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Everton remain in hunt for Leao

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Everton are among if clutch of clubs being linked with a move for Lille's talented young forward, Rafael Leao.

It is being reported that the French club have received concrete offers in the region of €35m for the 20 year-old and that the Blues could be one of them.

Valencia and Napoli are said to be seriously interested while Aston Villa's name has also been mentioned.

Lille picked Leao up from Sporting Lisbon and stand to make a massive profit if they are prepared to sell him on this summer.

The Liverpool Echo have since poured cold water on the speculation linking the Blues to Leao.

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Alan J Thompson
1 Posted 18/07/2019 at 06:40:12
Oh well, if he's Portuguese we'll have a head start as he's bound to know Mr Silva. I'd prefer the young lad from Juve but they all help to keep the overall team age down.
Paul Setter
2 Posted 18/07/2019 at 06:48:38
I have a feeling when it comes to buying a striker we will be massively disappointed. It was our 1st priority and – 3 weeks till the season starts – that issue is still glaringly obvious.

I'm not convinced we will see what we all crave!

Sam Hoare
3 Posted 18/07/2019 at 07:03:03
I really like Leao. Hoping we'll get him as we've missed out on the likes of Che Adams, Haller, Gomez and Joelinton – all of whom could have been decent options. Not that many suitable, available strikers out there.

Either Leao or Kean would be really interesting signings, both with large potential. To me, Kean looks the more natural finisher but Leao is the more rounded player currently (and is also a very decent finisher).

4 more players still I think:

CB: Zouma, Llorente, Rekik or Kamara
RW: Malcom, Neres or Traore
ST: Kean or Leao
RB: Arias, Maehle or Atal

Jim Bennings
4 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:16:16
I'm getting the feeling when it come soon to strikers, two days before the Palace game we are going to have Big Dunc bigging up Tosun and Calvert-Lewin and, to add the finishing touch, we'll probably have Oumar Myarse on bench!!

How can a club that sold its most prolific striker in the Premier League era, TWO years ago, still not have even come close to replacing those goals??

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:30:55
When it all comes down to it really, unless we sign Zouma or a centre-half of similar brute ilk and athleticism and also a quality striker (not some 19-year-old understudy to what we already have) then it's been a poor transfer window.

We've got players off the books (but still left with long-term drains like Bolasie, Mirallas, Besic, Niasse) but the priorities in this window were signing Zouma, Gomes, a quality striker, a left-footed winger.

Only one from that group has so far been managed.

We probably need a more suitable right full-back in case Coleman loses form or fitness again and I'm just not having Mason Holgate there, talk about square pegs!

Three weeks to get our skates on good and proper here.

Chris Gould
6 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:35:06
Sam, I wouldn't agree that we've missed out on the players you listed. It makes it sound like we could have or should have signed them, but failed. If we had no interest in them, and made no attempt to sign them, then we haven't necessarily 'missed out'. We are simply interested in other targets.

There's still plenty of time for us to get who we want, and I have faith that Brands is going to get who we need. If it takes until the last few days to get the right players, then so be it. We had a very productive last week of the window last summer, and I expect it will be the same again for this window.

Andrew Ellams
7 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:40:25
It's been a weird transfer window globally. Everybody seems to be waiting for one huge Neymar type mega deal to kick off the whole cycle. We can only hope English teams, mainly Everton of course, don't underestimate the fact that the rest of Europe has an extra 3 weeks to get their business done.
Sam Hoare
8 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:40:35
Chris, I reckon we definitely ‘could’ have signed them. If we ‘should’ have is more debateable. I do think Haller would have brought us a lot.

You’re right that it appears we have other targets and I do have faith in Brands. But I worry we will not always succeed by leaving things late. Let’s see what we have by end of transfer window. Hoping for Leao or Kean.

Jim Bennings
9 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:45:47
We’ve three weeks today left, to me that’s not plenty of time!

Everton don’t notoriously complete deals very quickly let’s be honest and the fact is, we can’t really wait until the last week for Zouma, that needs deciding on by the end of next week at the latest.

If we want Kean or Leao then a move needs making fast as you couldn’t imagine we’d be the only ones sniffing around those two.

Andrew Ellams
10 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:48:47
Seb Haller could be a miss for us. He looks like a fit for English football and the way Silva had the team set up for the last third of the season.

A youngster like Kean or Leao, supported by somebody like Mandzukic, could be an interesting twist but I don't see that one coming off.

Neil Wood
11 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:55:15
Jim, in Mason Holgate, we have one of the most naturally gifted footballers in English football. He will shine this season.

Give the lad a chance. Look at Trent Alexander-Arnold from the skip over the road. Mason will be a fantastic Premier League player

Jim Bennings
12 Posted 18/07/2019 at 08:58:35
Kean or Leao must be coming in with the realistic opportunity to start more games than sit on the bench though, that’s the one concern there.

We don’t currently have a good enough senior striker that has made that position his own and would either Kean or Leao be the player that comes in and walks straight into the side?

For the amount we’ll be paying you think they would have to walk straight in?

As I say there’s no senior striker there capable of slowly mentoring these lads.

Adam McCulloch
13 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:09:39
The fact at the moment is that there is no stand-out name available in that area of the pitch. We've either been linked with old war horses like Costa and Mandzukic, or players with potential but less of the stats to back it up (and we've already got that in Calvert-Lewin).

I think patience, as others have mentioned, is the key. We spent big on Tosun and it hasn't fixed the problem, and some of the other potential options like Haller and Joelinton could easily go the same way as him.

One thing that could set things in motion is that Juve's move for De Ligt has gone through. They've done some incredible business but their wage bill will have gone through the roof to do it, so players like Kean and Mandzukic could be available.

I can see us going for the old bruiser over the unproven hotshot, and we put more of our money into a left footed winger like Malcom. We need big, winning characters in the dressing room – see Delph – and Silva and Brands clearly rate Calvert-Lewin as a long-term option.

Hugh Jenkins
14 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:11:03
As I've said on other threads, M&M said well before the end of last season that they had identified their targets.

Marcel Brands also said that there would be no internal speculation as to whom they may be and that anyone voicing names could face the sack.

We all knew about Gomez and Zouma, but apart from that – had no idea who the other targets might be.

Given what happened last year, I am happy to wait and see the outcome of the next few weeks.

Of one thing I am sure, M&M are the type of operators that, if they can't get the players on their target list, won't sign anyone "just for the sake of it".

They are trying to build something here and know that it will take more than a couple of transfer windows to achieve.

Once again I'm afraid we long-suffering fans must be patient. This time, I hope it will be worth it. I think it will be.

Jim Bennings
15 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:11:20

I spoke to a West Brom fan whilst on holiday at the start of June. His opinion of Holgate was that he looks composed and laid back but seriously lacks the physicality and strength to make it as a centre-back and has doubt whether right-back would suit him as he's not really that dynamic running on the ball.

The physical side of it could just be Holgate's frame and build but I noticed myself the lad does seem to lack muscle mass to be a brute of a centre-back.

It's a concerning thought for me at present – our defence without Keane and Zouma.

Mina could become something but I just don't know too much about him partnering Keane, that looks iffy to me, neither lads are that fast and of course it's Mina's injury record that's casting most doubt.

James Hughes
16 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:12:12
I see Llorente is a free agent as Spurs have not offered him a new contract; he would be a step up from Tosun
Jim Bennings
17 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:15:09

Even I'd be a step up from Tosun!

Si Smith
18 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:15:28
I reckon we have 2 or 3 striking targets, I genuinely believe we will get what we want too.

My guess is Kean is the preferred choice, but you need a backup or two. I believe we will happily pay the money Juve want, I'm just not convinced we will be his only option.

We are in for a wild 3 weeks I'd imagine, lots of ins and outs!

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:18:21
I like Holgate. But to expect him to come in and do the same job as Zouma is optimistic at best. Holgate has only started about 20 games at centre-back whereas Zouma of last season had started well over 100.

Holgate could develop into a top centre-back but he is not there yet. It's a shame West Brom did not play him there and I actually think he'd be better off with another Championship loan (to a club that gives him 30+ games as a centre-back) than getting some sporadic minutes from our bench.

David Pearl
20 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:20:42
If we went 3 midfielders in the middle and played more compact that would help Tosun. But we won't. We also won't try Walcott in the middle making him chase back along the wing. We also won't sign Everton and will let Arsenal get him. And that's just not right,

After a sleepless night, I'm off to the dentist with a dry socket, joy. Come on, Brands... 3 weeks!

Gordon White
21 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:24:19
Surely Brands team know, long before the transfer window, the various targets? I appreciate that tournaments can cause delays, and there may be an element of brinksmanship. But why must it all go down to the wire each year, leaving us to play catch up at the start of the season?
Tony Everan
22 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:28:28
The foundations of our improved form in 2019 were heavily influenced by the form of Kurt Zouma and Gana Gueye.

I know the goal-scoring striker/forward is a massive issue and we need to sort it. It is just as important re-signing or replacing with the same or better of these two players that will also make or break our season.

I can't split either of them two on how important they are to us.

For what it is worth, I think we may arrange a covert agreement and end up signing Zouma in one of the next two windows when Chelsea's transfer ban is lifted. We may get a loan in for a season as cover.

Also, I think Gana will go to PSG and we will sign a quality dynamic young midfielder in their early 20s, as a (sort of) replacement to complement the maturity of signing Delph. Who that will be? Brands and Silva will have a few players across Europe they are interested in that fit that profile.

Dave Abrahams
23 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:31:00
I’m with Chris Gould and Hugh Jenkins: Patience.
Jim Bennings
24 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:33:09

When should our patience (which, let's be honest, has been severely stretched as Evertonians) finally become impatience?

Andrew Ellams
25 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:34:12
Tony, if Gana goes, I really hope we can bring in Franck Kessie from Milan. He's even a potential upgrade.
Jim Potter
26 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:43:51
This, now, is the true test of "In Marcel I trust".

If, when the window shuts, we have a goal scorer, a solid centre back and a wide player (and hopefully more) – then my faith remains.

If, however, we have the likes of Brett Angell, Per Krøldrop and Andy Van Der Shithouse... I will be ever so slightly disillusioned.

I do remain confident.

Sam Hoare
27 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:46:32
A fairly reliable french source has said that Leao wants to leave and Lille have had 3 bids (around the £33m mark) from Everton, Napoli and Valencia. Villa could bid too.

If that is true, then Brands & Silva have a job on their hands to persuade him to come here. I imagine we could offer the best salary and perhaps the lack of top class striking competition might help us as he would possibly get more minutes here than against Milik, Mertens and Insigne or Gomez and Rodrigo. Plus, he gets to work with a well-thought-of Portuguese manager... Fingers crossed.

Dave Williams
28 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:51:13
Someone mentioned elsewhere how we are raising money by selling to then sign. Once Lookman is confirmed gone, I think our striker will arrive. Likewise, Gueye will go before another midfielder is bought. This is not a sign that we are skint but rather sensible business practice as opposed to the recklessness of the last few seasons where Koeman and Walsh overloaded us with substandard players on crazy salaries which was then exacerbated by Allardyce with Tosun and Walcott.

The market this summer is slow and as someone says above it seems like everyone is waiting for one deal to start off the rush. Brands is running this as a proper business and will not land us with a dud who will add to our problems. Patience is key to getting the right players at the right price and there will be a lot of activity going on that we don't know about. We are not going to post updates in the papers as to how we are progressing, and with whom, are we??!!

Just wait — all will (hopefully!!!) be revealed.

Derek Knox
29 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:11:56
I must admit I know little about Leao or Kean in depth, despite reading all that I can on both, and of course looking at those YouTube clips, the one's that also made Tosun and Niasse look decent, so have not paid too much attention to them.

I still am not sure which of the two would be the better signing for us; according to most reports we are allegedly in the running for both, and I don't mean signing them both, I mean as a possibility either/or.

Both look like they have loads of potential but are still a bit of a gamble at the prices quoted to hit the Premier League running.

Bill Gienapp
30 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:21:44
I think Brands has earned the benefit of the doubt here. Last summer there was quite a bit of fretting that Watford was pulling our pants down on the Richarlison fee... that Digne didn't actually want to come here and was stalling for a better move... that we had zero chance of actually landing Mina, who was clearly going to Man Utd or Lyon... that we were taking far too long to sign Bernard, who was going to be poached at the last minute...

All of those deals worked out just fine.

So far this summer, Brands has already negotiated extremely impressive fees for Gomes and Delph. If the window closes and you're unsatisfied with the state of the squad, feel free to unload... but until then, have faith.

Sam Hoare
31 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:24:48
Dave @27, I would not be surprised to see Tosun leave. Rumours are that Schalke may be interested. I think he could do very well in the Bundesliga.

Derek @28, They are both a gamble but could be top class players if they reach their potential. Leao just shades it for me as his all-round game seems stronger. If we need someone to hit the ground running (and ideally we do), then I think he may be the better bet.

Michael Lynch
32 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:44:07
My main concern is how to pronounce this lad's name. To rhyme with cow? To rhyme with no? Or is it Lee-ow to rhyme with the noise a cat makes? Or even Leo?

God, I remember the good old days when every player was called Dave and you could give them a nickname that had an O on the end.

Andrew Ellams
33 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:45:32
So we either gamble on a potential star, like Kean or Leao, or we go for somebody with more experience but who isn't top drawer as we aren't in a position to bring a top drawer striker at his peak.
Steve Ferns
34 Posted 18/07/2019 at 10:54:58
Sam, I don't think we were really interested in the players you listed as missing out on. I think we had loftier targets and they were backups at best. There's a gulf between the ones you listed as missed out on and the ones we are chasing.

It's exciting, but we're going to be all or nothing soon. I don't know anything about Haller so may be wrong on him, but West Ham wouldn't have outmuscled us for him, and we're too heavily linked with Kean and Leão to not be in for them, and why would we go for Haller when there's a chance of the top targets?

I'm not too familiar with Leão, despite “playing” for Sporting. He barely featured and never when I watched them. He has a good reputation though, but it's mostly from this season.

I'm hoping for Neres or Malcom the most. I think they could turn us into a real force to be reckoned with.

Sam Hoare
35 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:04:14
Steve @33, I'm not convinced there is a gulf between the likes of Haller and Leao or Kean; if there is, then it falls in the West Ham man's favour. Granted the youngsters have higher potential but both are very raw and have not played much first-team football whereas Haller has proven himself in two different leagues.

It does sounds like we weren't in for him. Whether that is the right decision will be proven in time. I trust Brands but, right now, West Ham have a new striker who I think will prove very useful over the next few years... and we do not! I'm sure the next few weeks will be quite busy and no doubt I'll be much happier if we bring in Kean or Leao or Malcom or Neres.

Derek Knox
36 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:05:24
Sam, thanks for the 'heads up' on both players, from what I had gleaned I would have thought Kean, based on the fact it is generally harder to score against Italian defences that Portuguese ones.

Still seems a lot for players who have basically had a year in the top flight, and only scored in single figures, but it is the 'potential' they possibly have, but we also know from experience that potential doesn't always materialise.

Steve, of the two you mention, I think Malcom is not only the most likely, but would be the best acquisition for us, and would also not be homesick with our Brazilian contingency into the bargain. Make it happen, Marcel, but keep that Machete honed too, for cutting down the deadwood.

Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:23:17
Jim (23), yes our patience has been tested over many years, less so since Brands has taken over the transfer dealings, regarding our patience now, see what August 8th brings.
Tony Abrahams
38 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:28:31
What about Neres, Derek? Ajax have said they have had a concrete offer for him, and they are going to deal with it, on their own terms next week.

I’m not sure this kid is physically strong enough for the EPL, but I think it’s a clever move getting players, who have already got fellow mates/countrymen at the club, although I’ll say once again I’d really love to sign Ziyech!

Fran Mitchell
39 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:29:25
Looks a talent. Young so both he and Calvert-Lewin can learn together and rotate. Taking pressure off both.

I think Pedro from Fluminense is another good shout and cheaper. Grew through the ranks with our Richarlison and in fact Richarlison only got his Brasil call up (which he grabbed with both hands) after Pedro was pulled out through injury.

Derek Knox
40 Posted 18/07/2019 at 11:41:24
Tony, I'm not disputing that Neres is a decent player, but I think because he has received so much hype recently, plus he has said he is happy to stay where he is at Ajax for the time being, would not only cost us more than we have available, but I think wait for the dust to settle and maybe look at next year.

Funnily enough, I like Hakim Ziyech too but, having brought Delph in, I would be surprised if any other midfielders are added in the next three weeks. I would expect a striker in the form of Laeo or Kean, a winger and a Centre Back.

I have been informed that a right-back could well be on the shopping list too. but they are running the rule over our very own Ryan Astley before dipping any toes in the water. I know he is only 17 but I have seen this kid playing for the U23s and he definitely has a touch of class well beyond his years about him; with a bit of luck, he may well save us some money and get promoted from within.

Sam Hoare
41 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:04:27
Fran @38, I think Watford have already bought Pedro... no?
Andrew Ellams
42 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:05:09
Derek, the issue with promoting somebody like young Ryan Astley is Seamus is a definite risk this season and throwing a youngster in for too much too soon could be damaging in the long run.

But, in saying that, I don't see the benefit in spending big on some of the players we have been linked with when have Astley and Kenny on the production line.

Simon Smith
43 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:09:55
Speaking of Holgate, my mate is a Nottm Forest fan and he has said that Forest are after him... probably on loan.
Scott Hall
44 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:35:11
Why aren't we in the hunt for the Brazilian forward, Everton? Not only is his freaking name Everton, but he finished the Copa America as top scorer and he's big pals with Richarlison.

Surely it's a match made in heaven.

James Marshall
45 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:39:24
In an ideal world we buy this bloke (or Neres or the other fella) and Mandzukic as mentor to him and Calvert-Lewin. 3 options up front, sell Tosun to recoup some cash. Job done.


Brian Harrison
46 Posted 18/07/2019 at 12:42:00
I see that Alan Myers, our ex-Director of Communications and still very well connected, says he doesn't believe Everton are interested in Leao.
Jack Convery
47 Posted 18/07/2019 at 14:37:32
Will this purgatory never end. Get on with it.
Tony Twist
48 Posted 18/07/2019 at 17:26:16
Only seen this guy play on youtube, looks the most ordinary of the strikers linked with us. Should have got Haller.
Jim Bennings
49 Posted 18/07/2019 at 17:28:42
If the worst comes to the worst and it’s late in the last week of the deadline then perhaps a cheap experienced short term move for say Charlie Austin to get us through to January.

Hardly one for the future but every time he plays us he always gives us a pain in the arse of a time, would offer a bit more brawn than Tosun as an alternative.

As I say, that’s if nothing else is out there and we are priced out of other moves.

Mark Murphy
50 Posted 18/07/2019 at 17:46:28
Not sure about Astley at right-back.

He might never let us down but neither will he run around and hurt anyone.

Denis Richardson
51 Posted 18/07/2019 at 18:15:14
another exciting name to add to the list of potentials signings.

I’m hopeful we’ll get a decent striker in simply because we don’t really have a choice not to. Management must be acutely aware we don’t have the firepower upfront for a decent league campaign. Added to that we’ll sign a CB as well for the same reason. Think we may get Zouma afterall as he won’t be first choice at Chelsea and will hopefully ask for a move.

The oil tanker like Keane and Mina pairing doesn’t give me much comfort...

Tom Bowers
52 Posted 18/07/2019 at 18:45:13
I agree wholeheartedly Denis. Everton do not have the offensive might to challenge for the top six let alone top four.
Richarlison has finishing power but really doesn't have anyone else.
Others still around have not proved they can do the job and Siggy will only get the odd one here and there.
It's hard to imagine the likes of DCL, Tosun and Walcott being anything else but what we have seen already so a class addition is required if not two.
Darren Hind
53 Posted 18/07/2019 at 18:57:32
Reading some of the comments on these transfer window threads, I've come to the conclusion that our fans are becoming more like Stokes every day.

I have to laugh at the panic and the sleepless nights over big muscular Zouma and the tackling machine not being here next season.

We need footballers if we are going to progress. Stoppers may stop you losing a game, but they wont win it for you. They should only be there to carry the water.

While clubs who finished below us like Leicester secure the services of top quality like Tielemans. We fret about signing two players who barely pose a threat going forward.

We've tried brawn it didnt work. Time for a little guile. Water carriers are ten a penny

Jay Harris
54 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:01:06
Odds on us getting Zaha have dropped significantly while oods on him joining Arsenal have drifted. Seems there is a lot of money going on this in Merseyside.


Jim Bennings
55 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:08:50

You are hilarious!

You think Zouma can be replaced by a “footballer” like who?

Have you been reading the Roberto Martinez book of defending?

Zouma was integral to our defence last season and it was no real coincidence in the games earlier in the season when he wasn’t up and running that we were pretty horrendous defensively?

Tielemans at Leicester could go exactly the same way as that big grock they signed a few years ago, Kramaric.

I don’t fear anything Leicester do, I fear what Everton don’t do, if we finish below Leicester, Wolves or West Ham it’s because we ourselves have not been good enough simple as that!

If you are talking about stoppers not letting you actually win games then how about try strikers that continuously fluff very good chances in games that are tight and decided by one goal here or there?

For my book, if we had a striker worth his salt then last season, we draw at Watford, we win at Palace and we get at least a draw at Fulham, all games where our striker missed a glaring chance.

Tony Abrahams
56 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:20:54
Zaha, would be brilliant, with possibly Bolasie and McCarthy, going in the opposite direction, and maybe even Niasse!
Dan Nulty
57 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:23:36
No way is Zaha coming here. None. Don't believe it.
Fran Mitchell
58 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:25:00
Sam where did you see that? Flast I heard he was apologising to Fluminense fans for courting rivals Flamengo. Flu also rejected bids from Mexico and I think Russia.

Unlike the other Brazilians, Nered and Everton, Pedro is rather off radar so is better value. I thinl for 15-20 million he is ours. Forward, 22, in form, Brazilian, mates with Richarlison.

Brian Williams
59 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:29:14
The odds dropping on Zaha were reportedly down to just two bets mate.
Bookies will grossly over react when something isolated like that happens because the blood sucking fuckers have sleepless nights about paying out.
Crystal Palace would be looking for north of £60m for Zaha anyway so I think we can safely rule that one out.
Darren Hind
60 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:30:23

When you were making a complete Toby jug of yourself again, telling us how you met a Baggie who was able to educate you and tell you why a footballer like Holgate could never make a center half. Did it even occur to you that everyone who read your post knows that Baggie didnt see him play there ?. . Na of course not.

You can claim Zouma was not "up and running" all you want. The fact is he was shite like the rest of them. I judge him over 30 odd games not eight. I also judge him over the whole season when he was relegated the year before.

People like you who demand brawn over skill will always get what they deserve.

Stick to hammering the kids Jim. That`s your answer to everything

Derek Taylor
61 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:31:37
If he'd developed at Everton, he would still be one of Unsey's hopefuls. Play for a continental side and he's worth 30M. T'was ever thus !
Brian Williams
62 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:38:01
Heard from a good source that Brands will definitely sign a player that's come in under everyone's radar.
I've never heard of him before but I've been assured that before the window closes we'll have Som Eone on our books.
Robin Gomme
63 Posted 18/07/2019 at 19:38:13
Mark @50
I appreciated it!
Jeff Armstrong
64 Posted 18/07/2019 at 20:04:09
Brian is it Neve rheard-ofhim from the non existent North African premier league?
Brian Williams
65 Posted 18/07/2019 at 20:14:34
That rings a bell Jeff, yeh.
Derek Knox
66 Posted 18/07/2019 at 21:06:21
Brian & Jeff all joking apart, I am still hopeful that we do land someone who is not necessarily a household name, that way we are not drawn into a bidding war and ultimate disappointment when he doesn't perform as it said on the tin.

I know that is neither easy these days as probably every movement of MB is probably tracked, and other snooping that goes on behind the scenes for a 'story'. I believe there is a very fine line between great players and very good players, yet the difference can be megamillions.

Of course as in everything and every potential move, it is whether the player will gel.

Brian Williams
67 Posted 18/07/2019 at 21:20:53
Same here Derek, and I refuse to turn into one of the naysayers moaning coz we havent signed the next big thing yet.

Gonna keep calm and see what happens........ then moan like fuck! 😳

Andy Crooks
68 Posted 18/07/2019 at 21:36:48
Brian, @ 59. The bookies run for cover at the hint of someone in the know. I guess someone had £2 on Zaha.

Joseph O' Brien has a 3-year-old colt that is top notch and waiting on fast ground. I tried to back him last September to win the Irish Guineas and, honest to God, was offered a tenner each way.

Derek Knox
69 Posted 18/07/2019 at 21:37:53
Brian, I echo your patience and will join you in that as well as the inevitable moaning when it all goes pear-shaped... or should I say Allardyce-shaped?
Brian Williams
70 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:13:25
Derek and Andy. We'll be all hugs and hgh fives in the Excelsior like we were after that Man Utd 4-0 win and going on about our new amazing signings scoring for fun against Watford, mark my words! 🤣
Paul Birmingham
71 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:25:17
The old adage, “fail to prepare, and prepare to fail” is in context a life lesson.

Based on the assessment by Marcel Brands of requirements this transfer window, the clock is running down. Surely a pair of or at least one striker was on his priority transfer list?

We can't afford to miss so many chances as last season, this season. Three weeks to go, and hopefully some nice surprises to come.

Mark Murphy
72 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:30:02
Robin - you know the rules and so do I! Haha!!!

Anyway, it's like déjà vu all over again. Every summer, there's a wailing and a gnashing of teeth cos we haven't signed a dozen superstars... and every year, we get players in the last week, as does every other team.

It's the way it goes every year since Sky invented transfer windows – stop panicking!!

Derek Knox
73 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:52:45
Brian, can I have that in writing? 😂
Brian Williams
74 Posted 18/07/2019 at 23:08:49
Print off me post Derek, that'll count!
Sam Hoare
75 Posted 19/07/2019 at 07:16:53
Leao off to Valencia apparently. Which striker are we going to sign?! Options are dwindling somewhat.
Andrew Ellams
76 Posted 19/07/2019 at 07:59:19
Sam I think it's going to be Kean, the thing I am wondering about is will Mandzukic come too as our Llorente and where would that leave DCL?
Vijay Nair
77 Posted 19/07/2019 at 08:54:18
Andrew (76), Tosun might well be off to Schalke. If we manage to offload Niasse as well, then that leaves us pretty light on in the forward department.

That said I'd rather have someone like Llorente as a third striker rather than Mandzukic, as he has EPL experience.

Alan McGuffog
78 Posted 19/07/2019 at 09:01:07
Vijay if we retain Tosun we are still light in the forward department
Tony Abrahams
79 Posted 19/07/2019 at 09:05:07
Hopefully Klopp knows something because he’s saying Everton have strengthened this summer!

Most pleasing thing for me is that everyone seems to be guessing, and when you hear Silva speaking, saying they identified Delph in March, then it looks like we are turning into a very competent and professional club once again, although that could be me sticking my neck out, because the season starts in just 3 weeks.

Eric Myles
80 Posted 19/07/2019 at 12:43:16
Instead of getting Leao the Lion we'll likely end up with Clarence the cross-eyed lion.
Tony Everan
81 Posted 19/07/2019 at 13:52:55
Klopp's talking shite, we haven't strengthened yet, we have lost Zouma, and may lose Gana.

We need these two re-signed or replaced with better and a forward like Leao, Kean or Malcom to say that.

Michael Lynch
82 Posted 19/07/2019 at 14:09:52
One of the papers reckon Palace want £80m for Zaha and he's on £130k a week. I mean, he's good and that, but fucking hell, seriously?
David Milner
83 Posted 20/07/2019 at 12:54:43
Sam @75. Leao off to Valencia. Where did you hear that, concrete offer?

I live in Spain & the only way Valencia could afford to buy Leao is if they sell Rodrigo for a big amount. They have no money & with the other signings this year would fall foul of the FFP rules. They have also paid good money for Maxi Gomez, the striker from Celta Vigo.

Tony Graham
84 Posted 23/07/2019 at 08:41:28
Calvert-Lewin and Danny Welbeck up front... frightening! What a treat for us!

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