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Everton battle Southampton for Hoedt

| Wednesday, 02 August 2017  30 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton are weighing up an offer for Lazio's Wesley Hoedt according to a report but face competition from Southampton for the £12m-rated defender.

The Liverpool Echo claim that the 23-year-old has been discussed by Steve Walsh and Ronald Koeman as an option as they search for a left-sided centre-half following Ramiro Funes Mori's recent injury set-back.

The Argentina international is recovering from a second knee operation and isn't likely to return to action until the New Year but the Echo's report also suggests that the Blues' management team favour a player capable of playing at left back as well given the lack of experienced cover for Leighton Baines.

Hoedt, who recently became a full Dutch international, was signed by Lazio on a free transfer two years ago after he left AZ Alkmaar in his native Netherlands. He has played 42 times in Serie A for the Italian club.

Meanwhile, another rumoured target from Italy, Jason Murillo, has reportedly turned down overtures from Everton, Arsenal, Tottenham and Stoke to join Valencia.

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James Stewart
1 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:14:08
Would love us to pinch Sakho but this one might be more likely.
Lee Jackson
2 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:27:30
Guess my Van Dijk dream is just that – a dream. And to think we were linked with Van Dijk back when he was at Celtic for £10m. Martinez decided on Funes Mori instead – doh!
Gavin Johnson
3 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:41:14
I'd like us to sign Sakho but I've seen reports that the RS are looking for £30m. This guy seems a more likely buy at £12m if we're looking for cover.

Funes Mori has done okay but has never totally convinced. I think we should be looking for a long-term replacement. Sakho would be a good buy if we could negotiate the price down.

Dave Speed
4 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:18:22
Jason Murillo? Isn't he a hip-hop singer?
Neil Thomas
5 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:39:48
Sakho? No chance. RS ain't going to sell to us. More likely could be a swap deal for Van Dijk.
Dave Speed
6 Posted 02/08/2017 at 20:05:05
Sakho? Isn't that a Japanese rice wine? Or what you get in Spain if you are bad at your job?
Clive Lewis
7 Posted 02/08/2017 at 20:22:15
Krameric, Hoffenheim, worth a punt I think.

I'm worried Rooney will be a moaning liability.

Richard Lyons
8 Posted 02/08/2017 at 20:29:56
Dave Speed: you're funny...

Is this the way to J Murillo?
Soz... Now don't be getting all saki over it!

I always thought Mason Holgate was an adultery website...

Richard Reeves
9 Posted 02/08/2017 at 21:07:29
I've not liked Sakho since his impression of a crack head African warlord during the Merseyside derby when Lukaku must've whispered something truly disturbing into his ear. An average player on stilts who plays up to his own supporters and always capable of a stray pass or something clumsy in my opinion.

Browning and Holgate should be given a chance in the middle along with Galloway as back-up for the left or centre-left.

Dave Speed
10 Posted 02/08/2017 at 21:52:58
Richard – I'm as pissed off as the next guy with the stop-start, is he, isn't he... so I thought I'd just look for the humour. Nice reply BTW. See if we can drag others in until it gets too ridiculous or we sign Gylfi, Giroud and/or AN Other or 2. Or 3.

ps: I've said that if we sign Wesley Hoedt, I'm glad that his first name isn't Richard. Opposing fans would have a field day.

Steve Ferns
11 Posted 02/08/2017 at 22:10:44
I'd prefer Presnel Kimpembe of Paris Saint Germain.

PSG need to sell off players to satisfy FFP. Therefore they'd be prepared to sell a first team player in Kimpembe, and keep the world class Marquinhos.

Kimpembe is 21. He's a ball playing centre half and he plays on the left side of defence.

PSG still have Tiago Silva and he has little resale value, and so they will keep their captain. They just signed Juan Foyth from Argentina, so, apparently they will sell Kimpembe.

Only issue is Liverpool are ahead of us in the queue, but they prefer Van Dijk.

Dave Speed
12 Posted 03/08/2017 at 05:29:08
Steve F (#11) – if RS get Van Dijk, then that would take them off the 'interested' list of every other player we are both interested in, as they would have spent all their sweetie money in the one shop.
Erik Dols
13 Posted 03/08/2017 at 08:02:27
I rate Hoedt highly actually, at current transfer fees, £12m is an absolute steal. Left footed, quick, good positioning, good header. I don't thin Van Dijk is world class and never will be.

Hoedt at least has the potential to become world class. Although he probably won't reach the absolute top, I do see him grow to at least the same level as Van Dijk in one or two years.

Anthony Hughes
14 Posted 03/08/2017 at 09:18:57
We need to forget about Van Dijk; if we're stalling on an extra £5 million for Sigurdsson, then we aren't going to throw £50 million down for a centre-half.
Colin Grierson
15 Posted 03/08/2017 at 09:20:08
Is Hoedt pronounced 'hut'? If so, come and join the party, 'Pizza'.
Erik Dols
16 Posted 03/08/2017 at 09:29:53
Colin Grierson, it's pronounced exactly the same as the correct pronunciation of "Huth", like the footballer Robert Huth. Like in "cute". It is not pronounced like 'hut'. It's the Dutch word (archaic form) for "hat". I know, I am fun at parties.
Mike Allison
17 Posted 03/08/2017 at 09:30:32
Okay, I just posted a question that had already been answered. Dutch pronunciations often seem to be tricky.
David Milner
18 Posted 03/08/2017 at 09:58:54
Looks a good signing for me, right age as well for development.

6'-3" tall & a good header of the ball (remember Per Krøldrup) Urgggg.

Funes Mori has never really set Goodison alight & is prone to mistakes, although rated highly in South America & Europe.

Funes Mori should fetch a good price in the January sales when foreign teams are looking to shore up their defences.

James Watts
19 Posted 03/08/2017 at 10:01:55
Sounds like a good report there, Erik, and he sounds like exactly the sort of player we need for that area of the pitch. Let's hope it has some legs!
Colin Grierson
20 Posted 03/08/2017 at 10:09:28
Thanks for clearing that up, Erik. You're not really Steve McClaren, are you?
Shane Corcoran
21 Posted 03/08/2017 at 10:13:48
Nobody bothered that he's had a second knee operation and is out until 2018?
Jim Potter
22 Posted 03/08/2017 at 10:19:00
Always good to get your view Erik (I take my hat off to you).

Having been impressed by the lad on TV I'm now firmly in the camp to bring him to Goodison.

I've always thought Van Dijk to be a good, solid defender but find the sums being written about him totally perplexing. He's not worth £60m – even in a crazy market.

Has their been a Dutch media view on what Koeman is doing at Everton, Erik?

Erik Dols
23 Posted 03/08/2017 at 10:27:03
Shane, are you talking about Hoedt? As far as I know, he is fit.
Erik Dols
24 Posted 03/08/2017 at 10:29:19
Colin, ha, I'm not Steve McClaren but I did a lot of impressions of him. His press conferences when managing Twente were hilarious.

David, I actually thought when posting "you'll see he turns out to be the next Krøldrup". Moving from the Serie A to the Premier League seems to be a difficult one, enough examples of failures along the line.

Shane Corcoran
25 Posted 03/08/2017 at 11:03:27
Erik, I just realised that the injury relates to Funes Mori. Red face.
Erik Dols
26 Posted 03/08/2017 at 16:06:58
Shane, it happens to the best of us. If I had a penny for every time I made a mistake, I could buy Sigurdsson myself...
Paul Kossoff
27 Posted 06/08/2017 at 14:39:59
Sign Sakho? You are having a laugh surely! Its not April the first is it? Are we in the silly season already? Have you idiots been smelling the bar maids apron? I've never seen a more ungainly awkward pile of shite in my life as that dopey looking excuse for a professional footballer! Please God we are better than that! I would say Williams; is a Ferrari to Sakhos mini. Is the standard of defenders that poor that we would have no better option than buying that prat, well it obviously is, as if it wasn't, that man would not be in the premier league.
Nathan Jones
28 Posted 06/08/2017 at 18:03:07
Shane, I thought the same as you and could not believe that no-one had commented. Doh ! As for the rest of it, it all sounds good but I've never seen him play so no idea if he's any good...
Eivind Nyhus
29 Posted 17/08/2017 at 13:51:24
Dont worry Paul, we're not going for Sakho. Your evaluation of him is spot on, something Koeman and co will be aware of.
Joseph Terrence
30 Posted 22/08/2017 at 22:33:08
Looks like he's officially signed for Southampton. 15m.

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