Transfer Deadline Day

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 71comments  |  Jump to most recent

Eliaquim Mangala could arrive on loan from Manchester City today
Updated The winter transfer window closed at 11pm this evening with the temporary departure of Ademola Lookman the big surprise as Eliaquim Mangala was secured on loan.

More outgoings than incomings were expected from the club, with the day beginning with the confirmation of Sandro Ramirez's loan switch to Sevilla following a successful medical.

Davy Klaassen looked set to follow him out the door but a proposed move to Napoli collapsed late in the day. The Serie A club were initially reported to have gone cold on the move given that the Dutch midfielder would be cup-tied for the Europa League but it later emerged that a contractual issue related to image rights is what scuppered the deal.

Muhamed Besic, meanwhile, secured a move to Middlesbrough who decided to sign him on loan until the end of the season. U23s goalkeeper Louis Gray also went out on loan, to Carlisle United.

But the biggest story of the day was the apparent controversy surrounding Ademola Lookman, who forced a loan move to RB Leipzig in Germany, seemingly against the advice of the club and manager.

David Henen was wanted by Sunderland, but that deal fell through, according to La Dernière Heure because Everton demanded that Henen first extend his contract, but the player refused. When this season ends, he will be free to seek another club.

Sam Allardyce complained after the win over Leicester in the evening that five more of his players — later revealed to be loan offers for Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies and a cash bid for Oumar Niasse — were the subject of late interest from other clubs.

Another loan approach was reputedly made for Dominic Calvert-Lewin which was also knocked back.

In terms of inbound transfers, Mangala was the only signing, with Everton agreeing a loan deal for the Manchester City defender.

An offer for Blackburn Rovers' Callum Wright failed, with the forward opting for Leicester City while their interest in Charlton Athletic defender Ezri Konsa cooled with the London club asking for around £5m for the England youth international defender.

In later reports, it was claimed that Everton reportedly saw a late bid for Espanyol left-back Aaron Martin fail in the January transfer window. According to Catalan newspaper L'Esportiu, the Blues offered €20 million for the 20-year-old, around £17 million. Manager Quique Sanchez Flores was happy to sell but the club reportedly believed they could get €30 million for him.


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Mark Andersson
1 Posted 31/01/2018 at 06:09:36
All-in-all, it's looking very rosy if you're not a blues fan. Until this club gets shut of teary Bill, we will not move forward...

It's embarrassing to be a fan... the players and all connected to our club are laughing all the way to the bank.

Have we had one decent 90 minutes of football this season???

Denver Daniels
2 Posted 31/01/2018 at 06:28:49
I wonder if this fathead is being paid a bonus per player for every player out the door. I guess Moshiri wants some money back.
Dean Edwards
3 Posted 31/01/2018 at 06:48:11
Mangala!? What a bad player! Makes Williams look like Beckenbauer!

Fat Sam must have bought into the clubs new motto: “Buy Everyone Else's Shite, The Wheels Have Fallen Off”!
Chad Schofield
4 Posted 31/01/2018 at 06:51:36
Great, Google "Mangala useless".

There's even this quote "Sam Allardyce told the press that exploiting his weakness was key to West Ham United’s strategy in their 2-1 win over City on Saturday."

Sign him up.

Karl Jones
5 Posted 31/01/2018 at 07:01:35
At least he's left-footed. That's more than you can say about anyone else in the first-team squad. Desperate times.
Paul A Smith
6 Posted 31/01/2018 at 07:05:18
Chad (#4). Instead of just typing headlines into google, why don't you take the time to read the article your promoting. If you had, your post would never have been so negative.

His comments were all about Man City not protecting him.

Your post is a prime example of today's people in general. Reading headlines and speaking without a fact in mind.

Paul Evans
7 Posted 31/01/2018 at 07:19:24
Paul (#6), I fully agree, give this guy a break, he's not even signed yet and he's getting grief.

Williams's & Jagielka's days are gone; Holgate lacks experience and is not a first team player yet. Funes Mori is still way off match fitness, so this guy could partner Keane for the remainder of the season. He's strong, experienced, and played Premier League football.

Why can't we support our team and welcome players, rather than chew them up before they've even donned the jersey.

John G Davies
8 Posted 31/01/2018 at 07:25:30

I think you will find Sam referred to letting Manama have the ball.
He was never going to fit in at City with his ability on the ball.
Good defender.

Ian Jones
9 Posted 31/01/2018 at 07:35:35
Paul @7

"Why can't we support our team and welcome players, rather than chew them up before they've even donned the jersey?"

Agreed... but where's the fun in that? :)

Ian Jones
10 Posted 31/01/2018 at 07:43:44
I am all for as many players as necessary going out on loan to give them a chance to play football.

In the modern day game, with a match day squad of 18 plus possibly others who may have been selected travelling, so up to say 20 players involved, there are always 6 who have not played.

The issue with ours and many other teams' squads is that unless you have players who can't be left out of a team for obvious reasons, you are left with a huge squad of disgruntled players.

So loan them out, keep them fresh, and then take a decision in the summer.

James Morgan
11 Posted 31/01/2018 at 07:50:17
French international, give the guy a chance, ffs. Maybe he just doesn't suit Pep's style, like Sakho with Liverpool.
Andrew Ellams
12 Posted 31/01/2018 at 07:53:10
Not as good as Stones, better than anything we have. How did that happen?
Colin Glassar
13 Posted 31/01/2018 at 08:12:22
I thought we weren’t going to do any deals today due to having a game tonight? Sam did say we can’t multitask.
Jer Kiernan
14 Posted 31/01/2018 at 08:34:35
I don't think the people that manage EFC realize how important this Transfer window is, judging by their apathy; the silence in the transfer market is deafening

Am I the only one who thinks we can still get relegated this season. All the bottom 3 sides are showing signs of improvement where as we are regressing and are finding our antiquated style of "agricultural" football has seen its day in the top flight and is easily undone.

Not buying a left back for instance can only be described as Gross Negligence by the powers that be, Kenwright is stinking the place out at this stage and there needs to be a concerted effort by the local Blue fans to get shot of this guy

Easy for me to say from the sofa in Dublin, I know, but you guys are the only ones who can put together a concerted effort to ignore the always favourable spin Blue Bill gets by the media and protest and demand he step down and, for want of a better phrase, fuck right off!

Jim Bennings
15 Posted 31/01/2018 at 08:35:32
I still think we lack energy and athleticism in the midfield; no-one to seriously win a midfield battle, no pace in the middle or strength.

It doesn't look like any signings will happen now though.

Stephen Smith
16 Posted 31/01/2018 at 08:40:36
Mark @1. No. Can anyone remember the last decent display?
Tony Everan
17 Posted 31/01/2018 at 09:03:42
Rumoured that Klaassen doesn't fancy going to Napoli or Serie A.

Si Pulford
18 Posted 31/01/2018 at 09:29:46
What have we got to lose here exactly? If he stinks the place out we don't have to play him. If he played better than the current shambles we improve our starting eleven. The negativity is understandable – but some of the logic behind the arguments presented is baffling.

Loans with the option to buy are the way forward. Think all the players we bought in the summer. Had they be loans we wouldn't be £200 million worse off.

Give the guy a break and actually wait to see him in a blue shirt before judging. This is the reason we have written Klaassen off and still play every game, regardless of opposition with two defensive midfielders.

Andy Williams
19 Posted 31/01/2018 at 09:35:22
The lie of Walsh being some kind of super scout was shown by Leicester's new signing Diabate – MotM on Saturday – bought from French 2nd Division, just like Mahrez and Kante.

Obviously failed to find out who was behind those signings – doesn't sound like us does it?

Steve Brown
20 Posted 31/01/2018 at 09:55:21
So Walsh was asked to buy a sofa and has come with a lamp, to coin a certain obese Spaniard.
Steve Brown
21 Posted 31/01/2018 at 09:57:34
Also, can anyone explain to me how Klaassen is deemed good enough to join the midfield of the title challengers in Italy but not good enough to displace Schneiderlin?

It is indeed a funny old world...

Peter Thistle
23 Posted 31/01/2018 at 10:05:17
Anyone would be better than what we have in defence this season. Ashley Williams is possibly the worst defender we've ever had, Jagielka is gone, Holgate needs time.

I'd take almost anyone at the moment, we are a joke and everyone knows it. It will be a long time until we get rid of the shit players and bring in better ones; sadly we need patience that we don't have... Sigh.

Paul A Smith
25 Posted 31/01/2018 at 10:15:47
From people finding the time to google 'Mangala useless' and fans suggesting we can't do deals the same day as a game (multi tasking) wow. Is that serious? If its a joke, why bother?

I am gobsmacked at how much the club has disturbed the minds of lots of fans.
Or is it just the fact they can spout stupidity just because they have a keypad? br>Its sad and awful to see as a fellow fan. It used to be the others across the way that spoke before a brain cell was awake.

Chris James
26 Posted 31/01/2018 at 10:18:18
Jesus, really? This thread as well?
What exactly is the outpouring of grief and bile in aid of this time?

Are you genuinely gutted we'd letting players who've proved utterly ineffectual (and whom you've been balling out at the start of the season) go?
Are you clamouring for Klaasen, Ramirez and Besic in the starting lineup? Seriously? Or are you outraged we may be letting David Henen and Galloway go on loan?

I can understand that splashing £40-odd million on Tosun and Walcott up front, hanging onto Niasse and looking at the prospect of adding an experienced left-sided premier league defender would outrage any fan. I mean what IS the board playing at...sigh

Jim Lloyd
27 Posted 31/01/2018 at 10:24:25
I don't think Sam Allardyce said we "can't do any deals". He seemed to be indicating that the Premier League bods responsible for arranging matches on the final evening of the window, were a shower of overpaid silly twats. A very astute observation I would have thought.

Were's the fun in supporting our players!!! Beam me up, Scottie.

Steve Brown
28 Posted 31/01/2018 at 10:28:22
Paul Smith and Chris James, respectfully disagree. You are mistaking cynical humour for anguish. The humour comes from having Mike Basset as manager, Elmer Thudd on transfers and weepy Bill orchestrating. The cynicism comes from, well, decades of supporting Everton.
Brian Williams
29 Posted 31/01/2018 at 10:32:46
That's Elma Fudd!
Soren Moyer
30 Posted 31/01/2018 at 10:33:27
Please god, no!!!! First Martina then him. Why do we get the wrong players? We should have bought Maguire instead of Keane. And now this? A defender that can't get in to a decent team!
Brian Williams
31 Posted 31/01/2018 at 10:34:56
Shoulda, woulda, coulda. Same ole, same ole.
Paul A Smith
32 Posted 31/01/2018 at 10:35:27
Steve. Somebody took the time to type 'Mangala useless' and suggested other fans try it. That's not funny or helpful in any way shape or form.

I don't want to spoil anybody's fun but I take football seriously, like many others. If I sat and thought "Let's type 'Mangala useless' into my toolbar," I would instantly get up and do something else.

What a life.

Jim Lloyd
33 Posted 31/01/2018 at 10:37:37
Cynical Humour? Interesting but this cynical humour erodes into a state of mind that just becomes a continuous procession of derogatoty comments about our manager and our club. If that's humourous it's a sad comment on comedians if that's all they can peddle.
Mark Wynne
34 Posted 31/01/2018 at 11:12:26
Maybe Allardyce is taking the flat back 10 seriously – must buy more centre-halves!
Rahman Talib
35 Posted 31/01/2018 at 11:41:10
I am hoping we sign Wayne Rooney today
Rahman Talib
36 Posted 31/01/2018 at 11:42:38
I remember the day we sold Arteta to Arsenal and Bill used the money to keep us out of bankruptcy.
Dan Nulty
37 Posted 31/01/2018 at 11:46:42
Worth a punt as a loan. Depends how hungry he is to prove Man City wrong. United were in for him as well at the time so the scouts must have seen something.

This does smack of a complete gamble.

Talking of which, I heard Mourinho was talking about potentially loaning out Zlatan, no pace but a goal scorer. I'd take a chance on him.

Sam said on TalkSport this morning he was expecting one in on loan and possibly one out. Sandro and Mangala could be the sole bit of business.

PG Malcolm
38 Posted 31/01/2018 at 11:51:37
Jer #14 you're not. I well believe we will be back in the relegation scrap before long. I just hope I am proved wrong.
Mike Oates
39 Posted 31/01/2018 at 11:53:56
We need players everywhere, centre defence, left back, driving midfield player. and still possibly a proven goal scorer to name just four – so lets stop knocking Managala, at least its a recognition by Allardyce that the 4 centre halfs we have got to choose from now are just not good enough.
Priority though must be another left back - buts just not going to happen in this window.
Phil Walling
40 Posted 31/01/2018 at 12:19:48
All this anti-Kenwright bollox is way off the mark. Bill doesn't go for a dump these days without clearing it with Moshiri. If he does quit, it will be because of frustration at his wealthy partner's pig-headed naivety rather than in answer to our prayers!
Martin Nicholls
41 Posted 31/01/2018 at 12:20:52
Don't you just hate it when someone begins a post with "am I the only one" then proceeds to trot out what scores, if not hundreds of previous posters have already said?
Brian Wilkinson
42 Posted 31/01/2018 at 12:26:59
Under starters orders, and were off, taking an early lead is he's not good enough, closely followed by please god no, coming up on the rails is google says shite, back in mid division, Uncle Bill's screw up, closely followed by Walsh's missing.

Way back in the field he's too old, slow, small guy.

Oh he's gone, Steve Walsh fallen at the first hurdle, was strongly fancied when taking the reigns.

The clock is ticking, I am sure we will have an outright winner later, whipping boy and not good enough for me.

Phillip Warrington
43 Posted 31/01/2018 at 12:49:27
Biggest joke – Steve Walsh, super scout.

In his reign, we have wasted so much money on transfers, sold some of our most gifted players for peanuts, and replaced them with hacks, most of the Premier League clubs seem to pick up gems. Clubs like Monaco, Dortmund actually challenge the big guys by doing it; why is it we only get everybody's dregs and has-beens?

The Everton Board of Directors... Christ, why is it you can't see what every Everton fan sees, week-in & week-out? The team are playing the worst football by any Everton team I can recall in my 52 years of supporting Everton!!!

I can't think of any game this season that you could say at the end of the game, "Yeah, we dominated and outplayed them today."

We have had a lot of lucky results; it only takes for the luck to run out and guess what? We have a lot of expensive wage earners we can't get rid off.

I pray we can one day play football again and enjoy watching Everton.

Jer Kiernan
44 Posted 31/01/2018 at 12:50:25
@ Martin Nicholls

Hate isn't strong enough a word, for anybody who begins a post with "am I the only one"

I couldnt agree more bring back the death penalty I say, Adding it in the second paragraph on the other hand is perfectly acceptable of course ;)

"am I the only one" & "don't you just hate it" are pretty close I would find

Andrew Ellams
45 Posted 31/01/2018 at 13:23:26
Swansea trying to bring in Andre Schurrle. A good player, still only 27, worth a punt if Dortmund can be persuaded?
Dave Cook
46 Posted 31/01/2018 at 13:30:32
Klaassen deal most likely off due to the fact Napoli forgot he played in Europe with us.

Wish I could forget that easily too.

Liam Reilly
47 Posted 31/01/2018 at 13:33:10
Sweet Jesus – see the Arse' have just bought Aubameyang just in time for our visit on Saturday.

I'm glad the Rugby's back – might divert some of the attention away from what will surely be another mauling, as the side sit deeper and deeper.

Danny Halsall
48 Posted 31/01/2018 at 13:36:29
I think Mangala will be a decent addition to our squad and, on the whole, he's better than the centre halves we have at present. In terms of this window, I think the business we have done is steady, if you ignore the fact that we have not bought a left-back, which is criminal.

We have brought in Cenk Tosun who looks a decent player and can hopefully improve with a few more games under his belt, whatever you think of Walcott he has scored goals in this league and at 28 still has an awful lot to contribute. Outgoings have been acceptable, I have no problem with Lennon going, especially if we gained financially and it will hopefully free up some minutes for Lookman to get onto the pitch. Klaassen can go, looks as though he has a good football brain, but physically he is not up to the mark, weak on the ball and no pace. Bit gutted about Sandro, hasn't really been given enough chances, but we don't see him everyday at training so there may be a reason for it.

I think one thing that this window does highlight is that we are a VERY long way from challenging the top 4. We are nowhere near the standards of the big clubs, on the pitch or off it, even with a billionaire backer. Look at Arsenal as an example, they lost their best player to Man Utd, got Mhkitaryan as part of the deal and have now broke the bank for Aubameyang, all of which will probably convince Ozil to sign a new contract. That is how a big club does it. We on the other hand sell Lukaku for a record fee and replace him with Rooney and an unproven Spain U21 striker, for good measure we then spend the best part of £100m on Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurddsson. It just doesn't match up.

Steve Bell
49 Posted 31/01/2018 at 14:02:55
Nzonzi part of the Sandro to Sevilla loan? If not, WTF not? If you don't ask...
Brian Harrison
50 Posted 31/01/2018 at 14:28:52
Seems like Klassen deal not likely, as well as being cup tied for the Europa League, Sky Italy are reporting an images rights problem. Apparently they have videos and other promotional stuff and the players must get nothing for doing it unlike here I presume.
Andrew Ellams
51 Posted 31/01/2018 at 15:26:46
So any other rumours out there? New tea lady? White line painter? Anybody?
Brian Harrison
52 Posted 31/01/2018 at 15:30:55
I see the animal rescue centre in Freshfield is looking for a home for
Klopp the pig. Any ideas??
Tony McNulty
53 Posted 31/01/2018 at 15:34:55
No live feed or (like some of our players) am I missing something?
Phil Malone Jnr
54 Posted 31/01/2018 at 16:02:16
So we've signed a striker, a winger and (pretty much) a left sided center half and we all (me included) still feel short changed.

This season started with so much expectation and we're all just deflated. We need to just get through the season and get in a manager that can play the football we want to see.

John Kavanagh
55 Posted 31/01/2018 at 16:42:43
Brian 52, I would give Klopp the pig the No2 shirt straight away. Biggest disappointment of this window is Schneiderlin not going to Wham for £20 million. Couldn't we have upped it to £30 million for them to take him?
Brian Hennessy
57 Posted 31/01/2018 at 16:48:27
John #55 - I never knew Schneiderlin was even a good singer, or indeed that Wham were reforming after the great George Michael passed away.

Good to see Morgan has another career option though as he's not much of a footballer !

Steve Brown
58 Posted 31/01/2018 at 16:57:26
Jim 33, Swap world weary for cynical if it suits you better but a lifetime of supporting Everton can do that too you. We debate, challenge and argue bit it is mostly done with humour.

But in our hearts we remain optimists about the future of the club, which means for some of us we hope and expect that we will soon be doing better than having messrs Kenwright, Elstone, Walsh and Allardyce running this great club. That might come across to you as derogatory but it is simply a strongly held belief that we can do a lot better than this.

Jerome Shields
60 Posted 31/01/2018 at 17:26:57
Everton have signed the long awaited striker, who as was expected was isolated in the game against West Brom under Allardyce's Management tactics. We have signed a winger to provide quality passes forward to satisfy Allardyce's assertion that are existing players weren't doing so, only for Walcott after the game to pinpoint the Management tactic weakness 'that Everton should be playing higher up the pitch'.

The real worry in the reducing of the size of the squad:- by off loading non Moshiri involvement players and not addressing the actual weaknesses in the team.

By off-loading promising younger players that where brought in and those coming through the ranks. These players are readily accepting and in some cases asking to leave. Its obvious they don't see there future with Everton Football Club. They won't be back.

What are we left with after this transfer window's unsightly rush of loans?

Unsuccessful tactics;
Under-performing players,
Obvious weak areas in the team;
Motivated, good-performing players no longer available – or gone;
Youth development policy and future evaporating before our eyes. . .

Liam Reilly
61 Posted 31/01/2018 at 17:37:46
So Marhez won't be going to City after all; what abut a cheeky bid from Moshiri as surely he can't go back to Leicester again with his tail between his legs.
Jim Bennings
62 Posted 31/01/2018 at 17:49:20
Chelsea sign Giroud for 18 million, I know there was no chance of him coming up north but it’s another dose of “look at what you could have won”.

I’m not going to rule Tosun out yet but we have paid big money for a striker to instantly score goals and add firepower to this season, if another three or four games pass by with no decent contribution from him then I think fan frustrations (not so much at Tosun but the board) will start being heard for again throwing considerable money on a “unknown risk signing”.

Anyway let’s just see how things develop.

Colin Gee
64 Posted 31/01/2018 at 17:55:58
Mangala is left footed, so that makes him better than cuco the clown already.

Dennis Stevens
65 Posted 31/01/2018 at 18:04:52
I suppose Geri scoring against us is inevitable!
David Pearl
66 Posted 31/01/2018 at 18:05:43
Isn’t in Colin the clown ?

Slimani would of hit the ground running maybe but we’ve a few new players and others back from injury so let’s see what Allardyce does with the players who looked even worse under both Koeman and Unsy.

Gavin Johnson
67 Posted 31/01/2018 at 18:11:47
Jim #62

I agree, the juries out on Tosun. On the little we've seen he looks a grafter who can bring others into play but we needed a striker who can guarantee goals and Tosun is still a huge gamble in that respect! There were questions over Giroud's pace and age but he would have got us goals and would have been the target man to get the most out of Sigurdsson's dead ball ability. Like you say though, it was never going to happen when his missus put the kosh on anything happening.

And on what we could have won. It makes you wonder why we never tried to make a big offer on Mahrez. His stocks risen again but I'm sure Leicester would have bitten our hands off for the money we spent on Sigurdsson last summer. Mangers usually raid their ex clubs for the best players. Steve Walsh isn't a manager but he's responsible for transfers. I don't know why we didn't have a go. That goes for Vardy to a lesser extent too.

Andrew Keatley
68 Posted 31/01/2018 at 18:11:59
Blackburn youngster Callum Wright has given us a swerve and signed for Leicester instead.
David Pearl
69 Posted 31/01/2018 at 18:18:38
Ozil... £350 grand a week. What a joke. Maybe I should have look into adopting some kids and training them non stop. Unless that’s fround upon.
Dermot Byrne
70 Posted 31/01/2018 at 18:25:29
Steve Brown : agree. Otherwise the point of it all? Bang on.
Gavin Johnson
71 Posted 31/01/2018 at 18:28:37
Andrew #68

Shame about Callum Wright. Don't blame him though. It looks like our model now is to buy younger players, emulating Chelsea, who farm them out and sell them for profit. No a bad thing, but I think the days of us bringing in players like Stones, Holgate and DCL for little and fast tracking them into the side will happen less and less. Plus we've currently got a manager who is sceptical of playing youngers players when not necessary.

Nigel Munford
73 Posted 31/01/2018 at 19:24:03
You’re a happy chap Jerome.
Chad Schofield
74 Posted 31/01/2018 at 19:52:28
Well now that we have Mangala, rather than it just being a rumour - welcome aboard! :)

Perhaps he'll shine given we bought other team's good/best players only for then to flop. Let's hope.

Geoff Evans
75 Posted 31/01/2018 at 21:54:15
Mangala signing is a no brainer, good business.
Now he's a blue get behind him.
Rob Halligan
76 Posted 31/01/2018 at 23:14:25
SSN saying Mangala is now a done deal although no official announcement as yet.
Kristian Boyce
77 Posted 01/02/2018 at 00:18:03
Just saw this:

Everton rejected a swap deal offer from Inter Milan including Marcelo Brozovic & Morgan Schneiderlin, according to Sky Italia

Seriously? What do managers actually see in Schneiderlin?

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