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Everton target Carlisle youngster

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Everton are said to be close to securing the £750,000 acquisition of Jarrad Branthwaite from Carlisle United.

The rangy 17-year-old is a hugely promising centre-half who has been watched by Rangers, Celtic and Arsenal and was linked with a move to Newcastle United a few weeks ago.

Reports emerged last month that Everton were also scouting Branthwaite and it could be that they have made their move to land the teenager.

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Anthony Murphy
1 Posted 01/01/2020 at 16:00:54
Sky have mentioned today that Everton have signed a young defender from Carlisle called Jarrod Brathwaite for £750k. He will join tomorrow. One for the future, but he would be Carlo’s first signing? Welcome to the greatest club on earth, Jarrod, lad.
Robert Tressell
2 Posted 01/01/2020 at 16:44:10
This is exactly the sort of deal we should be pursuing. Like stones, holgate and DCL. Ok not all successes eg Bowler - but we'll probs still make money on Bowler. Frees up money for first team signings of genuine class.
Brian Wilkinson
3 Posted 01/01/2020 at 22:20:12
Would have rather used the money on a new contract for Lewis Gibson, could end up losing him in June when his contract runs out for nothing.
Robert Tressell
4 Posted 01/01/2020 at 22:43:58
I know what you mean. Gibson could do with a loan in the Championship before being ready for the first team. I hope he re-signs and does so. Holgate is only just staking his claim at 23. He was worth waiting for. Branthwaite would probs take the u-23s place vacated by Gibson or Feeney or both. The trouble is that Gibson may see his route to the first team blocked especially if we get another centre half. Salisu, for example, is only a year older, has top flight la liga experience and is physically much bigger and more imposing than Gibson. So if we do sign another centre half he might just cut his losses and return to Newcastle to try get in the first team there. Whatever happens, Branthwaite type signings are a good way to keep talent coming through.
Dennis Stevens
5 Posted 02/01/2020 at 01:01:08
I read somewhere that this lad is a midfielder - which is it?!
Andrew Keatley
6 Posted 02/01/2020 at 01:18:54
Brian (3) - It’s hardly an either/or situation; I’m sure the powers that be are trying to extend Gibson’s contract, and if there is a stumbling block then I doubt it is money. If a player wants to leave when their contract is over then that’s their prerogative, and Gibson may well consider that he’ll have a clearer route to the first team back at Newcastle (or wherever). While Gibson is obviously a good prospect I think he tends to gamble to win the ball in bad areas, and clever/quick strikers will take advantage of that.

Not sure if this Branthwaite rumour is 100% confirmed, but if he does end up coming then hopefully he’ll stay with Carlisle on loan and continue to get first team experience there. Lots of clubs allegedly after him.

Colin Glassar
7 Posted 02/01/2020 at 07:01:53
In The Guardian (?) yesterday, this kid was linked to at least half of the prem league’s top clubs. Sounds like quite an acquisition.
Keith Harrison
8 Posted 02/01/2020 at 08:21:17
He's a right footed cb whose more than comfortable on the left (or vice-versa).
I was told this by a Newcastle scout and asked a regularbon here to pass details on to our club. He reckons he has a huge future, and over 5 premier clubs were watching when he broke from his own box to score a 25 yard left footer a couple of months ago. He's recently turned 17 I believe, and his dad was an excellent rugby player for my club Aspatria, and Cumbria.

I have only seen clips of the lad on the local news, but having seen Gibson a number of times, I would be loathe to see him leave, as I think Gibbo is class and should have been near the firsts this season.

Derek Knox
9 Posted 02/01/2020 at 10:17:53
Keith @ 8, thanks for the 'heads up' on the lad, I always relish posts like yours who give a bit of 'local knowledge' as opposed to reading what the Media believes to be the case, or not!

Another poster on another thread yesterday, said he had read that we had actually signed the lad, to which I replied that I was not aware of that, or have seen anything to corroborate it.

Keith Harrison
10 Posted 02/01/2020 at 10:27:07
This is the latest post on the Carlisle section of the local news, admittedly on 31st Dec. They lost 4-0 at Crewe and he didn't play.

"Carlisle United offered rising teenage star Jarrad Branthwaite a new contract several weeks ago, it is understood.

The Blues tabled the fresh terms to the 17-year-old at a time he has become the subject of intense transfer speculation.

The Wigton youngster has been linked with a host of big clubs as the January transfer window approaches.

Liverpool and Chelsea were the latest clubs credited with an interest in the defender in national media reports on Sunday.

That followed strong speculation linking Branthwaite with Everton, while others such as Arsenal, Manchester City, Leicester, Rangers and Celtic are known to have scouted the promising player.

There is no indication yet of whether Branthwaite will put pen to paper on a fresh deal at Carlisle amid so much interest.

He is already under contract at the club until the summer of 2021, that deal including an option to extend.

A new offer may be United’s attempt to retain the youngster at a time many in the game expect Branthwaite to be sold next month.

There has so far been no confirmation from Brunton Park of any bids on the table, although the heavy interest in the Cumbrian teenager is no secret.

Earlier this month director of football David Holdsworth insisted there had not been any bids for Branthwaite and that the Blues had not struck any advance “deals or agreements” with another club over the centre-half.

Head coach Chris Beech again said after Sunday’s win at Walsall that he had “no knowledge” of any situation such as the rumour connecting Branthwaite to Everton.

Invited to comment yesterday, United did not talk specifically on Branthwaite’s situation. The club said, though, that they were making moves in various areas to ensure they were as strong as possible as they move forward.

A Blues spokesman said: “The club doesn’t ever discuss individual contract situations.

“But we can assure everybody that we are looking to build for the future, starting with the January transfer window and with the work that needs to be done this season.”

Holdsworth said on December 12 that the club were “fully aware” of the interest in Branthwaite, which was “unavoidable”, but that United were “delighted” he was on a long-term contract.

The defender, United’s record youngest scorer, missed the Walsall game with Beech saying he picked up a thigh injury in training the day before.

Branthwaite was at the Banks’s Stadium but was not involved as Carlisle secured a dramatic 2-1 win.

On the circumstances behind his injury, Beech said: “He came with us, Gav [Skelton] got us all organised, we gave them extra time off, and trained later [on Saturday] – I’m really pleased the club supported us staying over[night], because it’s vital we try and get rest.

“It wasn’t in the plans and budget to have an overnight stay at Walsall so I thank the chairman and club for that, it enables us to prepare even more professionally for effort and energy [in the game].

“We trained at Blackburn on the way down, and Jarrad pulled his thigh a little bit. He said he’s had it before as a scholar and it took about a week to clear up, so hopefully it will [be the same].”

Asked if Branthwaite was a doubt for tomorrow’s trip to Crewe, Beech said: “Yeah, but you know what these young lads are like. Jarrad wants to play football and sometimes they don’t really know their own bodies.”

In Branthwaite’s absence, Aaron Hayden returned to centre-half alongside Byron Webster in the Walsall victory. "

There are no further reports on the lad - nor on their defeat at Crewe - but anything would appear on the website:

Derek Knox
11 Posted 02/01/2020 at 10:51:34
Keith, Thanks again. 💙
Keith Harrison
12 Posted 02/01/2020 at 11:49:03
They lost 4-1.
Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 02/01/2020 at 12:17:40
Brian (3), if we lose Gibson, which is quite possible, then we will receive a very reasonable fee in compensation as he is under twenty four, but like you I would rather keep the player,as we bought him initially for just under £1M as a seventeen year old which showed his vast potential.
Steve Ferns
14 Posted 02/01/2020 at 12:31:36
Gibson has been plagued by injuries. I'm very surprised that his contract has been allowed to run down and can only speculate that this is on his part rather than Everton's. He's only 18 and cannot expect first team football in the Premier League as an 18 year old centre back. He's already our 4th choice centre back and could get a game before the season is out. I hope we can do a deal and keep him here for another 3 seasons and try and develop him into a player.

Lots of reports on Branthwaite seem to indicate it's a done deal. On Keith's excellent report, he does seem worth a punt at a relatively modest fee (in this day and age).

Pat Kelly
15 Posted 02/01/2020 at 13:49:45
More likely Brands' doing than Ancelotti's. Fits Brands preference for signing young talent. £500k bid by Everton rejected according to reports but maybe £750k will be enough.
Keith Harrison
16 Posted 02/01/2020 at 15:08:12
Believe you me, £500k would almost buy the club nowadays, but they have more dead wood than we have. They also have a couple of our ex youth, Hallam Hope and another whose name escapes me.
An offer of £750k and leave him at Carlisle until the end of the season should do it, although the £500k is reported to have very favourable add-ons to CUFC.

My mate used to own them (not Knighton!!!) and it's a basket case of a club.

Steve Ferns
17 Posted 02/01/2020 at 15:22:28
Keith, they must still be struggling from the floods. Did they ever move back home? And if so, what's the state of the stadium now?
Tony Abrahams
18 Posted 02/01/2020 at 15:32:45
We played them in the cup just after the floods Steve, and on a scale of things, I’d say Carlisle is a lot more rundown for their level, than Goodison is for ours.

Always puzzled me that both Carlisle and Plymouth always seem to struggle, because I’m sure they could both attract very good crowds if they could get their acts together?

Hopefully Ryan Lowe can change it for the Pilgrims, but neither of these clubs should be languishing so far down in the bottom league.

Steve Ferns
19 Posted 02/01/2020 at 15:49:42
Cheers Tony.
Derek Knox
20 Posted 02/01/2020 at 15:55:36
Keith, I presume they still play at Brunton Park. I remember an old quiz question and it was something like which team has the largest pitch? I'm pretty sure the answer was Carlisle. Mind you I am going back a few years, but would be interesting to know if it was a fact.
Or Footballing Urban Myth!
Keith Harrison
21 Posted 02/01/2020 at 16:24:55
The floods were exactly 10 years ago lads initially, followed by another 2 biblical efforts since then. The last time was just before the cup match about 4 years ago. They're still at Brunton Park, and it's in the confluence of 3 rivers, so would still be susceptible to flooding.
The floods were up to the crossbar then, and some homes - uninsured - have still not been been decorated.
The pitch was big, Derek, but the ground dimensions have been brought in on one side for what is now the main stand, but I couldn't swear to it being the biggest. I remember Stan Bowles strutting his stuff on it when I was a schoolboy, and them beating us home and away to prevent us winning the league in 1974.
When my mate was in charge, he brought them back up from the conference, and they broke ground records every away match until the play off final at Stoke.
They get decent crowds when the footy is good, but although being a one team city, with a large mileage wise catchment area, Cumbria is very sparsely populated, and both Barrow and Workington are doing well in their respective leagues, so neutrals are swerving them this season.
Keith Harrison
22 Posted 02/01/2020 at 16:27:53
Just on the local news:-

Premier League outfits Watford and Everton have bid for Carlisle United’s teenage star Jarrad Branthwaite, the News & Star understands.

Sources have told us that the Hornets - 19th in the top flight and managed by ex-United boss Nigel Pearson - have approached United.

And it is also believed that Everton, long linked with the 17-year-old defender, have now formally joined the race.

It comes as speculation continues around the young Cumbrian, who has been heavily scouted by big clubs this season.

United have not made any comment.

Steve Ferns
23 Posted 02/01/2020 at 16:49:14
Cheers Keith.
Keith Harrison
24 Posted 02/01/2020 at 18:34:55
Unbelievable. Speedo Mick has just been on the local news as he's passed through Gretna into England on a John O Groats to Lands End walk.

Wonder if he's gone to meet Carlisle to sign young Jarrod??

Derek Knox
25 Posted 03/01/2020 at 07:22:01
Yes Keith, Speedo Mick is an amazing character and raises a lot for charity, people must take notice and think, there is some worthwhile cause behind all this and also clock the Everton connection.

Let's hope too, that Jarrod and David Holdworth have been equally impressed.

Martin Reppion
26 Posted 03/01/2020 at 12:35:08
Bloody hell. If this kid thinks Speedo Mick is wearing the official Everton kit he'll never sign for us.
Steve Ferns
27 Posted 03/01/2020 at 12:39:27
Martin, he might want to show off his six pack in his "shreddies".
Simon Dalzell
28 Posted 04/01/2020 at 17:44:53
Great info. Keith. I am a fellow Cumbrian, and Carlisle are my second team by a distance. I've not seen Jarrad, but my son has, and says he's well worth a chance.
Apparently, Speedo Mick walked past my house near Kendal at about 5 p.m. when I was out ! My neighbour said the cold weather didn't seem to be affecting Micks' ardour !!
Anthony Murphy
29 Posted 13/01/2020 at 21:36:05
See this lad has now joined...
Steve Ferns
30 Posted 13/01/2020 at 21:39:54
Thanks Anthony. I can see it on the official site now. I wonder what this means for Gibson.
Brent Stephens
31 Posted 13/01/2020 at 21:50:39
Another ginger CB!
Jamie Crowley
32 Posted 13/01/2020 at 21:58:13
Wait. Kid's a Gingy?!

Ya baby. Touched with fire by the gods. Just what you want in a CB.

Jay Wood

33 Posted 13/01/2020 at 22:05:59
Well that's the first team centre back some were asking for covered (cough!).

He looks a big unit alongside Marcel Brands.


Leapt a year of the Academy by being placed with the U-23s the report says.

Sam Hoare
34 Posted 13/01/2020 at 22:17:48
Best thing for this lad would be to finish the year at Carlisle I reckon.

I hear he’s a good prospect. Dominant in the air, decent pace, good anticipation and pretty left footed. Plus a very hard worker.

I imagine he’ll be with the U23s for a while and then maybe a championship loan before we see him near our first team in 2-3 years time.

David Pearl
35 Posted 17/07/2020 at 15:26:12
Just reading back through the comments, l can’t believe he’s not long been with us so what a breakthrough for the lad. Doesn’t look like a bad buy and looks likely to play in at least one of the remaining 2 games. Hopefully he plays well and we commit our funds to a couple midfield signings and a right sided attacker.
Brent Stephens
36 Posted 17/07/2020 at 15:37:15
Like several in the thread, I certainly didn't expect Jarrad to be near the first team, let alone in it, for some time yet. Okay, circumstances demanded it, but what a rapid rise.

I really am excited by this one – remember excitement!

Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 17/07/2020 at 15:44:31
I'd urge Everton fans to take a step back, like I think Jay (33) is doing. He did better than okay last night, but he is in the team out of necessity. Two other centre-backs are injured and Gibson can't play at the moment.

Don't go overboard just yet; 18 is a very young age to play in that important position, it will be a couple of years before he becomes anywhere near a regular, same as Gordon.

I'd never criticise these young players, wouldn't go overboard either, unless they were another Rooney, but they only come around every Preston Guild, unfortunately.

Brent Stephens
38 Posted 17/07/2020 at 15:51:54
Jeez, Dave, you've just dampened my excitement! Can't I go overboard just a little bit?
Sam Hoare
39 Posted 17/07/2020 at 16:05:25
Dave @37, as the saying goes "If you're good enough..."

With Holgate injured now, for the last few games, there's a decent chance Branthwaite will get some more time. If he keeps playing as well as he did last night, then it may be that Ancelotti wants to keep him in the first team fold earlier than anticipated.

Rio Ferdinand was a regular at West Ham at 18. Alessandro Nesta was club captain at 21. Not saying he's in that calibre but it would be nice!

Tony Everan
40 Posted 17/07/2020 at 16:09:47
It's a bit of an irony but I was expecting to be excited at this stage about our boy signed from Juventus for £25M. Last night, it was the boy signed from Carlisle United who stole the show.
Sam Hoare
41 Posted 17/07/2020 at 16:16:32
Yes, Tony, thought we'd see a lot more and a lot better from Kean by tail-end of this season. He's gotta step it up next season or he'll look like more money wasted.
Robert Tressell
42 Posted 17/07/2020 at 16:22:47
I'm surprised and delighted to find I agree with January me.

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