The 31-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City star has been out of the game for the past year serving a drugs ban but now, the report claims, the free agent is set to have a trial at Finch Farm, perhaps with a view to signing for Everton.
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1 Posted 12/10/2018 at 08:13:54
At 31, he is not going to improve... but, on a free, Marco may well think the man is in the "last chance saloon" and may knuckle down and show his worth.
2 Posted 12/10/2018 at 08:37:25
Sigurdsson, Bernard, Dowell and even Lookman (he played more centrally for RB Leipzig, I believe?).
He'll demand big wages and may upset a young dressing room, so not worth a punt in my opinion.
3 Posted 12/10/2018 at 09:07:08
Do we really need him on a playing level, not to mention his drug ban?
We have paid enough on players who were not fit on signing. Nasri will probably, if ever, be ready until the end of the season.
Trimming the wage bill by getting rid of deadwood does not equate if we were to sign Nasri. Far better to persevere with our youngsters.
4 Posted 12/10/2018 at 09:49:00
The cosy Everton of before has been banished. Pity they didn't know a recurring relapsed recovering forward, who can beat defenders, precision-pass in the final third, and score goals.
There are so many gangsters in the transfer market. Keep up the good work.
5 Posted 12/10/2018 at 09:52:50
I've had enough of mercenaries ripping fans off and Nasri is one of the biggest of the lot.
6 Posted 12/10/2018 at 09:53:15
7 Posted 12/10/2018 at 09:58:15
8 Posted 12/10/2018 at 10:13:52
9 Posted 12/10/2018 at 10:14:22
10 Posted 12/10/2018 at 10:40:05
Give him a trial; if he looks great, then offer him a pay-as-you-play deal.
Am sure the whole thing is nonsense anyway; for the first time in ages, we are looking well stocked in creative areas.
11 Posted 12/10/2018 at 10:44:35
12 Posted 12/10/2018 at 11:02:08
13 Posted 12/10/2018 at 11:31:07
I'd rather see us identify a player from the divisions below with a similar style to Nasri. Sure we might not be able to get them until January but is Nasri really worth the wage and the wait for match sharpness? I don't think so...
Someone like Neal Maupay for example, would be a better option
14 Posted 12/10/2018 at 11:56:54
15 Posted 12/10/2018 at 11:59:44
And normally I'm a kind of "give them a go and see" type guy but I think we have more than enough in his sort of position.
It's up front we could do with a couple extra!
16 Posted 12/10/2018 at 12:34:05
My initial reaction was a vehement rejection, but then I thought, if he takes over from Davies, with Gana protecting him.... hmmm, why not give it a try?
Then I swung back to, "Fuck No!" — unfit, and he will take months to get up to speed, so pointless having him sucking money out of the club.
17 Posted 12/10/2018 at 12:41:47
He wasn't exactly a crucial player for Man City and at 31 ...
I suppose it comes down to cost — better to spend it on a striker.
18 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:11:48
19 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:13:53
Agbonlahor. . . I see where you are coming from. My one condition is that Brands and Silva are not mugs in the case of Nasri.
If it is true that they are interested, it's worth a punt. But I'm still wondering where my specified forward is coming from.
20 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:19:48
[And that's coming from a horrible little person...]
21 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:27:12
I'm in the same boat as you, but if Richarlison is going to be Brazil's #9, why can't he be ours? It still leaves us with one of Lookman, Bernard, or Walcott on the bench, and it'll be easier to recruit another winger for less than £40m than a striker.
22 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:33:01
23 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:38:31
Probably just another crazy media rumor instigated by his agent trying to find him work (and commission).
24 Posted 12/10/2018 at 19:34:46
I cannot (and hope not to) see this happening.
25 Posted 12/10/2018 at 20:09:42
However, to be fair, John #4, there was no "drug ban" – he was suspended for exceeding the 50-mL infusion limit per six-hour period, but there were no illegal substances in the infusion, just sterile water and vitamins.
26 Posted 12/10/2018 at 20:41:20
27 Posted 12/10/2018 at 21:02:35
That being said, this kind of deal reeks of the David Moyes years when we brought in players like McFadden for a 2nd time and Hitzlsperger and, while Nasri is better than both of them, we should be moving away from these kind of transfers. Nasri would suit a club like Newcastle who haven't got a huge transfer budget.
The other thing to consider is that it would stifle Dowell's progression. He's already got a tough job getting in the side. Plus we've got Vlasic to come back. The only way this deal would make sense is if Dowell was loaned in January and we got Nasri on an initial 6-month deal.
28 Posted 12/10/2018 at 21:16:07
The player was good but, for me, this notion would serve no genuine purpose for progressing and improving the squad and could impact team morale.
29 Posted 12/10/2018 at 21:23:42
30 Posted 12/10/2018 at 21:40:42
31 Posted 12/10/2018 at 21:54:38
32 Posted 12/10/2018 at 22:13:41
33 Posted 12/10/2018 at 22:27:24
I remember watching Arsenal play Hull and he came up behind a Hull player who was involved in an incident with other players and the ref, he then raked his studs down the back of the lads calf and ran off like the shithouse he is.
Stay well clear.
34 Posted 12/10/2018 at 22:37:27
35 Posted 13/10/2018 at 00:02:08
36 Posted 13/10/2018 at 04:21:26
37 Posted 13/10/2018 at 05:37:39
38 Posted 13/10/2018 at 08:16:46
39 Posted 13/10/2018 at 10:52:05
I had originally misgivings about Richarlison as centre-forward but, against Leicester, I was proved partly wrong.
The problem with Tosun is his positioning and inability to take on his marker and beat him. He tried to preempt this by running down the channels in the Arsenal game unsuccessfully. Calvert-Lewin is better at positioning and mixing it with defenders, but needs to improve, and he didn't cost megabucks. They are both poor at forward passing in the final third.
Richarlison can be wound up and dealt with by getting sent off. In the Leciester game, he took on defenders and was a threat but, as was pointed out to me in a game where he has to hold the ball, provide a distributive role, provide overlaps, link play, his poor passing completion rate of 70 percent in the final third will work against him. Passing aside, both Tosun and Calvert-Lewin are better in the other areas.
Overall, Everton are very weak in forward passing in the final third and, as yet, this problem has not been sorted, so we need a proper complete centre-forward to fill the necessary roles.
40 Posted 13/10/2018 at 17:27:46
41 Posted 13/10/2018 at 17:32:13
Lets go sign Samuel Etoo too!
42 Posted 13/10/2018 at 18:31:14
If he's not able to perform then no harm done, if he's got the goods but there are concerns about attitude - that's down to the gaffer to see if he thinks he can manage it.
To be honest so far this season we've looked pretty decent when Richarlison is in the side and pretty bang average when he isn't. If the Leicester game is the template, we look set to play with 4 creative attacking midfielders on the pitch (Siggy, Richarlison, Bernard and Walcott) so having another proven quality player who could offer something else from the bench doesn't seem mad to me.
43 Posted 13/10/2018 at 19:12:34
In his last 42 games at City, he scored 3 goals.
He then scored 3 in 30 at Sevilla.
A bottom-half Turkish league team gives him "one last chance to prove himself" , and he makes 8 appearances in five months before they eagerly dump him. For nothing. Just hop on the bus, Gus, and get out.
Turns out he was done and dusted at 27. No reason to trial him at 31.
44 Posted 13/10/2018 at 20:08:52
Much as I'd like to only have a team of good guys, I'm more concerned with players who want to win and can do a job. Poor form is much much more of an issue.
I still can't see any massive harm in a trial, mind. The new gaffer seems a better judge of talent than his forbears (based on the performances of Richarlison, Bernard and Digne at least) so he'd get an insight into the player that exists today and if he thinks he can do a job or not.
45 Posted 13/10/2018 at 20:53:16
No thank you!
46 Posted 13/10/2018 at 23:27:07
47 Posted 14/10/2018 at 19:28:18
Absolutely no no no no no.
And he has the heart of a pea and way too much arrogance.
48 Posted 15/10/2018 at 14:03:36
Lord give me strength!
49 Posted 15/10/2018 at 16:38:36
We wouldn't go after him because he's 32 and wouldn't fit Silva's system, but that doesn't make him any less quality.
50 Posted 16/10/2018 at 09:19:29
51 Posted 16/10/2018 at 13:20:26
Seriously though, Nasri is a quality player on his Arsenal and early Man City form. The main question is: Will he ever get that form back? As for a being a shithouse, ask any RS whether they'd have Suarez back?
52 Posted 17/10/2018 at 11:05:48
53 Posted 17/10/2018 at 11:12:41
54 Posted 17/10/2018 at 12:48:14
Now that would be a good signing.
55 Posted 17/10/2018 at 13:29:52
I would be surprised if this comes off.
56 Posted 17/10/2018 at 13:32:38
57 Posted 17/10/2018 at 14:29:44
58 Posted 17/10/2018 at 15:13:52
I can see Ramsey ending up at Juventus, Bayern or somewhere like that.
A quality goalscoring midfielder, but we already have Sigurdsson so I don't see why we'd break the bank to get him, tbh.
59 Posted 18/10/2018 at 13:08:35
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