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Everton in the mix for Neres

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Everton are among a clutch of clubs who have expressed an interest in up-and-coming Ajax winger David Neres who could be on the move this summer.

The 22-year-old is being linked specifically with the Blues and Arsenal who are both reported to have held talks with the Dutch club but Manchester United, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund – all of them can, of course, offer Champions League football – have also been credited with interest.

The Brazilian has scored seven goals in his last eight Eredivisie games and was also on target in Ajax's stunning recent 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Original Source: The Telegraph  

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Brian Williams
1 Posted 11/04/2019 at 21:21:26
If we get him I'll eat my hat......gladly, and with a huge smile on my face!!
Gavin Johnson
2 Posted 11/04/2019 at 21:31:54
I don't see why this would be true. We're overloaded with wingers and will have Onyekuru coming in this summer. He would be a decent signing but first and foremostly we need to keep Gomes and Zouma, and buy a quality striker.
Paul Birmingham
3 Posted 11/04/2019 at 21:39:05
Always nice to be linked with good players but I don’t see any reason in this case, as Henry is back this summer, and I see him being top of the queue to start initially on the bench, assuming that he does come back.
Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 11/04/2019 at 21:45:43
Gavin, we're not "overloaded with wingers" on this guy's level. We always want players with the talent to help elevate us into the top 6, and Neres is definitely such a player, like my longtime favorite Hirving Lozano. Hard to imagine we'll outbid the big boys, but we need to take a shot. Pass him up because we have Henry Onyekuru maybe coming in? No. They're not remotely on the same level. Go for it.
Gavin Johnson
5 Posted 11/04/2019 at 22:10:46
Mike - how do you know Onyekuru isn't at the same level as Neres?!
The Dutch league is comparable to the Belgium and Turkish leagues and their age and stats are similar. Personally, I'm very happy to move Walcott on, and have Richarlison, Bernard, Lookman and Onyekuru as our 4 wingers. Yes, it's good to go for these kind of players, but there's other areas that need improving. Namely upfront and RB besides from trying to keep Gomes and Zouma.
Gavin Johnson
6 Posted 11/04/2019 at 22:10:46
Mike - how do you know Onyekuru isn't at the same level as Neres?!
The Dutch league is comparable to the Belgium and Turkish leagues and their age and stats are similar. Personally, I'm very happy to move Walcott on, and have Richarlison, Bernard, Lookman and Onyekuru as our 4 wingers. Yes, it's good to go for these kind of players, but there's other areas that need improving. Namely upfront and RB besides from trying to keep Gomes and Zouma.
Steve Ferns
7 Posted 11/04/2019 at 22:18:09
Gavin, Onyekuru hasn't played for Brazil! Neres has also done it in the Champions League against the best, so not just in the Dutch League.
Sam Hoare
8 Posted 11/04/2019 at 22:32:26
Gavin, Neres has way more assists than Onyekuru and I think currently the Eredivisie is a step up on the Turkish league, just look at Ajax.

I think Neres will be beyond us after his CL turns but almost better than him has been Steven Bergwijn of PSV. He’s as fast as Neres but stronger and I think better suited to the PL. He reminds me of Depay who now looks the part for Lyon. And there’s Lozano as well.

Gavin is right that we probably have bigger issues than the wings but if we could have Bernard, Bergwijn, Richarlison and Lookman next season then I think that would be pretty exciting. Give Onyekuru another year on loan as I’m not sure his permit is guaranteed yet anyway.

Bobby Mallon
9 Posted 11/04/2019 at 22:34:18
He’s coming defo
Gavin Johnson
10 Posted 11/04/2019 at 22:36:20
Steve - hasn't he just had the 1 cap for Brazil? I agree, that he looks a good prospect but we are overloaded with wingers. It's the strongest area of our squad and why I don't see this as anything other than a rumour. We've also got Anthony Gordon coming through and also have the likes of Bolasie and Sandro nowhere near the 1st team
Steve Ferns
11 Posted 11/04/2019 at 22:45:12
Gavin I think we have a space for a winger. We have Richarlison, Walcott, Bernard, Lookman and Gordon. Bernard is not an out and out winger, but I don't think he can play centrally in the Premier League (I thought he could prior to seeing him at close quarters, as he needs the space and time he gets on the wing and less physical opponents at full back).

Hopefully Walcott will depart. I like the lad he speaks well and seems a good guy. However, he's on massive money and I'd rather give that £6m a year to other players. Sadly, I cannot see Lookman staying. I think he will either get a run in the side over the next few weeks and stay off the back of it, or if he carries on as he has done, then he will be sold. Last summer, he had 3 years left on his contract and we held all the cards. Now he has two years left and the power is starting to tip towards him and I think he will force through his move and go abroad for a lot less than we (the fans) think he's worth.

So, that leaves us short on the wings. And therefore, I think we will get one in and Gordon (who is a no10 not a winger) will be backup.

Simon Smith
12 Posted 12/04/2019 at 02:21:04
Neres is the type of young elite player who should make our fans brim with excitement, the kid is ready to hit the prem and help us to the next level, the problem is every other team knows it too.
Alan J Thompson
13 Posted 12/04/2019 at 04:32:13
I think we all are for signing better players but it is something of a dilemma that it is an additional winger at a time when we are told that the wage bill must be reduced by off loading those who are considered surplus, for whatever reason, to the 1st team squad even if a couple, Lookman & Onyekuru, are rumoured to be the subject of interest from other clubs. Have we forgotten the reaction to having four "number 10s".
Alan J Thompson
14 Posted 12/04/2019 at 04:38:24
Sorry, but reading the above it appears we have forgotten Bolasie even allowing for the fact that we probably have more wide players than actual wingers, e.g. Johnny Morrissey and Alex Scott.
Tony Everan
15 Posted 12/04/2019 at 07:51:29
It could be argued that we are a good destination for him to continue his development at his young age. The Barca move can be set up for him at 26yrs old.

So whilst it is unlikely, there is a ray of logic that it would be good for him to come to Everton. The problem is he will want European football, if we cant offer it, he will go elsewhere.

Derek Knox
16 Posted 12/04/2019 at 09:31:27
Contrary to popular belief, I believe we have a very good chance of landing him, even though we can't guarantee Champions League, but with a bit of luck we may be able to offer Europa League.

The reason I say this, is primarily his connection with Marcel Brands form his time in the Netherlands, coupled with the fact that both Richarlison and Bernard, apart from both being Brazilian, use the same agent (grrr) as David Neres.

The fact that we have two Brazilians would make him less prone to home-sickness, and he would have at least two compatriots, plus another three in, Gomes (if he stays with us) Joao Virginia and of course Marco Silva, who all speak his native language.

I also believe he wants to try the Premier League, so not trying run before he can walk, Everton would present a decent option for him.

Of course a lot depends on what Transfer funds are to made available, and also and perhaps more importantly who moves on and who stays.

Henry Onyekuru although technically our player has declared that he is reasonably happy where he is, plus there is the possibility of Theo Walcott moving to MLS, and add to that the Lookman situation, so we may not be overstocked with wide men.

Tony Everan, we may be a better option than Barca, when he is 26 if we can achieve CL, and be a dominant force in Football again (Fantasy Island-the plane-the plane -boss!). :-)

Drew O'Neall
17 Posted 12/04/2019 at 09:35:45
We do need more wingers prepared to play in the way Richarlison and Bernard have in the past few weeks, as Tony Everan identifies on the pre-Fulham thread.

When thinking about who Silva might rotate in for Fulham, I wouldn’t trust Lookman or Walcott to provide the intensity out of possession which Bernard and Richarlison have added.

The pressing of the front four, led by the willing, physical Calvert Lewin, has revolutionised our team performances.

I hope if we are to go to market for a striker in the summer it is a more accomplished but equally tenacious player (a younger Vardy or Manzukic type).

Rob Dolby
18 Posted 12/04/2019 at 10:23:36
I am all for adding quality to the squad regardless of position.

We need more goals from midfield for a start and someone with more quality pushing DCL.

For me Lookman can go, his attitude stinks. Swapped shirts with Maitland Miles and was the first player from both teams down the tunnel last week. Maybe the transfer fee will enable us to bring the lad in from Ajax.

Drew O'Neall
19 Posted 12/04/2019 at 12:40:36
Agree to cash in on Lookman (although I don’t hold with unsubstantiated questions over his attitude, leaving immediately could be due to modesty as his contribution was sub 10 mins).

Let’s get the £2Xm from Red Bull and test Ajax’s mettle.

We need athleticism and intensity from our wingers as displayed by our Brazilians recently. If Lookman doesn’t (or never will) have that in his locker then we have to move him on.

Brian Williams
20 Posted 12/04/2019 at 12:52:17
It's a bit of a conundrum with Lookman.
He's undoubtedly a very skilful player but he's not the finished article (don't expect him to be at his age).
Silva seems to want to take his time with him and Lookman "seems" impatient" for regular first team football.
The nearer the end of his contract he gets the more precarious the clubs position.
Personally if Silva sees him as an integral part of the the team/squad going forward then offer the lad an extension to his contract within the next few weeks.
If he accepts the situation then leans towards the club being more in control and would suggest Mola's happy enough.
If he turns down the extension then sell him for a good price as a refusal to extend speaks volumes, IMO.
Simon Smith
21 Posted 12/04/2019 at 13:43:28
BRIAN 20: Another issue with Lookman is I can't see offers being as high this season as last.

Red bull gave him a platform, but this season he's done pretty much nothing !!!

Like you rightly say his contract is ticking down and I can't see him being in a rush to sign a new one.

If Silva doesn't think his attitude is right he might aswel move him on to the highest bidder.

For what it's worth, imo we need to get Lookman, Onyekuru and Vlasic on-board with what we want to do. Young talented players should be kept at almost any cost.

James Flynn
22 Posted 12/04/2019 at 14:02:43
David is a bit older than Henry. Their stats are pretty close. Give Neres an edge due to coming up in the same system for 3-4 years, while Onyekuru has been here and there. Both have nice highlight reels. To me, Henry edges it there.

The main things they have to common is that they've both done well in Europe's minor leagues (neither near as well as did Jozy Altidore) and we don't know if their game will cut it in the EPL when and if they get there.

As far as having too many wide players, we have too many players anyway. I'd wager that Brands has already told many players that while they might have 1-2 seasons left on their contracts, Mario has deemed them surplus to requirements. That if they actually want to play football during that time, their agents will have to find them a club.

Be sad if we passed on players with real potential who would come but we already "have too many players". If Marcel and Mario believe Neres is that good, go after him. Plus, figure out how to get young Henry his work permit. Get them both in, then let Mario and Marcel figure it out.

Fran Mitchell
23 Posted 12/04/2019 at 14:53:22
Every year the same thing, some tentative link with a player we have no chance of signing, but no doubt will become an obession with TW followers.

Neres has exploded onto the scene this year with his Champions League performances.

He'll be off to the likes of Juve, Bayern, Liverpool.

He will not be coming to Everton.

Maybe Lozano, having fallen off the radar is a more viable option. But as I mentioned on another thread, Che Adams (Or someone of his ilk) is probably closer to what we'll get.

Derek Knox
24 Posted 12/04/2019 at 15:16:08
Fran, you are probably right, and make a good point regarding Lozano, who we were also linked with last year, and had a good opening in the World Cup.

It's probably fantasy as you say, but we are so starved of success even us older supporters, arise to the occasion when a talented player is tentatively linked. Although I don't think the David Neres link is that far fetched with his connections to us in Marcel Brands, Bernard and Richarlison's agent.

You also mention Che Adams (Birmingham City) a player I have watched on TV several times, and I must hasten to add, been quite impressed with, and if all sources are to be believed we are favourites to sign him upon his almost inevitable departure from the Championship close season.

There is a word of caution obviously, with a lot of these players who have only played in Europe, are they adaptable to the Premier League? Even the so-called top 6 have signed some expensive flops, who have promised everything in either potential, or previous performances, yet delivered nought when put to the sword.

Fran Mitchell
25 Posted 12/04/2019 at 16:23:09
I haven't seen Che Adams play, I see very little football that doesn't involve Everton or the Brazilian leagues, but from what i've heard he's a talented lad.

Actually kept our own DCL out of the starting line-up at Sheff Utd, fast and strong, eye for goal, and an interesting element is that he started out in non-league football, and has progressed, and never looked out of his depth. This must develop a certain character that can only help in his progression from Championship to PL.

Seems very much like the Brands type - young, talented, not too expensive (probably cost 12-15 million)

Jim Jennings
26 Posted 12/04/2019 at 20:15:05
I don’t know much about this guy but anyone who thinks Henry Onyekuru will be in Everton’s first team has not seen him play. He’s got pace, is a half decent finisher and not much more besides, certainly not the level of application and drive that Silva seems to demand of his wide(ish) players.

He has a decent goal return for Gala but is not exactly setting the league alight - a league where 39 year old Emre Belozoglu is starring in midfield for the leaders.

For context, our Henry’s goal tally is bettered by 30 something premier league legends such as Papiss Cisse and Hugo Rodallega, while the likes of Arouna Kone (yes that one) and Robinho are not far behind. And most of these guys are playing for weaker teams than Henry.

As for Che Adams, is he any better than DCL or simply getting more game time and scoring more goals in a weaker league?

Tony Everan
27 Posted 13/04/2019 at 07:34:10
Jim, Agree with the reticence about Che Adams, I am not sure he has the class to step up to top 6 premier league standard . You have to be among europes and the worlds best to be a top 6 level striker.

I think Brands and Silva will be looking elsewhere.

James Stewart
28 Posted 14/04/2019 at 11:53:27
No chance. Cloud cuckoo land if you think we are getting him.
Alex Carew
29 Posted 15/04/2019 at 10:38:31
People expecting him to come must have just read past the ‘in the mix’ part without seeing it. If anybody is any good then other teams are after them and sadly we have very little pulling power for quality players. Unless he is absolutely desperate for a Premier League move and money is not important oh and none of the big 6 or a London club have gone for him then we have no chance.
Mike Littler
30 Posted 16/04/2019 at 21:40:07
No chance of us getting him, we will end up with Adams who is no better than Calvert-Lewin. Where are Brands's connections?
Martin Berry
31 Posted 17/04/2019 at 19:55:00
Not sure he is the right fit or strong enough for the Prem. Not impressed last night against Juve, but thats just one game and no doubt he will get better.
Matthew Williams
32 Posted 18/04/2019 at 12:44:26
No chance of bagging this bloke, what with all the big boys sniffing around.

Try a cheeky punt on Knockheart from Brighton instead... an underrated player with a bit of nastiness about him... but more importantly has the ability to be a match-winner in tight games.

As for a striker... only one bloke for me, the bad lad up at Rangers, the next Diego Costa in the making, there, folks.

We need to be more ruthless and lose our 'nice club' act pronto!

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