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Everton have exercised a club option to extend Idrissa Gueye's contract by another year while a new 12-month deal has been offered to Ashley Young.

The base terms of Gueye's existing deal were due to expire this summer but, following an impressive season in midfield, the Blues have opted to keep the Senegal international for a further year.

Club captain Seamus Coleman is already mulling a new one-year deal and Young has also been offered the chance to stay beyond his 39th birthday.

The veteran full-back was signed as a free agent last summer following his departure from Aston Villa and he has made 33 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

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There has been no move to keep André Gomes whose five-year contract is also up this summer. The Portuguese is currently Everton's highest earner but has only made four starts for the Toffees this term after spending last season on loan at Lille.

Back-up goalkeeper, Andy Lonergan, will also depart the Club at the end of the season along with loanees Arnaut Danjuma and Jack Harrison.

Everton have announced that they will continue their dialogue with Leeds about bringing Harrison back next season, either on loan or on a permanent basis. In the latter case, much will depend on whether the Yorkshire club earn promotion back to the Premier League via the playoffs this month.

Dele Alli will also be out of contract but will continue his recovery from hip surgery at Everton with Director of Football, Kevin Thelwell, saying: "Both Sean [Dyche] and I agree it is important we ensure Dele’s rehabilitation is not impacted by his contract situation at such a critical point in his recovery.” 


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Kieran Kinsella
1 Posted 17/05/2024 at 16:53:29
Lonergan will be more missed than Gomes.
Neil Lawson
2 Posted 17/05/2024 at 18:06:31
We won't be top of the league next year but we will be top of the league for the oldest team.

In reality, we have little alternative. Gueye has earned his right to play on. Seamus too, and I suspect that he is a relatively inexpensive option. And Young? Answers on a postcard please.

I hope that the proposed salary offered is commensurate with his age and likely contribution to the team but, if he is to be considered a potential regular starter and/or we are paying him silly money, we really are in trouble.

I wonder which 40-year-olds are currently under consideration?

Jeff Armstrong
3 Posted 17/05/2024 at 18:15:51
Kieran, why ?

In our current set up, Gomes?(when fit), by no means a favourite of mine, offers an alternative in midfield that no current player offers, he can see a pass, he can take a decent free kick, his cameos since Christmas have been impressive , I would offer him a take it or leave it £25,000 p/w deal, he’s not getting much more in Europe, maybe Saudi will be an alternative, but in our current predicament, I would keep as much of this squad together as possible, because a lot are leaving anyway.

Oh and I’m sure he could do a decent job as Lornegan’s replacement as third sub goalkeeper.

Mike Hayes
4 Posted 17/05/2024 at 18:17:48
Not got a pot to piss in so it's all there is left to do… We might have to add in a pension scheme soon.

I can't see the logic in keeping Dele Alli – anyone explain that given his contract is up? Only Everton…

Ed Prytherch
5 Posted 17/05/2024 at 18:19:58
I don't like Leeds but I hope they are promoted and then take Harrison back.
Rob Jones
6 Posted 17/05/2024 at 18:20:11
Andre Gomes has contributed on the pitch this season. Lonergan hasn't. I can't see the value in that spiteful post.
Jeff Armstrong
7 Posted 17/05/2024 at 18:21:35
I think we're keeping Alli so he can get fit, no wages involved.

Who knows… he might sign for a low-ball wage just to stay at a club who has backed him for the last couple of years and paid him millions; he actually owes us.

Dale Self
8 Posted 17/05/2024 at 18:23:04
It is Gana be like a new signing. The team reactions to his goals say it all.
Danny O’Neill
9 Posted 17/05/2024 at 18:32:10
Oldest team?

Patterson 22
Branthwaite 21
Mykolenko 24
McNeil 24
Garner 23
Beto 26
Calvert-Lewin 27

With the likes of Dobbin and Warrington waiting in the wings, a young team supported by experienced players like Pickford, Tarkowski, Idrissa and Ashley Young, who if you listen to the players speak, commands a lot of respect.

I'm pleased about Gueye. His fitness levels and energy are still there.

Brian Williams
10 Posted 17/05/2024 at 18:36:57
I don't believe Dyche said we're keeping Dele, just that the medical team will continue to help him.

His contract runs out in June so he won't be getting paid other than in time and medical attention.

Not an awful thing to do IMHO.

Sometimes a little bit of humanity doesn't go amiss. These players are people too.

Roger Helm
11 Posted 17/05/2024 at 19:03:01
I agree Brian, everyone who has pulled on the Royal Blue shirt, for however little time, is deserving of support.

That was the principle of Dr David France's Everton Former Players Foundation.

Christy Ring
12 Posted 17/05/2024 at 19:13:32
Seamus and Idrissa deserved a contract extension.

Also, in my opinion, Gomes did well when he played in the latter games. I wouldn't mind him staying on a lot lesser contract.

Christopher Timmins
13 Posted 17/05/2024 at 20:05:01

I do hope your list of players are still on board when the first window of the 2024-25 season closes!

Barry Williams
14 Posted 17/05/2024 at 20:13:57
It could be argued that Young played a big part as both a left-back and right-back in a team that kept the 2nd most clean sheets in the Premier League, and offers cover in other positions too – and he isn't often injured – despite his age!

Villa also wanted to keep him if I remember correctly (happy to be corrected if that was not the case).

Sam Hoare
15 Posted 17/05/2024 at 20:14:12
Sensible moves. Gana is still one of our most important players and Young will be inexpensive cover for a few positions which is what you need when money is short. Though we really need a stronger right back.

Gomes wages will be a good saving and I'd not really fancy paying any significant fee for Harrison. And Alli will most likely rebuild his career in the US or somewhere with less pressure.

It's gonna be a summer of scratching around and wheeling and dealing!

Derek Knox
16 Posted 17/05/2024 at 20:24:24
Brian W,

It's not easy picking up a £100k/week for doing fuck all, it can play havoc with the lower back! :-)

Glad Gana Gueye may stay for another year, hope we can keep Jarrad and add a few others with maybe a slender Transfer Kitty!

Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 17/05/2024 at 21:04:32
Derek, it wouldn't surprise me to see Dele Alli in the Saudi league. A shame he lost his way as he is a talented footballer.

Gomes will go, but as mentioned on these pages, recently he has shown his class. He just needs three Idrissa Gana Gueyes around him!!

Jason Brook
18 Posted 17/05/2024 at 21:08:14
Glad to see Idrissa's contract being extended. I thought we were better when he started. With Young it all depends on the terms.

I would like to see Patterson get a run in the team next season. Similarly, I would like to see Warrington either get a chance or a loan spell in the Championship.

Jeff Armstrong
19 Posted 17/05/2024 at 21:50:14
Brian, #14,

I have it on good authority, (>60-year-old Villa home and away fan) that they were glad to see Young leave Villa last year, he had served his purpose there.

That's not to say a year or two with us has not re-invigorated him, decent money notwithstanding.

Tom Bowers
20 Posted 17/05/2024 at 21:53:11
I suppose it was inevitable after the great finish to the season.

The two old guys still with us but not many others did any better except Branthwaite, Pickford and Calvert-Lewin when finally fit.

We all hope a few others will be let go for little or nothing as they have either not been rated by Dyche or are of little use because of other reasons.

We are all hoping the good core of the squad plus one or two class acquisitions may get the team back to being a really competitive outfit, after all we did beat RS which showed we can beat Top 6 teams.

Barry Williams
21 Posted 17/05/2024 at 21:53:47
Jeff Armstrong - 19

It's Barry - Brian is another bloke who posts more regularly than me.

Jeff Armstrong
22 Posted 17/05/2024 at 21:58:28
Sorry, Barry, no, Villa didn't offer him anything, that's why he came to us.

Brian did in fact get offered new terms, but preferred to stay as an Evertonian. … Born not manufactured. 😊

Ben King
23 Posted 17/05/2024 at 22:08:35
Why are we spending time, money and effort to get Dele fit for another club to sign him up?

He doesn't even go to the games to support his teammates… that should be a minimum in my book.

Everyone harking on about a half-decent 2nd half versus Palace have got his stardust in their eyes… it's not like he scored a hat-trick or anything… and given how much we paid him, I don't think he's anywhere near justified the money.

I know he's had issues and I'm sympathetic but at least support your teammates and acknowledge the fans. Support is a 2-way street. Everton are too sentimental.

Barry Williams
24 Posted 17/05/2024 at 22:10:52
Jeff Armstrong @22,

Haa haa – fair enough!

I can still understand why Everton have decided to keep him – both Young and Brian!

Andy McNabb
26 Posted 18/05/2024 at 02:39:04
Agree that Gomes can and has certainly made a real contribution. I would like him to stay but when you have previously been earning such a ridiculous wage, 25,000GBP will not appeal.

Listen to us. We are talking about 25,000GBP a WEEK being relative buttons. And that, ladies and gentlemen, perfectly sums up why this great game, that we all love, is broken.

Derek Knox
27 Posted 18/05/2024 at 03:20:25
Andy @26, how very true and sadly, I am surprised that it has been allowed to get this far, it must implode, or reverse some day, in order for it to revert back to sanity !
Alan J Thompson
28 Posted 18/05/2024 at 03:59:58
I'm not enthused by this and it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense but then it is very short on detail and, of course, absolutely no mention of those for whom offers will be considered in order to satisfy the accounts.

Gana has shown in the last few games at least that he still has the fitness and Gomes looks like he still has that touch of class. Dele Alli is a no-no due to the cash Spurs would want but, with Harrison, those last three would mean about £300k pw off the wage bill. However, keeping players well past their prime wouldn't be doing much for any promising youngsters.

Kieran Kinsella
29 Posted 18/05/2024 at 04:52:49
Rob Jones,

On Gomes, I could make an argument based on the fact he cost us £25M plus £100k plus a week for the last 6 years and basically contributed nothing. This myth his severe injury ruined him is a fallacy if you recall his appearances before that, eg, v Wolves.

His career stats show him to be a guy who's slow, petulant, and prone to giving away free-kicks – all in the name of his “creativity” even though his career stats for goals and assists would embarrass the tackler Gueye.

But putting that aside, Klopp, Dyche and Pickford have all described Lonergan as some great professional who builds camaraderie with the other goalies, is a great training mate and a top bloke. So in that respect, given Pickford is our best player, I stand by my assertion that he will be more missed – even if his contribution is on a low wage behind the scenes.

Mike Gaynes
30 Posted 18/05/2024 at 05:23:51
Kieran #29, amen on Gomes. I have laughed out loud -- albeit with increasing bitterness -- at the ever-growing fairy tale that the leg break "ruined" a player who had scored one meaningless, pathetic goal in more than 40 games with us when it happened.

He had also lost us at least three games with defensive blunders, like hack fouls around our own area. And it's not like the injury was an end-of-the-world catastrophe -- he missed 14 games, just over a third of a season, and stepped (unfortunately) right back into the starting 11. But let's face it, we're stuck with this myth forever.

Regarding Young and Gana, simply no choice. We had to keep them. Financial circumstances dictate no other option.

Steve Brown
31 Posted 18/05/2024 at 05:57:05
Is that our summer transfer business concluded? I am at least glad that we have retained Gueye as we will likely sell Onana.

Harrison's wages of £90k do not represent value. He is really unproductive in terms of goals and assists for a wide man.

Everton are just allowing Dele Alli to continue his recovery from injury with Everton. We haven't offered him a new contract so what is the problem?

On Gomes, he has been a poor investment but discussing a double leg break like he had a calf strain is ridiculous. Very few players return as the same player from that.

George Stuart
32 Posted 18/05/2024 at 06:33:51
I think the keeping of Young says just about all that needs to be said about the state of our team ATM.

Still we have a team and manager capable of midtable safety. A few years of that will do for me and my ageing heart.

Dele Alli? Well, we're just nice. His signing baffles me but having done so, we're supporting him. I like us.

Laurie Hartley
33 Posted 18/05/2024 at 06:41:42
George #32 – I likes us n'all. 😉
Jerome Shields
34 Posted 18/05/2024 at 07:39:14
As expected.
Kevin Edward
35 Posted 18/05/2024 at 08:19:05
Gana and Young both seem like good pros and have continued to put in a shift.

It makes sense to keep some experienced players in the squad, and we won't be able to sign anyone to replace them.
I'm not missing Gomes, Alli, or Onana if he goes. Not many memories of them to stick in the mind, they didn't even get close to reaching the heights of a Vinny Samways.

It's not going to be much fun scraping through the barrel this summer. I just hope we hold on to our best 4 players and stay afloat for another crack at mid-table.

Shaun Laycock
36 Posted 18/05/2024 at 09:32:18
Holgate & Maupay will be like new signings...
Shane Corcoran
37 Posted 18/05/2024 at 10:07:42
Very happy Gana is staying.

I'd be happy enough about Young if he was back-up only.

I'm intrigued by the Alli bit. I could definitely be looking for a story that isn't there but why are they telling us that he's continuing his rehab? Why not just say his contract is up and he's leaving the club if that's the case?

Gomes and Coleman are no-brainers. Hopefully Seamus and his family can resist the lure of Killybegs for another year.

Jerome Shields
38 Posted 18/05/2024 at 10:47:37
Both Colman and Young offered 1-year extensions which they will take up. Gomes is a free agent. I suppose at 30 he still feels he can get another contract on high wages, which Everton are not prepared to pay.

Everton are in negotiations with Leeds regarding Harrison's future. Branthwaite, Onana and Pickford will be put in the shop window to get a valuation.

A few part deals may be attempted regarding Keane and Godfrey. Dele Alli to continue his rehab training at Everton though his contract is coming to an end.

Brian Harrison
39 Posted 18/05/2024 at 10:47:53
Gana is still our best midfielder, and it would be mad not to renew his contract, given how little if any money we will have to spend.

I know it's a long shot but I would love Branthwaite to stay for one more season.

I am really puzzled why there is so much speculation about Dele, he has trousered £10.4M since he has been here, but spent more time in London to be closer to his rehabilitation team. Probably the worst bit of business this club has ever done.

Bill Gienapp
40 Posted 18/05/2024 at 10:58:14
Sensible, if unexciting business. Gueye is obviously limited but still plays a valuable role in midfield, while Young can be plugged into multiple positions, if nothing else – which represents genuine value in a threadbare squad.

Gomes has always been a classy fellow. Not sad to finally get his wages off the books, but I'm glad he managed to contribute a little this season. I honestly wasn't expecting him to feature under Dyche at all.

Danny O’Neill
41 Posted 18/05/2024 at 11:06:09
This might not sit with everyone, but I'll be sad to see Gomes leave. One of the few midfielders we have who is comfortable on the ball. I've always enjoyed watching him. If only it wasn't for not having options in front of him.

I can see him and Dele joining the Saudi exodus. It might suit them better.

Paul Tran
42 Posted 18/05/2024 at 11:30:14
Gana and Young both finished the season well when it mattered. Always good to have at least a couple of old pros in our situation, and I suspect both are good role models for the younger players. No doubt Dele's contract will expire and he'll be on his way.

The real interest is going to be how much we get for Branthwaite and Onana, and who we bring in cheaply or on loan.

Danny O’Neill
43 Posted 18/05/2024 at 11:35:15
You always need it, Paul. A blend of young players, but experience around them to mentor.

No different from most walks of life to be fair.

Robert Tressell
44 Posted 18/05/2024 at 11:40:06
Sensible move re Gueye, given our finances. He's had a decent season and still has gas in the tank. Hopefully neither he nor Doucoure are still starters next season because, although they are effective, they do hinder our ability to play through the midfield.

I'm not in the least bit sad to see Gomes go, Danny. Despite a few unexpected decent cameos, he has offered us very little indeed for years now. There are plenty of good technical midfielders out there who don't have his flaws or his eye-watering salary.

I'm relieved to get him off the books so we have the financial wriggle room to sign someone of ability who does contribute.

On a similar note, it is a big relief to be free of Dele Alli's huge wages. None of us know what the future holds for him but I'm not convinced he'll ever play football again – even in Saudi Arabia.

Nathan Ford
45 Posted 18/05/2024 at 12:45:26
Hard summer ahead as we have no money. Gana signing for an extra season was a top priority for me. I'm not a young fan but I understand the finances at the club make it impossible to not offer a 1-year deal as back-up to Mykolenko.

I also hope Coleman signs on and has better luck with injuries. Gomes had to go with his salary and injury record. Danjuma is not a Dyche kind of player.

The hard choice for me is Harrison. I believe we have the opportunity to sign him for £16M but, as we don't have any money but this only happens with the sale of Pickford, Branthwaite or Onana.

I can possibly see Onana and Branthwaite leaving for around £120M and only £30M to £40M reinvested into the squad. If we blow half the money on Harrison improving our squad will be hard.

Sean Mitchell
46 Posted 18/05/2024 at 12:52:46
Just get the parasite Alli out of the club.

Where was he after the Sheffield United game?

Keeping the oldies is where the club is at (cheers, teary).

Can't deny Gueye was class towards the end of the season, though. Even Young rolled back the years, and Seamus when it counted.

Any other 30-somethings in the free transfer market?

Frank Crewe
47 Posted 18/05/2024 at 13:06:02
Alli and Gomes. That's the thin end of £12M off the wage budget right there. Along with the lesser lights being released, I think we're looking at about £15M less in salaries. Virtually all of the players leaving outside of Harrison barely started a game so it's not like they were first team regulars.

Hopefully Dyche and Thewell can now bring in some players on more reasonable wages that can contribute more to the first team than the players leaving did. He brought in some decent talent at Burnley on a budget such as Tarkowski, Keane, McNeil who are now playing for us. So hopefully he can do the same thing again at Everton.

Winston Williamson
48 Posted 18/05/2024 at 13:19:42
The wage bill needs reducing, just to bring us in line with the new PSR rules coming into force in the 2025-26 season, or we'll have further sanctions then too.

If we think we have wriggle room following Gomes's and Alli's wages being removed, think again. We're still overspending even with them gone.

It's going to take getting rid of Doucoure, Pickford, Calvert-Lewin, Gana and Tarkowski and finding replacements on lower salaries to bring us in line with the new rules.

I suspect we'll see a self-imposed salary cap over the next 2 years… that is if the club are serious about the rules and becoming a viable business. I expect a high level of player turnover in the next two seasons

Mike Hayes
49 Posted 18/05/2024 at 13:23:10
No one appears to be looking to buy Pickford unless we put him up for sale which I hope not. Godfrey seems to have improved. Patterson hopefully will be given a chance in preseason – it can't be good having near 40-year-olds ahead of you!

Those players who underperformed: Doucoure, Onana if staying – I can't see Onana being kept – need to take a look at videos of their performances and pull their fingers out of their hoops and perform better.

Fingers crossed there's some hungry young players from lower leagues or abroad wanting to play Premier League football but they have to be free and on reasonable wages.

Hopefully Branthwaite won't be sold but having no money possibly be forced to. It's going to be a looooooong break…

Robert Tressell
50 Posted 18/05/2024 at 13:36:37
Mike, I agree, I can't see Pickford leaving. I'd be surprised if Godfrey and Patterson are still around next season though. Patterson should have cemented himself in the First XI by now but seems to be behind Coleman, Young and Godfrey – having failed to impress three different managers.

I strongly expect a new right-back to come in over summer and Patterson to leave either for a fairly small fee or on loan. Given the interest from quite a few clubs, we could probably get about £10M for Godfrey and that's probably too good to turn down for a utility player with only 12 months left on his contract.

Mike Hayes
51 Posted 18/05/2024 at 13:56:20
Got to now find a younger experienced right back as Young and Seamus can't do a full season even between them surely?

The issue Dyche and Thelwell have is knowing how much they will have to spend but fingers crossed they'll have some idea as soon as possible. The ongoing joke over the sale of the club can't give them much hope of having a fair budget.

Simon Jones
52 Posted 18/05/2024 at 14:08:58
Just read that Young offered a 1-year contract, Gomes & Lonergan to leave and Dele will remain with the club while he undergoes rehab on his groin. No mention of a contract.

The latter sounds interesting, maybe we retain an interest in him getting on the pitch in a blue shirt?

Danjuma and Harrison to return to parent clubs, but we may be in discussion with Leeds regarding Harrison, depends on if they are promoted through the play-offs.

Sean Kearns
54 Posted 19/05/2024 at 01:19:18
Get big money for Pickford and Onana in an attempt to keep Dom and Jarrad… and although he's injured a lot, I would keep Dom no matter what. If he's fit, then he guarantees enough goals to contribute…

Also (not even joking one bit), I would let Virginia start as Number 1 and save the dough as he looks very capable when called upon. He's a unit and looks mature.

Phil Smith
55 Posted 19/05/2024 at 14:16:55
After listening to the boss there, we’re definitely selling Onana, Jarad and maybe DCL as well. I think, in the right side, he could score a lot of goals and could still command a decent amount of money. With his recent injury issues, the club might be prepared to sell this summer. If we can get 25 mil for him, he’ll go. I hope we can keep Brathwaite for another season at least, but if Utd come in for him with silly money then the club might not have a choice.

Players that will have to be sold:
Maupay - think he did enough to create some interest - 5 - 8 mil
Holgate - 1- 3 mil to the Championship
Keane - 8 - 10 mil
Godfrey - 7 - 12 mil

If Jarad goes then we’ll keap 1 of these, my bet is Keane, but I think he needs a fresh start somewhere else. Solid defender on his day and full England international not that long ago. Definitely have to bring in some new defensive players on the cheap or for free.

Selling Dom might also give Beto a confidence boost, knowing he’s our number 1 striker. I’d rather start Chermiti though. His 1 start showed lots of promise. He’s quick and good with his feet for a big lad. Brings others down into play. Could be future of our strike force with little Dobbin playing off him.

Frank Crewe
56 Posted 19/05/2024 at 14:36:10
The pessimism here can be very depressing. Maybe it's down to the years of struggling. This season still has one game left yet apparently we are already doomed for next season. Pickford, Branthwaite, Onana, DCL all sold. Nothing but rubbish or thin air in their place.
Everton may be in debt but it doesn't mean we have to sell all our best players. For one thing they may not wish to go.
Pickford has been on Merseyside for 10 years. Why would he want to uproot his family when he and them are perfectly happy here? Especially since he still has at least three years to go on his current contract.
Same with DCL. He's been at Everton a long time. Offer him a half decent new deal and he will most probably stay.
Branthwaite is still a young player. He's getting plenty of notice and may even make the England first team. He's currently a shoo in for any Everton first 11. Does he need to put pressure on himself by moving to a club with a bigger squad and no guarantee of first team football? He may decide to stay for another season rather than risk moving too soon.
Onana is the only player I can see moving. He has no real connection to the club and may be happy to move back to the continent.
So lets not get too carried away by who is or isn't moving. It's not just down to what the club wants. The players involved will have a say in it as well.
Ray Roche
57 Posted 19/05/2024 at 14:47:39
Phil, I read earlier this week that Beto sees his future elsewhere, Italy was mentioned in the article. It was just a comment in an article about Everton.
Mike Gaynes
58 Posted 19/05/2024 at 15:01:50
Ray, it would be hard to blame Beto. He loves to play. In Serie A,he got more than 2000 minutes a season. This season, he has played less than half that. And he knows he's not going to beat out a healthy Calvert-Lewin for minutes.

Unless Dyche comes up with a system that puts both on the field, I would expect Beto to grab the first offer from Italy that comes his way. He was happy there.

Sean Kearns
59 Posted 19/05/2024 at 16:00:59
Dom would be a fool to leave. He’s a guaranteed starting number 9 in a prem team, when about 17 of the teams in the league play 1 up front. There isn’t many positions available for the job he has… he could very week end up riding the bench for spurs (see Richy) or even starting for a championship team or ipswitch etc. he can lead us out into the new ground, break Lukaku PL record for us and be a hero for years to come. Why would he leave except for money?? If he’s fit he will play 38 games for us
Mal van Schaick
60 Posted 20/05/2024 at 09:28:47
We have heard what Thelwell has had to say, but my take on this current squad, is to do our darned best to keep our best players, borrow more money if needs be and fund good contracts especially for Branthwaite.

We may be on the cusp of a better investor, if we can exclude 777 from any deal. That investor could reimburse 777 and invest in our club (within Masters rules of course lol).

Hang on in there, and wait and see before off loading the players, who I believe have the Everton bug and are loyal to us as a club that may be going places soon. Who knows?

Denis Richardson
61 Posted 20/05/2024 at 19:22:09
Mmm - mixed feelings here and I guess it all depends on what the wages are.

Young was supposedly on £40kpw last season With another year on the clock I'd hope the new offer is at least less. Even £30kpw is still £1.5m a year so hardly chicken feed. Also, at 39 he really should not be making 30+ league appearances. We need to sort out a proper RB if Patterson isn't up to it so Young is cover for either flank.

Gueye is more interesting. He was on £80kpw so one of our top earners. Whilst he's younger I also hope the extension is on lower terms but can imagine it's probably on similar terms as it was already in his contract. Tbh he turns 35 in September and speed was never his strength so hopefully got another top flight season in him. He's certainly played well enough the last couple of months and allows us to cash in on Onana to clear the books.

Gomes and Ali should 100% be off the wage bill entirely - they've combined cost us over £10m this season for about 5 appearances.

Personally I don't want Harrison, on loan or god forbid permanent. He was supposedly on £90kpw. Nuts when Branthwaite is on about £35k.

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