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Everton linked with out-of-favour Dembélé

| 18/01/2023 28comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are reportedly tracking Moussa Dembélé's situation at Olympique Lyonnais and could make a move for the striker this month to head off any competition even though he is out of contract at the French club in the summer.

Dembélé, formerly for Fulham and Celtic, has largely been displaced from his regular starting role by Alexander Lacazette and might jump at the chance to leave Groupama Stadium this month and return to the UK rather than wait until the end of the season.

Everton are in desperate need of striking reinforcements as they seek to pull themselves off the bottom of the Premier League and avoid a protracted battle against relegation and have been linked with the likes of Atalanta's Duvan Zapata, West Ham's Michail Antonio and Aston Villa's Danny Ings in recent days.

West Ham themselves are now reportedly vying for Zapata who could end up commanding a fee as high as €20m if his club won't allow him to go out on loan which could force the Blues to look elsewhere.

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Dembélé was a hit in Scotland, scoring almost a goal every two games for Celtic, form he continued with Lyon in 2018-19 and picked up again in 2020-21 and 2021-22, that latest campaign seeing him hit the net 21 times in 30 appearances. 


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Martyn Thickitt
1 Posted 18/01/2023 at 05:45:29
I would have took a chance on him when he was at Celtic, not a bad player at least he knows where the net is.
Gavin Johnson
2 Posted 18/01/2023 at 05:47:30
A much better option than Zapata for me. Zapata is 31 and only scored 1 in 11 since a massive injury. Reminds me of the Yak after his achilles injury at Everton. Not sure he's the same player.

Meanwhile, Dembele is younger and done it in Britain before with Fulham and Celtic. I really hope we can get this one over the line, but we still need Danjuma or Elanga to have a fighting chance of staying up this season.

Joe Digney
3 Posted 18/01/2023 at 07:13:48
This is more like it, at least he’s under the age of 45 for a start.
Paul Hewitt
4 Posted 18/01/2023 at 07:21:30
Would be a great signing. But I don't expect Everton to get it done. Probably get some 30+ injury prone journeyman.
Andrew McLawrence
5 Posted 18/01/2023 at 07:44:07
Nailed on cert he will sign for Bournemouth later today
John Graham
6 Posted 18/01/2023 at 09:33:38
Never going to happen as will be in the championship by then.
Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 18/01/2023 at 09:43:57
Dembele always appeared to have the potential to go right to the very, very top of the game imo, (scoring a hat-trick for Celtic, against a great Barcelona, being an example of why) which makes me think something has gone badly wrong with his career.

We need to take a chance, or in the words of Walter Smith, on the day he brought in Kevin Campbell, “we have got to fuckin do something” and we have got to do it sooner rather than later

Ernie Baywood
8 Posted 18/01/2023 at 10:08:17
Too many Dembeles for me to follow.

Is he the fast striker one? He'll do.

Clive Rogers
9 Posted 18/01/2023 at 10:21:36
Wouldn’t we be better going for someone who is “in-favour”.
Tony Everan
10 Posted 18/01/2023 at 10:25:03

What’s the odds we think we’ve signed the 26 yr old striker Moussa Dembele and the 35 yr old CM Mousa Dembele turns up ?

I hope they haven’t got the same agent !

Gary Johnson
11 Posted 18/01/2023 at 10:35:16
Every other club can and is spending. Wolves, Southampton, Leeds, Villa, Bournemouth, Forrest….we HAVE NOTHING. Zero. Zilch. Every time we get near to someone, their agent will contact one of these clubs and find a better deal waiting. Especially for the agent who gets a % of nothing dealing with us.

Also, why would Dembele sign on to Everton now? We ain’t going to give him a signing on fee. His club would want a fat loan fee, or they may as well keep for cover. If we won’t pay the loan fee, one of the above will. The agent % will win the day, nothing else. None of these clubs will win anything. They are as attractive as each other. No World Cup to think about, so if player plays or not it’s just money thing.

Only hope we’ve got is deadline day…..finding someone who’s agent doesn’t have time to then shop their client around with a “can you beat this offer”…….we almost managed this scam with Kudus, maybe we can again.

Other option is pulling back the loans of Lewis Warrington and Branthwaite, and selling Keane /Holgate and Doucoure to anyone (including rivals) willing to bid. That MAY give us a chance of outbidding someone on ONE player. However, Club don’t even seem to want to do that.

Bring them back anyway, bring Mills into the squad as the winger we need (ahead of AG), start starting Simms, and let’s start preparing for next years Championship with the kids who may actually still give us a future. Worked for the shite last night.

Michael Lynch
12 Posted 18/01/2023 at 10:45:12
The media are reaching a whole new level of stupid with some of their rumours.

We're linked with old men who are up for sale for £30m when we haven't got a pot to piss in, we're linked with the likes of Connor Gallagher, who I'm sure would rather eat his own testicles than swap Chelsea for Everton, and we're linked with every Championship striker who has ever scored a goal, even though all of them want to go to Premier League teams, not nailed on relegation certs whose fans chase their players down the road hurling abuse at them, while the board spin ridiculous yarns and are too shit-scared to even turn up to a match.

What a club,

Jeff Spiers
13 Posted 18/01/2023 at 11:05:33
Just a thought, fearing the worst, what 2 teams would accompany us to the Championship?
Paul Hewitt
14 Posted 18/01/2023 at 11:30:56
Bournemouth and Southampton.
Derek Knox
15 Posted 18/01/2023 at 11:35:33
Michael, the own testicle muncher Conor Gallagher is allegedly a big admirer of Lampard, so you never know, he would certainly make a difference. Moussa Dembele, would be another great acquisition even if he isn't playing like he was at Celtic. A misfiring Dembele has to better than some of the Dembellends we have at the moment. :-)

Well we are still allowed to dream aren't we ?

Peter Carpenter
16 Posted 18/01/2023 at 11:37:45
I would just love to hear about a signing not a possible signing. I am beginning to think we might not have any money.
Mick O'Malley
17 Posted 18/01/2023 at 13:11:21
Dembellends🤣 love it Derek
Eric Myles
18 Posted 18/01/2023 at 13:22:24
The fact (or maybe not if it's rumours) that we are trying to sign unwanted strikers from our relegation rivals speaks volumes!

If these strikers were any good our rivals would be keeping them to ensure their survival

Alan Johnson
19 Posted 18/01/2023 at 13:36:33
#16. What makes you think that Peter?
Matthew Williams
22 Posted 18/01/2023 at 17:03:39
At least this player I've heard of!

Looked liked a decent Striker at Celtic, maybe we should've signed him then?

Would he join us now!?

Andy Mack
23 Posted 18/01/2023 at 18:11:29
Like Derek [15] says above, Gallagher and Dembélé might just be the solution to keeping us up, we need a busy midfielder that knows what he is doing and a striker who is, well, a striker.

About time Frank used his Chelsea pals for something useful. Loan 'til the end of the season, on Gallagher, go solid with a couple of players the opposition might have to actually worry about for a change?

Tired of seeing Calvert-Lewin isolated and marked out, and just tired of seeing Maupay at all. Ditto McNeil.

We used to utilise the loan market so well, I wish we'd do it more instead of throwing £20M+ around on players that are no more than benchwarmers, hang about for a few years and get released on a free.

All this attacking wingback and mazey winger stuff, we just don't have the players fo. They run out of steam once they get near the box.

I really despair at our club, I keep thinking the 'kids'll save us, but looking at the U21s and they can barely put out a complete team at the moment! How are we even in the Premier League with such a dysfunctional set up?

How low am I? I'd take swapsies now on Frank and Moyes and feel more confident about the weekend result and staying up.

Fran Mitchell
24 Posted 18/01/2023 at 19:12:21
If Conor Gallagher is available, he'll be going to Newcastle or somewhere.

Dembele looks a good fit, but I'm not confident we'll actually sign anyone.

Tony Abrahams
25 Posted 18/01/2023 at 19:22:21
My guess for Gallagher would be Potter's old club, Brighton, although I've heard that Lampard (who must be on the thinnest of ice) thinks he's got a chance of getting the kid to Everton.
Gary Johnson
26 Posted 18/01/2023 at 19:29:36
Gallagher will stay and fight for his place, at least until summer. If he does move, my bet is Palace on loan. They could drop into the mix, albeit with a 7-point cushion on us, so that'll be another rival strengthened.
Jack Convery
27 Posted 19/01/2023 at 01:30:05
If Gallagher does come, can we then sign a midfielder with the surname Lyle and play them together. At least we would then get a tune out of the midfield.

Loans to consider:

Lucas Moura from Spurs. Right Winger. Not getting a look in under Conte and he's better than anything we have on the books right now.

Jack Convery
28 Posted 19/01/2023 at 01:48:21
I've just noticed that James Rodriguez is available come the summer. Offer Olympiacos £6 - £8M for him now.

He's been playing without injury and he's just the lift the players, club and supporters need right now. Calvert-Lewin would be made up to see him back. He scores, he assists – what's not to like?

He's also got unfinshed business at Goodison thanks to Rafa and a real point to prove. Just what we all need right now. The real tonic. Currently 3 goals and 3 assists from 15 games. Which is better than Zapata.

His stats with us were 26 games – 6 goals and 9 assists. James in the flesh for all to see.

Kieran Kinsella
29 Posted 19/01/2023 at 02:54:06

Nice fantasy but that was 2 years ago since when Colombia ditched him, he earned a fortune in a part-time Qatari league doing very little and now he's made a modest impact in Greece – a league comparable with Scotland.

Aside from his wage demands, injury record etc he's also basically ready for the Zico all stars beach football league at this point.

Kieran Kinsella
30 Posted 19/01/2023 at 02:55:38
Gallagher just got back into the Chelsea team. Why would he want to join the second-worst team in the Premier League?

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