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Alex Gray
1 Posted 03/08/2020 at 20:40:31
I can only assume if (a big 'if') this is true he's being signed to try and change the mentality of the club and on a one year contract. At his age, I'm not even sure he'd be good cover?

Fingers crossed we have better options in mind.

Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 03/08/2020 at 21:09:52
Delighted at this news. I think he'll make a fine captain and mainstay of Everton's new over-35 touring team.
Gavin Johnson
3 Posted 03/08/2020 at 21:12:21
If this was true Everton have surely resigned to not signing Gabriel, either due to the competition or not having the money to buy him. This deal would reek of a Walter Smith deal when we didn't have a pot to do the proverbial in.

Ivanovic could be a decent partner for Holgate in the short term but Keane and Mina aren't that bad so it just doesn't make sense to me. Even for 12 months. If we went down that road we'd surely go for Thiago Silva.

Martin Berry
4 Posted 03/08/2020 at 21:13:07
Nonsense, bring back Jonjoe!
Will Mabon
5 Posted 03/08/2020 at 21:14:02
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Gavin Johnson
6 Posted 03/08/2020 at 21:15:12
Martin - if he did play he wouldn't be playing right-back. He was getting skinned in his latter Chelsea days. Even at 36, he's still a competent centre-back where pace isn't as essential and he can rely on his reading of the game.

Brent Stephens
7 Posted 03/08/2020 at 21:15:55
Mike, surely he'll captain the U23s?
Tony Everan
8 Posted 03/08/2020 at 21:18:13
I can't see this one at all. He was a very good player in his prime but I am not sure how much pace he has got left in his old legs. He would probably get regularly exposed in the current Premier League. I hope it is a load of old bollocks and he is using us to put himself in the shop window.

If Carlo has decided he is selling Jonjoe, put the money towards signing Aarons.

Jerome Shields
9 Posted 03/08/2020 at 21:18:36
Moshiri won't be releasing money till later in the transfer window. Brands will be continuing to try to move out p!ayers to get funds in.

I think I will give Everton a break. Media speculation and agent-induced stories I can do without. Every agent still thinks Everton are a soft touch, including this guy's one.

Fran Mitchell
10 Posted 03/08/2020 at 21:41:57
You hope to log in and see that a concrete bid has been made for Eberechi Eze (22-year-old, available for £16-20M, 14 goals 8 assists in the Championship), or Odsonne Edouard (22-year-oldy, available for £20Mish, 21 goals and 12 assists in the Scottish Premiership).

Or maybe some movement in signing that experienced and at-his-peak midfielder that's so needed.

But alas, were linked with a 36-year-old free transfer.

To be an Everton Fan.

Jack Convery
11 Posted 03/08/2020 at 21:42:46
A winning mentality and the ability to bang the heads together of those who don't mind losing. EFC have a lot of them. I hope he's got spare boxing gloves he might go through quite a few pairs getting this squad into shape on the mental front.

David Brooks – yes please. Send Sigurdsson in the opposite direction – Bournemouth is full of retirement homes.

Joe McMahon
12 Posted 03/08/2020 at 21:55:27
Well, we were paying Rooney £160k per week (the same season Salah scored for fun on £60k per week less). No doubt a similar wage will be on the table, in Farhad and Bill's ongoing comedy roadshow.
Colin Glassar
13 Posted 03/08/2020 at 22:16:33
Why do we even bother? Even our transfer rumours are crap.
Gerard Carey
14 Posted 03/08/2020 at 22:46:04
Is it any wonder we are a laughing stock? Maybe we could get Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, maybe Yakubu back. You know it makes sense!!! Brands is really earning his money, unearthing these hidden diamonds!!!
Mike Allison
15 Posted 03/08/2020 at 23:09:34
Are those real quotes? Why would the player say that if it wasn't true? How in the hell could it possibly be true?

Am I a proper Evertonian if I support us no matter what? Or am I a proper Evertonian if I demand that we have much, much higher standards than this? Is there any way of having hope for the future if this were true?

Is this what ‘fake news' looks like? Did some overweight Belarusian make this up in his grandmother's spare room? Did someone ‘prank' Ivanovic?

This is the weirdest and most confusing transfer rumour ever.

Patrick Finegan
16 Posted 03/08/2020 at 23:27:20
I'm fine with this. We don't have unlimited money, and we have bigger areas of need at centre-midfield, right-wing, and goalkeeper.

Branthwaite and Gibson could both develop to a point where we don't need to invest in a centre-back at all. They also might not turn out to be all that good, in which case, there would be a need to invest. But with Keane and Holgate being a reasonably solid partnership, there's no point spending big money now.

Tony Twist
17 Posted 03/08/2020 at 23:31:12
He sounds really keen to come and join our revolution! This reeks of Ancelotti. I'm sorry but there's no point having a DOF when he doesn't direct footballing matters. True, there is only so much money available to spend and he is a cheap option.

Whoever is actually managing this footballing suicide that is Everton's transfer policy needs to be stopped because they haven't got a clue. A team of competent, energetic kids hungry for success plus a sprinkling of stars should be the future for this club – not has-beens hoping to keep up with play.

Kieran Kinsella
18 Posted 03/08/2020 at 23:57:02
People talk about his mentality but rightly or wrongly he was targeted by Chelsea fans in Mourinho's second era as one of the villains who allegedly threw the towel in to try and get him sacked. Additionally, as Gavin points out he was struggling in his last year and Chelsea and is now two years older. Is he a stop gap while Gibson or Branthwaite get up to speed? Or is he a capo, a made man from Carlo's Chelsea days who wants to return to the family?
Karl Masters
19 Posted 04/08/2020 at 00:32:25
My 9-year-old son told me about this a few days back. I thought he'd misread it!

As the boy said, “We don't want him, Dad. He was so slow he even let Luis Suarez bite him.”

This can't be true.

John Kavanagh
20 Posted 04/08/2020 at 00:50:10
At least with Ivanovic, Delph and Sigurdsson on the books we'd be first in the queue for any new Covid vaccine as we'd be given priority as a Care Home.

This story is so far out it's laughable, but I last laughed out loud at a ridiculous story about Everton signing a player who'd been booted out of Southampton reserves, one Cuco Martina. You couldn't make it up, unless you're Everton.

Mark Andersson
21 Posted 04/08/2020 at 03:33:18
Get him in fast.. we need all the experience to fight relegation...

Or get Jagielka back then.

Mike Gaynes
22 Posted 04/08/2020 at 04:10:02
A bit convoluted there, John, but a good laugh!
Alan J Thompson
23 Posted 04/08/2020 at 06:01:59
Mark (#20); Quite right, get him in fast... while he still can.

Who does hold the record for being Everton's oldest player to take the pitch and the oldest outfield player at the time of signing?

Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 04/08/2020 at 07:22:22
Alan J, according to the website 11v11, the oldest outfield player ever to take the pitch for us was 39-year-old Richard Gough.

Ted Sagar was almost 43, Ted Taylor was nearly 41 and both Nigel Martyn and Big Nev were 39+, but I don't think keepers should count.

Paul Dewhurst
25 Posted 04/08/2020 at 07:39:14
Colin 13 - I have used this site for over a decade That is the funniest thing I've ever read on here, and it keeps getting funnier the more I read it as the truth is cruel, lol. 😂
Simon Smith
26 Posted 04/08/2020 at 08:10:57
This was actually on the BBC website over a week ago. I chose to ignore it then and I will choose to ignore it now.
Alan J Thompson
27 Posted 04/08/2020 at 09:15:13
Mike (#24); Many thanks, wouldn't know where to look and only TW, BBC and the local runners & riders and that's it for me. Even my telly is that old I get last week's programmes.


Clive Rogers
28 Posted 04/08/2020 at 09:38:01
Not sure of his age, but Preki played like he was 103.
Lester Yip
29 Posted 04/08/2020 at 09:45:28
Gavin (#6), people are not happy with Keane because he's slow and want him to be replaced by a faster CB so we can play a higher back line. So unless this 36 is faster than Keane, I don't understand the logic.

We linked with LB, RB, CB. But we need CMs.

Bob Parrington
30 Posted 04/08/2020 at 10:03:30
No! No! No! No! ad infinitum. Go forward not backward!
Nathan Jones
31 Posted 04/08/2020 at 10:23:52
Ummmmm.... seams like people read a different article to me. Ivanovic has not been offered a new contract by Red Star Belgrade and has issued a statement to the media that Everton are interested. The Echo and Sky both say this is bollocks.

This is just the player trying to get a contract out of Red Star. No chance he has even come up in a transfer target discussion.

Matthew Williams
32 Posted 04/08/2020 at 10:24:05
It just goes from bad to worse at our once proud club Stick with what we have at the back and get the midfield sorted.
John Graham
33 Posted 04/08/2020 at 10:24:15
Great news will bring lots of experience and if the other rumours are true about Jagielka and Radcliffe coming back to help stiffen the central defence with big Nev as backup to Pickford are true I can definitely see us fighting for top four next season.
Brian Williams
34 Posted 04/08/2020 at 10:33:08
Only if you believe everything you hear Mathew!
Tony Everan
35 Posted 04/08/2020 at 10:33:53
Roger Milla will be linked soon. Getting on a bit now but probably still banging them in.
Joe McMahon
36 Posted 04/08/2020 at 10:57:26
John #33 – don't forget Stubbs and Weir.
Christopher Timmins
37 Posted 04/08/2020 at 11:15:35
I see where Chelsea have to sell before they can do any more shopping, who wants Kurt Zouma back? While not perfect, surely he's an upgrade on what we currently have.
Robert Bresnan
38 Posted 04/08/2020 at 11:16:23
Muller says he's finally ready to sign.
Steve Brown
39 Posted 04/08/2020 at 11:27:48
Robert @ 38, did we agree gross or net in the end?
Brian Murray
40 Posted 04/08/2020 at 11:53:48
The Marcel Brands of PSV was innovative and great at spotting a gem and building a system of talented young players. I think we have been lumbered with his twin obviously.
Robert Bresnan
41 Posted 04/08/2020 at 11:54:55
@Steve, 39 - he waived all his wages in the end. He just wants to play for the badge.
Jim Bennings
42 Posted 04/08/2020 at 12:19:46
Still haven't forgiven him for strangling James McCarthy after Gareth Barry got sent off at Chelsea for nothing whilst Ivanovic got away with it, the bastard him.
Bill Gall
43 Posted 04/08/2020 at 12:37:14
It's as I feared. Reading about players we would like to sign and the top 6 also are rumored to want them, we are ending up shopping in the bargain basement.

This is a demonstration of the poor management over the years, we are a mid-table club and cannot offer European football – just promises for the future. Top players don't want promises – they want facts and to be able to win trophies.

I hope that the influence of Ancelotti can bring in some quality players, preferably to strengthen the midfield at least, but I will not be surprised if we can't.

Anthony Murphy
44 Posted 04/08/2020 at 12:50:34
Brian, maybe he’s been lumbered with us?

John Hammond
45 Posted 04/08/2020 at 12:52:11
Utter shite – and people out there believe this stuff. If we were going to recruit for right-back, it would need to be someone younger than Coleman and not someone who left the Premier League getting put on his arse every weekend.
Tom Bowers
46 Posted 04/08/2020 at 12:54:05
Fake news!!!! Obviously.
Neil Cremin
47 Posted 04/08/2020 at 13:23:31
The key point of the tweet is the second part which, to me, is an invitation to Red Star to come in for him. It looks like he really wants to go back to Belgrade and is using us to prompt a response.

If this is the extent of our ambitions, we are doomed.

Kieran Kinsella
48 Posted 04/08/2020 at 13:31:32

Right. If he was offered the money by Everton, why would he publicly seek probably much less money from Red Star?

Kenny Smith
49 Posted 04/08/2020 at 17:52:25
This is ridiculous if true. He can join the list of players we signed far too late. Ginola, Gascoigne, Gough, Rooney (version 2), Hughes and there's probably loads more that don't spring to mine.
Bill Fairfield
50 Posted 05/08/2020 at 08:47:18
I remember when we signed Paul Power a few months short of his 33rd birthday, eyebrows were raised then. He went on to win a league title and was player of the season.

If you can play, age is just a number.

Jack Convery
51 Posted 05/08/2020 at 11:47:25
Paul Power and Richard Gough were very good for us and both raised eyebrows when they signed. Gray was finished and Reid a crock, yet the tune we got out of them was wonderful.

Experience is essential in the Premier League and the ability to get in the faces of the opposition, referee and your lazy, couldn't-care-less teammates. It's paper talk for me but we do need that type of player(s).

Justin Doone
52 Posted 05/08/2020 at 12:58:56
Not seen him play in a while but I could certainly see him helping out the younger defenders.

Maybe a player or simply in a coaching role if Baines wasn't interested.

Chris Locke
53 Posted 05/08/2020 at 16:11:59
During the Koeman and Silva spend frenzy, many of these rumours came to fruition and we ended up with a decent squad (on paper). Unfortunately it turned out that a combination of woeful management and lack of actual talent meant that we managed to go backwards in our quest to get higher up the table.

Based on the dire rumours so far, I only hope that Carlo and Marcel have changed tack and are playing their cards extra close to their chests where transfers are concerned. In a few weeks time, we may all be pleasantly surprised by the deadwood we've shifted and the awesome players we've added.

Back in the real world, though, I think Ivanovic definitely has the lack of ability and speed to fit right into this squad. So the chances are we'll sign him up on a 3-year bumper deal.

Jay Harris
54 Posted 05/08/2020 at 16:16:40
People that are experienced but past it should give their advice and encouragement to the youngsters from the touchline not the pitch.

I would be devastated if this is not fake news.

Jason Lloyd
55 Posted 05/08/2020 at 22:35:12
He was kicked out of Chelsea for being slow as a carthorse; a year later what's changed?

I think this is a Liverpool journalist making fun.

Vijay Nair
56 Posted 05/08/2020 at 23:27:13
Chris (53), "In a few weeks time, we may all be pleasantly surprised by the deadwood we've shifted and the awesome players we've added."

I really hope you are right, because we seem to be moving at a snail's pace on the transfer front.

Justin Doone
57 Posted 05/08/2020 at 23:55:21
We should move quickly for our targets.

Bournemouth are no longer as desperate now they have £40M for Ake from Man City. They can now hold out for bigger bids on other players.

The same for Norwich once they sell. Can we make a swift, no-nonsense top class purchase now.

It's August and season starts in 5 weeks!

Duncan McDine
58 Posted 06/08/2020 at 07:27:20
That “I didn't know he was still around” moment when you realise that a player you thought had long since retired is still playing... this happened to me when I watched Reina keep goal for Villa recently.

With Everton, it's one of those: “I didn't know he was still alive” moments.

Duncan McDine
59 Posted 06/08/2020 at 07:38:02
And not just old players, we even have a history of signing players like Peter Reid, Martin Keown and The Stracq who come from a species that were extinct during the Neolithic period. (Soz PR...)
Ray Roche
60 Posted 06/08/2020 at 08:09:10
Duncan, Keown was 23 when we signed him and about 27 when he left for Arsenal where he made over 300 Premier League appearances. We could do with him now. A leader, not a fannying snowflake with a sick note in his arse pocket.
John Graham
61 Posted 06/08/2020 at 09:08:53
Yes, please.

A couple of players like Keown and Reid.

Declan Campbell
62 Posted 06/08/2020 at 10:13:03
Justin Doone, there is a whole world full of footballers, not just at Norwich and Bournemouth.

I still can't get my head around that Norwich got 21 Points and apparently half their team are top players. They had the worst defence in the Premier League, yet 3 of their back four are supposed to be courted by Big Clubs.

Mal van Schaick
63 Posted 06/08/2020 at 11:40:01
Typical. Thinking of buying a full-back when we need a midfield clear out. What is going on?
Duncan McDine
64 Posted 06/08/2020 at 23:02:27
Yeah, Ray... it was a joke about them looking like cavemen.
Rick Pattinson
65 Posted 06/08/2020 at 23:07:08
I don't understand the negative comments about a 36-year-old Serbian who's played 90 games in 3 years in a crappy league.
Alan Johnson
66 Posted 07/08/2020 at 21:21:18
Dodged a bullet there. Thankfully, he loves London.

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