Everton baulk at Brahimi fee

31 August  68 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton failed with a deadline-day attempt to sign Yacine Brahimi after FC Porto reportedly raised their demands for the Algerian to €50m.

The French-born forward was allowed to leave his country's training camp on Tuesday to finalise a move from FC Porto to another club, with rumours that he flew to Merseyside to hold talks with Everton.

Brahimi had been the subject of speculation linking him with the Blues in recent days, with a reported €40m offer on the table. He was been strongly linked with Galatasaray but it was uncertain whether the Turkish club could match Everton's bid.

Only last month when they were being linked with a permanent move for Oumar Niasse, the Turkish club's coach, Jan Olde Riekerink, told reporters: “Let's not worry about players for next season, we can't afford our players this year."

A report by Rádio Renascença in Portugal confirmed that the Algerian Football Federation granted Brahimi leave today but they don't speculate on whether his final destination will be England or Turkey.

The Guardian's Ed Aarons, however, reported that Everton and Porto were in negotiations over a fee but while there were multiple reports that everything had been agreed, with the Blues offering €40m and a 20% sell-on clause, they eventually proved to be premature.  


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James Morgan
1 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:32:21
Get the deal done!
Eivind Nyhus
2 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:32:47
Bring it!
Simon McCann
3 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:33:35
Is this lad any good? Don't watch any Portuguese footie to be honest.
Paul Lye
4 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:34:35
Get in!!
John Malone
5 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:37:38
This is the one that will make me happy!

Real proven classy technical footballer with a bit of x factor thrown in, this guy will really push Barkley in that number 10 role!

Please, please get it done!

Chris Watts
6 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:38:10
I won't believe it till he's wearing the shirt. Thoroughly hacked off with the last week of speculation. How have Palace been so active this week?

Barry Bragg
7 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:39:15
Very pleased with our business so far but we do need a couple more at least. Any signing would be a good signing at this late stage. Will be keeping everything crossed for the next 28 hours. Thought this window was going to be so different but it looks like it's going down to the wire again.
Mark Whyment
8 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:39:29
I hope so – this is the one I wanted.
Joe Digney
9 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:42:54
Please please get this one over the line. Lad's pure quality and I'm sure Koeman will keep him focused and hungry.
Colin Glassar
10 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:43:42
I'm going to bed until Thursday.
Ian McDowell
11 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:44:45
I'd be well pleased with this. Algeria have some side currently. Might back them each way for the next world cup.
Muj Rasul
12 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:48:54
I don't know much about this guy to be fair

Read the following article seems like he has a lot of talent but wasn't at his best last year

http://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/yacine-brahimi-arsenal-linked-winger-who-idolises-zidane-and-plays-mahrez

Agree with Colin I just feel like sleeping till Thursday 11pm, the last two months have been torture, addicted to Twitter looking for updates every second, had enough

Kevin Moorcroft
13 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:49:58
Is he definately on Merseyside tonight Id like to convine him to come to us My choice for ages!
Stewart Lowe
14 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:51:45
Guys, I am already drained :(

I actually thought Arsenal would be the ones signing Brahimi but now they have Perez and already have Sanchez, The Ox and Cazorla to fill this position I think we could be on to something. However, until he signs it will only take a club that is in the Champions League to step forward and we will have been gazumped, and that includes Basel

Joe O'Brien
15 Posted 30/08/2016 at 19:53:18
Looks like it'll be stuck in front of the telly tomor night while constantly saying shhhh to the wife and shhhh to the kids it's TDD no talking to me till Thursday morn...
Colin Glassar
16 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:00:49
I think a Live Forum is in order. Too many threads and rumours to keep up with.
Nick Page
17 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:01:11
Fecking taxi turns up outside Finch Farm and Twitter goes mental. Probably a Kenwright swerve to divert the masses. I'd love to be wrong but...
Stewart Lowe
19 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:04:24
I will piss myself in to a hysterical state if the TDD shuts and all we have done is sign Martina from Southampton and given Niasse another chance ha ha :)
Oscar Huglin
20 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:04:32
This would be a dream.
David Israel
22 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:04:43
Nick, is Kenwright driving a taxi now or have I misread you?
Paul Lye
24 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:15:00
Be happy with Brahimi, Kone & Bony by 23.30 tomorrow
Christian Hoff
25 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:16:26
Can he be cover for Lukaku, or is he more like a forward/wing behind? Everton can be a real threath going forward with Brahimi on board!!
John Jones
26 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:17:56
David (#15), he means a Kenwright diversion, not swerve in a literal sense.
Kase Chow
27 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:19:56
Paul (#16),

We all would but I fear it's not going to happen.

Andy Meighan
28 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:20:43
Looks alright on YouTube but then again Niasse looked half decent on there as well and the less said about him the better As Colin said, you're better off going to bed until Thursday because the amount of players we are being linked with is driving me mad.

All will be revealed on Sky Sports news tomorrow night Hope Natalie has got a tight dress on that image is enough to get me to drop off. Not really arsed what Jim's got on.

Colin Grierson
30 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:23:18
I was in Lime Street tonight and I don't know whether I saw Brahimi or not cos I haven't got a jar of glue what he looks like. There were loads of people about and some of them looked quite athletic.

I said "Parlez vous Francais" quite loudly and nobody replied so maybe he wasn't there but then again maybe he was and was just being a bit shy. I don't want to start or dispel any rumours but does anyone know who I should text this' big breaking news' to?

Mike McLoughlin
31 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:26:40
I am sure there will be signings, but who and how many is anyone's guess. Not even spent the money from Stones sale yet. (I know that isn't how it works) but you get the idea
Ian McDowell
32 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:27:48
Get him and his Algerian team mate Islam Slimani from Sporting.
Andrew Ellams
33 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:33:12
Colin it needs to go to anybollockswilldo@skysportsnews.com
Chris Watts
35 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:34:51
Stoke have Bruno Indi and Palace have Remy!! Leicester are getting a cracking pair. Arse in for our man Perez.

If we don't sign some quality, our team will relatively slip 4 or 5 places in relation to others in the league.

Colin Grierson
36 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:35:33
Thanks Andy, I'm sure they'll be very interested. I might text them in French.
Brian Williams
38 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:39:39
Mike (#20).

Surely we have spent the Stones money?

Bolasie £25-28 m, Williams £12m, Gueye £7.2m, Stekelenburg £1-2m.

Stewart Lowe
39 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:46:27
If I hear the name Gabbiadini one more time I'm gonna jump off a bloody bridge. According to his stats his goal scoring is 1 goal in 3 which is not great at all anyway.
Mark Morrissey
40 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:52:26
All getting rather hysterical now... any bollocks will do class... but if we keep Niasse, it will be like getting a new signing. Just heard that Chelski are bringing back David Luiz for £30 million – £20 million less than what they sold him for. World has gone mental.
Martin Mason
41 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:54:05
Don't get worried, we've got all day tomorrow. Isn't it just so exciting and the real laugh is at the end we might not buy anybody. It's better than the football this.
Paul Lye
42 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:57:35
Ha ha agreed Martin
David Chait
43 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:00:28
Forget Gabb..whatever.. We should be going for Domenico Berardi
Barry McNally
44 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:03:47
I just wish Various FC would get their finger out and sign Niasse. Does he even train these days?
Grimes Houria
46 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:15:42
Brahimi has applied to join the Algerian team later. He is not in Algiers and not with the squad. He was allowed to shift his arrival in Algiers in order to conclude and sign the contract within his new team.

According to the Algerian media he will sign by Everton despite the great interest of Galatasaray Istanbul.
Joe O'Brien
48 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:20:06
Sporting rejected Leicester's offer for Slamani... we should bid the £34mil that they want and blow Leicester's offer out of the water. Money talks.
David Israel
49 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:22:37
John (#17), I'm much relieved! Thanks!
Colin Grierson
50 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:23:57
Just heard back from #Anyoldbollockswilldo@Skysportsnews.com and apparently similar reports have come in from John Lennon airport of athletic looking young men with footballer style haircuts seen coming through the arrivals lounge.
At one point, excitement ensued as a group of men emerged wearing what appeared to be Algerian national team t-shirts. One of the group confirmed later though that they were all returning from a stag do in Prague for Gerald Quiggley senior of Norris Green, affectionately known to his mates as
'Arl Gerri'.
Chris Watts
51 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:25:37
Is Slamini that good? All these players I hadn't even heard of before this transfer window going for £10m.

If he's a goal scorer, him plus Brahimi would be great. Brahmini looks real class.

Shame we didn't get Ghazzel

Grimes Houria
52 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:26:49
Please!! Please!! Sign the goal machine Slimani – 31 goals in 44 games last season!!!
John Mckay
53 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:27:26
Kone, Brahimi and Bony would be nice they could all go on the same plane to the ACON! Save bill K on some money! Those 3 would be nice, love the stats on Slamini but think it looks nailed on he going to Leicester.

Don't know much about this Gabbiadini seems like might be a step down to what we've got but haven't seen him play. Deal seems on for him, then on another article the deal seems off.

Crazy season, be nice to ship out mcgeady and Gibson tho before the window slams shut.

Feel sorry for Niasse he hasn't really been given a chance, but must have been shite in training and Koemen wants rid ASAP? Or maybe it's got something to do with that assault charge against him?

David Price
54 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:30:49
In Turkey now and my mate, a staunch Galatasaray fan, knows what's going on... and they haven't got the Lira to get him. No chance.
Joe Digney
55 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:32:31
Medical for Brahimi tomorrow, apparently £35 mil agreed.
Grimes Houria
56 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:33:26
John Mackay (#37): Not Slamini But Slimani. His nickname is "Super Slim"!

If Mister Koeman signs Brahimi and Super Slim, several Clubs will be biting their nails to the elbow. Especially, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd, and particularly Leicester and Arsenal.

Derek Williams
57 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:44:00
Just spotted this on Twitter. Don't blame me if it's bollocks, but I thought it might cheer everyone up a bit.

Yacine Brahimi has demanded that FC Porto bosses allow him to join Everton. That's according to friends of the Algerian player. If the reports turn out to be true, then Brahimi could be on his way to Goodison Park.

'He's hoping to join up with Ronald Koeman', said the source. 'The two of them have been on talking terms for a while now.' The transfer is expected to be in the region of €24 million. - See more at: http://soccer-rumours.com/?story=21&buying=8&selling=24&player=0#sthash.FK5q1ymD.dpuf

Damian Wilde
58 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:53:36
Would love a couple of quality signings. Then we'll have more about us and start winning every game, not drawing any!
Derek Williams
59 Posted 30/08/2016 at 22:02:38
Mind you, the same reporter on Twitter has Seamus going to Swansea for £40m and Kevin Mirallas to Stoke so I suspect a large pinch of salt may be required with her Brahimi tweet.
David Israel
61 Posted 31/08/2016 at 00:19:05
She did that just to put the hounds off the Brahimi trail, Derek. He's signing in the morning.
Paul Taylor
62 Posted 31/08/2016 at 00:30:54
Brahimi is currently an Everton player according to Wikipedia, squad number 8. Has anyone told Ross...? Or is this more bullshit?

Great if it is true.

Dan Davies
63 Posted 31/08/2016 at 00:49:28
Brahimi and Slimani and I'd go to bed a happy Evertonian.
Christian Creech
64 Posted 31/08/2016 at 09:53:47
Brahimi would be a signing to show real intent from the club. With the apparent £100 million still not touched they should not be shy with splashing the full spondoolies for this one.

Would Bony not be a safer bet then Gabbiadini for the same fee? Despite being flush with cash we may struggle getting in a bigger name until January if we can get in the top four. Bony can do it in the premier, City haven't used him well.

with Holgate's great start maybe Martins would be better value than Kone and get back for Koulibaly when Ronnie cements our place in the Champions League.

A real enforcer for centre midfield would be nice but not sure if Sissoko is that man just hope they ain't shy with the money and still looking to penny pinch after a great start.

John Mckay
65 Posted 31/08/2016 at 18:35:21
News coming in that this deal is off? Porto rejected a £34m over including a 20% sell on fee! Madness.

Bugger them, we won't be held to ransom I guess. Gutted by the news. Hopefully they'll change their mind at the last minute and are just playing hard ball over the price.

He's been frozen out of their squad for the last 3 games so I'm guessing they want to cash in their chips...

Grimes Houria
66 Posted 31/08/2016 at 20:16:49
It is the Portuguese transfer policy. Yesterday they say white and today black. This is sheer pressure of the last day that borders on blackmail.

I hope Everton and Porto will meet in the middle and they issue Yacine Brahimi, his fans and Everton. Cross fingers, pray and hope. Hope dies at last.
Mike Green
67 Posted 01/09/2016 at 07:51:09
Frustrating but having slept on it fair play to the club (us) for sticking to our valuation. I wonder if Porto are pleased they kept their man or think they might have shot themselves in the foot this morning – I bet Brahimi's got a view on it.

If I was Walsh / Koeman and Moshiri I'd take stock of the chaos last night and in the nicest possible way completely drop any interest in players we were messed about on this time around and look elsewhere as of now – it's amazing what can happen when you fan the flames of desire with indifference.

Joe Clitherow
68 Posted 01/09/2016 at 09:08:24
Glad we didn't get stung for a ridiculous fee. Clearly it was ridiculous since no-one else was even mentioned near the price the idiots wanted. Nearer €50m with a 20% sell on is simply ludicrous because they wanted to get ten times what they paid and saw (they thought) Royal Blue mugs.

What's the odds we get him in January for a lot less?

Lordy Hughes
70 Posted 01/09/2016 at 12:13:42
#67 Mike and #68 Joe

Have to agree. Top player Brahimi but when his club keep us waiting to the last day just so they can pull a fast one jumping from €40 to €50 I too say fair play and have no issue with the fact that we walked away.

I'm happy with all the other window signings. All have improved on our best. We still need player additions for sure but we do now at least have some forward cover in Valencia (I think he may prove a shrewd gamble for a modest outlay) and I am content for us to wait until January and the Summer for more signings that improve the best 11 we have now. Like to see Brahimi here in the New Year though!!!

Les Martin
71 Posted 01/09/2016 at 13:51:46
With this deal not happening I have a feeling that a few of our targets may be really miffed, due to their clubs pricing themselves out of a deal.

Come January, if the players are still dissatisfied and wanting a move, could mean some deals being on the table at reduced fees? We will see as I expect Ronald to use January if the players become available.

David Israel
74 Posted 01/09/2016 at 17:00:46
Come Januray, Les, Brahimi will be off to the ACON and that will probably make any deal more difficult – if we still want to deal with Porto then, that is.
Paul Ellam
75 Posted 01/09/2016 at 17:28:51
Well, I've calmed down a bit from last night – but only a bit!

What has really annoyed me this (and other) transfer window is how clubs we've been dealing with have taken us for mugs.

They have continuously moved the goalposts regarding any deals and it makes me wonder if we are better off approaching any transfer situation with a more aggressive attitude.

For example, last year when we were chasing Yarmolenko – everything looked agreed, then their chairman started messing us about, we tried to placate him and not rush him and ended up with nothing, whilst not focusing on other targets.

And this year it looks like the same has happened with Witsel, Brahimi, Mata, Gabbiadini, Koulibaly etc.

We have been patient and waited for clubs to sort their transfers out in order to pick up their unwanted players and we have ended up with nothing again.

I believe we should scout which players we want and then when we approach their club be firm in what we will pay and how long we will give them to decide yes or no. And if that doesn't suit, we move on to our next target. Too many times we have waited and waited and then either been told a deal won't happen or been gazumped by another club.

Something has to change with how we do our transfers because what we are doing just isn't working.

How many times must we see a Payet or Sissoko go elsewhere and then not have time to get somebody else in? It's infuriating!

I expect a much better approach in January but won't hold my breath.

Will Firstbrook
76 Posted 01/09/2016 at 18:13:58
I think we will now see how/whether Mr Walsh is truly the sensei of scouting as many believe. Like it or not, our current standing does not allow us to realistically dabble in the premier end of the player market. This window we were leveraged by clubs, players (most I would consider slightly above average at that!) and agents alike intending to cash in – often with an eye elsewhere.

We will need to do this the hard way. Earn our way back to Europe with the core we have supplemented by unearthed diamonds currently toiling away in relative obscurity looking to cut their teeth on a bigger stage. Until we can consistently offer Europe, we will remain a target for parasites out there.

Paul Hay
77 Posted 01/09/2016 at 22:40:30
Will # 75.

Summed up perfectly without tones of a Greek tragedy. Thanks!

Keep the faith.

Sean Kelly
78 Posted 01/09/2016 at 22:49:51
People here need to realise there is not point paying hugely inflated prices for players. Brahimi along with Witsel are okay players but hardly worth the kind of money being touted. Also they were hardly breaking a sweat to get here either. Move on.
Paul Hay
79 Posted 01/09/2016 at 23:04:57
Sorry Will.

At #76!

Keep the faith.

Ian Riley
81 Posted 03/09/2016 at 10:27:18
Sadly, what goes around comes around.

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