The France international enjoyed a successful loan spell at Goodison Park last season and did more than enough to persuade Silva and Director of Football, Marcel Brands, that he was worthy of efforts to bring him in on a full-time basis but the situation has been complicated by events at Chelsea.
The London club were handed a two-year transfer ban for infringing on FIFA recruitment directives and that has heightened their need to retain their current staff.
Additionally, new manager, Frank Lampard, wants to run the rule over the players he has inherited since coming on board this past week and Zouma was featured prominently in video clips shared to Chelsea's social media channels.
Lampard will need to jettison one more foreign player before Chelsea meet Champions League rules, however, and that could play into Everton's hands.
“I am hopeful,” Silva said when asked about the Toffees' chances of signing Zouma. “I think I am hopeful like all of our fans are but I have to tell you that we have different solutions because we cannot just have one solution.
"I am hopeful and if we can give our fans this fantastic feeling it will be key. But, if not, we have to go in a different way but it is part of the market, part of creating a squad.
"After that position we have three or four more to strengthen.”
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1 Posted 07/07/2019 at 20:26:37
Interesting... wonder who he has in mind?
2 Posted 07/07/2019 at 20:46:12
3 Posted 08/07/2019 at 00:04:50
4 Posted 08/07/2019 at 01:40:04
5 Posted 08/07/2019 at 01:42:58
6 Posted 08/07/2019 at 02:12:16
No good just buying bodies though, imo we need more quality than quantity, I'd like to see us strengthen our attack (as most blues would), we may need replacement for Gana and Gomes in CM, especially if Schneiderlin, McCarthy and Besic are moved on, but after that I cant see much else.
RB seems a position being branded about, but I'd only like this done if we were to buy a top top RB as Coleman is no mug, and JJ and Holgate should be backup more so than another Martina style back up player.
Dont get me wrong, we can clearly always strengthen, but unless we spend big then we cant get a lot better than we already have, going from 8th to 4th (and staying there) is done with a huge increase in quality.
7 Posted 08/07/2019 at 06:31:06
8 Posted 08/07/2019 at 08:17:31
9 Posted 08/07/2019 at 08:40:45
It would be a monumental loss to a defence that had finally started to look really solid for once if we fail to add Zouma, I believe this was a bigger priority than Gomes even.
For me Zouma is the closest thing we've had since Distin was here to be being that beast, a man mountain of pace and athletism.
Mina, until he proves he can actually stay fit for more than two weeks, the jury is out and I've never been convinced about Holgate, physicality or temperament wise to deal with the Premier League.
My abiding memory of Holgate is him being totally bullied out of the game in last seasons 3-1 home loss to West Ham.
10 Posted 08/07/2019 at 09:38:27
As for Zouma I hope it either gets done soon or that we move on. CB pairings take a time to build and if its not going to be Zouma then we need pre-season to start trying out Keane and Mina or Keane and whoever the Zouma alternative is.
Surely Lampard has a good idea of his abilities. Shouldn't take that long to work out.
If it's not to be Zouma then I really think it needs to be someone with a bit of acceleration to make up for Keane/Mina. Mario Hermoso at Espanyol could be good, not the tallest but very quick, very good on the ball and an excellent defender.
As for the 3 more players I expect to see a RW, a ST and maybe a RB or another CM.
Dream for me is:
Rafael Leao/Moise Kean
11 Posted 08/07/2019 at 10:09:23
Holgate can drop his shoulder and pass a lovely ball into midfield though.
12 Posted 08/07/2019 at 11:40:57
At best we can maybe strike a deal to sign him when the ban is lifted in Jan or next June. If that's the case we may get a quality loan centre-back in for the season.
13 Posted 08/07/2019 at 18:08:22
14 Posted 08/07/2019 at 20:59:23
I might be wrong here, but there's nothing (I believe) stopping Chelski doing a deal with another club under the proviso that it might be ripped up if that ruling goes against them?
As I said I might be wrong though.
15 Posted 10/07/2019 at 22:03:39
Keane is OK but he needs to play with a better centre back to cover for his weaknesses ie lack of pace, strength and positioning.
Another 3 or 4 to strengthen.. Sounds promising. Hopefully it's additions and not to replace Gana, Ric, Digne etc.
16 Posted 11/07/2019 at 08:35:38
17 Posted 11/07/2019 at 09:17:38
18 Posted 11/07/2019 at 23:23:00
Where we competed against and often lost to the likes of Newcastle we are now doing the same in competition with the top six
19 Posted 19/07/2019 at 13:57:14
That sounds like curtains for us then. Can't imagine Zouma is going to beg to leave Chelsea.
20 Posted 19/07/2019 at 14:21:49
Lampard, IMO, was spouting the company line in what he said and I think if Zouma said he wanted to leave they'd let him go.
It's all down to whether he'll ask to or not.
21 Posted 19/07/2019 at 14:46:44
I think Brands/Silva need to start putting plan b into action. I wonder who is next on the list?
22 Posted 19/07/2019 at 15:02:53
don't forget Rudiger is injured and will miss the early part of the season and Zouma seems keen to justify a place in the team so will look to impress in prseason.
I just cant see this happening before the start of the season and just hope we have a plan B which is not Mina, Holgate and Keane.
23 Posted 19/07/2019 at 15:23:09
24 Posted 19/07/2019 at 15:33:50
25 Posted 19/07/2019 at 15:48:30
We need a different plan for CB now. If we can bring in a top quality CB and striker, and retain Gueye, we can be very hopeful for the season ahead. I'm not sure if that will be possible whilst we still hang on to deadwood like Bolasie and McCarthy (no offence intended for McCarthy fans, but we have Gomes, Gueye, Delph, Schneiderlina and Davies ahead of him). Wasting so much money without a plan in the pre-Silva post-Martinez years may cost us this window. It will be a shame if so because United, Arsenal, and Chelsea sides in transition look vulnerable. Let's hope that the final weeks of the window brings better news and that Gueye is still an Everton player by the time it all kicks off again.
26 Posted 19/07/2019 at 16:19:10
As for Gana, Afcon final is tonight so picture may become clearer next week.
27 Posted 19/07/2019 at 16:19:27
He couldn't say anything else (other than what he actually said) to be fair.
Even when managers say "he's not for sale" players have been sold and Lampard, noticeably, didn't say that.
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