The curious case of when Everton almost signed James Rodriguez
The headline is a little misleading because Everton dismissed any hope of signing the Colombian because they would never have got a work permit for him, but this is an interesting insight into how the club scouted foreign talent under David Moyes.
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Really interesting article but I remain confused. While Moyes could be forgiven for making a mess of the transfer budget in 05, why did he repeat his mistakes again four years later with the Lescott money? If potential transfers are scrutinised to such an extent why did he still buy Heitinga and Bilyatedinov?
Transfers are hit and miss for various reasons. You can't get them right all the time. I think Moyes was very good at unearthing gems and signing bargain-basement types, but when he actually spent big (Everton big) he wasn't so great.
Every club in every league make some terrible signings, ours seem magnified due to what I would now call an unwillingness to spend instead of a lack of funds.. Heitinga also did a job for a while, not the worst signing ever.
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