Besic's Boro move collapses at the last minute

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Muhamed Besic was seemingly on course to rejoin Middlesbrough on a permanent basis but it appears as though he has failed to agree terms at the Riverside.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international had a spell at The Riverside on loan last season where he was a big hit under manager Tony Pulis.

Boro were keen to re-sign him this summer and there was speculation that he might return there on another season-long loan but Sky Sports were reporting earlier that he was being lined up on a permanent transfer.

Besic, a £4m capture under Roberto Martinez four years ago, has battled a succession of injuries during his time at Goodison Park and was unable to win a permanent place in the Blues' midfield.

In all he has made just 22 Premier League starts since arriving from Ferençvaros in Hungary, featuring in 56 games in all competitions in total and it is unclear where his future lies now that this move has fallen through, apparently over agents' fees.

He has until the end of the month to either secure a loan to the Championship, perhaps with Middlesbrough again, or move abroad.  


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Derek Knox
1 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:06:46
In some ways I am sorry to see him go, rather it was Schneiderlin, but no such luck, while I did not envisage him being a major part of the team, he was always good to have on the bench.

However, now it seems to be a done deal, I wish him all the best, could never fault his commitment (take note Schneiderlin) and he was one of the stand-out performers in pre-season.

Dan Sanderson
2 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:08:35
Would also prefer it to be Schneiderlin, like Mo alot
Sam Hoare
3 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:09:18
I'm not sure we ever saw the best of Besic. Hope he does well at Boro. Always gave his all and reckon he would have done a better job last season than most of our central midfielders.
Fran Mitchell
4 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:11:58
Good for him. He clearly did well there, the fans loke him, he'll be first choice, in Pulis he has a manager who suits his style, and he will be pushing for promotion, and he'd do well in the PL shoukd Boro get there.

He's a decent player, Boro have got good value, he just isn't good enough for our ambitions.

Julian Exshaw
5 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:12:04
I always liked Mo. A loose canon but always committed. I reckon with regular football he'll do well at Middlesbro. Showed a lot more passion for Everton than many still at the club.
Steve Ferns
6 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:17:29
I never rated him, but all the best to him.
James Flynn
7 Posted 09/08/2018 at 14:26:45
Hope this goes thru as permanent. May his hamstrings be healthy during the physical.

Never good enough. But whatever he DID have, he gave Everton all of it every time he went out there.

So best of luck to him. He's found his level.

Paul Birmingham
8 Posted 09/08/2018 at 15:22:00
I liked Mos spirit, but it wasn’t always well controlled but he’d tried and worse his heart on his sleeve.

There a few lazy arses in the squad, still, who, don’t have half Mos passion, hopefully they’ll be gone and perhaps tonight there’s a sense of Deliverance over GP, or the mirage of hope will blend into the stink cloud that is never far away from EFC, these last 30 years.

If Mo goes he gets my best wishes;I was lucky to meet him in his first year, and he seemed a genuine lad, but just whacked by injuries, since that time.

Now where ever he goes I hope he does well.

William Cartwright
9 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:32:09
A lot of respect for Mo and I wish him all the best. I will ncver forget the game when he simply bossed City. Too bad his injuries kicked in but he is still young enough to build an excellent career. loved his passion and genuine commitment to Everton and admire his attitude. Compared to Morgan . . . . . I believe we have sold the wrong one, but you never know what Marco's game plan will include. Here's hoping.
Terry McLavey
10 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:51:43
A member of staff at my local Lidl's supports 'Boro. He's really impressed with Mo, wanted to definitely sign him permanently so it looks as though he got his wish. Good luck to you mate, sometimes your skills let you down but your commitment never did.
Ashley Roberts
11 Posted 09/08/2018 at 17:45:18
He needs to go out on loan now as he has no chance of breaking into the midfield with the new signings. Not sure it will do his career any good playing a bit part in the u23’s.
James Flynn
12 Posted 09/08/2018 at 18:05:52
Has 3 years to go at 50K per week. I'd bet negotiating that was the sticking point. He's not worth it in the Prem, never mind a league down.

Maybe they can loan him again with Everton paying a bit of his wages. Moshiri appears to have bitten the financial bullet with some other out-going this Window.

Mike Moore
13 Posted 09/08/2018 at 19:27:47
If and it's a big IF you could guarantee Mos fitness then he's a player, I would have him in front of fraud Schnerderlin any day.
Jerome Shields
14 Posted 09/08/2018 at 22:48:40
Obviously he was on one of those overrated contracts that Middlesbrough could not justify matching. With Gomes coming in, he will not be needed. Another club, as you say, is his only option.
James Stewart
15 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:24:23
Fell through due to his agent's fees according to northern echo. Says it all really, more concerned about money than playing regular football.
Rob Dolby
16 Posted 09/08/2018 at 23:50:22
He will probably move before the European deadline. He has a lot to his game but can dwell too long on the ball.

I like his commitment but his overall quality just isn't there but you can say that about all of our current midfielders.

Graham Hammond
17 Posted 10/08/2018 at 13:52:39
Give me Besic over Schneiderlin any day of the week. I want my attackers to attack and my defenders (and defensive midfielders) to defend. Schneiderlin needs to massively up his defensive work rate to have any Everton future, he may have an occasional pass in him but for my money not a patch on Darron Gibson when he was with us early doors.
David Pearl
18 Posted 10/08/2018 at 15:01:40
Seems you should of gone to specsavers Graham... but instead you went to bargain booze (where you met Darron Gibson).
Graham Hammond
19 Posted 10/08/2018 at 18:19:19
David Pearl at 18. If you are impressed with Schneiderlin David then you are very easily pleased, please enlighten me and tell me what he offers? Even at the back end of his Everton career, Gibson could still pass a ball which is more than can be said sadly for many of our current crop of midfield players. Gibson in the FA Cup Semi against United was the reason we were still in the game at Half Time and if it wasn't for Lukaku missing chances we might have had a trophy to shout about. Pity about Gibson and the ale, a waste of a talent. Pity about the Besic injury too, obviously held the lad back too.
Denis Richardson
20 Posted 10/08/2018 at 23:30:01
Giving 120% is not enough if you're simply not good enough. Martinez bought him based on seeing him in one game at the '14 World Cup, took a punt which is fair enough.

However, can we just now get rid? 4 years of pretty much next to nothing. Just loan him to 'boro for the original transfer fee for the remainder of his contract and be done with it.

They can take McCarthy for free at the same time – another water carrier, just as injury prone just fewer bookings.

Mike Doyle
21 Posted 10/08/2018 at 23:51:04
All speculation as we don't know what caused the breakdown. Mo is contracted until 2021 and won't be too keen to take a drop (who would).

Of course, it may be down to factors such as “agent fees” – not the first time we've heard that phrase. Still expect him to go on loan, somewhere, for the season... otherwise he risks being forgotten.

Graham Hammond
22 Posted 11/08/2018 at 00:35:40
Denis at 20. Obviously, I am a greater fan of Mo Besic than you clearly but who exactly do you think is 'good enough' for Everton? Don't get me wrong, I am not easily pleased myself and maybe I am guilty to an extent of rating and judging players based to some degree on what we paid for them.

Do you think Jagielka and Keane, our probable Centre Back pairing on Saturday are good enough? Keane cost us over six times what we paid for Besic!!

Do you think Schneiderlin is good enough at £24M?

Do you think Tosun is good enough at £27M?

Do you think Bolasie is good enough at £28M?

Do you think Sigurdsson is good enough at £45M?

Mo Besic gave his all in an Everton shirt and sadly that has not always been the case with some of our other players.

Kevin Dyer
23 Posted 11/08/2018 at 13:38:23
Belated thoughts on Besic:

2 years ago, he was looking good in pre-season then got badly injured, out for a year. Last January, he'd barely kicked a ball in 18 months, was nowhere near the 1st team and badly needed games; the loan to Boro made sense.

This summer, he's been heavily involved but seems not to have made the final cut. He was very complimentary about Silva and his tactics being perfect for his style and says he feels back to his best. I honestly think he hasn't given up thinking he can play himself into the team. After all, he's technically better than Gana and more energetic and committed than Schneiderlin.

With us not signing direct competition, I think he may have had second thoughts and figured to try and earn a place. He fails he can still move in January. Or, maybe he fancies a move to Europe? If Schneiderlin struggles he's worth giving a go IMO.

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