Everton have joined the reported race for Benfica winger Gedson Fernandes, offering to sign the 20-year-old on an 18-month loan with a view to make the deal permanent.
According to the likes of The Athletic, The Mirror and the Daily Star, the Blues are hoping to steal a march on West Ham who are said to be waiting on an answer from Fernandes's camp over a move to the London Stadium.
West Ham is believed to be Fenandes's favoured destination because his mother already lives in London but the aforementioned reports claim that Everton are in negotiations over a £34m transfer if his proposed loan spell at Goodison Park is successful.
Fernandes has also been strongly linked with Manchester United in recent weeks.
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1 Posted 07/01/2020 at 07:18:57
Personally I think were more in need of a ball winner like Calvin Phillips whos been outstanding for a couple of years in the championship along side a playmaker like Romaine Sawyers from WBA. These two just dont give the ball away and get round the pitch like Gueye used to for us.
2 Posted 07/01/2020 at 07:51:08
I'm sure there are plenty of talented players in the championship or other European leagues that we could bring in on loan with a view to signing.
At £34M he's either worth it or not. I'm guessing not if we only want to loan him at first. I get the not wanting to sign a duffer for big money, so look elsewhere.
3 Posted 07/01/2020 at 08:01:06
I might be a dinosaur, but I'd take hungry lads out of the championship like Moyes used to do. Players that wanted to make it, are used to battling their way through season's and will give everything to the shirt. Football mercenaries that don't give a shit are costing a fortune and deliver nothing.
4 Posted 07/01/2020 at 08:20:03
5 Posted 07/01/2020 at 08:27:00
Tom Davies has no energy mate, he runs (sorry jogs) at snail pace and basically just loses control of the ball and ends up on his arse.
Its become a sorry state of affairs when Tom has become our best midfielder because the other three dopes are so slow.
We need a whole new big strong powerful athletic midfield and not one of the current midfielders we have are anywhere near the required quality to challenge the top six
6 Posted 07/01/2020 at 08:35:37
7 Posted 07/01/2020 at 09:10:03
I think the size of the pay cheque will define who he signs for
8 Posted 07/01/2020 at 09:31:23
9 Posted 07/01/2020 at 11:15:36
Also would Carlo even go for a player like him?
10 Posted 07/01/2020 at 11:19:02
11 Posted 07/01/2020 at 11:33:18
12 Posted 07/01/2020 at 12:09:49
13 Posted 07/01/2020 at 12:19:53
Too many big money signings who are only here for the money = half arsed performances like the other night.
Id much rather sign players hungry with a point to prove than those here for a fat pay cheque.
14 Posted 07/01/2020 at 12:37:32
15 Posted 07/01/2020 at 12:54:29
16 Posted 07/01/2020 at 12:56:00
17 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:01:13
18 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:19:26
19 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:30:49
20 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:31:05
21 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:37:09
He is exactly the type of player we need, he looks like he will be a star, he just needs to bulk up to play in the Premier League. If we signed this fella and Rabiot, then I would be happy. The risk is also minimised by the fact it would be an 18 month loan with an option to buy for a fixed fee of £34m. It's a good deal. We just still need a central midfielder if we do sign him.
22 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:58:46
23 Posted 07/01/2020 at 17:45:40
Mina has done little wrong, only 26, still adapting to the premier league and has a point to prove to Barcelona and an international career to think of.
I wouldnt say Ive seen either of them put half arsed performances in, ones lacking in confidence, match sharpness and being used to the English game, yes.
Add to that the fact that Holgate is very average at best and despite his recent half decent scoring efforts DCL still averages about a goal every 7 or 8 games in actually wondering if your post was meant to be sarcastic as I cant really think of two worse comparisons for the point you are trying to make if youre being serious !
24 Posted 07/01/2020 at 17:56:11
Put this in the BS column.
25 Posted 07/01/2020 at 18:02:04
26 Posted 07/01/2020 at 18:14:19
IMO he is exactly what we need and is only on loan at Brighton..
Get Koulibaly and Moreyos from Rangers and its sorted until the summer.
27 Posted 07/01/2020 at 18:16:41
28 Posted 07/01/2020 at 18:22:42
29 Posted 07/01/2020 at 18:40:26
I would say we need to bulk him up and bulk him up quickly to be able compete in the Premier League. Otherwise, maybe he could follow Arteta's example and play from wide on the right as he has good pace, technical ability, and so is not a million miles from a young Arteta, although much taller and very raw (not forgetting his 2 caps for Portugal).
30 Posted 07/01/2020 at 19:19:53
31 Posted 07/01/2020 at 19:50:24
32 Posted 07/01/2020 at 20:31:30
I stand by my half arsed comments - we have too many players on big money who fold when things get tough. Im including Mina in that category - along with the likes of Digne, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Walcott, possibly Iwobi, even Gomes sometimes...
The point is, all of the above have come for the money, play them against a team hungry to succeed and they are poor.
As for the worst comparisons - I admit they are poor. Holgate (at around £2million) has outshone Mina while Calvert-Lewin has been one of our better players recently, world class if compared to Kean. However, I wont criticise Kean yet as he is still young and learning.
However your comment about Calvert-Lewin sums up a point on a different thread - that current Everton fans are too quick to criticise younger players who arent bought for millions (notice your differing views on both). 2 games ago Calvert Lewin has universal praise, 2 games later and hes back to a 1 in 7 striker - despite the fact that he had a better goals to minute ratio than the likes of Aguero just 2 games ago.
33 Posted 07/01/2020 at 21:43:34
So totally agree With you. Better to use 50000 pounds and get a player like Coleman than 25 mill pounds and get a player like Tosun, or not to mention Bolasie and many more.
Better for morale, economy, player attitude etc. etc.
Why else is there so many coaches, Fitness experts, technique trainers and so on on the payroll if not to develop players?
The cost of the players are sometimes uexplainable.
All the guys an girls here at this great forum knows that a turd sandwich priced at 20 million pounds is still just a turd sandwich. and we have learned this the hard way.
34 Posted 07/01/2020 at 21:58:55
Youd like to think in the humiliation of Sundays defeat, that Everton need committed skilful players who arent work shy but also have the right character.
Assuming we will struggle to off load even at heavy loss, the spineless jellies that make much of the first team squad, will FFP, impact EFC, soon?
35 Posted 08/01/2020 at 03:32:35
But I get your point, we are paying over the top for players who don't and haven't performed while promising youngsters seem to come to nought and others find nuggets from lower divisions. I've always disliked managers who seem to be followed around by players from previous clubs and, without any proof, makes you think there could be brown paper bags involved.
36 Posted 08/01/2020 at 03:54:35
Of course, we will be linked with all and sundry this month.
37 Posted 08/01/2020 at 06:32:14
38 Posted 08/01/2020 at 07:48:10
Due Dilligence has failed enough, knowing he has an attitude problem and still signing him would be insanity wouldn't it?
39 Posted 08/01/2020 at 18:29:59
People like Scneiderlin, Sigurddson and Walcott just don't have any impact.
40 Posted 09/01/2020 at 07:56:33
Now if we had a good, great side we can all agree that what is happening to this team would be shameful to put it mildly. But again the team it is bang average, not looking for excuses either ( endeavour, effort, is the minimum required ).
But a reality check is also called for. Believe me, some players are playing to their utmost abilities (albeit not good enough). Let's see if Ancelotti is given sufficient funds to replace the non committed players, the average players with quality, because that is the only way you win trophy's with quality. Simple.
41 Posted 09/01/2020 at 10:43:34
42 Posted 09/01/2020 at 10:49:39
We all want good players who are ready now but the horrible truth is that its not at all easy to find available players who are better than what we have now without spending some pretty decent money.
Someone like Fernandes could go on to be the next Tielemans but it would require some patience, a quality that its hard to request from Everton fans right now.
I'd be tempted to look at someone like Ebe Eze at QPR whose been one of the best attacking midfielders in the Championship this season despite playing for a mediocre team and being only 21. I suspect he'd be more ready to make an impression in the PL than Fernandes, though he'd also need some patience.
43 Posted 09/01/2020 at 11:19:10
44 Posted 09/01/2020 at 14:53:58
Wonder who their manager is now .
45 Posted 09/01/2020 at 15:09:31
The problem is we need a Tielemens now, not one in 18 months time. So, Sam, do you have any recommendations? I know you are a fan of Soumare, but is he realistic?
I liked the look of Mina's teammate, Wimar Barrios. I see he's recently joined Zenit so transfer is highly unlikely. Any idea how he's getting on?
Edit: Just realised the above makes it sound like I want Nzonzi or one of the other older players we are liked with. I suppose Nzonzi would only be on loan. Has anyone seen him recently to know if he would be a good signing? I suspect the links is more at his end, with his agent trying to get him out of Turkey. It's a shame we also missed out on the Defensive Midfielder from River, Ezequiel Palacios, as he looked quality.
46 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:32:13
47 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:33:52
48 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:38:16
49 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:43:25
Piatek has looked dreadful for Milan this season. I don't like him. He looks like an old-fashioned goal poacher, and when the goals dry up, and they have, he does not do anything. It's like having 10 men. No thanks. And certainly not as a swap for Kean, maybe for Keane though!
I haven't seen Nzonzi recently. No idea as to his form, but the fact that everyone (including his club) want him out of Turkey indicates he is not doing well, so that's hardly a good sign.
I've no idea on who might be the answer to our midfield woes, as I am unsure of who is available cheaply, and how much we can spend.
50 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:52:30
51 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:53:32
52 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:59:20
53 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:07:27
54 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:16:15
55 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:32:28
that Moyes wants him is a positive sign in his favour.
56 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:43:37
57 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:46:59
58 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:54:13
59 Posted 09/01/2020 at 21:01:45
60 Posted 10/01/2020 at 08:58:19
61 Posted 11/01/2020 at 21:31:50
62 Posted 11/01/2020 at 22:17:29
If I was DOF, Id be recommending Salisu and Sangare. You could probably get the pair of them for less than £30m and you instantly get a heap more pace and athleticism through the middle of our team. Both could make an impact straight away (though thered be some mistakes for sure).
Otherwise Id maybe try a loan for Kessie. Guimares is a good player. Maybe Can from Juve if they need to shift players. Soucek from the Czech leagues could be a cheaper option and Marc Roca from Espanyol looks an excellent player but is probably more expensive and destined for a bigger club.
63 Posted 12/01/2020 at 00:50:18
Considering we are in dire need of another centre back, would you guys have him back at Everton at the right price?
64 Posted 12/01/2020 at 02:19:20
65 Posted 12/01/2020 at 11:14:48
66 Posted 12/01/2020 at 15:34:56
Everton - tricky dribbler and goalscorer at gremio. Right footed and 23. Plays largely left wing and cuts inside. If he were left footed would provide great balance. As a right footer not so much. Would probably improve us but I worry he would stall the introduction of Gordon.
Max aarons - dynamic attacking skilful right back at norwich. Would be great. Our RB slot sorted for 10 years. Norwich surely wont sell in Jan.
Freddie woodman - goalkeeper. Saves pens. From the north east. We have one already. Probably better than Lossl. Will we ever see Lossl?
Mattias vecino - quite a good midfielder, not very dynamic. Suspect he'd look a bit lost in the cut and thrust of the prem. We need someone with a good engine and passing range. I really like a guy at Getafe called Maksimovic who is along those lines.
But taking a step back, id be happy with some stop gap loans or nothing at all if it meant we're better placed to do good businesd in summer. Carlo can eke out points with the players we have + Gbamin too hopefully. Kean and Gordon may yet start to play a part.
Personally I think it would be great to make Europa league. Gives game time to Gordon and a few others + it is a winnable competition and route to champs league.
67 Posted 13/01/2020 at 08:29:03
68 Posted 13/01/2020 at 09:39:50
Now that the threat of relegation is receding Carlo might want to see what this lot can do before wielding the axe in the summer.
I still have high hopes that we can reduce the squad/wage bill in this window but Im not holding my breath.
69 Posted 13/01/2020 at 09:41:13
70 Posted 13/01/2020 at 18:54:58
71 Posted 13/01/2020 at 18:59:05
72 Posted 14/01/2020 at 08:11:42
Only heard about Guimarães on here the other day (I think Robert mentioned him?) looks a quality CM and I guess coming from Brazil they wouldn't cost the earth. we are after all really efficient at getting permits for South Americans. oh.
73 Posted 15/01/2020 at 09:08:59
74 Posted 15/01/2020 at 12:08:08
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