Everton lose out on Sulemana to Southampton

31/01/2023 9comments  |  Jump to last

Everton's hopes of finally landing a player this window were dashed on deadline day when another attacker opted to join a different club as Kamaldeen Sulemana chose to  join Southampton.

Stade Rennais reportedly accepted £22m offers for the 20-year-old from both the Saints and the Toffees last night which left him with a straight choice between Goodison Park and St Mary's.

Unfortunately for Kevin Thelwell and Everton, he chose Southampton and was set for a medical this afternoon.

Sulemana's decision comes in the wake of Arnaut Danjuma's stunning last-second u-turn last week that saw him join Tottenham despite having agreed to join the Blues and undergone a medical exam of his own ahead of a  loan switch from Villarreal.

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It leaves Everton scrambling for options in the final hours of the window and by mid-afternoon there was no immediate prospect of any new signings coming through the door to support new manager Sean Dyche's bid to keep the club in the Premier League.


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Alan J Thompson
1 Posted 31/01/2023 at 15:35:25
Danjuma, Dembele, Sulemana and Gallagher seems to indicate it is not a League position that is putting anyone off so it's either the North of England or something in our club that doesn't smell right to those in the game. Was anything about transfers included in the FAB questions?
Joe McMahon
2 Posted 31/01/2023 at 16:54:53
Just got in from work and I can see that even players prefering Southampton over us. I don't think it's a North thing, as if it was Liverpool or (now) Newcastle players would walk barefoot on the M1 to sign.

It's the club Everton have become these last 30 odd years. The People's Club - What shit. Dixie scoring 800 goals in a season 90 years ago doesn't seem to tempt players in 2023. This board please- please just go and take Grand Old Team and Z Cars with you.

Ray Smith
3 Posted 31/01/2023 at 17:17:00
It’s something internal IMO that’s causing these rejections!
Couldn’t be BK, could it?
God forbid, he would interfere 😂😂😂
Brent Stephens
4 Posted 31/01/2023 at 17:23:52
Ray "It’s something internal IMO that’s causing these rejections! Couldn’t be BK, could it?"

No, Sulemana just tweeted that he looked on ToffeeWeb and decided "I'm not playing in front of that feckin negative lot. I'm a winger not a whinger".

Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 31/01/2023 at 17:35:05
Just imagine Bill calling up Udinese. "Hey can I talk to Mr Beto please Hi Mr Beto, do you want to switch jobs and move to a new country. within the next five hours. you need more time? Sorry five hours is your lot."
John Graham
6 Posted 31/01/2023 at 17:43:03
Bunch of amateurs haven't got a clue how to get the transfer of a decent player over the line.

Gazumped by Spurs.

Out thought by Bournemouth.

Now Southampton (who are bottom of the league) have convinced him they are a better option.

Maybe Thelwell can go back to Wolves again to see if they want to get rid of anyone.

We're now becoming team for geriatrics who need a home and a nice retirement pension.

Thelwall and his team need to go.

Dale Self
7 Posted 31/01/2023 at 17:46:44
We might be in a tough situation that has no real solution but short term pain. Thelwell may be rejecting offers that are weighted with the ‘Everton is desperate” premium. These would be justified opportunities to pass on. We will see if the players pan out but we don't know if there is an Everton differential that is unacceptable. Thelwell knows that would affect future prices and we are already skint as fuck.

Just a theory but I think we should be careful assigning blame without knowing the constraints or prices Unless of course you are directing such to those two.

Stu Darlington
8 Posted 01/02/2023 at 09:39:20
I know not signing anyone still hurts,but I think we we may have dodged a bullet or two on some of these players.
This lad, Sulemana,hasn’t got a great scoring record and by all accounts is injury prone,and Danjauma?, allegedly has attitude problems.
Sarr from Watford would have been the better option but of course,we started negotiations much too late as usual.
Gallagher and Giroud were never going to fly (smokescreen?) and the players that are still unattached are just other versions of Rondon.Asking big wages and nobody wants them anyway.
We must steer clear of these.
Chris James
9 Posted 02/02/2023 at 00:32:51
Whilst it's not great people are going to Saints over us, I actually think this was a lucky escape.

The guy's injury record is worse than Anderton/Bale/Mina!! And his goals/assists are pretty underwhelming too. This is a Tosun/Walcott/Alli deal all over again and I for one am relieved we missed out on it.

100% behind Stu Darlington on this (and a few others too). Whilst I think we were shocking in our strategic approach to this window, there really was not a lot of quality available in the market that would've genuinely improved the squad.

Aside from Chelsea's insane (and FFP breaching) deals, I think Arsenal bringing in Jorginho may end up the best deal of the window, although us getting £40-45M for Gordon will come close - smartest deal we've done for ages.

I can't really see anyone else we've massively missed out on tbh, please feel free to correct me of course.

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