Alfredo Pedullà of Gazetta dello Sport goes further, suggesting that the Blues are actively in talks with Lazio over a potential transfer, with an offer of €30m on the table.
Italian sports journalist Nicolò Schira, meanwhile, says that the two sides are around €7m apart in terms of valuation, with Lazio wanting to bump up the price to account for a 15% sell-on fee due to Sevilla.
Inter Milan are also reportedly interested in Correa as they seek a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
Everton appear to have been acting very much on a sell-to-buy footing this summer so, if there is any truth to this speculation, it will likely require the club moving at least one more player on before the transfer deadline.
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1 Posted 20/08/2021 at 05:37:30
From what Ive read and seen he could be a good signing as hes in a similar mould to Richarlison in being able to play anywhere across a front 3 or even as a 10.
2 Posted 20/08/2021 at 05:48:17
One thats hard working, aspires to be our #9 (challenge DCL basically) but is patient.
Personally, Id rather go for a more unknown priced under £10mil who could turn out great.
3 Posted 20/08/2021 at 06:58:04
Our transfer strategy has been hampered by signing players with little sell on value on big wages. Players of 28 to 30 in their prime have not delivered.
I'd prefer a 23/24 year old who is hungry to prove themselves with us. And if that means losing them for 3 or 4 times the fee to a bigger club, that is fine by me. More Richarlison's please 🙏.
4 Posted 20/08/2021 at 07:14:50
5 Posted 20/08/2021 at 07:37:38
I would LOVE this to be true but alas fear its nonsense.
He looks like the real deal. So why would he come to us? A mid table team going nowhere??? 1 reason: money. And if thats the case then its not a good enough motivator for him to be successful.
If hes coming to prove himself in the EPL then great. But even the story makes no sense….were 7m apart as were negotiating the 15% sell on gap. Well 15% of 30 = 4.5 not 7
Id LOVE this but I just cant see it happening sadly. Happy to be proven wrong
Steve #4….brilliant post! Ian is a genius. Why doesnt every club recruit like this????
6 Posted 20/08/2021 at 07:42:44
7 Posted 20/08/2021 at 08:02:10
I'm repetitive yet consistent in my view, but respect that of others, and can understand where the likes of Ian and Steve are coming from.
I believe in a balance of recruiting young potential alongside experience & established players. Are people going to tell me a 27 year old isn't hungry? Good teams are a balance of both and the recruitment policy should reflect that.
And right now, I'd rather Everton bought to do something here and now. Worry about building once we're on the map again.
In 1983, Howard Kendall bought in a seemingly injury prone 27 year old forward close to his 28th birthday to compliment a younger up and coming Grahame Sharpe.
Game changer. His presence helped shape and push us onto win stuff. And then replace him 2 years later with the most coveted striker in English football because we had the platform to attract the best. But you have to get there first. Sadly retaining him was partly taken out of our hands.
Despite everyone's understandable feelings about Ancelotti, last summer's transfer window was a good one and the best we've had in recent seasons. Established & experienced players like Allan & James. Doucoure who still has room to grow. And young potential like Godfrey and Nkounkou. It just sadly could have as big an impact as we hoped due to the misgivings of previous years and the lack of depth and quality in the squad.
8 Posted 20/08/2021 at 08:06:30
There are plenty of similar quality players of the same or lesser price who are on an upward trajectory. If we actually do have any money to spend then hopefully we turn our attention in their direction.
9 Posted 20/08/2021 at 08:09:36
But Lazio fans seem to see him as an inconsistent player with a few question marks over his temperament and attitude; no idea if these claims are valid but not ideal if so.
Hes only just turned 27 a fortnight ago but as Ian said its a risk to buy a player from foreign leagues in his later 20s for a big fee; if it goes badly for two seasons then its hard to shift a 29 year old on the downwards curve.
Also it would be frustrating to spend £30m on a 27 year now when we could have got Leon Bailey, whos arguably done more at 24 years old, for £25m a few weeks ago.
Think Id rather target the likes of Antony, Faivre, Diaby, Thuram, Dani Olmo, Mattheus Cuna etc
10 Posted 20/08/2021 at 08:13:05
We've had plenty of bad experiences splashing our money on young players who never give return of investment either on the pitch or in terms of sell on fee.
We have young strikers. I don't think a bit of experience alongside them, both on the pitch and in training, would be a bad thing.
11 Posted 20/08/2021 at 08:21:18
12 Posted 20/08/2021 at 08:27:22
Unearth a modern version of Wayne Clarke, and it would be a decent player.
13 Posted 20/08/2021 at 08:30:51
Looking through the rumours and if we are looking for a 28-year-old striker, I see Lingard could leave Man Utd if not given assurances of playing time. I'd give that one a go. I know his career has been characterised by unfulfilled potential and inconsistency, but he had a cracking loan spell at West Ham last season and is a North-West lad, so Everton could be a good fit.
In other news, we are linked with a Barcelona centre-back (the centre-back rumours won't go away) and Small to Southampton?
14 Posted 20/08/2021 at 08:50:35
However, if you already have a squad packed full of average experienced players, then it doesn't really help. Unless it's a low-cost temporary fix like Rondon or Townsend.
Because of our financial position and current status as a club, we can't bring in experienced players who are better than the ones we already have. It just perpetuates our mediocrity and kills our spending power. That's the lesson of the past 5 years.
As Sam's list demonstrates – there are some really excellent players out there who are gettable and on an upward curve. Many of them are not short of experience either despite being in their early 20s.
15 Posted 20/08/2021 at 08:56:42
I won't swear.
16 Posted 20/08/2021 at 09:22:57
I don't want to seem ungrateful and obviously it's a free site and has lots of great content but, from a purely selfish perspective, I'd have thought that transfer rumours are an easy traffic driver?
Eg, without too much digging, I've seen these listed on BBC's gossip page in last week alone – do we think any of them are likely?
> Latest story about our interest in Hoppe (which with price involves sounds credible - 4 kippers?)
> Somewhat wild Umtiti story but, considering our history with Barcelona (Del, Digne, Mina, Gomes...) I could see this happening (2 kippers)
> Less credible, but interesting nonetheless (single kipper only)
Everton have joined the race to sign Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne, 30, following his performances for Euro 2020 winners Italy.
17 Posted 20/08/2021 at 09:36:31
18 Posted 20/08/2021 at 09:40:54
19 Posted 20/08/2021 at 09:47:59
It seems clear, following the appointment of his nephew to the Everton Board, that Uzmanov, is very much behind Everton FC, as well as his business partner, Moshiri. What is stopping us spending big this summer is FFP and not a lack of cash.
Furthermore, it is the Premier League "sustainabilty" rule of FFP that is hampering us, not the UEFA one, which has been relaxed due to the effects of Covid-19.
If, the Premier League were to announce a similar relaxation, I believe that we would, once again, see some bigger money signings arrive at Everton but, with only 11 days to go to the closure of the window, it is too late really for the Premier League to do anything meaningful as far as relaxing FFP rules for this window is concerned.
20 Posted 20/08/2021 at 09:54:13
He signed a couple of old mates. Mates nobody else wanted or were prepared to do battle for their signatures. Mates who didn't have a hope in hell of coming here and improving their own game. Mates who were never going to improve us enough to challenge for Europe. Mates who only came because they were promised game time.
James is a blindingly talented individual, but he is now at the stage where if the opposition a serious about stopping him, they will probably succeed. Allan is a tackling machine with a wayward Sat-Nav. Sure he's good enough for the Premier League, but good enough to consistently trouble the big boys? When the Brazilian Peter Reid (as he was daubed by many on here) is replaced by the much-maligned Tom Davies. People will look back on this window in the same light as they view all the other windows. Ordinary players arriving to a fanfare of whoops and cheers only to ultimately disappoint.
The fact that we are skint means this transfer window is already better. When a drunken sailor has blown his dosh. He tends to give a little more thought to his actions.
As a fanbase, we have got to stop embarrassing ourselves by happy clapping the arrival of players who have no hope at all of improving our chances of getting us back up with the big boys.
If we can't find a manager capable of attracting winners who will make a difference. Then let's at least be guided by other clubs. When nobody else is prepared to pay anywhere near as much for players as we have been doing ...there is usually a very good reason for that.
I blame John Ebbrell, Bainsey, and all the other junior coaches.
21 Posted 20/08/2021 at 09:55:00
Umtiti would be a bad signing. Too short to partner Godfrey in a back 4 and very bad injury record. Might make some sense in a back 3 alongside Godfrey and Mina but (assuming he's ever fit) would block the path of Branthwaite to the first team.
22 Posted 20/08/2021 at 09:56:47
23 Posted 20/08/2021 at 10:19:58
If last season's window was a shambles, then it puts perspective on what went before it. Shambles of a goal and performance from Doucouré last weekend.
24 Posted 20/08/2021 at 10:29:02
It doesn't need to be a Moneyball strategy as such, it just needs to be about value and the longer-term goal to be genuinely competitive.
Younger, cheaper signings make that easier to achieve. But it's not the only way. Moyes assembled a squad by signing 23-, 24- & 25-year-olds with something to prove, like Howard, Lescott, Jagielka, Baines, Arteta, Cahill and Pienaar.
25 Posted 20/08/2021 at 10:34:05
I am sure the scouts know the answer to this question.
If the numbers are lower than the existing forwards, it won't happen with Rafa the pragmatist in charge, which may be for the best.
26 Posted 20/08/2021 at 10:35:56
27 Posted 20/08/2021 at 11:00:07
28 Posted 20/08/2021 at 11:04:26
Allan and James both disappointed me for different reasons. Allan's early injury really disrupted his season for me and, now another year older, I do worry he's not mobile enough. James is an amazing footballer who just doesn't have the desire to play (at least for us anyway!).
I'm happy with Gray and Townsend as they're low risk but I honestly don't understand how Brands got a new deal. There's been so many big-money blunders and, in reality, we've not progressed... just as we hadn't with Walsh. I was under the impression this guy had an eye for young South American talent and so far very few young talents have been signed and the higher profile signings have been a disaster.
29 Posted 20/08/2021 at 11:12:10
In his own words, Tom has benefited from having the likes of Allan around. And he certainly improved his game and proved his doubters wrong last season in my opinion. Myself admittedly included.
30 Posted 20/08/2021 at 11:23:03
And on Allan. He/we have played 1 game. Fernandinho is still going for Man City and he is 5 years older.
We need a consistent line up and shape and to stay away from injuries. Then we can better judge where we are going. I don't know if this has been mentioned before but l recon we could also do with another right back...
31 Posted 20/08/2021 at 11:39:35
32 Posted 20/08/2021 at 11:42:24
I can't blame a player for his injury record (Delph, comes to mind). I can blame a player for an inability to find a colleague with a 10-yard pass (most of them).
But I can also see that opinions tend to be rigid. Iwobi is a waste of money so little said about his contribution at the weekend and he is still heading the queue on the TW plank.
Back to the point. It seems that rumours of incoming players are just, well, rumours, until we can create space in the financial mish mash of FFP. We have brought in 3 good players for the price of a third division regular. (Good business!)
If we have money to spend, or get it, the world and his dog knows we have to prioritise strikers (with pace) and a right-back. Buying more centre-midfielders and centre-backs makes as much sense as Imelda Marcos going on a spending spree in Clarks. Yet we are 'linked' with a plethora of them every week. At least it gets the clicks going, as someone posted earlier.
Let's see who leaves. We can't wish a player away. Nor can we change their contracts. But I believe that next week will see a revolving door at Finch Farm. At least 3 will go. Some will be pushing for moves, others may be approached. Then a couple will come in.
Meanwhile. Keep posting the rumours.
33 Posted 20/08/2021 at 11:50:08
I tend to think this is another one on the same level as a fifth central defender but being Everton would we rule anything out completely?
34 Posted 20/08/2021 at 12:06:07
35 Posted 20/08/2021 at 12:13:48
36 Posted 20/08/2021 at 12:24:39
37 Posted 20/08/2021 at 12:35:39
As James looks likely to go and the ‘Man with no Name ' has to surely be ruled out, Lingard could be a shrewd addition to give us some alternatives and options going forward, he both creates and scores, seems to have a very good character and would strengthen the squad depth.
Back up striker will be bought if/when Kean leaves. I can see us going the Rondon or similar route again for squad depth.
We could end up with Aurelio Buta as RB, Lingard as AM and Rondon as back-up striker. Kean, Rodriguez, Kenny, Delph is it possible! out, and FFP duly worshipped; wage bill reduced and zero net spend for this window.
38 Posted 20/08/2021 at 12:50:33
You hit on something of a challenge for us. When we first started the Rumour Mill section, we would try to capture most of the rumours doing the rounds and back then they mostly came from reputable media sources. Even so, we hardly signed any of them: perhaps 1 in 20 came true.
As the years have progressed and the clickbait mega-storm has gathered pace, there has become a torrent of these newer trashy sites spouting fresh rumours on a daily basis. Yet we still hardly sign anyone. But the odds are now between 1 in 200 and 1 in 2,000 of any story bearing even a grain of truth.
The theory is that, in our wisdom, we ignore as much of the clickbait as possible, and only give something a Romour Mill article if it appears to carry a bit more weight. But that becomes at best an entirely subjective assessment, however we may justify the selections.
You're right in saying this is a major interest area for our readers. I think the solution might be a weekly transfer thread running through each window, where we simply list or link as many of the new names as they come up, and we press reset each week to keep it fresh.
One problem is the daft repetitive posts we would draw on the lines of "This is crap, I don't believe a word of it, how could you publish such a ridiculous claim?" to "How on earth are Everton being linked with this piece of shit? Brands wants sacking." At least by not mentioning so many links, we are spared much of this reductive discourse.
39 Posted 20/08/2021 at 13:13:33
This window will probably see a busy last couple of days and maybe a couple of bargain loans. Although l'm still looking every hour for news on outgoings.
40 Posted 20/08/2021 at 13:47:36
I've heard he is a decent player, but as a few have mentioned will he adapt to the Premier League (?), hopefully we get one who does quickly, again if this goes ahead. Still think we goofed good style over Dumfries who went for £12M. We still need a couple more in to run a serious challenge on the top six or eight places and maybe qualify for the Europa.
41 Posted 20/08/2021 at 13:53:40
Definitely missed out on Dumfries. £12M would have been as good as business as getting our opposite full back for £15M.
Surely something is going to happen in this next week or so?
42 Posted 20/08/2021 at 14:03:02
43 Posted 20/08/2021 at 14:29:01
44 Posted 20/08/2021 at 14:53:55
I did see the training video, and what struck me was that Gbamin was training, but when Rafa was asked about him, he kind of said he would not be available, which I thought was strange.
Looks like Godfrey, James, Branthwaite, Gomes and 'he who shall not be named' will be unavailable. Rafa said that Kean will be available, but did not see him training.
Also, I thougth that Rafa answered questions related to Kean and James rather bizarrely – he said that they are our players until August 31, which is not very motivating for these guys if they happen to remain in the club if no decent offer comes along.
45 Posted 20/08/2021 at 14:58:29
This is the most pressing position for me, not an attacking mid few people have heard of, for a relatively large amount of money that's yet to play in the PL.
46 Posted 20/08/2021 at 15:14:01
47 Posted 20/08/2021 at 15:24:41
Yes he said that only Moise Keane would be available but didn't see him in the pictures, Gbamin was on the pictures and training video yesterday but is ruled out! Also did you notice that DCL was not on the pictures as well
48 Posted 20/08/2021 at 16:03:20
49 Posted 20/08/2021 at 16:30:34
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsPpNttYn1c (goal at :30)
(goal at :30)
A rare flash of productivity, although his skill is undeniable. But one article I read said he has to be "convinced" to come to us. Screw that.
Chris #16, great compilation. I'd like to invite you to join my PR firm. One of our responsibilities is media scanning for our clients. But seriously, I'd be delighted if Hoppe was a target for us. He's completely unproven as a goalscorer (I have no idea if he can even shoot), but he's big, fast and skilled on the ball with a great passing touch. And he has a Cahill-esque attitude that Goodison would love -- he's ferociously, relentlessly competitive and an arrogant, get-up-in-yo-face irritant to the opposition. Terrible Tim reincarnated. Plus he would cost one-tenth of Correa's price.
DK #48, you beat me to all the good puns.
50 Posted 20/08/2021 at 16:51:28
51 Posted 20/08/2021 at 17:09:47
Once again, interesting to once again see how hands on Benitez seems to be in terms of the coaching.
Also, nice shot of the South American lads all seeming happy as they made their way onto the training pitch.
I know it depends how they present and market this type of stuff but it all seemed to be about game play scenarios.
52 Posted 20/08/2021 at 17:17:15
Benitez either was advised by someone at the club or watched videos that we needed a r/wing r/back and a creative midfielder. He wasted no time in bringing in Townsend and Gray, who at the time I was thinking we should have gone for better, but was unaware of the financial restrictions he was under.
We understand that basically we are going to have to sell to buy, but I would like it to have been done sooner than wait until the last day; that will mean we may not be able to sell, and be left with players not being used sitting on a fat contract.
Let's remember we may agree on a price to sell a player but the player has to agree with the contract he signs to move, and it seems some players may prefer to stay on their contract than to move for less.
53 Posted 20/08/2021 at 17:19:00
Yes maybe it is about game play scenarios. I also liked how animated he was in the touchline last Saturday, always giving out instructions and I do believe it was a major part of us getting back in the game.
54 Posted 20/08/2021 at 17:52:28
Conversely, if they do get Kane, would Spurs throw big money to get Calvert-Lewin as his replacement? Not good thoughts, I'm going for a beer.
55 Posted 20/08/2021 at 18:13:13
56 Posted 20/08/2021 at 18:18:23
But, other than his goal last week, I can't remember Dominic doing anything else, and the kid didn't look fit imo, which might be why he's training on his own, because he's maybe having to nurse a toe injury, Gerard?
I've said it before, Mike, but one thing most American sports people are very good at is being ultra-competitive, so I'm also hoping we sign Hoppe!
57 Posted 20/08/2021 at 18:44:32
58 Posted 20/08/2021 at 18:46:21
Still only 20, so we'd be adding another young potentially good striker, but I'd take a punt on him.
An American with German heritage and who was picked up by Schalke as a youth player, I still think he'd jump at the chance to play in the Premier League. Especially with Schalke being in Bundesliga 2 this season.
I turned to the complete stranger behind me on Saturday Tony and told him that goal was all about Richarlison. Great header, but the take, the lay off, the run to receive the return pass and then the first time whipped in cross made that goal.
I agree, Dominic looked out of sorts, although in his defence, isolated a lot? Especially in the first half. Maybe this is where we have to remember he is still young. Did we burn him out over the past couple of seasons? Hence the need for competition and / or other options.
59 Posted 20/08/2021 at 19:06:19
If, say, Kane does go, the fee would be circa £150M. What would Calvert-Lewin command? £80M? Bit more? Bit less? Hard to say.
Personally, I'd rather have Calvert-Lewin than £80M. So I hope it doesn't happen.
60 Posted 20/08/2021 at 19:12:31
To earlier discussions about age. If I had it, I would pay that for a 32 year old Lewandowski in the context of the current market. Old and hungry but sheer quality of the highest order.
61 Posted 20/08/2021 at 19:16:29
Going back to Lewin being isolated, I think when teams push up, it closes the space, makes the pitch compact, and makes a midfielders job much easier, and that is why I keep saying Michael Keane, is a problem, because Everton cant do this with Michael in the line-up, although this is just my own opinion obviously.
On another note Danny, maybe you will be able to take a drink back to your seat for the Norwich game. This is now under consideration because of how little covid there was at Wimbledon, compared to the football, even though its got a much more conservative clientele!!
62 Posted 20/08/2021 at 19:34:06
63 Posted 20/08/2021 at 19:37:47
I don't blame the players, it's the fault of the clubs themselves, it's a top four place at a minimum that they crave, and a chance to join the super rich. Finishing 4th every season will suit them, while the fans yearn for a trophy, I'm glad that I was around when football was the working man's game.
64 Posted 20/08/2021 at 20:01:12
This season, The Esk has been proved right, it was a false dawn. We fluffed it, we had let's say £400M to spend at the start. If we'd spent it on youngsters, developed them, sold them on, we could have turned that £400M into £1.2G - that's just signing players for £10M and selling for £30M
Instead the majority of the £400M we are paying to get them off our books. Loaning out and subsidising wages – Walcott, Bolaisse, Tosun,
Realistically, if we're not going to be ‘big balls Everton' and we're going to conform to FFP the best we can do is sign young hungry players and hope that in five years we have made enough money to compete.
I'd love to see Correa, Insigne, etc at Everton, but it's not going to materially move us forward. If Leicester wouldn't sign them, we shouldn't sign them.
Vlasic, Lookman, Onyekuru, all signed on potential, all left for a profit.
In Brands we must trust.
65 Posted 20/08/2021 at 20:10:37
PSG or City would be his best bet of more silverware. Personally I think the food and ambience is better in Paris than Manchester but we'll see.
66 Posted 20/08/2021 at 20:22:31
67 Posted 20/08/2021 at 20:22:39
Both Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison (especiallly the latter) have played a lot of football in the last 18 months. Sooner or later, one or both of them are likely to fade or burn out (knowing our luck, at the same time) and we have no back-up.
Assuming Kean is off, we need at least 1 or 2 back-up forwards – unless Brands thinks one of our recently acquired ancient goalies can play up front?
68 Posted 20/08/2021 at 20:24:20
69 Posted 20/08/2021 at 20:38:11
My honest view is that is nonsense. But... who knows?
70 Posted 20/08/2021 at 21:13:50
Most clubs are constantly looking for a striker, we have two of the best (maybe three) of the young strikers in the world with Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. Regardless of whether you think we need a back-up to these two, we are more blessed than most clubs in Europe by having these two.
Kean, who I believe is highly desirable, especially post his PSG goals, will command a fee. I appreciate everyone expected PSG to come in on Day One and snap him up, but in reality, at 8pm on transfer deadline day, Moise Kean will be the most desirable striker available on the market. Be that Lazio, Atletico, Wolves... someone will be willing to gamble on him and that gamble will not come cheap.
I was incredibly excited when we signed Kean but, if he goes, I won't mourn the loss. Rodriguez, however, I can easily see us making £10M profit, but I'll be so sad to lose such a quality player. Alas, it looks certain both will leave.
£40M minimum to spend on very last-minute signings, I really hope they are unknown players, like Godfrey, than big names that have failed at big clubs.
71 Posted 20/08/2021 at 21:21:15
Maybe, hopefully, there's something in this.
72 Posted 20/08/2021 at 22:19:29
Kean is " highly desirable". Really? Based on what? His PSG goals? Not such a big deal as you seem to imagine. If at 8pm on transfer deadline day Moise Kean is "the most desirable striker on the market", I shall be checking the weather to see if indeed hell has frozen over.
I would love to think that we have three of the best young strikers in the world and truly admire your optimism. However, I think DCL is good and will get much better,same with Richy. Kean? If he is one of the best young strikers in the world I will eat whatever the collective noun for hats is.
73 Posted 20/08/2021 at 22:43:35
I think it'll be more "if we have to use him" rather than wanting to keep him, (or rather than him wanting to stay here!) We've got two decent yopung goalscorers in the under 23's who we might need to draft in, if we can't bring in another centre forward. Up to now, there's not exactly been a stampede to sign Moise Kean.
We might just have to make the best of him in the squad and, who knows, he might just become one of the best young footballers in the world.
But I don't think he's one yet.
74 Posted 20/08/2021 at 23:20:50
1st season in England he failed to adapt, not unusual for foreign players, especially 19 year olds.
He went on loan to PSG, the richest club in the world, they could have taken any striker really (within reason), but they chose Kean. He played and scored a lot more that both Everton or PSG expected. Fair play to him.
But name another striker that has international caps, a goal scoring record of 10+ in a ‘top league, champions league experience etc and believe hes not desirable?
Sure everyone is playing poker and waiting till the last day, but were not holding a pair of duces here. Alan Armstong went for £15M, youve got to admit Keans CV warrants twice the price?
75 Posted 20/08/2021 at 23:37:06
76 Posted 21/08/2021 at 00:44:42
77 Posted 21/08/2021 at 01:01:02
Off topic, I was just watching yesterday the highlights from the day Lewandowski came off the bench at halftime with Bayern trailing Wolfsburg 1-0. The Bayern manager, a doofus named Peppy or Beppo or something, had refused to start him.
He took about five minutes to warm up, and then he scored in the 51st minute. And the 52nd. And the 55th, 57th and 60th, the last on a spectacular side volley. Five goals in nine minutes.
Pep's expression was a mixture of absolute wonder and acute embarrassment. Pretty sure he never left Lewa out again.
78 Posted 21/08/2021 at 01:47:29
79 Posted 21/08/2021 at 01:51:19
All I'm saying is that strikers cost ££ and teams gamble on them. Everton spent £30M on a gamble on Tosun; Kean is a much safer bet.
I don't care if he goes to Burnley, someone will pony up the cash, on paper… he's just too good an asset.
80 Posted 20/08/2021 at 02:51:29
Little bit off regarding the RS use of statistical analysis.
What's known colloquially as MoneyBall is grown from Bill James' Sabermetrics out of the 1980s. One of the first things Henry did after buying Jamie's baseball Red Sox 20 years ago, was hire James.
All Henry is doing with the RS is what he's been doing with his baseball team for around 20 years.
Even Moyes had a geek team conducting performance analytics when he was managing the Club.
In the end, whatever metrics the RS or any club use in scouting and signing players, for most signings it's "fingers crossed" until the players actually prove their worth on the pitch.
81 Posted 21/08/2021 at 06:25:17
Tony Abrahams; if they do that for Norwich, I promise not to disrupt everyone too much as long as they provide me with a McDonald's type cup holder so I can stack! And I promise not to be naughty and throw my drinks away!!
John Senior, I know. I try to ignore the cost but it's impossible not to. Back to a lesson we more than most should have learned; its not what you spend, it's how you spend it.
Mikes Gaynes, you have now fuelled my paranoia that Hoppe could be a like for like replacement. Andy Crooks went and poured petrol and threw a match on that.
Dogs. I'm taking the dogs out!!
82 Posted 21/08/2021 at 07:15:11
83 Posted 21/08/2021 at 07:56:27
I think we and others have consistently gone on about this. Get a defence that is comfortable coming out with the ball and playing higher up the pitch, it gives the midfielders more freedom to do likewise and get closer to the forwards. Too many times last season, our midfield was either afraid, or under instruction, to not stray too far from our defenders, hence us being camped in our own half too often.
In my opinion / interpretation obviously.
84 Posted 21/08/2021 at 10:35:53
Maybe Rafa with his Financial constraints may decide to 'risk' the likes of Dobbin or Ellis Simms, although the latter is currently injured, why not ? Could save us a few bob and launch a new Superstar. After all said and done the Mbappes, Lewandowskis and Haalands (unbelievably on our books, at one point, and considered not good enough) have all started somewhere !
85 Posted 21/08/2021 at 10:46:24
I wonder if this chap and Hoppe are coming in and Kean out? Whatever you think of Kean (haven't seen what all the fuss is about personally) we aren't exactly going to miss him are we? I hope it happens soon along with James.
86 Posted 21/08/2021 at 11:06:17
Cant shake the feeling that wed be getting a more expensive Kevin Mirallas, magnificent for one game and then mundane for the next three.
Hoped its just gossip as spending £30m on an inconsistent 27 year old seems like more dodgy business to me. How about Madueke from PSV, would probably cost less but looks like he could be top class? Dani Olmo, Aouar, Cunha, Neto, De La Cruz, Lang, McNeil etc Theres a good amount of talented players between 20-24 who are probably as good as Correa now and have the potential to be better.
87 Posted 21/08/2021 at 11:28:24
88 Posted 21/08/2021 at 22:20:35
Most transfer fees are paid in instalments.
89 Posted 22/08/2021 at 08:15:30
I think this Correa rumour could be a bit of a smokescreen, unless Benitez is hell-bent on him. He doesn't fit the Brands intended blueprint. He is keeping his cards close to his chest until next week but there's a few clubs that will be doing the same. A lot will depend upon James and Kean leaving the club. When that is a certainty, the expenditure on incomings will be set.
I'd love to see one of the younger players mentioned to be brought in on the up. Doku could be a shrewd signing even at big money and give us fast and fearsome attacking threat. Difficult for any team including Top 6 to defend against, it's this type of addition that gets you into that group. I'd blow the budget on him if we sell Kean and James. An investment as well as a game changing signing. How much though, £40M?
A problem is he will have Champions League suitors lined up for a move next summer (probably the RS), if not this. Then Rondon for free as back-up and Buta maybe for £3M or so for right-back. Central defence won't be altered this season unless there is an unexpected outgoing by way of a big offer for Mina, Keane or Holgate.
Could be a very interesting 9 days ahead...
90 Posted 22/08/2021 at 09:07:23
As for Doku he looks a very exciting player but at £40m hed be a big risk for someone whose not really had that many starts in a league beyond Belgium, the same could be said of Madueke. A little bit like Moise Kean perhaps. If we do splash out £30m+ on a player I hope it will be someone aged 21-24 whos proved themselves to a degree over a season or two with room to grow. The likes of Cunha, McNeil, Diaby, Dani Olmo could fit this remit.
91 Posted 23/08/2021 at 14:55:33
I still think had the money not as been as tight, Danny Ings would have been the one for me, to come in alongside Calvert-Lewin.
For what we were looking to pay out for Correia, I would go in for Hoppe instead, short outlay so worth the risk, and gives us time to sort out Moise Kean, James, and get something in the kitty for the January window, than panic buy now.
92 Posted 23/08/2021 at 15:29:45
Kean could be the key, if he is in Everton's plans or is he going.
93 Posted 23/08/2021 at 17:45:53
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