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Moshiri wants Costa 'statement signing'

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Updated Reports that Farhad Moshiri has "ordered" Everton's recruitment team to look into signing Diego Costa as he seeks a "statement signing" this summer have been played down.

Everton are in the market for a new striker to bolster their attacking options for the coming season but do not appear close to making one. That has led to speculation around potential targets and both MailSport and The Mirror have claimed that Moshiri wants to explore the possibility of bringing Costa back to the Premier League.

Now 30, the Spain international has struggled for consistency since returning to Atletico Madrid and has scored just five times in the last two seasons since leaving Chelsea.

Atletico's decision to sign Alvaro Morata from Chelsea has thrown doubt on Costa's position there and this could be the first agent-fuelled rumblings to find him a new club.

The Liverpool Echo have, however, poured cold water on the talk of Everton's interest in Costa.

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Les Moorcroft
1 Posted 06/07/2019 at 19:56:59
I like the lad but he is a nut case. Be good him and schemas in the dressing room.
Joe O'Brien
2 Posted 06/07/2019 at 19:58:42
Probably just paper talk but if it wasn't I'd still stay well clear. He's just too much of a hothead liability for me. Also he's 30 now and his goals seem to have dried up.

It's a big No from me.

Brian Williams
3 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:05:04
No he doesn't and no he hasn't.
Mark Wilson
4 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:08:36
As if Brands would work for a Chair who ordered him to buy anyone to make a Statement. Daily Mail... enough said!
Mike Allison
5 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:09:35
Don’t hire a recruitment team then interfere with their job. If Moshiri knew who to sign he wouldn’t need to hire Brands. Stay out of the way.
Mike Oates
6 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:10:13
Hopefully totally wrong, as it will go against Brands principles. Rather than be forced to buy someone who is way outside his normal criteria I'd suspect Brands would walk out.
Jim Bennings
7 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:23:39
I’d love him here, I think the Premier League is better suited to him than La Liga (my personal opinion) but I really can’t see him joining Everton.

He’s still only 30, never relied on pace, so he’s probably got at least three or four good years left at a good level of football and I don’t think we could afford anything like the wage demands.

Seems Moshiri is getting as frustrated as us, this is his 4th summer of spending here now and we still haven’t really made what you would call a true “statement signing”.

We have signed some good players in that time aswell as some utter trash,but the real big “statement signing” has yet to arrive.

Paul Setter
8 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:25:58
2 years ago would have been all over this signing. a snide nutter who would go out of his way to get the better of any centre back but now not for at all. The goals have dried up and watching some of performances of late his attitude is spells can’t be bothered
Billy Roberts
9 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:29:53
Moshiri choosing the targets?? I don't think so.

Costa is only 30, but he appears to be 30 going on 36 to me, I don't watch him but get the feeling his glory days are behind him. Saying all that it would be exciting to see him at Goodison Park.
Why am I even taking this seriously? It's clearly bollocks but I do enjoy the silly (pre-)season.

Bill Gienapp
10 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:30:56
He's exactly the sort who would demand astronomical wages and then show up out-of-shape and half-ass it. If this is considered a statement signing, I'd rather just stick to recruiting the likes of Richarlison and Digne, thanks.
John Graham
11 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:31:23
I think this would be a terrible mistake and hopefully it's just newspaper garbage.

He was once an awesome player with a big winning mentality, but I think now he has just turned into a journeyman after as much money as possible before he retires.

I wouldn't be surprised if he heads off to China for a year or so and then heads off back to Brazil.

Fran Mitchell
12 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:44:36
As I mentioned on the Gomez thread, this sounds like bull. Why would Mosh want this?
As mentioned, he guy hasn't played well for what? 3 years? He is now 30.

The guy is destined for either Flamengo, or China.

Paul Tran
13 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:48:14
If this is true (and I'm not convinced), this is a classic case of the rich, lazy owner wanting someone he's 'heard of'. Like when Abramovitch shelled out for Shevchenko and Torres, we'd be buying someone very expensive and past his best.

I think we're better having two punts on younger, less proven players who may get the goals and stay longer/have a big resale value.

Julian Exshaw
14 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:50:17
I don't like the idea, if it is true, of Moshiri 'ordering' the purchase of players. The owners/chairmen of clubs these days appear not to be able to resist getting involved in matters they should just leave to the coaches. We aren't Real Madrid (yet) or Chelsea (thank God) so please let M and M get on with it!! As for Costa himself, he could be a Duncan Ferguson type who would light up Goodison with his aggression or an unmitigated disaster.
Jack Convery
15 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:52:20
From the same source that convinced Trump the British had airports during the War of Independence. Fake news indeed.
Dan Nulty
16 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:53:52
No chance. We don't want players who think they are better than Everton football club. That is exactly how he will behave.
Paul Birmingham
17 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:59:30
I’m taking this with a air of caution but we do need a couple of strikers who can finish.

He would give us options but I’d say he’d need a striker to play off him and I don’t see DCL, as that striker based on his role to date.

Who knows, but we need to get rid of some dead wood, ai accept we won’t shift all of them.

Sensing a mad last week/ few days / hours, of this transfer window for EFC.

Jim Bennings
18 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:13:44

This is Everton though, would it be that big a surprise if we start the season with DCL lone striker and end up with Niasse and Tosun on the bench?

Hell, it wouldn’t even surprise me if Mirallas reappeared, let’s not forget this is the same club that once released Alessandro Pistone only to re-sign him four weeks later!

Tony Everan
19 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:16:48
If the plan is still lowering the age of the squad and lowering the wage burden, then this rumour has to be filed under complete bullshit.

He was great for Chelsea but his form has stalled and he is getting older too. Do we really want a 30+ player on the wane and on massive wages ?

Still it puts his name out there because Atletico probably want to offload him and get him off the wage bill to a gullible Premier League club.

West Ham can have him, and we'll have Maxi Gomez or Moise Kean.

Gordon White
20 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:17:57
This is so not Moshiri, Silva, Brands. And Everton of 2019. Lesson learned with Rooney. Thanks Bill.

The days of EFC salivating over the aged cast offs of the top six are over. Even more so, those with a questionable mentality.

Statement signing? Do me a favour.

Steve Hogan
21 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:18:18
Can't believe how many 'posters' on here even think there is an element of truth in this story.


Steve Ferns
22 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:25:07
Why can't Moshiri be telling Brands that there's money for a substantial statement signing and then leave it Brands? Someone like Neres or Malcom (please!) would be such a signing. They'd cost a lot and be on big wages. Either would be a statement of intent.
Ian Jones
23 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:31:54
Costa and Balotelli up front would be interesting.

As for Moshiri deciding to buy, didn't he have some influence with Tosun?

Tommy Carter
24 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:55:30
Cringe time as an Evertonian. Here it is. Everton fans gutted about Zouma and his tweet.

‘But he loves Everton' they think. It's a pathetic attempt to be slightly objective

Why would Zouma make this tweet about Chelsea?

A) Because they are a huge club, much bigger than Everton in the modern game and he plays for them

B) Because a transfer embargo means that they now have to produce a team from their existing squad, of which Zouma is a part of;

C) Because for Everton FC, see Stoke City FC. A team he spent time with on loan whilst trying to recapture pre-injury form.

D) it's Chelsea, the club that brought him to England, invested in him and then immediately began playing him.

He owes nothing to Everton. Should Chelsea indicate he will be playing football for them, I believe that Everton will be a small compartment of his long-term memory.

Neil Thomas
25 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:02:14
Personally I think it would be a genius more, I know he's not a long-term solution, but right now, what a great signing. He's strong, good in the air, can bring players into the game with his hold-up play, and as we've seen, he's got a decent eye for goal. If we only get a good few seasons out of him, it could take us up that level we're looking for now, so I'm for it.
Sam Hoare
26 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:18:47
No. He would be everything I hope is in Everton's past now. Overpaying on wages for a prima donna who would disrupt the dressing room, scored less goals than Calvert-Lewin last season, and would be hard to shift when it became apparent how little of a shit he gives.

Get talented young players who will care and give everything to shine on one of the brightest stages in football. Rafael Leao please or Moise Kean. Or maybe Seb Haller.

Si Smith
27 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:20:41
Too expensive and too much in wages for a guy who will be easily pissed off before running away to Brazil to become a fat beach boy.

Love the guy as a footballer but his heads gone, may be past his best also due to injuries and his usual high aggression and high work rate on the field.

Don Alexander
28 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:42:34
The only message signing this guy would send out is that we're still being run by a meddling, bullshitting, greedy moron, only this time he's foreign.
Darryl Ritchie
29 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:42:45
If we do indeed have the cash the to splash on a 30-year-old, who, as Si says, will be expensive and demand a king's ransom in wages, just let Brands know what the magic number is, and let him go after who he pleases.

I'm not convinced Costa will be a good fit.

Rob Dolby
30 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:46:52
Man Utd have a player who has scored plenty of goals in the Premier League and is available. He is the main striker for one of the top international teams and available for £70m... any takers?
Kunal Desai
31 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:49:31
Stinking attitude and a divisive fucker in the dressing room. No thanks. Move on.
David Pearl
32 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:56:03
He is 30. That's not old. I'm only 49 and I've still got it. Okay l cant run but I'm betting Costa still can. I wouldn't pay for him and I wouldn't offer him big money but if we can get him on loan paying half his wages like we've had to with Sandro, Bolasie, Mirallas Williams, Cuco, Niasse, (did I miss anyone)... then yes I'd take him. And also Kean.
We need goals, we need a finisher.
Nick White
33 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:01:56
Daily Fail at its best. The most we can hope for from this rubbish is it is a smokescreen and then sign a striker none of us are expecting.
Si Smith
34 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:06:27
David I agree with the loan and wages, although I think that's a definite no from Athletico.

I'd go one further, I'd take him on loan and pay all his big wages, and I'd do it in total confidence that we had completed an unbelievable bit of business.

We really need to start cracking on in this window though as I'm getting fidgety, I'm never off SSN or news now.

Graham Coldron
35 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:17:02
File under bullshit for the simple reason its in the Mail and as such should be treated with utter contempt.This rag is on a par with the S@n and, at best, has an uneasy relationship with Everton.It regularly has snidey articles about Pickford and his girlfriend and did the same with Rooney and his wife all tainted with a barely hinted disdain for anything with a Liverpool connection.I remember years ago the RS toured South Africa and they gleefully reported Gerrard being on "Robbing Island" to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned Fucking hilarious eh ?I'm not bothered about the RS and where they go on tour and merely trying to comment about the bigger picture.
Bob Hannigan
36 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:17:30
He has/had talent but my impression is he is a bit of a whack job 🙀 NEXT
Mike Galley
37 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:25:07
Ive been drinking all day so please forgive me when I say this, Costa is not the sort of player I would like at my club. He's a 100% kopite footballer. He's a cheat, a diver and a shithouse when it genuinely comes on top. As I say, not for me.
David Pearl
38 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:34:14
Si, its not your fault. It's all I'm doing too, and l say the same thing every year that I won't be suckered in. The new season isn't far away and we've not made the moves yet that l thought we would.

Mike, he's the type of player to hate playing against you but love if he's yours. I'd like to give him a chance here if we can. We've nothing like him. He's got balls. Which would be confirmed in a medical.

James Stewart
39 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:44:22
If it’s a loan it would be a massive coup. Costa on his day is unplayable. I actually think he would love it at Everton
Kieran Kinsella
40 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:49:08
It would be a similar statement to when Leeds signed World Cup Star Tomas Brolin after he’d spent the summer at Burger King
Chris Bentham
41 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:49:44
I've been saying this for 12 months. Diego costa is a perfect fit.

Reading the comments you realise most people are sheep same fans who booed hibbert and Naismith probably because they don't know what they are looking at. So NO diego costa he would upset the dressing room. NO he'll get sent off every game.

If you get the best diego costa in ya team for the next 2 years he would set the place alight. I tell ya one thing I was rather he was with me than against me. COYB lets reignite the 🔥

Andrew James
42 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:51:14

Chelsea are not a huge club in London let alone further afield. They are not bigger than Everton. Chelsea sell shirts I grant you. More than us. But we have a larger diaspora.

I travelled up from London to Goodison when we beat them. The train was more populated by us than them. Their away support was quiet in the ground.

They have a lot of "support" who will phone in Radio 5 Live or buy the shirts but NEVER go to the matches and don't realise Chelsea were famous only for hooliganism prior to this century.

They are not and never will be huge because their wider fan base lose interest every season they don't win the league which is the price they pay for having their owner.

Chelsea are nouveau riche. Everton are royalty.

Andrew James
43 Posted 07/07/2019 at 00:04:15
For me Costa would be akin to when we bought Samuel Eto.

A spent force with an ego who would disrupt the squad and cost a lot.

We really need that...

Chris Bentham
44 Posted 07/07/2019 at 00:16:27
Tommy carter 24 a red on an Everton fansite that is the cringe.

Zouma loved his time here he established himself back in france squad but he's gotta play the game. If he's first choice at Chelsea next year in champions league he'll take that an good luck to him. If he's not we will pay the doh make him part of the Everton family again.

David Pearl
45 Posted 06/07/2019 at 00:33:08
Chelsea are a shit club that play in a shed and only became anything when Roman Abramovich ploughed doh into them. What will chelsea be now with their transfer ban? They will have to see if Lampard can bring younger players through while seeing what they have brought back from loans. That's the reason Lampard got the job. It might be the making of them or it might put them back years. They also sold Morata. Who else do they have to score goals now they've lost Hazard? This is our year to make a push for CL... not Europa.
Brian Wilkinson
46 Posted 07/07/2019 at 01:19:26
I agree David@45, without the transfer ban, I doubt Lampard would have got a sniff of the job, see how long they keep Lampard, once the transfer ban is over.
Don Alexander
47 Posted 07/07/2019 at 01:34:21
Andrew (#43) my impression of Eto'o with us is that he was so stunned by the ineptitude of Martinez (and thanks to Kenwright again for him) that at his age he just thereafter gave up on any sort of relevant career trousering mega-bucks whilst he was with us of course.
Derek Thomas
48 Posted 07/07/2019 at 01:41:24
Moshiri the 'boring accountant' going all old style Ego driven Chairman? More chance of seeing Lord Lucan up front with Elvis. Nah, you don't keep a dog and bark yourself - leave it to Brands
John Pierce
49 Posted 07/07/2019 at 02:21:26
This would be a rank amateurish move if it has any validity.
Stinks of Athleti trying desperately to offload a gobshite onto a gullible new owner. Classic 21st century Everton.
Jason Broome
50 Posted 07/07/2019 at 02:33:13
Sign him!

He scored 2 against Real Madrid in the Super cup final.

I think he's still got it and if he came back to the Premier League he would do damage. He is a physical striker, a composed, precision finisher who finds the net from inside the box and boy do we need a striker like that!

We finished 8th, have absolutely no goal threat up front and haven't qualified for Champions League football since 2005 yet turn our noses up.

He is played out wide of a front 3 at Athletico, so no he won't score as much as he did at Chelsea. Doesn't mean he isn't suited to the Premiership.

Koeman and Walsh have done far more damage to our club than Costa ever could. Our boys are big enough characters and wouldn't get dominated by him. In fact they would look after him.

He is not fat, he is not old and he is not finished. Like Gomes we need to consider giving this guy a chance. If it doesn't work out he is a big enough name to move on.

Alan J Thompson
51 Posted 07/07/2019 at 06:17:42
Derek(#48)' That's rubbish, Lucan's been on the wing for years.
Andy Osborne
52 Posted 07/07/2019 at 06:53:02
If Moshiri wants a marquee signing, fork out $80mil for Timo Werner. End of.
Frank Sheppard
53 Posted 07/07/2019 at 06:55:50
His goal ratio in Spain has been very poor, so would that improve in the PL? I don’t think so. Good newspaper story, and might alert other strikers that we are worth looking at and have ambition.
Mike Gaynes
54 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:11:47
Righto, Andy, as if Werner would come to us. No chance. End of.
Kevin Prytherch
55 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:14:19
I might be in the minority here, but I think this would be an excellent signing and would give us a real chance of getting to those champions league placings.

Costa is a nasty player, he bullies defences, winds the opposition up and is in everyone’s face, including the ref. We don’t have players like that. Look forward the the derby this year, who would cause Van Dyke more problems, Calvert-Lewin or Costa?

Also - Calvert-Lewin is not the finished article, Costa would get a 2 - 3 year contract. There’s not many forwards that I would like Calvert-Lewin to learn from, especially the nasty side of football.

Costa is also very unselfish, he creates chances for others around him rather than expecting to be the focal point of the team, which fits in with our style of play. He might not be as mobile or quick, but gets stuck in and drags defenders with him.

Finally, Costa and Calvert-Lewin are completely different strikers. Imagine being kept busy by a nasty little bastard for 60 minutes, then suddenly facing Calvert-Lewins pace off the bench. We’d stretch teams wide open.

Andy Osborne
56 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:19:11
I know Mike, but if he wants a marquee signing, get a marquee, not a tent.
James Newcombe
57 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:33:29
No resale value, spends too much time suspended, and has been poor back in Spain. I’m sure we can make a better marquee signing than this guy
Sam Hoare
58 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:33:42
If we could get the Costa from 2-3 years ago then great but if he can’t raise his game for Athletic, a club he loves that gave him his first big break, then what makes you think he’ll do it for Everton?!

Jason@50 this would not be like Gomes who is 25 and has his best years ahead of him. Costa is 30 (hell be 31 in October) and if we offered him £140k and he came and couldn’t be bothered to put the effort in for a season or so then there’d be no takers for a grumpy 32 year old and we’re stuck paying out mega wages for a disruptive influence.

If Silva/Brands we’re convinced that Costa was really up for it and genuinely desperate to rediscover his peak PL form then just maybe it’s worth risk but I don’t think people should be so easily swayed when remembering how good he was 3 years ago at his peak. Remember Rooney, Eto’o and Ginola?!

Tony Everan
59 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:47:10
Rumoured this morning that we have made a £33m offer for Maxi Gomez, to counter the £29m offers of West Ham and Valencia.

Bit of an auction going on there.

Alan J Thompson
60 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:47:32
And if this was just a publicity stunt to persuade Evertonians to look in the opposite direction while working on a player within Mr Brands stated preferred age levels, say Everton for Everton or another Kean of the juve variety, then it seems to be working.
John Hammond
61 Posted 07/07/2019 at 08:29:24
Totally against our recruitment policy. Utter nonsense.
Brian Williams
62 Posted 07/07/2019 at 08:42:58
Just goes to show that click bait stories, no matter how utterly ridiculous and unbelievable, will have people actually giving them some credence.
I find it very worrying, to be honest, that people can be led so easily.
Has anyone seen the latest story this morning, for instance, about the club looking for contact from marine engineers with experience in wet dock filling?

Vijay Nair
63 Posted 07/07/2019 at 08:50:14
Happy to take Costa on loan, as he's better than Tosun or Niasse. Could give Calvert-Lewin some tips on being a centre back's worst nightmare.

As a permanent signing, no way, as it goes entirely against our transfer strategy.

Sam Hoare
64 Posted 07/07/2019 at 09:23:16
Think we have people in charge now who (rightly) take the long term view. Players like Rafael Leao or Moise Kean are going to be considerably better assets in 3-4 years time than Diego Costa both on and off the pitch.
Kev Jones
65 Posted 07/07/2019 at 09:55:29
Costa Toffee! Maybe Moshiri sees a franchise opportunity for BMDock fan zone.
Eddie Dunn
66 Posted 07/07/2019 at 09:59:38
I wonder if Costa would be hungry enough to come back to the PL and be willing to put in the hard graft that this league demands?
If he was in the right condition physically and showed the right mental attitude then his age(30) should not be a problem.
Surely though, if he was merely after a fat pay day, then he will most likely go to China or West Ham, who will probably be able to offer a more glamourous lifestyle, so if he did wish to join us, I would give him the benefit of the doubt. It would show some ambition.
Neil Bowman
67 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:01:09
Paul @ 8 "a snide nutter..." What a great phrase that sums him up perfectly. It's a no from me.
Kev Jones
68 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:03:58
Dicing with Diego would contradict the transfer policy and be ego dystonic in the dressing room. I voted no in the Echo poll.
Anthony A Hughes
69 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:10:17
Whether it's Costa or somebody else we need quality signings in soon and integrated into the squad. The team wasn't good enough last season to challenge at the top end of the table and it isn't good enough now. Or are we going to have yet another season of transition?
Michael Lynch
70 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:19:57
Incredibly unlikely - the idea that Mosh is telling Brands who to buy is clearly nonsense. If this were to happen, Brands would either tell Mosh "thanks for your input, now leave the transfer targets to me", or he'd walk.

If there is a grain of truth in this, and I doubt there is, then Mosh has told Brands that if he wants to make a statement signing, the board is behind him.

Martin Mason
71 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:22:02
Bang goes my idea that Everton have moved away from cowboy buying. No way this is true.
Steve Brown
72 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:56:25
I strongly doubt Marcel and Marco would accept being told who to sign, even by the majority shareholder. He signs off on their recommendations not the other way round.

Over-paid, bad attitude, doubtful commitment and likely to disrupt the dressing room? He sounds like a West Ham player all day long.

Brian Harrison
73 Posted 07/07/2019 at 11:40:39
I always say this time of the year papers print exactly what they want and usually most of it is nonsense. I don't believe any speculation in or out of the club till I see them wearing the shirt. But everybody knows that if Everton hope to break into the top 6 they need better options up front than DCL, Tosun and Niasse.

Costa did a good job for Chelsea and I thought Conte made a big mistake getting rid of him right after they won the league, Chelsea went down hill the following season. Costa is like marmite you love it or hate it.

Brian Williams
74 Posted 07/07/2019 at 11:56:21
Bit of a contradiction there Martin mate?
Stephen Williams
75 Posted 07/07/2019 at 12:10:43
Like most posters, I just can't take this seriously so I won't waste any time on it.

Just a thought, whilst I'd always be reluctant to buy off the back of 1 tournament, I've been watching the AFCON and admit to being hugely impressed with Lebo Mothiba (SA number 9). He's big enough, strong, quick with two good feet. Good in the air and brings his mates into play with good awareness. Not sure if he's a finisher (never really got opportunities) but his ratio of 4 in 7 for SA is decent. Not as good in France at club level with 1 in every 3 but he's only 23 so might have more development in him.

Has anyone else noticed him. I'd be interest in other opinions.

Tom Bowers
76 Posted 07/07/2019 at 12:33:32
Just another joke. In recent years he as been just another struggling hothead like Balotelli. Spends more time being an arsehole.
John Raftery
77 Posted 07/07/2019 at 12:39:39
No, no and no. We cannot afford to waste more money on players past their peak. He has no form to speak of over the last two years and his lack of discipline would spell trouble in what we hope will be a much younger, developing squad. If this happens Brands might as well pack his bags.
Phil Sammon
78 Posted 07/07/2019 at 12:40:06
Just read a rumour that we are chasing Fabian Delph. A player I’ve always really liked and really feel like he hasn’t yet fulfilled his potential. I was quite shocked to learn he’s 29. You’d think that’s still 4 good years in him though.
Nicholas Ryan
79 Posted 07/07/2019 at 12:49:54
No, no, no, no!!
Tony McNulty
80 Posted 07/07/2019 at 13:11:59
There was a guy in my class at school in the 1970s who really should have patented the concept of “fake news.” I suspect he is now a football agent or journalist.

He would get a buzz out of circulating false rumours, and then watching their effects.

One of his most memorable gags was when he put out stories about the actions of a teacher called “Bob Collins.” Collins was, of course, fictitious. The ruse worked so well that at one point we had someone doing a “Bob Collins” impersonation based on something that had purportedly happened during a school lesson.

I don’t have a clue if there is anything in any of these rumours: I suspect it is an agent trying to drum up interest in a client for financial reasons, or a journalist trying to keep his editor happy with a flow of interesting news items in order to wind up the punters.

Here on planet earth, I just hope we can find someone between now and the start of the season who can score some goals.

Steavey Buckley
81 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:03:09
Moshiri appears to have the same opinion that thousands of Everton fans share, the need for a 20 goal a season striker. Ii should not be about hope and see, but a need for a proven striker straight away if Everton have real ambitions for the forthcoming season.
Fran Mitchell
82 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:11:28
'A proven striker'.

There are no guarantees in football. Look at Torres, Shevchenko, Benteke, Sanchez, Higuain.

All were proven strikers, all 'lost it'.

Costa appears to be with them. He'd be a disasterous signing.

Tony Everan
83 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:13:33
Age nearly 31, transfer fee 20m?, wages 120 000 pw ?, out of form for 2 years scoring 5 goals in 31 matches and sent off twice, will want 3-4 year contract?.

As Fran above says, he'd be a disastrous signing, and the opposite of what Brands is said to be trying to achieve.

Annika Herbert
84 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:50:03
Tommy@24, i may well be wrong here so will apologise unreservedly if that is the case, but do you ever have any good things to say about Everton?
It, s a big no from me regarding Costa, i think his time has been and long gone. As a few earlier posters have already mentioned, i too am forever checking the latest transfer news in the hope of seeing some positive news regarding Everton.
I was under the impression that we were going to get our signings in as early as possible so they could be integrated into the squad. Is it possible more signings will be announced after the Brazil-Peru final?I, for one, sincerely hope so!
Steavey Buckley
85 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:59:12
If Everton don't get a proven goal scorer then Everton will have similar displays as last season, good approach play but no clinical finishing and Everton will achieve no much different as last season finishing 8th.
Jim Wilson
86 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:27:12
Not liking what's going on whatsoever.
Players back in training and no sign of the signings we needed to make, except Gomes being retained.
The importance of early signings seems to by pass this club.
Most of our good youngsters shipped out on loan.
If Seamus gets injured Kenny was a shoe in but he's gone.
Holgate, if still here is no right back.
Jags should have been kept on for one more year. We needed him last season we will need him again.
We are still waiting for that essential signing of a quality striker.
If we are serious about competing with the best Zaha should have been top of list.

Otherwise ok

Alan J Thompson
87 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:34:50
Jim(#86); Is it possible that our targets are still on holiday, or involved in tournaments, as our own internationals are? it does seem though that these tournaments are becoming an annual event and that either the fixtures setting needs looking at or FIFA are trying to get England to reduce the Prem to 18 clubs.
Jim Wilson
88 Posted 07/07/2019 at 17:35:09
You are, right Alan.

It isn't easy but it’s almost pointless having a preseason when you drop the ones involved in it to play signings you make at the end of the transfer window. It can cause a terrible dip in form.

I certainly wanted the club to bring in a quality striker early and sending Kenny off on loan doesn't make any sense to me. I don't get the Lookman situation either.

I'm looking for positive signs about the management and I don't see any. All I see is same old same.

Jamie Crowley
89 Posted 07/07/2019 at 19:16:10
If he wears your jersey you love him.

If he doesn't, you hate him.

Almost 100% of the time I'd say no to this. Almost.


Our side desperately needs that, "oh hell no, we are not losing today" type of character. Costa is that man. He's hellbent on winning, and not nice about it.

Just what the doctor ordered.

If there's any shred of truth to this, sign him up. Two year contract please.

Steavey Buckley
90 Posted 07/07/2019 at 19:20:21
With Silva as manager, fans can trust he will buy reasonably priced thoroughbreds but not very expensive donkeys.
Martin Berry
91 Posted 07/07/2019 at 20:34:41
Marquee signing ? not of Marcel as anything to do with it, totally against his ethos. Once the owner starts dictating who to sign (and this could be completely untrue) the working relation breaks down.

We want somebody who it hungry but not in the sense of biting the opponent!

I think Marcel and Marco have some exciting surprises up their sleeves. Costa won't be one of them!

Laurie Hartley
92 Posted 07/07/2019 at 21:44:47
No way known for me. We seem to have a good team spirit at the moment. This bloke would wreck it in a very short space of time.

Steavey # 90 has got it correct - let’s stick to the programme and not regress.

Dave Williams
93 Posted 08/07/2019 at 12:18:28
Too old, too divisive, would ruin the dressing room and would be suspended half the season and injured for most of the remainder.

I can't believe this is anything other than rumours started by his agent- why replace one of the best young centre forwards in the Premier League with a washed up-nark??

Derek Turner
94 Posted 08/07/2019 at 14:55:16
Ok Dave, I'll bite, who is young forward you refer to?
Dave Williams
95 Posted 08/07/2019 at 17:30:41
Derek- DCL
I appreciate he divides opinion but if we get our balance right in midfield I think he could have a cracking season. He is at an age now when he has to deliver if he is going to really make it and goals apart he has the game to do it
That said a striker without goals is of little use to a team with aspirations and my fingers are tightly crossed!
Nicholas Ryan
96 Posted 08/07/2019 at 18:28:49
Saw a headline: 'Everton to make bid for Costa.' What a great idea, to buy a chain of Coffee Shops... oh... err
Pat Kelly
97 Posted 08/07/2019 at 18:52:50
The sooner this window closes and this nonsense ends the better. Next we'll hear Bill wants Rooney back. Everton buying a striker. Don't make me laugh.
Jason Broome
98 Posted 10/07/2019 at 00:00:43
Apparently Costa wants to talk to Everton about a return to the Premier League. This is going to be an interesting window.

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