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Everton target Gbamin as Gueye nears PSG switch

| Wednesday, 24 July 2019 57comments  |  Jump to last
Everton have lined up Jean-Philippe Gbamin as Idrissa Gueye's replacement as the Senegal international prepares for a £28m move to Paris Saint-German.

That is the contention of reports in France which claim that Gueye's move to PSG is imminent, with a few agree with Everton and personal terms not expected to be an issue.

The Blues are hoping to push through a deal with Mainz for the defensive midfielder whom they value at €35m. Everton want to negotiate the price down.

Although talks between the two clubs haven't yet got underway, Gbamin's agent, Bernard Collignon, is quoted by Le Parisien as saying that his client would be keen on the move.

“He is excited about the possibility of joining Everton,” Collignon said. “Joining the Premier League at a team at the top of table would be a great opportunity for him and represent a great next step.”

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Jack Convery
1 Posted 24/07/2019 at 18:37:52
Who ?
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 24/07/2019 at 18:43:21
Haven't seen him, but Arsenal had a €31m bid knocked back last month, and Wolves and Spurs are supposedly interested as well. Can play CB or DM.
Jay Harris
3 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:02:56
Any of our Twebber watch League 1 and can tell us a bit more about him.

Its a new name to me.

Is the Wigan game going to be Put up on the site?

Jim Bennings
4 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:05:09
So we sell our player of the season who arguably has another good solid three or four years in him in the Champions League, for £28 million to one of the wealthiest clubs on the planet, and then go after someone with no Premier League experience that sounds like a dodgy medicine? (for 35 million Euro’s)

Can’t see the sense not logic in it.

James O'Connell
5 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:10:04
And still no striker.
Mike Corcoran
6 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:11:08
Stream is listed here

if you can’t see it click soccer on the left to bring up all footy matches. Pop ups, but usually works ok

Martin Berry
7 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:22:34
Google reports him as a defender, he is 23, if if our interest is true then Marcel and Marco obviously must rate him, so it appears do other clubs.
Christy Ring
8 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:22:47
I think it's senseless selling Gueye, our player of the year. He's only 29, (Fernandinho is 34), and maybe he had his heart set on a move to PSG, but didn't he sign an improved contract in the last 18 mths, so why let him go. We're supposed to be going forwards, not backwards. and how many of the teams above us would sell there player of the season, and for £28m, to try and find a replacement, equally as good, is going to cost us a lot more.
Hugh Jenkins
9 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:31:25
Christy (8) - it was going to be impossible to replace Leighton Baines - at any price - then up popped Digne, of whom I, for one, and from the comments on this site, many others, had not previously been aware.

That didn't turn out too badly - so I am inclined to leave it the experts - i.e. Marcel and Marco.

Pat Kelly
10 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:32:37
He's a defensive midfield striker. No more signings necessary.
Frank Crewe
11 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:33:20
Maybe it's just me but every window I hear these names of players that apparently would cost tens of millions yet I've never heard of any of them. Up until yesterday I'd never heard of Joelinton but Apparently the bar codes have paid £40 million for him. Amazing.
Christy Ring
12 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:39:01
Hugh @9, I know what your saying, but 1, Baines was past his best, and 2, it's a lot harder to replace a defensive midfielder, but I agree with you, Digne is class.
Bill Gienapp
13 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:45:43
"How many of the teams above us would sell their player of the season?"

Well... you can start with Chelsea and Hazard... Liverpool and Suarez, then Coutinho... Tottenham and Bale... Arsenal and Sanchez, etc...

Your general point is taken though, and I agree that it seems like we should have been able to squeeze a lot more than 28-million out of PSG.

James O'Connell
14 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:46:27
Pat@10 and a rush keeper!
Karl Meighan
15 Posted 24/07/2019 at 19:48:04
Gueye had a good season and finished it very well and his defensive work is very good but I want more from my midfielders. His passing aint the best and he offers no creativity, don't expect any to agree with me here. He has a great engine as for making tackles and keeping play ticking over that should be basic skills for any Premier league player.
Michael Ward
16 Posted 24/07/2019 at 20:46:31
If the 28m fee is correct we are getting completely mugged off. He is worth at least 35m and given he is a first team regular we should be getting at least 40m. I don't see the sense in it at all. I can see why he wants to go and I can see why we are willing to let him but we need to be getting at least his market value and 28m is significantly below that.
Alan McGuffog
17 Posted 24/07/2019 at 20:53:46
What's it matter ? We'll be battling for 7th or 8th. As ever.
Alan McGuffog
18 Posted 24/07/2019 at 20:57:51
What's it matter ? We'll be battling for 7th or 8th. As ever.
Ben Jones
19 Posted 24/07/2019 at 21:23:54
It’s a tough one with Gueye.

He was one of the best of the world in what he does I.e tackle and covering ground in midfield.

But what he isn’t is a natural holding midfielder. If this Gbamin is also a centre back then he will be. I think on paper it will offer more balance in midfield.

My concern is if he’s any good. Gueye will be a big miss.

Ian Lloyd
20 Posted 24/07/2019 at 21:27:43
Still no striker?!?
Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 24/07/2019 at 21:37:16
I love the parrot-like "still no striker?" posts.

Sounds like a kid in the car on the way to the beach... "are we there yet?"

Ryan Holroyd
22 Posted 24/07/2019 at 21:37:40
The old 'no premier league experience'. Such a ridiculous statement.
Darren Murphy
23 Posted 24/07/2019 at 21:41:25
S T R I K E R please...actually 2. Like we don't need goals. "We don't need one in today's modern game" utter tosh.
Andy Crooks
24 Posted 24/07/2019 at 21:49:48
Robbed once more. The Everton way. They want him, so we sell him cheaply. Nice, easy to deal with Everton. You know what, he knuckled down so well( did the job he is hugely paid for, actually) we should really let this" servant" go for free and pocket a nice signing on fee. Yeah, we really, really owe him.
James Stewart
25 Posted 24/07/2019 at 22:00:43
Spot on Andy.
Kevin O'Regan
26 Posted 24/07/2019 at 22:02:33
We should get a chance to see this guy on Saturday against us in Mainz. But 56 percent of tackles won in last seasons bundesliga doesn't sound too exciting. Pricy for a player no one has heard of. Mainz paid €5m to Buy him from Lens 3 years ago. But how on earth would we pay more for him than we get for Gueye from psg... Beats me.
Paul Hewitt
27 Posted 24/07/2019 at 22:03:36
Interesting fact. Gana has won more tackles, and more interception, then any other play in the top 5 European leagues, in the last 3 season. And we are selling him for 28 million quid.
Jerome Shields
28 Posted 24/07/2019 at 22:10:53
Doesn't make sense this. Sell Gueye and buy a replacement for the same price. Brands will be wanting him for slot less. Can't see Brands buying a striker. He did say when asked before Xmas, that goals should come from more than one position. Maybe we will buy a defender.

Hope the move, if it happens, works out for Gueye.

Jerome Shields
29 Posted 24/07/2019 at 22:23:06
Actually Gbamin at 23 looks a useful player. 78 percent pass completion rate. Accurate at both short and long range.
Soren Moyer
30 Posted 24/07/2019 at 22:34:14
I think he is a defender but can also operate as defensive Midfielder. Could be a replacement for Zouma!
Frank Wade
31 Posted 24/07/2019 at 22:40:04
Surely PSG could buy this guy Gbamin instead. Solve a lot of problems.
Si Smith
32 Posted 24/07/2019 at 23:51:34
This guy, or no other guy for that matter will bang out the stats Gana does, but if we cant keep Gana then we need to find a replacement.

Both Silva and Brands have known this transfer was coming so we have to trust that between them they have identified the correct player.

Kevin Dyer
33 Posted 25/07/2019 at 00:14:17
Firstly this is just a rumour; even the article says there's been no contact between the clubs. Appears the agent wants to get his client to the EPL, the fact we're selling Gueye to PSG is well-inown in France so links his client to us.

Second, who knows the guy might actually be a really good player? I don't recall everyone on here wetting their pants in excitement when we signed Gueye from the relegated shambles that was Villa. And he had "premier league experience" too!

Derek Knox
34 Posted 25/07/2019 at 03:31:30
When Marcel Brands was appointed DoF I was hoping he would unearth some gems as he has done in the Netherlands for bargain fees, I have not really heard of this guy, who is allegedly Gana's replacement. However the figures being talked about don't make sense.

I can understand that they are allowing Gana to leave, for his 'dream move' but let's get a decent amount for him, and replace with a cheaper younger model, if that's possible.

David Ellis
35 Posted 25/07/2019 at 03:45:36
Karl 15 - I agree with you. Gana is great at what he does but he has limitations that well limit us. To unpick packed defences at Goodison we need to move the ball quicker and with more penetration. Gana was a passenger in this department.

Anyway he wants to leave, his value will only start to fall...time to sell. We should have sold Baines to Utd when he was hitting 30. We need to keep replenishing the coffers to keep replenishing the squad.

Peter Warren
36 Posted 25/07/2019 at 03:55:26
Agree David
Si Cooper
37 Posted 25/07/2019 at 04:04:15
Derek, rather than cheaper younger model would you be prepared to pay more for someone who would improve us? That may not be exactly the same sort of player because it all comes down to systems / teamwork rather than individuals in the vast majority of cases.
I don’t know much about the players we are being linked with and none of us can know how they will turn out until it happens, but I trust that Silva and Brands are doing the best they can to come out on top in the end.
Kieran Kinsella
38 Posted 25/07/2019 at 04:16:53
OP says Everton plan to talk down the 35m asking price. Mike Gaynes says they turned down 31m a month ago. Doesn’t exactly leave a lot of wiggle room.
Jay Harris
39 Posted 25/07/2019 at 04:24:08
Anyone that feels Gna was a passenger in any respect is due for a rude awakening when he goes.
Alan J Thompson
40 Posted 25/07/2019 at 05:56:24
Not too sure where we are supposed to play this bloke, Gomes and Delph with Bernard, Richarlison and Sigurdsson and it gets further complicated if we land any of Zaha, Malcolm, Neres, Everton, Kean, never mind others already on the books.
Time for a lie down, may be for 2 weeks.

Oh, and why can there be no more comments on Mina's tips for the weekend?

Sam Hoare
41 Posted 25/07/2019 at 07:03:20
Gbamin looks an interesting player to me.

He’s played a bit as CB but mainly played in midfield last year and can work as a 6 or an 8. Definitely a Gueye replacement more than a Zouma alternative I’d say.

He has some similar attributes to Gueye in that he’s very athletic and can cover a lot of ground. He’s strong and tall and not easily bullied. He doesn’t make as many tackles as Gueye (no one does) but he’s a decent enough passer and can also dribble a bit.

Basically he’s a well thought of youngster who should prove a very able defensive midfielder and is quick enough to help cover for Sigurdsson and Gomes’ lack of the athleticism.

He’d be a sensible signing in my book and should be able to fit in quite quickly whilst having the potential to become a top class CDM.

This is Brands’ model, selling good players in their late 20s/early 30s to buy younger models with high potential and sell on value. It’s what Spurs started doing 6 or so years ago and is working well for them.

Tony Everan
42 Posted 25/07/2019 at 07:46:01
Sounds like the profile of player I was expecting us to target. Delph brought in at 29 with good experience and now a highly regarded 23 year old to add some youthful vigour.

They will have done extensive homework on this lad and other clubs are reportedly interested which is a good sign too.

Hoping for some positive news on the striker/forward front , this Zaha interest , I'm not buying it.

Tony Waring
43 Posted 25/07/2019 at 09:08:50
Is it merely a coincidence that we have a friendly against Mainz on 27th July and will this guy be playing for or against us?
Thomas Lennon
44 Posted 25/07/2019 at 09:14:07
I think I referred to Geuye as a 'sticking plaster' player for Everton in that he constantly won back possession. Once we could keep possession better he would be less needed. Presumably PSG are in a similar situation albeit at the next level up in the Champions League.

Like several before him he wants CL and as we can't yet provide that he wants a move. The fact we facilitate that encourages the next young player to join us, to do well and move on if we still fail to reach CL. Once we qualify this dynamic starts to change. We need more high-quality players developing with us not less!

Sam Hoare
45 Posted 25/07/2019 at 11:22:29
Some reading on Gbamin for those interested:
Tony Everan
46 Posted 25/07/2019 at 12:16:20
Interesting reading Sam, he sounds a bit raw but has potential.

A bit worrying the bit about being regularly dispossessed in the German league and wanting to dribble out of defensive positions. He will be even more exposed in the Premier League, and targeted.

Silva may fancy his chances of improving the lad and ironing out his rough edges ending up with a top class midfielder.

All in all a bit of a gamble, but I trust Mr B and Marco to make the right decisions.

Derek Knox
47 Posted 25/07/2019 at 12:17:19
Si @ 37, you may have misconstrued my post, yes of course I would like, as all others want, an improvement, but as with any player who has not experienced the Prem, it can, and often is a gamble. It has happened to a lot of Prem clubs who have paid megabucks, only for the player to flop or fail to cope.

I don't think I am alone in not having heard much or anything about this guy, who would effectively cost more than we will get from the Gana sale. Brands was renowned for getting this type of player that no-one had heard of for a modest fee, and making them into almost household names.

Anyway, we'll see what happens over the course of the next two weeks. I still think it totally unfair and biased that our window will shut quite some time before the European windows do, leaving us at a disadvantage, and possibly pushing us towards inflated fees.

Peter Thistle
48 Posted 25/07/2019 at 18:46:36
Losing gueye and mccarthy means we have room for 3 midfielders depending on how the manager wants to play, We could fit this fella in with Gomes and Delph no probs, maybe not in every game but to strengthen and have the options can only be a good thing. Btw don't worry about the striker situation, Moise Kean is on his way here, mark my words.
Jerome Shields
49 Posted 26/07/2019 at 06:58:09
Peter #48,

Everton are working real hard to get Kean behind the scenes, apparently. Only one media report states this, with no others mentioning it. Gbamin has real good stats in turnovers and has a great engine and passing ability, as I mentioned in an earlier post.

Surprised there is no media speculation round the Barcelona connection; I suspect something going on there as well.

Paul Bernard
50 Posted 26/07/2019 at 13:16:39
Replacing Gana will be tough, but what worries me the most is that we had nobody lined up. We knew Gana was going based on a gentlemen's agreement behind the scenes, so why isn't (if its true) this Gbamin guy ready? I can only assume its a 1 in 1 out routine based on wage control?

Im beginning to really panic that we haven't got Zouma back too. Mina gives me the same feelings I had when we signed bolasie. Overpaid and not consistently good enough for us - or in mina's case, consistently injured...

Andy Meighan
51 Posted 26/07/2019 at 18:10:27
Poster #15 being his usual pessimistic self. Won't give anyone any credit whatsoever. He's already got us battling relegation before a ball has been kicked. It's so boring. Put a sock in it, will you.
Paul Birmingham
52 Posted 26/07/2019 at 20:53:52
Ghana’s tackling capability is legend, but on the basis we trade him for a good monetary value, hopefully MB, will eclipse his capability and get an improved version, with youth and passing and goal scoring instinct.

Let’s hope and perhaps this weekend we get some players in.

Good Luck Gana, and thanks for your efforts at EFC.

Andy Meighan
53 Posted 26/07/2019 at 22:24:00
Got to be honest here... But I'm sick of that line being trotted out: he wants Champions League football. I mean, come on...

Yes, PSG play in the group games, maybe get to the last 8 if they're lucky, and then crash and die – but they've got more chance of winning it than us! If he wants to play in a shit league, let him. But mark my word: he will regret this move. End of.

Derek Knox
54 Posted 27/07/2019 at 01:41:30
Sam @ 45, sorry mate but that link didn't work for me, took me to AT&T Billing and Enquiries. Anyway, have been doing a bit of delving of my own, and the more I read about this guy the more it makes sense, although I hope we don't regret the fee later.

Like I said before about the unfair disparity in the Transfer Window for us (well all English Clubs) I feel a lot of Euro clubs are forcing our hands with inflated fees for players.

Having said all that, getting back to Gbamin, he would initially be a replacement for Gana, who although we don't want him to, has stated on more than one occasion he wants his dream move. I think this guy from what I've read and seen, is not shabby at all. He can also operate as CB and can also play further forward so he is to a degree a utility player.

The fact a lot of other clubs were/are after him also says they can't all be wrong, or are sheep, so if we accept the inevitability of Gana getting his wish granted, and moving to his 'dream destination' we could do a lot worse than plump for Gbamin.

My only other reservation is that he is not Premier League tested!

James Marshall
55 Posted 27/07/2019 at 10:59:44
This guy looks decent, and well worked replacement for Gana. Brands has apparently been after him for a few years and he has all the attributes.

His surname by the way is pronounced "Bamar"

Tony Graham
56 Posted 30/07/2019 at 16:06:20
Hearing we've got him...
Hugh Jenkins
57 Posted 30/07/2019 at 17:58:08
We are now in talks with Mainz about signing him according to Sky Sports News.

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