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Everton in for Sidibé

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Everton will add Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibé to their squad this week according to sources in France.

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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Steven Astley
1 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:10:30
No thanks!
John Clowes
2 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:29:48
I admit I know nothing about this guy but I don't know why we shouldn't want him. Any player who can get in to the French squad for a major tournament (this was only last year as well) must be a good player, and he's at a good age as well. I noticed there was nothing about a few mentioned though. I think right back is an area we need to improve, especially if we lose Holgate
John Clowes
3 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:35:31
I see it says about £15m according to the Echo
James Stewart
4 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:39:11
Would be an impressive signing. Can't see him being backup for long, more likely Coleman would mirror Baines' last season.
John Hammond
5 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:44:54
A France international as back-up right back for £15m. Seems decent enough for me.
Derek Knox
6 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:45:04
Agree John Clowes, that we need experienced cover for Seamus, but like you, I know little or nothing about this guy. I would have preferred to have someone, who could, if called upon, also cover RCB/CB, maybe this guy can and we don't know about it yet.

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.

Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:46:15
Might make sense if they recoup most of the transfer fee on selling Holgate?

Just said on another thread that I’d keep Holgate, but agree with Mike G, when he says he doesn’t 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.

Rob Halligan
8 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:47:48
According to the red Echo he will definitely be signing for a fee of £15M.
Derek Knox
9 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:50:48
I have just checked on Wiki, and he can also play in midfield, he was 27 a few days ago, so the age is okay, but can also play midfield, and has the odd goal in his career (more than Tony Hibbert).é_(footballer,_born_1992)

Kevin Prytherch
10 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:51:11
If he’s being signed to replace Coleman then fair enough.

If he’s being signed as back up ala Brian Oviedo, then there really is no point.

I’m 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 can’t think of many Everton players who were heroes who weren’t British. We’re becoming a team I can relate to less and less

John Pierce
11 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:52:50
If he's even remotely decent, he will have Coleman's place off him in a matter of months.

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.

Derek Knox
12 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:00:53
Kevin, I partly share your concern, regarding the number of non-English/British players being added, but more for the danger of over-exceeding the permitted allowance of foreign players.
Jack Convery
13 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:00:55
I hope Keane is learning French, especially if Zouma comes back too!!
Andrew Clare
14 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:02:09
If he was a member of the France World Cup winning squad then without doubt he will be a class player. A very good signing. This could turn out to be the best window of all.
Steve Ferns
15 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:04:50
Holgate was right back for a long spell the year Koeman got 7th. He played well and looked PL standard.

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.

Fran Mitchell
16 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:23:31
The Premier League has been non-English for a long time.

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.

Tony Abrahams
17 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:23:45
Steve, I understand your sentiments, but I’m only interested in Everton existing to win trophies again mate!
Mick Davies
18 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:30:42
A weirdly schizophrenic bunch us TW'ers - we constantly moan about the likes of McCarthy being injury prone, then rejoice when we're linked with a crock.
Pat Kelly
19 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:35:53
I think Coleman will soon be back-up to Sidibé. Don't know much about Sidibé but we need a more productive right wing back. Coleman had become less effective going forward.
Ed Prytherch
20 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:36:10
The rags are reporting that a number of clubs are chasing Nathan Ake. I wouldn't mind seeing him in an Everton shirt if we are selling Holgate.
Derek Knox
21 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:36:33
Fran and Tony A, spot on there, brothers!

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.

Kunal Desai
22 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:37:16
I don't us spending anywhere near £15M on a right-back. It's more likely to be a loan or a 'nominal fee' up to £5M for arguement's sake. It's not an area we will spend substantially this summer.
Kevin Prytherch
23 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:38:34
I appreciate that the Premier League is more foreign. However, how many of the players who are bleeding the club dry with wages are foreign compared to British?

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.

Derek Knox
24 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:40:39
Is he any relation to Jordon Ibe, well his name is Sid Ibe?

I'll get my coat, but couldn't resist that one, thought Pat K would have beaten me to it!

Kieran Kinsella
25 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:43:31
Kevin @11,

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.

Pat Kelly
26 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:45:16
I resemble that remark Derek.
Joe McMahon
27 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:48:38
Tony @ 18, i'm with you, years of Tony Hibbert in that position and signings such as Tobias Linderoth, no thanks.

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.

Kieran Kinsella
28 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:49:59
Kevin 24

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.

David Pearl
29 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:52:08
Depends on the system we play as to how much we are prepared to spend on a full back. Look at the rs right back, who will be one of the leagues assist leaders this season. Full backs are worth a lot more these days, vital part in fact.

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.

Tony Abrahams
30 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:53:23
I think Kunal might be correct because it's getting reported that this will be a loan deal.
Steve Ferns
31 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:20:47
Okay, okay. Very clever, Mr Brands, I see it now. So according to Newcastle sites, we have agreed to LOAN Jordan's brother Sid. We have an option to buy, and so we can exercise said option in 12 months time.

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.

David Pearl
32 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:29:05
Elementary, Mr Ferns.
Kieran Kinsella
33 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:32:31
Tim Cahill is joining the MotD team. (I am using the fact Kevin mentioned him at 11 to link him to this thread). Also, Crouch who while a RS is actually pretty funny.
Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:35:22
Steve, man, you are the Rumpole of TW.

And I mean that as the highest compliment.

Paul Tran
35 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:39:06
It's almost like Brands knows what he's doing, isn't it?
Paul Bernard
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.

Kieran Kinsella
37 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:48:54
Not sure on this one. Nothing against the player but just started reflecting on the profile (eg, foreign-born 28-year-old right back) and I recall several similar signings:

Marc Hottiger
Lars Jacobsen
Felipe Mattioni
Cuco Martina

Ryan Holroyd
38 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:50:35
So what if he's foreign and 27 just turned?
Jay Harris
39 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:52:40
This lad is quality but has a hazy injury record in the last 2 years and hasnt recovered his early form. A loan deal seems appropriate as we need to esblish his fitness and we need the cover for next season at least.
Tony Shelby
40 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:52:45
Like many on here, I could pretend to know something about this guy - having just done a crash course in all things Djibril Sidibe on Google - and then comment on his abilities or I could trust Marcel Brands to make the right decision, something he seems to be doing fairly consistently.

I'll go with the latter...

Josh Barber
41 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:00:34
Yes! Excited to see Everton at least filling the correct holes in the squad.
Michael Kenrick
42 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:00:56
Kieran @26, good memory for names there... Craig and Boyle had me scrambling.

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').

Sam Hoare
43 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:01:08
Think this is a very solid move. He was a great RB a few years back but has struggled a bit after injury. If he’s fit and up for it he’ll really challenge Coleman for his spot. If he’s not then it’s only a loan.
Steve Ferns
44 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:06:30
What about if he's 31 and injury prone, despite winning the Champions League just 12 months before?

I give you Nuno Valente. Good buy and defied the concerns above.

Josh Barber
45 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:09:30
Sam #44 same here. I don't see much risk for a cheap loan with option to buy. It at least gives us a firsthand look at him and provides support for Coleman.
Tommy Carter
46 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:20:48
Personally I couldn’t care less where our players come from as long as they are good enough. They are all human beings and good luck to anybody who is lucky enough to play for Everton football Club.

Tim Cahill was as much of an Evertonian as anybody out there. Being a blue to me doesn’t mean you have to be born in Liverpool, how narrow minded.

Jim Potter
47 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:27:18
Yes it would be nice if we had more local players - but I can live with classy foreign guys who want to play for us - and have a winning mentality.

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.

Les Moorcroft
48 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:39:24
Ste 32 spot on. Good professional business by everton.
Kieran Kinsella
49 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:43:04
Michael Kendrick

I think for Boyle I was misrembering from when he played in the MLS cup. Williams? Must be old age

Tom Bowers
50 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:02:45
No matter who the players are or what country they hail from everything comes down to how they are used and the strategy that Silva uses them in.
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 )
Jerome Shields
51 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:13:10
Seems too old age criteria wise for Brands. I will give this a miss.
Ryan Holroyd
52 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:17:44
Too old?! He just turned 27 last week
Les Moorcroft
53 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:27:26
If he's to old am dead. Good night.
Steve Ferns
54 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:32:14
Tommy, it’s not narrow minded. I went to school with an Everton footballer, played against others, was mates with brothers and cousins of more. My dad knew far more of his generation than I did and a lot better, my grandad the same, didn’t know my great grandad but he was a blue and apparently knew them all being close friends with British champion boxer, and even worked alongside a couple as they had jobs in those days.

I’m sure you can forgive those who see Everton as a community club for mourning the loss of that side of the club. It’s not narrow minded. It’s a massive part of why I support the club.

Daniel A Johnson
55 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:41:15
Independent saying Zaha will be ours on Thu for £65M
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
56 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:47:37
Ste #32

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.

Steve Ferns
57 Posted 05/08/2019 at 18:53:55
Phil, we could let Seamus go in that event, unless he too has been brilliant. There's many angles to this purported deal!
Gavin Johnson
58 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:03:57
This would be a great deal. The guy is in his prime and a French international. It's also a loan so if he doesn't do the business then there's no obligation to keep him.
Tommy Carter
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.

I’d 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 I’d rather we signed him but only because he’s better. Not because he’s 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

Colin Glassar
60 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:18:44
If I’d have had the money I’d have bought almost all of that brilliant Monaco team eg Mbappe, Tielemans, Bakayoko etc... I clearly remember this kid bombing up and down the right flank. If he can recreate that form he will be a brill signing.

I still like Cedric Soares as an alternative.

David Ellis
61 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:35:22
Steve Ferns - I’m not knocking your personal connections in anyway and you are fully entitled to grieve the passing of that era.

It’s striking the way you talk of the club like I’d talk about my kids rugby club. I know the first team players because they coach my kids so that’s the only reason I’d support that club’s first team (which is semi pro).

But as you know Everton needs to compete with the worlds best to just stay mid table. You can’t 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. I’m not sure whether that’s a bad thing, but I acknowledge your feelings on the matter

Bill Gienapp
62 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:36:05
If the details being reported are correct (loan move, with a 12-14 million option to buy), then it'll be a superb bit of business, just based on the flexibility it'll afford the club next year.
Steve Ferns
63 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:41:37
Tommy, that's my generation and I did. I have a positive opinion of people like Michael Branch, despite what happened to him after his career. I liked Bally. I never met Dunne, Cadamateri or Jeffers though.

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.

Kieran Kinsella
64 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:41:44
I am not even from Liverpool but I would echo Steve Ferns in that it would be nice to maintain that connection with the clubs roots by having more homegrown players. But, obviously times change and needs must.
Paul Birmingham
65 Posted 05/08/2019 at 20:29:03
For me the dismantling of the Central League started the way the English football youth changed and as highlighted by many on this thread, by the facts very few local lads now make the grade at EFC.

The worlds the oyster, and the global game, means EFC, scouts far and wide.

But I’d 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 I’d 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.

Peter Roberts
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.

Tommy Carter
67 Posted 05/08/2019 at 21:36:41
@66 Peter

If this turned your stomach, it’s 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.

Anthony Eastwood
68 Posted 05/08/2019 at 21:56:07
Data from

Djibril Sidibé


Index rating puts Seamus ahead of Djibril over all.

Jamie Clancy
69 Posted 05/08/2019 at 22:15:02
Wld be a great signing was an important part of the AS Monaco team of Mbappe, Lemar, Bernardo Silva, Bakayoko, Mendy.
Jerome Shields
70 Posted 05/08/2019 at 22:35:41
Have had a closer look. On loan we have nothing to lose, Sidibe seems a competent right back. Where are we going to get someone better? If Silva thinks Holgate is not the answer.
Mark Pringle
71 Posted 05/08/2019 at 22:36:46
Sidibe is a quality player and as much as I love Seamus, and I really do, if Sidibe signs and stays fit he will be first choice quite quickly. A loan deal seems really sensible given the previous post about Jonjoe Kenny on loan and potential fitness to prove but I genuinely believe this guy is better than Seamus and Jonjoe by quite a bit. And yes, would love to see more local lads in the team but ultimately they are not good enough yet and I am fed up waiting for us to be successful.
Si Smith
72 Posted 05/08/2019 at 23:52:40
A loan deal could work, experienced pro on the books while JJ Kenny is out on loan, not the worlds worst idea.
Dick Fearon
73 Posted 06/08/2019 at 00:15:58
We have lots of players in the shop window but does negative comments about them put potential buyers off?
Kevin Prytherch
74 Posted 06/08/2019 at 00:37:43
I’m not as bothered about local lads, I am more concerned with the adaptability of foreign imports (they often take a good couple of years to adapt to the English game and the demands of English winters - weather and the amount of games).

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. We’re in danger of becoming like many other teams, no soul and no identity. At what price does success come?

Jamie Sweet
75 Posted 06/08/2019 at 04:38:08
Brands quietly trying to assemble us an all French back 4.
Aidan Wade
76 Posted 06/08/2019 at 08:55:40
Loan with option to buy for an experienced right back seems like a sound hedge to provide cover and competition at right back with minimum risk.
Harry Hockley
77 Posted 06/08/2019 at 13:58:41
Good signing, Jonjoe Kenny will never be coming back!
Laurie Hartley
78 Posted 06/08/2019 at 13:59:15
There was a TW poll a couple of months ago on where we thought we needed to strengthen as a priority. I was one of the few who chose Right Back.

If this is anything to go by and he has regained fitness £15M would be well spent:

Frank Crewe
79 Posted 06/08/2019 at 20:54:22
In the highlight reel he scored more goals and had more assists than the Turkish forward we were supposed to be looking at.

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