The Liverpool Echo claim that the Blues are keen on Soumaoro who could cost upwards of £20m while they also suggest that 24-year-old Bernat, out of favour at the Allianz Arena this season, is also being considered by the recruitment team at Finch Farm.
Bernat as signed from Valencia for £8m four years ago and, if there is any truth to the story, is being weighed up as cover and competition for Leighton Baines.
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1 Posted 19/01/2018 at 07:32:07
2 Posted 19/01/2018 at 07:42:18
Juan Bernat is class and I'm not so sure he would come to us?! But he would definitely be the kind of player to bring in and replace Baines!
Don't know much about the Lille lad but we tried scouting him in the week and he was out injured. Apparently he had an Achilles injury last season and only back this season and only played 7 or so games so £20m seems a bit steep for a player that sounds like he's struggling to get fit and recover properly from previous injuries. Maybe this one could go to the last days as Lille are desperate for money and need sell to tie in with FFP so we may wait while they get a bit desperate and take less than £20m?!
3 Posted 19/01/2018 at 07:52:26
But no left-back would be a dereliction of duty from Mr Walsh. We said it in the summer and it was bad enough not heeding them warnings once. Lessons learned you would think. But to come out of another window with Martina being forced to play left-back?
It would undo the excellent early work this transfer window. Much like the summer when we got signings in nice and early then didn't strengthen key positions.
Shaw has played himself back into Jose's plans he was excellent vs Stoke. Bernat may not fancy swapping Bayern for Everton. The guy that plays for Wolfsburg has always looked like a top player to me; he scored a free kick at Goodison in the Europa League.
4 Posted 19/01/2018 at 07:53:51
Bernat is very handy though I like my full backs a bit taller and stronger. My pick (as I've mentioned before) would be Alex Telles from Porto.
As for Soumaoro he seems fairly unremarkable to me, an average looking player in an unspectacular team. Sounds perfect for us! I'd be surprised if he cost anywhere near that much.
5 Posted 19/01/2018 at 07:55:49
Soumaoro has been playing for them for a couple of years. Missed the end of last season and the start of this season due to a ripped Achilles tendon, but he is back in the team since November. He is second captain of the team. Very strong and athletic, quick as well. Reasonably well on the ball. He is one or two inches longer than Williams and Jagielka.
I like the lad and think he could do well in the Premier League. Lille is in financial turmoil and might be forced to sell on the cheap, although any continental club will double their asking price when Premier League clubs come sniffing around.
Although he has occasionally played at the right- and left-back positions in the past, he is a real centre-back.
6 Posted 19/01/2018 at 07:55:53
We're not likely to get someone's first choice unless the club's desperate fro money (a la Lille) or he's nearing the end of his contract, or we offer silly money.
Interesting couple of weeks ahead...
7 Posted 19/01/2018 at 08:15:19
He is one or two inches longer than Williams and Jagielka.
Lost in translation I'm sure but made me laugh when there's not much to laugh at the minute being a blue. Thanks
8 Posted 19/01/2018 at 08:22:48
9 Posted 19/01/2018 at 08:29:06
10 Posted 19/01/2018 at 08:29:31
Sorry, someone was going to.
11 Posted 19/01/2018 at 08:56:06
12 Posted 19/01/2018 at 08:58:05
I honestly don't know where a decent left back is going to materialise but given we have been beyond desperate for left sided defensive cover / quality Baines replacement since the end of last season. How we are 12 days from end of the window without these signings is just how it is at the club right now.
13 Posted 19/01/2018 at 08:59:31
14 Posted 19/01/2018 at 08:59:36
We do need a centre-back and unless this lad is top quality we can get by with what we have. Holgate is our first choice imo due to his speed and better passing compared to our other centre-backs.
15 Posted 19/01/2018 at 09:03:55
16 Posted 19/01/2018 at 09:07:53
Our problem as I see it, is that we really can't afford to make a boob of a choice, we've done enough of them. We really need to bring someone in who is and experienced Premier League full back who can more or less be guaranteed to produce what's needed, yet I don't think the club would want to buy someone just to plug a temporary gap either.
It would be a good move for Luke Shaw but, isn't it funny that just after we're assumed to be after him, Mourino starts playing him! Possibly to increase the price we'd have to pay.
I'm not so sure it's criminal that we haven't brought in a full back, as I'm not aware of what full-backs the club have been after.
What seems to be the biggest hurdle is the paucity of good players available, as their own clubs are likely to want to keep them. That'd narrow down considerably, our options, to those who clubs aren't too bothered to keep or those who are looking for a golden egg to come along; and charge a fortune for even an average player.
We're not, I think, in a position to go in the transfer market and just pick who we'd ideally want. Not during this window anyway.
17 Posted 19/01/2018 at 09:11:49
Replacing ageing Leighton Baines, more like!
18 Posted 19/01/2018 at 09:14:57
He's fast, good going forward and has a cracking left foot. Whips in some great crosses, and has sccored some crackers too. He's like Baines, but taller and faster. I'm not so sure about his defensive side, but I'd still say he'd be worth a punt.
19 Posted 19/01/2018 at 09:29:14
20 Posted 19/01/2018 at 09:31:16
Oh and big Sam can we please start offloading our bloated squad of misfits please?
21 Posted 19/01/2018 at 09:56:29
He says the squad is too big and Seamus and Keane are on the way back as well. So the left-back is not important, we all obviously know sod all. Total bollocks is my opinion.
22 Posted 19/01/2018 at 09:57:14
23 Posted 19/01/2018 at 09:58:46
24 Posted 19/01/2018 at 10:27:14
25 Posted 19/01/2018 at 10:27:24
26 Posted 19/01/2018 at 10:54:12
He's at a good age too, plenty of football in him and will only get better.
27 Posted 19/01/2018 at 11:00:05
After Oviedo was sold, and with Galloway and Garbutt already out on loan, Funes Mori was our only cover for Baines.
How could our so-called professionals think that was acceptable? Did they think Funes Mori was really good enough to play there?
Funes Mori then getting injured was unfortunate, but then bringing Martina as the only cover to Baines has proven to be clear folly.
What is more, Baines is on the decline. Where was the thought process, planning and ambition to acquire someone to eventually challenge and succeed him?
These are matters, in my mind, which the Director of Football has to answer for.
Just as the last two coaches have been put under scrutiny for results, performances and style of play, our Director of Football has to receive scrutiny on what he has contributed to squad depth in each position.
Our striking position was a clear fail at the last window.
Martina's acquisition, as cover at both right- and left-back, is an absolute fail. We knew we had no left-back cover and our first choice right-back was out.
Garbutt and Galloway were then not given a chance (fair, so they were not options) Browning was loaned out.
Funes Mori gets injured 2 weeks before transfer deadline.
Squad wise we were left with Martina, an untried Kenny and Holgate to cover both full back positions. Holgate of course then actually became a preferred centre-back option, so we ended up with the two full backs we have now.
Both have tried hard, but is it surprising to see us getting exposed down the flanks when teams want to attack us with width? Is it a surprise that the team has to be set up to compensate for our weaknesses, especially down the left?
It is another example of outright failure by Steve Walsh. It has to be his remit as Director of Football to ensure the squad has players capable of performing in the top flight in every position.
The neglect in the left-back position is second only to the striker situation in terms of fails.
This squad constructed under Walsh's reign whether by him, Koeman, Kenwright, or all three, is like a dam with leaks. Plug one gap and another is there, which has been there all along, just overlooked by our Director of Football.
A proper Director of Football would have a plan to replenish and upgrade certain positions in a steady and constructive manner.
Walsh is more like a glorified scout and not a very good one at that.
His recommendation of Ishak Belfodil, who even Koeman turned up his nose to, was an example of the man's weak talent spotting abilities.
Perhaps he is good at scouting lower league players or those with potential.
But finding the right characters to fit into the side and perform in our first team? So far, I see more mistakes than actual positives.
I hope Tosun and Walcott turn around our fortunes. If they do, perhaps Walsh will have bought himself some credit to rectify his neglect and mistakes.
28 Posted 19/01/2018 at 11:01:58
29 Posted 19/01/2018 at 11:05:15
No disrespect to either Sigurdsson or Walcott, both are welcome additions to the squad, but neither were actually needed at the time, and certainly not at the expense of a hole in the first eleven.
How on earth can we let the window shut without signing a left-back? I'm not suggesting protests or anything, let's see if Garbutt is a surprise addition to the team tomorrow, particularly after missing the U23s midweek, but if we don't have anyone come February, then we have to demand someone's head for this.
30 Posted 19/01/2018 at 11:24:17
31 Posted 19/01/2018 at 11:27:50
32 Posted 19/01/2018 at 11:42:14
Also, all my Man Utd pals reckon Shaw is a big risk owing to life-style issues, rumours about which started under Louis van Gaal soon after Shaw had signed for them in 2014.
In general, I think our recent full-backs have been too small and have added to our struggles defending dead-balls into the box and against hoof-ball percentage football teams â€“ if we had a team of real quality players, it might not be an issue, but we're a long way from that.
33 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:07:38
Tamhas (#31) whilst going against everything I've said in my previous paragraph, Augustinsson (although by no means small) looks to be the type of modern full/wingback we could use but as he's only been with Werder Bremen for a year, would he be available?
34 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:16:42
Still, those who are slagging him off for being dour should be delighted to see that he's signed two forwards and no defenders in the window.
35 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:16:59
For now he needs to offload some players; I am not saying for one moment we do not need a left back, that is a must, but the way I see it is he is going to try out either Garbutt, Galloway or Kenny there first, before bringing one in, unless Shaw, Tierney or the like become available.
36 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:23:08
Nothing in the press doesn't mean we haven't made enquiries. I suspect we're doing lots of that right now.
Yes, Tierney is an excellent young defender. A really good left back/centre back. He's playing for his dream club and when he moves, it'll be for a better team than us unless we improve very quickly in the next couple of years.
As ever, I'll pass final judgement on our window when it's finished. So far so good for me.
37 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:26:07
I can't possibly see how Galloway can go from bottoming out at Sunderland â€“ currently dead last in the Championship â€“ to thriving for us. And Garbutt's basically been irrelevant going on three seasons. But it would be nice to be proven wrong.
38 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:26:35
39 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:29:09
40 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:33:17
41 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:45:10
However, at left-back, Martina is really poor and, even when Baines is fit again, he is not adequate to cover in this position. A left-back is a priority in my opinion.
42 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:48:06
43 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:50:34
Kenny has been at fault for goals against Leicester, Spurs, Man Utd and at Bournemouth he couldn't even be bothered to track back and run after the player who score their first goal. He sprinted past Kenny who continued to trot back in a couldn't care less manner.
He continually loses his marker and the half-hearted challenge on Son for a Spurs goal was embarrassing.
His distribution is shocking and it is absolutely outrageous that Martina gets the abuse he does when he has not been responsible for a quarter of the goals that Kenny has.
44 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:53:06
Give the kid a break, he's been playing in an awful Everton team for what? About 4 months? He's still young and learning his trade at this level and doesn't look any worse than what is alongside him.
45 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:54:32
It is good we can have a laugh, and you must be admired, as there are not many who could post on a Fansite in a different language; and not make either a grammatical or vocabulary error.
I am sure that you have taken no offence by the comments, as you are a fairly regular poster on TW. Glad you gave us some insight into our alleged target. Whether we will follow it up, is another matter.
46 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:58:23
If we are ambitious, that is the sort of statement signing. We'd also probably be a great 'step-up' for him, with less scrutiny than at a big club (look at the clobbering Luke Shaw has taken due to playing for Man Utd, he should have stayed at Southampton another 2 years).
The lad can play left back, and equally left wing/forward. Would be perfect for us.
Tierney, that lad from Bristol, or the lad from Bayern would be decent signings, obvious improvements on what we have, but for me, ambitious clubs go for the best available first. Offer 㿅 million, a sell-on fee, Lookman on loan until the end of the season and Connolly in exchange.
For a centre-half, maybe offer Keane in exchange for Johnny Evans.
47 Posted 19/01/2018 at 13:30:24
48 Posted 19/01/2018 at 13:35:17
Jagielka and Baines may have a little left but are way past their best and Williams is average and not really the answer. Funes Mori may be finished and Seamus, although back in training, may take a while to be what he was. Holgate and Keane may still be the future central pairing but Martina and Kenny are also average.
Problems still exist elsewhere in front of the back four where tackling and closing down is not sharp enough. I am sure Allardyce and Co now recognize these problems and they must be addressed now if they are to have any hope of improvement for next season.
49 Posted 19/01/2018 at 13:36:36
When we sat tight as a regular back 4 not much if anything got past him. We have to give the lad a chance.
Left back is the worry, we can't go into Feb without one. It's putting too much pressure on the other side of the pitch to produce. There have been some great right footed left backs but Cuco isn't one of them.
50 Posted 19/01/2018 at 13:37:45
The Porto left back is rapid and strong at almost 6 ft. He solid defensively and very useful going forward. He has 6 assists already in the league which is the joint highest plus one or two in the Champions League.
Tierney and Sessegnon are good calls but this guy would probably cost the same (around £20-25m) and has more games/experience under his belt.
51 Posted 19/01/2018 at 13:45:11
You've made the same claim on several threads now and it's still shite you're talking, in my humble opinion of course, and no offence meant and all that.
52 Posted 19/01/2018 at 13:59:07
We've seen Mirallas loaned out and Theo Walcott arrive.
Having looked at both defenders on Transfermarkt, I'd be happy to see Bernat arrive especially as the site has him as being able play anywhere on the left. They don't particularly rate Soumaoro, giving him a value of just â‚¬2.5m plus he's right footed, we've enough of those plus the French league isn't particularly competitive.
I keep thinking that Boro's Gibson could be a good move but with Forshaw going for £4.5m he'll probably cost £12m or more...
53 Posted 19/01/2018 at 14:06:27
But what about Philipp Max, a 24-year-old from Augsburg. He has 10 assists in Bundesliga this season...
If we don't purchase a new left-back, we need to bring in Garbutt or Galloway. Martina simply isn't good enough on left-back... Christ he's not even good enough on right-back.
54 Posted 19/01/2018 at 14:12:02
Martina (if we sign a good left-back)
Sandro, Klaassen and Baningime on loans, preferably to Premier League teams to see if they are worth persevering with after this season.
55 Posted 19/01/2018 at 14:18:39
Martina and Keane (Williams in the summer, Jagielka made a player/coach).
Besic, Schneiderlin and McCarthy.
Lennon and Rooney and maybe Bolasie.
An entire team of outfield players.
56 Posted 19/01/2018 at 14:20:11
57 Posted 19/01/2018 at 15:03:26
Whilst some may argue they a haven't been given a real chance yet under Allardyce I am sure the likes of Dunc and Unsy have passed on their assessments.
It's hard to see any future for Besic, Lennon, Klaassen, Sandro or Niasse.
Others like Mirallas, Jagielka, Baines, Williams and Martina will probably not have new contracts offered come the end of the season.
If Allardyce is to get anything going with this team then Spring cleaning is a must and new blood arriving is necessary.
They have some youngsters with great promise but far too often they do not step up to the next level when required to do so.
58 Posted 19/01/2018 at 15:21:23
59 Posted 19/01/2018 at 15:23:01
60 Posted 19/01/2018 at 15:33:59
61 Posted 19/01/2018 at 15:34:30
Pprobably just speculative, or page-filling journalism but it's there.
Sometimes, Sam, there is no smoke without fire.
Hope it's right because we need someone.
62 Posted 19/01/2018 at 15:38:00
63 Posted 19/01/2018 at 16:02:54
Pass me the tank.
64 Posted 19/01/2018 at 16:28:09
You beat me to it Derek, just found the same one myself.
65 Posted 19/01/2018 at 16:45:20
66 Posted 19/01/2018 at 16:54:41
67 Posted 19/01/2018 at 16:54:41
68 Posted 19/01/2018 at 16:57:25
And tough break Rafa... he really wanted Lennon for the barcodes.
69 Posted 19/01/2018 at 16:57:40
I would like to give honourable mention to Callum Connolly and Tyias Browning who should both be back from loan spells in the Summer and look much better prospects than Galloway or Garbutt who both seem to have lost their way.
There are a bunch of left-backs we should be interested in Shaw, Sessegnon, Tierney, Telles, Max, Bryan....
I suspect that the main target may not be available until the Summer so the club have decided to go with what we have for now.
This shows the lack of urgency in the club. I hope Steve Walsh can sleep comfortably in the knowledge that no matter how bad a job he does his future is secure.
70 Posted 19/01/2018 at 17:19:24
71 Posted 19/01/2018 at 17:34:55
72 Posted 19/01/2018 at 17:36:19
73 Posted 19/01/2018 at 17:44:28
74 Posted 19/01/2018 at 17:50:17
But I think Porto, like most clubs, hardly ever sell their best players in January, and they're still in the Champions League, where they're playing the Dark Side. Perhaps Sam will want to take a look at him, at Anfield.
75 Posted 19/01/2018 at 17:52:33
76 Posted 19/01/2018 at 18:04:21
77 Posted 19/01/2018 at 18:15:26
78 Posted 19/01/2018 at 18:20:11
Just listening to his former supporters at Tottenham both home and away tells you how much he is appreciated by fans, he will always get a great reception here too, unlike a few who have hung around a lot longer than Aaron Lennon.
79 Posted 19/01/2018 at 18:21:36
It's nothing personal, he's just nowhere near the quality we should be having in the team. Why do you go on about “defensive supportâ€? It's such a small-club mentality. Our wingers should be attacking threats, not an extra defender.
80 Posted 20/01/2018 at 20:47:41
81 Posted 20/01/2018 at 23:27:16
82 Posted 21/01/2018 at 17:00:05
If the case then hopefully Garbutt gets a chance. It's become driving a car with two slow leaking tyres now and our back four seem to have lost any cohesion they may have once had and that's very little.
If Seamus gets back to the way he was, prior to his terrible injury then for me, he's straight back and is made Captain.
The other three places, I'd say are up for grabs. Kenny has done very well but is playing most games with no midfield support, and Keane doesn't look the player we need in my view. Jags has been a great servant but too weak verbally as a captain and leader.
Williams is now playing too many games like a mad dog, crazy horse and the team is exposed by his wild passing, but in fairness , Rooney aside there's no one else in the team with the eye for a killer pass.
Hopefully the team will put more effort in vs The Foxes and then The Gunners.
83 Posted 21/01/2018 at 23:09:08
84 Posted 22/01/2018 at 01:52:47
85 Posted 22/01/2018 at 02:08:06
86 Posted 22/01/2018 at 02:44:29
87 Posted 23/01/2018 at 04:37:52
Besic, Schneiderlin, Lennon out.
And the rest of the deadwood out in the summer.
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