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Elvedi speculation played down

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Everton are said to have sounded out wantaway Borussia Moenchengladbach defender Nico Elvedi with a view to beating Wolves to his signature before the transfer deadline.

Both Gianluca DiMarzio of Sky Italia and Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida say that the Blues are in talks over a possible £8m deal for the Swiss centre-half but Shamoon Hafez of BBC Sports has rejected the claims.

Wolves look to be the most likely destination for the 26-year-old, who joined Borussia in 2015 and has made 270 appearances for the Bundesliga side while being capped 47 times by his country, but if the report from DiMarzio is correct, Everton have now entered the equation.

Kevin Thelwell appears to be looking at bolstering the defence following a difficult start to the season that has seen Sean Dyche's side conceded sloppy goals and Elvedi would provide experience as well as versatility to the back line.

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The Zurich-born player, who can also operate at right-back, had been expected to leave Moenchengladbach this summer, with the club's Director of Football, Roland Virkus, saying recently:

"Nico has expressed a desire to move on after eight years. We are in discussions with clubs. A decision will be made in the next two weeks. I can't give a date yet."

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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 27/08/2023 at 22:33:33
Some links tonight with Nico Elvedi.

Interesting centre-back. Much more of a ball playing centre-back than Tarkowski or Keane but a decent defender too. 6ft-2in and almost 27.

£8M fee apparently which would be decent value for an experienced international centre-back. He’s only 1 year left on his contract

Jeff Armstrong
2 Posted 27/08/2023 at 22:40:51
Elvedi would be an upgrade on Godfrey, Holgate and Keane, seems to be gathering traction on SM so maybe a goer.

At the moment, we only have Keane and Godfrey to come in for Tarkowski and/or Branthwaite so I think we should get another centre-back in, but please is there not a goal scoring creative midfielder out there we could get in? I would definitely swap Onana for McTominay and cash.

Paul Kernot
3 Posted 28/08/2023 at 01:10:52
Not sure about this one. The bar's pretty high to get into our back line.
Phil Smith
4 Posted 28/08/2023 at 02:27:01
Sod getting another centrehalf in and concentrate on a playmaker. Get Florian Wirtz.
Joseph Terrence
5 Posted 28/08/2023 at 02:50:19
Phil, there is precisely 0% chance we could attract a player with even half of Wirtz's talent.

Not that it matters to us, but Wirtz will be one of the stars over the next decade plus. He'll be at Bayern, Barca, Real Madrid or Manchester City next year and will be a mainstay for a decade to come.

Andrew Brookfield
6 Posted 28/08/2023 at 05:32:04
Anything that moves Keane further away from the first team…
Martin Coughlin
7 Posted 28/08/2023 at 06:53:38
Excellent player, but he will be moving to a side that will ensure starting position. If we progressed this it would interesting to see if thus lead to change in shape to 3-5-2. I actually think with current squad of players and chance to have two forwards playing off each other would not be a bad idea.

Gk. Pickford
RCB. Elvedi / Godfrey
Cb. Tawkowski / Keane
LCB. Branthwaite / Mykoleno
RWB. Garner / Patterson / Coleman
LWB. McNeil / Young / Mykolenko
CM. Onana / Gueye
CM. Iwobi / Garner / Gomes
CM. Doucoure / Harrison
CF. Beto / Chermitti / Maupay
CF. Calvert-Lewin / Danjuma / Dobbin

Colin Glassar
8 Posted 28/08/2023 at 08:19:46
We have more chance of getting Elvis than this guy.
Gary Brown
9 Posted 28/08/2023 at 08:29:00
Everyone thinking this is a Keane replacement, but I'm thinking “what does Godfrey bring?” Tbh. Apart from a little versatility, but after he got ripped apart at United and games following I'm not sure he offers that even.

He's not dominant in the air and offers no goal threat (something we'd lose if we get rid of Keane - albeit Jarrod might replace). He doesn't look comfortable on the ball (an attribute apparently of Nico here). Not sure he brings anything at all now…..pace seems to have gone post injuries, thumping tackling we saw early days gone too?

I'd like to see him tomorrow night alongside Branthwaite just to get a feel for if they can partner, but if there's any clubs willing to take him for £10-£12m in next few days, this Nico signing would make a lot of sense.

Outside of that (assuming Beto done), my remaining hopes:

- Gray, Maupay, Gomes, Gbamin out (Onana if United daft enough to offer £50-60m)

- Left footer / left-sided DCM

- Left-footed lef-back who offers Digne esque crossing, set pieces and an overlap.

Too much to ask? 🤣

Gary Brown
10 Posted 28/08/2023 at 08:30:32
Why’s that, Colin? For all intents and purposes, he wants out of his current team and is close to Wolves. Sure they beat us, but they aren't much better at all… questionable if any.
Colin Glassar
11 Posted 28/08/2023 at 08:45:03
Just that apart from Luton, and maybe Sheffield, we are the least attractive suitor in the prem right now, Gary. But it was more a play on his name (Elvedi - Elvis) than anything else.
John Raftery
12 Posted 28/08/2023 at 11:15:20
For me, the most interesting words above are ‘…can also operate at right back'. We desperately need strengthening in that position.

Patterson is still learning amid doubts about his ability ever to reach the standard required. Seamus is on his final lap. Godfrey is unsuited to the role. Garner is needed in midfield.

Mike Allison
13 Posted 28/08/2023 at 11:19:43
Garner is not needed in midfield. We're currently picking Garner, Gueye, Onana and Doucoure in the same lineup. Only two of these should be in the same midfield at once.

Garner is currently being used in an unsuitable position.

Soren Moyer
14 Posted 28/08/2023 at 14:41:20
Come on, Thelwell! Sort this mess out.

Next priority should be an attacking midfielder who can score goals. Get Isi Palazón in. Or at least try, goddammit!

Dale Self
15 Posted 28/08/2023 at 15:08:57
Enough Soren, you are three steps behind Kev all the way to the close. He is making optimal choices in a competitive and constrained situation. There is no mess on his desk.
John Raftery
16 Posted 28/08/2023 at 17:47:37
Okay, Mike, Garner is needed in central midfield. Apologies for sloppy wording on my part.
Billy Shears
17 Posted 28/08/2023 at 20:16:49
Never heard of him? Any road, isn't Harrison a creative player who plays in central midfield?

I would still go for Cantwell (wasted at Rangers) and would keep an eye on Tierney (better bet than Mykolenko) as well during his loan spell in Spain, both decent players who would enhance us.

Andrew Ellams
18 Posted 29/08/2023 at 14:22:53
How about Harrison and Danjuma playing wide of Beto with Garner and Onana in the deep midfield roles and Dobbin playing the role Barkley played under Martinez?
Billy Shears
19 Posted 29/08/2023 at 16:51:55
Sounds good to me Andrew,but would Dyche play it that way?

Sadly doubtful.

Justin Doone
20 Posted 29/08/2023 at 23:07:45
Pace!? We need better than what we already have and additionally we need pace at the back.

First teamers only, improving the squad is a challenge for youth players.

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