Bertrand Latour of RTL claimed earlier that the 27-year-old France international is set to join his compatriot, Lucas Digne, at Goodison Park before this week's transfer deadline and GFFN are now saying that a season-long loan with a €14m option to buy is in the works.
Sidibé, a member of the French squad that won the 2018 World Cup, has made 86 League 1 appearances for Monaco since joining them from Lille in 2016.
He was impressive for the principality side but suffered a serious knee injury in the 2017-18 campaign that almost put him out of contention for Russia 2018.
Original Source: The Mirror
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1 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:10:30
2 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:29:48
3 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:35:31
4 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:39:11
5 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:44:54
6 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:45:04
If he's an experienced French International £15M doesn't sound too OTT, as prices have gone crazy these days, but if more outgoings can finance this move, it could be worth consideration.
7 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:46:15
Just said on another thread that Id keep Holgate, but agree with Mike G, when he says he doesnt think Silva rates him enough, and I also think he never done himself enough justice whenever he played centre-half, during the managers first few months at the club.
8 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:47:48
9 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:50:48
10 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:51:11
If hes being signed as back up ala Brian Oviedo, then there really is no point.
Im starting to become concerned with the amount of foreign players being bought, and English being sold.
People will scoff at that last comment, but barring Tim Cahill, I cant think of many Everton players who were heroes who werent British. Were becoming a team I can relate to less and less
11 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:52:50
Despite the revival (physically he looked much better) at the tail end of last year, Coleman's inability to consistently cross a good ball and his passing in the final third will be the end of him. About time he had proper competition.
12 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:00:53
13 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:00:55
14 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:02:09
15 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:04:50
That type of RB was an old fashioned defensive first RB. Not an overly attacking, bombing on, modern fullback. If we played defensive fullbacks, Holgate would be ideal and would have a big future. We don't. He lacks the skillset of a marauding fullback in the mould of Dean, or even that of Coleman.
Then at Centre-back, he's a bit too small. Just a couple of inches, but enough. He lacks the pace of Zouma. He lacks the physical strength. He needs to develop his reading of the game, which comes with experience and confidence. His passing can be spot on, though he got wasteful last season when he lost his place in the side. He looked out of his depth in those final couple of games, and less like he did when he looked a very classy player alongside Ashley Williams the year before.
There's a lot to like about Holgate. But he's probably doesn't tick enough boxes for Silva. If so, if we can get a RB and a CB in, who improve the side, then it would be good business to sell him.
The problem then becomes, but only for the likes of myself, we suddenly become a very un-English side, with only Tom Davies born locally and suddenly a long way from the side. Probably means FA to a lot of you, but it means something to me.
16 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:23:31
Fact is, good English players are over-priced. The market is much bigger for non-English. Look at this deal, for example: Back-up World Cup winning right back: £15M.
How much are the likes of Rose and Trippier going for? Are they better?
Did Arsenal moan when Henry, Pires, Lungeberg, Vieira and Co made them invincible?
Did our neighbours worry at being unable to 'relate' to Salah, Mané, Firmino and Co? Not a jot.
Want Everton to win things? This is the way, sign the best we can.
And let's promote Gibson, integrate Davies, further develop Calvert-Lewin. Next season, we buy the best English players, like that lad from Burnley, Grealish from Villa, and the right-back from Norwich.
17 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:23:45
18 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:30:42
19 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:35:53
20 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:36:10
21 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:36:33
There are very few teams in the Premier League that have been successful recently, with the majority of their team being home-grown, such is the trend towards winning.
22 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:37:16
23 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:38:34
We've had Williams bleeding us dry who was Welsh...
Walcott who is English...
Garbutt who is English...
Then we have Schneiderlin, Sandro, Mirallas, Besic, Martina, Bolasie as well as previous ones such as Klaassen.
24 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:40:39
I'll get my coat, but couldn't resist that one, thought Pat K would have beaten me to it!
25 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:43:31
I think most people on here ideally would want a squad of local lads. But the standard of football has risen in the last 20 years so the likes of Ebbrell, Grant would be found out these days.
If anything, I think our desire to stay close to our roots has held us back. The Unsie Under-23 team being a good case in point. If you think back to when Martinez was sacked, Unsie included Williams, Connolly, Kenny, and Davies in the first team. He also publicly stated that Baningime would be the next to be a first-team player. It was as if the final destination was sealed once you wore the shirt.
The reality is that is just step one. The next step is to prove that you should be wearing that shirt every week. That's where so many have fallen short after making their debuts, eg, Connolly, Williams, Denny, Craig, Bidwell, Boyle, Ledson, Baningime, Agard, Akpan, Ledson, Forshaw, Jevons, Chadwick, etc etc etc.
26 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:45:16
27 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:48:38
RE foreign players, we have had many English/British players at everton, the better ones leave to win trophys and the others either end up in League one or stay at Everton and help us to win nowt.
28 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:49:59
Also with regard to British versus foreign bleeding us dry. Yes Moyes signed Kroldrup but he also signed Richard Wright, James Beattie, Andy Johnson, McFadden, he let Big Dunc hang around. Martinez gave a new deal to Hibbert when he was well past it, then you've the likes of Barmby and Hutchinson who had a few moments among mostly failure before raising their game right before they left. For every Bilic you have a Williamson, for every Anderson Freca Da Silva you have a Harry Charsley.
29 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:52:08
This guy is a French international, surely he can't be that bad a player. So, once again, if we do sign him... trust in Brands and let's judge him in the flesh. And apologies that we didn't sign him from Barca.
30 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:53:23
31 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:20:47
Meantime, our boy Jonjoe is over in Germany. If Jonjoe has a great season, then Sid's loan can expire and Jonjoe comes in as a first-teamer. If Sid is great and Jonjoe struggles, then of course we exercise the option. If they're both shite, well Brands has 12 months to find better!
Well played, Mr Brands.
32 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:29:05
33 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:32:31
34 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:35:22
And I mean that as the highest compliment.
35 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:39:06
36 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:44:45
Not a bad 20 players. If we can get a left-footed right-winger and move Richarlison to replace Bernard, then we have Bernard covering Richarlison and/or Sigurdsson.
By my list above, I'd say we need Zouma and the winger and we can be happy.
37 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:48:54
38 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:50:35
39 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:52:40
40 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:52:45
I'll go with the latter...
41 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:00:34
42 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:00:56
Valid point about all these lads (although, in the interest of post-truth, neither Patrick Boyle nor Joe Williams made it to their first team debuts... just sayin').
43 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:01:08
44 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:06:30
I give you Nuno Valente. Good buy and defied the concerns above.
45 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:09:30
46 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:20:48
Tim Cahill was as much of an Evertonian as anybody out there. Being a blue to me doesnt mean you have to be born in Liverpool, how narrow minded.
47 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:27:18
This guy is a great player.
My only concern is about his fitness and whether he's injury prone.
If a loan is possible with a view to buy - it's a no brainer to me.
48 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:39:24
49 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:43:04
I think for Boyle I was misrembering from when he played in the MLS cup. Williams? Must be old age
50 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:02:45
Last season Everton made me nervous no matter what team they were playing, as far too often when opponents attacked, Everton just didn't come together in the middle of the park and tackling was poor.
There has to be a big improvement this season in order to shut down other teams before they reach Everton's back line which was all too easy last season.
It's nice to have new faces and after some good early season results we should all be happy but without a good strategy it will just be the same as last season and everyone will be crying for blood. ( Silva's that is )
51 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:13:10
52 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:17:44
53 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:27:26
54 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:32:14
Im sure you can forgive those who see Everton as a community club for mourning the loss of that side of the club. Its not narrow minded. Its a massive part of why I support the club.
55 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:41:15
56 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:47:37
What if they are both brilliant?
Djibril at GP and JJ at Schalke?
Suspect it will be JJ as he is 5 years younger, Scouser, and will we get more money than the £15m to Monaco if we keep Djibril and find a buyer for JJ.
57 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:53:55
58 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:03:57
59 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:09:48
Your experiences were obviously a lot more positive than mine.
Had you the misfortune of ever encountering the generation of Ball, Dunne, Jeffers and Cademarteri when they represented our club you may have a different opinion.
Id like a local identity but not at the expense of success. The modern game is vastly different to even ten years ago. We cannot afford to be left behind again as it evolves. This unfortunately means buying World Cup winning full backs. If there is a better English player available then Id rather we signed him but only because hes better. Not because hes English.
Everton will always have a community spirit, that cannot be taken away from us as that belongs to the supporters. But we are now part of a global phenomenon. In exchange we get to see the best players in world football, we get to see a remarkable standard of football every week. This is the reality
60 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:18:44
I still like Cedric Soares as an alternative.
61 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:35:22
Its striking the way you talk of the club like Id talk about my kids rugby club. I know the first team players because they coach my kids so thats the only reason Id support that clubs first team (which is semi pro).
But as you know Everton needs to compete with the worlds best to just stay mid table. You cant do that with local or even British and Irish talent. We need the very best and statistically this means most will come from other countries. Im not sure whether thats a bad thing, but I acknowledge your feelings on the matter
62 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:36:05
63 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:41:37
Colin, Cedric Soares played for Marco Silva's Sporting. In fact he was that good for Silva, he got his big move to England the summer Silva left. So, rest assured Silva knows all about him. So consider he had a bad season last year, was available in January, and ended up on loan at Inter, only to struggle there and end up back at Saints. He's available for cheap, but Silva has no interest. I think that is telling.
64 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:41:44
65 Posted 05/08/2019 at 20:29:03
The worlds the oyster, and the global game, means EFC, scouts far and wide.
But Id say a factor also is the demise of grass roots football and potentially less chances to shine. The odds on lads with potential being coached well and breaking through at the top get harder each year.
Any way if true it would be a decent buy, but Id see as direct competition for Seamus.
MB has a huge challenge to cut the operating costs and off load so called deadwood, the next few days will be hopefully exciting times for Evertonians.
66 Posted 05/08/2019 at 20:58:16
The one abiding memory our family has of Jug Ears Jeffers is not a good one. At a preseason game at Chester ca. 2000 (when CCFC were under the stewardship of Terry Smith) he was warming up near the fans but snubbed any autograph requests while there were other players happily signing away. Despite being a local lad and a Blue he seemed to not care about the fans at all.
67 Posted 05/08/2019 at 21:36:41
If this turned your stomach, its a good job you never encountered any of the others I mentioned above in and around that time.
A disgrace to the football club and some of the management were well aware at the time the problems these lads were causing. Although Dunne and Danny C were not local lads, they certainly fit with what Steve identifies with as he mentions above.
68 Posted 05/08/2019 at 21:56:07
Index rating puts Seamus ahead of Djibril over all.
69 Posted 05/08/2019 at 22:15:02
70 Posted 05/08/2019 at 22:35:41
71 Posted 05/08/2019 at 22:36:46
72 Posted 05/08/2019 at 23:52:40
73 Posted 06/08/2019 at 00:15:58
74 Posted 06/08/2019 at 00:37:43
I would also prefer to have players who I can relate to, and tell my kids that, if you train hard you could be the next
I could name a lot of players who I have related to as Everton players over the last 30 years, very few were foreign. I could name Cahill, Arteta and possibly Graveson as exceptions. I feel we will start to lose the identity of the club.
This, for me, is why many people are falling out of love with the Premier League. Too much money, too many mercenaries. I used to be able to name the starting XI for pretty much every club in the top flight, these days, I have little interest. Were in danger of becoming like many other teams, no soul and no identity. At what price does success come?
75 Posted 06/08/2019 at 04:38:08
76 Posted 06/08/2019 at 08:55:40
77 Posted 06/08/2019 at 13:58:41
78 Posted 06/08/2019 at 13:59:15
If this is anything to go by and he has regained fitness £15M would be well spent:
79 Posted 06/08/2019 at 20:54:22
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