The striker will be out of contract next month and the Blues have been joined by West Ham United, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers in showing interest in signing him according to the Evening Standard.
A former England international, Welbeck underwent ankle surgery last year and recently returned to behind-closed-doors action but is unlikely to be given a new deal at The Emirates as Unai Emery continues his attempts to improve his squad.
The report claims that Everton would be willing to improve the 28-year-old's current £100,000-a-week salary with Arsenal but the player is said to favour a move to a club that can offer Champions League football which would preclude a transfer to any of those clubs currently linked with him in the latest speculation.
Everton are in the hunt for striking reinforcements and could yet look to sell either or both of Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse this summer.
Original Source: Evening Standard
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1 Posted 24/05/2019 at 16:18:14
NO, NO AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD THRICE NO!!!
2 Posted 24/05/2019 at 16:20:44
3 Posted 24/05/2019 at 16:26:11
I thought we had stopped becoming a retirement home for top six rejects especially those that are always in the treatment room.
I sincerely hope this one has no legs (pardon the pun).
4 Posted 24/05/2019 at 16:47:59
5 Posted 24/05/2019 at 16:50:31
Just joking... he's shite.
6 Posted 24/05/2019 at 16:56:37
And injured all the time.
7 Posted 24/05/2019 at 17:01:31
If he was that good, Arsenal would have extended his contract. What sensible Champions League side are going to offer him a contract unless Celtic fancy a punt? — or FK Partizani Tirana!
8 Posted 24/05/2019 at 17:13:48
A crock. With high wages. And 28 years old.
I call this Bull.
9 Posted 24/05/2019 at 17:50:55
28 is not exactly washed up. And Ive always thought he looks a decent enough player when fit. 16 goals for England in 42 matches shows he can score at highest level.
Like I said, hed not be one of my top picks and Id certainly be against offering him a lucrative weekly contract but perhaps theres a deal that could be worked out that would suit both parties? Mainly I suspect this is rubbish planted by his agent to get other parties sniffing.
10 Posted 24/05/2019 at 17:55:51
11 Posted 24/05/2019 at 17:57:16
12 Posted 24/05/2019 at 18:16:27
13 Posted 24/05/2019 at 18:19:55
I actually like Welbeck as a player but with his injury record, and at 28, I said "No, thank you." Moreover, even before injuries struck, he was very much of the Calvert-Lewin mould – works hard, smart with the ball, lots of assists but a poor scoring record.
Since we're seemingly unhappy with Calvert-Lewin based on goals, then why would we sign a similar, older, more injury prone, and far better paid player to compete for the role of getting ridiculed by ToffeeWebers each for for "not scoring in a brotherl", "not hitting a barn door" etc??
14 Posted 24/05/2019 at 18:20:22
Celtic then?? Fucking deluded twat!
15 Posted 24/05/2019 at 18:45:32
I myself believe he will add something to our first team, he can hold up play, score goals, play wide, and he is quick.
Taking a gamble could very well pay off, plus he is on a free, if he comes in for Walcot its a no brainer, he takes his wages, and we get a fee which can go towards Silvas transfer kitty.
16 Posted 24/05/2019 at 18:57:04
I hope he gets back to playing as he was always nice to watch, but hope it isnt for us unless hes replacing Tosun as 2nd/3rd choice and on a pay as you play deal.
17 Posted 24/05/2019 at 19:01:40
Younger players can usually get over injuries quicker so why would Everton pay big wages to a player who cannot play a lot of games.
Anyway, rumours will abound so let's not assume anything just yet.
18 Posted 24/05/2019 at 19:20:37
19 Posted 24/05/2019 at 19:24:23
But there's no way he will after several bad injuries stand up to the rigours of a Premier League campaign, like Strootman, crackers for knees. Not a good choice.
20 Posted 24/05/2019 at 19:54:36
21 Posted 24/05/2019 at 20:13:45
This is why he likes Calvert-Lewin; young and full of running.
Rumour; file it in that file labeled complete bollocks, it's getting a bit crowded in there and we're still in May
22 Posted 24/05/2019 at 20:20:39
Or the weekly wage would need to be much lower. Surely he should go out on loan to play games and prove his long-term fitness. A loan with a locked-in transfer price should he come good might suit all parties - whether it is us or one of the other clubs vying for him. Id like to see him back healthy and playing well - very tidy footballer.
23 Posted 24/05/2019 at 20:30:41
I actually predicted this about three months ago, but never thought to put a bet on it though, so I'll definitely be kicking myself if he signs for Everton!
24 Posted 24/05/2019 at 20:38:11
25 Posted 24/05/2019 at 20:38:43
26 Posted 24/05/2019 at 20:50:23
Free. Still loads to offer and quick as a post balti shit.
He's struggled with injuries, I get that, but he will score a boat load in our set up. I would be extremely happy if we got him.
27 Posted 24/05/2019 at 20:55:59
28 Posted 24/05/2019 at 21:03:56
12 years as a premier player and he's made just over 200 appearances. He'll spend more time on James McCarthy's soon to be vacant treatment table than he will on the pitch.
29 Posted 24/05/2019 at 21:04:02
Welbeck and Walcott couldn't start for a poor Arsenal side yet 2 years on they're okay for us?
We should be looking for progressive players with a sell on not shite that no one else wants. And at £100k + a week you must be fuckin' joking cos you'll get 10 games a season out of him tops.
30 Posted 24/05/2019 at 21:05:39
In principle it could work but we surely can't load our over- inflated wage bill by £100k plus per week on someone who is a huge risk? Pay to play is a different matter.
31 Posted 24/05/2019 at 21:22:32
Do you think any self respecting agent is going to turn around and say to his client, 'I've got you a great deal son', it £120k a week, but that's only if you stay fit and play 35 games.
Yeah right, not whilst there's gobshite clubs willing to pay him £80k a week guaranteed over four years.
Now who mentioned Uncle Bill... ?
32 Posted 24/05/2019 at 21:36:48
Well one thing... Gray was a far better player than this crock. And secondly, Gray would throw his head in a cement mixer if he thought there was a goal on the end of it.
Welbeck gets a twisted sock and is out for a month. And thirdly, it was a lifetime ago when we signed Gray and what a signing he was but the game has moved on considerably since then.
I just hope this is a rumour because, if we are looking to challenge the top 6, then there's far better players than him out there.
33 Posted 24/05/2019 at 21:38:21
Lets hope this is media BS.
34 Posted 24/05/2019 at 21:53:38
For me, Welbeck is one who looks like a player but who has never actually produced much.
35 Posted 24/05/2019 at 21:57:49
For his career, he has consistently averaged a goal every 265 minutes. That's about the same as Walcott (and Calvert-Lewin).
He's Walcott II – same kind of player, same lack of productivity, just 16 months younger and with a worse injury record.
And he'd want a raise from £100,000/week???
No, thank you. Not even on a free.
36 Posted 24/05/2019 at 22:02:10
37 Posted 24/05/2019 at 22:05:38
38 Posted 24/05/2019 at 22:09:09
39 Posted 24/05/2019 at 22:10:47
That is of course if he comes. If not, I will have to think of another red wine wager!
40 Posted 24/05/2019 at 22:26:39
Except any loon that would think it a great idea!
41 Posted 24/05/2019 at 22:31:47
42 Posted 24/05/2019 at 22:46:05
May as well get off the fence. I trust Brands, so if we got him I would be happy.
43 Posted 24/05/2019 at 22:56:22
Absent Usmanov and having just finished 8th after a largely unpleasant struggle, let's not get too sniffy in our quest for a goalscorer, even if this particular rumour does turn out to be baseless.
44 Posted 24/05/2019 at 22:57:49
45 Posted 24/05/2019 at 23:03:36
46 Posted 24/05/2019 at 23:12:21
Not sure on his celebrations but Sturridge has had two decent seasons in his whole career. One at Bolton, One at the RS. Carragher said Sturridge wouldn't play unless he was a 100% fit, and followed that up by saying "no one is ever a 100% fit."
I see him as a bit of a spoilt rich kid. His Dad was decent enough striker, he is somewhat better but born into the easy life. I wouldn't sign either him or Welbeck.
In fact, I would sign no-one and just save all our money till the contracts of the current jokers have run down. By then, FFP rules, sanctions on certain nations etc will have obliterated our opponents so we can crack open our golden war chest and climb our way back to the top.
47 Posted 24/05/2019 at 23:30:33
COYS :: just this once.
48 Posted 24/05/2019 at 23:54:51
49 Posted 25/05/2019 at 00:16:47
50 Posted 25/05/2019 at 01:28:17
51 Posted 25/05/2019 at 02:05:54
A. We possibly don't have any money until we sell due to the new stadium and the Walsh era. We also struggled to make 8th. From the outside, short term this might not be as bad a deal as some suggest.
B. We might be selling 4 strikers this summer and will need to sign a couple of strikers to challenge Calvert-Lewin and possibly Simms. One on a free (Welbeck) the other for a lot of money. Sensible.
C. He is a short term option who plays a similar high tempo, hard grafting style to Calvert-Lewin. He works defences and would bag more if he were selfish. That said, 16 goals for England isn't bad.
D. Unlike the 3 stooges, when fit he is capable of pushing Calvert-Lewin to raise his game.
E. The lad has a good attitude and is professional on and off the pitch. He also has Champions League experience. Further, 28 is not old in modern day football.
F. In addition to the above, he has worked with some the best managers and strikers in the country. He might be the most cultured striker at the club... if signed.
Downside: spending £5.2 million a year for a player who might get injured is always a risk.
52 Posted 25/05/2019 at 03:42:29
53 Posted 25/05/2019 at 04:24:32
Mostly against not very good teams.
54 Posted 25/05/2019 at 04:27:54
55 Posted 25/05/2019 at 05:38:42
56 Posted 25/05/2019 at 06:39:44
In the highly unlikely event that someone actually comes in for him at that level, we'd assuredly sell, right?
And that would explain the otherwise inexplicable Wellbeck rumor.
57 Posted 25/05/2019 at 07:14:26
58 Posted 25/05/2019 at 07:21:17
Up steps Ole and seemingly transforms them, with virtually the same personnel, gets the job permanently and then it's back to what it was under Jose.
They are, I believe going to rebuild and weed out the bad influences in the Dressing Room, and they obviously have the money to spend, but I wouldn't like to see him go yet, it is only his second year in the Premier League, and he will only get better in my opinion.
As for Welbeck, his injury record more-or-less speaks for itself, and I can't envisage it improving; as someone has mentioned, he is decent when he's fit and knows where the goal is, but when and how often is that likely to be?
59 Posted 25/05/2019 at 07:29:34
60 Posted 25/05/2019 at 08:02:36
61 Posted 25/05/2019 at 08:13:39
Hopefully there will be a big clear out with Mirallas, Bolasie, Walcott, Niasse, Tosun, Martina etc all fucked right off to pastures new. I would love us to then sign Diego Costa and a team of top quality psychiatrists to keep him focused.
62 Posted 25/05/2019 at 08:26:40
63 Posted 25/05/2019 at 10:03:32
64 Posted 25/05/2019 at 10:09:24
We buy another striker for serious money and Welbeck is the plan B option off the bench.
One or both of Tosun and Niasse are sold to make room for his wages.
65 Posted 25/05/2019 at 10:12:36
I'm only looking for £50 a sapling as I've got loads of fully grown trees already.
I'll accept cash, cheque, Paypal or Dontbesofuckingullible.com payments.
Hurry while they last.
66 Posted 25/05/2019 at 10:26:01
67 Posted 25/05/2019 at 10:29:05
A crocked Welbeck is the kind of signing Everton have made in the past, so is the kind of thing journalists will fill space with but, as many others have said, it doesn't fit with what we've seen from Brands and Silva so far.
68 Posted 25/05/2019 at 10:44:04
69 Posted 25/05/2019 at 10:52:56
70 Posted 25/05/2019 at 10:58:35
Fuck them off and get hungry young players in with the right attitude, not bloated, past-it multi-millionaires with an over-inflated opinion of themselves, a family of ten agents to feed, and a demeanour around them like they're doing you a favour.
I could be describing Kevin Mirallas right there.
71 Posted 25/05/2019 at 11:00:36
Even if we increase his wage to £120k a week, I'd guess it would make sense to offer him a 3-year deal at 28 with an optional 4th. That's £6,240,000 a year, £18,720,000 over the contract term. Due to being out of contract, he'll no doubt demand a higher-than-usual signing bonus and large agent fee... for argument's sake, let's say £5m. If it doesn't work out and we want rid in 2 years, he'll still be able to command a £5-10m fee with 1 year left on his contract.
We lost more on Klaassen in 1 year than we will do on this player even if he flops. Just a thought... and what if we get 1 good year out of him? Bonus!!
72 Posted 25/05/2019 at 11:02:09
Are you his agent?
73 Posted 25/05/2019 at 11:05:06
It depends if you plant them in the UK or not, mate. That's the miraculous thing about them – the money that grows on them is in the currency of the country they're grown in.
Now you can't ask for more than that can you? How many will you take? 😉
74 Posted 25/05/2019 at 11:08:31
75 Posted 25/05/2019 at 11:21:06
If we do sell Tosun and Niasse, then Welbeck might be a gamble worth taking. If he stays fit, he scores goals. We started to have a lot of shots towards the end of the season. We need players to finish those chances. Of course, I'd prefer Lacazette!!
76 Posted 25/05/2019 at 11:28:23
77 Posted 25/05/2019 at 13:50:32
Silva is probably on the lookout for someone who won't cost a packet to push Calvert-Lewin and be happy to play from the bench, but not seeing the answer here.
78 Posted 25/05/2019 at 15:41:28
Get Vardy now and the 3rd / 4th spot may well be up 4 grabs. Wolves are the fly in the ointment as will they have 2nd second season syndrome or kick on.
As regards Welbeck - a retrograde step as a liability who prefers the fitness room to running on the grass. Let him go to Southampton and let Theo go with him.
79 Posted 25/05/2019 at 16:02:29
I agree wholeheartedly. Next season is one where the barn door will be wide open.
80 Posted 25/05/2019 at 16:03:23
We can't assume the "deluded Twat" favours a move to a Champions League club (though who wouldn't, given a choice?), just because the Daily Mail and The Sun say so. The Daily Mail also indicated Hitler was nice bloke back in the 1930s, while we all know about the nonsense written in The Sun.
81 Posted 25/05/2019 at 17:44:11
We are playing for 6th next season.
82 Posted 25/05/2019 at 18:36:34
Now I'm not saying that we will win the Premier League. But we should be trying to. We will improve next season. We can give anyone a game.
So no, sorry, we aren't aiming for 6th. The difference between us and the current top 6 was goals scored. Not goals conceded. The squad have adopted Silvas formation and tactics. Now we have something to build on. And we will.
83 Posted 25/05/2019 at 18:47:52
I disagree. Chelsea with the transfer ban, Spurs maybe lose Poch. they drop 8-10 points more, we dont giveaway points to relegation strugglers. It could happen
84 Posted 25/05/2019 at 19:06:21
85 Posted 25/05/2019 at 19:07:18
What changed my mind about Silva was that we outplayed the shite at Anfield in a way that hadn't happened for 55 years. Get our minds right, expect to win, make some intelligent purchases and I think we can beat anybody and sustain a challenge for top 4.
I'm contradicting views I have expressed to the effect that we are in a 5 year development programme towards having a serious team but there we go, I'm feeling ambitious.
86 Posted 25/05/2019 at 21:10:21
And you're more than welcome to believe in all that if you want.
I just don't see it. I don't see top-4 talent, I don't see the depth and, despite the unquestioned improvement at the end of the season, I don't see a manager that can elevate a club to those levels.
I'm available to be convinced, at least about the first two, if Brands does as well in the summer transfer window as he did last year.
But, for now, I view it as a pipe dream.
I will be delighted if we earn a Champions League place next season.
87 Posted 25/05/2019 at 22:49:10
88 Posted 25/05/2019 at 23:47:24
89 Posted 26/05/2019 at 00:19:53
At best, a 12-month pay-as-you-play deal which he or his agent will not go for.
90 Posted 26/05/2019 at 05:40:51
91 Posted 26/05/2019 at 07:18:09
He seems surplus to requirements at Man City.
92 Posted 26/05/2019 at 09:22:45
I've no idea how much of this to believe?
93 Posted 26/05/2019 at 09:40:49
Kieran, #80, chill mate – I didn't see the Mail or Sun mentioned but anyway...
Even if it's his agent speaking, I'm irritated that a perennial crock and spare-part cast-off at Arsenal is deemed too good for Everton to be his first choice.
His agent / The Sun / The Mail / The Standard are deluded twats!
94 Posted 26/05/2019 at 09:47:30
Expect a few rumours about Gomes to put his price up.
I can't imagine we'd sell Onyekuru cheaply given he has a bit of a buzz about him now.
95 Posted 26/05/2019 at 09:58:41
There is no chance of Gomes going to West Ham, while I suppose it's possible Onyekuru would favour a move to Galatasaray.
96 Posted 26/05/2019 at 14:20:15
Assuming you believe he might bring the goals that our approach play warrants, have you actually checked out his goalscoring record? It's dreadful!
97 Posted 26/05/2019 at 14:51:58
In fact, Calvert-Lewin scored more last season (6) than Welbeck ever has in one Premier League season (5).
Only positive that I can see for Welbeck is that he scored 6 for England in the 2014-15 qualifiers.
Sounds like a waste of money to me, relative to what we need anyway.
98 Posted 26/05/2019 at 19:37:25
99 Posted 27/05/2019 at 08:40:53
100 Posted 27/05/2019 at 15:03:15
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