Everton have reportedly lodged an offer for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré that has been flatly turned down.
L'Equipe claim that the Blues have submitted a €30m offer for Doucouré while RMC Sport say it's closer to €32m but, regardless, Watford have rejected the approach.
Doucouré is said to favour the move to Goodison Park which would follow in the footsteps of Marco Silva and Richarlison as he is seeking a new challenge.
Update Sky Sports News report that a bid of £32m (€35m) has been knocked back by Watford who said in a statement that they have no interest in a deal with Everton for the player.
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1 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:34:11
Could be that Silva is planning more of a 4-3-3 though not sure where that would leave Sigurdsson who presumably would not be asked to play the box to box role?
Something like this:
Coleman Keane Mina Digne
Gomes Gbamin Doucoure
New RW Kean Richarlison
2 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:35:47
3 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:36:58
4 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:40:54
5 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:46:27
6 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:47:36
Eventually, as a top club we would want two quality players for each position. It kind of looks like we are getting frustrated at even getting one good player for certain roles so jumping ahead and stockpiling in others. But, if we are missing key men, what good is it being two or three deep in other roles?
7 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:54:40
I really hope we manage to get a deal done for him.
Has all the attributes of Gauye but more long range passing and goals in him.
8 Posted 03/08/2019 at 20:55:13
9 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:01:14
10 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:01:16
11 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:07:57
Schneiderlin could well go but I'd thought we would have heard rumours by now.
12 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:19:26
13 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:29:08
14 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:37:09
15 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:46:19
16 Posted 03/08/2019 at 21:46:39
17 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:08:41
18 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:09:36
19 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:13:11
20 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:19:46
21 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:26:46
Hopefully just the way the contract is going but feel a bit like Juve may want to keep him, and if Man Utd take Dybala and Mandukic, then Kean maybe back in the frame at Juve.
22 Posted 03/08/2019 at 22:38:19
23 Posted 03/08/2019 at 23:44:02
24 Posted 03/08/2019 at 23:51:31
25 Posted 03/08/2019 at 23:58:44
26 Posted 04/08/2019 at 00:09:26
27 Posted 04/08/2019 at 00:39:10
For me, Gomes is the weak link in there and has not rediscovered his early form from last season and is frequently caught in possession.
28 Posted 04/08/2019 at 01:02:33
Sound business so far, but there's always, the “Done deal”, in this case I see journo-media bullshit.
If true, what, how and why?
29 Posted 04/08/2019 at 01:12:11
It's been also on memory a very difficult transfer window.
Hopefully we can turnover Palace, aka 2004.
30 Posted 04/08/2019 at 01:52:18
Reading this quote below, it doesn't even appear many clubs are in for him.
“It's absurd. For what he played at the Copa America, we expected a flood,” said Gremio official Deco Nascimento.
31 Posted 04/08/2019 at 02:19:24
We've lacked true strength in depth in midfield for years. The likes of Tottenham didn't seem to worry about how to accommodate Wanyama, Dier, Dembele and Sissoko alongside Erickson. Doucoure would give us more options and really free up Gbamin as an alternative for centre-back.
I won't mind if Schneiderlin, Davies and Delph are all pushed down to covering roles. For me, Tom Davies and Kieran Dowell need to improve if they are ever to become genuine first-choice options. I'd been hopeful that Beni Banigime was making an impression behind the scenes but there has been no indication of that.
32 Posted 04/08/2019 at 05:04:56
33 Posted 04/08/2019 at 05:22:50
34 Posted 04/08/2019 at 06:03:15
35 Posted 04/08/2019 at 06:04:30
36 Posted 04/08/2019 at 07:34:38
The side needs more goals , Doucore could add a few from midfield , but I would have though a forward such as Zaha would be the priority.
Kean is a great signing and will add threat but he is young still and the pressure and goalscoring needs to be better distributed. Zaha is would get us 15 maybe and win penalties too also affecting tight games.
So whilst Doucoure is a classy player I think to improve our focus should be on Zaha , a bit more mature player and a proven goalscorer in the PL who is an overall nuisance to defences.
37 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:09:56
Silva has said he still wants more players ie RB, CB, winger. We shouldve gone for Dani Alves. Hed have been amazing for a season.
I still think theres hope for Zouma and Zaha but my real wish is for us to get rid of Lewis Hamilton lookalike, Theo Walcott. Absolute rubbish player whos on over 100k pw.
38 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:31:14
Give your head a wobble pal.
39 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:32:31
It really amazes me how our last 3 managers have allowed our team to fill up with so many average players.
40 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:36:58
41 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:37:45
EVERTON INTEREST IN RAKITIC
Everton are interested in signing Ivan Rakitic, amid rumours the Barcelona midfielder's future is uncertain, the Express reports.
The 31-year-old has two years left on his current deal with Man Utd also linked.
42 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:37:58
Striker- Kean (announces today or tomorrow)
CB- Zouma/Llorente/Soumaoro/ Niakhite/Kamara
RB (maybe on loan)- Arias/ Tete/ Heinrichs/Semedo/Maehle
Maybe another CM? - Doucore/Lemina/ Sangare🤞/Lobotka
43 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:44:15
On another note, Silva has often spoken about his need for another RB so, what about Cedric Soares (Southampton)? They want to sell him, he wants to go. Hes a regular for Portugal, an excellent player (imo), about 27 years old and would cost around £15m which is what Southampton wanted last summer. Not only would he compete with Seamus hes good enough to replace him.
44 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:46:58
45 Posted 04/08/2019 at 08:59:14
46 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:04:59
47 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:08:20
Doucoure and Rakita out of the running because of age and, in Doucoure's case, additional because of an inflated transfer fee. Everton don't need them anyway. Lopes: positionally, age and fee more likely.
Schneiderlin will be kept. Besic loaned out. McCarthy sold if they can. Kean will sign this week coming.
48 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:16:36
49 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:24:41
Haha! Great post, well fielded sir. I never thought I'd see them get a mention on here :-)
I really like Doucoure, but A) Watford hate us, and B) We bought Gbamin, right?
We're already hard to beat, or we were tail end of last season - our problem was, and still clearly is, putting the small round thing in the big square thing.
50 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:27:44
We really improved the quality of the squad this time last season, and hopefully we can do the same again this summer.
Brands has shifted some of the dead-wood, but it is a massive task, and just when you think hes got rid of loads, you notice hes still got another big pile to remove.
Silva is right the squad is way too small, not in quantity, but in quality, which is definitely whats required to move forwards, especially because there might just be an opening into the top 4 next season, which will only happen, if we go and sign the right players?
51 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:36:57
But if he came he would be our best player, a serial winner who would elevate the level of our team, and all midfields benefit from having an experienced head there.
Goal-scoring creative midfielder, and someone who our young squad can look up to and learn from.
52 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:46:19
53 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:50:56
Zouma was on loan, would have liked him permanently, but was destined to return to his parent Club. Gana had declared for some time he wanted his dream move to PSG so not exactly unexpected.
Lookman was the one that got me, lost (?) him, he would never or rarely play him.
54 Posted 04/08/2019 at 09:52:39
I would be delighted to see Keane sign as he is definitely one for the future. Not really arsed about Zaha as not sure what he would bring. Diego Costa would be amazing, bring on the youngsters especially DCL: this is how to bully defenders.
55 Posted 04/08/2019 at 10:00:28
56 Posted 04/08/2019 at 10:04:37
A game of opinions I know, but Im sure Barca, had one midfielder who gave as good as he got and also gave a very good account of himself despite his teams dreadful capitulation, and I was wondering if this player was Rakitic?
57 Posted 04/08/2019 at 10:07:04
58 Posted 04/08/2019 at 10:54:19
59 Posted 04/08/2019 at 11:01:20
Assuming Coleman is fit I think hell play so could Holgate and Martina ( if we cant sell him) cover at right back to save the wages for more pressing positions?
I feel about EFC money like its my own I hate wasting it! There is a stadium to fund so every penny counts surely !
60 Posted 04/08/2019 at 11:13:11
61 Posted 04/08/2019 at 11:46:34
62 Posted 04/08/2019 at 12:02:58
63 Posted 04/08/2019 at 12:04:25
Players in: Moise Kean (Juventus, undisclosed), Andre Gomes (Barcelona, £22m), Fabian Delph (Man City, £8.5m*), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town, free).
Players out: Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow, £14m), Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig, £22.5m*), Idrissa Gueye (Paris St-Germain, £30m*), Phil Jagielka (Sheffield Utd, free), Brendan Galloway (Luton Town, free), Antonee Robinson (Wigan, undisclosed), Jonjoe Kenny (Schalke, loan), Sandro Ramirez (Real Valladolid, loan), Korede Adedoyin (Hamilton, loan), Kieran Dowell (Derby, loan), Joao Virginia (Reading, loan), Luke Garbutt (Ipswich, loan), Josh Bowler (Hull, loan), Ashley Williams (released), Harry Charsley (released), Boris Mathis (released), Mateusz Hewelt (released), Shayne Lavery (released), Jack Kiersey (released), Danny Bramall (released), Joe Hilton (released), Chris Renshaw (released), Nathan Broadhead (Burton, loan), Joe Williams (Wigan, undisclosed).
64 Posted 04/08/2019 at 12:44:03
65 Posted 04/08/2019 at 13:18:51
As for the loss of money, it's either take the loss or keep the player. I'm easy. I think Schneiderlin is a good squad player, especially with Delph picking up a knock. But if we could use him to help us get a better player, that doesn't bother me at all.
66 Posted 04/08/2019 at 13:27:56
Now is a good time to get rid of the undesirables and pay good money and wages for class acts who will hopefully blend into a top-class side.
67 Posted 04/08/2019 at 15:21:45
68 Posted 04/08/2019 at 17:55:05
It hasn't ended yet – Brands will tie up more transfers this week and keep working on loans afterwards as he can in Europe.
There is no doubt he has been flat out most of the Summer.
69 Posted 04/08/2019 at 18:13:36
Don't know whether you typed that post on a fast-moving train mate but, if you're making the point that we'll be looking at loans after the window closes on Thursday, those loans can only be outward ones.
70 Posted 04/08/2019 at 18:34:14
71 Posted 04/08/2019 at 18:55:09
Origi did well for them. They have Shakira and Ox and 5 similar central midfield players. A few good options both full back and cover at CB. I think take VVD out and he is a bigger miss for them than anyone
The strength of a team can be seen by looking at the bench. We havent had many game changers ourselves for a while. Interesting week coming up probably depending on who we get out next. We do have Mirallas as cover for Seamus too... imagine that. We could probably afford Bale if we offloaded the lot of them. What would that do.
Really interesting season coming up. Arsenal are a funny team. All the experts saying they needed centre backs but they go out and make sure teams will be scared to attack them. I reckon, if Man City had our defence, they'd still win the league. Off on one then, sorry...
72 Posted 04/08/2019 at 21:04:38
I am not that convinced that Zaha would fit into Silva's system. I thought that, with the inflated price and the agent's type antics around it, it was a Moshiri-inspired big money buy. There is no doubt the media and agents still think they are dealing with a pre-Brands Everton.
I am still of the opinion that your list of possible transfers in the close season is more relevant to the Brands era. You must be pleased with the purchase of Gbamin, the type of player that could make your list.
I still think Zaha is a long shot, but Moshiri and his money can be lucky.
The areas you have outlined of concern, that need improvement, in another thread, I totally agree with. I can see how Zaha's finishing is relevant because, in pre-season, there does not seem to have been any improvement on last season. High press can become irrelevant if there is no goal threat.
73 Posted 04/08/2019 at 21:14:23
74 Posted 04/08/2019 at 22:03:38
That's correct; outwards ones – Brands is going to be busy. Of course, you are right about inwards ones, which I did not make clear in my post.
75 Posted 04/08/2019 at 22:35:10
I've noticed the RS are fixated with the No6 is this because its the number of trophies they can now win after losing the Community Shield to Citeh today - just a thought.
76 Posted 05/08/2019 at 03:17:48
Forgotten where Richarlison came from?
77 Posted 05/08/2019 at 09:48:38
If we fail in bringing in a pacy CB then Gbamin could well be the answer to that particular problem therefore more midfield options are needed.
78 Posted 05/08/2019 at 12:33:32
Silva has probably ran rule over certain players during the last year and decided that certain players like Davies wont push us on right now, Schneiderlin is just a stop gap and Delph probably wont be fit every week.
Gomes comes and goes in terms of form so options need to be available and those options need to be good quality.
I doubt Doucoure will happen though, it seems it will be the same as Sissoko in 2016.
79 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:35:02
We should be grateful for him and Richarlison because we definitely would of been relegated based on DCL's goal return.
Im not blaming DCL for anything, I'm just saying there is a bigger picture to be seen, Glyfi was vital.
80 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:46:58
Sigurdsson gets unfair criticism and whilst in certain games I wish he would assert himself more, there is no argument that without him in the team last season we would have struggled even more for goals.
Two players took up the mantle of being scorers last season, Sigurdsson and Richarlison, it's about time this new campaign brought about others.
Bernard, Walcott, Calvert-Lewin for three names alone all need to have a long hard look at how they can improve end product, no good blaming service because between those three they must have missed 30-40 glorious chances last season, they could have all scored 10 goals.
81 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:55:22
That's not a criticism of those players, it's just an acknowledgement that it's a very long season, especially for the players who represent their country.
If we are to move forward and really compete, then we simply need a bigger and better squad. Rotate and refresh, because if you want success, then it's definitely a squad game now.
82 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:00:31
How does he think new sides will break into the top six?
Clearly he wants success on a plate and is not prepared to work for it.
83 Posted 06/08/2019 at 13:02:32
I suggest it's a jealousy stance projected from his club. If the player likes Marco from their time at Watford, then he will sign if he has any sense.
84 Posted 06/08/2019 at 14:31:08
Looks like there is definitely money to spend this window but not sure how likely Watford (or Palace or Chelsea) are to sell us our top targets. I wonder who the Plan B targets are?
85 Posted 06/08/2019 at 14:42:48
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