Martinez aims to keep Stones and add three more

by | 23/08/2015  69 Comments  [Jump to last]
Roberto Martinez says he expects to conclude two signings in the coming days, three in all before the transfer deadline, as Everton's resolve to keep John Stones at Everton holds firm.

Stones was in typically impressive form against Manchester City today in the Blues' otherwise disappointing 2-0 defeat and the Goodison Board have no intention of selling the defender so close to the deadline.

Director Jon Woods was asked by a fan whether Everton would definitely not be selling Stones and he said: I wont sell him, Bill wont sell him, because there arent many days to go.

Martinez was similarly insistent that Everton will not be allowing the 21-year-old to leave saying after the game: "That's the plan. We have enjoyed his development and the way he has grown in the last two seasons.

"He just puts a smile on your face when you see John Stones defending. He is an incredible footballer and to be able to organise the way he does and control things at such a young age shows the type of footballer he is. I thought he was outstanding."

Martinez still needs defensive reinforcements following the departures of Antolin Alcaraz and Sylvain Distin earlier this summer and he is hopeful of finalising a deal for Ramiro Funes Mori who is waiting on a work permit before he can put pen to paper on his contract.

"This is a player who has won the Copa Libertadores with River Plate," Martinez said after the match against City. "He is 24 and a left-footed centre half with a winning mentality who will fit the squad extremely well.

"You don't get many opportunities to bring in a player who has won the Copa Libertadores. We are well advanced with that deal otherwise we wouldn't have permission to have him at the game."

"It's not done. He's here, we have to meet over the next 24 hours and see if we can conclude a deal with his club.

I expect a couple of signings to happen. But there is no news in anything specific, because nothing has been concluded. I expect to complete three signings before the window closes.

The second signing is expected to be striker Leandro Rodriguez who was also in attendance at Goodison Park today. The 22-year-old, who holds an Italian passport so would present no work permit problems, is expected to cost around 1m from River Plate Montevideo in Uruguay.

Big question marks remain over the marquee signing Evertonians were hoping for this week, however, with the Liverpool Echo posting a report 15 minutes before kick-off today suggesting that Everton have pulled out of a deal to sign Andriy Yarmolenko from Dynamo Kiev.

A deal was believed to have been agreed between the two clubs but the final negotiations over payment terms could have stalled if this report is to be believed. The Echo claim that Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian play-maker Bernard could be the new target, while also suggesting that Adnan Januzaj is back on the radar.

The Daily Mail blame late interest from Roma for the breakdown in Everton's talks over the 25-year-old's proposed move but Ukrainian sources say this isn't the case.  


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Matthew Williams
1 Posted 23/08/2015 at 20:49:32
Evans and Lennon, methinks!
Jim Bennings
2 Posted 23/08/2015 at 20:57:48
So it looks pretty much as though the "two signings" will be Mori and Rodriguez, hardly inspiring but at least adding to the bare numbers.

I'm still hoping for the Yarmolenko deal to be salvaged, although I'm not holding my breath and also depending on Stones, if he goes I want Van Djik in.

I'd also not complain about Lennon and a decent goalie like David Marshall or Tom Heaton of Burnley to take over from Howard.

I think you can now add a left back, even on loan if necessary to that wishlist.

As I say though, holding my breath I certainly won't be!!

Mark Tanton
3 Posted 23/08/2015 at 20:59:38
I think, after these two signings, there'll still be another face or two on deadline day. You'd bloody hope so. Riveting it ain't.
Craig Mills
5 Posted 23/08/2015 at 21:12:40
How about Ashley Cole on a short term deal? We need a left back urgently.
Jim Bennings
6 Posted 23/08/2015 at 21:16:20
Wouldn't happen in a million years Craig.

There's no way Ashley Cole would come back to the Premier League, certainly not up North, not unless it was City or United offering him silly money.

Victor Jones
7 Posted 23/08/2015 at 21:24:40
I agree with everything Jim Bennings has stated. Your transfer targets are spot on. And we do need to start looking at goalkeepers. But sadly I fear that this transfer window has and will remain disappointing for us supporters.

And can we keep Stones? I would love him to be lining up against Chelsea in a few weeks time. But has his head been turned? Who knows what really is going on at Everton?

Sorry people, showing my age here, but I'm still unhappy we sold Alan Ball.

Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 23/08/2015 at 21:29:44
Yarmolenko was probably based on Stones money.
Matt Garen
9 Posted 23/08/2015 at 21:34:26
Van Dijk has signed for Southampton. Missed a trick there
Dominic Tonge
10 Posted 23/08/2015 at 21:38:25
So it's gone from Van Dijk and Yarmolenko to a dicey centre back and striker that no-one has heard of, and if we are lucky, Lennon and Evans.

What a load of shite!

Christy Ring
11 Posted 23/08/2015 at 21:39:23
So we're not getting Yarmolenko, probably because we want to pay nothing up front, and getting Rodriguez instead for £1m. I wonder is Kenwright paying that in instalments.
Chris Sillett
12 Posted 23/08/2015 at 21:48:41
Nothing against Rodriguez but what a very underwhelming signing he would be. Never heard of him, not a great scoring record and from YouTube the standard of the Uruguyan league looks to be about League 2 here. Mori might be a decent signing (he'll probably only get the odd game in the cups) but it all seems a bit Wigan-ish to me.

For what it's worth, the Echo are now saying we are after Januzaj, but they don't seem to have a clue and are just throwing names around like confetti today.

Jim Bennings
13 Posted 23/08/2015 at 21:54:37
It's all just smacking of desperation now isn't it?

The Echo, rumours, failed bids for guys we had no hope of getting, from Shaqiri, to Yarmolenko to being favourites to sign Charlie Austin, it's all just dying on its feet.

We will be lucky to add anymore after these two River Plate lads.

George Freeman
14 Posted 23/08/2015 at 21:59:20
The Echo state that Mori and Rodriguez are team mates because they both play for teams called River Plate even though the teams are in different countries. Classic!!!
Mark Riding
16 Posted 23/08/2015 at 22:03:48
George. Utterly embarrassing that. Echo is two Bob. Ignore them. They only get stories off Twitter nowdays.
Gavin Johnson
17 Posted 23/08/2015 at 22:11:44
I thought Mori would be of duel nationality bearing in mind we want a work permit and he's only had one cap. But Roberto is quoted in the Echo as saying, he hopes Mori gets a permit for being an exceptional talent.

I'm not even going to build my hopes up we bring him in now. I remember Moyes trying to get a permit for a young African player, a winger if I remember right, on loan from an Italian club, possibly Inter Milan, and he had more caps than Mori but we failed to get the paperwork and green light to sign him.

Dick Brady
18 Posted 23/08/2015 at 22:13:33
Isn't Ashley Cole a free agent? I don't like the man but he could fill the void we have at left back for a couple of months.
Conor Skelly
19 Posted 23/08/2015 at 22:13:56
Yes, Kieran. Probably said give us Yarmelrnko now and when we sell Stones next summer you will get the money.
Andrew Presly
20 Posted 23/08/2015 at 22:20:25
Gavin - Victor Obinna. Not sure where he is now but a talent at that point.

This club really is farcical at times.

Gavin Johnson
21 Posted 23/08/2015 at 22:26:57
Thanks Andrew. I was racking my brain and couldn't remember his name. I'll be straight on Wiki now to see where his career tailed off to.
Trevor Lynes
22 Posted 23/08/2015 at 22:35:23
What I cannot understand is why we have no money for ’real’ signings. These two mentioned are certainly not targets that were planned.

Newcastle have spent 㿞 million so far without any money coming in. Villa have taken in 㿔 million but have spent 㿨 million so far. Most other clubs are over Â㿀 million and even newly promoted clubs have spent much more than we have.

I agree about the Yarmolenko deal, it was probably all about selling Stones. So BK has told Roberto that if he wants to keep Stones then it will be just a pittance to spend.Who on earth is this Uruguayan? We could have gone for Ayew on a free and he is known.

As a long-standing Evertonian I despair at the club’s amateurish ways of doing business. I am embarrassed that a club of our size is reduced to picking at whatever bargain basement dross is left. BK will be asking for change soon. :(

Mark Riding
23 Posted 23/08/2015 at 22:44:00

James Stewart
24 Posted 23/08/2015 at 22:46:06
Mori, Lennon plus 1 more then.
Gavin Johnson
25 Posted 23/08/2015 at 22:49:35
Mori, Lennon and Rodriguez
Drew Shortis
26 Posted 23/08/2015 at 22:54:34
I will forgive the two cheap South American signings if we get Yarmalenko in and keep Stones. Bringing in Holgate, Deulofeu, Henen, Cleverley, Yarmalenko, Mori & Rodriguez whilst keeping Stones, Mirallas, McCarthy, Coleman and Lukaku would equal excellent business in my opinion.

I'm pretty certain we will keep Stones this season with the Euro's coming up. After that he will be able to pick his next move as I'm sure Man Utd will join the chase for him one of these days and you would think that as a supporter they would be a more attractive proposition than Chelsea. I know they haven't had the best of times since Ferguson left but they're still one of the biggest teams in the world and in the Champions League every season. They really could do with someone like Stones too. Of course my hope is for Everton to have a cracking season and make it in the CL so that he doesn't want to leave, but I'm realistic enough to realise we may not hold onto him indefinitely.

I think a move to Chelsea would be premature and could risk his place as a starter for the Euro's. Everyone at Everton seems intent on keeping him and Stones himself has made no noises about wanting out. If he really wanted to go he would have made spoken out by now! The lad doesn't strike me as cynical in any way and I can't see him suddenly dropping a bombshell on September 1st.

The nightmare scenario is no Yarmalenko and a Stones exit on deadline day followed by the last minute arrival of Evans. I think there would be real unrest then and I can't see the board allowing that to happen. We're not desperate for the cash and we will spend some of the TV cash on at least one big name. I just hope that it's not the case that Yarmalenko is demanding a wage structure busting deal and the wrangling is over his fee. If the transfer fee is the sticking point I'm sure we are just driving a hard bargain, but will pay what is necessary to get it over the line, even if we have to take leave it until the deadline.

Colin Glassar
27 Posted 23/08/2015 at 23:06:42
Curly, Larry and Moe are due to sign any day now.
Harold Matthews
29 Posted 24/08/2015 at 00:39:14
I certainly can't moan about these South American lads. Two of my pleas have been answered in one fell swoop.

(1) Get right away from the Premier League and find someone who is a complete stranger to RM.

(2) There are good players in obscure leagues all around the world. Let's find one or two.

William Cartwright
30 Posted 24/08/2015 at 03:31:25
All getting in a bit of a tizz aren't we compared to the slight up of positivity over the last 72 hours. What has changed? Nothing much.

A very creditable performance against a 300m quid outfit at the top of their game; Stones still onside (screw the tabloids), Mirallas back fit ready for next game?; Howard played well (near post blooper aside); good camaraderie in the ranks, back-up centre-back of promise close to signing; Potential gem unearthed (note potential as an acknowledged strategy we have to accept); Yarmolenko deal not quite dead in the water albeit seemingly so (therefore we have to write off the dealbrokers without knowing the state of the discussion); Roberto still in pursuit of his stated goals (the doom merchants still giving premature negative messages).

Look on the upside please and be patient.

James Marshall
31 Posted 24/08/2015 at 04:01:57
We're not selling Stones. This so called saga was over weeks ago. It's just newspaper bullshit. The manager, players and now a board member has said it isn't happening. As I keep saying, nothing to see here.
Steven Jones
32 Posted 23/08/2015 at 07:31:37
The simple truth is that we do probably have £20-25M available this window. Yarmolenko is a difficult one to tie down for all sorts of reasons. Knee jerk extrapolations to a delay or failure to castigating the board is not logical.

We need to be patient, support the team and I do believe that we will have 5 new additions to the squad who will all be international class to add to this squad over the course of this window. We already have two very good acquisitions.

The strategy is clear, leave space for the youth to come through, be creative with loans etc and then splash out on a Rom or similar one per couple of transfer windows.

Even if you have Champions League football £60M burning in your pocket, you cannot get the players you want that easily. Ask Arsene...

The two South Americans fit and add to the squad nicely in the context of the squad and team showing progression again yesterday, against what I see as a runaway Champions elect; it will all be over in 2-3 months of this season if Silva keeps fit.

The Squad after 5 Windows with RM is shaping much younger and some great potential promise, if we keep right behind this manager, this team and (dare I say before I have to get my tin hat) the Strategy and calm persistence of BK and the board.

Leung Chi Ho
33 Posted 24/08/2015 at 09:22:07
I got a feeling that both Mori and Rodriguez will be the next Besic and Oviedo.
Neil Pickering
34 Posted 24/08/2015 at 09:37:35
He loves a South American signing, does our manager; trouble is, though, his record is appalling in that market. Remember Boselli who he paid nearly £7 million for? Franco di-Santo? Rodellega? And who can forget the legend that is Alcaraz!

We shouldn't be looking at two lads from South America for answers; one of whom is playing at the equivalent of Championship level, and the other one lower than that. Our manager is that arrogant, he thinks that we are Wigan and he can try and replicate what didn't work there at our club.

I am actually disgusted in the players we are linked with (Yarmolenko aside). And we all knew that wasn't going to happen, didn't we?

Ernie Baywood
35 Posted 24/08/2015 at 11:51:21
Agree Harold. If these boys were playing in the lower leagues in England we'd probably pay a fortune for them. Get them in, let them settle, and let's see how they go.
Greg Lambden
37 Posted 24/08/2015 at 12:54:24
My concern is we don't appear to be close to any signings that improve our starting 11. The Argie defender is cover for Stones / Jagielka and the Uruguayan striker is cover for Lukaku / Kone. Although these are two areas we needed cover for, all our competitors are buying players that are likely to significantly improve their 1st teams.
Harold Matthews
38 Posted 24/08/2015 at 14:52:14
Greg. You are right of course but RM did say they would be "add-ons".

Our 1st eleven is pretty strong at the moment with Cleverley, Kone and Barkley being creative and not losing possession in the final third.

Lukaku needs a back-up in case of injury. He didn't fare too well against City and their organised defence but put in a good shift. I've given up worrying about his dodgy footwork. It ain't gonna change. He'll still bang a few in.

People are screaming for Howard to go and they may be right. He could be faulted with the goals but so could half a dozen of his team-mates. He did manage one or two amazing saves. One with his face. Okay, he's very scary with time to think but RM will stay with him.

The left back situation is a serious temporary blip. With Baines, Garbutt, Oviedo and Galloway on the books, we're not likely to sign anyone which would rule out shouts for Ben Gibson and Andy Robertson. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed.

So, as you have noted, who is this guy who will come straight in and improve the 1st team? Easier said than done. Certain RM players are set in stone. No names needed. They will not be moved to the bench.

For me it can only be a younger, more skilful version of Kone. Funny thing is. Leandro Rodrigues is exactly that. Granted, he'll need strengthening in the gym and brought up to speed but I'm very hopeful.

I can't have Bernard or Januzaj, who is a nuisance to his own team-mates, which leaves Yarmalenko, a player who would improve most teams. Goodness knows where he would play. The LB position is vacant and Kone doesn't mind the bench. Everywhere else is fully occupied. Maybe he can play in goal.

Shane Corcoran
39 Posted 24/08/2015 at 15:48:47
Check out the latest in SSN's "news" feed:

STONES LATEST

Regarding any potential arrivals at Stamford Bridge, we are still waiting to see if Chelsea will go back in with a fourth bid for Everton defender John Stones by the way folks, but we will keep you updated on any movement with this deal...

Hardly worth typing really.

Stephen O'Donnell
40 Posted 24/08/2015 at 16:49:13
Please Roberto bring in Casper Schmeichel from Leicester to replace Tim Howard. I've had enough of this keeper; he has us all a nervous wreck.
Tony Draper
41 Posted 24/08/2015 at 17:11:22
James Marshall "We're not selling Stones. This so called saga was over weeks ago. It's just newspaper bullshit."

Well said. It is.

Phil Bellis
42 Posted 24/08/2015 at 17:30:22
Reported to be alleged that 1-cap Mori has not got an EU passport!

Hmmmm...

George Freeman
43 Posted 24/08/2015 at 17:56:21
No problem, Phil. If he goes to Italy in a small boat and claims asylum they will give him one. Simples!
Jay Harris
44 Posted 24/08/2015 at 18:10:38
I don't know much about him but reports are stating that Bernard would make Ossie seem like Rambo.

They say he has neither the physicality nor the mentality to play in the Premier League.

Happy days.

Mark Tanton
45 Posted 24/08/2015 at 18:12:51
If we are changing our targets and flitting around, in late August... someone wants shooting.
Jamie Barlow
47 Posted 24/08/2015 at 18:48:13
David Silva makes Ossie look like Rambo and he's not a bad player.
William Cartwright
49 Posted 25/08/2015 at 03:20:15
Steve Jones (29). With you 99.9% Just not too sure about the blind faith in the board. . . . . . ?
Jay Harris
50 Posted 25/08/2015 at 04:54:59
Jamie,

I am afraid he makes Ossie look like a carthorse.

I only wish we were after and could afford a "David Silva"...

Phil Rodgers
51 Posted 25/08/2015 at 13:06:16
Here we ago again with this transfer request bollocks. It's a bit of a slur on Stones to be honest.
Matt Traynor
52 Posted 25/08/2015 at 13:25:19
Phil (#45), I thought we'd lose him, and it would be the usual last day, no time to reinvest, player wanted to go crap. Until recently I was still convinced he'd go – but it seems that those plotters who flew the banner have got the board worried – the rhetoric has all switched to he goes only if RM wants to cash in. (Why would he unless he was told "sell to buy"?)

Even the lesser-spotted Jon Woods was apparently asked by a fan about it at the weekend, and said "We aren't selling".

So now the only mystery is just who are we going to buy? In the meantime, the press are getting ever more desperate to be able to run their "As we exclusively told you... " line and sell Stones...

Christopher Marston
55 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:25:36
Transfer request made
Sam Barrett
56 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:26:24
SSN reckon Stones has just handed in a transfer request!
Shane Corcoran
57 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:29:26
Now the craic really begins.
Christopher Marston
58 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:29:30
I feel sick
Dave Cook
59 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:30:13
Can we do a United and just refuse to play him till his contract runs out?
Christopher Marston
60 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:30:29
I feel like the time my first Valentine rejected me after I forgot to write in her card. Rejection is painful
Steve Brown
61 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:31:04
Let's see what the club say...
Tom Bowers
62 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:31:51
I suppose it was inevitable much like the Rooney affair.
The lure of the big money, big club and Champions league.
I say do the deal now and let's move on as he will be no use to Everton in this frame of mind.
Steve Brown
63 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:35:31
He wont be in this frame on mind on 2nd September if we keep him!

If's it even true that is... the media have seen it as a personal front to their big 4ism that Everton even had the nerve to turn down the earlier bids.

Jamie Morgan
65 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:35:52
If a player..(any player)doesn't want to play for Everton then only one thing to say..."fuck off then"!
Christopher Marston
66 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:39:56
Agreed Jamie but we must be one badly run club for a 'no trouble/level headed personality to hand in a request. Sometimes I hate being a toffee.
Steve Brown
67 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:41:09
BBC sport reporting it as confirmed now... interesting week ahead.
Sam Hoare
68 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:43:07
Hmmm. If true then let him go I think for £35m plus. Bring in Van Dijk I guess and Yarmolenko or similar to soften the blow. Sad days but he was always gonna leave at some point...
Shane Corcoran
69 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:43:51
Christopher, if he wants to earn more money and win more trophies then why wouldn't he want to go?

I say tell him no and honour your contract. He'll fall into line.

Jamie Morgan
70 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:44:36
Don't think it's how we are run Christopher..(although we are a bit of a shambles) it's purely money and trophies! He doesn't support or love Everton like we do, has no loyalty to us, let him go the little prick and get in players who will be proud to wear the shirt!
Andrew Ellams
71 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:45:51
Sam, if this is true along with our current shambolic transfer dealings then I have never been this worried about an Everton season since Smith was in charge.
Shane Corcoran
72 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:46:05
Jamie, are you not contradicting yourself?

I agree he has no loyalty to us but then why call him a little prick and talk about people being proud to play for us?

James Marshall
73 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:49:16
As I just posted elsewhere....

The England defender informed Roberto Martinez, the Everton manager, last week that he wishes to join Chelsea if possible, but the Merseyside club have maintained a firm stance that he is not for sale. Stones is now contemplating whether to go a step further by officially requesting a transfer, even though Martinez has stated publicly that such a move would make no difference.

So there.

Jamie Morgan
74 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:50:15
Simply think little prick as the contract means nothing to him, by proud to wear the shirt I simply mean a player who wants to come here and play!
Lee Preston
76 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:53:04
It's all a bit deja vu isn't it. This couldn't have been sorted in the summer could it? Oh no, it has to be when the season starts, with less than a week left of the transfer window.
Ian McDowell
77 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:53:07
Very interesting week coming up.
James Marshall
78 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:53:12
Little prick? What? Why? He's a professional footballer not an Everton supporter. Get a grip, Jamie. If you were offered a better job, at a better company for more money with a chance of more success in your career would you turn it down out of loyalty to a company that means nothing to you?

Of course you would. Loyalty has nothing to do with it.

Neil Roberts
82 Posted 25/08/2015 at 17:25:15
£35-£40 million and fuck him off :just hope Martinez is right when he says we will be stronger when the window shuts

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