Everton seal Sandro transfer

Monday 3 July 2017  174 Comments  [Jump to last]

Everton have completed the signing of Sandro Ramirez in a £5.2m transfer from Málaga.

The 21-year-old striker was unveiled as Everton's fourth signing of the summer this afternoon when a clause in his contract with the Spanish club allowing to leave if a minimum fee was offered came into effect. If further reports are to be believed, he could be followed swiftly by Michael Keane who is close to moving from Burnley in a £25m deal.

Sandro travelled to Merseyside a fortnight ago when he held talks with club officials and underwent a medical, putting pen to paper on his terms on 21st June. Having agreed a five-year four-year contract with the player, Everton have had to be patient for Málaga to ratify the deal, something they apparently refused to do until mandated by his release clause.

Although it was claimed by Sky Sports' Jim White, it has not yet been confirmed that Sandro will wear the famous No.9 jersey, with those details still to be confirmed.

Everton made their interest in Sandro known in good time as the 2016-17 season was drawing to a close and looked the be favourites to sign him when news broke that they had triggered the £5m release clause in his contract with Málaga.

Atletico Madrid's arrival onto the scene last month looked to have nudged the Toffees out of the way, however, with the 21-year-old known to prefer to stay in Spain. Even when Atleti were hit with a six-month transfer embargo, there were reports that Sandro might elect to stay at La Rosaleda and move to Madrid in January after he underwent a successful medical exam there.

After a week's reflection, however, the versatile forward opted for Everton where he will provide much-needed pace and firepower regardless of whether or not Romelu Lukaku remains at the club. His participation at the U21 European Championships, where he scored in Spain's second group game from Gerard Deulofeu's assist, delayed the announcement but the Blues were eventually able to tie up the remaining loose ends and confirm his signing.

“I'm very happy, this is a big step in my career,” Sandro told evertontv. “I know I'm signing for a massive club in England. Everton is the ideal place for me, I've got the ideal manager who is going to keep giving me the confidence to improve my game.

“I cannot wait to wear the blue shirt in front of the Everton fans at Goodison Park. It's a big jump in my career coming to the Premier League and for a club like Everton which is really on the up.

"They have got big plans and want to succeed and keep developing. I'm hoping I can get to know my teammates as soon as possible, and want to adapt to the football and the way of life in the city. "

Born on the Canary Islands, Sandro attracted the attention of Barcelona when he was playing for his hometown team of Las Palmas as a 14-year-old. He rose through the ranks at the Catalonian giants' La Masia academy and made his Barcelona B debut in 2013, scoring on that first appearance before going on to notch 15 goals in 61 games at that level.

Between 2011 and 2014 he represented Spain at every level between U16 and U21 before getting his chance in Barcelona's first team in 2014. Given his youth and inexperience, his opportunities were limited in one of the best teams in the world and he signed for Málaga on a three-year deal in July 2016.

In all, he scored 16 goals in 31 matches in all competitions last season, drawing the attention of Everton Director of Football, Steve Walsh, who identified him as a key target for the 2017 transfer window.

Sandro is a high-intensity striker, able to play through the middle or start from wide areas. He's quick, skilful and always looks to drive into the penalty area and cause chaos.

David Cartlidge, FourFourTwo

Described by beINSports USA editor and Spanish football journalist for FourFourTwo Magazine, David Cartlidge as “explosive”, Sandro promises to bring a new dimension to the Blues' attack.

“Sandro can play a variety of roles,” he explained in an interview with BBC Radio Merseyside recently. “He can play out wide and cut inside. He can also lead the line as well.

“He's not a Lukaku type; he's a different type of striker. He's extremely quick, very mobile… he's a very explosive type of player and that's the kind of player Everton would be getting.

“For a 21-year-old [his record last season] was pretty good because he was in a Málaga team that wasn't in the top half of the table; they're not one of the top teams. Sandro scored goals at the wrong end of the table, basically.

“He could do with a little more composure, anticipation in the penalty area, his decision-making and hold-up play and then could see those [goal] numbers increase even more. He's still very young.

“He could come off the bench and make an impact but we're talking about a striker that is ready to go and hit the ground running in the Premier League. He's quite a physical striker, he can handle himself very well and I think he could cause a lot of trouble in the Premier League.

“I think he could play with Lukaku or he could back him up but there's a variety of options that Everton would have so it's a very good signing, particularly for the price.”


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Andrew Ellams
1 Posted 02/07/2017 at 20:09:00
Sandro deal done say Sky Sports News... Except in the small print where it says, "f Everton complete the deal..."
George McKane
2 Posted 02/07/2017 at 20:09:41
Sky reporting on 8:00 pm news that Ramirez has signed.
Paul Smith
3 Posted 02/07/2017 at 20:38:47
According to Sky Sports, Sandro is done - 5-year deal.
Mike Green
4 Posted 02/07/2017 at 20:40:18
Jim White tweeting that deal is done, 5-year deal and he will wear the No 9 shirt – so it must be true! :)
Derek Knox
5 Posted 02/07/2017 at 20:51:15
Hope I'm not tempting fate, but here goes, welcome aboard Sandro Ramirez!

Would still rather have seen him with the shirt on, to know it was actually true.

I remember not that long ago, there was a player, I think he was called Fernandez, came to Goodison, got the VIP treatment etc. flew out on the Sunday, and signed for some other side, in Spain or Portugal.

I would like to think we have moved on since then, and wouldn't be so naive, to announce the signing, if it was likely to go pear-shaped.

Tanvir Akram
6 Posted 02/07/2017 at 20:51:47
Finally... now time for Rom to go, so we can get in two quality strikers.
Kunal Desai
7 Posted 02/07/2017 at 20:53:03
Brilliant capture. Pickford, Klaassen, Sandro and Keane. Possibly Sigurdsson to follow and perhaps another striker (Lukaku replacement) and we're all set.
Mike Green
8 Posted 02/07/2017 at 20:53:25
Knowing nothing more than what I've seen on You Tube this could surely be the pound for pound signing of the summer?

If this is Walsh working his magic then kudos to him but having a high profile name managing us who is held in great esteem at Barca and in Holland must have helped with this and the Klasson deal.

But ultimately, well done Mr Moshiri – another feather in your cap?

John Pickles
9 Posted 02/07/2017 at 20:54:52
Phew, excellent news, even if it has taken a while to come through.

Hope he has his picture taken in the new strip, the one he was given when he last flew over must have had 'Hafnia' on it.

Dennis Ng
10 Posted 02/07/2017 at 21:00:50
This is a steal. Very excited of this new addition.
Tom Bowers
11 Posted 02/07/2017 at 21:04:03
Well he hasn't cost much but is obviously worth a hell of lot more given his current rating so let's hope he can produce the goods consistently for the Blues.

With the other newcomers and maybe one or two more plus the youngsters coming through we can be forgiven for licking our lips for the next season, all being well that we can get the tactics right and the main starting eleven gels quickly.

Geoffrey Hall
12 Posted 02/07/2017 at 21:04:06
Welcome Sandro. Now for the rest: Vardy, Mahrez, Keane, Sigurdsson and a left back. Then start dreaming of the top four...
Mike Dixon
13 Posted 02/07/2017 at 21:23:05
Mahrez has gone to the Arse, apparently.
Kunal Desai
14 Posted 02/07/2017 at 21:24:49
Unthinkable that this deal will almost be covered by McGeady going to Sunderland.
Alex Kociuba
15 Posted 02/07/2017 at 21:27:42
Sounds like the deal is 99.9% done
Zahir Jaffer
16 Posted 02/07/2017 at 21:28:40
Now that's what I call a No 9!!!!

Brent Stephens
18 Posted 02/07/2017 at 21:38:06
Kunal – nice point. Happy if this does come off.
Jeff Armstrong
19 Posted 02/07/2017 at 21:52:39
Alex, I see what you have done there...
Paul Birmingham
20 Posted 02/07/2017 at 22:14:21
Let's, see him in the shirt. I really hope we sign Sandro as he looks a proper footballer and it can't all be blag. Fate could make this a good season.

"What's Our Name?"

Dennis Ng
21 Posted 02/07/2017 at 22:22:01
Kunal, that shows how shrewd this deal is. And obviously how bad the other one is going to be.
Jamie Sweet
22 Posted 02/07/2017 at 22:31:29
Waiting until it's confirmed that there definitely is no Athletico Madrid release clause before I break out into a full on happy dance!
Andrew James
23 Posted 02/07/2017 at 22:35:38
While all the first-team signings in so far should be in the starting eleven, we have let a lot go.

They weren't first teamers but many were fillers. And the starting 11 has got older. With the likes of Lennon, Cleverley and Kone gone, we still need to keep buying what with the Europa League coming up.

Under Moyes, I would have been stunned by this level of signings yet this squad was a cobbled together affair in Koeman's first season, probably able to get to 7th because of the likes of Jags, Coleman, Lukaku, Barkley, Gana and the bonus that was Davies.

Keane needs to come in to truly replace the void left by Stones, we've hopefully answered our goalkeeper problem for many years yet, however we do need to look at left backs and a centre-forward who knows the Premier League and will get into double figures. I suspect more chances will be spread out across the team once our contracted semi-final penalty missing Champions League wannabe has departed.

Tony Williams
24 Posted 02/07/2017 at 22:36:36
Don't want to be greedy but still could do with another top class central defender, that's if the Keane deal goes through.
Dave Bowen
26 Posted 02/07/2017 at 22:53:41
Think I'll wait until I see him with a shirt with his name on the back before I celebrate. Kunal @ 10, great spot mate!
Mike Gaynes
27 Posted 02/07/2017 at 23:09:25
Outstanding. Great work by the club.

Lock and load, prepare to fire again!

Mike Green
28 Posted 02/07/2017 at 23:59:44
And there's no way he's 21 – not unless he was born in a tattoo parlour. What is it with modern day footballers and covering up all over with ink? It's the modern day mullett that lasts forever.
Mike Gaynes
29 Posted 03/07/2017 at 00:33:03
ESPN reports Keane will be at Everton for a physical tomorrow. Deal almost done.
Paul Ferry
32 Posted 03/07/2017 at 02:29:53
Andrew James (20): erm, has Lennon 'gone'?
Jim Hardin
33 Posted 03/07/2017 at 02:33:31
Andrew James,

Fill the void left by Stones? Is that the huge gaps he used to leave by getting too far forward? Or the void left by a failure to defend set pieces properly? Or is it the dancing around in his own box void? Keane is about as far from Stones (thankfully) as a defender at the same position can get. I still think he has demonstrated weaknesses with pace and mobility outside the 18 but he is excellent in the box.

Good deal if we can get him but I think some overvalue and over-hype him due to his being English. I watched almost every Burnley game last season and Heaton and mostly, Mee, covered for his mistakes outside the 18 too often for comfort. Maybe Koeman can get him straightened out though.

Bob Butchard
34 Posted 03/07/2017 at 03:11:00
It appears that the top brass is really fair dinkum with the plans to build a large, strong, hard working , mobile squad, from the quality so far purchased. I'm excited at the prospect of the young academy stars sparking some of the more established senior players on to heights they haven't reached before, when European football and cup football hopefully sees a mixture of the two. The quality of player coming into the club is breathtaking, what a resurgence the future promises, to keep everyone on track heading in the same direction will be the balancing act the playing management must get right. COYB
Looi Walters
36 Posted 03/07/2017 at 03:40:29
Obviously a great deal given the modest fee and excellent season Sandro had. I'd try not to expect too much though, as I think it'll take time for him to adjust from the Spanish league, off the pitch as well for a young lad coming to a new place, as it's likely Robles and Deulofeu won't be around to help him settle.

Lastly, the cynical Blue in me gets reminded of the gs, mostly unknown to the league – the season we sign last summer like this, with a slew of continental signings, Dacourt, Materazzi, Collins, and Bakayoko later on. Hopes were high and all were excellent players, but just didn't settle well and fuse together as a team. Dacourt and Materazzi I remember had terrible disciplinary records while Bakayoko, a great debut aside, remained an enigma.

Then Dunc got sold and PJ left. I'd like to think we and the Premier League has moved on from those dodgy times, but history can sometimes repeat itself.

Mark Andersson
39 Posted 03/07/2017 at 04:45:01
Good post Jim Hardin.. It's good to see most Toffee Webbers excited at these signings.. This is a big season for Koeman, in as much unlike his day's at Southampton he had to build a new team after his best players were sold.
His Everton project is a test of reinforcing his squad of better players while off loading the deadwood..

7th last season was good, but I expect for a slightly higher finish this season and to beat the red shite at least once. I'm not getting excited but hope that Everton are truly on the way back to were we belong the Top team on Merseyside.

Paul Columb
40 Posted 03/07/2017 at 05:29:08
This is seemingly a great piece of work by the back room staff. Will be interesting to see if there are any strange caveats with regard to the ability to jump if no CL qualification etc. Even if so, at the price it seems a solid move. Hopefully Keane in next. Very happy so far.
David Pearl
44 Posted 03/07/2017 at 06:08:33
Mike, I wonder where you picked your sarcasm up from? Nicely worded response to someone that maybe forgot his reading glasses.

Doesn't Mirallas also speak Spanish? I hope Joel is still around this season. Pickford will be in the spotlight a bit more at Everton... and we all know how patient the Goodison crowd can be.

John Audsley
51 Posted 03/07/2017 at 08:01:43
I don't think Lennon knows he has gone, another year to run on that deal and I hope he gets back to being available very soon.
Ian Jones
53 Posted 03/07/2017 at 08:08:04
So we are looking at Giroud. Is he our top gunner... Shame we can't pinch one of the Arsenal defenders. That would be our rear ......

Couldn't resist. :)

Sean Callaghan
54 Posted 03/07/2017 at 08:10:39
It was never in doubt once the release clause was triggered.
Dave Abrahams
55 Posted 03/07/2017 at 08:42:47
Bob Butchard (#34), I'm as happy as you with the new signings but like you I hope the young lads coming through are not left in the background. To be honest, I'll be disappointed if Jonjoe Kenny doesn't start the season at full back and there are a couple more who are ready for a few games over the season...erm, but carry on with a couple more signings.
Mike Berry
58 Posted 03/07/2017 at 08:50:39
Bargain of the summer and will prove to be the best bit of transfer business.
The fans are going to love his direct style, and his goals.
Derek Knox
61 Posted 03/07/2017 at 10:05:19
Dave Abrahams @55,

You are sharing my thoughts exactly there, regarding the younger promising players, I do hope they are more involved, this coming season we have the Europa as well as the domestic Cups and of course the Premier League, to contend.

Like you say Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Holgate, to name but two, IMO good enough now to play a role if chosen. It must be disheartening for these lads, to have come this far, be knocking on the door, and they go and buy someone for that position.

I do appreciate the need for getting rid of a lot of dead wood, along with needing a bigger squad to cope with the extra games, but please let's not forget what we already have in the cupboard!

Olalekan Taofik
62 Posted 03/07/2017 at 10:06:19
Welcome, Sandro! you are highly welcomed.

We Evertonians in Nigeria say "Keep banging in the goals" for the Blue side of Liverpool city.

Peter Gorman
63 Posted 03/07/2017 at 10:25:06
Dave, you'll probably be disappointed then as I'd expect Mason to continue at right back until Seamus is fit instead of Kenny, which if you compare their performances in their respective international tournaments is just ridiculous. As we know, hardly Mason's fault as he is playing out of position but I guess who Koeman plays during pre-season will be telling. I'd love it to be Kenny.

But a few cameos from Dowell, Walsh and Robinson would still be progress for them personally. I'm confident Walsh could happily go away on another loan at a higher level than Yeovil and do a great job but Dowell for some reason doesn't strike me as the type to thrive in a lower league so he really needs to break into our team sooner rather than later.

Phil Walling
64 Posted 03/07/2017 at 10:29:00
Dave and Derek above, I share your concern over the prospects of 'our own' young stars. In all the excitement over the myriad of 'big' signings, it is inevitable that it means a back seat will await the likes of Davies, Holgate and Kenny.

For years we've called for 'early' signings and it's ironic that now our dreams are coming true the timing coincides with a rare crop of young 'graduates' of our own !

The odd appearance on a wet Thursday night in Usbekistan will be scant reward for seeming 'to make it' at Everton. But that's football,today, I guess !

Mark Stone
65 Posted 03/07/2017 at 10:31:10
When I see him at Finch Farm wearing an Everton shirt and holding the scarf above his head I will want to know about it. All this 'on the brink', 'within 24 hours', 'all but done' crap drives me mad. Until then it's all conjecture and doesn't interest me. The club have said absolutely nothing, don't forget.

I suppose this is what happen s though, when Sky Sports News have 24 hours a day of television to fill. Jesus wept.

Peter Gorman
66 Posted 03/07/2017 at 10:34:03
Mark, take it easy. I have it on good authority* that the club will announce the transfer within the next 48 hours.

*a website rumour page

Paul Hughes
67 Posted 03/07/2017 at 11:01:29
Sky saying that Sandro is a done deal.
Jim Knightley
68 Posted 03/07/2017 at 11:01:54
Tbf Paul et al – I don't see how these signings are causing problems for Kenny and Holgate. They can both compete for a right back spot in the absence of Coleman, whilst Holgate could also be our long term cb partner to Keane. Klaassen is a clear threat but if Davies is good enough then he can still push on. We've got three cups and league football – the best teams have a lot of different players for different positions. If we rely on players coming through our academy then we will not kick on.

We need to invest in top young players, invest in our academy, and invest in seniors. We were not exactly awash with players coming through when we were a poorer team.

Tony Abrahams
72 Posted 03/07/2017 at 11:34:22
I reckon this could turn out to be like heaven or hell.
George Cumiskey
74 Posted 03/07/2017 at 11:52:49
I've been listening to Radio City, all their news talked about was Liverpool going after the Arsenal player. Not a peep about Everton!
Trevor Lynes
76 Posted 03/07/2017 at 12:05:18
Why is Rooney supposedly in the frame. Why are we not bidding for Mahrez? He is a proper schemer with great feet and he also takes great free kicks.
Jer Kiernan
77 Posted 03/07/2017 at 12:09:31
This is an odd one, I am delighted if it goes ahead. It almost feels like we could sell him next week for $25m if we so wished! This is really astute business (somebody pinch me!)

Almost the opposite of driving off the forecourt with a brand new car that is now worth half it's value (I would imagine).

Tony Dove
78 Posted 03/07/2017 at 12:12:30
Assuming Keane comes then I reckon that's the Lukaku proceeds spoken for.

We should have enough spare cash to buy another goal scorer without Moshiri putting his hand in his pocket at all.

Paul Dewhurst
79 Posted 03/07/2017 at 12:20:03
Would happily take Giroud think he would lead the line and be a great partner for Sandro. I don't want Rooney back at the club, still think he would be a good player but don't want anything to do with him or the circus that surrounds him.
Dave Abrahams
82 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:15:43
Jason (92), looking at Sandro the other night versus Germany, I thought his gait was very similar to Rooney's. If he is half as good as Wayne, we have done fantastic business.

As much as I loved Rooney as a player, I hope he doesn't come back, his best days are long gone IMO.

David Fanning
83 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:20:25
The misgivings I expressed a couple of weeks ago, regarding the motives of our new shareholder, appear to have been addressed, thankfully. The purchase of the world's third most expensive 'keeper (or whatever the stat was) was the turning point, I guess. There now appears to be little doubt about Everton Football Club's ambitions, or its ability to sign top players.

Eat those words with relish, Mr. Lukaku.

Brian Furey
85 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:59:29
Yeah would be great if Lennon made a full recovery and comes back strong and even better than before. He always looked like a hard worker unlike some others.

If you compare the team now to what it MIGHT look like at full strength this year, then there are huge differences between only a few years ago.

Howard Pickford
Coleman Coleman
Jagielka Keane
Distin/Stones Williams
Baines Baines
Barry Gana/Davies
McCarthy Schneiderlin
Barkley Klaassen
Mirallas Lookman
Osman Bolasie
Lukaku Sandro/Calvert-Lewin/Giroud/Onyekuru

I wonder is Rom thinking maybe worst case scenario, one more year might not be the worst thing ever, if Conte doesn't rate him?

James Morgan
86 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:05:02
Confirmed! Shirt an all! Welcome lad.
Steve Ferns
87 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:05:03
It's now official, the Everton app just buzzed to confirm it so!

It's the new, I won't believe the transfer until .
a) He's holding the scarf / shirt
b) He's paraded on the pitch
c) The Everton App buzzes you to confirm!

Ian Hollingworth
88 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:07:36
Now pictured in the shirt on the club website. Oh happy days, we have hoped for years that the club would show real ambition, now they are doing.

The first 11 that kicks off the new season is going to be a very different team to the one that finished last season.

Hugh Jenkins
89 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:08:15
Sandro shown signing on the Official Site.

Deal definitely done!!

Steve Brown
90 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:09:29
How excited is everyone now? Keane at Finch Farm.
Steve Brown
91 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:10:33
Best summer I can remember and so many deals done early.
Kim Vivian
92 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:14:48
Pics on SSN of him signing and wearing the shirt - and a pressy.
Michael Kenrick
93 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:15:00
Finally.... Amazing, fantastic, stupendous, really really good.
David Barks
94 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:15:37
This guy had better be with it after this prolonged wait. Happy to have him onboard.
Brian Williams
95 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:16:20
Steady on, Michael, you'll have a thrommy!
Dermot Byrne
96 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:19:58
A thrommy - great phrase!
David Currie
98 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:24:17
Great signing, exciting player.
Dermot Byrne
99 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:26:59
Maybe boss and owners actually did have a project after all?
James Stewart
100 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:28:54
Top signing. This lad will surprise a lot of people. He could easily have been playing for A.Madrid or Juventus, which shows his pedigree. COYB!
Brian Williams
102 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:34:41
Jesus have we only signed ONE today?
Come on Mosh get yer finger out!!!!
Alasdair Mackay
103 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:35:14
With such a busy summer with the Spanish Under21s, and the time it often takes for Spanish players to adapt to the Premier League; I think it will be October before he is fully on pace and ready to make a major contribution.

Great signing, though!

Lev Vellene
104 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:35:38
Uh oh, in the article on the OS he said something positive about his talks with that "Useless-Bill" person, as a big part of why he signed... I'm waiting with bated breath for the comments about his understanding of English being likened to Manuel's... ;D

Just as an edit: Bill is a very good snake-oil salesman, but he should be kept as part of the side-show, as this clearly shows he wasn't the main contact!

Sam Hoare
106 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:39:08
Looking forward to seeing this lad. Big question is who he's playing next to...
Ken Buckley
107 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:41:04
Were gonna win the league -- were gonna win the league and now yer gonna believe us and now yer gonna believe us.

And it might make a trip home from Bournmouth a more pleasurable occasion on a cold wet night and anywhere else for that matter.


Amit Vithlani
108 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:42:14
Good news indeed. For the sake of the dressing room, lets hope he is not a loose cannon who shoots his mouth off at the first international break, unlike our Belgian hitman.

I think with Sandro we might have a better arsenal than the lot at the Emirates Stadium if we can pair him with a top marksman to replace our want-away hotshot.

Ian Jones
109 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:43:25
Ken. Like your enthusiasm.

However, surely 7th ish is our best bet. :)

Joe Foster
111 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:44:35
Nice one.
Brian Furey
114 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:51:24
Tony Abrahams
115 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:53:25
I prefer you better, now you're old Dave!

Ken, not next year, but the year after that, although I think we can settle for the Europa Lge, next season, if we can just get through into the group stages, and give the squad some time to gel!

Jay Wood
116 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:54:56
And for the fourth time this summer I can open a post by saying: "Well played Everton."

At today's prices, his age, his profile, his career to date, this is a total no-brainer.

I wonder if all the more paranoid posters and conspiracy theorists who contributed to the 500-600 posts across 3-4 threads about this lad and his transfer, all the wild speculation and angst they expressed, will learn from this experience?

You know nowt about what is truly going on behind the scenes during each and any transfer window, either in general or about individual transfers.

Will how this transfer played out stop posters senseless, unfounded speculation? Will it buggery!

Human nature is a funny ole business...

Mike Gaynes
118 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:55:46
We are now the #1 spending club in Europe. And that's before the Keane deal.

Who woulda thunk it?

Mike Berry
119 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:55:53
I feel this player is better suited to the Prem than the Spanish game, he likes to press and run with the ball, not wait all day for the ball during a tika taka game.
A perfect counter attacking player with tremendous speed, who likes to shoot, often outside the area, and whose attributes will be fully exploited when Ronald sets it up right.
Were going to really enjoy this Signor, somberos on sale at Goodison any time soon ?
Mike Green
120 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:56:12
What a great signing. Chuffed to bits!

I've just watched his OS interview, all pretty standard stuff but he looks like he's dead keen, has something to prove and how many times did he say the RK was a major reason for him coming to us?

This is why Moshiri broke the bank for RK, all part of the masterplan .

Mike Gaynes
121 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:58:28
Keane has completed his medical!


Drum roll, please

Brian Furey
122 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:59:14
Has he any buy out clauses inserted into his contract?

You would imagine in today's market that he will be worth a lot more in 2 or 3 years time, should he want to go back to Spain.
I wonder would he like Giroud to partner him?
With him also able to play behind the striker or on the wing could we see him maybe as part of a front three.

Brian Cleveland
123 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:59:38
Glad to see we got our hitman, sharpshooter or whatever, finally!

And, where have you gone Alexander Murphy? You disappeared after your complaint about the gun language. With all these gun puns being fired around I'd have thought you'd have plenty of ammunition for further complaint... although perhaps given your stance you'd be bringing a knife to a gunfight?

Sorry, couldn't resist! ;-)

Mike Gaynes
124 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:59:59
Great tweet from Kevin Campbell, telling Sandro to wear that #9 with pride.
Chris James
126 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:08:11
Whilst we still have a little way to go to do before we have a team capable of challenging at the very top, can I just say how refreshing it is to be going about our business in such a clean, purposeful way.
Identify target, bid for target, negotiate, sign.

Of course we're not going to get everyone we want, but to be opening the transfer window with 4 players already in the bag (albeit one a prospect for next season) plus one more waiting in the wings and plenty of discussions progressing elsewhere is genuinely satisfying.

Coupled with the stadium developments, new sponsorship deal and the performance of the youth players last season under Unsworth it really does feel like a new dawn for the club. Can't wait for the new season!

Phil Bellis
127 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:08:37
That's a very impressive interview on the OS
I know all new signings try to say what we want to hear but he comes across as an intelligent young man who appeciates how lucky he is to be playing professionally and wants to improve and contribute
Welcome to our club
And the next one, right in here, please .
Trevor Lynes
128 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:10:49
So far so good! However, Siggi is not one of us for the moment and we still lack a play maker. No centre forward can score goals unless he is given the ammunition. Lukaku actually scored 26 goals from half of the chances that were created for Kane. Lukaku scored quite a few goals without assists at all. Nothing is set in stone and I still hope that Lukaku stays. Now that would be a real show of strength.

Without Lukaku we still need a potent goal scorer. Without Siggi we are still without a play maker.I am not so worried about the centre back position as Keane will need a Jagielka or Williams alongside him until he is completely bedded in.Filling the Coleman absence is more worrysome as Holgate is not a full back IMO. Perhaps Kenny can stake his claim ?

Jay Wood
129 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:14:05
I think it's a good interview with the lad


He certainly looks pleased to be here and makes all the right noises, including an honest description of his qualities and praise for everyone involved in the deal.

I'm just curious as to where this was filmed and WHEN it was filmed and if Everton has been sat on it for some time waiting for the Malaga release clause to be activated.

Robert Leigh
130 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:15:19
Great news, get Keane over the line, a young LB to rotate with Baines/play alongside him and a striker to replace Lukaku and we've had a great window.

Sandro I see as being what Son is to Tottenham - can be the #9 if our lead striker is injured but otherwise will play around him.

In terms of the LB, I'd happily see either Robertson from Hull come in or if we can manage it Sessegnon from Fulham, who I note can play LM/LW if required to do so.

Jay Wood
131 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:19:07
Aha! Found a partial answer to my own question as to when and where his interview was filmed from this short video on the club site.


It involves various transport from Finch Farm, including a plane, to a still mysterious destination.

Paul Tran
132 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:24:24
Another good signing.

Of course, the TW curmudgeons will be right in saying these signings will all have to gel together.

But if you're not excited by these early signings .

James Marshall
133 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:24:26
So when a lot of people were freaking out about this deal last week, the other half of us were right, Jay! It was already done & dusted :)
Graham Coldron
134 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:29:18
The Sandro signing is a massive statement of intent and the message will be getting through that this great club of ours is rapidly heading back to the big time.Hopefully the Keane deal will be confirmed soon with more quality signings to follow.As an aside , I wonder if all this is giving Ross food for thought ?
Jay Wood
135 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:40:59
Graham @ 134.

Said a couple of weeks back, the quality of Everton's signings might just give the likes of Lukaku and Barkley pause for thought and make them think:

"Hang on! This might be worth sticking around for."

I'd happily keep both alongside the new arrivals.

Lev Vellene
136 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:41:14
It's so good to see us signing not just recognized good players, but players who are mostly below 25! Young and hungry players, all understanding that they are part of an ever-developing unit, that's what I've been wishing for us to get for years!

Before Moshiri, I always was vocal about us giving our youth a chance to develop by playing, even if it meant mid- to low-table mediocrity for a few years. This is just as good! After all, we didn't do it the Man C way... We're splashing the cash late, and on young players!

Dermot Byrne
139 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:52:43
Graham 134: Ross may struggle to get a place. Maybe Luk is also worried in case a fast team develops! They may both pay to leave!
Mike Gaynes
140 Posted 03/07/2017 at 18:01:11
Brian, rumour has Colin being sold by TW. Apparently GoonersWorld are in for him... a fiver, two pints of Guinness and a big jar of cashews.
Oliver Molloy
142 Posted 03/07/2017 at 18:03:43
Graham @ 134
Signing Sandro is a massive statement of intent ! - in today's market we paid button's and it may or may not work out.
Holding Lukaku to his contract and
signing the likes of Costa would be a massIve statement of intent.
Granted we are moving in the right direction but still some way off the top five sides in my opinion.
Ben Collins
145 Posted 03/07/2017 at 18:14:40
How much would Sandro be worth if had no release fee and we paid full whack? £20 million??
David Chait
146 Posted 03/07/2017 at 18:17:52
Unbelievable piece of business! If it goes badly I still think we could double our money.. if it goes well goals goals goals!

I don't recognize the clubs leadership ! Early strategy, clear targets, go get them.. sure others will end of spending more but we look by far the most professional ! Waited so long to say that.

Brian Williams
147 Posted 03/07/2017 at 18:21:00
Mike, Jay.
He doesn't need to. Announced officially today. So he's safe!!
Brent Stephens
148 Posted 03/07/2017 at 18:21:29
"Typical Everton, this" is starting to take on a different meaning!
Brian Furey
149 Posted 03/07/2017 at 18:46:19
It really is a crazy world of football transfers. £13M for Niasse, £5M for McGeady, £8M for Cleverely and we get £10M to sell back Deulofeu to a club that don't even want him. Yet here we are buying Sandro at aged 21 who has two La Liga medals, 2 Copa del Rey medals, 1 Champions League medal for £5.3M.

I realise Deulofeu is a totally different player but by the sounds of things this lad will work a lot harder, has a much better attitude, will score us loads of goals yet cost us almost half what we sold Geri for.

I was expecting us to have to insert some similar low release clause into his contract but it doesn't look it. I realise he might not be our 1st choice striker (or is he?) but it's a great bit of business and I'd say Malaga are fierce annoyed as they look at other players going for £20M+

I can't wait to see him, Bolasie and Lookman all in the one team. Would be nice if Rom would be there for one more season to see how that would work out. If Costa doesn't move then Rom might stay.

Jason Broome
150 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:22:22
I have a feeling that in 12 months time Mr Koeman will be signing a new contract.

No way does a man build a young exciting Empire with a new stadium, then hands that stuff over to the next man.

Mr Moyes had you kept faith with us a little longer this could have been you. Enjoy retirement.

We're back.

Lev Vellene
151 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:30:43
Brian (#149),

If there was one good thing to learn from the transfer of our Belgian palm tree to Man Utd, I will hope this proves we at least learned a lesson! No silly release clauses!

Have we received any offer to buy Niasse for whatever RM threw at his former club in Russia? I should think not, but I'd love to get his wages offloaded!

Phil Bellis
152 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:31:20
Lev (136)...fully agree

The way forward is to have seasoned pros with young, hungry, intelligent players brought up together, a group steeped in Evertonia, proud to be with us; a band of brothers in effect.

I was very impressed with the interview on the OS a while ago with the three youngsters and Alan Myers...just 3 good mates taking the mickey.

We just might be seeing the beginning of soming...

David Israel
153 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:33:19
Jay Wood @117, I think you've said that before. Don't waste your ammo! ;-)
Sean Callaghan
154 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:36:17
But the big question is, Uzi going to play up front with?
David Israel
155 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:37:10
I haven't felt so elated since... well, since Adrian Heath scored that goal at Oxford!

I am beginning to be at a loss for words, and I'm not being cynical. Has any other club moved so swiftly and effectively into the transfer market, this close season?

Derek Knox
156 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:41:01
Just listened to the interview, with SKY, I think, he doesn't half seem to have a Midlands Accent, or have I been deluded again ? :-)
Sam Hoare
157 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:46:32
Keane pictured in the shirt! Busy day!!!
Sam Hoare
158 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:48:23
Damian Wilde
159 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:51:36
Does he have all those medals? He was Barca B.

Delighted with this signing. Great scoring record from last season. With his pace, enthusiasm and goals it could be happy days! Exciting times :)

You can just see him tearing the redsh*te apart!

Great to be getting lots of business done. With the current squad, new signings and great youth coming through, times are a looking up! #COYB

Jason Barker
160 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:53:32
Keane's just signed! BBC confirm it! COYB!!!
Lev Vellene
161 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:54:11
Phil (#152),

I bought the book "Here we go" (interviews with players from our mid-80's) quite some time ago, but only just got around to reading it. And the one thing many of those old players agreed on was that having a mainly young team that was doing not-to-good, but eventually getting some experienced players in (with Andy G and Peter R), was suddenly turning it all around!

So yes, we want all those young and hungry ones, and we need some older players with the proper winning mentality to gel them into a team that never have any doubts about where they can get to!

Andrew Ellams
162 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:54:52
Keane signed. This the one I've been looking forward to.
Simon Bradley
163 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:55:47
We just signed another one. Keane. WELL happy with this one folks.

Goodness me – Everton, deadline day is gonna be so boring now. LOL

Kevin Tully
164 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:55:53
This just doesn't feel like Everton at all. After 25 years of scrimping, penny pinching and generally waiting with bated breath for a last minute sale and or loan deal, we seem to be the lotto-louts of the Premier League.

What is happening? Somebody wake me up, I'm dreaming! How are Sky going to run their 'top six' narrative all season now? Have I woke up in a parallel universe where we are kings again? Like a kid on Christmas Day here...

Dan Nulty
165 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:57:19
Can you imagine how buzzing it will be at preseason tomorrow in the changing room with all these players?!
Phil Bellis
166 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:57:26
Next, please... C'mon
Colin Metcalfe
167 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:58:31
It's official, we have signed Keane !
Honestly my head is spinning , I can't take much more I think I need a lie down !!
Simon Bradley
168 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:01:30
Okay, back down to earth. Obviously – amazing stuff so far, but we are not there yet. I would still take:

Giroud (quality)
Rooney (free – why not eh? its not like we are building our forward line around him - again, quality and he comes as very well known)
Sigurdsson – as long as we are not held to ransom
A right back!?

James Marshall
169 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:01:32
The OS has gone into meltdown!

We're buying EVERYONE!!

Graham Mockford
170 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:03:55
Without wishing to be a voice of doom, I do see a bit of a short term issue.

We are seeing a whole scale restructuring of the squad and we could end up starting the season with up to six new first team starters.

It often takes new players a while to gel, getting used to playing with each other. The early season fixtures have not been kind to us , so at a time new players are acclimatising we are playing some of hardest games.

In the long run strengthening the squad is a good thing but I do fear we may need a bit of patience in August and September.

Lev Vellene
172 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:05:24
And even Keane had nice things to say about Bill Kenwright... I've never been a defender of Bill, yet I've been a skeptic about letting him head talks with potential signings; but I really should like to rub into some faces that both Sandro and Keane highlights that their talks with him also convinced them to sign for Everton... Oooh! ;D
Michael Burke
173 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:06:11
Anyone else think that they could've ironed Sandro's shorts before the video of him signing.
Gerard Carey
174 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:06:34
It's all a dream!!?? Really, Roberto is still in charge and the only rumour is that we are in for Aiden McGeady's twin brother, but the catch is he is not as quick!!
Paul Kossoff
175 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:08:12
Does anyone think that the money is coming from Alisher Usmanov, or points to Usmanov buying into the club in the near future?

We don't seem to be penny pinching anymore. Or is it that Lukaku has gone already.

Peter Roberts
176 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:10:54
5 players signed by the first week of July, £90m spent. The Reds aren't happy, Carraghers in meltdown on Twitter already claiming none of these would get in the Liverpool side.

They're running scared having only overpaid on a former Chelsea reject.

Loving every minute.

Derek Knox
177 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:15:19
Graham @ 170

You killjoy!

While I have always believed, in exactly what you say about so many additions, to any team, it does as you say so succinctly, have a time to gel.

The beauty of these transfers, is that, the major ones are all in quickly before the pre-season fixtures get off the ground.

I hope you don't come back, to haunt me with, I told you so !

Dan Nulty
178 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:15:26
Can you imagine how buzzing it will be at preseason tomorrow in the changing room with all these players?! Graham, I understand what you are saying but given these players will be in from the start rather than in August that should be negated somewhat. Expect Rom to leave shortly...
Mike Hughes
179 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:18:00
Typical Everton - money, money, money only this time we're actually spending the stuff like there's no tomorrow.

And we're doing it early enough for the team to gel together in pre-season.

This reminds me of one season in the early 80's when it was a very different looking team to the one that finished the previous season. The start of the HK Mk I era if memory serves.

Hopefully the start of our title-winning dynasty.

Tony Hill
180 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:23:16
Paul Kossoff (175), it has certainly crossed my mind.
Mike Andrews
181 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:27:35
Paul (#175). I have been saying the same thing to my wife. We live in Italy so it's a bit difficult to have a proper chat about Everton issues. I spend a lot of time explaining that, although I come from the city, I hate LFC.

To the point, I share your suspicion. We haven't been this free spending since the 60s!!!

Niall McIlhone
182 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:58:58
I've not been so excited since Bruce Rioch and Colin Todd signed for us on the same day! Or was it Rioch and McKenzie? Anyway, we got beat at Coventry on their joint debut but it was great to see such class on the pitch.

Skip forward about 40 years, I feel like an excited teenager again ! Welcome Sandro and Keane and welcome back Aaron Lennon good too see you back in a blue shirt. Let's go you blue boys!
Paul Kossoff
183 Posted 03/07/2017 at 21:28:44
Tony and Mike, don't get me wrong, I'll be more than happy to accept Uzmanov's billions, I'm just saying that something's going on at Everton, and it just ain't Moshiri and Kenwright opening the wallets thinking it's Christmas.

Who's next I wonder? Any bets on Mr Rooney?

Dan Nulty
184 Posted 03/07/2017 at 21:36:41
Paul, you may be right. Felt both videos today lingered on the USM logo...

Rom will go soon. Perhaps Giroud is Usmanovs favourite player...!

Peter Laing
185 Posted 03/07/2017 at 21:43:28
Boys and Girls - the spending hasn't even started yet. That's just the Lukaku money - expect another £150 million spent between now and 31st August. Giroud, Dembele, Sirgurdsson, Rooney and Van Dijk.
Stan Schofield
186 Posted 03/07/2017 at 21:48:05
Most on ToffeeWeb have been saying for a while that Lukaku will leave this summer. If he does leave, won't the income from that be financing these buys?

On the other hand, if he doesn't leave, then the buys would seem to be a true sign of a new era where we don't need to sell to buy.

Until it's clear whether he's going or staying (and it's not clear at the moment, because Everton might have decided he's going nowhere, despite what he's said to the press), surely we've no idea how these signings are being financed?

Peter Laing
187 Posted 03/07/2017 at 21:57:24
Stan – Mr Moshiri has very deep pockets and friends with even deeper ones! In 18 months, he has cleared the debt, sorted the stadium, bought the Liver Building and began to invest heavily in Everton's Manager, back room staff and most importantly the team.
Ernie Baywood
188 Posted 03/07/2017 at 22:02:27
I remember towards the end of last season saying that we were approaching the end of an era. We needed a lot of signings just to replace the aging and injured. I think I finished by saying that even 5 might not be enough – and I just couldn't see us making even that many signings based on recent history.

Well we've made 5 by July 4th! All young, all highly rated. No fear of spending to get our targets. We're doing exactly what we needed to do and we're doing it quickly!

Incredible. Sandro might be seen as one of the all time pieces of transfer business.

Stan Schofield
189 Posted 03/07/2017 at 22:18:45
Peter, yes, agreed. But that doesn't make it clear that we've moved from the era of sell to buy. If Lukaku stays, that might be a sign that we have. At this point in time, we just don't know.

These signings all look good players, so I'm encouraged. But I'm not finding myself excited, not just yet.

Some folks are comparing what's happening with the John Moores era of the 60s. I hope it proves to be comparable, but the comparison seems premature at the moment.

This is not negative, it's just a kind of 'restrained positive'.

Anthony Dwyer
190 Posted 03/07/2017 at 23:19:15
Lukaku will probably cover most of the incoming transfer fees, plus we will sell Ross or McCarthy. Rom wants off, there's nothing Moshiri can do about that as he only has 2 years on his deal.

That said, we still bought the players before selling anyone, which isn't like us. Plus some of the signings may make Rom or Ross have a change of heart, meaning we will have hung onto some of our stronger players.

Plus spending as though we don't need to sell shows other clubs that we won't sell on the cheap to ensure we can buy Ronnie's first choice players. It almost guarantees huge money for Lukaku, anything like £80m+ is much more than we could ever of held out for in the past. Look at the Rooney deal, peanuts put down and the rest on the never never, look at the measly £10m we received for Arteta, and the way we had Lescott taken from us without us really standing up to Man City.

Since Moshiri we have taken crazy money off city for Stones, we've stood firm on Rom, and we've spent more money on players in 2017 than any other Premier League club.

If we sell Rom as expected, we will buy at least 1 main striker to replace him, but unfortunately we don't have the pull to buy someone worth anywhere near what Rom will go for.

We've now secured Sandro who along with Calvin-Lewin are going to replace Kone, Valencia and Niasse, who were bit part players, and Henry Onyekuru who will spend the season out on loan gaining invaluable experience playing for the top side in Belgium.

We will probably have offed 5 forwards in Kone, Valencia, Lukaku, McAleny and Niasse, this will result in more attacking signings being made so the spending will most definitely continue.

James Marshall
191 Posted 03/07/2017 at 23:25:46
Aside from all the talk of the ins & outs of the money situation – I have a good feeling about this kid, Sandro. Something about watching him in the Under-21s tells me he's going to be a nightmare for British defences.

With his movement, and pace off the mark, Klaassen, Schneiderlin & Co in behind him, we're going to be so much more productive going forward next year.

Now we have Keane and presumably Williams as our first choice centre halves, we'll be solid there, and with Gana in front mopping up, I'm already excited to see how this new look team sets up & plays.

We have some genuine quality in this team now.

Si Cooper
192 Posted 03/07/2017 at 23:36:59
Practically a no-brainier at that price. Young, Spanish and proven at senior level. Okay, the Premier League is different to pretty much anything else but if he is hungry and ambitious then he will perform.

Loved the video of the trip from USM FF to wherever. So slick, showcasing how far the club has 'travelled' under the current regime.

Alexander Murphy
193 Posted 04/07/2017 at 02:16:32
Mike G & others.
The reason that I haven't been around since my "gun culture" remark is simply that I've been busy, and sleeping. The remark was not an attempt to politicize TW, heaven forbid that.

The tenth anniversary of the murder of Rhys Milford Jones (aged 11) by a gunshot is approaching (22nd August).

Rhys was an Evertonian through and through. He was on his way home from football practice.

Sub Note:

Should Lyndon or Michael, or whoever see fit to remove this posting then I will not be offended, nor feel unwelcome amongst the Royal Blue community that is TW.

Brian Porter
194 Posted 04/07/2017 at 06:37:11
Great signing. In his own words, Sandro's game is 'all about goals' and as he is roughly the same age as Lukaku was when we signed him we may be in for a treat in the next couple of years. Very different to Rom, but this lad could prove to be our next goal machine of the future. No harm in hoping.
Mike Gaynes
195 Posted 04/07/2017 at 07:23:03
Too bad you missed it, Alexander. I had a really good time teasing you and there were lots of people having lots of pun fun.
David Ellis
196 Posted 04/07/2017 at 09:19:48
Stan (#186 and #189),

Okay you may be right that the signings don't gel or just don't work out – statistically 50% of signings are considered "failures". You may also be right that this, if all advance spending of the Lukaku money.

But if you were imagining a complete turnaround of EFC this summer (within realistic constraints) – what has happened this summer is exactly what you would imagine:

By far the quickest mover in the transfer market.
Getting players we are linked with (meaning they are our prime targets).
Putting enormous daylight between us and those below us, brushing aside competing bidders.
Buying before we sell.

Had we sold Lukaku I think would know about it. In the old days we waited to sign players at the end of the window to save on wages over the summer. We have credible plan to build a new stadium. The fact is it's a total transformation.

David Ellis
197 Posted 04/07/2017 at 09:26:31
Niall at 182
Yes, it was Todd and Rioch. However, they were at the end of their careers and both were a bit of a disappointment – they looked better players when they were with Derby County (and won the title). Rioch in particular disappointed me in the flesh.

In those days we didn't have as much TV coverage so we didn't really know how good other players were. Bruce Rioch scored a lot of goals from midfield so got a lot of media coverage – but it turns out that's pretty much all he did (he had a rocket left foot).

Colin Todd was a very accomplished defender – but a bit on the small side for a centre back. But better than what we had before (although I can't remember who that would be... an end of career Mike Lyons or Billy Wright or Ken McKnaught?).

Olalekan Taofik
198 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:18:16
Sandro, you are highly welcome to the blue side of England
Stan Schofield
200 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:24:11
David @196: That's not me mate, I feel (for what it's worth) that these are good signings and likely to work out. All I'm saying is that it seems premature to get too excited or to compare what's happening with the 60s, or to conclude we're no longer sell to buy.

I agree that the changes are major, which is why I'm encouraged. But I'll get excited when we do stuff on the pitch.

Steve Ferns
201 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:30:02
Anthony (#190), I disagree on only getting top dollar for our players since Moshiri came in.

We did stand up to Man City on Lescott, and we got £28m off them for him. That's more than we had paid for Keane!

We also mugged them for Rodwell, forget the fee but it was well over £10m. If you talk to fans of other clubs, then they all think of Everton as being up there with Spurs for getting every penny out of player sales.

Tony Abrahams
202 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:43:15
Graham @170, that's not the voice of doom, mate, but more the voice of common-sense!

They say good players can play anywhere, and those that learn the fastest go the furthest, but I have to agree with you about those early fixtures and it's the reason I'm not putting a bet on us to win the league!

Laurie Hartley
203 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:55:43
Tony # 202 - have a fiver on us.

Dan # 184 - that USM logo was sort of in your face wasn't it. Like a sort of subliminal message to Stan Kroenke.

It's good this isn't it.

Brian Williams
204 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:02:57
Whether we're still in a sell to buy era or not is immaterial. We've bought early and bought well, and in case it's been missed we've bought without selling.
There's no guarantee that any "possible" deal for Lukaku would actually come to fruition, or if there even IS a possible deal so IMHO we're not spending the Lukaku money.
Anyone who's not excited at what's happening needs to have a word with themselves because what's happening is VERY different from what's happened in our recent history, and it's different in a very positive way.
With what's happened so far I'm feeling quite confident that if Lukaku did go then the club have a plan in place to replace him.
I'm also feeling confident that the club won't let him go at the 11th hour and not have something planned or in place.
Just can't see the good work done so far being put at risk by letting a top striker go and not have replacement/s sorted.

Only time will tell if my confidence is warranted or misplaced.

Dermot Byrne
205 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:21:47
Excellent post Brian. It seems to me we have planned this for a year or so and all that"project" talk was indeed true.

We also have a well respected manager, a proven scout and an owner who is no mug.

Strangely maybe the "lovey" skills Kenwright has, the welcome he gives and selling a close knit community is also coming into its own, now that he no longer leads the business side.

I sniff a strategy.

Andrew Ellams
206 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:27:56
If the team and squad are strengthened and we manage to claw back most of our outlay in the sale of players who want out or are not required any more then that's a good thing isn't it. It gives us more room to keep on strengthening. It would be great if there was some cash available in January to help push onto something really positive.
Tony Abrahams
207 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:32:44
Laurie, I'm thinking of having £500 on us for the year after, it might be enough to set me up for life!
Dermot Byrne
209 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:49:28
Fair of course re Rhys Alexander but wrong place for it on a celebratory thread. Otherwise we end up feeling guilty about any kind of good times mate. Applies to many things in life.
Alexander Murphy
211 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:59:43
Dermot & Ray, my words are responses. Not something which I've initiated.

Read post 195.
Any sign of respect to our little Blue ?

Brian Furey
212 Posted 04/07/2017 at 12:25:52
I was just looking at the list of players that Koeman has brought in since he joined last summer and he's done quite well I think.
Stekelenburg & Valencia were maybe his two weakest but everyone else look like they could be great players
Pickford - Next 1st choice England keeper
Williams - Some may say he's slow but great experience
Keane -
Bolasie - I'd say he's licking his lips looking at the new signings
Henry - Looks an exciting prospect to come in next year.
DCL - Koeman must rate him considering how often he played him last season. Like Davies seems to have made the step up to the first team reasonably well but early days.

After one season he's more or less replaced a whole team though it might take time to bed them in.

I've a feeling there won't be any ugency now for Sigurdsson.

Steve Ferns
213 Posted 04/07/2017 at 12:45:57
Brian, my feeling is it is Sigurdsson or Barkley. It hardly seems like clubs are queuing up to sign Barkley, so perhaps he will sign a new contract now.

Then we can concentrate on signing a big target man to replace Rom, such as Dolberg or Dembele, and then someone with a bit more skill and guile as an alternative, such as Bacca. I would also like to sign a pacy winger such as Behrami. Those are three positions I would like to strengthen with the Lukaku money.

Laurie Hartley
214 Posted 04/07/2017 at 12:53:39
Tony - he who hesitates is lost. Get your bet on before we sign Giroud.
Mike Green
215 Posted 04/07/2017 at 13:08:39
It will be interesting to see how Rom and Ross are perceived if they stay now.

Mark Daley
216 Posted 04/07/2017 at 13:26:41
Mike, my aunty who hires the boats out in Sefton Park saw Lukaku paddling around this morning in fine style. According to her, he is a real master boater. At least, I think that's what she said.
Mike Green
217 Posted 04/07/2017 at 13:36:05
Aaaah ! I got it wrong then Mark, I heard he was doing an apprenticeship down at Sattertwaites to become a real Master Baker...
John G Davies
226 Posted 05/07/2017 at 10:07:56

I hope Big Ron stops signing these work horse defensive players.

James Hughes
227 Posted 05/07/2017 at 10:10:38
I have just watched this clip and he is a very talented player. I loved the opening slide showing he was linked to the RS & Manure.

if Moyes was still here I would be worried about the ruining of another forward. He looks class


Colin Glassar
228 Posted 05/07/2017 at 18:46:55
Great news. At last!

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