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Everton in talks with Lyon over Traore

| Saturday, 01 June 2019 23comments  |  Jump to last
Everton have opened formal negotiations with Lyon regarding winger Bertrand Traore according to L'Equipe.

The French sport outlet's track record for veracity has been chequered in recent years but they claim that the two clubs are in talks over the potential transfer of the former Chelsea man who is said to be valued at around €40m, although it's unlikely the fee would be anything like that high.

The report suggests that the Blues have been watching the 23-year-old Burkina Faso international for some time.

Some local fans regard Traore as having enormous potential but his lack of consistency and one-footedness have held him back from making the kind of impact they had expected of him.

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Si Smith
1 Posted 01/06/2019 at 00:58:38
I stated a few years ago he would be a terrific signing if we took a chance and paid the fee off Chelsea, I still cant help but feel this lad is a future star.

Let's get him signed up.

Kase Chow
2 Posted 01/06/2019 at 01:29:33
Need to exchange for Vlasic & Bolasie.
Derek Knox
3 Posted 01/06/2019 at 02:40:31
Kase, I can't see Lyon agreeing to take those two! :-)

Seriously though we are linked with Traore, Malcolm, Brahimi and Davis Neres, all decent players but I would be surprised if we landed any of them, then there is Leandro Trossard, be interesting come the start of the new season, how many have been shipped out, and who, if any, have come in.

Fran Mitchell
4 Posted 01/06/2019 at 03:18:50
The type of direct, fast attacker that we lack. At just 23, he is still very young and has a decent goal record and I am sure will improve greatly. Would be an exciting signing, and I expect us to be on the lookout for a player of his ilk.

Firstly, we must sell Walcott, Bolasie, Mirallas, and Sandro. 4 wages in this position that we simply can't afford, then replace these players with one Traore type talent, and Lookman.

A choice of Richarlison and Lookman on the right, with Bernard and Traore on the left would certainly make Saturday afternoons more enjoyable.

Sam Hoare
5 Posted 01/06/2019 at 07:31:11
An interesting option. He was worse this season at Lyon than the one before and had been dropped from the starting 11 around March.

He’s fast and a good dribbler though very reliant on his left foot.

He may appeal as a player who could potentially play across the front 3 and be a genuine alternative to DCL. He started at ST 7 times last year (with 3 goals) and played there quite a lot for Ajax.

As a versatile striker/winger he could be a good choice. Though if we were looking for a pure winger I’d rather punt for Malcolm who looks like he could be top class if given game time.

John Chambers
6 Posted 01/06/2019 at 08:37:10
Why are we chasing so many wingers? We had settled on Richarlison and Bernard as starters with Walcott coming off the bench and Lookman hardly getting any game time. As others have already said we have got a forest of deadwood to clear out in this position, none of whom got any game time last year.

There are also potential youngsters coming through like Nathan Broadhead, who must have some potential or why bother getting excited about success in the Under 23s? Do we really need to spend a large sum in this position? I'd be much happier to hear we had spent €40m on securing Gomes or Zouma.

Vijay Nair
7 Posted 01/06/2019 at 08:46:56
Fran(4), I believe Traore is a Right Winger.

I would see him replacing Walcott (whom we can then sell), and coming off the bench as an impact sub along with Lookman.

Having Bernard on the left and Richarlison on the right leading the line is still the best IMHO.

Kim Vivian
8 Posted 01/06/2019 at 09:05:33
John - 6,

I'm inclined to agree with you and was thinking the same but sadly I guess we have to be well covered in the event of, say, Richarlison being lured away. He seems to be very pro-Everton right now but if we do not show serious signs of moving onwards and upwards, it will not take much.

A bit of a Catch-22 really because we need to keep these players here to make that progress. Good luck to Brands, Silva and the rest of the management team with entrenching the confidence, getting the stadium up and running, and making it happen.

Andrew Clare
9 Posted 01/06/2019 at 09:08:49
He is inconsistent and one-footed, hasn’t featured in the Lyon first team for a couple of months, sounds just like the kind of player we used to sign before Brands and Silva arrived.
Steve Ferns
10 Posted 01/06/2019 at 09:14:23
John I agree. The only thinking could be that only Richarlison and Bernard have impressed wide this season, and so Silva thinks we need one more. Also, the guys linked are an upgrade and we need to upgrade. But I certainly think there needs to be a spot for one of the kids. Gordon would be my choice.
Joey Crawley
11 Posted 01/06/2019 at 10:08:21
If Dr Alban can nutmeg two defenders and the keeper after slaloming down the right wing then he’ll do for me, and if there DOF is as gullible as Steve Walsh maybe a px can be done with Sandro, he’s got to be worth at least €100.50, no?
John Hammond
12 Posted 01/06/2019 at 10:40:30
Nonsense paper talk. With a Number 9 being our top priority, I doubt we're going to spunk £20-30 mil on an inconsistent winger. We've enough of those already.
Alan J Thompson
13 Posted 01/06/2019 at 10:44:03
I've never seen this player but I do wonder if this manager has a one-track system and will buy anyone who fits it, regardless of how many we have – or have we overlooked that somebody, a player is leaving?

I really do despair at not knowing what is true and what is newspaper manufactured.

Fran Mitchell
14 Posted 01/06/2019 at 11:11:10
Don't get the logic behind those saying 'we have so many wingers already'.

From my eyed, we have Richarlison and Bernard. Lookman there remain doubts.

Then we have lots of deadwood who need to be moved on.

So if Richarlison got a bad injury, for example, who would we play or would that be another season wrecked? Of course we need anothet winger/wide-forward.

Drew O'Neall
15 Posted 01/06/2019 at 11:15:04
I’m sure we won’t be spending €40m on someone who doesn’t start.

Perhaps it means Richarlison is off or perhaps it’s bollocks.

The only place we should spend that kind of dough is centre forward although admittedly the backup wing options aren’t strong enough to challenge the incumbents.

Tony Twist
16 Posted 01/06/2019 at 12:41:12
Quality centre forward please Mr Brands, we have plenty of wingers thank you very much. Two cultured centre midfielders also please.
Fran Mitchell
17 Posted 01/06/2019 at 13:08:51
How many is plenty Tony? We have Richarlison and Bernard from what I can see, and only one of those is a goal threat. An injury to any of those and we're screwed. So much for challenging the top-6.

And going after a wide-forward doesn't mean not signing a centre-forward either, it is possible to do both.

Also, what's a cultured midfielder? One who goes the Tate after games? One who has a blog about wine tasting? And why 2 of them? By the logic of we already have, we are quite a bit more overloaded in the middle than anywhere else. Schneiderlin, Davies, Gueye, Siggy all likely to be involved in the first team next season. I'd say we need 1 midfielder - Gomes or an other, and would also hope for Vlasic to be added tot he squad as back up to Siggy.

Brian Williams
18 Posted 01/06/2019 at 14:50:36
Silva has stated previously that he wants two players for each position except for goalies where he wants three.

Now we may indeed have four wide players/wingers at the moment but there may be plans to get rid of one or more of those in this transfer window.

I don't believe we'll spend £30 plus on a backup though so if Traore was to be bought at £30m plus, it's as a starter for sure.

Jay Harris
19 Posted 01/06/2019 at 15:03:28
Personally I would be really happy if we got Zouma and Gomes and a goalscoring forward.

Maybe the days of the big number 9 are coming to an end if you look at what City and the RS are achieving with a "front 3" as opposed to "two wingers and a big man"

Alan J Thompson
20 Posted 01/06/2019 at 16:12:05
Fran(#17); Apart from the two Brazilians you mentioned there's Walcott, Lookman, Bolasie, Onyekuru, and wherever you'd play Mirallas and then there would be this bloke and given Silva's preferred system of using two widemen how many is too many? Oh, then there's the kids, well at least Bowler, what's your idea of too many and not enough?
John McAdam
21 Posted 01/06/2019 at 18:44:22
We need a centre-forward. Bring back Lukaku... with the team we have now and all those balls loose in the box, he would score 30 goals. Pay Man Utd £70mil and get him back – it's only money... get him in!
Terry Farrell
22 Posted 02/06/2019 at 18:57:43
John Lukaku wouldn't fit in with what Silva and Brands are trying to achieve. He can't press or play high tempo as man u have found to their cost.
Jay Harris
23 Posted 02/06/2019 at 19:04:52
Lukaku's head has grown so big the weight is now preventing him from putting a shift in. Not that he ever did BTW.

I know he can score goals but who wants his attitude around the dressing room now that we appear to have refound our team spirit.

He can go and play mercenary around the world with his buddy Pogba or maybe they can form their own two man team.

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