The 24-year-old centre half flew into England today from Argentina to finalise the move after personal terms were agreed and the two clubs negotiated a fee. He was photographed in the Hilton this evening with Everton fan James Mitchell whom he told he would be signing his contract tomorrow (Saturday).
Funes Mori, who is reputed to have a powerful shot and provides a threat from direct free kicks, has just broken into the Argentine national team and has one cap.
Roberto Martinez's chief scout, Kevin Reeves, was apparently despatched to South American to watch him in action as River Plate beat Tigres in the final of the Copa Libertadores recently.
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1 Posted 21/08/2015 at 16:21:20
2 Posted 21/08/2015 at 16:30:54
3 Posted 21/08/2015 at 16:37:38
4 Posted 21/08/2015 at 16:38:26
This is all pointing towards us keeping Stones, though I'm sure if we sign him before the deadline the papers will go into overdrive with the rumours despite the flimsy evidence.
5 Posted 21/08/2015 at 17:24:54
He's left footed, can play and isn't bad at free kicks either but he's only ever really played in Argentina and it will take him time to adjust to the pace of our league so we all need to give him time and break him in gently.
I'm sure he'll turn out decent and be a really useful squad member.
6 Posted 21/08/2015 at 18:47:57
If you buy back-up players you get second-rate players. Part of me is petrified that we've just signed the new Alcaraz.
Having said that, here's hoping that he adapts quickly and proves doubters like me wrong. He's won the Copa Libertadores and apparently has the attributes to do well in England.
7 Posted 21/08/2015 at 19:01:09
8 Posted 21/08/2015 at 19:05:07
9 Posted 21/08/2015 at 19:07:41
10 Posted 21/08/2015 at 19:08:16
11 Posted 21/08/2015 at 19:27:48
The comments that were in English, spoke highly of him in the comments section. Happy enough to wait & see with the signing (as long as we keep Stones), but even if this lad is a quality addition he'll need at least 6 months to adapt, so selling Stones in this window would be outright crazy.
A transfer request can be turned down, he can go next summer if he really wants to.
13 Posted 21/08/2015 at 19:36:25
14 Posted 21/08/2015 at 19:47:44
15 Posted 21/08/2015 at 19:58:23
16 Posted 21/08/2015 at 20:00:28
17 Posted 21/08/2015 at 20:16:24
As a junior, he played for Liverpool FC Montevideo!
18 Posted 21/08/2015 at 20:21:32
And if the unthinkable, that he could be a replacement for Stones (who I think we will keep by the way), then it's a disgrace. If he is intended as a replacement for JS then it should be Koulibaly or Dragovic or similar to be signed, not this guy.
Sorry for the negativity, it's just this signing does not excite me in the slightest.
19 Posted 21/08/2015 at 20:54:49
20 Posted 21/08/2015 at 21:16:35
Bit like calling Tranmere Rovers - Mersey A and the team that plays at our old ground Mersey B.
21 Posted 21/08/2015 at 22:06:40
22 Posted 21/08/2015 at 22:18:44
23 Posted 21/08/2015 at 23:02:08
If we are unlucky with injuries – we usually are – and say Jagielka gets injured, I would be much happier having Jimmy Evans replace him. An experienced defender for not much more money.
24 Posted 21/08/2015 at 23:53:19
25 Posted 22/08/2015 at 01:17:07
26 Posted 22/08/2015 at 04:44:40
ps: Semi off topic but what is the deal with Ryan Ledson? Is he going out on loan as he suggested in a recent post or is he being kept under wraps?
27 Posted 22/08/2015 at 07:13:02
Maybe RM was waiting for them to drop their price?
28 Posted 22/08/2015 at 08:49:18
29 Posted 22/08/2015 at 08:59:58
Tim Vickery is a pundit and not a manager so his opinion about football is as relevant to me as my better half's about football. If she is talking about shoes, I might pretend to listen... and the same goes for Tim Vickery.
30 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:06:54
We've got 3 young lads now who can cover left full back and both Centre Half positions. Good move. We would only go for Van Rijk I would think, if Stonesy was leaving.
31 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:47:11
32 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:49:37
33 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:02:15
Oh and if we are going to talk theoretically, can we summise about Dante for ٤.4m instead of any Evans please? It really is better to dream big!!!
35 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:28:24
That doesn't bode well but his judgement isn't always correct. After all, he did say the likes of Paulinho & Lamela would make Spurs title contenders as their that good!
But not every player takes to the premier league. Look at fellow Argies in Lamela & Di Maria, Lamela was brilliant at River Plate and Rome but as badly struggled in the prem. We all know Di Maria is world class and even the prem got the better of him but that's not to say someone like Mori won't take to it! Look at Demichelis, yeah, originally he struggled but he soon got to grips with it and hopefully Mori can do the same!
He's got the stature and build, supposed to have decent pace, can pass and is great aerially in both boxes, which as been a bit of an achillies heel for us under Martinez.
The lad is going to need time, probably the whole season to get up to speed as the prem is a different kettle of fish compared to any league in the world so let's not pass judgement too soon, he's gonna need more than 10 games to get into the groove!
36 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:59:46
He was in the Hilton in Liverpool last night and said he was going to sign his contract today.
37 Posted 22/08/2015 at 11:18:55
38 Posted 22/08/2015 at 13:14:41
Since 2013, the wages and transfer fees paid on average players would have been enough to get 3 or 4 of the required standard instead of which the squad grows 'window by window' but the results don't.
Hopefully Ramiro turns out to be a great recruit but there's no evidence he will. Sorry... really fed up. I need Yarmolenko to sign.
39 Posted 22/08/2015 at 13:30:18
40 Posted 22/08/2015 at 13:46:23
41 Posted 22/08/2015 at 14:10:20
42 Posted 22/08/2015 at 15:57:05
We have soft center and I am not expecting anything from this young South American this season. He's going to have to get to grips with it, no preseason with the players, won't be fit enough for one of the quickest leagues going.
We are light at center half and its likely, imo, this signing won't change anything this season. Plus we are disorganised anyway.
43 Posted 22/08/2015 at 18:13:40
There is the ball, head it; there is the ball, kick it; there is an opponent, tackle him. Adapt to what? football is the game he plays.
44 Posted 23/08/2015 at 04:14:20
Aidy, If Vickery said that then good it works out perfectly. We get this player and he gets Alcaraz so everyone is happy.
45 Posted 23/08/2015 at 12:59:00
That's right Paul 41, it does take time for players to adapt to different teams and leagues. Ever gone from playing five-a-side once a week with your mates to playing a decent league? It takes some people a long time to tune their brain into the speed of the game.
Doesn't mean their not good technical footballers or unfit, it's to do with fine tuning the speed and quality of your decision making. It's down to footballing intelligence.
47 Posted 24/08/2015 at 18:40:06
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