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Lukaku could sign 'within 48 hours'

by | 18/07/2014  Comments (173)  jump
Fresh reports claim that Everton are confident of landing Romelu Lukaku on a permanent basis, with Dominic King in the Daily Mail suggesting that a deal could be concluded "within 48 hours".

Sky Italia, meanwhile, claim that Juventus have pulled out of the race to sign Lukaku after Everton agreed an 18m deal with Chelsea for the striker. The Italian giants are reportedly close to signing Alvaro Morata in any case who was their first-choice target this summer according to sources.

The Mail report suggests somewhat cryptically that "extensive preparations have been made" for the Belgian's return to the club and King, formerly of the Liverpool Echo, followed the publication of the report online with a similar tweet:

Increasing confidence that @Everton will complete a deal for Romelu Lukaku: looking like extensive preparations been made for his arrival.

In The Telegraph, meanwhile, Chris Bascombe also suggests that Roberto Martinez is confident that the club have "made a breakthrough" on Lukaku and hope to agree terms with the 21-year-old "in the next few days". He also raises another loan move as an option but the player has effectively ruled that option out while Chelsea are unlikely to sanction that unless he signs a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

The Liverpool Echo have also weighed in backing up the "confidence" line from insiders that the Blues will be able to persuade Lukaku to join.

Lukaku is currently on holiday after his World Cup exploits with Belgium where he is mulling over his future. Wolfsburg and Tottenham are the two clubs most often touted as being in competition with the Blues for Lukaku. Mooted interest from Atletico Madrid and Juventus has waned in the wake of their respective moves for Mario Mandzukic and Morata.

Quotes sourced from Daily Mail


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Karl Parsons
1 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:14:06
Just heard a blue on TalkSport say the rumours are he has already signed for 㾾 Million.

Fingers and toes crossed.

Andy Meighan
2 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:14:39
Actually heard off a good source today that he will be definitely an Everton player by next week and that the No 10 shirt has been reserved for him but donÂ’t quote me on it, though.
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:14:29
Shoot, I wanted to break this news but the Daily Mail beat me to it. I told you all, the other day, that the Everton shop has a batch of replica shirts stashed away with LukakuÂ’s name printed on them...

More earth-shattering news is, Everton are talking to Ferencvaros and Monaco about Besic and Traore, respectively. Chicharito Hernandez is another player expected at FF in the near future. Happy days.

Øystein Heggelund
4 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:19:03
IÂ’d be made up if this is true. Despite his current shortcomings, Lukaku would be a real coup at 㾾 million, with his physique, self-belief and future potential.
Pablo Connelly
5 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:21:56
Oh christ, another Â’48 hourÂ’ deadline has been set! Cue hysteria when that time elapses, the lad could still be on a beach for all we know but regardless.....
Gerry Quinn
6 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:23:04
Please let this be true. Chicharito too — always liked him, reminds me of Roger Hunt on speed! Can imagine all of the Mexicans here in the south all becoming Everton fans! Go for it, Roberto!
Peter Creer
7 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:26:33
The potential is there...... now a signature. There are still other additions needed but if this goes through.... so far, so good.
Robbie Shields
8 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:24:54
If Lukaku does sign, can those miserable gits whoÂ’ve constantly griped on and on that the MartinezÂ’s use of the loan system was folly and would only take us backwards after 12 months, once and for all shut the fook up and back this manager to the hilt. Martinez is the best thing to happen to Everton FC in my lifetime, and IÂ’m 44.

IMWT

Colin Glassar
9 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:26:09
IÂ’d be chuffed to bits if we could buy Lukaku and Besic and get Traore and Hernandez on loan (with an option to buy). With these lads weÂ’d have a great, talented squad and Roberto (see todayÂ’s Liverpool Echo) says he will give the kids a chance to shine if theyÂ’re good enough.
Jay Harris
10 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:30:15
Although we should never trust it till he signs on the dotted line, the word from inside the club for the last few days was that he wanted to come to us and it just needed "friends" at Chelsea to agree.

I thought it was very coincidental that he has been odds-on with Sky for the last week to rejoin us.

This is the one signing that would make a statement; I just hope it goes through OK.

Jamie Barlow
11 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:31:52
48 hours?

IÂ’ll get excited when thereÂ’s a picture of him on the Official website wearing the new shirt. Not a minute before.

Doug Nestor
12 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:36:45
@ Robbie Shields........Where were you in the 80s?
Shane Corcoran
13 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:37:37
Colin if even three of those four are correct then I insist on a three-year subscription to your newsletter.
Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:31:53
Robbie I am also 44 and whilst I still think Kendall, signing Gray, and finally playing Reid was the best thing that happened to Everton in my lifetime, I am in agreement with you.

Roberto Martinez is either a great or a Jelavic, and anyone who can get ٥ million for a player who is everywhere the ball has just been, must be IMO great!

Dave Guest
15 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:41:49
I wanna get excited, I really do... but I am with Jamie. Not until I see him in the shirt! Please be true.
Colin Glassar
16 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:38:16
48 hours, Jamie, is because thatÂ’s when he returns to the UK from his hols. IÂ’ve also been led to believe that Besic will be at Finch Farm once the team returns home from Austria.
Roberto has stated that he wants/needs three attacking players so, hopefully that means Lukaku, Hernandez and Traore.
Colin Glassar
17 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:43:36
Shane, youÂ’re on. As a lifelong Evertonian I have to be an optimist. The alternative is too scary to imagine.
Peter Laing
18 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:54:24
Absolutely buzzing at the news, I canÂ’t wait for the season to get started and if the story is true about Chicarito I genuinely fear nobody... onwards Evertonians!
Muj Rasul
19 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:09:58
I think the three attacking players will be Lukaku, either Traore or Hernandez, and one other to play as an attacking midfielder. If we buy Traore, Hernandez and Lukaku with Kone, Naismith and potentially McAleny that makes 6 strikers.

Think we should try to get someone like Jay Rodriguez to fill in on the right/ replacement for Deulofeu

Will be really chuffed if Lukaku signs, shows intent. Not sure about Besic – would rather have Cleverly, but I trust Martinez.

Jim Bennings
20 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:19:52
Get in, yes!!

Let's hope this is fucking legit and we get the lad in.

Clive Lewis
21 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:16:37
Great news if true. Chicarito and Lukaku would be great additions. All my faith in Roberto is restored. Worried at the moment that we might lose someone going the other way.
Robbie Shields
22 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:18:26
@ Doug, I was in the Gwladys Street with my Dad and Grandad, loved every minute of it, but my personal feelings are that Martinez is the biggest breath of fresh air and best thing (I really should have clarified that I meant within the context of people rather that events) to happen to Everton FC in my lifetime, and IÂ’m loving every minute of it. :)
Doug Nestor
23 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:27:06
@Robbie.......Same here mate ..........love him but the early 80s takes a lot of beating.......
Phil Sammon
24 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:28:18
Can we put the champagne on ice until he actually signs.
Nigel Gregson
25 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:32:14
Last time I heard we were doing a deal in 48 hours was for Muhamed Besic – about two weeks ago. I’ll believe it when I see it on the official website.
Pablo Connelly
26 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:26:14
The Henandez story is really interesting. If true he would be a much better option than traore or Ba for that matter. If we could get him on loan and somehow pull of Lukaku on a permanent deal we would be in a much stronger position than last year imo. If I am being really greedy I want us to replace Delboy as well. HereÂ’s hoping
Gary Poole
27 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:33:33
Phil Sammon - that made me laugh. Likewise, IÂ’m going to keep the champers in the fridge for now!
Mike Hughes
28 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:20:56
IÂ’m going to break with my self-imposed policy of not reading and commenting on media speculation regarding potential signings.

This would be great if it has substance. If we get those players, top 4 is on. In fact, Sky bet will probably be giving odds on which of the Â’Sky 4Â’ will be cacking themselves the most.

Now that all the international stuff is out of the way, letÂ’s get the proper stuff back on the agenda.

Z-Cars, floodlit GP, a pint, bag of chips (loads of vinegar), avoiding the horse shit on Goodison Road and a European tour ...... CanÂ’t wait, me.

Dave Cook
29 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:50:46
48 hours, huh. Good job Big Bill isnÂ’t Kiefer Sutherland or the world would have ended many times by now.
Paul Ferry
30 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:54:16
You gotta laugh - this is currently in LuÂ’s Wiki entry:
Lukaku Signed for Everton on 19/07/14 he was piggy backed into finch farm by Bill Kenwright with a brief case with a label on saying "Arteta Money" Lukaku and Bill went back to BillÂ’s to watch Friday night smackdown whilst Bill was counting his remaining pennies for the rest of the transfer window.
Kevin Rowlands
31 Posted 19/07/2014 at 00:56:27
Lukaku, Traore, fit again and something to prove Kone, please let the Hernandez link be true, add Naismith and I'd be over the moon with them options up front.
Kieran Riding
32 Posted 19/07/2014 at 01:06:24
Colin 038.

Besic has been with the team at the hotel for days, and has been training with them.

Ingi Eyjolfz
34 Posted 19/07/2014 at 01:46:48
48 hours huh? I wonder what sort of hours we are talking about. Are we talking about "Besic 48 hours" or normal 48 hours?
Peter Laing
35 Posted 19/07/2014 at 01:48:59
Colin, the Lukaku story is up and running on quite a few news feeds, haven't seen anything other than your post regarding Hernandez. Are you an Austrian mole by any chance? Lol!
Ant Dwyer
36 Posted 19/07/2014 at 02:10:36
Peter, go on NewsNow. Hernandez is linked with us and he has been left out of the Man Utd 25-man squad for the tour of USA. Inter Milan are the other team said to be interested so I suppose if it is a two-horse race, it's up to where he wants to apply his trade!

As for Romelu, please please please let this be true. With the RS losing their main man and Rom becoming ours, plus Ross laughing Man City off, things could be coming together nice.

One slight worry I would have is if we were to get all three attackers mentioned, they all play in the centre-forward position. I feel this would leave us a little lightweight in wide areas. I'd like us to get two out of the three and a pacey wide man with Mirallas style play.
COYB

Paul Mackie
37 Posted 19/07/2014 at 02:22:17
Excited about Lukaku. Completely underwhelmed about Hernandez.

Could someone please explain to me why they're pleased with Hernandez rumours? He seems to be an okay impact sub but looked pretty bad the few times I saw him start for Man Utd.

Jim Knightley
38 Posted 19/07/2014 at 02:32:26
Lukaku would be an absolute snip at 㾾M. I really will not believe it until he signs.

And imo Paul, Hernandez is a brilliant striker. He is extremely quick and fantastic in the air (a rare mix) and a good finisher. If he wasn't behind the world class RvP and a very effective Rooney, he would have made a big impact in the Premier League.

I don't know where the rumours are about Hernandez, but personally I'd imagine he would come instead of Lukaku, not as well as him, as we favour a one striker system and Hernandez will only move for guaranteed first-team football.

Raymond Fox
39 Posted 19/07/2014 at 02:24:56
Love these rumours to be true, BUT, our odds have not shortened for us to finish top 4, top 6 etc. That is at this ungodly hour 2.40am.

The bookies usually are the first to know if there any truth in rumours, I'm not saying they would shorten our odds if Lukaku alone signed, but they would if we were nailed on to sign Hernandes, Besic and Traore as well.

So I'm not getting overexcited yet!

Julian Wait
40 Posted 19/07/2014 at 03:16:35
I lived in Mexico for a while, and they loved Hernandez and I saw plenty of Man Utd shirts over there because of it (most of them fake ...), but they got frustrated with him a lot. Every time I have seen him play, for Man Utd or Mexico, he's been offside a lot, which can get pretty frustrating after a while. Having said all that, I think with a good run and a featuring role, he could be a very good buy for us, even if it is as an impact sub.
Ryan Snyder
41 Posted 19/07/2014 at 03:44:20
I really hope this is true. I know, 㾾 million is a lot for us, but I truly feel like he's worth it. Even if he does come here and doesn't live up to expectations, he should still score at least 10-15 goals each year and his stock wouldn't drop below 㾹-15 million because of his age.

Everton don't have the money to sign a truly proven striker at this point, so to me, Lukaku is the next best thing.

I have 100% confidence in Roberto's ability to coach him up as well, so to me, this would be worth it, even if we have less than 㾶 million left for the rest of the summer.

Harold Matthews
42 Posted 19/07/2014 at 04:39:41
He's not the most technically gifted striker and he talks too much, but he was ten times better than Jelavic and, at todays prices, 㾾m is a snip.

Traore has a great "I want to play" attitude and Martinez loves him. So much so that he personally indoctrinated him on all things Everton. He can also hit the ball better than Lukaku and can get on the end of things.

Hernandez I would love but we'll not be signing 3 strikers. A Delboy replacement express train would be useful but, apart from Valencia, I can't think of any. This guy, incidentally, is the fastest player in the Premier League. His recorded mph is higher than Hazard, Sterling and co and it's hard to see him leaving Old Trafford.

A quick wing counter-attack and an early cross won the World Cup. I hope Roberto was watching.

Steve Brown
43 Posted 19/07/2014 at 06:00:07
Easily the most exciting post I've read in ages! I agree with the earlier post, worth a bid for Jay Rodriguez when he is fit.

We also need another right back to cover Seamus and a good centre half.. Ron Vlaar?

Mark Andersson
44 Posted 19/07/2014 at 05:55:11
Off the subject, have Alan Irvine and Stubbsy been replaced?
Bobby Thomas
45 Posted 19/07/2014 at 07:43:35
If we sign Lukaku and got him on a 4- or 5-year deal, then with his age & the fact he is progressing, it's money wisely invested. Any sell-on should be well protected.

Again, if it comes off, I would want to see him on a 5-year deal. When you get to the last 2 years of a deal, the club is backed into a corner and if he did the business and kept improving then he will be in demand. Plus he isn't shy about where he feels he should be playing.

I personally feel he isn't quite good enough for the stage where he feels his very special talents deserve regularly showcasing. But he is 20 and on the up. Maybe he can get there with us.

He's a man in a hurry, no doubt. But I reckon we are absolutely ideal for him for a couple of seasons. A progressive manager who knows him and has already improved him, where he would be what he wants to be: the main man playing regular football. Only injuries or attitude can stop this being a very prudent signing.

Mike Allison
46 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:06:48
Just to calm some fears about too many centre-forwards, Kone has actually played most of his career in wide roles supporting a No 9.

It’s where he played for us right at the beginning of last season, it’s how Martinez used him at Wigan (Di Santo and Rodallega played down the middle) and it’s how he’s played for Ivory Coast with the likes of Drogba playing the No 9 role.

This could mean Martinez isn’t looking to replace Deulofeu as Kone will be the extra body in those positions.

And yes, I am aware that Kone’s squad number is 9. That doesn’t make him a No 9...

Mike Allison
47 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:19:18
Jay Rodriguez is English and plays for a club who’ve sold three of their best players already. They are also fending off bids for at least one more, and possibly two. He’d cost about 㿅M.

We’ve more chance of signing Thomas Muller.

As I said above, Martinez might just feel he’s got the wide areas covered through Kone, and if he doesn’t I would expect another loan on deadline day, possibly from Barcelona again.

Karl Jones
48 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:26:30
Great if its true. Watching his goals from last season, he is a world class striker who is tremendously strong and will only get better.

I won't believe it till it's done though. What happened to "Besic signing in the next 48 hours" from last Tuesday?

Kieran Fitzgerald
49 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:32:04
Mike Huges @57, I know exactly what you mean about not being able to wait. I'm already planning to be the actual boss of the house and not my wife. I'm going to tell her that I will spend more time watching us play and I'm going to the pub more to watch games. I'm that excited.

*If I'm honest, my wife is the boss and the brains of the operation but hey, a fella can still pretend. Anyway, if I do go to the pub more, she will probably be happy to have me out from under her feet for an hour.

On a serious note, I'm with a lot of people on these 'potential' signings. As exciting as they sound, I'll believe them when they happen.

Anthony Flack
50 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:23:46
I hope I am wrong, but Chelski have just announced they are not signing anyone else (according to the BBC). They just sold Ba, sure Costa is new, but that leaves just Torres and maybe Schurrle... not sure what is happening to Eto'o? Feels quite light for Chelsea... anyway, hope I am wrong and I guess many years of scepticism are kicking in.

㾾 to 20M would be a brilliant deal, 16 goals last season, not always on the boil and quite a bad injury. He will bring confidence and 20 goals a season. Opposition defences will have something to think about, both in the box and as he cuts in from the right; quick, strong ..... Please let it be true.

Paul Andrews
51 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:49:55
This signing, IF it happens, will be a turning point for this club.
Eugene Kearney
52 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:54:59
SkyBet odds are now 1/4 – going by what I’ve just read!
Jim Lloyd
53 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:02:48
Our butcher told me we'd got Rommy last week, then the odds on us getting him went to 9 to 1 on.

I'm so certain we've got him, I staked ٟ on it being true.

At 21 and scoring around 15 goals in each of the last two seasons, he will be a brilliant signing for us.

Aidy Dews
54 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:01:24
So we've gone from wanting 6 to 7 players to now only bringing 5 in. Some of the youngsters must look ready already this pre-season, which is a good sign!

Barry is already signed up, Besic is the midfielder we want and the attacking targets are Lukaku, Traore & god knows who?

It says he will use the loan market and I wouldn't be surprised if we're waiting till the last minute to see what the situation at Barça is with Deulofeu, whether Luis Enrique considers him part of the first team squad or whether he feels Gezza needs to go out and get games?!

If not him, then I can see us trying to sign Adama Traore on loan from Barça instead. Martinez, according to Greg O'Keeffe in the Echo, said he wanted two strikers (Rom & Traore), two midfielders (Barry & Besic), a winger & a CB but he must be happy with his options at the back now and knocked that option off the list and his going with five signings and youth.

Got to admit though, I wasn't keen on the idea of having to spend 㿀M+ on Lukaku but if we could get him for 㾾M then we've done really well – but I wouldn't believe anything just yet; could be a long way to go on the Lukaku front!

And as for a wing option, I'd of loved for us to of been in for Perisic from Wolfsburg, always thought he was decent but he showed his class this World Cup, he would of added a lot of quality to the squad, but obviously the majority of our funds are tied up in Rom.

John Malone
55 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:17:23
We need a pacy winger; from what I've seen, McGeady is not the answer – he'll be okay as a squad player but you couldn't rely on him all season.

You can buy as many strikers as you want but, if there is no-one to supply the ammo, they will struggle to score.

Kevin Tully
56 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:28:52
Nobody has a clue – this article says Lukaku is staying at Chelsea because he updated his twatter feed to include the fact he is a Chelsea player;

Link

Phil Walling
57 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:45:20
Nothing about Everton is straightforward. A totally dysfunctional outfit!
Neil Pickering
58 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:58:44
Probably in the minority here, but I don't want him. He's an overrated, lazy player who talks too much. For his size, he should be far more aggressive than he is, and for 㾾M there must be better options than him. If Jose wants shut then that speaks volumes for me.

To quote Top Gun "His ego's writing cheques his bod can't cash."

Zaid Omar
59 Posted 19/07/2014 at 10:01:04
Doesn't look good at all on the Lukaku front. Mourinho unlikely to let him go now that Chelsea's spending over. He has lost Ba and Eto'o up front and only brought in Costa. Looks like the hunt for the right striker will go down right till the end of the transfer window...

So Naismith to lead the line for the first three games of the season!!! I can't wait...

James Rainey
60 Posted 19/07/2014 at 10:04:18
Let's hope he signs for us, but I do not like "the next 48hrs" — now where have we heard that one before? We need to get at least 6 more players in ASAP!
Wayne Smyth
61 Posted 19/07/2014 at 09:47:00
Phil, the club is hardly dysfunctional. The main problem appears to be fans' impatience combined with the constant speculation.

Many fans are clearly unable to read anything online without foaming at the mouth when it doesn't result in a signed contract within 24 hours. It's a bit idiotic really since the majority of the stories we read are actually bollocks. How many players have we been linked to this summer? We could probably have two new squads with all the ones that we've been told we're after.

I've no idea whether we'll eventually sign Lukaku but, if we end up getting him for 㾾M, that will be an absolute steal and it will further justify the club's patience in waiting for the other bidders to drop out, rather than pay 㾶M extra that we can't afford for absolutely no reason – he can't even join pre-season as he's on his post-World Cup hols!

There was a lot of venting about the Ba situation too, Besiktas obviously happy to pay him 㿼k/week and we were not. Seems to me the club is entirely correct to stand its ground rather than overpay average players and break our wage structure.

Colin Glassar
62 Posted 19/07/2014 at 10:16:12
Lukaku returns to the UK on Monday so we'll have to wait and see what happens. At the end of the day, if Chelsea do sell us Rom, then Jose will just have to go and buy someone else.

He has 2 years left on his contract at SB and, apparently, is refusing an extension and to sit on the bench as cover for Costa and Torres. So, Jose can say what he likes but if the player is determined to leave, he will.

Chester Barnes
63 Posted 19/07/2014 at 10:27:43
Perhaps.... we're in the process of being taken over and have therefore been placed into a forced transfer embargo? How's that for delusional optimism?
Ernie Baywood
64 Posted 19/07/2014 at 10:54:05
If our summer business represents Seamus and Bobby signing new deals, Besic, Barry, and Lukaku signed, and some squad fill such as Rodwell and Traore, then I'll be very happy with that.

There's a temptation to think we need a load of ready made players for our four-trophy challenge but I'd rather see the youth back up a decent squad.

Matt Geraghty
65 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:12:05
@ Wayne Smyth: possibly the most sensible post on the whole thread.

@Chester Barnes: you've set the bar for delusional optimism.

Carl Peters
66 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:22:30
Patience is obviously the key here, but why with Everton does 48 hours always seem like 3 weeks?
Patrick Murphy
67 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:27:59
Greg O'Keefe in his column doesn't seem as optimistic about the return of Romelu as he says:

If he [Lukaku] was to return – and gut instinct says it would be a difficult one for Everton to pull off at this stage – then it would make Martinez's task a whole lot easier.

Everton have made big strides under the Spaniard, but standing still in the Premier League means you are going backwards. The Blues cannot allow that to happen this summer.

It won't be easy – the whole footballing world is on the lookout for centre forwards who can make a difference – but Everton must get this one right.

Their season could depend on it.

Come in Number Nine, your time is up!

Ernie Baywood
68 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:28:57
On a slightly different note, how long does it actually take to print 6 letters and 2 numbers onto a shirt?

Would they really need 48 hours' notice to be ready for the crowd of people running through the door demanding Lukaku shirts?

Mark Tanton
69 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:32:24
Standing still is what Everton do best. We rely on defying football gravity every season. O'Keefe seems to be suggesting this summer is not going very well. Many of us one here would agree.
Derek Knox
70 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:39:31
I am still very sceptical on this, Yes I would love us to get Rom on a permanent basis, but there is very little 'evidence' to support the story!

Mourinho also saying that business is concluded for them etc.

Hope it does happen, and I would also like us to get Hernandez from Man Utd!

This Besic deal seem to be dragging on a bit too!

Raymond Fox
71 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:41:25
Lukaku for his own interest is a fool if he doesn't sign for us!

He would play every game, have the benefit of Martinez as a manager who will surely improve him as a young player. He will get more media exposure here than sat on his arse on the bench at Chelsea.

If he does sign along with 2 or 3 quality players, we will be knocking on the top 4 door this season as well, he should be able to work that out.

James Rainey
72 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:02:51
Let's hope so; we still need to get at least 6 more players in.
Linda Morrison
73 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:06:49
I'm not really sure what's going on here at all. How can he be ready to sign in the next 48 hours when he is out of the country on holiday, or does his agent do all the leg work to ensure he/she gets their piece of the dosh.

I'd be amazed if Chelsea sell him to any other club. They have lost a couple of strikers and, unless Torres is going to turn himself into the player he once was, I just don't see it.

I just want something to happen soon as we seem to be getting a bit left behind here.

On another point, I don't think they have replaced Stubbs or Irvine and apparently Lescott is already moaning about the lack of transfer activity.

Who would be a football manager?

Shaun Traynor
74 Posted 19/07/2014 at 11:51:33
Very excited if we get Rom and it is finally a marquee CF signing.

However, if we buy Rom, renew Traore loan and have bought Barry.... aren't we with the same squad as last season? Minus Del Boy? I thought the idea was to improve each transfer window.

So, I am hoping Rom comes in and Señor Martinez brings in a few more names and a couple that can improve the starting 11, not just the squad.

Eric Holland
75 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:17:36
Lukaku is not going to sign permanent only for a season loan!

Hernandez not coming!!

Besic just waiting for paperwork to be finalised...

Colin Glassar
76 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:14:17
Nothing will happen over the weekend Linda as BK and his sidekick (Elstone) only work 9-5pm, Monday to Friday, despite their claim of 24/7, 366 days a year. They're probably watching the golf while we write.

ps: I like Greg O'Keefe but he's not the oracle and, if HE doesn't break the news, he likes to downplay other journos' rumours. All will be clearer come Monday.

James Morgan
77 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:21:07
My sauces say it will happen, but I'm not sure you can trust ketchup, being red an all.
Patrick Murphy
78 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:23:35
James - My sauces concur with your sauces but any deals will only be done with HP involved.
James Morgan
79 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:31:31
True, Patrick, and the young players are also consulting their Daddies before signing.
Colin Glassar
80 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:27:43
You lot aren't half cynical aren't you? The Lukaku rumours not only emanate from people ITK but also from some very reliable, and trustworthy, sites like TW and SB.

To add further weight to this news other sources like makeuparumour.com, gossipRus.co.uk, letstalkbullshit.com and ivegotamatewhotoldmethatamateofhis@cia.com.usa. Are all reporting, and spreading, this news.

Mark Tanton
81 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:35:55
Cynicism comes from knowledge and experience. From summer after summer after summer.
Ray Roche
82 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:36:42
I'm partial to hoisin myself, and if you don't like it then duck off.
James Morgan
83 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:46:29
I'm going out on a lamb here, these lads will be minted if they sign.
Colin Glassar
84 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:50:40
Remy has signed for the RS for a measly ٦.5M which adds further to my conviction that Lukaku has agreed to come home to stay.
Jim Lloyd
85 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:51:31
If he's told me porkies, he's had his chops. I kid ye not, the family name is Trotter!
Jim Lloyd
86 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:08:05
Ray, your last post was quackers.
Robert Collins
87 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:06:33
As much as I’ve campaigned against signing him at inflated prices, If the price above (㾾M) is true then in today’s post World Cup inflated market, that’s not an unreasonable price.

Although I’m so disappointed with his stalling for time and attitude (whilst hoping for a "BIG" CL club to come and love him).

Mark Tanton
88 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:11:40
So how long from now until Remy has a red shirt on? Quicker than you can say 'Besic' probably!
Colin Glassar
89 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:15:51
Echoes of Spurs (last season) or QPR the season before? The rs are like a kid in Toys R Us in the January sales with a 𧺬 gift voucher.
Jim Lloyd
90 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:19:55
Evidently, Remy's wage demands were high but the dark side won't worry about that, seeing what they paid Gnasher last season.
Derek Knox
91 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:20:41
Colin (#189),

Let's hope they go on to throw their toys out of the Prem!

Graham Williams
92 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:56:21
For those suggesting Chelsea won't have enough strikers next season to be able to let Lukaku go, I read this interview in May with one of their 'development squad', Patrick Bamford, in which he discussed the possibility of being their third choice striker next season with none other than the Chosen One.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/may/21/patrick-bamford-derby-county-qpr-chelsea

So with Costa and Torres as the first two, if they're still thinking like that, Romelu would drop down to number four.

I don't think Bamford got on the pitch while on loan for Derby in the play-off final against QPR, but he's apparently started off in the first team for Chelsea in their first pre-season friendly, and scored. Chelski might still loan Bamford out again, but I think Romelu can see the writing on the wall.

And for Chelsea, getting 㿀-odd million for a striker they're not sure about could be good business.

Jim Lloyd
93 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:23:29
Nice wit Derek :)
Colin Glassar
94 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:28:30
I honestly can't see that shower repeating last season's effort. I saw a list of Rodgers's transfers (about a dozen players) since he moved to Mordor and only about three of them (Sturridge, Coutinho and Henderson) have made the grade. He's been very hit and miss in the transfer market.
Colin Glassar
95 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:33:46
A word of warning, before I go for something to eat, some really poor sites are starting to spread rumours regarding a supposed Juventus move for Lukaku. Absolute balderdash!! They've just signed Morata and have Tevez and Soldado so Lukaku would only be 4th choice and they only want him on a 12-month loan. So ignore that one and, Bon appetite.
Clive Lewis
96 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:34:08
This is gathering pace the metro claiming that he is going to sign!

http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/19/romelu-lukaku-snubs-tottenham-interest-to-agree-surprise-everton-transfer-4803547/

Wayne Stamps
97 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:38:00
Colin 195

Dalglish signed Henderson; but you are right – Brenda’s have been very poor.

James Morgan
98 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:39:44
Clive, Metro are naming Daily Mail for their info.
Bobby Thomas
99 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:14:32
Borini looked good at the end of last season and takes a mean penalty, but the Redshite have done well getting 㾺M for him. I really did think they would only get their money back.

Just shows how signing younger players or under 25/26 years old bears fruit, they generally hold the sell-on value. We even managed to make a profit on Jela!?! Nice business if Remy is coming in for ٦.5M as well.

Just shows how safe a signing Lukaku would be if we can pull it off. From purely a footballing perspective, he’s good... but just isn’t ready for where he wants to be yet. The World Cup showed that and most Evertonians know it. If he started drifting in and out of games and exhibited some of his frankly fucking shoddy back-to-goal play for a regular Champions League outfit, he’d be back to having splinters in his arse.

That’s why there’s possibly no demand from the market he wants. Maybe, we will see. Bit like Fellaini’s clause. There was no demand from the "big" clubs as nobody thought he was worth it. Well, until Moyes and Woodward shat it on deadline day.

I honestly believe Lukaku could do a lot worse than us. Couple of seasons of regular football, hopefully plenty of European thrown in, he would rapidly improve. At the moment he’s raw, got the basics and knocks in 15 league.

Now shut up, check your ego and sign where your wanted.

Mark Griffiths
100 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:46:28
I still think we need a midfielder who can unlock defences on a regular basis.
Phil Walling
101 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:27:18
Not dysfunctional, eh? Not many clubs and businesses who trade with the club would agree.

Prevarication should have been included on the wording of the latest badge – dithering was not invented by OFM!

Clive Lewis
102 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:43:34
According to the Daily Mail and someone else, Lukaku should be signing on the beach within the next few hours. He just needs to apply the final coat of sunning oil on his wife. Roberto is at the market looking for a pen.
Paul Andrews
103 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:48:46
This fee for Borini shows what a bargain we will get if we sign Romelu for under 㿀 million.

Borini 32 league games 7 goals

Lukaku 31 league games 15 goals.

PLUS 1 goal every 2 games the season before.

Matthew Roberts
104 Posted 19/07/2014 at 13:56:32
㾾M is such a bargain, thatÂ’s what they paid for him; I would guess there would be add-ons but I donÂ’t care.

Where are these Hernandez rumours from, because I like them! Besic, Rom, Hernandez, a cheeky Barça winger and bring a couple of kids up and I’m a very happy fan.

Andrew Grey
105 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:06:31
If Rom signs I will be happy as long as he grows his dreads back. Not been the same since his haircut.
Eric Holland
106 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:14:30
Lukaku is not going to sign permanent only for a season loan!

Hernandez not coming!!

Besic just waiting for paperwork to be finalised...

You heard it here first

Jim Knightley
107 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:30:26
We heard you the first time, Eric. Congratulations on making two obvious statements and one supposition.

Why would Chelski let Lukaku leave on loan when he only has two years left on his contract? Why would Lukaku sign a new contract when Diego Costa is blocking his route into the first team?

Wayne Stamps
108 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:42:23

Real Madrid C.F.
@realmadriden
Real Madrid C. F. have reached an agreement with Juventus FC to sell @AlvaroMorata to the Italian club. #halamadrid http://t.co/Gljud8oYtZ.

Rom not likely to be content with 3rd or 4th choice there.

Colin Glassar
109 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:40:09
Spot on Jim. Eric, go stand in the corner with a pointy hat on.
It’s now on thespursfan website I.e." Lukaku snubs Spurs for Everton"!! So it’s official now. Game over. He’s ours (he says whilst praying very quietly).
Colin Glassar
110 Posted 19/07/2014 at 14:47:23
Wayne Stamps, my mistake, I meant Joe Allen. Mignolet has been iffy IMO.
Eric Holland
111 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:04:04
@ Jim & Colin My source is not papers or internet...

A simple OK Eric you where right next week will do.

Lukaku wants a new improved contract at Chelsea and to go back to Everton to further improve his game, and he said only to Everton..

Gerry Quinn
112 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:11:51
Defender Joleon Lescott, 31, is unhappy with a lack of transfer activity, only 28 days after signing for West Brom...good job he never came here then! :)
Paul Dark
113 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:20:10
Rom signing for us would be amazing.
Eugene Ruane
114 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:02:52
Well...I hope we get him.

If he signs though, IÂ’d immediately get the rest of them in a room and very slowly and deliberately say they following..

"Over the next season, if I see one of you...just ONE! (look around, let that sink in) play a ball into this manÂ’s feet (hold up pic of Rom), when he has his back to goal and a defender practically stuck up his freckle, I will leave it to this man (enter stern looking Duncan holding baseball bat) to Â’explainÂ’ why thatÂ’s not a good idea. I donÂ’t care if heÂ’s screaming for it. Find. Another. Option. ItÂ’s really very simple gentlemen, if has good balls to run onto, he scores, if he gets balls into his feet, while he has hairy-arse defenders stuck up him, he doesnÂ’t. Get that into your heads and take it on the park with you"

Paul Andrews
116 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:30:57
I think that is an accurate analysis of Lukaku’s strength and weakness in the post above.
Encourage Lukaku to run the channels and make good runs into 18 yard box when we are in possesion in the wide areas.
Balls played into his feet are the last option.
David Greenwood
117 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:37:22
Not sure Duncan would even need the baseball bat...
Eugene Ruane
118 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:48:44
David (224) - "Not sure Duncan would even need the baseball bat"

Agreed... although Jags seems to me to have difficulty with..um..Â’changeÂ’ and I get the impression he needs things explaining VERY clearly.

Harold Matthews
119 Posted 19/07/2014 at 15:26:42
Best of luck with that one Eugene. Spot on of course but I’m not too hopeful.
I think you once suggested something similar about not giving the ball away
Kieran Kinsella
120 Posted 19/07/2014 at 16:35:53
I’ll believe it when I see it. Dominic King has always been a mouthpiece for Kenwright. Being cynical (think Kuyt, B Ferguson, Owen) etc I can see another story in two weeks about how we almost got him but when the news leaked it prompted others to step in and nick him. As for Hernandez? Why would we want him, Traore, Kone, Lukaku, Naismith plus give new contracts to two young strikers when we mostly play with one striker? Martinez said three attackers not three strikers. I could see maybe a couple of strikers and then a winger or attacking midfielder.
Mike Green
121 Posted 19/07/2014 at 16:44:16
Kieran #234 - not disagreeing with you but Kone and Traore are yet to kick a ball for us really, and the same applies to any youth coming through. They could all come good and we’d have a glut, if none do we’ve got Lukaku and Naismith, so the addition of Hernandez would add a quality, proven goalscorer to the squad. It would also be great to see if he could get a partnership going with one of them and we play two up front - or even three (swoon....) for spells. I’d take him in a heartbeat but equally entirely respect your view above.
Paul Hewitt
123 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:19:53
Let’s forget about Lukaku, the guys simply not interested in signing. We are missing out on other targets waiting for him to make his mind up; move on.
James Morgan
124 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:38:15
Sky reporting their sources saying he wants to stay and fight for his place and that we have enquired about Atsu.
Oh well!
Andrew Clare
125 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:54:58
Any news regarding Ever Banega?
Colin Glassar
126 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:52:47
Don’t be a party pooper James. Sky have to protect their interests ergo maintain the status quo. Lukaku is taking us to the promised land.
Ray Roche
127 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:58:01
Colin, you are very adamant that he’s coming to Goodison. Why are you so sure.? What do you know that everyone else doesn’t?
Patrick Murphy
128 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:00:46
Coin is your real name Dominic King? :} It would explain your Globe-trotting during the World Cup.
Peter Laing
129 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:02:53
James is correct, skysports are running with the story that Lukaku will report back for pre-season training with Chelsea and will stay and fight for his place. Haven’t seen any reports other than on here regarding Chicarito.
Ray Roche
130 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:09:37
http://bhdragons.com/muhamed-besic-transfer-to-everton-halted-over-eu-status/?
Colin Glassar
131 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:02:36
Ray, first of all Sky Italy are saying he's going to Juventus while Sky UK are saying he's staying with Chelsea. You'd think they would try and spout the same story at least. Lukaku's been loaned out twice and Mourinho has made it (publicly) clear he doesn't rate him. Also it's a fact that he hasn't had any contact with Chelsea (in his own words) for about a year so I think, it's safe to say he's burnt his bridges with them.

It's well documented his desire to play in the CL but, apart from Wolfsburg, no big European team has come in for him. It's obvious he loves playing for Roberto and with the lads so, despite having other choices, I honestly think he will end up where he feels he is loved and appreciated.

Peter Laing
132 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:15:31
What are the sources on Fernandez, Colin? Twitter rumour or something more concrete?
Peter Laing
133 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:17:23
*Hernandez not Fernandez, we've been down that road twice !
Patrick Murphy
134 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:13:13
Ray - That's the sort of thing that really annoys me about Everton FC do they do any homework whatsoever regarding possible pitfalls - As a club you would think that given past experiences they would check these sort of problems out first before making any moves publicly or otherwise. The lad may well end up at Goodison given time, but they have had plenty of time to assess whether or not it is worth the effort.
Peter Laing
136 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:19:27
Regarding the open - looks like Tiger Woods is back on the KFC !
Chris Wilson
137 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:46:22
I said this on another thread, but I don't get the Hernandez excitement. Granted he doesn't start a lot of matches and might improve with consistent play. But based on what he's shown at Man U and with Mexico the last couple of seasons; he's mostly effective coming off the bench, using his quickness on worn down defenses - hasn't been nearly as effective when he starts. He tends to get physically marked out of games by bigger defenders, and so he HAS to play alongside another forward to draw heat away from him. And he can destroy the momentum of a team's offensive push because he is constantly being caught offside. Constantly.

Now, if folks are thinking of him being the same impact sub for us, and maybe giving us a possible bump in sales down in Mexico, then okay I guess. But I don't see him starting in our 4-2-3-1, unless RM has some tactical changes in mind. Personally, I'd rather go with Naismith who can do a lot of what Hernandez can do and is in better form, then give someone like McAleny a shot.

Raymond Fox
138 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:15:54
Who we are, or not going to sign has become extremely bleeding tedious.

Can we have some thread on a subject that is worth discussing, even what the weather tomorrow is likely to be, or perhaps who is the biggest jerk among the Prem managers for instance.

Colin Glassar
139 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:18:59
What a load of rubbish. Besic had to give up his German nationality to play for Bosnia? Jesus, I'm no lawyer but what happened to dual citizenship? What about all those French born Algerians? Or Klose and Podolski who are both Polish born?
There might be other snags to completing the deal but the lad is German and no one can take that away from him unless he formally renounced his country of birth.
Andrew Clare
140 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:21:24
It's all paper talk. Daily Mail! Say no more.

I am confident that we will sign some good players but all this stuff at the moment is just rumour after rumour.

Jackie Barry
141 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:27:47
I'm far from confident over any of this, BK allowing Everton to splash out 㿀M on one player? We are living in dreamland surely! I have just heard that Sky sources are stating that Lukaku is going to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place.
Brian Waring
142 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:29:24
So sky are now saying Lukaku is staying at Chelsea to fight for his place, and we are now looking to take Christian Astu on loan from them. My fucking head hurts!
Jackie Barry
143 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:29:40
Getting worrying news reports about Man U and now Spurs chasing McCarthy. If we lose this player after one season we might as well give up, nothing will have changed.
Colin Glassar
144 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:26:40
I'm keeping the faith. That baldy git on ssn transfer segment is usually wrong. In fact, Bryan Swanson is the only one on sky who has any credibility left IMO since George Thompson got the boot.

Rom may well have to return to the bridge on Monday as he's still, technically, a chav player. But it will only be to tell Jose to fuck off and to stuff Drogba where the sun don't shine. In Rom I trust. I hope he's a man of his word.

Patrick Murphy
145 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:23:57
Colin you might have a point with regards his dual citizenship.
From Soccer Manager.com

Born to Bosnian parents, Besic started his career in Berlin, but not in Hertha Berlin, he started his career in Tennis Borussia Berlin. In 2009 he was snapped up by Hamburg. He was one of the most important players in the A-youth squad and was perhaps the most imprtant player for coach Soner Ãœysal. He was sometimes even used as an offensive midfielder by Ãœysal! This is probably, in my opinion beacuse his vision for the game is perhaps he even as good as playmakers one.

Chris Wilson
146 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:28:28
Now, reports suggesting that Romelu will be back at Chelsea on Monday and will begin fighting for his place...at Chelsea. This according to Sky Sports who most likely giddily posted this news item to pour cold water on Everton hopes.
Chris Wilson
147 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:33:52
Ah, see some folks have posted this already (sorry).
Brian Waring
148 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:34:30
Thing is about sky, they don't have a great track record on transfer rumours when it comes to us.
Colin Glassar
149 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:33:07
Jackie, read my post #251. If Lukaku decides to stay at SB, it would be the biggest retreat since Dunkirk. I'm 100% convinced his future lies well away from Jose and Chelsea who've treated him quite shabbily.

As for the McCarthy rumours. Well it's a slow weekend, Cricket, F1, rain, more cricket etc... These journos have to justify their salaries by writing any bs that comes into their heads.

Brian Waring
150 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:39:57
Agree on the McCarthy rumour, Colin, I bet Van Gaal hasn't even heard off him.
Jackie Barry
151 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:40:45
I hope so Colin, I really do. What would make me happy to see us sign Lukaku, but more than that for us to turn down a huge bid for Barkley, that would speak to me of ambition and show that the club is truly behind RM.
Colin Glassar
154 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:53:07
Rest assured people, there's absolutely no chance that any of our young stars (Barkley, Stones, Coleman, McCarthy etc...) will be leaving this summer, no chance whatsoever.

Ignore the Sky-inspired rumours regarding one of their favourite teams. Drogba is back next week and that is the final nail in the Lukaku saga. He might not sign for us but he certainly won't be staying at Chelsea.

Kevin Tully
155 Posted 19/07/2014 at 18:52:49
This summer transfer window is a little different for Evertonians this season. We know for a fact we should have at least 㿅m to splurge without having to sell the family silver.

We have also have got the whole window in which to spend said kitty, rather than the last 24 hours. Martinez is desperate for a proper number 9, and we are all left wondering whether Elstone and the board are up to something, they are fecking useless, or, our targets will not commit to signing.

Exciting innit?

Dick Brady
156 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:05:02
The latest rumors suggest Lukaku is staying at Chelsea to fight for his place so any move to Everton seems off. There are also 'complications' holding up the Muhamed Basic deal.

It's been a very frustrating transfer window so far for Everton fans. Let's hope it gets better soon.

Patrick Murphy
157 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:03:05
Kevin more predictable than exciting, I suppose that BK will believe that the fans are right behind him and that as far as he is concerned we are better off than this time last summer - where it looked as if we may lose two star players but only lost one.

The one thing that David Moyes alluded to when he left Goodison and has troubled me ever since. It was something along the lines of DM knowing how they work at Goodison.

If it comes to pass that we don't spend the necessary funds to help Roberto build a team, then I for one will be asking who exactly is it that pulls the strings at Goodison? I refuse to believe that a dyed-in-the-wool Evertonian would carry out this charade year-in & year-out without a little remorse; however, a money grabbing non-board member would probably be able to sleep easy, safe in the knowledge that he will never come under scrutiny because he isn't tied to the club.

Tom Bowers
158 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:05:47
First of all, we have to take all these media rumours with a pinch of salt. The sources for all this talk comes from pure speculation because there is little else to write about. Reports like Â’Â’this player was seen here" or "that player was seen thereÂ’Â’ are just to gain attention and sell news even if they know it is pure bunk.

Why donÂ’t we all just sit back, relax and enjoy the Summer as I am sure, when Â’Â’real newsÂ’Â’ breaks, it will be bona-fide and not stuff thatÂ’s going to confuse the hell out of us. Having said all that... did anyone see Messi at Finch Farm on Wednesday?

Patrick Murphy
159 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:12:32
Dick - Do you work for a rolling news broadcaster? You probably should do as all the information you have just related has already been chewed over in this very thread.
Kieran Kinsella
160 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:21:13
Can't wait to watch those early season matchups with Arsenal and Chelsea's. With McGeady and Kone ably replacing Lukaku and Kone. Ha what a joke! Then three weeks in on deadline day we'll use some of the Stones money to buy David Nugent and Gnabry on loan. Basically we threw the first month of the season every year up until deadline day when we'd generate a quick profit by selling one star player. Same old story, I'm inclined not to check back here until September.
Eric Myles
161 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:30:06
Kevin #278 "We know for a fact we should have at least 㿅m to splurge without having to sell the family silver."

How do 'we' (you) know that for a fact?

Jackie Barry
162 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:33:11
Based upon whats going on I would say we have nowhere near 25 million. We should however have more but what we should have and what we actually have are two entirely different things when it comes to BK and Everton FC. I am worried right now, very worried, because once again the opportunity may have been lost to build on something that only comes around once in a while. Sad.
Colin Glassar
163 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:37:53
I've done my best to keep your spirits up regarding Lukaku and Besic. If you prefer to be pessimists then good luck to you. I'm quietly confident that all will be revealed early next week and I await your comments. Ta ra.
Mark Tanton
164 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:40:43
I am also worried. The twatting about is what the club does when there's cvx cfno pot to piss. Financially Everton will never have it this good again so where is it all, this record bonanza tv pay out money?
Jackie Barry
165 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:47:10
No worries, Colin I will be happy as Larry if it all works out I fee like Mark just pointed out though.
Raymond Fox
166 Posted 19/07/2014 at 20:07:47
Ha ha, you couldn't make all this up could you, well yes you could!

Jackie 264, says that Utd and Spurs are now interested in McCarthy. If this report is indeed true, he wont leave for Spurs, I doubt he would leave us for Utd but I'm less sure about that!

So we've gone from signing 4 quality players to now losing 1 instead!

Phil Walling
167 Posted 19/07/2014 at 20:36:36
Three salaries @ 㿔k per week = best part of £Â½M for the month of August alone.

Who can blame BK for being prudent enough to save that sort of money by completing signings on deadline day?

(Don't all write in at once!)

Kevin Tully
168 Posted 19/07/2014 at 20:54:00
Eric # 293 - We received 㿍m more than the season before from T.V. money, prize money Etc.

We also sold Fellaini, Anichebe and Jelavic for a combined total circa. 㿔m. So we have raised our revenues by something approaching 㿲m, after paying Fellaini's old club a sell-on fee. (Rough guesses of course)

Our outlay last season was approx. 㿅m on McCarthy, Kone, Robles and loan fees. We have spent another ٟm landing Gareth Barry.

Clearly, I don't know when this money lands in the bank, or how those outgoings were structured.

If we haven't got at least 㿅m for transfers put aside, I would be amazed.

Nicholas Ryan
169 Posted 19/07/2014 at 19:00:32
My smug, sarcastic (kopite) step-son has just presented me with the DVD of 'ANOTHER 48 hours' Annoying, but quite funny!
Paul Andrews
170 Posted 19/07/2014 at 21:30:56
Double his keep or throw him out.
Eric Myles
171 Posted 20/07/2014 at 02:16:48
Kevin #339, don't forget all those other seasons where we've had a surplus transfer income only for no money to be available for transfers.

Hence the saying "Where's the Arteta money Bill?"

Nick Armitage
172 Posted 20/07/2014 at 13:50:09
Darron Gibson will be like a new signing.
Nicholas Page
173 Posted 21/07/2014 at 11:41:53
"My smug, sarcastic (kopite) step-son ...."

An oft muttered phrase by a colleague in my office is "beaten like a red-headed step-child." but I think youÂ’ve actually gone one better there, Nicholas.

Jim Knightley
174 Posted 21/07/2014 at 11:55:46
I'm with Kevin on this one. We've made a net transfer profit of around 㾼M over the past year, and our TV income increased by around 㿊M this season. I also expect that we've cut our wages, as Martinez earns less than Moyes whilst several high earners left the team in the last 12 months (Heitinga, Fellaini, Neville, Jelavic etc).

Our income for the following season will also be several million higher because of Europa League earnings. I expect therefore that we've earnt an extra 㿔-50M from TV money and transfer dealings in the past year, and that a transfer spend of around 㿊M (which I expect, and perhaps even higher, depending on the Lukaku situation) is not irreconcilable with the average net spending figures of the last decade.

I think Lukaku is holding up spending at the moment, but Martinez clearly wants to take him on a permanent basis and to do so will take at least 㿀M.

Ron Sear
175 Posted 22/07/2014 at 17:04:26
Is the 48 hours up yet? Oh dear
Mark Tanton
176 Posted 22/07/2014 at 17:12:22
Time sure goes slowly in Everton World.
Colin Glassar
177 Posted 22/07/2014 at 17:11:33
The Hernandez link has gone colder than BK's wallet, Peter. Ron, you must be dislexic it's 84 hours!!
Just seen it on ssn, "the expected arrival of Droghba puts lukaku's future in the further doubt".
Patrick Murphy
178 Posted 24/07/2014 at 10:45:34
Notice that Romelu is training with Anderlecht in Belgium - a strange situation!
Peter Laing
179 Posted 24/07/2014 at 11:32:30
Strange one that Rom is training with Anderlecht and Chelsea are currently playing their pre-season games in Europe with no far-flung overseas tour. Just checked Chelsea's pre-season fixtures which are as follows :

Wednesday July 23: RZ Pellets, Klagenfurt Stadium, Austria

Sunday July 27: NK Olimpija Ljubljana, Stozice Stadium, Slovenia

Wednesday July 30: Vitesse Arnhem, Arnhem Stadium, Netherlands

Sunday August 3: Werder Bremen, Wesser Stadium, Germany

Sunday August 10: Ferencvaros, Stadion Albert Florian, Hungary

Tuesday August 12: Real Sociedad, Stamford Bridge

Surely if Lukaku was in Mourinho's plans he would be back with the Chelsea and being re-integrated into their squad. Seems that Colin's comments earlier in the week of Rom not linking up with Chelsea have substance. If we are going to sign Lukaku surely it needs to be concluded in the next week?

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