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Everton look at Lindelof option

| Monday, 11 June 2018 44comments  |  Jump to last
Everton are being linked with a move for Victor Lindelof whose £30m move to Manchester United from Benfica hasn't gone as well as he'd expected.

According to the Sunday Mirror, the Blues have identified the Swede as a potential answer to their need for reinforcements at center half and are weighing up a £35m bid.

Despite his big price tag, Lindelof failed to fully convince Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford where he faces competition from the likes of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

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Paul Mackay
1 Posted 11/06/2018 at 11:31:23
Smalling is keeping this guy out of the Man Utd team and we want to spend $35M on him? I hope not.
Lee Preston
2 Posted 11/06/2018 at 11:33:36
So Utd spend £30m on him, he has a poor season and we are looking to spend an extra £5m on him? Seems legit!
Bill Watson
3 Posted 11/06/2018 at 11:39:49
No thanks!
Tom Bowers
4 Posted 11/06/2018 at 11:47:43
I agree that this guy would be a big risk and we don't want any more like Williams in the back four.

Even Keane has been a disappointment so far.

Better to stick with Keane and Funes Mori to see if they can work together during the Summer warm-up games at least.

Dale Darlington
5 Posted 11/06/2018 at 12:03:39
I'd much rather we focus on Lascelles before someone else benefits from doing so...
Colin Glassar
6 Posted 11/06/2018 at 12:09:25
Give them £40m plus add ons. We must keep our feeder club happy.
Bernard Dooley
7 Posted 11/06/2018 at 12:28:58
I am with Dale (#5) on this one; I was tipping Lascelles among my Everton mates about two years ago when he got regular first team football at Newcastle in their relegation year and promptly lambasted some of his team mates for a poor attitude.

I haven't changed my mind about him being the best young prospect around at the moment. Mind you, he was sent off at Goodison, if I remember correctly.

Derek Knox
8 Posted 11/06/2018 at 13:30:13
I tend to agree with the feeling that he's deemed not good enough for Man Utd, yet he's gòod enough for us. Not only that, they probably overpaid 㿊M for him, so we will top that with another ٣M?

I am sure for that sort of money we could do a lot better, Mawson, Lascelles or whoever.

As I have mentioned on a couple of threads, I was hoping that the Dynamic Duo would have been unearthing some gems. Then again, this may be all speculation, and they are actively pursuing some of these.

Soren Moyer
9 Posted 11/06/2018 at 13:30:52
This one is soooo laughable!!!!!
Filip Lillevars
10 Posted 11/06/2018 at 13:49:47
Being a Swede I'm probably not neutral in my views.

He was great in Portugal and is great in the Swedish national team that held Italy back. He is both quick and can handle the ball well and not too shabby in the air. He did play a lot in Man Utd as well and even though he didn't leave an amazing mark, he did quite well although he never got a long steady run in the team, look at his stats.

I'd also prefer Lascelles of course, but if that can't happen, Lindelöf at least for me is solid choice.

Iain Johnston
11 Posted 11/06/2018 at 13:59:18
No to Lindelof and no to Lascelles. We don't need any more right-footed central defenders. Keane and Holgate are more than capable.

Why did Man Utd lose the FA Cup Final? Because they had a right-footed centre-back on the left who tackled through the player rather than from the side.

Surely if the plan is to spend stupid money on a defender, we should look for one that can do the bloody job and not be a liability...

Or is everyone satisfied with the right-footed Martina playing at left-back? It's the same thing.

Matthew Williams
12 Posted 11/06/2018 at 14:08:32
Jeez... no thanks, can't we just put a bid in for Ben Mee instead?

A shrewd club would look to the lower leagues for a hidden gem – like Bolger at Fleetwood... but sadly not Everton it would seem.

Jim Harrison
13 Posted 11/06/2018 at 14:10:44
Sorry, Tom (#4), Funes Mori is not the answer. This Man Utd guy may not be either, but Funes Mori needs to be shifted. He isn't reliable.

Lewis Barclay
14 Posted 11/06/2018 at 14:12:23
Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 11/06/2018 at 14:22:43
Is Lascelles the player we got fined for when we tapped him up when played for Notts Forest, cost us a good few pound?
Martin Reppion
16 Posted 11/06/2018 at 14:54:55
As usual, my main question about any potential (or speculated) transfer target is: Is he better than we have now?

Some on here only want the best players regardless if we are likely to be able to afford them or to persuade them to come. Some only want ready made first-team starters.

Looking at this guy. Is he better than our current first- and second-choice right-sided centre-backs? If he couldn't displace Smalling, then I'd say not. Would he fit in as a left-sided player? Apparently not. So we are left to assume this is the usual silly season paper talk and/or agent-fuelled rubbish.

Why am I even bothering to give it headspace?

Dennis Stevens
17 Posted 11/06/2018 at 15:11:37
Notts Forest? Is that meant to be Nottingham Forest or Notts County?
Brian Williams
18 Posted 11/06/2018 at 15:23:11
Dennis. Think it's meant to be Notts Forest, which is how people generally refer to Nottingham Forest.
Steve Pugh
19 Posted 11/06/2018 at 15:54:34
Well said, Brian.
Denis Richardson
20 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:04:45
Have to agree with the majority above, £30m odd seems bonkers for a guy who strugggled in the league last season and is being kept out by Smalling and Jones.

Johnny Evans was available for just £3m, we could have gotten him for literally 10% of the rumoured Lindelof fee! Bags of experience, would have been a good teacher to the younger CBs we have on the books. Alas, Leicester's gain.

Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:05:25
Dennis (17), I'll give you three guesses, you might need less.
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
22 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:07:21
I think Dennis was trying to point out the 'correct' abbreviation:

Nottingham Forest, if it gets shortened to anything, should be Nottm Forest, not Notts Forest.

But most, of course, say Notts Forest which is not correct, as 'Notts' is an abbreviation of the word 'Nottinghamshire' – the county, not 'Nottingham' – the city.

Whereas Notts County is the full name of the other club – not an abbreviation.

Unless you're referrring, of course, to Nott's Forest FC of San Diego, California.

Thank Yew!

Alan J Thompson
23 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:11:23
Haven't seen much at all of this bloke but, on the surface, it does look like different faces, same old hunting ground.
Derek Knox
24 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:21:41
Michael (#22), isn't Yew a tree which is often found in churchyards, but also may be found in Nottingham Forest, legendary home of Robin Hood ? :-)
Tony Everan
25 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:25:57
If Phil Jones is preferred by Mourinho before this player we are justified in being sceptical.

Especially so as I don't want us to be signing his No 1 choice either.

Derek Taylor
26 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:27:30
It may be that' our owner' in his naivety believes 㿊M is the minimum you have to pay for anybody decent. If so, it would explain some of last year's disastrous buys where the real winners were every party involved apart from EFC.

I really do think that Brands has been recruited to prevent such folly!


Michael Kenrick
27 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:28:50
Nice one, Derek! (Athough The Pedant in me says it's actually Sherwood Forest!!)

Talking of which... Tricky Trees – I've never heard of that as a nickname for Nottm Forest.

John Wells
28 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:30:27
See the 'Pickford to Old Trafford' link a few times over the weekend. Will not be happy if they raid us again but if players wanna go there seems to be fuck all you can do! What I would do now though is, if he wants to go there, we must get Rashford as part of the deal and buy Butland sharpish!!
Chris Gould
29 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:41:10
This fella is still very young for a centre-back and many players struggle in their first year in the Premier League. Mourinho has a habit of letting players go who haven't yet reached their potential. Chelsea paid the price of letting both Salah and De Bruyne go because Mourinho didn't allow them the time to acclimatise. He only wants finished articles and doesn't develop players.

Lindelof may well prove to be a fantastic bit of business – if there's any truth to the rumour.

Derek Taylor
30 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:43:06
Michael; 'Tricky Trees' was the name of the Forest Fanzine which went the way of all such when this medium became prominent.
Brian Williams
31 Posted 11/06/2018 at 17:22:47
Michael (#17),

Sooo... Michael, how should one pronounce "Nottm Forest" in a colloquial conversation?

I've read (in the Viz) that the "m" is pronounced as an "s" so it would sound like "Notts Forest." ;-)

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
32 Posted 11/06/2018 at 17:30:16
I think Notts County usually play 4-4-2 but I am sure Nottingham Forest play Four-Tree-Tree.

Darren Murphy
33 Posted 11/06/2018 at 17:36:36
@6 Colin, and add Davies and Dowell and we can strike a deal. Delusional tabloids man.
Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 11/06/2018 at 17:45:02
Yes for me. Watched him against Italy last fall in that huge World Cup qualifier and was impressed. Watched him this weekend against Peru and was impressed. And like Chris (#29) I don't hold Mou's skepticism against him.

Let's see how he does against Germany next weekend.

Geoff Lambert
35 Posted 11/06/2018 at 17:58:16
Just because Moan-reanio won't play him doesn't mean he is not good enough.

See De Bruyne, Sallah, Lukaku. Got to be better than what we have, maybe at 㿀 million.

But my guess is its just paper talk.

Bill Gienapp
36 Posted 11/06/2018 at 18:28:28
Don't really know enough about him to comment, though I do find it hard to believe that we'd be willing to bid more than Man Utd paid for him in the first place.
David Gallant
37 Posted 11/06/2018 at 18:53:23
Amen to Chris Gould (#29). A few things for me:

1. If Silva and Brands want him, that's good enough for me.

2. As was pointed out, not many adapt straightaway to the Premier League. This guy has not been bad, and has now had a season to adapt. As has been pointed out, he's been boss for Sweden, and is also still very young (23). Granted, he wouldn't be my first choice, but if M&M rate him, I'll go with their judgement.

That's assuming of course, that the paper-talk is correct. If Man Utd sign Alderweireld (as rumoured), then I reckon Lindelof could make the switch. And I for one would welcome him and see how he fares before I slate him.

Tony Everan
38 Posted 11/06/2018 at 20:55:24
Phil (#32),

They are in the process of getting rid of the deadwood.

Derek Knox
39 Posted 11/06/2018 at 21:10:14
Tony @38, coincidentally Bill Kenwright is revamping the musical 'Calamity Jane' where that famous and pertinent song will be sung.

'The Deadwood Stage came over the hill, etc' :-)

Ian Bennett
40 Posted 11/06/2018 at 21:28:49
Rather than raiding United, I'd sooner look at Chelsea. They've happily shifted on Lukuka, De Bryne and Salah in recent years with young talent never given a chance.

Three quality signings with money and ambition would be Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, and Batshuayi. Throw in Tierney from Celtic, and we start looking mobile and energetic rather than plodding.

Mike Gaynes
41 Posted 11/06/2018 at 23:58:32
Tony (#38) – so are we, but our deadwood is a little deader than theirs.
Victor Yu
42 Posted 12/06/2018 at 03:10:20
It is worth a gamble if we can get him cheap.

I don't get the logic of paying more than what Man Utd paid to sign him after a below average season though.

Brendan Woods
43 Posted 12/06/2018 at 08:12:49
Paying more than Man Utd did after a season where he has done nothing to enhance his value sounds baffling but with Everton you do never know. Surely there's better options around, especially at that price.
Barry McNally
44 Posted 12/06/2018 at 09:02:39
Just being coached by Mourinho has made him a better player – just like De Bruyne and Salah!
Forget Lindelof, go for Martial – a serious player in there under the right manager.

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