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Cardiff rebuff Zohore approach

| Tuesday, 29 August 2017 30comments  |  Jump to last
Everton have reportedly been unsuccessful in their advances towards Cardiff City for Kenneth Zohore.

Multiple reports suggest that the Blues had made an official inquiry regarding the Danish U21 striker's availability but have been told he is not for sale for less than £30m.

Manager Neil Warnock is keen to hold onto last season's top scorer as the Bluebirds mount a bid to return to the top flight.

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Damian Wilde
1 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:20:51
Desperate times. We seriously need need more upfront, that and for Koeman to not be so Moyesesque.
Tony Everan
2 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:34:54
Starting to look like we are over a barrel with our knickers down. Leaving it so late, clubs know we are getting desperate. We will be overpaying for risky propositions.

Clubs like Cardiff will be dreaming of promotion and riches. They won't want to sell, and won't have time to replace. I am concerned now that Lukaku's replacement is looking like an afterthought.

Derek Knox
3 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:42:05
Agree with both Tony and Damian, at least this guy is 23 as opposed to 32 (Llorente) who we have also been linked.

I admit, they would be better than nobody, but come on, if we have any aspiration to improve on last season, are these the type of players we should be looking at?

I know I've said before, but why oh why, would you sell your 20+ goals a season striker, early on in the window, without having some adequate replacement lined up, at least in pre-season, not on the vinegar stroke of the transfer window closure.

To add insult to injury, we have been knocked back too, by Cardiff.

Christopher Marston
4 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:54:10
This is all so very Everton.
Steve Jenkins
5 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:55:55
This lad looks like he's got something.

However, I cant see Cardiff letting him go this late in the window.

They've they had a great start to the season and will be hoping for a PL challenge.

From a Business perspective their viewpoint will be no matter how much you offer it won't be as much at what we'll get it we reach the PL.

Should have bid much earlier if you want a player, Warnock is the type of manager who is happy to take the money and then find a replacement.

Way too late in the window now.

I think our board have really fkd up the good work in the window they've had by leaving getting a striker so late.

I'll be extremely happy to eat my words on deadline day.

Steven Telford
6 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:57:51
Lukaku's replacement was supposed to be a goal scoring midfield.

As has been pointed by somebody else, if you subtract Lukaku's goals from last season, our final league positions was – I think I read somewhere – the same (correct me if I am wrong). Hence, given the strength and depth we have added, the need to replace him should not be one of alarm bells ringing,

We have to give time for the team to gel a bit, the likes of Calvert-Lewin and Lookman to grow into their roles, for Koeman to find his best 11, rotation arrangements, and not rush to judgement on having just had two tough matches against two of the best teams in league. We don't want to see good money sunk on a second-rate panic buy.

Brian Wilkinson
7 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:04:48
For £15 Million, we could and should have taken a punt on Leeds Utds Chris Woods, our loss and Burnleys gain, now its a last minute scramble where this should have been addressed, as soon as we sold Lukaku instead of leaving it late.
James Hughes
8 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:07:07
£30 mill. for an U21 from the championship, c'mon. really?
Jack Convery
9 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:08:36
Typical EFC all of this. What happened earlier in the summer was an aberration or so it appears.
Fran Mitchell
10 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:09:00
"if you subtract Lukaku's goals from last season, our final league positions was - I think I read somewhere - the same "

Statistics hey.

The problem with this thinking is It only takes into account 'winning' goals, hence, the number of times Lukaku scored and killed off a game is forgotton. This season, for example, against City. If we had Lukaku, we may well have won the game.

Anyway, besides the point. Our midfield aint got much goals either. We need 2/3 new forwards, and fast (both in the adjective and adverb Sense If the word)

Tony Everan
11 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:13:24
Steven, I can see the logic in the goal scoring midfielders.

I think it is more than just Lukaku's goals that is a factor. Teams will not fully commit to attack when you have such a dangerous player as Lukaku lurking. They will have a slightly different setup and mentality.

It is not just the goals, it is the goal threat that needs replacing as well. Otherwise average teams in the Premier League will be more confident to attack us.

Bill Gienapp
12 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:23:58
I wonder if Koeman was just overly confident that he could land Giroud. It really did feel like we frittered away a large chunk of the window waiting around for him. I was all for the move, but skeptical that it was actually going to materialize.

That being said, I refuse to allow these frustrations to ruin what has otherwise been a tremendous transfer window. Two summers ago, Tom Cleverley was our marquee signing. Enough said.

Mike Berry
13 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:29:17
I had been pushing for Chris Wood but that has gone so were feeding on scraps.
You would have assumed with the 75m for Rom that we would have got someone of class in by now.We have spent money on spread but will the goals come ?
If we cant get some pace upfront and a goalscorer then it could be a very big let down from the early optimism, but lets see what the next 48 hours brings.
Joe McMahon
14 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:36:47
Giroud, will be happy coming off bench as it means staying living in the South East. It's looing like another false dawn for Everton, Pantomime Dame Bill will be happy with Rooney (coming home), as so should we be (in his eyes). Let's just carry on with another clueless manager, and embarrasing performances on the pitch. After 41 years of following us blues, I've realised that actions speak louder than words. For us that's them lot smasing Arsenal 4 - 0, and we can't even muster a shot on goal. I wasn't getting cocky when Everton looked to be planning 2 months ago, as we still have a squad with many issues, for example how many times do we see Baines turn his back on crosses and shots. It's not good enough for a top 7 team nevermind top 4. We are light years away.
Colin Glassar
15 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:03:42
Buy him, say he's too young to lead the line, loan him out, forget about him. Sound familiar?
Kase Chow
16 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:18:51
All this faffing about is rather unimpressive

Let's be honest: Koeman has had the Stones money, the Lukaku money + some on top yet we go to away to City and Chelsea play Moyes tactics with results similar or worse than Moyes achieved

What's actually changed????

We needed a striker back then and we need a striker now

Hang on to Lukaku until you get a damn replacement.

Look at Liverpool: they won't sell Coutinho and without him still thrash Arsenal 4-0

We're so small time it's untrue

Roberto Birquet
17 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:25:09
Everyone whinging about the age of a striker like Llorente. We have just bought a 19 year old striker and loaned him to Anderlecht for a year (he is ineligible in the UK this year); we have 21 year old Sandro Ramirez, not to mention the oh so green Calvert Lewin and Lookman.

If we cannot get the prefect striker in, get a quality oldie until the others are ready.

Short term, we lack pace. Maybe the Croat kid will change that. Here's hoping

Daniel Lawrence
18 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:36:18
Three games in and none of our goal scoring midfielders look remotely like scoring though!!
Kevin Tully
19 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:37:40
I'm just hoping we have something up our sleeves before the window closes. I refuse to believe we haven't got a proper, proven goalscorer lined up.

Koeman himself had said it's up to the board to land a striker, whoever that may be. leaving it this late is bad enough, losing out altogether cannot happen. Can it?

Brian Williams
20 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:40:32
Kevin. You have to ask yourself if we have one lined up why have we still not got him?
Sam Hoare
21 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:45:08
It's looking pretty second rate in terms of our striker search isn't it? Perhaps the club will pull something impressive off lat minute but its beginning to look like we had not planned at all well for Lukaku's inevitable departure.

Just go and buy Sakho for £30m Dembele for £25m and loan in Costa too and then we can call it a day...

Steve Jenkins
22 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:46:43
It's definitely up to the Board to deliver on targets.

Walsh & Koeman will identify targets & probably even do some wooing, but it is up to the Board to agree a fee with clubs and contracts with agents etc.

This is how it's done these days managers/DOF barely get involved in Buisness side (Koeman own words).

Koeman also said, Kenwright told him, we'll get the Siggie deal done but it's gonna take time and be patient so we can negotiate a lower figure.

It's up to the Board to deliver the targets once given by Manager/ DOF, they're accountable at the end of this window.

Remember at the end of the last summer window Moshri wasn't best pleased with how it went.

The start of this window went fantastic and then all went back to normal once we went in for Siggie.

Brian Wilkinson
23 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:48:57
If you sit back against the top sides, sooner or later, they are going to pick you off, the difference with ourselves and our neighbours is their best form of defence is attack, Martinez briefly brought this in and we played Arsenal off the park at their place, closely followed by playing Man Utd without fear, I've seen it too many times now, as soon as we play a big game, on most occasions we bottle it.

Even bringing in the above mentioned and another striker, I still believe every big game, we will defend deep, until that mentality changes, we will never step up a level. We need to be braver and a bit more self belief, from the top down.

John Audsley
24 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:03:21
I liked the idea of Wood as well but that's done and dusted.

I don't care how old the fucker we sign is as long as he is good.

We currently have no one, a half dead guy with 2 legs who knows how to score is fine by me.

Adam Scott
25 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:31:51
Dembele seems the obvious one for me
Soren Moyer
26 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:35:49
Soren Moyer
27 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:35:49
Why have Everton left it so late ffs? Even last season we were in need of another striker as a cover for Lukaku! Why didn't we brought in a striker earlier!? Why do we buy so many midfielders?
Peter Laing
28 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:43:03
Koeman has been hell bent on stacking the team with Midfielders and forwards who play in the No10 role. We are then subject to long ball tactics - particularly from Pickford - thus by passing the said midfield recruits and continuing to dally in the two key areas that have needed addressing all summer - centre half and centre forward. The mind boggles !!
John Mckay
29 Posted 29/08/2017 at 23:12:17
Sell Barkley quick and go and get Dembele and costa. Job done.

Costa to fit in straight away pending fitness.

And dembele from Celtic yo get up to speed over the next month or so while we still got Costa.

When Coleman and bolasie return at Xmas we'll have a decent squad with a bit of pace. Until then we are buggered so pull your finger out and get spending

Alan J Thompson
30 Posted 30/08/2017 at 15:08:22
There's a young kid at Notts Forest who's getting rave reviews but apparently not available until January.

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