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Fulham eyeing Besic

| Saturday, 13 July 2019 16comments  |  Jump to last
Muhamed Besic has emerged as a target of recently-relegated Fulham and are lining up an offer according to a report.

The report comes from Teamtalk, an outlet not known for breaking reliable stories these days, but says that they want to sign Besic for £5m this summer.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international joined Everton in 2014 but fell out of favour following the departure of Roberto Martinez and a series of injuries.

He spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough and could return to the Championship in a permanent move if this report holds any water.

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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 13/07/2019 at 08:29:25
It makes you wonder how so many players who signed for us five years ago or even longer, are still on the books at Everton.

It’s not like Besic was ever a regular starter so why did we give him a new contract?

Tony Everan
2 Posted 13/07/2019 at 08:42:10

I think is was symptomatic of how amateurish the club was run before Mr Brands arrived. In the short time he has been here we seem to be a much more professional and sleek outfit off the pitch.

We've made some really good signings, but Mr Brands is arguably the most important of the lot. The best decision Farhad has made since taking control.

Dave Williams
3 Posted 13/07/2019 at 09:08:29
Agreed Tony- you see him around at games and he looks the part tool. He has a presence whereas Walsh looked like a scout. Marcel seems to know exactly what he is doing and I think we are in good hands.It appears that he has a plan rather than being a kid in a sweetshop splashing someone else’s money.
Gordon White
4 Posted 13/07/2019 at 10:13:03
Couldnt agree more on previous comments about Brands.

I think there is a good balance between astute businessmen/women and the footballing brains in the club. And they appear to work together in harmony.

I seem to remember Brands mentioning several windows in order to realise his aspirations. So we're still very much at the beginning of that journey. But it definitely feels like we're getting there.

Many of our players who wouldn't make a starting 11 will nonetheless make very good players elsewhere. They're just not the right fit for us and our style of play, or simply not good enough for a team chasing a top 6 berth.

A part of me likes Besic. And I wish him, and other departing players, well for the future.

Len Hawkins
5 Posted 13/07/2019 at 12:14:36
What puzzles me is the fact players and their agents don't give a toss about contracts if they get a sniff of more money and glory elsewhere, isn't it time clubs turned around and told player X and his agent "we bought you in the hope of you developing into something half decent you haven't so off you pop" contract cancelled. It has to work BOTH ways players can't have their cake AND eat it.
Jack Convery
6 Posted 13/07/2019 at 13:09:34
I'm sorry it hasn't worked out for Besic and wish him all the best wherever he ends up.
Si Cooper
7 Posted 13/07/2019 at 13:49:21
Len, it’s just how a free market works. To unilaterally terminate a contract you have to go through some sort of disciplinary procedure. On the other hand, you can refuse to release someone from their contract but the risk is they won’t be motivated to try their hardest. Most clubs will choose to cut their losses and cash in but they aren’t actually forced to.
Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 13/07/2019 at 13:56:01

You are correct but Len has a point. Koscielny, Pogba, Lukaku all seem to think they can waltz off without even a proper transfer fee. The players (well some anyway) have got out of control.

Ray Roche
9 Posted 13/07/2019 at 14:08:41
Makes you appreciate Baines, Jagielka, Coleman etc. who had respect for the club and their contract.

No doubt some bellend will come on here and claim that they wouldn't have got a game at any other Premier League club.

Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 13/07/2019 at 14:18:20
Ray @9,

It is funny you mention that trio. When I started my sentence about players not respecting contracts, as I typed, those three popped into my head causing me to add the (well some anyway) qualifier. There are still some good lads out there and we have been fortunate to have quite a few. Cahill, Osman, Hibbert (to his own detriment at the very end) all were loyal and football focused.

In terms of general professionalism (eg, staying fit) you can add Barry (although that went out the window when he stole a cab while a West Brom). Marcel has spoken quite a bit about getting the right characters in. Hopefully that will enable us to steer clear of the neer-do-wells.

John Pickles
11 Posted 13/07/2019 at 16:16:33
I think it’s a little early to laud Brands to the Heavens. Yes he might do very well for Everton but just because our transfer dealings show he’s better than the 2 clowns we had before, doesn’t say much.

None of the players brought in have so far much exceed their purchase value and none of the players sold have brought in much money. As for success, 8th is nothing to write home about.

I’m not knocking Brands, he could be a great success but it’s way too early to tell.

Joe McMahon
12 Posted 13/07/2019 at 16:28:13
Ray, Baines has done very well financially out of Everton once the highest paid at the club. Easy to be loyal in some situations. Besides (and don't say Moyes at Man Utd), none of the Sky 6 made a bid for him.
Pat Kelly
13 Posted 13/07/2019 at 18:32:45
I had high hopes for Besic but his hard-man game is better to suited to the Championship. Assuming he can stay fit. Another deadweight off the books.
Brian Wilkinson
14 Posted 13/07/2019 at 00:00:14
Spot on Ray and that’s why I have so much passion towards Jagielka,he had the chance to go to Arsenal, but stayed loyal to Everton.

When you hear past players saying they would run through a brick wall for Everton, Jags is right up there with throwing his body in front of an incoming shot for Everton, never gave anything but his all for us.

Be an emotional Day when he returns with Sheffield Utd.

I just hope next summer, we have a joint testimonial for Jags and Baines.

Gavin Johnson
15 Posted 14/07/2019 at 16:01:31
A player who's Everton career is over. Please let this story be true!
Hugh Jenkins
16 Posted 14/07/2019 at 19:30:15
Brian (14) I think the days of testimonials are as good as done.

The idea, back in the day of the maximum wage was to provide a pension fund for the loyal player by giving them the attendance proceeds from the testimonial game.

Nowadays most premiership and championship players won't need it as they already have wealth beyond their dreams.

Additionally, nowadays, with the congested fixture lists and summer tours and tournaments, the clubs don't wan't an extra fixture clogging up their plans.

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