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Everton in three-way tussle for Maupay

| 16/08/2022 50comments  |  Jump to last

Everton, Nottingham Forest and Fulham are all keen on signing Neal Maupay this month as all three look to bolster their attacking options before the transfer deadline.

According to reports, among them from The Athletic, the Blues have joined the race for Maupay as the search continues for striking cover for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and talks have already taken place between the player and Frank Lampard.

Maupay is surplus to requirements at Brighton and Hove Albion, a club renowned last season for its inability to score enough goals even with Maupay in the side, and had been linked with a move to France this summer.

Forest, however, have already agreed a deal in principle with the Seagulls for a £15m transfer.

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Joe Digney
1 Posted 16/08/2022 at 17:10:44
The Athletic saying we’re well in the frame for Maupay too, already had “talks with Lampard” according to them.

Michael Lynch
2 Posted 16/08/2022 at 17:16:31
Does anyone have anything positive to say about Maupay? The only thing I know about him really is that he misses penalties and can't get in the Brighton team.

Anyway, I had a look at Brighton fan forum and the first post I saw was this:

"I think that Neal would be popular there. They liked Richarlison, so don't seem to have a problem with shithousery or missed chances if they're balanced out with determination and the occasional well timed worldy. "

Soren Moyer
3 Posted 16/08/2022 at 17:42:45
Why!? Haven't we wasted enough money on other club's cast-offs already?
Dale Self
4 Posted 16/08/2022 at 17:49:45
I'd take Trossard over Maupay. And I wouldn't be rushing to biz with Graham Potter now that he's grown that Methuselah beard and taken a crap on Everton. He could have just not commented rather than claim he has more ambition than coming here.
Will Mabon
5 Posted 16/08/2022 at 17:50:52
Surplus to requirements at Brighton — and we wish to sign him? Maupay?

This ambition is giving me a nose bleed.

John Kavanagh
6 Posted 16/08/2022 at 17:54:42
This is one tussle I'd be desperate for us to lose. I hope we're only entering the fray to push up the price for rival clubs. Nothing to see here please.
Sean Roe
7 Posted 16/08/2022 at 18:06:54
As if being linked with Che Adams and Michy Batshuayi wasn't bad enough!
Pat Kelly
8 Posted 16/08/2022 at 18:10:33
Every day brings a new depth to plumb.
Jack Convery
9 Posted 16/08/2022 at 18:12:39
Nay, nay and thrice nay!

May as well take a punt on Belotti, even with his injury record! At least he's on a free.

BTW, who takes the penalties these days with Calvert-Lewin out and Richarlison gone?

Also, would Besiktas by any chance be interested in GOCGATF offer on Gomes, Gbamin & Rondon, if they take Dele Alli.

Colin Glassar
11 Posted 16/08/2022 at 18:20:47
Sean, you’re right. All three of them are rejects. Maupin is probably better at scoring than Maupay.
Christy Ring
13 Posted 16/08/2022 at 18:35:05
Brighton are selling Maupay because he had a falling out with Potter, and he's in the last 12 months of his contract.
Fran Mitchell
15 Posted 16/08/2022 at 19:11:30
Not a bad player, but his finishing is just too poor for a top level striker.
Sam Hoare
16 Posted 16/08/2022 at 19:16:24
I think some people are being harsh on Maupay here. Very hard-working player who gives his all and many Brighton fans don't want him to leave.

He scored 25 for Brentford a few years back and has managed 8-10 a season for a pretty limited Brighton team.

Not saying he's as good as Richarlison but he'll score more than Gray and McNeil. There are worse options. Though there are also better ones.

Jack Convery
17 Posted 16/08/2022 at 19:16:51
Now Moussa Dembélé from Lyon and we are talking. Great stats and his contract is up next summer.
Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 16/08/2022 at 19:22:35
If there's anything we don't need, it's a Munchkin striker with no goals in him. Maupay scores every 291 minutes in the Premier League (compared to Batshuayi for example at 152 minutes).

Great runner, great skills, great competitor, but couldn't win a header over a gopher and misses more sitters than a drunk in a pay toilet. No thanks.

Terry Downes
19 Posted 16/08/2022 at 19:35:44
Week 3 then and still looks like no striker coming in?

Only Everton would allow that to happen... fuckin' shambles, heads should roll.

Robert Tressell
20 Posted 16/08/2022 at 19:53:07
Maupay would be an astute signing on a free as a bit of depth. But bonkers to pay a fee for someone of this standard.

I'm sure Brighton would be delighted to have £15M to spend on someone much better from overseas.

Ashley Roberts
21 Posted 16/08/2022 at 21:33:41
It's a definite no for me!! I would sooner either of the 2 lads who play in the Championship for Bristol and Coventry.

What happened about the forward from Rennes? That seems to have gone quiet. We need a striker before the week is out but it is a no for Batshuayi or Maupay.

Jamie Sweet
22 Posted 16/08/2022 at 22:00:25
I will always bow to Sam Hoare's superior knowledge of players but – just to be slightly contradictory – I know a couple of Brighton fans who would happily drive Maupay to Finch Farm.
Bernie Quinn
23 Posted 16/08/2022 at 22:38:16
Mike @ 18 - Munchkin? And I thought I was bad saying "Numpty"!!
Sam Hoare
24 Posted 16/08/2022 at 23:14:32
Jamie, me too! Mike G is right, he is prone to missing sitters which is obviously very frustrating. But then he does score a few corkers, works hard and is prone to shithousery so it's a mixed bag!

Wouldn't be top of my list but if he came I think he could bag 10 a season which is more than any other of other forwards with Calvert-Lewin out. But that's a low-ish bar.

Wouldn't be my top choice!

Ian McAvoy
25 Posted 17/08/2022 at 01:11:56
Disappointed we are being linked with this level of quality, even if they do have Premier League experience. What was it about Lampard blooding kids like he did at Chelsea and Derby?
Mark Boullé
26 Posted 17/08/2022 at 08:44:07
Jack Convery #9

What penalties...? We don't get any :)

Mick Roberts
27 Posted 17/08/2022 at 08:46:01
Tipical Everton, sell our best players.

Gordon refusing to sign a contract so he can fuck off … all this bolloks about “I'm a homer, don't want to play for anyone else” shit.

Regardless of that, we are looking to replace them with dross — sums this club up.

Colin Glassar
28 Posted 17/08/2022 at 08:49:35
This is one threesome I don’t want to get involved with.
Lester Yip
29 Posted 17/08/2022 at 08:59:12
Looks like we have at most £15M to spend unless funds from selling players. With the £15M mark, most linked are overseas strikers. We all know the Premier League is more intense and usually it takes time for the players to get up to speed.

Otherwise Championship or League One youngsters won't come cheap either. Might as well use Simms or Dobbin.

Ready EPL strikers possibly available are: Che Adams, Batshit, Maupay. None of them are exciting. But realistically if we can only have one of those or we stick with Rondon, which would you pick?

Stu Darlington
30 Posted 17/08/2022 at 09:40:28
Yet again I'm underwhelmed… we are linked to another striker who couldn't hit a cow's backside with a banjo.

Just what we need to give a cutting edge to our new dynamic midfield machine!
Brian Harrison
31 Posted 17/08/2022 at 10:09:36
I really wonder what Lampard's thoughts are with the ongoing transfer saga? I guess he remembers how he was lured away from West Ham to join Chelsea and will have some sympathy with Gordon's position.

Rumours are that we are in a 3-way tussle with 2 newly promoted clubs for the signature of Neal Maupay, he has scored 26 goals in 102 games for Brighton. I would imagine that Lampard was hoping he could bring in someone a little more prolific than Maupay but maybe financially he and Adams from Southampton are all we can afford, Adams has scored 20 goals in 97 games for Southampton.

I think probably Onana is a Lampard purchase and maybe Tarkowski, not sure if the other additions were his choice. Maybe Lampard just wanted to get back to managing and, despite our financial position, he thought it would be a good move. I just wonder if the reality of the financial constraints he is under has made him think seriously whether he wants to carry on here?

There is no doubt he has a strong bond with the supporters, but I think the last thing he needs on his CV is being in another relegation battle. But, with his limited finances impacting on the sort of players he can buy, is it a project that he wants to be part of?

Lester Yip
32 Posted 17/08/2022 at 11:34:57
Not every manager wins a trophy. Big Sam finds his niche as a firefighter and has made a living out of saving clubs from relegation. Sean Dyche has a number of years helping Burnley to do that under financial constraints. He will get a new role soon when some club run into trouble.

Frank now has experience with leading lower leagues (Derby), with top 4 club (Chelsea) and relegation battle experience (Everton). Honestly, if he's not a Chelsea great, he won't get that job. Looking at his tactics and player subs decision, he still has a long way to go. He's lucky Everton give him that chance.

Joseph Walsh
33 Posted 17/08/2022 at 12:01:22
“Judge me at the end of the transfer window” Moshiri said.

We knew we needed another striker before DCL was injured and yet here we are looking at a stop gap solution and forfeiting 6 points so far as a result of our inactivity

Joseph Walsh
34 Posted 17/08/2022 at 12:01:22
“Judge me at the end of the transfer window” Moshiri said.

We knew we needed another striker before Calvert-Lewin was injured and yet here we are looking at a stop-gap solution and forfeiting 6 points so far as a result of our inactivity

Finn Taylor
35 Posted 17/08/2022 at 13:42:20
We have been linked with every striker who seems to be getting touted around to Forest, Fulham and West Ham.

Scary thing is they are all unknown... with dismal scoring records... it's desperate isn't it?

Mark Ryan
36 Posted 17/08/2022 at 15:56:47
Get Arnautovic, he's better than anything that we've been linked with and he'll want to show people a thing or two....
Terry Downes
37 Posted 17/08/2022 at 16:04:50
Don’t know if this is true but I’ve just read that Lampard says any striker we sign will only be back up to Dominic?

Heaven forbid we play with 2 strikers and go all out for a win?

Kevin Molloy
38 Posted 17/08/2022 at 16:04:59
I'm not a huge Frank Lampard fan from what I've seen so far but even his worst enemy would have to sympathise at the moment.

He keeps us up, just, and then sees the two good players picked off, a host of injuries, and us stuck in the transfer window quicksand, unable to move for the good stuff until the last hours of the window.

All the while, we play out five games against our peers which will be pivotal to the whole season. Villa, Forest, Leeds and Brentford, games we absolutely have to pick up points in. Closely followed by Liverpool and Arsenal.

If things don't go well at the weekend, the derby mauling might just finish him off. At least this time we have Thelwell to steady the ship, but Christ alive we can't seem to catch a break at the moment.

Jay Harris
39 Posted 17/08/2022 at 16:26:03
Can all those forecasting a top-half finish explain to me where and who the goals are going to come from?
With Gray's recent form, I can't see a single goalscorer or even a free-kick or penalty taker.

With Richy gone and DCL out I can't see why we're dithering unless Frank thinks he has still got a chance of Broja but we could carry on pointless and goalless till the end of the window.

We need 2 goalscorers, not one.

Justin Doone
40 Posted 17/08/2022 at 19:56:31
Brighton need to score more goals and are wanting to sell Maupay.

We need more goals and.. NO!

We need a goalscoring striker.

Dan Nulty
41 Posted 17/08/2022 at 21:53:09
Sincerely hope we lose. Couldn't score for Brighton, we don't need more players who can't score.
Steavey Buckley
42 Posted 17/08/2022 at 22:09:13
The way forward can't be clearer until Everton sign a couple of proven strikers and players who can make crosses into the box for them to score from.

Maupay is not a player who ticks all the right boxes. Any other club who are interested in him are welcome to him.

Tom Bowers
43 Posted 17/08/2022 at 22:43:38
Steavey #42

Absolutely correct. I have no confidence in us winning any game (including Forest) until that happens.'

Maupay is another second rater who will do nothing, much like Rondon and Dele. Opposing teams have no fear of Everton which is basically the same as last season offensively.

If we cannot get into the heart of opposing defences from open play, then we will struggle to have any impact.

Jim Lloyd
44 Posted 17/08/2022 at 22:45:19
Brian (31)

You are right about us wanting a striker. I was having visions of too many of the "strikers" we've signed, finding it difficult to get past a dozen goals a season.

The two players I'd most like to see us get, is someone with vision who can provide passes and goal chances for our forwards: and the best goalscorer we can find. Our goals for stats since Lukaku left are pathetic.

Steavey Buckley
45 Posted 17/08/2022 at 22:48:57
Tom #43, you are 100% correct.

But why oh why were Everton left in this mess when it was discovered Calvert-Lewin would be out for 6 weeks and there was no replacement for Richarlison?

Tony Twist
46 Posted 18/08/2022 at 18:24:12
Let's face it Everton's recruitment is dogsh*t. C'mon people, as soon as Moshiri opened his mouth to put his size 9 back in it we knew we were going to be f*cked. Only Everton get Dele in and then can't sell him on, can only get a loan for him, only Everton look at a reasonably warm property like Cornet at Burnley then get distracted by what is in the bargain bucket aisle and come out with siggy mk 2 in Sh*te McNeil and pay wildly over the odds for him to boot. They are a shambles and need to be told about it after they get their hat trick of loses to a forest side on Saturday who are rebuilding somewhat like us but doing it at least with vigour. Everton are operating like a championship side already.
Danny Baily
47 Posted 18/08/2022 at 18:34:48
If we lose at the weekend the pressure will build in Frank. We can't wait too long into the season for points (or goals for that matter). But we have a decent side if we set up properly, even without new arrivals. That means Rondon starts and Gordon is on the bench.
Ant Dwyer
48 Posted 19/08/2022 at 01:26:04
Against the grain here but I like Maupay, low centre of gravity, decent on the ball and can easily get into double figures especially playing off DCL in a little and a large combo.
Lester Yip
49 Posted 19/08/2022 at 14:48:59
For $15m, at 26 a proven EPL striker is quite well priced. Usually a player's goals in Champioship is about half to 1/3 when playing in Premier League. So Maupay playing in championship will score around 20+ goals.

When looking at all other names throwing around from the Championship, who hasn't got any experience in the EPL, cost as much or even more. Maupay as a reliable cover for DCL is not a bad deal. Not exciting, but definitely add some depth to the team.

Jay Harris
50 Posted 19/08/2022 at 15:18:48
I just listened to Frank's prematch talk and it does not fill me with confidence that were going to sign anyone. He was very dismissal on Gueye and just kept going on about the fact Dominic was back in training again and was about 2 weeks away from fitness.

The conclusion I came to is the piggy bank is bare except for loan players and I guess even that depends on getting Delle's wages off the books.

Peter Hodgson
51 Posted 22/08/2022 at 08:35:56
I'm firmly with the majority who have commented on the possibles we are talking about today and the answer being sent to EFC from here is a loud No to them all as they lack one thing. Goals, which is a necessary aspect of someone called a striker.

I'm also with Jay @ 50 who said: "I just listened to Frank's prematch talk and it does not fill me with confidence that we're going to sign anyone. He was very dismissive on Gueye and just kept going on about the fact Dominic was back in training again and was about 2 weeks away from fitness.

The conclusion I came to is the piggy bank is bare except for loan players and I guess even that depends on getting Dele's wages off the books."

The club should have been aware that a striker or two was an essential signing particularly as Calvert-Lewin appears to have a recurring injury problem and is not to be relied upon to play a full part in the coming season due to being prone to 'freak' injuries on the training ground.

So we need a striker, not a back-up to Calvert-Lewin, contrary to what Lampard said later in the interview. I don't really believe it so I'm just going to wait and see what happens and, the same as the rest of us, accept what, if anything, we get.

Brian Murray
52 Posted 22/08/2022 at 08:44:58
Stating the obvious but this club obviously needs it pointing out again.

If Gordon needs to go to bid for a £40M striker instead of a £15Moan shot-shy striker, then no contest. I won't even go there over the running of the club as we get the stock answer from fans, the media, and pundits.

It must be the owners fault for nearly 3 decades. Fckin' idiots... Good job I stayed away Saturday. I'm sick of falling out with fellow blues.

Matthew Williams
54 Posted 22/08/2022 at 11:53:10
It now seems that Fulham are in the running for this bloke.

Keep searching, Blues.

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