The Blues are known to be looking at potential signings this month (although Marcel Brands indicated that the right side of midfield was the main priority) but also have to keep their costs down in the wake of the latest accounts.
As such, a big-money move of the type mooted here by Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio is unlikely.
Perhaps more feasible are unconfirmed reports that Carlo Ancelotti might seek to reunite with winger Hirving Lozano.
The Mexican international underlined his burgeoning reputation as one of the more exciting young wingers in the game at the 2018 World Cup and eventually earned a move from Brands's old club, PSV Eindhoven to Napoli under Ancelotti.
He has failed thus far to light up Serie A and the Italian club might look to move him on.
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1 Posted 24/01/2020 at 00:38:58
2 Posted 24/01/2020 at 01:49:00
No such thing as January sales!!
3 Posted 24/01/2020 at 06:31:51
4 Posted 24/01/2020 at 07:36:41
If Carlo could actually pull this off, I would swim to Goodison through the Panama Canal to see that kid play.
5 Posted 24/01/2020 at 08:01:58
- quality is scarce and prices are high
- we don't actually need anyone right now as the team is improving
- we'd be eating into the summer budget
- even if we bought a super star its not going to give us top 4 (and there's a reasonable chance of Europa league already)
- gives Carlo a few more months to figure out who really is in his plans
And as for Lozano it looks like he's not made the step up. Thought he was great at the world cup - like a young alexis sanchez - but you'd only want him now as a cut price deal surely? Whereas Halle Berry definitely still got it...
6 Posted 24/01/2020 at 08:22:02
7 Posted 24/01/2020 at 08:48:13
Although Jamie Crowley wouldn't approve Chucky's move, he has often expressed his dislike of him on here! I had no idea either, that Hojberg was ever an option for us. It will all start 'hotting up' with the Window time running down this next week.
Let's hope we have some 'outs' as well as much needed 'in's' to freshen things up as European spots are still very feasible.
8 Posted 24/01/2020 at 09:25:31
Plus we need to rid ourselves of mediocre players like Walcott, Schneiderlin, Iwobi and Keane. I would say around 12 players need to be cut loose by next summer to be replaced by quality not quantity.
9 Posted 24/01/2020 at 09:28:15
Some fans seem happy if no signings are made in January, I think we are struggling now, definitely in midfield, we can be in trouble if no signings are made.
10 Posted 24/01/2020 at 09:49:58
11 Posted 24/01/2020 at 10:17:11
Saints fans I know think he causes more stress than good with his crazy, run anywhere style. In our parlance, a bit like Gravesen used to be for us. Great close control and skill, let down by trying to do too much all the time.
He is a vocal guy and shows his desire to win so, a leader but maybe not a very good one, reminds me of Scott brown at Celtic - puts the boot in and can play a bit but acts a bit of a tit.
12 Posted 24/01/2020 at 10:25:36
13 Posted 24/01/2020 at 10:49:23
I'm actually beginning to think we won't go for anyone in January unless we suffer another bunch of injuries or an absolute steal becomes available. Ancelotti has used the same squad as Silva but with less players to choose from due to injury and gotten results. He has a gameplan that works for these players and we have a nice break until February when we should have more back from injury plus Gomes and Gbamin on the horizon.
14 Posted 24/01/2020 at 10:53:11
15 Posted 24/01/2020 at 10:55:55
I think we need a striker almost half as much as I want Halle Berry in bed..
Thats a LOT!!
16 Posted 24/01/2020 at 10:58:37
If that £5m figure is correct it's unbelievable. I'd offer 'em £8m, even £10m to guarantee getting him this week.
Cracking little player. Industrious, skillful, and can score goals!
I'll give Marcel a bell!
17 Posted 24/01/2020 at 11:01:16
- walcott: difficult to shift due to contract length and wages and age and averageness. Best hope is that he gets a good offer from the MLS. Otherwise will be hanging around and overtaken by Gordon.
- schneiderlin: similar situation. However, he is improving under Carlo. He is decent back up but not a first 11 player. More likely to go once he's run his contract down more. Expect another season of him.
- Iwobi: not sure why we bought him. But isn't too bad. V unlikely to sell as he's only just turned up and who would buy? Needs a run if games. Might find a role in the 4222 formation as a roving playmaker alongside Bernard.
- keane: not as bad as made out. Very good alongside Zouma. Unfortunately Mina is a poor mans Zouma. Holgate is different altogether. A good reserve. If we sold we'd need to replace. It all costs money. Expect he'll stay too.
The squad will get a lift from returning gomes and gbamin + maybe 1 or 2 quality players.
18 Posted 24/01/2020 at 11:01:26
19 Posted 24/01/2020 at 11:03:04
20 Posted 24/01/2020 at 11:05:13
21 Posted 24/01/2020 at 11:09:27
22 Posted 24/01/2020 at 11:13:11
23 Posted 24/01/2020 at 11:38:29
24 Posted 24/01/2020 at 11:45:42
I have been even more enthusiastic with regular reports from Jay Wood and Fran Mitchell who both live in Brazil, although I believe Fran has returned to the UK recently.
The kid is magic and as you rightly say he would add a new dimension, not only on the right but can also play left or centrally too.
The sort of figures being mentioned are a steal too, but I believe Gremio (his parent Club) are struggling financially so he could be the solution to their, and our problems.
25 Posted 24/01/2020 at 11:49:16
We need to get away from all this ridiculous looking down our noses at players because of who they play for. Southampton are one of the best teams to watch in the league. They play the press aggressively and attack in numbers. Sure, they got a hiding against Leicester but look at them since.
Thats a team with an outstanding manager, but more importantly its obvious there players have fight and character. So the one thing we know about the player, is that he will have a bit about him!
26 Posted 24/01/2020 at 12:35:37
I think he provides some of the characteristics that we are missing in midfield. On the pitch he has got a little bit of the Gravesen craziness in a positive way. (I think off the pitch he is nowhere in the Gravesen league).
He is box to box, good technique, forward passing, hard working and a leader. I could see him fit in really well and provide something we need in the midfield.
27 Posted 24/01/2020 at 12:49:28
It is then about improving the players we have.
The madness of constantly buying players must stop or the bizarre disasters that keep happening to us will run on and on.
Continuity is the key.
28 Posted 24/01/2020 at 13:09:23
29 Posted 24/01/2020 at 13:12:57
DCL and Richarlison are both proven goalscorers. Both in double figures at mid way point in the season. When was the last time we had 2 strikers in double figures at this stage in the season? And yet people still banging on about the mythical 'goalscorer' that we need.
I mean, 40million gets you Joelinton, or Wesley, or countless other strikers who aren't even close to what we already have. Plus Kean could just turn into the striker we hoped too.
For me, if we get Everton Soares, or even Jarrad Bowen for the wide man, then the focus should be on 2 midfielders.
Eberechi Eze from QPR, then maybe someone a bit older, maybe that Vecino.
Then we could focus on a right back in the summer, move on Keane and get a replacement, and promote Gibson.
30 Posted 24/01/2020 at 13:20:17
31 Posted 24/01/2020 at 13:31:13
We are in no mans land in the league anyway.
January is expensive.
I'd rather Ancelotti worked with what he had and identified who stays and who goes in the summer, also we need to get our targets in early unlike last summer with last min deal collapses and so on.
32 Posted 24/01/2020 at 13:44:23
We need to prepare properly this summer or we will suffer the same shite weve been provided with over the last couple of seasons.
33 Posted 24/01/2020 at 13:47:12
Not that I follow Saints closely, but is he any good?
Agree with Carl @ 26. Silly to be sniffy about a player just because they play for a team like Southampton.
I'm leaning towards Daniel @ 32 view that Marcel and Carlo might just hold their nerve and go with what we've got now rather than recruit anybody in the next week.
34 Posted 24/01/2020 at 13:58:47
Would he improve our midfield, probably.
Would he get into a top 4 team, probably not.
He may be the type of player Ancelotti wants to put into a system. I would love us to have a system or a certain way of playing.
If Ancelotti wants him we have to go and get him in my opinion.
35 Posted 24/01/2020 at 14:27:10
Mark #14, you're not the first person to say that, and you won't be the last.
36 Posted 24/01/2020 at 14:31:27
37 Posted 24/01/2020 at 15:00:29
They totally let us down and managed to convert a nailed on win into one point and a draw, in the last match.
I'm sorry mates but a lot of them have been given chances to show they are worth keeping, and failed miserably. They don't have the nous or the bottle to see a game out, and during the game don't have that killer instinct either.
I have always liked Tom Davies, but recently he has been given chance after chance, but he constantly gives the ball away, rarely looks up when passing the ball. He is not a kid anymore, yet people keep making excuses as if he is.
Sorry for singling him out but he is not alone, but he was allegedly, one of our hopes for the future. He is getting paid an astronomical amount of money for someone of his age, yet it is not commensurate with his everyday performances.
38 Posted 24/01/2020 at 15:02:12
I don't see us spending £30m+ on a midfielder this window.
39 Posted 24/01/2020 at 15:16:43
It's not my personal preference to go with what we have until the end of the season. The team and squad can ALWAYS be upgraded and refreshed no matter how successful you are.
I just feel that both Brands and Ancelotti are wise and mature heads who can and will, I imagine, hold their nerve.
Yes, if an agreed player is available at the right price they may go for him in this window. But otherwise, they may take a more pragmatic rather than excitable puppy aproach to the market in this transfer window.
Just a hunch, nothing more.
40 Posted 24/01/2020 at 15:20:36
41 Posted 24/01/2020 at 15:42:55
42 Posted 24/01/2020 at 15:44:20
It's far more important to shift the self important ones (we all know who they are)
Play it clever for a change
43 Posted 24/01/2020 at 16:07:26
44 Posted 24/01/2020 at 16:08:34
45 Posted 24/01/2020 at 16:25:50
As regards Hojberg. I always thought he looked the weakest of their MF with Ward-Prowse and Romeu always looking much better than him.
It looks like we are in for Allan. I havent seen much of him but if Carlo wants to build his MF around him I would think hes a good player.
Everton for Everton has always had a romantic ring to it and I know Jay Wood rates the guy so he would be a yes too.
Any purchases will come in installments so FFP will not be a major factor especially if Marcel can get a few off the books before the year end.
46 Posted 24/01/2020 at 16:39:40
We cant we sign a left winger and move Bernard to the right? Hes a right footer and he can use his left for more than just keeping himself upright?
Id like to see a central midfielder on loan and see how Gomes and Gbamin recover. Then if they come back to their best, we can splash the cash on a top class player in the summer.
47 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:05:28
48 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:05:29
The oddest thing is that so far the only team that doesn't need anybody is RS and they have spent the most money on the Japanese lad.
I suppose Manure will eventually get the Sporting Lisbon player by the end of the month but other than that nobody's buying unless there is a late flourish.
Everton's player of the season, Gbamin ( I don't think he's had a bad game all season)
49 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:05:59
Steve, give me 10 minutes and Id make Halle Berry an Everton fan. Not bragging like.
50 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:06:44
Im intrigued though, how do you know we were never interested in him?
51 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:18:14
52 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:19:16
£35M for Hojberg seems too much, but maybe a player + money deal can be done so the transfer can be advantageous. I am a bit surprised he is linked as he has never stood out to me, maybe someone's spotted an improvement in him this season with more to come.
53 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:19:49
54 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:26:16
I don't really know but I'm sure he would have preferred to come to Everton than Brighton and they've had him on loan all season an arrangement that I would have thought we should have gone for.
55 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:27:39
56 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:29:09
57 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:37:04
58 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:42:27
Colin, I swear the neighbors must be wondering what I'm bellowing about. First time I've laughed out loud since injury time on Tuesday. Thank you.
59 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:43:40
We might have and it fell through. Or maybe we didnt try at all which would be annoying.
But to say that we were never interested in him is just not correct.
60 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:45:38
61 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:48:52
Are we still on the Colin Glassar method of attracting Evertonians?
62 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:51:40
63 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:51:46
How about Joe Allen of Stoke, another good central midfielder with plenty of nous and movement, plus a few goals. Get in before Moyes makes his move. No, forget that, let Moyes make his move, once Joe hears Davey's patter he'll run like the wind away from Moyes and WHU!
He won't cost too much either, Stoke want him off their wage bill, one of their top earners.
64 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:53:27
Kind of makes Sidibe at £13m look like a giveaway.
I think this is now the problem. I'm sure Mr Brands would love to buy young and British, but what would Leeds want for Phillips? QPR for Eze? The world's gone mad!
65 Posted 24/01/2020 at 17:57:06
66 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:21:23
67 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:33:30
Glad we are not in for him, he's average at best. I would much prefer Alzate if we wanted a Brighton midfielder.
68 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:39:40
69 Posted 24/01/2020 at 18:53:29
70 Posted 24/01/2020 at 20:40:32
71 Posted 25/01/2020 at 00:24:06
72 Posted 25/01/2020 at 00:51:19
73 Posted 25/01/2020 at 03:28:09
74 Posted 25/01/2020 at 03:34:00
75 Posted 25/01/2020 at 05:23:55
Can't help thinking there must be some reason the likes of him and Mooy don't attract serious attention from the clubs we are hoping to mix it with. Easy to be swayed by the highlight reel that is MotD and the occasional glowing tribute from one of their pundits perhaps?
Not sure what is wrong about the old water carrier reverse compliment. Wasn't that essentially the modus operandi of the likes of Deschamps (the original) and Makelele? Players who do the simple things consistently to a high standard and thus provide the solid foundation of the team. I think you could put our own Lee Carsley and Gana Gueye into that category.
If it can be applied to Hojbjerg then I'd genuinely be interested. Still hoping Beni Baningime could be that sort of player for us.
76 Posted 25/01/2020 at 08:41:16
77 Posted 25/01/2020 at 09:17:51
78 Posted 25/01/2020 at 13:07:31
Yes, Beattie had a decent spell with Sheffield United after he left Everton but they were in the Championship. He then went to Stoke in the Premier League and never really succeeded. But, to be honest, he was hit with injuries from then and finished at Accrington Stanley.
79 Posted 27/01/2020 at 01:13:21
As for Ms Berry, to paraphrase one of John's greatest hits — All I am asking, is give Halle a chance.
80 Posted 27/01/2020 at 01:32:27
......... or at least that's what she told me.
81 Posted 27/01/2020 at 02:15:45
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