Reports: Everton and Palace agree Bolasie fee

9 August  259 Comments  [Jump to last]
Updated Everton have reportedly had a big-money bid for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie accepted.

The Guardian claimed yesterday that Ronald Koeman has made Bolasie his top transfer target as he seeks to bolster his options ahead of the new season but he would need to up his offer substantially from £18m if he wants to meet Palace's inflated valuation.

That report pegged Palace's asking price at £30m but ESPN and now Sky Sports now claim that Palace have accepted a compromise bid, somewhere in the region of £25m but which would eventually be worth what the South London side want for the DR Congo international.

Their sources claim that the deal should go through by the end of the week if Bolasie passes a medical and agrees personal terms with the Blues.

In an interesting twist, the deal could see Oumar Niasse move to Selhurst Park on loan for the season. Reports suggest the Senegalese could be an additional component in the transfer.  

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James Stewart
1 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:25:00
We must be getting desperate if this is true.
David Pearl
2 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:30:25
Yeah not buying into that. Hopefully we won't be either. Doesn't he play on the right? Guessing every average premier league player must be worth £20m now. Don't know why I keep checking if we signed anyone every half hour. Someone wake me whenever we do!
Stephen Brown
3 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:35:51
Wake up, check ToffeeWeb, Google Everton, read any paper talk, check BBC gossip page, go on Twitter, type search 'Everton', search 'Everton Williams', search 'Everton Bony'. Nothing – leave it 10 mins....

Repeat this action 12x until lunch!

Charge phone!!!

Repeat another 20x during the day!
Go to bed frustrated!
Groundhog Day!!!

Can't we just up the Williams bid and get that done? What's an extra £3m, £5m for a proven premier league performer?

Paul Conway
4 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:38:07
For every over-inflated flash-in-the pan, there is an undervalued gem waiting to be appreciated...

Next please!

Stephen Coles
5 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:38:39
Top transfer target? I bloody hope not! And 㿊m? What are they on? The way things are going with valuations, no-one will be signing anybody.
Alexander O'Brien
6 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:42:36
Bolasie's two-footed so can operate on either wing. I actually rate him though he needs a bit of polishing but always thought he was a threat when we played Palace. £30 mill is ridiculous but I'd come back with a higher offer.
Daniel Lawrence
8 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:46:13
Surely he's signed a new contract since this thread was started?
Colin Glassar
9 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:47:00
Stephen, it's all a bit pathetic isn't it? The same unfounded rumours rehashed and reshaped by the same websites day after day. I try and imagine Frank Carson reading this tripe and saying to himself, it's the way you tell 'em.
Adam Gough
10 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:49:08
Add to that Echo "live" and SSN and all BBC sports journo Twitter accounts. Then get desperate and go for the Mail and the Mirror. Hoping beyond hope that there are SAS style negotiations underway and there will be a beauty pageant of signings announced à la McCall, Cottee, Nevin and McDonald 1988. Reference for quantity not necessarily quality.

Also does anyone know how the Operation Goodison Facelift is coming on?

Mike Keating
11 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:50:58
They just signed Townsend
Why would we pay double for the reject?
Stephen Brown
12 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:52:20
Colin it's driving me mad! But however hard I try not to check I just do it!! I'd like to know what % of rumours are true?!

I keep telling myself that RK is no mug and knows what he's doing! Plus he wouldn't have come here from Southampton without being impressed by the vision of Moshiri!

A win v Spurs will make it all feel better too!

Colin Davidson
13 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:52:52
Palace fans on their websites seem reluctant to lose him.
Although there was mention by one of what seems to be his "Billy big bollocks" attitude based on his 1st-half performance v Valencia in friendly on Saturday - remind you of anyone?
Ciarán McGlone
15 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:56:16
If this is true then the quality of player we're after is truly uninspiring... And the prices are getting ridiculous.
Guy Hastings
16 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:58:39
So that will be both Deulofeu and Bolassie charging through the middle as Lukaku flaps his arms in frustration. Meanwhile, linesman is spoilt for choice as to which one(s) is/are offside. Three out of three in all probability
James Newcombe
17 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:59:02
He'd be a good buy, he usually murders us!
Tony Dove
18 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:59:05
Hopefully just the usual rumour stuff as we already have a coop full of
headless chicken wingers.
Colin Glassar
19 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:01:55
We should've kept Hibbo, Ossie and Pienaar and sold them for £20m each.
James Stewart
20 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:02:44
The guardian are reporting it on their main football page as a news story item, not just a typical bullshit rumour mill story so it appears we are in for him.
Stewart Lowe
21 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:03:09
The way this season is going we might be happy to settle for 10th-12th again which is so so frustrating.

Its almost as though now that Everton have money after waiting 3 decades to be competitive once more, everything that could go against Everton is actually happening.

1: Now Everton are wealthy we cant do a Chelsea or a Man City, or even a Blackburn in the 1990's and go out and buy whoever we want because every other team now has money.

2: We have a pass, pass, pass crap style of football ingrained in all of our players thanks to the crap Martinez drilled into them and it will be hard to get past that.

3: We have a new Manager and backroom team who will have their own way of playing which is going to take time.

4: We have 2 sulky players in Lukaku and Stones who should have been shipped out long ago and is a sideshow at Everton which we really can do without.

5: Every player we go for tends to either want to go to a bigger club or be hanging around in limbo and probably using us as a last resort come transfer deadline day if they don't get what they want.

6: We have had the Euros this summer which has taken up a number of weeks to finish in order for clubs to start trading players.

7: Koeman took 2 weeks holiday when the season ended which he was absolutely entitled to do. But then after coming back and signing for us he went on holiday again to Turkey for a week which given all the above shocked me.

Once the bigger clubs have cherry picked what they want, we will get the next shout at any remaining mercenaries. How can we sell our club to players like Mata when we are just bang average at best? Why would the better players come to Everton knowing that we don't have any other better players for them to play alongside?

Guy Hastings
22 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:04:28
79 appearances and five goals in the league, says the Guardian. Would want a bit more than that for near 㿀 million.

Then again, as my Palace-supporting older lad observed about Conor Wickham, that's what ٧ million gets you these days, a forward who can help out at corners.

Jay Harris
23 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:04:48
The few times I have seen him he is very impressive but somewhat inconsistent even in the same game.

Not a significant improvement on Kev or Geri IMO and for 30m I would sooner make a silly offer for Mata.

Andy Meighan
24 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:06:31
Top transfer target? Things really are getting desperate. Haven't we got a couple like him already at the club in Mirallas and Deulofeu – i.e. a pair of frustrating fuckers who don't know when to release the ball?

This Bolaise is worse – beats a man then goes back and beats him again twice. Not what we need and Palace are like us regarding Lukaku and Stones, asking silly money. Hope this isn't true.

Koeman has had time to get players in now but hasn't done anything. Is the sale of the two I've mentioned vital to who we buy? Because from where I'm sitting it's looking increasingly like it. 5 days to the opener. As the Yanks say, you do the math.
Dave Williams
25 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:09:03
The more I see of these crazy fees bandied around for pretty mediocre players, the more I want us to develop the academy lads. We really are in the right place (having oodles of dosh) at the wrong time (everyone else has oodles of dosh) and I can't see that we would be improved that much with a lot of the players linked.

Williams would be decent and is a leader, Nasri could be an inspired buy if we make him feel wanted and he reacts the right way but this sort of money for Bolasie is too great a risk for me. Witsel is clearly not keen so forget him, Bony for 㾻m is a decent punt... my head is starting to hurt again and I've spent five minutes typing this – must check NewsNow Everton again!!

Brin Williams
26 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:11:59
Surely this rumour is a bit of balls, aye?
Dave Pritchard
28 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:20:06
West Ham signed Ayew from Swansea, Another team of a similar standing to us these days improving their squad.
Keith Harrison
29 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:21:00
Reading these posts is a breath of fresh air to me. I am not the only nutter trawling every source, every day, looking for any ray of hope.

Guys, thanks for being so cathartic. Not sure if my heart would stand a purchase above 㾶 mill now though!

Anthony Lewis
30 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:30:15
You can not be serious...?
Lewis Pykett
31 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:36:23
Bolasie would be great imo!

If we can get Begovic, Williams, Mata, Bolasie and a striker (not sure who tbh) for 𧴜 mill, get 㿙 mill for Stones, keep Lukaku, we'll have a great team squad for 㿣 million extra!

That's great business and, with the likes of Deulofeu and Mirallas too, we'll score loads of goals and be tighter at the back, then next season, see how Davies, Holgate and Co are progressing and push on!

Bolasie is a game changer, guys...I've seen him play loads! Slow but exciting times. In Ron I Trust.

Colin Glassar
32 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:37:11
Keith, check out news now and have a good laugh.
Zahir Jaffer
33 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:43:49
More BS. Bolasie loves the London life too much and the Palace fans put him on the highest pedestal.
Keith Harrison
34 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:46:46
Jeez Colin. I'm depressed again now. Lukaku might stay!
Nicholas Ryan
35 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:47:50
I intend to write an extremely long newspaper article, starting with the words 'EVERTON REBUFFED ... in pursuit of ..' and followed by the names of every footballer currently playing the professional game !!
Ian Glassey
36 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:48:30
No no no, no better than what we have in fact worse. Does not score enough goals or make enough.
Keith Harrison
37 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:48:46
Coric. A deffo for me. A sneaky move for Pjanic would also be appreciated if Steve Walsh reads this.
James Stewart
38 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:51:17
Milik 㿊m
Ayew 㿀m
Embolo 㿀m
Feghouli Free
Banega Free
Gameiro 㿈m
Gaitan 㾻m
Cheryshev ٦m
Mane 㿊m
Musa 㾻m...

I could go on

Don't buy this nonsense about the market being slow, all the above are cracking pieces of business we just haven't even been at the races.

Ayew at 㿀m has scored twice as many in one season than Bolasie has in his entire EPL Career.

Michael Farrelly
39 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:52:42
I to continually check this page, BBC football and the Echo for hints on who we might have signed. Desperately disappointing progress we have made it must be said.

One thing is for sure like most of the previous seasons in memory it seems we will leave our signings to the 11th hour and in doing business this way who ever is brought in will not hit the ground running. It will anything up to 6 matches for them to be totally effective if at all!

The serious EPL clubs bring their signings in with enough time to gel with the squad when are we going to learn.

Phil Sammon
40 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:59:35
Mane at £30M is not a 'cracking piece of business'.

Well, not unless you're a Saints shareholder.

Colin Glassar
41 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:02:04
Check again in 15 seconds Keith and he will be gone, then check 15 seconds later...

You get the drift.
James Watts
42 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:02:49
Another rumour. More bullocks.
Dan Davies
43 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:03:00
Would like to be proved wrong but my gut feeling is we won't be doing anything big transfer wise until the last couple of days of the window.

As for Bolasie, it's a yes from me. Surely we will have a signing this week? It is starting to drag a bit! COYBB.

David Barks
44 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:06:12
James Stewart,

Preach. We are completely static while others are building. Business is being done, just not by us. Something is beginning to smell very fishy at Goodison.

Patrick Murphy
46 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:10:41
James (34) Moshiri handed a similar list to yours to Bill K, unfortunately things got a little confused and in the last week of July Bill returned empty handed and said I've tried to find the agents for these players and they just don't exist. Moshiri soon realised that he had given his exotic foods list to BK by mistake.

Pastel de nata

Keith Harrison
47 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:13:42
David, that's the dead Carp Hibbo has left in his locker for revenge. Like John Bonham catching mud sharks from his hotel window, and leaving them in his wardrobe on Zep tours.
David Barks
48 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:15:10
Bibimbap is delicious.
Phil Walling
49 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:15:10
I read yesterday that TV dosh was being paid this week. Can anyone confirm, please?
Helen Mallon
50 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:22:08
Just complain... I'm sick of the lies.
Colin Glassar
51 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:28:14
BK's been told to check on some Austrian guy called Apfel Strudel. Apparently a very tasty prospect.
Terence Tyler
52 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:34:09
Yes Phil, All goes in the bank tomorrow, just like my pension. Aldi will be heaving
Sam Hoare
53 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:35:35
Always looks dangerous when I see him but his goals/assists return is pretty poor. Certainly not a patch on Mirallas' who presumably he would be competing with for the LW spot.

Still think there are some suprises to come in this window. Holding out faith that in 3 weeks time we may yet have a few of Mata, Witsel, Williams, Martins Indi, Koulibaly, Bony, Slimani, Begovic, Coric. 4 from that list and i'd be pretty happy.

Anthony Jones
54 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:38:15
Let's move away from the Martinez model. We are being linked with more selfish dribblers after signing a better version of Besic.

We need dynamic central midfielders with vision. Mikel has not been replaced. Schneiderlin would do for starters. How old is Defour these days? A return for Rooney?!

Sam Hoare
55 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:41:04
On another note surely Ziyech (with 17 goals and 10 assists last season) makes more sense for £12m than Bolasie for £20m or whatever ridiculous price they charge
Paul Conway
56 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:43:40
Colin Glasser (#45),

Definitely a better option than the Bulgarian Chestycough, who spends a lot of time on the treatment table!

Scott Mongomery
57 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:46:00
I hear Walcott is unhappy at Arsenal hed be worth a punt of a few million squids surely?
Keith Harrison
58 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:50:12
Ziyech, Coric, Slimani, Bruno Indi Martins, Begovic or similar, poss Williams. Sell Romlak and Stones. A team.
James Stewart
59 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:52:33
Ziyech is a great shout. @41 Sounds highly plausible!
Peter Roberts
60 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:56:32

Quality in the middle but question his attitude which can be a bit flaky.

Helen Mallon
61 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:57:45
We won't sign anyone and will finish 12th to 15th.
Keith Harrison
62 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:02:04
Getting a bit sugary on here, Peter. Also has a tendency to Turnover.
Eugene Ruane
63 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:02:42
Just about every name we've been 'linked' to this summer (all 1,657 of them) has just made me think "meh, yeah ok..or maybe not..whatever..don't really know"

Not because there hasn't been some good players amongst them, but because I believe the thing we're missing most is a real leader and until we have him (them) it'll just be win a few, lose a few, draw a few, finish...somewhere.

The only (linked) player who has made me think 'please let that one happen' has been Williams.

As with any player coming in, there's no guarantees, but watching him (and Huth for that matter) makes me think that is what we need.

I believe two such players could drag the rest of them to greater heights. (Only said 'could'!)

Bobby Thomas
64 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:02:43
Bolasie seems a Match of the Day player to me. Can look absolutely brilliant on the highlights and can do some outrageous things, but when push comes to shove is probably inconsistent and the end product isn't always there as the stats may show.

And he does love himself.

Jay Harris
65 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:02:47
Phil (#36),

if you'd have watched him take Barcelona apart you would probably rewrite that.

I have the utmost faith in Koeman/Walsh and Moshiri but even I am beginning to think something's not right.

It could be that Stones and Lukaku situations are holding plans up but I would still have expected a few in before now.

Raymond Fox
66 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:04:51
We had/have decent players, what we want now are stars.

I thought the idea was to lash some serious money out for game changers, we will have to pay well over the odds to get them here, but what the hell if that's what it takes.

If we don't, then forget it for another season.

Colin Glassar
67 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:06:30
Just seen some morons on twitter saying Koeman and Moshiri are two con artists and Koeman will be sacked by Xmas. Over to you, Phil W.
Damian Wilde
68 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:10:22
James (34) Mane a good piece of business? Didn't he score about nine goals?
Laurie Hartley
69 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:20:09
Paul # 4 - "For every over-inflated flash-in-the pan, there is an undervalued gem waiting to be appreciated..."

Correct - Bakaray Sako

Gary Seed
70 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:29:25
I'm definitely going back the gym on Monday, or I'm definitely not drinking anymore. Those promises you make to yourself every now and again but you know deep down it ain't happening. A bit like feeling optimistic as a blue, you just know it's not gonna last.

Only at Everton can we have the optimism ripped from us in just four weeks. Same old same eh...
Lev Vellene
71 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:39:14
So, how many transfer rumours this silly-season turned out to be utter click-bait so far? How many enraged postings about Chelsea offering paltry sums for Lukaku were relevant, yet no offer has been made according to EFC?

I think I'll take a long transfer nap and see what has happened by Friday night. Or by the end of the transfer window. My blood-pressure regulating medicines ought to keep me up until I start ranting the day after the window closes! :D

Bobby Thomas
72 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:51:59
Jay #57

"It could be that Stones and Lukaku's situation is holding plans up..."

Said the same to my dad before.

Everything seems on hold until something breaks and then there will be a flurry of activity.

I can understand it up front as keeping or selling Lukaku decides what kind of strikers you get in. But our mid is crying out for some variation and verve, nothing so far in an attacking sense.

Laurie Hartley
73 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:53:48
Eugene (#55) – you have identified what has been our main shortcoming for some time now – lack of leadership on the pitch. That is the catalyst we need for progress.

Much as I appreciate Phil Jagielka's contribution to the team he strikes me as a "reluctant leader".

Williams is definitely a leader – that is why Swansea will desperately want to hang on to him. Real leaders in any field of endeavour – the sort that you would run through walls for – are a rarity. If we can't get Williams, we my well have to go overseas to find one.

Eugene Ruane
74 Posted 09/08/2016 at 01:03:24
Laurie, I could be wrong but my guess is we'll be changing nothing if we just throw money at 'good players.'

If there's no one to point them in the right direction and keep them concentrating and focused on the pitch, all just more of the same.

We've actually got some 'good players' but many of them (obviously) need leading.

In the PL I see many (good) players who sign a good deal and it's (sort of) job done.

Great money every week for 4/5 years and 'yeah of course I want to win but if we don't, I'll buy a dinner plate-sized watch to cheer myself up.'

Managers can obviously do their bit, but once on the park, much of their dancing about and red-faced screaming in the 'technical area' is wasted effort if players decide to switch off (as we did so many times last season).

With a Roy Keane in your side, it would rarely happen - any slacking and you'd be flecked with his gob as he screamed into your face (made 'a lowee' of you) in front of thousands and let you know 'pull your fucking weight or else!'

These players aren't easy to find these days and I appreciate we're not going to get a Roy Keane (although..Forest did) but I truly believe that "we need a ball-playing whoever" or "we left sided whatever" is all just more of the same.

Whoever they are, they arrive, stick the shirt on, politely tell us they're made up to be here, give us one decent performance every four games and...appear to be mute.

I'm 57 - this the quietest Everton team I've ever seen.

In fact last season, I (a paying spectator) was having to let players know there was a 'fucking man on!!' because their team-mates had all decided to become Harpo Marx (particularly Gibson, harpist - geddit?)

Maybe I'll insist they write a few TW posts for me - what with me doing their job and all.

Mumbles quietly: 'mupmfuffiehoffee.'


'Are you deaf? I said UP THE FUCKING TOFFEES!!!!'

Teddy Bertin
75 Posted 09/08/2016 at 01:16:18
I'm checking TW and the Echo 20 times a day in case something solid emerges but the reality is that in the current transfer market there's not much to be excited about.

Manchester United have just broken the world transfer record and not only have people barely raised an eyebrow but their fans aren't even that excited. Their reaction is like: "oh yeah he'll be an improvement from our World Cup winning captain that can't even get near the squad".

Strange times. Bolasie has shown some signs of having the potential to be a very effective player in this league and as a result his club rightly would want a high sum for him to leave. I still feel like 𧴜 on Benteke, Mata and Williams would significantly improve our squad and would personally prioritise that but in the current market I don't really know what we should be doing. Not an easy job for Koeman and Walsh.

Brian Porter
76 Posted 09/08/2016 at 01:17:41
Just finding all the speculation incredibly boring now. Nothing has happened to make me think anything has changed despite the management changes. Dithering, no action, everyone else and their mothers signing good players while we sit on the sidelines as they all get snapped up and if we're lucky we get a couple of makeweight squad players on deadline day.

Not impressed with either Koeman or Walsh so far. If other clubs can tie down a deal in a few days, why the hell can't we?

Derek Thomas
77 Posted 09/08/2016 at 01:29:00
Just shows how Inflation has hit the game. In the 6months since Moshiri took over, the mythical £100M has gone from getting you 3 or 4 very good players, to 3 or 4 Bolasie's.

Koeman and Walsh will have to pull some rabbits out of Moshiri's Hat... and sharpish.

Or is it true about the Stones Domino Effect thing... Maybe If we all jump up and down together, the vibrations will cause it to topple?

James Watts
78 Posted 09/08/2016 at 01:31:18
Wow Brian (72), I hit that stage about 2-3 weeks ago, surprised it's taken people so long to get the same point as me. It's been pretty pathetic all round, just like our season will be if this continues.

Unless of course we sell both Lazy-arse Lukaku and Stones and then have some money to spend, which I believe at this junction, is still our transfer policy despite the mythical £100mill we have heard all about.

Gordon Crawford
79 Posted 09/08/2016 at 01:32:07
Palace are having a laugh. Good player, worth £10 million – never £30 million. Transfer fees are just crazy right now. I am so bored with our summer transfers.
Alan J Thompson
80 Posted 09/08/2016 at 05:24:52
Let's go and offer Jose 20Mill for Mata and Schweinsteiger and if declined up it to 27Mill, the relevance of that figure both clubs should recognize.
Dave Lynch
81 Posted 09/08/2016 at 05:32:56
I honestly can't be arsed anymore.

Season after season we are left in the fucking lurch by the club, I have lost all enthusiasm for all things footy.

Prediction for the coming season. 11th and 2 twattings of the other lot... Hey ho, where's me bottle of emergency Scotch, I need a strong snifter.

Gareth Clark
82 Posted 09/08/2016 at 08:37:49
He is big and strong, skillful as fuck and fast as lightning too! Plus he is at the right age, and I think Koeman would get a lot out of him.

We have Deulofeu, Mirallas and Tarashaj - but Bolasie would add that something different.

I think he would be a very good buy! But nothing over £20 mil for me.

Steve Brown
83 Posted 09/08/2016 at 08:55:29
Eugene @70, spot on. That is why we need Ashley Williams but don't need Axel Witsel. Great teams have leaders through the spine of their team who demand performances from their team-mates - Southall, Ratcliffe, Reid, Grey.

I know that football had changed, but where are the big voices on the pitch and in the dressing room? Even Gareth Barry and Jags are quiet players, in fact only Mo Besic has an edge and he is always injured.

Steve Brown
84 Posted 09/08/2016 at 08:59:30
And to be honest, I'd rather be cautious in the transfer market than squander £100ms on Lovren, Lallana, Henderson, Allen, Mane, Ballotelli, Benteke, Wijnaldum, Can, Moreno... honestly I could go on all day with this list of shite.
Steve Jones
85 Posted 09/08/2016 at 09:12:59
Have they shut the transfer window 2nd week of August this time round???. If not what the fk are you lot bleating about???.

We've brought in a keeper better than those we had and a defensive midfielder who really looks like a find and we've spent, in relative terms, the square root of fk all.

The players we want are ones that are always going to have other offers. Without an elite pedigree we're going to be an interesting prospect, but, one that is easy to overlook if a Champs League or glory side comes in. These players we want have money already so huge wedges offered aren't always going to do the trick at least until other options have been shown lacking.

We'll get our targets, the ones that haven't taken other options, last minute deadline day or a little bit before. Thats going to be the way of things until we've raised our profile how hard is that to understand???.

Dave Pritchard
87 Posted 09/08/2016 at 09:19:33
Steve @81. No need to be so abrasive towards those who are concerned about lack of transfer activity. It is all a matter of opinion after all. Mine is that I am concerned and just hope your view is right that it will all be good by the end of August.
Mark Murphy
88 Posted 09/08/2016 at 09:31:57
What Steve Brown said!
I'm not at all concerned. I still think we'll get quality in but at the same time I think its a good sign that Koeman is not rushing about making wholesale changes to a squad that he is still getting to know. As it stands, apart from losing Besic and, ahem, Tim Howard, we are no worse off than this time last year and if Ron is the manager we think he is we are actually better off.
He is hopefully assessing the squad and the available additions with a long term view to making us challengers. Rome was not built in a day and its not as if any of us expected instant results, ie winning the league or CL qualification, in his first season did we??
I'm patient and quietly confident and very excited to be a blue right now! I just wish I still lived in the area so I could see the re-emergence of a great club.
Eugene Ruane
89 Posted 09/08/2016 at 09:37:06
Steve (79) I read this earlier, the intro from a (new?) book called 'Here We Go', all about our 1980s side.

I understand 'the game' has changed a fair bit in 30 years, but as Peter Reid says in that intro..

“People talk about Leicester City's 2015/16 Premier League-winning team and the camaraderie they have, and that's what we had at Everton. Besides being a good, well-balanced side, there was a great team spirit. People were mates, they got on and that showed on the pitch. We all worked for each other. If anyone was in any trouble on the pitch, we helped each other out. If anything summed up the determination we had in the side it was Andy Gray in a game at Southampton in 1985. We were leading 2–1 but were under the cosh and they had a corner. Andy was marking their centre-half, Kevin Bond, but as the ball came in, I could see that he'd lost him. Instead, Andy jumped up and headed the back of Bond's head and the ball went into the stand. That was our centre-forward defending and that's what wins you matches, on top of good football. It was Howard Kendall who fostered the spirit in the team and throughout the football club."

Of course we need good players, but without a bit of what Reid is talking about (that spirit and leadership which can be the difference between a win and a draw or a draw and a defeat) I don't envisage any great changes in what we'll be seeing this season.

(hope I'm wrong like)

Sam Hoare
90 Posted 09/08/2016 at 16:48:08
㿅m bid accepted in some rags. Not sure what I think if that's true. Inconsistent player.
Stephen Coles
91 Posted 09/08/2016 at 17:10:03
Surely for 㿅m there is better out there? From what I remember from seeing him play is he looked unpredictable, and often tricked himself, as well as others!
Charles Brewer
92 Posted 09/08/2016 at 17:28:22
The mood of this list really isn't very positive, which makes a lot of sense.

We haven't made any progress since the end last season, it would seem. The players with talent are playing the same game as under Martinez, and the troublemakers are still around.

They say that when you take over a company, team or government, you've got 100 days when you a) can do anything you want but b) you set the stage for the future. After 100 days, you are part of the furniture and whatever is in place, stays.

I'm worried that we haven't seen Lukaku shipped out at just about any price, the semi final last year was the very worst display I have ever seen from a footballer, and he causes trouble and dissention too. When he arrived I though he was an intelligent, well-balanced man who could knock a few goals in, just the short of early-maturing character who would blossom in the relatively open and creative environment Martinez seems to be creating. Unfortunately, he's just another "entitled", unselfmotivated mercenary whose head has been turned by his father and agent (he was absolutely crap for Belgium, too).

Stones is, for me, less of a problem. While I think he would be happy to go to Man City, I doubt if he actually is the source of dissension within the dressing room, he doesn't come across that way. He'll probably go, but his disappearance won't be the casue of major change either way.

Koeman needs to do an Alex Ferguson at Goodison, get everyone motivated and concerned, in other words, to reverse entirely the direction and ethos of the last two seasons.

Alan Ross
93 Posted 09/08/2016 at 17:41:33
According to, Crystal Palace have just accepted a bid of 㿅m. Not sure of the validity. Seems a hell of a jump in value if true.
Kevin Rowlands
94 Posted 09/08/2016 at 17:52:31
Now 1/8 with Skybet, looks like this is going down.

Btw Juan Mata still 2/1 to join us, fill yer boots lads, taps nose!

Colin Williams
95 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:10:59
What the feck! God help us!!
Michael Lynch
96 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:11:14
Club has announced this one as a done deal.
Mark Morrissey
97 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:20:36
Cool, he's a top player and manages to enjoy his football with a smile whilst bullying defenders. An assassin of a player. Be great to get him.
Iain Latchford
98 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:20:45
It's on Sky Sports News now. Fee agreed that could rise to £30m.
Mark Murphy
99 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:21:27
The mood on this list is NEVER positive, Charles!

Sometimes I despair – it's like Neil out of the young ones having a party with Victor Meldrew and Marvin the Paranoid Android!

Ian McDowell
100 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:22:55
Looks like we have agreed a fee...
David Barks
101 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:30:47
Always seemed to be a dangerous player to me. Wouldn't be upset with this signing at all. I don't care about the amount paid.
Seamus McCrudden
102 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:41:23
Get in there!
Paul Tran
103 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:43:28
Fast, strong, bit of an edge. Better than what we have and still young enough to develop under a decent manager.
David Price
104 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:43:40
Deal done. Good player, good signing.
Alexander O'Brien
105 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:44:21
You miserable lot. Who cares how much he cost - this lads a threat on either wing. I'm excited by this - pace, strength and direct and isn't fazed by intimidating defenders ie Mirallas and Del Boy!
Eric Holland
106 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:45:26
David agreed! why all the fuss about how much we have paid?
Silly money time in the Prem at the moment.
Eric Holland
107 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:47:13
Should link up with Baines really well.
Sam Hoare
108 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:48:04
£30m for Bolasie makes us something of a laughing stock I'm afraid. Swansea fans are gutted to see Williams leave, Sunderland fans say anything under £20m would be a bargain for Kone. Crystal Palace fans cannot believe their luck!!

Hope I'm wrong but he seems a Mirallas clone who has one good game every 5. For that money we might have got Perisic...

Dave Hall
109 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:48:27
A danger man on the left side has been a gaping hole in our side for 2 years. Bolasie definitely fits the bill, get him in. Pace, power, aggression, intimidation-- get him in, to hell with the money-- we have it.
Paul Hay
110 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:50:14
He is able to use both feet so gives extra flexibility but I am not sure he's worth much more than the alleged offer.
Mates here in London who follow Palace have mixed opinions about him - generally seen as a bit of a flash git and none expressed disquiet at the thought of him moving which says something.
Glad the Stones saga finally over. Appreciate the concerns here on TW - particularly about what appears as inactivity on our part in the purchase department but there's time yet. Sure that Mr Koeman is monitoring astutely.

Keep the faith.

Col Walker
111 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:51:06
I agree with last few posts, I'm positive for The Yan! Proper direct powerhouse.

We need to get our heads around the fact that we have to buy our way into the top gambling table; we can worry about value later — that's if we ever should anyway in this particular mad business of EPL. COYB

Andrew McGreavy
112 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:52:25
Niasse to palace as part of the deal, bring it on, what a bargain !!
Conor Skelly
113 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:55:02
A certain Mr H. Matthews would approve of this signing. R.I.P.

A player who will unnerve and drag defenders all over the place. Powerful and direct. End product would be a concern but when playing Palace I will be happy he's on our side and not on theirs. Not done yet but will be a good addition in my opinion if indeed it does happen.

Hopefully we can land that lad from Twente, too. A class act by all accounts in the mold of Mahrez.

Andrew McGreavy
114 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:58:04

There top whisper is Mauro Boselli to Everton

Joey Brown
115 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:59:36
I hope I'm wrong, but that seems an absurd amount for Bolasie. But for now in Walsh we trust I suppose.
Trevor Lynes
116 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:00:06
If Bolasie is landed then I will be delighted. He absolutely destroyed us and other sides. Just talk to Coleman!!!

This lad has great pace and is very strong and tricky. Koeman will use him to advantage if we get him!!!

I just cannot believe anything anymore!

Craig Walker
117 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:02:51
He can be a good player for us. Saw him applauded off at Anfield not too long ago. He's ripped us apart a few times. Too much money for sure but we can't keep trying to lodge bids way below what clubs will accept.
Col Walker
118 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:03:13
Sam 108, is that the same Mirallas who is unsettled and wants to leave? Plus why cant we still get Kone? If he's the biz then maybe Jags can go but is that necessary? Cant blame Moyesy for trying...
Jamie Barlow
119 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:04:44
Who cares how much we paid for him? We've just got 㿞 million for Stones. Football has gone fuckin mad!
Amit Vithlani
120 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:06:45
Saddened by the madness of the transfer fees this yearn general, but this appears to be par for the course. Koeman, Walsh, Gueye, Williams, Kone, Bolasie - all key performers for their respective clubs.

We have stepped up to plate, paid the market rate and got what we want.

No messing about. I hope the 3 deals complete. The outlay is eye watering, but this is a summer of big transition and we need good solid PL performers.

Bolasie, Williams, Kone all fit that category.

Colin Glassar
121 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:10:09
This is mental. 6 goals in about 90 games? Phenomenal.
Tim Locke
122 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:12:10
Done deal then
Hugh Jenkins
123 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:12:42
Colin - (51). I understand we are also in the market for two Italian backs - Lumbago and Sciatica. Regrettably, they are bad backs.
Tom Bowers
124 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:12:55
I was worried about Everton's offence capabilities for this season but the Bolassie signing makes me feel a lot better. This lad could do a lot to free up space for Rom and others.
It could lead to departures by other players who may not see the action they were expecting before this signing.
Williams is a great buy for the short term given his age but he is still a top performer as seen in the Euros for Wales.
Phil Davies
125 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:13:44
Bolasie, Williams, Kone, Gueye all scream unimaginative signings, I thought Walsh was brought in to find lower priced, high potential players instead it seems we've looked at the premiership and said we'll take whoever was the best for the nearly relegated. (or in Gueye's case, relegated)
Eddie Dunn
126 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:17:13
What's money anyway? Bolasie and Williams! I am starting to get interested in the new season.
Stephen Coles
127 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:17:15
They are also saying that Niasse is going to palace on loan haha!
Paul Tran
128 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:17:55
I'll let you decide if they're unimaginative, Phil. I'd say that they're all more use to us right now than the players they'll replace. Isn't that the point of transfers?

And here's me thinking I'd see some happiness on here now that we're buying players!

Willliam Bruce
129 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:18:58
Just Googled a pic, he wears black boots just like Gueye.

Get him signed.

Mark Frere
130 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:21:14
Oh FFS! This lad is notoriously inconsistent. Hope this isn't true. He can look like world beater on his day... but that day doesn't happen anywhere near frequently enough! For 㿊 million I would expect someone like Perisic. Let's shop abroad where the market isn't so inflated.
Amit Vithlani
131 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:27:09
16 chances created, 13 assists and 9 goals in 89 EPL appearances according to the EPL website.

A contribution every 2.3 games. His record is inferior to Mirallas (1.9) so it begs the question what Mirallas is worth!

That said, transfer fees have simply gone mad this summer, and we need someone who can play on the left.

Mirallas, Deulofeu and Lennon have not excelled on the left, so as with Williams and Kone, we are shoring up a hole, albeit expensively.

David Israel
132 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:32:22
Colin # 19, if TW arrange a competition for the best quip of the silly/close-season, yours will be up there with the favourites! :-)
Mike Green
133 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:34:05
Potential - having the capacity to develop into something in the future.

We need to get into the here and now - quick. Williams and the like will help us do that, no more messing about, lets get moving Everton.

Peter McHugh
134 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:37:52
Think he's ace
Bobby Thomas
135 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:38:59
In an era where the fee basically means nothing it does look a bit steep, especially with the stats for goals and assists.

He can be a right dangerous bastard though.

Franny Porter
136 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:47:00
Why is everyone bleating about the price?

You're not playing Football Manager.

It's not your money.

Trust the manager and the chairman.

Mark Frere
137 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:49:56
I'm actually fuming over this. We get a new director of football (Walsh) and this is what Koeman and him come up with!.. Bang average Bolassie! You know what, Pogba's record transfer to Man Utd is starting to look like a right bargain!
Karl Jones
138 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:50:09
Another winger similar but inferior to Mirallas. Cant understand this at all. Why not go for Yarmalenko for a similar amount. He'd give us something different to what we already have.
Clive Rogers
139 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:56:31
Franny 136,
I'll trust the manager and the owner. Our buffoon of a chairman almost destroyed Everton.
Clive Rogers
140 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:58:25
Karl, 138,
Yarmolenko was dreadful at the euros. He has missed the boat, nobody wants him.
Ray Jacques
141 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:59:19
Koeman has assessed what he has to work with in pre season and now he knows where he needs to strengthen and who he wants to fit in with the existing players that he wants to use.
Williams and hopefully Kone will provide a solid backline and give some vocality and leadership on the pitch as well as a much needed physical presence. An issue last season

Bollasie will provide strength, energy and pace with a direct route so that it doesnt take 20 minutes for us to go from one end of the pitch to the other. Again a problem last year.

We now need some finesse and trickery that juan mata could provide. the forward line will depend upon what happens with Lukaku so thats up in the air at the moment

Mike Green
142 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:01:20
Also - we've been linked with God knows how many players form all over and if this comes off whats Koeman bought - 3 Premiership players. Don't look too far from home...
Ian Bennett
143 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:02:07
I hope he does the business.

He usually murders us, but I have to say he's not my choice of player. As others have pointed out, we might have the money, but no one wants to come. Perisic,
Ayew, Draxler are miles ahead of him.

James Marshall
144 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:06:40
Moan Moan Moan. We need options, and we're going to to have options. I'm happy with everything the manager is doing at the moment.
Paul Tran
145 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:07:53
Yarmolenko looked awful in the Euros, Mirallas has had more lives than a cat on his tenth one, Deufelou is talented but lightweight. That's why he's gone for Bolassie.

Pace, strength, attitude. He's providing something we're lacking.

Ian Riley
146 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:08:55
What's the problem? Sterling was bought for £50 million!
Chris James
147 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:10:42
Interesting player with pace and power. Anything over £20M is overpriced though, even in this market and to be honest we're not lacking in ephemeral wingers - competition up front and someone to sit behind to challenge Barkley is what we need.
Andrew Wayne
148 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:13:39
Seems to me that we are adding a bit more steel. Williams, Bolasie and Gueye all carry that bit of extra bite about them and will influence the mentality of the team which has been clearly fragile. Kone (2) seems to be in a similar mould if he can be brought aboard.

After two seasons of lightweight dross under Martinez I am happy to see what Koeman is building. The mid-80s team under Kendall were not only good they had a balance, were no pushovers and a good team spirit as has been said. I would make Williams captain, Jags is too nice.

Chris Corn
149 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:14:26
I'll reserve judgement until this happens as I started this day having thought we'd been sold down the river by the board again. I'm still to be convinced.

It's a lot of money, but everyone we buy will be seen as too much purely because it's us paying it. No one bats an eyelid when Utd and Chelsea go back and want to buy players for mega money who not so long ago they couldn't wait to be rid of.

What today shows is that the current market is a joke. Ive kept hearing since the PL began that it will implode but it just keeps getting worse.

Christopher Wallace
150 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:21:54
The way I look at it:

Bolasie should win us a lot more points than Stones did last year.

I know they are different positions and its a team game, etc. however, Bolasie has a knack of making things happen out of nothing, in tight games. He also seems to raise his game against the big teams.

Stones quite clearly cost us quite a few points last year. Perhaps not the world class star we were looking for, but nobody was describing Kante or Mahrez as world class a year ago - they are now, and for good reason!

Stewart Lowe
151 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:22:59
If we end up with Idrissa Gana, Bolasie and Kone that would be 3 players we would lose for a month each year due to African cup of nations.
Mike Allison
152 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:25:09
True Stewart, and the next rumour is Zayech, a Morroccan.

We'll have two months of the youngsters getting some game time at least.

James Morgan
153 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:30:07
Jesus the negativity on here is unreal. Has anyone stopped to think that the likes of Perisic and Draxler don't want to come to us? A proven PL player who can be devastating on his day and improves our wide positions.

Who cares he costs 㿊m? We've got a rich owner and big bucks from the TV deal, I can understand if we paid this and we were on a tight budget but FFS! We aren't in the market for world class talents so PL talent will have to do.

Steven Kendrew
154 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:30:46
Bolasie has steadily improved over the last two years from headless winger to a smarter, more dangerous player and could well turn into a great player. The price is the price but I think its worth a gamble. If he bangs in ten goals this season, we are quids-in!

However, the question I would have asked myself as a Manager is why do Palace want to let him go?

Mike Green
155 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:35:15
Steven (#154) – £30 million reasons.
Neil Pickering
156 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:35:55
Bolasie equals speedboat with no driver.
Guy Hastings
157 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:43:16
I stand by my earlier Mary Berry post – the world's gone fucking mad. Bolassie is good, occasionally great, on his day and maybe RK thinks he can get more out of him than previous/current Palace managers but 㿅mill is just barmy.

Then again, I'm laughing at Man Utd lashing out close on 𧴜mill on Pogba. Maybe we've got a bargain in that context. Or maybe the whole PL monster has got so out of control that I don't actually give a flying fuck about football anymore.

Danny Halsall
158 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:44:57
I think £30 million is extortionate, but that is the nature of the window, if we want to take any teams best players we need to pay the price.

I'm not sure on him tbh, but I do think he is something different to what we have at the moment. He looks naturally fit and quick, with a bit of flair. His goal scoring record is a concern, but I would be more interested in how many assists and chances created he has to his name.

At the end of the day it seems like we are starting to shape our squad, so we have to be happy with that.

Alan Bodell
159 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:50:37
Neil, that doesn't bode well for a partnership with Lukaku, a tugboat with no engine guess we're fucked.
Frank Crewe
160 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:51:48
"The price is high". Of course it is. The price for any player, good, bad, or average is high these days.

Is Bolasie worth it? Probably not. Then again is Stones worth £50 million, Rom £75 million, Pogba £100 million?

If we want to buy the players we need then we have to pay through the nose for them just like everyone else. Unless anyone thinks Everton shouldn't buy any players as a protest against overpricing and wait until transfer fees come down. Which won't happen in my lifetime.

John Pierce
161 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:52:01
We are buying another in the long line of Nevin, Beagrie, Preki, Warzchya, Radzinski, Mirallas, Lennon, McGeady, Geri...this list is endless of sublime to the ridiculous wingers. Their end product is erratic at best.

Part genius, part school boy – that's what you get.

Only decent wingers through the hallowed Goodison gates in the last 30-odd years... Steven, Sheedy, Kanchelskis. All delivered goals, assists and set pieces

Guy Hastings
162 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:54:04
And we still don't have a goalkeeper, unless the new (old) lad can still hack it
Christopher Wallace
163 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:56:36
John 161

Supply and demand. You could easily count on 2 hands the number of wingers in the entire world that are consistently good/great every game.

Richard Reeves
164 Posted 09/08/2016 at 20:59:13
The price is ridiculous but the Stones money has brought in three players with that steel and aggression the manager says we need in Gueye, Williams and Bolasie (if the later two sign). And if Bolasie has always been the manager's main target, then that's good enough for me.

Koeman should still have 𧴜 mill to spend and, seeing as he had four strikers at Southampton, I'm hoping he will spend big on a proven goalscorer.

Benny Snow
165 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:04:05
I take it all the haters saying he is too inconsistent and he's not worth the money, have you watched every minute he has played for Palace?

Give these guys a chance, eh... moan about no signings, we bid and then you moan he isn't good enough or it's too much money.

Everyone moaning about Gueye and how bad he is, Aston Villa got relegated etc... then first game for us and he was the best player on the pitch last week!

Williams is a great signing; bringing in Kone #2 is a nice defensive recruitment; Bolasie gives us something in attack and on the left — mega bonus. Fingers crossed that Mata has had enough at Man Utd and he comes too.

However, we do still need at least two decent strikers...

Gerry Western
166 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:07:22
Great signing in my opinion hopefully to be joined by a few more. We will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming season, may well be a slow start but I think Koeman will get us playing winning football once again more optimistic than I have been for years.
Mark Griffiths
167 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:10:36
Not overly impressed with this. Maybe for £12-15m but from what I have seen from him, it's all flashes of skill to beat a man where you think wow then loses the ball or goes down a blind alley – we already have one or two like that.
Mike T Jones
168 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:12:47
It's not your money so stop fretting
Paul Kennedy
169 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:13:16
Okay, so the new season starts in 4 days, we are being touted with everyone and his dog. The vast amount of fans are venting anger at no real names appearing on the books yet. I find it refreshing that we are not being bullied and rushed into bad decisions that will come back to haunt the club, manager and owner.

We should not be happy to accept the cast-offs of other clubs wanting to cherry pick our "talent". If we can get the cash sums being spoken of for our unsettled players, then take it.

We also need to rid ourselves of dead wood. I know we will be leaving the squad short of experience but better that than putting no-hopers out to play.

Have faith... trust in our new manager and board, and keep breath your held for positive signings which will improve the club.

Raymond Fox
170 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:14:07
A good buy for me, who cares what he costs.
Mark Murphy
171 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:15:24
I'm fecking delighted! Some people on here need to get a grip!

Players who are good enough already for the Champions League won't come to Everton yet! Players who can get us to Champions League level with a good manager will – for a price!

Watching the threads on here during the transfer window is like reading the live feedback during matches – depressing and spirit-sapping! You think Bolasie, Mata and Williams are uninspiring?? You should have been around when we were replacing Champions with Rod Belfitt, Joe Harper and Mike Clements!!

Fran Mitchell
172 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:18:30
The Lukaku naysayers have got their perfect man here.

When people point to stats to justify Lukaku's quality, they say 'stats mean fuck all'.

Well, Bolasie has shit stats. Fuck all goals. Fuck all assists. Must mean everything else he does is fantastic.

I despair. We've turned into Spurs/Newcastle, circa 2000. Over-priced, over-aged, not quite top quality players, but who have a bit of media rep being signed, while the real quality gets sold to pay for it all.

Eddie Dunn
173 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:24:01
Christopher 163, How true, so many of these wingers infuriate as much as they excite. I remember watching John Chiedozie when I was student in Nottingham, one week he would beat 5 men and then put a cross in Row Z and another he would beat the same guy three times and put it in Row K. Awful end product.

The new breed of wingbacks seem marginally better - probably because they have more to their game than just wing play.

Mirallas and Geri are typically suffering from the curse of the winger. This is one reason why our large striker is so out of form. He is so dependent on service from others, that (like a minor Royal) , he is lost on his own.

I hope that Yanick can change our fortunes.

Jamie Crowley
174 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:24:19
Conor at 113 -

Hear! Hear!

God we could use some Harold analysis right about now. RIP indeed. Missed.

I agree with you as well. I think Mr. Matthews would have thumbed up this one.

Clive Lewis
175 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:30:27
Read on the palace site that they suggested Montero as a replacement, did we miss something? Bolasie is powerful but a bit leggy lacking in technical ball control, all looks a bit clumsy, not very good at shooting, crossing. But he is powerful and strong and can dribble, a bit like Yaya Toure, getting a whiff of panic buying and instant success, maybe Moshiri putting on the pressure.

Does not seem like a Walsh signing more Koeman. It's a bit of a gamble to improve us and an expensive one.

Fran Mitchell
176 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:33:00
Also. Stones gone for 㿛.5M of which we keep about 㿔M. Bolasie in for 㿊M and Williams 㾸M.

So 㿖M, ie, All the Stones cash and more, gone for what? A 32-year-old with one maybe 2 seasons of quality, and an erratic winger with no end product, 27 years of age so unlikely to improve and value only going to fall.

Stones on the other hand will be worth 㿨/70 million in 3 years (stop comparing to Rodwell – he was a crock and we sold cheap because he was a crock).

May stick a few bob on Koeman to get the sack. My confidence has sunk.

Clive Lewis
177 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:36:46
Seems it is a Walsh signing

Christopher Wallace
178 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:44:45
Yeah Eddie. Hazard was considered elite a year ago and amongst the best players in the world, then proceeded to be gash all season!

Bolasie is a proper winger, in the sense that he hugs the touch line and likes to get one on one with the full back. We could do with a player who can stretch defences, thus allowing more room for players breaking from midfield, as well as winger on opposite side.

A more direct approach under Koeman will surely benefit Bolasie, Del Boy, Mirallas, etc. the slow build up under Bob allowed defence and midfielders to get set in defensive positions and snuff out any room for our attackers.

Benny Snow
179 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:44:45
Fran, face the facts: Stones wanted to leave. We didn't put him on the market. If a player wants to go, you have to let him go. 㿛½ mil for Stones is good money, he is not a world class defender.

Jags and Williams will boss the back line.

James Marshall
180 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:45:39
About a year ago, pretty much everyone on here wanted us to buy Bolasie after he tore us apart a couple of times – now we're buying him and some people moan – and moan about the money. It's not your money, so who cares?

Damian Wilde
181 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:46:35
His stats from last season are poor, something like seven goals and three assists. We've been done, big style. Madness!
Paul Holmes
182 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:54:40
They are great signings. Did people on this site not watch Everton last season, with Stones and Lukaku also playing regularly! We were awful to watch: no fight, no leadership, 3 or 4 goals going in left right and centre... Remember the derby at Anfield? It was a disgrace and left a bitter taste in my mouth about my team for ages afterwards.

Koeman knows what he is doing, look at his playing career, exactly! He knows a lot of our players are rubbish but it will take him time to turn it around. Without Lukaku's goals last season, Everton would be playing in the Championship – remember that before you slate his signings who have not even put on a blue shirt yet; you may be pleasantly surprised!

Kevin Day
183 Posted 09/08/2016 at 21:58:14
Just sitting here thinking

I wonder how much Kanchelskis would be worth in today's market.

Soren Moyer
184 Posted 09/08/2016 at 22:10:05
I'm all in for Bolasie BUT not for 30mil!!!
Eugene Ruane
185 Posted 09/08/2016 at 22:10:19
Fran (176) - Having read those opinions, could you let me know who you think will win the US presidential race?

Given your 'decision making' (a unique process of guesswork based on stuff you've invented... followed by more guesswork) I'll stick 500 nicker on the candidate you don't choose.

Dave Bowen
186 Posted 09/08/2016 at 22:21:58
Mark@ #137. Did you see Pogba in the Euro 2016 final? Absolute dog shite. Unfortunately the phrase 'on his day' was invented for Bolassie, but if we sign him, it'll stop him tearing Seamus a new one twice a season.

Overpriced? Definitely, but what proven PL regular isn't these days?

Jack Convery
187 Posted 09/08/2016 at 22:28:53
I have not read all the above so if someone has made this point already, I apologise.

If Niasse goes on loan then EFC please don't bar him from playing against us - that's two games against 10 men.

Mike T Jones
188 Posted 09/08/2016 at 22:33:41
Generally I find ToffeeWeb really negative, God help us if we had only won the one trophy in the past 28 years.
Malcolm Stout
189 Posted 09/08/2016 at 22:34:37
I think big signings are a long way off. With our current standing, even with the money in hand, we'll struggle to get the players before the London clubs, etc. We need a few seasons of performing under RK and a few nuggets unearthed by Walshy and then our attractiveness rises. We have to trust/rely on RK to buy to build a team, world class superstars are a way off for some time
Craig Mills
190 Posted 09/08/2016 at 22:37:02
I laughed my arse off when the RS spent £34m on Mane, Bolasie isn't half the player he is and we are looking to shell £30 fucking million on him – get a grip Blues and move on, 4 goals in 79 games and 3 came in 1 match!! What the fuck do we want with ANOTHER inconsistent, headless winger for – for god sake buy some QUALITY !!!!!
Kieran Kinsella
191 Posted 09/08/2016 at 22:46:32
We went looking for a Ferrari and came home with a Cortina with brown trim and furry dice.
Mick Davies
192 Posted 09/08/2016 at 22:46:46
Mark @ 171, his name was Dave Clements and he was a very good player
Kieran Kinsella
193 Posted 09/08/2016 at 22:54:29
I'm fearing a Royston Drenthe, would accept a Regi Blinker but hoping for better
Brian Williams
194 Posted 09/08/2016 at 22:59:14
I think some on here are forgetting that to anyone not connected emotionally with our club we are are merely seen as a mid table team who last won a trophy over 20 years ago. It will take time for us to be able to attract top players, if it happens at all.

Those who thought Mr Moshiri's millions would instantly turn us into a club that the very top players would rush to sign for are seriously deluded.

John Daley
195 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:00:13
Bolasie is another player, like Sunderland's Kone, who has looked great against us but whom I've not seen enough of to offer an opinion one way or the other.

Maybe this story about him shitting all over Stevie La's sentimental send off might make some feel a little bit better about things:


The 'Maximus Decimus Meridious' move of slowly sweeping his hand through the grass before making a red shite look a right dick scores him some points in my book. Alan Pardew being not that far off the mark when it comes to his market value kind of sticks in my craw though. Normally any words out of his mouth would be followed by the question "What's he been smoking?" (and the subsequent answer "His own cock").

Tony Draper
196 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:01:03
Kieran @191.
Just go bloody steady there mate !

My first car was MK III Cortina, Olympic Blue.
No woolyback dice.
No "two-tone" vinyl roof.

OK, no brakes.
No tread on the tryes (ffs "slicks are faster" right ?).
Some old/recent footie echoes shoved into holes in the wings, bodyfiller and Haynes "touch up".

So many "Aways" . . .
Best £130 I'll EVER spend !

Mark Pringle
197 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:03:56
We can't always sell for top dollar, a la Stones, and always buy cheap! The mentality of the club is changing. If Walsh and Koeman have identified players then Moshiri is willing to back them by the looks of it! Forget the fees they are irrelevant, although I don't believe Bolasie will cost 㿊m, it'll be 㿅m max.

As for the dreary 'same old Everton' quotes and 'so much for 𧴜m', watch this space. By Thursday we will have spent 㿫.5m (Stekelenburg ٟm, Gueye ٥.5m, Williams 㾸m, Bolasie 㿅m, Kone 㾾m) – 㿔m for stones (after Barnsleys cut) = 㿃.5m outlay with 1 sold and 5 in. I'm delighted with that as we badly needed some pace and steel added.

As good a prospect as Stones was he didn't want to be here and iv never seen 'potential' win points or a trophy. Who cares what his future value may or may not be and whether he captains england (if he ever gets a game 1st), I only care that Everton win matches and trophies and with these buys and more to come we have a better chance of doing that!

Watch this space for Mata or Ziyech, a striker (would love Mario Gomez) and a Gk! IRWT!!
Mark Murphy
198 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:06:23
My apologies I was dithering between Mike Bernard and Dave Clements. I've also got early stage Alzheimer's so the names are beginning to blur – like that Olly Varadi bloke and Barry Derracott! With all due respect to Dave Clements he was fuck all compared to the holy trinity he followed! Very good? Hmmm, not in my opinion!

But anyway, Koeman is bringing in players at last . He knows what he is doing. People on here moan when he signs no-one then moan when he does cos we've not signed Pogba or 5 no marks that the shite have signed!

I'm excited for our future but some on here want it next week!

Les Martin
199 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:08:15
Very fast and skilful, left footer, part of Ronnies jigsaw no doubt and a few pieces still too be found
Tony Draper
200 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:11:29
Christopher @178.
FFS mate. I really did have to read your opening words very carefully. First glance, seemed like you were involving Palace famous supporter and lipstickist.

FFS, I was preparing meself for .

So, "Death By Tray It Shall Be !".

Anthony Jones
201 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:17:42
It could be a masterstroke. Or we could become the new Tottenham. We'll see.
Kieran Kinsella
202 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:25:36

We had the two-tone roof.

John Malone
203 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:31:04
The only worry with Bolasie for me is his unpredictability!

He is definitely an attacking asset especially when playing counter attack away from home but it's his unpredictable skills and step over's which sometimes remind's me of McGeady that worry me!

I have faith in Koeman's judgement he made Long who was a bit of a headless chicken into a better player so I'm hoping he can do the same with someone who can destroy teams on his own!

John Francis
204 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:42:14
Wasnt it Dave Clement? no s on the end?
Gordon Crawford
205 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:52:28
Please don't sign him for this much. He isn't worth it. I am starting to feel like we are buying just for the sake of it.
Mark Boulle
206 Posted 09/08/2016 at 23:58:17
Tony (#200), the death star canteen sketch is one of the funniest things ever written. I must have watched it on a hundred occasions but still it cracks me up every time!

So thank you for finding a way to link this Everton transfer thread to it. Brightens up an otherwise incomprehensible and slightly depressing day. Ashley Williams, okay fine, solves an immediate pressing concern, but Bolassie for £30m, if it happens, has a hell of a long way to go to convince me...

Brian Wilkinson
207 Posted 10/08/2016 at 00:34:58
Palace wanted 㿊 million, but accepted 㿅 million and Niasse on loan, Walsh must have pissed his pants on that offer.
Fran Mitchell
208 Posted 10/08/2016 at 01:07:39
I am underwhelmed by this player, should it go through. To me seem much like the type of player Liverpool would waste money on in previous seasons, but I'll try to get out of my negative slump.

Koeman want us to play a high pressing, aggressive style. This I like vey much, but it is tough going. Look at Klopps teams. They get knackered, but they are also successful (damn that the redshite got him, he is a beast of a manager).

Koeman appears to want a similar style.

I wonder what the formation will be for his version of this, maybe 3 central defenders (a la Italy vs Spain) or the 4-2-1-2-1 that has become most popular in recent years.

So where does Bolasi fit? Maybe Koeman sees the need of two wide men, mom stop running that stretch the opposition. His final ball needs working on, but maybe it is a case of Going for what's available or Koeman believes he can get more, or even final ball is less important. What is important maybe the stretching, the running and thus creating space for Barkley and Lukaku (should he stay) and Deulofeu and co to take advantage.

I hope so. Because taken from what I know, he underwhelms me but maybe Koeman knows his onions. I hope so.

Alex Jones
209 Posted 10/08/2016 at 02:19:53
Frankly I'm embarrassed to be an Evertonian today.

Stones out, Bolasie and Williams in. Class out, mediocrity in.

Wtf are we trying to achieve with these average known quantities?

Plus to posters saying it's not your money why do you care, I agree completely. The issue is signing Bolasie for that money now means we won't sign any other wingers. That's what annoys me, not that we have him who always plays well in Liverpool seemingly, but the opportunity cost of signing him over someone like ziyech.

Nathan Rooney
210 Posted 10/08/2016 at 02:39:36
Jesus, it seems we are never happy.

It's the market unfortunately, so we pay what we need to pay, as Man City have had to do for Stones.

This fella ripped the shit out of us and left the pitch as mom in at least three games I can recall, plus he has done numbers on a few other teams.

He may be inconsistent (show me a player who ain't), but if I had that prick Pardew spouting his bollocks from the touchline and during training, I think I might go missing now and again!

Let's give Ronnie and Walsh (plus any signings they may make) a feckin chance eh?!

It's not like we're signing Alcaraz and Kone (A) from Wigan, is it?

Benny Snow
211 Posted 10/08/2016 at 02:43:06
@ Alex 209 Replacing Stones with Williams, Kone and cash gets my vote all day long.

Great to see new signings coming in, fresh blood and experienced blood.

Let Walsh and Ron work their magic. 10 games in, then we can judge.

John Pierce
212 Posted 10/08/2016 at 02:52:05
Koeman definitely looking to bring in physically better players. This counts for a lot when we don't have the ball. This overwhelmingly is the weakest part of our game.

Players touted as incoming need to be given a chance but not over 5 years and all that crap. I'm afraid with the big money comes the need for tangible progress.

Should koeman not deliver European football, he will be lucky to keep his job.

Patience is thin, good players more so. Therefore the onus is on the coach to earn his money, and to date the best signing we have made is Koeman himself.

A relatively benign first 10 games needs to yield good results. Cut the draws out, I would rather 5 wins & 5 losses rather than throw in 3/4 draws. Our record in the last decade is littered with too many draws.

Psyche needs to change to win games end of.

Spurs looked undercooked like us, we are at home, got to expect a win.

Colin Metcalfe
213 Posted 10/08/2016 at 03:26:45
Alex (#209), I could not agree more!!
Barry Jones
214 Posted 10/08/2016 at 03:42:35
This management is fabulous. Another great singing in Bolasie. I hear Bony is next and also Kone from Sunderland. This great business. We sold a top quality player in Stones, but £50M for a defender is a no-brainer decision.

Lukaku is average at best. A confident Bony has far more quality and I am sue that Koeman will have him firing on all cylinders if he signs. So lets sell Lukaku to Chelsea asap. Koeman is putting together a fabulous squad. I am very excited about this.

Benny Snow
216 Posted 10/08/2016 at 05:33:17
@ Barry. Yes mate, agreed. I would like to see Begovic and Remy plus 45mil cash for Lukaku and also bring in Bony.


2 players out and 7 in and it hasn't cost us a penny in transfer fees.

Zahir Jaffer
217 Posted 10/08/2016 at 07:08:57
His best games are against scousers
Joe Digney
218 Posted 10/08/2016 at 07:33:46
Would be made up with this, the lads class when he stays injury free.

Anyone heard of any news on Bony? And maybe even Mata? Heard we had a bid of £25M knocked back they want £28-30M and he's ours.

Tim Locke
219 Posted 10/08/2016 at 08:14:25
Well done RK, cracking signings; already got us up to 6th.
Eric Myles
220 Posted 10/08/2016 at 08:37:48
Joe (#218), Bony to Arsenal for 㿊M in the BBC gossip pages.
David Milner
221 Posted 10/08/2016 at 08:43:17
Benny @216

Just add Mata to that list & its about right.

Eric @220

The word GOSSIP means just that. Remember as we have just done a deal with Shiteh we are in prime position, have the money & Bony will not have to move house.

Craig Fletcher
222 Posted 10/08/2016 at 09:04:09
Niasse to Palace on loan? Hmm, not a bad idea. Best case scenario: CP may get him up to Premier League standard for us for 2017-18 without him playing and scoring against us this season. Worst case scenario: He's shite for Palace, and we sell him next year.
Sam Hoare
223 Posted 10/08/2016 at 09:09:36
The whole 'it's not your money' argument is a bit trying. People bemoan inflated transfer fees because it's opportunity missed.

Ie £30m on Bolasie could have been spent buying Perisic potentially. Or buying Ziyech and Ghazzel from Lyon. Even though it's not my money I don't want to see it wasted on players that I don't rate highly.

Hope Bolasie proves me wrong but do not see enough end product to value him over £16-20m.

Tim Sharpe
224 Posted 10/08/2016 at 09:37:44
Palace wanted £25 million, but we are playing hardball and demanding they take £25 million and Niasse.
Mike Hughes
225 Posted 10/08/2016 at 09:47:44
Tim #224 - ha ha - brilliant.
That'll mean the deal is off then or we'll have to up the offer.
Zahir Jaffer
226 Posted 10/08/2016 at 09:49:25
Okay, I've a few deep breathes and I'm not salty about it anymore. Ideally I'd want Perisic but we aren't going to bring in the players we want just yet. Bolasie is an improvement to our left side and adds a little bit of physicality.

Bolasie, Lukaku, Mirallas, Deulofeu – I would be genuinely pleased with that attack.

Barkley and Gana in midfield.

Baines, Funes Mori or Kone, Williams, Coleman as our defensive line.

Goalie: I wanna say Butland but we're stuck with Stekelenburg for now.

I think we'll get one or two big signings in on Deadline Day so I'm not too worried.

Laurie Hartley
227 Posted 10/08/2016 at 09:52:51
Steve # 154 - "However, the question I would have asked myself as a Manager is why do Palace want to let him go?"

Perhaps because he has a ready made replacement in Bakary Sako who they got from Wolves on a free transfer last season.

Terence Leong
228 Posted 10/08/2016 at 09:55:27
With the amount quoted, that is why I feel that we were too hasty to flog off Stones. Many may think that we are getting a bargain, but everyone else is quoting silly money. Man City is more desperate than us in wanting the player, so I felt that we could have held up for more.

Man Utd paid a record fee for Rio Ferdinand £29 million I believe, and he was about 22 to 23 years old then. They paid more for a defender than a striker (Rooney, who cost them £27 million).

They were purchasing potential, not just the finished product.So, I don't necessarily think that we got such a fantastic deal (bear in mind that 15% goes to Barnsley).

Bolasie is the finished product, probably will continue to be at his peak for another two to three years at the most. And he was bought by Palace for £350k. If he's being sold to us at £25 million and upwards, then it reinforces the fact that we haven't really sold that well.

Still, Bolasie has always done well against us, so here's hoping that the signing come in and give everyone a boost.

Fran Mitchell
229 Posted 10/08/2016 at 10:01:57
Bolasie got 5 goals last season.

Mané got 11, Ayew got 12.

Yeah ...could do better here

Benny Snow
230 Posted 10/08/2016 at 10:30:03
Fran @229 – that's 5 more than McGeady! Btw, Bolasie plays left wing; Ayew and Mane play up front. Not really like for like.
Mike Keating
231 Posted 10/08/2016 at 10:30:18
I hope this is not true - it would equal our transfer record for Lukaku (a proven goal scorer) while Bolasie's stats are poor. Worried it is given credibility by appearing in the Guardian but the same article also has us in for Ghezal - another winger!
When are we getting a first class goalie?
Terence Tyler
232 Posted 10/08/2016 at 11:43:26
Suspect Bolasie will be replacement for Mirallas, Who could go to Moyes at Sunderland, in part ex for Kone.
Phil Jeffries
233 Posted 10/08/2016 at 11:49:21
Bolasie would be very welcome IMO. Deulefeu, Mirallas and this guy bombing forward with Barkley and Lukaku do it for me. I know we wanted a marque signing, but I think we'll be waiting until January for that unless Koeman can pull a rabbit out of the hat. But I will reserve judgement until we start playing. If I could have an early Christmas present, I'd choose Butland every day of the week.
Bjoern Haall
234 Posted 10/08/2016 at 12:00:53
I think we already have an OK squad for Koeman to use during the fall. From this half season he can assess his player in full mode and make better choices of whom to target for transfers later when the inflated player prices has hopefully gone down a little.

We shall still look for good players with potential to be great as long as the price is right. Like the Idrissa deal and hopefully the Zieych target. Save the money to maybe up the salary median to attract players of the right caliber.

If we really need a left footed winger we have a bunch of left sided defenders that could do the job (Garbutt, Oviedo, Baines, Galloway).

Michael Plant
235 Posted 10/08/2016 at 12:23:15
Bolasie will be a good signing, 100 more crosses than Mirallas last season, might create another 20-30 chances for Lukaku. £25 million is probably equivalent of £15M last year with the crazy money, Benteke has been a massive flop and will still go for £30M-plus!! We have saved probably £5 million plus on Gana with his clause.

Need to be positive, a creative Number 10 and decent striker and I think we will be fine, providing we get the 2 centre-backs and no-one leaves!!

Terence Tyler
236 Posted 10/08/2016 at 12:48:41
I think the time has come when we Evertonians have got to stop thinking about fees and sell on values. It is something I have been guilty of myself in the past.

No doubt it all stems from the fact that we were sailing close to the wind financially in the past, and had to cut our cloth accordingly. We now have a billionaire owner/investor. Let's buy the finished articles even if we have to pay a premium price. Enjoy the moment, onwards and upwards.

Chris Corn
237 Posted 10/08/2016 at 12:53:39
This Ghezzhal is 24 and only played 60 Ligue 1 games. Is there a reason for that?
Jamie Tulacz
238 Posted 10/08/2016 at 16:15:56
£25m plus Niasse the other way... So effectively we're only paying them about a tenner then..
Mark Morrissey
239 Posted 10/08/2016 at 16:42:11
I Would be very happy to see this piece of business but just you wait and see. Niasse is going to prove his doubters wrong.
Ian McDowell
240 Posted 10/08/2016 at 16:48:28
Good piece of business with both deals. Bolasie will provide pace, direct running, crossing from the left. With Delufeou, Mirallas, Lennon as other options on the wings we are well stocked.

Niasse on loan to Palace could be a win-win. Off the wage bill this season to free up room for another signing. If he does well at Palace and I hope he does we can take him back next year or at least recoup our money.

I do wonder also what RK would of done with Naismith. I think he'd of been his sort of player and do a similar job to what Shane Long did at Saints.

Paul Graney
242 Posted 10/08/2016 at 17:09:44
Can't believe we're going to be paying around 㿗million for 2 average players in Kone and Bolasie this transfer window. Just shows how poor our scouting network is confined to the Premiership and Championship.

I can't help but think with a bit more imagination what we could have done with that kind of money surely better and cheaper options somewhere out there can't help but think we're gonna miss a golden opportunity. Very disappointing.
Mike Powell
243 Posted 10/08/2016 at 17:47:07
I hope this goes through; he would be a great signing. I don't understand what some people on here are moaning about. We wanted signings, so we go out and get a couple of established Premier League players and some of you moan. I guess it won't matter who we sign – someone will moan.
James Watts
244 Posted 10/08/2016 at 17:55:26
If this transfer happens, it will turn out to be the worse transfer of the window in my opinion.

But on the plus side we now have the Irish McGeady, the Senaglese McGeady and possibly the Congelese McGeady! So if this goes through I'd like to wish you all 'Happy treble McGeady day!'

Chris Corn
245 Posted 10/08/2016 at 18:08:29
Paul (#242), like you I'm not happy with the prices, but that's the market. However, it looks to me like Koeman wants players in the first instance who are used to the PL so they are used to the pace and physicality and can slot straight in.

He is probably looking further a field, but to address our immediate issues it looks like he wants premier league experience and I can understand his logic.

Jim Burns
246 Posted 10/08/2016 at 18:09:34
Ever the optimist, eh, James.
James Watts
247 Posted 10/08/2016 at 18:10:49
Funny thing is, Jim (246), I normally am. But I really do not rate this player... not sure if I made that clear. ;)
Jim Burns
248 Posted 10/08/2016 at 18:16:13
James - I think you have mate. Cheer up - I think McGeady has potential under the right management.
Colin Glassar
249 Posted 10/08/2016 at 18:37:51
True Jim, McDonald's have some very good managers I've been told.
Barry McNally
250 Posted 10/08/2016 at 18:50:01
Can we throw in Niasse free of charge – cut our losses and get him off the wage bill. ...add in McGeady while we're at it.
William Cartwright
251 Posted 10/08/2016 at 18:51:36
Bolaisie is not the end product. Lukaku is. The strategy is to feed him from Bolaisie on the left and Gerry on the right. Or am I being too simplistic?

Also on his day Bolasie is frighteningly good. If RK is confident he can make sure his day is a Saturday, then it is a good deal.

Colin Glassar
252 Posted 10/08/2016 at 18:54:24
Talented he is William but he's so bloody inconsistent. My only hope is that by throwing Niasse, and hopefully mcgeady, into the deal we can knock off at least £10m off this deal.
Barry McNally
253 Posted 10/08/2016 at 19:18:55
Colin, 㾶m – I'd piggy back the two of them down to London! Any sort of fee would be a bonus – would take ٣m estimate a year of the wage bill. The 㾹m we paid for Niasse is dead money now.
Dan Aspinall
254 Posted 10/08/2016 at 19:28:23
Remember RM's first season? Outside chance of top 4. Palace at home, looked like a given 3 pts. Bolasie destroyed us. Seamus looked like a school boy against him. If we get THAT Bolasie I'll be happy.

It's another option notwithstanding the price which really shouldn't matter because we don't know how much there is to spend, is spent, wages paid... it's all unknown... complete conjecture.

It's good news if we get him. And that's that.

Dave Pritchard
255 Posted 10/08/2016 at 19:42:09
Yay, a reworking of the 'I'd drive him there myself' comment. Well done Barry. Agree that we should try to make Niasse a permanent transfer if we can take say £5 million off the fee for Bolasie.
Oliver Molloy
256 Posted 10/08/2016 at 19:44:19
Some people seem to think that Lukaku will still be here in order to get on the end of Bolasie crosses!

He was due to meet with his agent today or tonight, what they will discuss – who knows!

I like the way Williams has paid tribute to "the legend defender" that Koeman was in his playing days – not enough to keep Stones though OR as I suspect Everton were not really interested in keeping him.

Ray Robinson
257 Posted 10/08/2016 at 19:55:04
Under RM:

* Everton were too predictable. Bolasie is unpredictable.
* Everton's build up was too laborious. Bolasie is like lightening
* Everton played too narrow. Bolasie hugs the touchline
* Everton didn't often shoot from distance. Bolasie shoots from anywhere (usually misses but hey, ho!)

Besides, in my opinion, he has the hardest shot of anyone playing in the Premier League, so if his shots do go in, they'll be well worth seeing.

If we're trying to change our ponderous style, he's worth a punt.

David Booth
258 Posted 10/08/2016 at 20:42:09


Frank Crewe
259 Posted 10/08/2016 at 20:59:48
Ray, I quite agree. We need to start replacing our outfield players. In the last three years they have picked up too many bad habits under RM. We need a player who think scoring and winning is more important than passing and possession.

If we can get Kone and Bolasie in on top of Williams and Gana that'll be four replaced. Another striker and a good No 10 and we'll be good to go.

Simon Bradley
260 Posted 10/08/2016 at 22:10:42
All the negative comments, and folk who don't agree with this transfer. Look at the players Bolaise will be replacing in our squad .the likes of McGeady, Osman, Niasse ...yes £30mil is steep, very steep. But I seriously believe we are upgrading our overall quality with this signature.

Now, bring in Mata and Ziyech, and also Bony up front with Rom.

Looks OK to me.

Barry Jones
261 Posted 10/08/2016 at 22:58:57
On top of the quality being recruited, I believe that we have a manager who can extract the very best from these players consistently. He fully comprehends the capabilities of each of these acquisitions and now its his job to ensure that they use their talents to follow his blueprint. I am very confident in his man management skills and I am excited about our prospects this season.
Barry Jones
262 Posted 10/08/2016 at 23:08:18
And as to the comments that we are spending too much on average players, we are about to sell a very average player to Chelsea for 50M to 60M (I hope). Lukaku is NOT the finished article.

He knows where the goal is and is really strong when facing goal and running at people, BUT, he is less than adequate with his back to goal, he cannot trap a bag of cement and he is exceptionally lazy and moody. A price of $55 is a steal.

Yes, the transfer market has gone mad, but it is all relative and almost unreal. It is only the net profit/loss figure that means anything, and of course, the level of improvement (or not) after all of the transactions are completed.

Confidence lads, this season will be a pleasure.

Nigel Gregson
263 Posted 11/08/2016 at 03:42:37
Dear god not only are we now buying average players but we're paying a fortune for them. Where is the evidence of any progress here?
Ernie Baywood
264 Posted 11/08/2016 at 03:58:37
I don't really care about the money. The fee we pay will be a balance between what Everton thinks he's worth and what Palace think. Value? I'm not really sure how you measure that within an increasingly inflating bubble.

So onto the player himself. He undoubtedly improves the squad. That's not even debatable is it?

He's the sort of player that, when another club signs them, we all complain that Everton never seem to go for. Fast, skillful, strong, a real pain in the backside for the opposition. I'll be quite excited to see him in Blue.

Dan Egerton
265 Posted 11/08/2016 at 05:05:54
Here is the definition of us insane Everton fans.

1. We cry out for a left winger.
2. Everton are linked with Bolassie.

Fact: Bolassie is a LEFT WINGER.

3. Some Everton fans complain anyway.

*Throws hands up and runs away*

Ian Riley
266 Posted 12/08/2016 at 16:48:13
Are we waiting for lukaku to be sold to buy him?

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