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Everton close in on Hajduk Split midfielder

| Monday, 28 August 2017 69comments  |  Jump to last
Nikola Vlašić, who featured for Hajduk in the recent Europa League playoff game, is apparently close to sealing an £8m move to Everton.

Initial murmurings over the weekend were followed with the latest suggestion today from Italian journalist Alfredo Pedullà that he was set to make the switch for €10m.

His claims that the attacking midfielder, one of the more dangerous players in the Croatians' side over the two legs, is set to join the Blues before the transfer deadline have been backed up by Dominic King of the Daily Mail and Paul Joyce of The Times who say the deal is close to being concluded.

The 19-year-old, who was linked with Arsenal and Chelsea last year, is also being watched closely by AC Milan according to recent speculation, the Italian club reportedly using Hajduk's games against Everton scout him.

Speaking to Split newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, Hajduk president, Ivan Kos, didn't deny the speculation over Vlašić and hinted that his club might not be in a position to turn down a sizeable bid for the player.

"The transfer window runs until August 31, sometimes transfers happen a minute before midnight," he said. "We don't want to lose one per cent of our quality.

"We also have to think about financial stability."

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Tom Daly
1 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:49:23
He was clearly Hajduk's best player over the two legs, but do we honestly need another midfielder?!
Ciarán McGlone
2 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:51:49
I thought Barry was the impressive player for them.
Eugene Ruane
3 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:58:33
A cup-tied midfield player?

Mate of mine reckons this is the smart move.

(my mate Link )

Karl Jones
4 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:00:08
Agree with Ciaran, Hamza Barry stood out a mile. Great technique strong in possession and very good going forward.
Paul Tran
5 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:01:57
Could have done with another one yesterday, Tom!
Wai Kin Low
6 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:11:10
Pretty good player in football manager. But he is a central attacking midfielder though. Aren't we already overloaded with players like Klaassen, Sigurdsson and Rooney?
Sam Hoare
7 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:05:00
I liked the look of him. Reminded me of Barkley a bit but possibly a bit more 'bite'. He actually looked relatively quick which would be novel in our midfield.
Colin Glassar
8 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:24:54
So out of a squad of 25 are we going to have 20 MF players?
Paul Tran
9 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:27:04
Barry was the 'busier' looking player, this guy looked the most talented.
Brian Harrison
10 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:33:02
what another midfield player, how many midfield players do you need. Gana,Schneiderlin, Mccarthy,Besic,Davies,Klassen, Sigurdsson
Rooney. I think whoever is in charge of our transfer policy has completely lost the plot.

We need 1 if not 2 quality centre forwards, not another midfield player.

Jeff Armstrong
11 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:34:23
Was this the number 8 ?, if so he was very good at Goodison, but yet another midfielder..we need a CB, LB cover, 2 Strikers and a two footed wide man who can switch ,3 days to go we've known for 6 months Lukaku was going..Valencia and Kone have all left and Koeman has got just one forward in, say he is the Dutch Moyes is unkind to Davy .
Jimmy Salt
12 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:47:49
But we need a left back striker blah blah blah .8 million shhhhh
Christy Ring
13 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:00:17
He can play on the wing and upfront.
Brian Williams
14 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:06:59
With the noises Koeman's made in interviews, with regard to getting another two players in (including a striker), is it HIS failing or the failing of the board that we haven't yet done that?
Mark Riding
15 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:08:47
Top scouting Walshie lad. Bet you've been tracking him for years.
Colin Glassar
16 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:12:45
Now I'm going to have to watch the game again as the only player that stood out for me was Barry.

Despite the unknown factor I've been saying for ages that the balkans are a gold mine of talent. It's about time we started tapping into that market.

Is this kid a winger?

Steve Jenkins
17 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:32:01
Seemed more like an attacking CM that pops up on the wings and through the middle.

Lovely touch and skill, what you'd expect from your typical Balkan player always technically excellent.

Far more of an attacking player and creative.

Yes, we have a lot of CM (but mostly defensive), we have no-one else like him (Barkley aside), as far as a running threat.

Which could mean Barkley is on his way.

People may mention Lookman ,but for me he is far more of a winger - this guy to me is an creative attacking mid.

Barry stood out but Valasic definitely stood out for me on the Goodison leg as their danger man, and I was nervous every time he got the ball (always a good sign).

Stephen Brown
18 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:56:37
Did he have pace ?? Can't remember!!
Andrew W James
19 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:59:54
To be fair...Barry was the one player that stood out coz it was the one name the commentators knew how to pronounce and they mentioned his name every time they had the whether he was anywhere near it or not. And the name easiest for many of us to recall - me certainly so.
Bob Hannigan
20 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:09:56
8 Mil, no problem. We need a deeper squad for Europe, EPL & Cups.
If he impresses RK, I'm on board.
James Stewart
21 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:15:46
Didnt notice him at all was he on the wing? Surely not another number 10.
Colin Glassar
22 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:17:17
Just trying to find out a bit about him and, apparently, the Croatians think he's the next Modric. That'll do me.
Derek Knox
23 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:39:50
Yes Colin, he seems cheap enough, and at the right age, like someone said before, I don't remember him doing a lot against us, but then again, had I known we were looking, I might have taken more notice, the two players I remember, were Barry and Erceg.

I just hope we get at least four or five in, assuming we have still a few departures, after yesterday it showed we have little threat against the bigger sides.

Frank Wade
24 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:43:13
Jeff #10, This guy looked dangerous in the first leg, would fit your 'two footed wide man who can switch' requirement, although wearing no 8, was mostly hanging around the old inside forward position or attacking midfielder. I was thinking at the time that he's the sort of player we should be going for. Only 19 but looks strong, fit, two footed and fast.

Has played for Croatia. Would be a good signing. We have to target guys at this level. It's a bit hit and miss, but once they make an impact like Mbappé, Lemar or Ousmane Dembele, they are immediately out of reach. Maybe, he won't make the step up to Premier League level, but worth taking the chance as he is unlikely to lose value.

Comes from a Sporting family, his elder sister won a silver in the high jump in the Beijing Olympics and was a World Champion also.

Vijay Nair
25 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:56:22
A replacement for Mirallas perhaps?
Joseph Terrence
26 Posted 29/08/2017 at 00:45:50
The beeb reporting its almost done

anyone know if qualifiers cup tie a player or does that only count for players who participate in the tournament proper?

Jim Knightley
27 Posted 29/08/2017 at 00:59:43
FFS the level of moaning - I know we need other players, but it doesn't mean we can't invest in young talent at the same time!

This guy is 19 and can play in AM and on the wings. He looked good against us and also has an international cap already. We don't have a great deal of wingers, and Barkley will be off, Rooney is 31, and Mirallas may also be leaving. I don't Lennon staying around for much longer either.

We can invest in the future, whilst also investing in the present. I expect that the real value of some our business will be seen in a few years, and I'm excited by some of it (Onyekuru for example).

Anto Byrne
28 Posted 29/08/2017 at 01:11:27
Fresh faces is great! I can see no point keeping the likes of McCarthy Mirallas. Barkley has to go looks like Arsenal will pick him up as home grown for £30 mil. Hopefully we can get a striker in quick. Not sure exactly what the deal is with Rooney but he can't be asked to play every game. He wasn't at the races on Sunday and Sandro needs more minutes for match fitness.

Surely Calvert-Lewin and Sandro up front with Sigurdsson in the central 10 role was worth a shot. Besic was at least competing in midfield as Davies was out numbered and bypassed. Gana is useless in the last third offering no attacking threat. Besic is a more complete player. 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 is a better team formation. I hope Koeman is not becoming inflexible and we have another Martinez.

Steve Jenkins
29 Posted 29/08/2017 at 01:15:12
23 Frank

My sentiments exactly.

We should be going for these type of players with big potential, when they're at a smaller club, and before they move to another PL club.

Colin mentioned he's being compared in Croatia as the next Modric, and I'd say that's a pretty accurate comparison.

Like yourself I remember thinking, why don't we go for this lad, as he can clearly good enough to do it against our players.

This is what Walsh did at Leicester - brought in players of big potential but unproven at PL level. Turned out pretty well for him.

I have a feeling he's identified the youth players brought in - Bowler, Gibson etc, but overall Koeman is reluctant to let him go for a first team player - e.g. like Kante at Leicester, etc until proven.

By the time they are at Leicester - Chelsea or one of the others are in for them.

Once they are, they'll always go to CL club.

I feel Koeman predominately wants proven & preferably PL experience, although there are exceptions that he has allowed to bring in - Lookman being one.

This is understandable to a degree - but I'd like to see a more bringing quality players with potential in ready for first team action (not just youth in Un23 so Koeman can review).

Walsh seems to have nailed it previously, so place some confidence in his judgement, we now have enough proven and experienced players.

Simon Bell
30 Posted 29/08/2017 at 01:34:10
If this goes through then he wouldn't be cup tied. UEFA rules say: "A player who has been fielded in the first, second, third qualifying round or the play-offs of the Uefa Champions League or Uefa Europa League is entitled to play in the Uefa Champions League or Uefa Europa League for another club as from the group stage."
Steve Jenkins
31 Posted 29/08/2017 at 01:45:38
Jim 26

Excellent post there.

Fully agree that we'll likely have to be patient & will see some of the fruits of the more attacking, pacy, creative players 1 or 2 years down the line.

Onyekuru looks s real exciting talent.

This season however we are badly lacking pace without Bolaise not back until Dec (will he come back the same, how long will it take him to get up to speed), Lookman (young therefore used sparingly) & DCL likewise.

Dennis Ng
32 Posted 29/08/2017 at 02:21:59
Right age, good attributes to work with. Definitely welcome. I'm of the opinion we'll get Costa. Everyone is too negative about it so it will happen!
David Ellis
33 Posted 29/08/2017 at 02:34:39
Get him in and let Mirallas go. We don nt need the attitude
James Stewart
34 Posted 29/08/2017 at 02:35:58
Mail reporting he will be signed and loaned straight out so obviously not for the first team immediately.
Mike Gaynes
35 Posted 29/08/2017 at 02:55:01
I liked his look when we played them, called him out on the forum for several nice moves. This one is definitely for the future, not how.

Brian #9... "how many midfield players do you need"...

Anytime we have to put out Besic against the league champions, that question answers itself.

Alan J Thompson
36 Posted 29/08/2017 at 05:03:37
Creative, attacking, capable of playing wide on both sides doesn't fit the first team pattern. However, 19 years old, ripe for a loan to another/Championship club. Now, that fits a pattern.
Sam Hoare
37 Posted 29/08/2017 at 07:13:03
Shame if he's gonna be loaned out. We badly need a player of his type in the first team. Someone with some pace who can run at defenders whilst shooting of either foot and seeing passes.

Lookman and Mirallas can do this to an extent but Koeman does not seem to trust either of them.

Gordon Roberts
38 Posted 29/08/2017 at 07:43:27
Jim Knightley #27. Spot on mate, excellent post. The level of moaning and negativity on here appears to have reached new levels. Let's not forget how long it took Man City to start achieving their goals following the huge investment in 2008/09
Eddie Dunn
39 Posted 29/08/2017 at 08:14:26
I wonder if the board think that we need less players as in a few weeks we could have Barkley and McCarthy fit and Bolasie returning in January.
Perhaps a striker is the only significant addition to expect by Thursday.
Ian Lloyd
40 Posted 29/08/2017 at 08:21:38
It doesn't matter who we sign, if Koeman continues to play the way he's playing, we will be in the bottom half of the table.

I've watched many poor Everton teams at Goodison Park over the years but this is the slowest, most uncreative I've seen (so far). I'm not being negative just realistic.

There's nothing more I want than to see Everton playing well and winning but I'm afraid Koeman's tactics are non-existent

Square, square, passback and the hoof... then repeat

Mike Berry
41 Posted 29/08/2017 at 08:48:37
This lad is potentially top class and we could have a steal here with him being only 19, a few years down the line and he could have been out of reach even with our spending.
He looks direct, powerful and two footed and a bit of a specimen already
Croatian sources say that he is by far the best young talent in the current crop so we will have to wait and see.
Steavey Buckley
42 Posted 29/08/2017 at 08:52:49
I hope the lad is not intended for the Everton under 21s. You never know.
Jamie Morgan
43 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:27:57
Direct replacement for bad egg Mirallas.

Now stop pissing about get the ones we need in. Benteke and Costa on loan til January would make me a happy boy! When Costa goes hopefully Sandro can step up.

He would be a lot of money but Ben Gibson from Boro? Left-footed centre-back and young.

Phil Walling
44 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:37:31
Mail reporting Mirallas deal off. Don't expect to see much of him or this Croatian kid this season, though. Deeney it is, I suspect!
Andrew Ellams
45 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:39:05
Ben Gibson is a great call Jamie. I would have gone in for him and Keane at the beginning of the summer. They could be our middle two for a long time to come.
James Watts
46 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:39:54
Shhhh Phil. No more Deeney talk. We don't want Walsh reading this and thinking you're serious!!!
Clive Rogers
47 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:43:02
For God's sake don't send him out on loan, as has been suggested. We desperately need a wide player. We should have kept Dowell also, the Chelsea game proved that.
Rob Dolby
48 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:43:06
Hopefully he goes into the 1st team squad and not just stockpiled with the U23s.

I am not sure what type of striker Koeman wants as we don't seem to have any set formation or style buying Benteke and asking him to run around would be stupid but asking him to hold the ball up and attack crosses is a different matter.

The Celtic Dembele link has gone very quiet. I'd welcome Costa ask he is better than what we have. It's hard to believe that we won't buy a striker before the window closes as even Moyes would have someone in by now.

Paul Tran
49 Posted 29/08/2017 at 09:59:50
Good shout re Gibson, Jamie. There'll be an English player premium, though, and I think WBA have had a £15m bid turned down.
Michael Lynch
50 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:07:08
Funny how the media labelled us the big spenders of the transfer window, along with Man City.

As it stands, we've yet again spent very little compared to others. If the Shite's last minute deals all come off, they'll be spending a couple of hundred million more than us.

I'm assuming they're lashing out against the Coutinho money that will come in next year, but the press are talking about Lemar for 㿲m, Van Dijk for the same again I would think, Keita for 㿜m "plus a premium" which I assume takes it over the 㿲m they've already had turned down.

With the way transfer fees are being inflated this time around, we're Cheapskate Charlies yet again.

Jamie Morgan
51 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:17:02
I think you'd be looking at £25m for Gibson but he, Keane and Pickford would be a great all English trio.
Tony Everan
52 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:23:12
A few clubs bidding for Gibson. We should try to get him here.

At 24 , still young for a central defender , would be a good buy to partner Keane for the long term.

May cost 20m + , but could be money well spent.

I would like to see Gibson , Vlasic in for Mirallas seems a good shout, and as for a striker , Costa on loan for a season or maybe the Cardiff City player Kenneth Zahore looks like he may take the step up?

Jim Potter
53 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:32:08
Vlasic in, Mirallas out.

Winger for a whinger.

Potential over failure.

Okay with me.

James Morgan
54 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:38:53
Seems like someone who can play across the front line, cutting in from either wing. Maybe Shaqiri-esque?

Mirallas produces nothing so if we can get a nice even 㾶m for him it will more than cover this lad's fee. At 19, he has played over 100 games for Split so this is a good step for him now and hopefully we've landed a gem.

Steve Cotton
55 Posted 29/08/2017 at 12:05:12
jim Potter I see what you did there… very good
Andy Meighan
56 Posted 29/08/2017 at 13:16:14
Gordon (#38), The level of moaning and negativity has reached new levels because the fayre that's being dished up is atrocious. We need players with pace in the side NOW – not players being bought and loaned out. We also need two strikers.

He knew Lukaku was off so that position should have been addressed right away. Right-back the same as he knew Coleman was out for months. I could go on but I'm sure you see where I'm coming from.

Geoff Williams
57 Posted 29/08/2017 at 14:09:31
I am struggling to understand Everton's transfer policy. I was really pleased with the early activity with Pickford and Keane looking like really good business and the others looking good to boost the quality in the squad.

I just don't understand the recent lack of transfer activity and why we haven't bought a proven striker or a left sided defender which everyone agreed were our priorities.

Raymond Fox
58 Posted 29/08/2017 at 14:47:34
It could change come Thursday, but I'm not seeing Moshiri splashing loads of cash which some anticipated we would with him on board!

In the last two seasons we have sold players to the value of 䀍m and bought players for 𧵒m. These are approx. figures but are close enough as makes no difference. That's an outlay of 㿥m in two seasons.

When you take into account the TV money the clubs receiving, that's not going to get us closer to our rivals at the top, who start off with better quality players in general at the start of this season.

We need two class additions come Thursday or its going to be 7th at best this season.

Lets face it though 7th is nothing to be ashamed of – there's 13 other teams that would sign for 7th here and now!

Steve Bird
59 Posted 29/08/2017 at 15:07:00
I'm happy with Vlasic, he's the right age if we are at the start of a project. I thought we all knew it would be a 3-year thing and we were all buying into it.

We have some great young talent here yet, as soon as season starts, pandemonium and panic sets in, the manager is a dickhead, and all the players are crap!!

No long-term vision by our fans... the days of Chelsea and Man City buying league titles are long gone for two reasons:

1. Financial Fair Play regulations;<2>2. We just aren't rich enough and we are committed to a new stadium.

As long as we don't go backwards, which is unlikely, surely we can allow a couple of seasons of gradual improvement?

Raymond Fox
60 Posted 29/08/2017 at 15:08:26
My figures in my post 58 are wrong. The £57m net outlay which is the important figure is correct but the ins and outs are incorrect!
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
61 Posted 29/08/2017 at 16:00:31
Given Simon #30 comment that this lad would not be cup tied, what about (is it?) Dolberg from Ajax who are now out of Europe so we can offer him European football and a meet up with Davy Klaassen.
Derek Knox
62 Posted 29/08/2017 at 16:07:10
Phil, @ 60, good shout, I have always thought he may have come to us, but is it too late?

I have watched him a few times he is a good and fairly quick forward with an eye for goal. However, last game, niether he or Klaassen were in the game and both subbed.

A good age too, hope it happens, but can't see it, realistically.

Barry Pearce
63 Posted 29/08/2017 at 17:18:50
I liked the look of him; he played okay both legs, and definitely had some much needed pace.
Marc Sansum
64 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:26:44
Quality player, our boys couldn't get the ball off him. Really high potential in football manager! Can play as a winger, so he isn't "another" midfielder.
Terry Underwood
65 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:42:39
I got it sussed, we are gonna line up 4-6-0. Just like Spain when they won the World Cup... Seeemples!
Brian Wilkinson
66 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:08:32
I am sure I read it somewhere that we intend to sign the player, then loan him out for the season, I could be wrong.
Dermot Byrne
67 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:18:12
Window "slams shut".

OMG. Best come back 2 days after.

Terence Tyler
68 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:28:16
Would now not be surprised to see Lookman sent out on loan, and the this new signing to to take his place in the first team squad. Suspect Ronald is not convinced at all with Lookman, especially after his last performance when he was hooked at half time.
Steven Hepworth
69 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:04:28
Seems likely this guy is just a Mirallas replacement to me.

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