 20:05:17
"Everton's reported deal to sign Partizan Belgrade teenager Stefan Lukic has been played down by the Liverpool Echo who claim that the midfielder is not on Roberto Martinez's shopping list this month".

Love to know who is on Roberto Martinez's shopping list this month...

Eric Holland
58 Posted 15/01/2015 at 20:04:42
He certainty knows how to pick a pass.
Brent Stephens
59 Posted 15/01/2015 at 20:57:10
What WAS the original source for this?
Ian Burns
60 Posted 15/01/2015 at 20:59:31
That was a short lived bit of excitement. At 㿔k I thought it MUST be real!
Alan Bodell
61 Posted 15/01/2015 at 21:19:37
Barry, post #57 its Lidl and Aldi mate seems like.

Thank fuck Moyes got us in Coleman and Mirallas but itÂ’s not doom and gloom with the fight we gave Fat SamsÂ’ bunch of snidey clonkers.

Alan Bodell
62 Posted 15/01/2015 at 21:29:46
John (#41), weÂ’ve had a few wonderkids in years gone by: Billy Kenny, John Oster, Jack Rodwell.., but letÂ’s pray that young Ross doesnÂ’t go the same way, eh?
Mike Hughes
63 Posted 15/01/2015 at 21:42:02
Not sure if Per Kroldrup could have been classed in the Â’kidÂ’ category. But he came with a bit of a drum roll and the noise of it seemed to scare him off. Still puzzled about that especially for ٤.5m. We could probably do with him now.

Also remember Martin Murray and the hype on Radio Merseyside. WerenÂ’t Man U and the rs in for him but EFC pulled off another master stroke in trumping them?

Then there was Jeffers, Danny Williamson, John Paul Kissock.

But the hyped-up signing of all time for me (again not a kid) was Terry Curran. Great while on loan but a major disappointment after we signed him.

Andrew Hawes
64 Posted 15/01/2015 at 21:50:44
He is a wonder kid, he isn't a wonder kid... Who really cares!! 40 thousand quid signings are going on all the time around the top sides without a second mention.

But once the Everton PR machine gets into gear it's like we're signing the next Messi?

A top, top central defender and any midfielder that actually knows how to attack with a little imagination is what I will get excited about.

Minik Hansen
65 Posted 16/01/2015 at 00:56:34
Well, at least we will have some more money to spend this January..
Phil Roberts
66 Posted 16/01/2015 at 09:36:57
When I first saw we were looking at Lukic, I thought it was John Lukic as an experienced goalkeeper.
Pete Owen
68 Posted 16/01/2015 at 16:03:07
I say sign him, Martinez will soon iron out those pointless forward passes in no time!
Brian Waring
69 Posted 16/01/2015 at 19:17:28
The rumour first surfaced from Partizan and the lads agent.
Brian Waring
70 Posted 16/01/2015 at 19:19:18
He'll probably be signed by Arsenal, one of the Spanish or Italian teams.

He'll turn into a world class player, and sold on for about 㿔m.

Denis Richardson
71 Posted 16/01/2015 at 22:24:44
I guess BK couldn't find 40k behind the sofa for the wonderkid...

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