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Everton eye two players from Belgian league

| 05/07/2024 32comments  |  Jump to last


Everton are said to be planning a move for Cercle Brugge striker Kevin Denkey and young full-back Killian Sardella of Anderlecht.

Born in Togo, Denkey scored 27 league goals in 36 games last season and would cost around €14m.

Also, a recent report in L’Equipe mentioned that Everton are showing interest in Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Amir Richardson. It has been stated that the Toffees are eyeing a move to secure the services of the Moroccan talent later this year.

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Tim Spieth
1 Posted 06/07/2024 at 03:13:26
I like the sound of that Striker from the Belgian league, Kevin Denkey. Has an eye for goal and looking at some videos he is reminiscent of Yakubu back in the day.

Could be the next best player out of Togo since Adebayor, lord knows we could use a striker like that.

Billy Shears
2 Posted 06/07/2024 at 07:07:03
The latest transfer news... we're in for Che Adams if Calvert-Lewin is sold.

Oh dear. Next!

Robert Tressell
3 Posted 06/07/2024 at 08:32:16
Unfortunate name obviously but of all the players within our price range and pulling power, I'd expect Denkey is probably the one most capable of scoring a decent goal haul in the Premier League (ie, 12+ goals).

The others (like Broja or Fofana) would probably take a year or two to get there.

Very different style of play to Calvert-Lewin. Maybe a bit more like Ollie Watkins. I expect he'd link up very well with Ndiaye (one-twos etc around the box) – enabling a better brand of football.

€14m would be remarkably cheap though – I'd expect in excess of €20m. A very similar profile player, Igor Thiago, has just joined Brentford from Club Brugge for €33m – as the likely replacement for Ivan Toney.

Steve Shave
4 Posted 06/07/2024 at 08:55:11
Thiago would have been the ideal DCL replacement Robert IMO however, we are shopping at Lidl. If we have some money then Denkey would be a good option, very strong, but he's under 6ft so not sure if he's an SD player.

Not sure if the rumours are true of the Malian lad coming on a free, again, seems an unlikely SD signing and similar in stature to Maupay, we know how that panned out. Maybe if he is coming and DCL going it will pave the way for Beto to make his mark as the lumbering target man and Chermitti and the free guy coming off the bench?

All ifs buts and maybe's at the moment, I love and hate the transfer window, too much uncertainty for me...and envy towards teams that are spending. Look at Brighton, just brought three cracking talents. Sigh.

Bobby Mallon
5 Posted 06/07/2024 at 09:36:24
Sean Dyche does not pick the players thelwell does so Dyche can coach them or ship out
Stu Darlington
6 Posted 06/07/2024 at 09:42:45
Tend to agree Steve.Not seen many clips of the lad but he does look strong and capable.Like you, have to wonder if he would fit in to Dyches thinking as he seems to favour mobile lighthouses up front but for me he would fit the right age and price profile we should be looking at.
Not sure we could get him for £14M though.
With more financial stability and the right people in place I think we could emulate the Brighton philosophy in the future ie,do your research early,identify where you need to strengthen and then move quickly when the window opens.
I’d still like us to get at least two good fullbacks as well!
Derek Knox
7 Posted 06/07/2024 at 09:54:07
Denkey, if as good as reported, would be better than some of the Donkey's we've had in the past !
Raymond Fox
8 Posted 06/07/2024 at 09:58:18
I fancy its more like Thelwell finds possible signings and Dyche says yes or no to them Bobby.
Robert Tressell
9 Posted 06/07/2024 at 10:10:34
Denkey is 181 cm or 5ft-11in, so he's not tiny. Same height as Les Ferdinand! But he's not a target man.

But I don't think Dyche is completely wedded to the target-man style striker. It's more a pragmatic move due to the players available. He played Demarai Gray up front for a spell after all (when the much taller Simms was available).

It's more about using the players at your disposal to play a direct, counter-attacking style. Denkey and Ndiaye would still allow that, but a bit more on the deck and football-based than our current duo of Calvert-Lewin and Doucoure.

Stu Darlington
10 Posted 06/07/2024 at 10:17:45
Congratulations, Derek.

I wondered who would be first to link Denkey and Donkey,although I think Robert did allude to it earlier!!!

Robert Williams
11 Posted 06/07/2024 at 10:31:40
E-O, E-O!!
Mike Allison
12 Posted 06/07/2024 at 10:39:46
Dyche also gave Danny Ings his big chance to build a career and he's definitely not a big target man.

Dyche has often played two genuine strikers of course; it was normal formation at Burnley. I wonder if that's part of the plan for next season?

Brent Stephens
13 Posted 06/07/2024 at 11:09:03
Stu #10 - I suspect they might play Denkey in the U21s a few times as he's "only 23" - carrying the kids, no doubt.
Christy Ring
14 Posted 06/07/2024 at 11:11:35
The only worry I have is that the Belgium league wouldn't be very competitive, and hard to judge how good they are, would it be on a par with the Championship?
Rob Halligan
15 Posted 06/07/2024 at 11:17:28
So good of West Ham to increase the true value of Jarrad Branthwaite. They have just forked out £40M for Wolves centre back Max Kilman, a player who, in my opinion, is nowhere near the player Branthwaite is. So if Man Utd, or indeed anyone else wants Branthwaite, then let’s start the bidding at a minimum £80M, cash only, and no ridiculous part exchanges such as Maguire or Jonny Evans. I’ve also just seen on SSN that West Ham have given Kilman a seven year contract. Seems a bit mad for a 27 year old, but we all know the reason why.
Brian Williams
16 Posted 06/07/2024 at 11:19:04
I think they can only use 5 years for amortisation purposes now though Rob, as of December last year I think.

"Premier League shareholders today agreed to amend the rule on amortisation of player registration costs to bring it in line with UEFA's regulations," the league said in a statement, opens new tab.

"Going forward, a five-year maximum will apply to all new or extended contracts."

Ian Bennett
17 Posted 06/07/2024 at 11:37:14
Positive. I think we would all want to be looking at up and coming, hungry young players.

A welcome departure from signing players on fat salaries with no eagerness to take us forward.

Paul Birmingham
18 Posted 06/07/2024 at 11:38:13
Good shout there Rob. Hopefully Jarrad will still be with Everton this time next season.

Seeingthe media and the focus on Dusseldorf, I remember a preseason tour in 1994 at Stadtlohn.
We flew into Dusseldorf and travelled out to Stadtlohn, both were very nice placesm

We had a brilliant time great laughs, but without doubt Mike Walker is imho the most miserable and disconnected manager, that Everton, have had.

Hopefully some more good transfer deals to be completed for Everton.

Viva Everton!

Mike Allison
19 Posted 06/07/2024 at 12:05:17
Christy, in quite a few measurable metrics, the Belgian League is weaker than the Championship

You’ll find different answers all over the place, but here’s an interesting one:

Tom Bowers
20 Posted 06/07/2024 at 12:18:41
Well who know's. We do need strikers as of course all clubs do but Everton more so.

DCL If he stays or stays fit can be half decent as we know but is limited. Beto and Chermitti need to start making some contribution soon.

Radzinski came from the Belgian league and did well and this lad Denkey knows where the net is too.

When you don't have the kind of money to buy players like Mbappe and Haaland you have to hope the cheaper options turn out to be gems.

Robert Tressell
21 Posted 06/07/2024 at 12:37:12
The Kilman deal is astonishing. Going into this window West Ham already had a 5 year net spend of £282m (higher than Liverpool) and a wage bill higher than Newcastle.

But they have fallen in the (obvious) trap we fell into under Moshiri - because they don't have the pulling power for ready-made Champions League quality players; they are shopping in the tier below but spending at Champions League prices.

To put it another way, they are spending a fortune to stand still.

Derek Knox
22 Posted 06/07/2024 at 13:20:52
Stu @ 10, thanks for that, at least I didn't make a total Ass of myself ! :-)
Peter Thistle
23 Posted 06/07/2024 at 13:53:34
Why aren't we trying to sign wingers with pace ? it's the main thing we need, would totally turn us around to get a coupla good ones.
Stu Darlington
24 Posted 06/07/2024 at 13:59:36
Very amuling Derek. Sorry it’s the best I could think of!
Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 06/07/2024 at 16:37:20
Stu and DK, everybody made the same connection instantly... you two were just the first to actually put it on the page!

Peter #23, how do you know we're not trying to sign wingers with pace? Among other candidates, we are reported in hot pursuit of Philogene.

Derek Knox
26 Posted 06/07/2024 at 19:23:26
M K @ 25, Aw eh Mike ! :-)
John Raftery
27 Posted 06/07/2024 at 22:18:47
On a minor point of accuracy, Transfermarkt has Amir Richardson as a Stade Reims player.
Gaute Lie
28 Posted 07/07/2024 at 16:12:24
Kevin Denkey looks on paper as a really good prospect.

Go for him!!

Ian Pilkington
29 Posted 07/07/2024 at 17:52:15
Can anyone seriously contemplate Denkey replacing Calvert-Lewin?

If Denkey comes in, the outgoing striker has to be Beto.

Robert Tressell
30 Posted 07/07/2024 at 18:48:32
Why is that, Ian?
Andrew Haizelden
31 Posted 07/07/2024 at 19:02:37
Derek at 26.
Ee-or, ee-or, ee-ought to know better than that.
Danny O’Neill
32 Posted 07/07/2024 at 21:48:21
Derek, keep it English. It's 'arse', not 'ass"!!

From what I've been reading, so far, we've been recruiting young players on top of what is mostly a young squad, with a few experienced players in there.

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