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Reading online today, I read an article that David Nugent has joined Leicester.

Now I am not claiming he is a world beater... But, on a free, was this self-admitted Bluenose worth a punt?

Mike Prendergast, St Kitts     Posted 10/07/2011 at 23:34:38

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John Audsley
1   Posted 11/07/2011 at 07:18:40

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Maybe, too late now.

Either DM didn't want him or couldn't afford him.

Guess it was the first option but the second probably wasn't possible either.

Got weeks of this Transfer Window to come.....
Ryan Holroyd
2   Posted 11/07/2011 at 07:29:07

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No, he's shite.

Plus Leicester have more money to spend than Everton.

Thanks, 'Blue' Bill.
Ray Roche
3   Posted 11/07/2011 at 07:38:10

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No.
Brian Keating
4   Posted 11/07/2011 at 07:38:52

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No way was he worth a punt.
Russell Buckley
5   Posted 11/07/2011 at 07:38:21

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Nothing against Nugent, but hardly someone I'd be excited to see us pick up.

All this means to me is Leichester have just bought a striker reducing the chance they want to take Yak off your hands.

Not to worry though, I'm sure I'll wake up one morning soon and see that Kenwright has found some money and we are in for a world class winger and an up and coming start striker.

Bullshitting myself is the only way to get through this time of year.
Mike Litherland
6   Posted 11/07/2011 at 08:11:23

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There's loads of season tickets to offload, so expect Blue Bill to issue a soundbite saying "We're looking at a number of players and signings are imminent" very soon.
John Audsley
7   Posted 11/07/2011 at 08:12:12

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Also, if the Feberbahce chairman is up in front of the beak, that probably puts the boot into the Yobo transfer...

Happy days.
Richard Parker
8   Posted 11/07/2011 at 08:17:23

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He was shite at Portsmouth. He'd be marginally better than Anichebe.

If that's the best striker we can sign then we're in deep shit.
Anthony Hughes
9   Posted 11/07/2011 at 11:09:22

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Margianally better than Anichebe, the poor lad.
Jon Ferguson
10   Posted 11/07/2011 at 11:30:52

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It really is getting desperate when we have to resort to naming Nugent as a potential target.
Danny Broderick
11   Posted 11/07/2011 at 11:30:53

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No better than Anichebe, Saha and the Yak.
Eugene Ruane
12   Posted 11/07/2011 at 11:41:06

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Now? No (maybe when we were first interested).
Joe McMahon
13   Posted 11/07/2011 at 12:16:21

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Don't worry, Guys... on 31st August 11:58 pm it will have been confirmed we've signed Lee Trundle.
Tim Spring
14   Posted 11/07/2011 at 12:35:09

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Joe I don't think we could afford Trundle :)
Si Harwood
15   Posted 11/07/2011 at 12:52:48

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Nah... not a Prem striker ? very good at Championship level, but was just not good enough to step up.
Jimmy Hacking
16   Posted 11/07/2011 at 13:40:32

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Good goalscoring record for England, so clearly a big-match player. Plus, he supports us, and no player would ever leave his beloved club for, say, better wages elsewhere, would they? I mean, Loyalty is paramount for modern Premier League players.

Worth a punt, definitely. He'll get us a good 4 or 5 goals a season, maybe even hitting the big half-dozen. Definitely in the same league as Yakubu, Marcus Bent and James Vaughan... he was tailor-made for Everton.
Jay Harris
17   Posted 11/07/2011 at 13:43:20

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Nugent has found his level.

Get the fitness trainers working on Yak and it will be like a new signing (according to Phil Neville anyway).
Tom Bowers
18   Posted 11/07/2011 at 14:02:31

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I agree: Nugent has found his level. Yes, he may have fitted in at Goodison a few years back but we now gave Beckford and, if King Louis can stay fit, then I believe we have a decent strike force up front at least. We need a greater contribution from midfiled to get better results.
Jason Heng
19   Posted 11/07/2011 at 14:03:40

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Yakubu and Yobo will be like new signings.
Alex Robinson
20   Posted 11/07/2011 at 14:17:50

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Apparently Arsenal are in talks with an "un-named club" for the sale of Bendtner. Wouldn't be surprised if that's us.
Anthony Hughes
21   Posted 11/07/2011 at 14:36:56

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Fuck me, I hope not... the Danish Anichebe.
David Moore
22   Posted 11/07/2011 at 14:55:50

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Anthony, at least he has actually scored within the current decade, unlike the original version of Anichebe.
Anthony Hughes
23   Posted 11/07/2011 at 15:10:25

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Arsenal are looking for a left back... I wonder if they're contemplating Bendter plus cash for Baines.
Alasdair Mackay
24   Posted 11/07/2011 at 15:14:05

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I'm one of the few that likes Anichebe and I can't stand Bendtner! He combines uselessness with big-headedness.

Besides ? he is out of our price range at £12m (what Arsenal want for him) and £52,000 a week (anyone who picks a shirt number to show off their salary is not a Moyes-type player)!
Sam Hoare
25   Posted 11/07/2011 at 16:58:28

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Bendtner is going to Germany apparently. Certainly no chance he is in talks with us. We will not be signing anyone till we shift a few players and, with all the Fenerbahçe rubbish, that's looking unlikely.

As for Nugent... no thanks. No improvement on what we have.
Ste Traverse
26   Posted 11/07/2011 at 17:03:24

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Not this again.

I have to admit it's got boring hearing some blues going on about signing Nugent just because he's a blue. He may well be a good Evertonian but he's a Championship player at best.
Anthony Jones
27   Posted 11/07/2011 at 17:11:54

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Poor man's version of Beattie during his days at Everton; i.e. he is as mobile as a sinking oil tanker.
Elaine Riding
28   Posted 11/07/2011 at 18:15:42

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#20 Anthony.. The Danish Anichebe.. Quality.
James McGrady
29   Posted 11/07/2011 at 18:51:53

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We should've got him, just for Leicester to still need a striker and then go for Yak.
Trevor Lynes
30   Posted 11/07/2011 at 18:49:29

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Nugent as a punt is still not worth it and, for one, I am not paying to see EFC this season if BK does not sign anyone. I am refusing to line the pockets of this board of MIS-directors if no effort is made to STRENGTHEN the squad before the season starts. Every other team are moving to improve their squad and if there is no investment from the present board then I'm not investing either!!!
John Nugent
31   Posted 11/07/2011 at 19:27:21

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David Nugent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avYgzrIZOyE
James Dore
32   Posted 11/07/2011 at 20:53:52

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I watched Portsmouth v Leeds last season. Nugent managed to kick the ball clear out of the ground from the 6-yard box...
Alex Buckley
33   Posted 11/07/2011 at 20:42:04

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FFS why would we go for that dead-beat?

Look at the squad: plenty of strikers on the books (better than Nugent) but we badly lack the top Prem class quality striker needed!

As a club, we're becoming a joke, sick of the likes of TalkSport taking the piss! We are not looking for crazy money but just a decent budget for Moyes to develop the squad.

It's so frustrating that what Man City/Chelsea would pay for one player would turn us into contenders.
Ian McDowell
34   Posted 11/07/2011 at 22:16:28

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Nugent FFS... and people expect us to qualify for Europe. I do laugh, but not often at the minute.
James Flynn
35   Posted 12/07/2011 at 03:21:20

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Good thread. Lots of funny stuff. Poor Nugent.

Let's keep everyone healthy (fingers crossed) next season and see if the team DM's built these last 2 years develops so we can break into the Top 4.

Not so easy for the so-called Sky 4 last season was it?
Arran Jordan
36   Posted 12/07/2011 at 05:46:09

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The transfer window is now in full flow and many of the clubs in the Premier League are now buying players at different levels of expenditure. Teams like Sunderland have already signed many players, even though some of the players have been bought using the Darren Bent money, as well as the Jordan Henderson money; they have also signed Seb Larsson as well as David Vaughn who were both free transfers at the end of the season.

Both of these players would have fitted very well into the Everton set-up, being on the young side as well as being light on the wage bill. Why couldn't we have at least have attempted to sign them? Instead we wait to see what's available at the start of the season...

As well as the free agents in England, we have missed out on a lot of talent across Europe, which includes German international winger Pitr Trocowski, Mirislav Close (who we "attempted" to sign) as well as Victor Obinna who was in fine form for West Ham last season and would bring speed into the equation for next season. He also has the ability to go past a player ? the only players in the Everton team who can dribble are the full back.

I belive that the Everton board needs to go out into the transfer market with confidence and take a risk... We need to be more aggressive in the transfer window ? maybe it might pay off.

Chris Fisher
37   Posted 12/07/2011 at 10:16:11

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Beckfords better than him. If we are talking about frees the only name really worth a mention is Owen Hargreaves.
Richard Parker
38   Posted 12/07/2011 at 10:13:26

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Tom 18 - I beg to differ, we don't have a good strike force at all.

I think that it's painfully clear that there needs to be significant change up top next year for us to have a decent crack at a spot in Europe.

Saha won't ever stay fit for a season.

Despite doing OK last season, Beckford is not a very good striker... although we can always hope that he's a late bloomer and might do better this season.

Anichebe was gash, is gash and shall always be gash.

My biggest hope is that whatever happened between Yak and Moyes is sorted, he gets fit and he starts banging in the goals. He's the only really decent striker that might play the full season for us. Sadly that's as unlikely as us investing in the squad.

The only striker that I've seen on the market that might have fit the bill for us is Demba Ba, now with the clowns at St James'.
James Stewart
39   Posted 12/07/2011 at 14:21:57

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not good enough
James Marshall
40   Posted 12/07/2011 at 14:50:03

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David Nugent? We'd have been better off signing David Blunkett.
James Marshall
41   Posted 12/07/2011 at 14:50:28

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One other thing - everyone is going on about signings, for fees or free but clearly we have zero money. Cash signings are a no-no, and free transfers are never actually 'free'. You don't just get a player turning up for bugger all, y'know?

There are still signing on fees, and wages to worry about - 2 things we (again, clearly) cannot cover financially. Don't be surprised that, unless we sell Yak and Yobo (now highly unlikely) we won't make a single signing, free or otherwise.
Kevin Gillen
42   Posted 12/07/2011 at 14:57:35

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Better than Anichebe surely but then so was James Vaughan. Probably wanted too much money to warm the bench.
Anthony Hughes
43   Posted 12/07/2011 at 14:59:22

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Absolutely right James@40. It looks like we'll go into the season with a dodgy strike force of Saha (lucky to get 15 full games out of him), an erratic Beckford, an unsettled Yakubu and of course the lump that is Anichebe.
Martin Handley
44   Posted 12/07/2011 at 17:18:39

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As I keep on saying, and will keep on saying people, we are NOT going to be signing anybody as we are in a worse financial state than the Board are letting on... and please Michael Kenrick, do not go on about me challenging anybody to prove we're not because I'm not and this is just by on my own opinion ? not fact ? so I don't need to back it up!

Every time we give someone a new contract, it detracts from the chance of a new signing as it's money we don 't have. If Fellaini doesn't want to sign a new contract then flog him now while we can get between £20-30 million for him, as it MAY release some funds for Moyes to spend.

Also what's happened to all the money from Sky, ticket sales, sponsorship deals, Pienaar, Vaughan? Well, it's all gone to pay off all the loans/mortgages we have.

Also, all these new contracts ? how can we afford them? Our commercial revenue just doesn't support them.

To me, it's all leading to one thing as far as I'm concerened and that's financial ruin. Please do not mention our fucking prudent business plan when that includes giving players £40k a week plus on new contracts.

As stated on another post, if we can keep our present squad together (beside contract rebels!) and bring a couple of youngsters through, that seems the best to hope for this summer.

As you can tell, I'm just as frustrated as everybody else... and on the Nugent thing ? no way!

Gavin Ramejkis
45   Posted 12/07/2011 at 18:57:23

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Bothroyd has gone to QPR
Iain Love
46   Posted 12/07/2011 at 20:58:49

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Nugent's a blue.... and is that any reason to sign him?

The only Blue striker I might be interested in is Walters at Stoke; he wouldn't get you 20 a season but can hold the ball up and has a bit of strength and pace.

WTF am I on about??? ? We're getting nowt in.

Thomas James
47   Posted 12/07/2011 at 21:01:01

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John Nugent - 30#. Are you related to Dave Nugent???
Sean McCarthy
48   Posted 13/07/2011 at 11:25:48

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I too am a life long blue. Plus I'm also free. Worth a punt??? No. Just like nugent
Andy Callan
49   Posted 14/07/2011 at 20:17:15

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Don't be so fuckin' stupid.

We were lucky not to sign him when he was available last time......

Blue or not he's shite.

You'd be better off dusting off Sharpy for fucks sake.
Trevor Lynes
50   Posted 14/07/2011 at 21:55:29

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James at # 41....we LOANED OUT a dozen players last season to drop our wage bill and we brought in NO ONE !!
Why do you believe the board blindly when they say there is no money ????
WHY is there no money when lots of clubs below us , with smaller gates than us are buying players..NOT loaning them ???
We get money for each place we finish in the league table and NONE of that money is spent on investment (ie PLAYERS).
Why do we go on pre-season jaunts when every season we start abysmally ??
Why is writing ink wasted on discussing players like Nugent instead of bringing in REAL PREMIER PLAYERS.
I hate the way MY club is being run and I hate the way article writers protect the board by saying we have no money !!
I DONT BELIEVE IT !!
Peter Healing
51   Posted 15/07/2011 at 09:24:28

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I prefer Ted
Martin Handley
52   Posted 15/07/2011 at 16:59:37

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Trevor #50 please see my post, I honestly think we're close to administration.
James Flynn
53   Posted 16/07/2011 at 05:57:44

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Yet another thread. We need a guy who finishes. Get one and we jump up the Table. We have everything else.

Plain and simple. The teams that challenge have Finishers. We don't. We're on a level playing field in every other way.

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