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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1 Posted 06/07/2019 at 19:56:59
2 Posted 06/07/2019 at 19:58:42
It's a big No from me.
3 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:05:04
4 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:08:36
5 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:09:35
6 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:10:13
7 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:23:39
Hes still only 30, never relied on pace, so hes probably got at least three or four good years left at a good level of football and I dont 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 havent 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.
8 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:25:58
9 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:29:53
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.
10 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:30:56
11 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:31:23
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.
12 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:44:36
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.
13 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:48:14
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.
14 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:50:17
15 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:52:20
16 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:53:52
17 Posted 06/07/2019 at 20:59:30
He would give us options but Id say hed need a striker to play off him and I dont 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 wont shift all of them.
Sensing a mad last week/ few days / hours, of this transfer window for EFC.
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 wouldnt even surprise me if Mirallas reappeared, lets not forget this is the same club that once released Alessandro Pistone only to re-sign him four weeks later!
19 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:16:48
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.
20 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:17:57
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.
21 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:18:18
IT'S FAKE NEWS FOLKS, JUST CALM DOWN.
22 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:25:07
23 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:31:54
As for Moshiri deciding to buy, didn't he have some influence with Tosun?
24 Posted 06/07/2019 at 21:55:30
‘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.
25 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:02:14
26 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:18:47
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.
27 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:20:41
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.
28 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:42:34
29 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:42:45
I'm not convinced Costa will be a good fit.
30 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:46:52
31 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:49:31
32 Posted 06/07/2019 at 22:56:03
We need goals, we need a finisher.
33 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:01:56
34 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:06:27
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.
35 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:17:02
36 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:17:30
37 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:25:07
38 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:34:14
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.
39 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:44:22
40 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:49:08
41 Posted 06/07/2019 at 23:49:44
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 🔥
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.
43 Posted 07/07/2019 at 00:04:15
A spent force with an ego who would disrupt the squad and cost a lot.
We really need that...
44 Posted 07/07/2019 at 00:16:27
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.
45 Posted 06/07/2019 at 00:33:08
46 Posted 07/07/2019 at 01:19:26
47 Posted 07/07/2019 at 01:34:21
48 Posted 07/07/2019 at 01:41:24
49 Posted 07/07/2019 at 02:21:26
Stinks of Athleti trying desperately to offload a gobshite onto a gullible new owner. Classic 21st century Everton.
50 Posted 07/07/2019 at 02:33:13
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.
51 Posted 07/07/2019 at 06:17:42
52 Posted 07/07/2019 at 06:53:02
53 Posted 07/07/2019 at 06:55:50
54 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:11:47
55 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:14:19
Costa is a nasty player, he bullies defences, winds the opposition up and is in everyones face, including the ref. We dont 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. Theres 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. Wed stretch teams wide open.
56 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:19:11
57 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:33:29
58 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:33:42
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 couldnt be bothered to put the effort in for a season or so then thered be no takers for a grumpy 32 year old and were stuck paying out mega wages for a disruptive influence.
If Silva/Brands were convinced that Costa was really up for it and genuinely desperate to rediscover his peak PL form then just maybe its worth risk but I dont think people should be so easily swayed when remembering how good he was 3 years ago at his peak. Remember Rooney, Etoo and Ginola?!
59 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:47:10
Bit of an auction going on there.
60 Posted 07/07/2019 at 07:47:32
61 Posted 07/07/2019 at 08:29:24
62 Posted 07/07/2019 at 08:42:58
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?
63 Posted 07/07/2019 at 08:50:14
As a permanent signing, no way, as it goes entirely against our transfer strategy.
64 Posted 07/07/2019 at 09:23:16
65 Posted 07/07/2019 at 09:55:29
66 Posted 07/07/2019 at 09:59:38
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.
67 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:01:09
68 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:03:58
69 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:10:17
70 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:19:57
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.
71 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:22:02
72 Posted 07/07/2019 at 10:56:25
Over-paid, bad attitude, doubtful commitment and likely to disrupt the dressing room? He sounds like a West Ham player all day long.
73 Posted 07/07/2019 at 11:40:39
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.
74 Posted 07/07/2019 at 11:56:21
75 Posted 07/07/2019 at 12:10:43
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.
76 Posted 07/07/2019 at 12:33:32
77 Posted 07/07/2019 at 12:39:39
78 Posted 07/07/2019 at 12:40:06
79 Posted 07/07/2019 at 12:49:54
80 Posted 07/07/2019 at 13:11:59
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 dont 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.
81 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:03:09
82 Posted 07/07/2019 at 14:11:28
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.
83 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:13:33
As Fran above says, he'd be a disastrous signing, and the opposite of what Brands is said to be trying to achieve.
84 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:50:03
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!
85 Posted 07/07/2019 at 15:59:12
86 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:27:12
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.
87 Posted 07/07/2019 at 16:34:50
88 Posted 07/07/2019 at 17:35:09
It isn't easy but its 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.
89 Posted 07/07/2019 at 19:16:10
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.
90 Posted 07/07/2019 at 19:20:21
91 Posted 07/07/2019 at 20:34:41
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!
92 Posted 07/07/2019 at 21:44:47
Steavey # 90 has got it correct - lets stick to the programme and not regress.
93 Posted 08/07/2019 at 12:18:28
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??
94 Posted 08/07/2019 at 14:55:16
95 Posted 08/07/2019 at 17:30:41
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!
96 Posted 08/07/2019 at 18:28:49
97 Posted 08/07/2019 at 18:52:50
98 Posted 10/07/2019 at 00:00:43
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