As the January window approaches, a month where Everton are both hoped and expected to be active, Ronald Koeman has spoken of his desire to strengthen his squad in terms of quality and competition for places.
The Toffees are no strangers to speculation and there has been a steady stream of links from the media regarding who Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh are interested in signing in recent weeks.
The likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Charlton starlet Ademola Lookman have been mentioned regularly but while the Blues' boss hinted that some of the names bandied about are true, he has stopped short of naming them, except to acknowledge that the club has an interest in signing Lookman.
“[I]n the long term you want to make the squad stronger than it is now,” Koeman explained in the Liverpool Echo. “It is all about performances from individual players. Finally you make choices about what will happen now and to the end of the season.
“But finally we like to improve and to make the teams stronger and then finally you go for the best players. If you have that quality in (already), then you keep that but in several aspects we need to improve and we will do that.”
“First of all it is always difficult in January,” the Dutchman continued. “More difficult than in the summer, for sure. But we aren't signing just to get new players in. We are signing players in positions where we need better quality or more competition. That's clear.”
While incomings are expected, there are rumours of outgoing players as well this coming month, although, again, Koeman hasn't divulged any names. He was asked by the Echo about Gerard Deulofeu specifically — the Spaniard has been linked with a return to Spain while reports claim there is still interest in Oumar Niasse from Turkey — but he talked in general terms about any player who might be unsettled.
“There is no offer and we like to keep everybody in,” he said. “But if there is a player who is not happy about his situation then we will talk to player and we will find a solution.”
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1 Posted 30/12/2016 at 07:48:50
2 Posted 30/12/2016 at 08:11:59
3 Posted 30/12/2016 at 08:16:29
4 Posted 30/12/2016 at 08:36:22
5 Posted 30/12/2016 at 08:42:17
6 Posted 30/12/2016 at 08:46:19
7 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:00:31
8 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:04:46
Central midfielder (Schneiderlin)
Forward (Berahino, although his attitude at WBA stinks)
This would do for me.
9 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:31:35
I also am not convinced about Depay as he looks like another winger only interested when he's got the ball. We also haven't got the best record signing young forward players recently, so for £10 million, this Lookman is a risk.
I believe we should give Davies and Holgate a run in the team to see if they are up to the task, which I think they are. The signings I would like to go for in an ideal world would be to convince Giroud to ditch his bit-part role at Arsenal. Then to target Schmeichel as our long-term keeper as I don't think the other two are good enough. The other position I would love is at centre-back; as much as I would love Van Dijk, I can't see that happening so Kone from Sunderland would do.
This could be the team till the end of season in a 3-5-2 system:
Schmeichel, Holgate, Williams, Kone, Coleman, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Baines, Giroud, Lukaku... which looks very strong to me.
10 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:39:06
11 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:40:50
But finally ...
Then finally ...
First of all ...
12 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:45:06
13 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:45:34
So ideally IMHO six please. Two centre backs, two midfielders, two forwards. Am I dreaming? You effing bet I am! Will the dream turn into a nightmare... let's wait and see!
Leave the keeper 'til the summer and make that the number one (get it?) priority then.
14 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:54:59
Van Dijk was a good buy at £7 million from Celtic, but unfortunately we missed out on that one and got Funes Mori. He is now being touted at £50 million and if you saw his performance on Wednesday against Spurs you wouldn't pay the £7 million!
I've watched him a bit lately and he's not much better than our Argentine, straight swap... probably mega millions... not a chance.
Have a proper look on Monday.
15 Posted 30/12/2016 at 10:02:39
I can see Deulofeu being offloaded too. Koeman doesn't fancy him.
16 Posted 30/12/2016 at 10:14:30
Yeah, we could do with someone that can play fast, precise passes into the path of Lukaku and others, like, er... Barkley did against Leicester...
17 Posted 30/12/2016 at 10:16:34
If we want 2 for every position we have:
Stekelenburg and Robles
Holgate, Williams, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Galloway.
Jagielka is starting to show his age, so we need to think beyond him, while Koeman doesn't appear to fancy Galloway - so I think this area needs more surgery than people think.
Possibly 2 to come in over the next 2 windows.
Baines and Oviedo
Who was the young RB that played against Norwich for Rhino - his name escapes me!? Also Holgate can play there, so I don't think this is urgent.
Gana, Barry, McCarthy, Davies, Besic, Cleverley and Gibson as our options for the holding mids.
Of those I would lean towards keeping Besic and obviously Gana and Davies; but the others are either not a long-term option, a square peg in a round hole or a crock - so we need to bring ar least one more in there.
Barkley + 1
This is urgent for me. Proper No. 10 options to fire a rocket up Ross.
Deulofeu, Mirallas, Bolasie, Lennon (+ Lookman and Dowell)
I think we need to ship some of these out. On paper Geri and Kev are perfect; but Koeman doesn't seem to think so. Bolasie and Lennon are wingers who cross for me.
Urgently require something here.
Niasse has to go and Valencia has to go back to West Ham, then we need a more oven-ready version to help out as Calvert-Lewin is not ready to compete with Lukaku yet.
18 Posted 30/12/2016 at 10:18:12
Every signing is a gamble to some extent but I do think this guy could really click with Everton. He's no way "a Royston Drenthe" - far, far superior, and may be just the provider we want.
Still only 22, the guy has massive potential and of all the names being bandied around this is the one I would be most disappointed to miss out on.
19 Posted 30/12/2016 at 10:22:02
20 Posted 30/12/2016 at 10:42:21
There's not going to be much on offer in January so a decent playmaker and another striker and big business in summer would be the way to go.
21 Posted 30/12/2016 at 11:02:14
I'd be happy with the too lads from Man Utd and the Charlton kid.
This is the toughest time to do business and let's pray we aren't doing the usual deadline day deals.
22 Posted 30/12/2016 at 11:37:16
I'd also like us to shift a few players out if possible. Whatever happens, Niasse is not going to play so may as well get him off the wage bill. We have a few others that are doing nothing that also need shifting; Gibson, Cleverley, Kone etc, all a waste of space and wages.
We have no squad depth whatsoever so badly need 3-4 quality players to be able to come in straight away, including a striker as back up if Lukaku gets injured. A top goalkeeper would also be good but that can wait till the summer imo as the ones we have now are ok, if not great.
Keeping fingers and toes firmly crossed...
23 Posted 30/12/2016 at 12:11:56
Also, as I mentioned, he was quality in the Euros, which could have been due to his link-up play with Bale, which could likely be replicated with Lukaku. I'm not saying he is the definite answer to the problem, but maybe an option as that Number 10 we need.
24 Posted 30/12/2016 at 12:24:26
25 Posted 30/12/2016 at 12:28:00
Klaassen, Dolberg and Bazoer from Ajax are good options. Van Dijk would be fantastic but I doubt it will happen. Belotti would be great too but will never happen.
We should be signing a left-back, a cdm, a playmaker cm, one winger and one striker. Sign a keeper only if we can find a decent one, not some average keeper; otherwise, keep Joel Robles.
26 Posted 30/12/2016 at 12:28:30
We may have money to spend but why pay over the top prices on buying players just for the sake of it. I would sooner see this season out with what we have and give our own youngsters a chance. Might save us a fortune.
27 Posted 30/12/2016 at 12:33:24
Procrastination never pays IMHO.
28 Posted 30/12/2016 at 12:38:33
i would like to see him given a proper run as a No 10 before we look at shifting him.
29 Posted 30/12/2016 at 12:55:34
I would be happy with these for starters, brought in nice and early.
30 Posted 30/12/2016 at 13:43:50
In training, Deulofeu must be helping challenging our defenders and keep the flow going up front he is for keeps until at least the summer.
We might just get the players in January to not just add quality, but strengthen the team spirit; that way, players like Deulofeu might find their form and confidence again. When everybody's happy and motivated, it can only help the whole team.
31 Posted 30/12/2016 at 13:52:24
Depay I'm not sure on either but he's younger and definitely worth a punt on loan.
We definitely need at least one player to play in the three behind Lukaku and some real back-up for him up front.
I think we're in a battle for seventh place this season at best. So I'd prefer some loans or investment in the future rather than getting a third-choice player.
32 Posted 30/12/2016 at 13:54:51
33 Posted 30/12/2016 at 13:59:08
Schneiderlin looks like it could be possible and in the long run he'll be a great addition as the box to box CM alongside Gueye. But I think we need a bit more creativity in CM and someone who can offer us a goal threat aswell. Can Barkley step up to the mark when in and around a better quality of player? I don't know, we need to see how he gets on but either way, I still feel we need another player in there. Could young Walsh step up to the plate? Been hearing he's very close to being involved with the first team and maybe he could give us an option long term. But I do think Koeman will sign someone for that position. We have been linked to Dzagoev recently and he'd be ideal. Someone like Adrien Silva is another, Klaasen of Ajax is a very good attacking CM.
We need better wide options that's for sure. Lennon isn't good enough, Mirallas as one or two good games every 20 which isn't good enough and Deulofeu is struggling to make an impact under Koeman and could possibly be moved on?! Young Lookman looks to be close to being complete and he'll be an option. Depay has been heavily linked and I think if given a good chance he'll do well. He'll come to us without the expectations he had on his shoulders that he had when he joined Utd after a brilliant season with PSV and Koeman will give him a chance and I think he would come good. Gabbiadini is another one. He'd be a good option down the right. He's got more of a strikers instinct about him and would come in off the line and look to play close to Lukaku and link with him. He'd also take away some of the burden of holding the ball up upfront and link the play. I've recently seen Quincy Promes linked aswell and he'd be another good signing, very explosive winger that creates and scores goals.
We also need another centre forward and I couldn't think who we could get next month. Maybe Berahino who we've been vaguely linked to?! He's a bit of a versatile forward and can play inbehind or wide so could be a good option. Would cost around £8-10m or more I'd imagine though. Even though his deal is running out, Pulis won't sell cheap in January as he knows he will get a good fee at tribunal in the summer when he does leave so he'll either hold out for a good fee next month or keep his powder dry till the summer knowing full well he'll get a good fee either way.
Then come the summer we can get shut of a few players and fine tune the squad, get some competition in for the likes of Coleman & Baines, get a quality No.1 in and take it from there...
34 Posted 30/12/2016 at 14:15:20
Along side Gueye I'm sure he'd be a great player for us and get back to his best.
Let's not forget with the likes of Schneiderlin & Depay, they've gone to a Utd team in transition and not doing so well after brilliant seasons at their former clubs and have gone in and struggled for whatever reasons, the roles their playing, struggling for form etc but a change of scene and no pressure/expectancy, being given a chance and played to their strengths could bring out the best of them?!
I can remember years ago when Depay was shit hot for PSV and Evertonians were crying out for Martinez to sign him yet he's gone to Utd and it's not worked out he's shite and not worth taking a chance on now?!
Look at Pienaar back in day, was a brilliant player at Ajax and went to a better league, the Bundesliga, with Dortmund and he flopped, struggled for games and in fairness that gave us at the time the chance to sign him because back in day when he was playing well for Ajax there was some big clubs after him and we'd of had no chance of signing him, but he didn't adapt and play well and we got the chance to sign him on loan and the rest is history! He was a class act for us.
So I wouldn't write Depay off just yet! If Koeman thinks he can improve us then we need to trust his judgement! .
35 Posted 30/12/2016 at 14:53:01
Most of all though, Koeman would do well to remember we finished 5th under Martinez with Barkley a key member of the team and Deulofeu a key squad player. Both are clearly good enough and I cannot fathom why Koeman is seemingly trying to off-load them both.
36 Posted 30/12/2016 at 15:57:24
37 Posted 30/12/2016 at 16:10:50
38 Posted 30/12/2016 at 16:21:04
I agree that we need to strengthen at left wing back; Bainesy hasn't got the legs to get up and down the pitch for 90 minutes and Oviedo hasn't got Premier League class.
James @ 35,
''Koeman has already annoyed Mourinho.. if the player wants to come.'' - I don't get your logic there mate.
I agree with you on Will Hughes but I would steer clear of signing Jack Grealish - I don't think the latter has the work ethic, plus he has a history of off-field demeanours. I would be happy with the additions of Will Smith and Schneiderlin in the midfield.
Is Koeman actually trying to off-load Barkley and Deulofeu? I'd like to see Deulofeu played in behind/alongside Lukaku; he did well playing there against Barnsley in the pre-season.
39 Posted 30/12/2016 at 16:29:52
40 Posted 30/12/2016 at 16:43:57
41 Posted 30/12/2016 at 17:08:39
5-7 years too late for us, I think mate.
42 Posted 30/12/2016 at 19:00:39
43 Posted 30/12/2016 at 19:10:08
44 Posted 30/12/2016 at 22:59:56
45 Posted 30/12/2016 at 23:06:37
Also Williams is a bad buy, we should try to recoup the money and spend it on another player.
Holgate and Funes Mori should play if replacements aren't brought in soon enough.
46 Posted 31/12/2016 at 12:23:10
Otherwise I'd be happy with Schneiderlin for £15-20m, Depay on loan and giving Holgate and Davies more time.
47 Posted 31/12/2016 at 14:17:27
So at best he'll be signing a back-up for the service-starved Lukaku.
48 Posted 01/01/2017 at 04:05:48
Sigurdsson of Swansea goals and a two way game, good competition for Barkley. Swansea almost a drift and sinking fast.
Kompany sure seems fanciful but unlikely to regain his spot back at Man City. 18 months even with a patchy injury record would be a step up for us.
Valenica in Spain struggled above the drop would be vulnerable to bids.
Dembele at Celtic at target for bigger clubs, but perhaps the swap with McCarthy might tempt them.
I would love to see Everton be that ambitious.
50 Posted 01/01/2017 at 06:27:54
I have been very disappointed with Koeman so far but he is right in that his team has had more time now to assess players and that a huge rebuilding job is needed.
51 Posted 01/01/2017 at 08:59:38
Sigurdsson, Kompany and Dembele would be three great signings and wouldn't cost us the earth.
According to the rags, Van Dijk remains Ronald's top choice even if it means smashing the £50m mark.
52 Posted 01/01/2017 at 09:08:19
53 Posted 01/01/2017 at 09:11:27
It's January 1st not April 1st, ffs.
54 Posted 01/01/2017 at 10:05:09
55 Posted 01/01/2017 at 11:19:01
Any of the following In Lookman, Schneiderlin, Van Dijk, Brahimi, Will Hughes, Dembele (Celtic), Foster (Southampton), Dzagoev, Keane, Smalling, Depay (only on loan as he sounds like another Shandy van der Meyde), Gabbiadini, Berahino, Hart...
Please stop mentioning Giroud, Ramsey, Kompany as this will never happen.
56 Posted 01/01/2017 at 14:16:31
57 Posted 01/01/2017 at 14:37:59
The question mark remains on his physical resilience but as stated in my original post Everton should be looking at players situations to help get a transfer done which shows ambition and little bit of unorthodoxy in approach.
Chin up, April the first is derby day at Anfield. I'm sure Kompany will get the winner.
58 Posted 01/01/2017 at 15:01:07
The targets you list you could find on the back of any cornflake packet, boring and old hat. Everton as a club need to be ambitious, that includes the whole club. Why limit yourself?
In the short term we need players to make a difference now. Stepping stones to finishing higher and creating an attractive environment for us to get much much better players.
Examining targets who would appear out of reach and trying something interesting to get them here might seem fruitless to you but would tell me we are being ambitious. If you want to be hard nosed about it, targeting out of reach players simply comes down to numbers. The more you pursue, the more likely you get lucky.
I like cornflakes, Gary, but do love a Variety Pack once in a while too.
59 Posted 01/01/2017 at 15:02:06
Besic has a long-term injury. I think he deserves a chance to establish himself on his return. I think getting rid of these players has to be a long term thing. I see no rush to push Lennon out of the door unless a team makes a good offer for him. We can't totally gut the team in January.
I would like to see the following core players out:
1) Gibson Offers nothing. Period.
2) Cleverley If we are going to bring a midfielder in, financially he probably has to go, at least on loan. Saleable too.
3) Niasse Obviously has no future.
4) Oviedo If Galloway comes back. I also imagine we could move him on somewhere..
The rest of them you mention, I don't think can simply be jettisoned at this point.
60 Posted 01/01/2017 at 15:04:28
62 Posted 01/01/2017 at 15:07:43
Let them have him at that price, he'll fit in well with their other £50 mill defender... Rocks, or something like that??
63 Posted 01/01/2017 at 15:12:26
64 Posted 01/01/2017 at 15:20:18
65 Posted 01/01/2017 at 15:31:17
66 Posted 01/01/2017 at 16:14:13
68 Posted 01/01/2017 at 16:29:30
Not that I'd change the fact that I was chosen mind!
69 Posted 01/01/2017 at 16:45:57
70 Posted 01/01/2017 at 16:50:14
71 Posted 01/01/2017 at 17:24:26
I fear Depay could fall into this category where he stood out in Holland but has been poor in England. Yes, I think we probably need to pay big money and take some risks on attacking players but I fear he will not be the answer.
72 Posted 01/01/2017 at 17:36:49
Mourinho also seems to have a problem with some of the players he inherited e.g. Schweinsteiger, Mata, Fellaini, Herrera, Rojo, Smalling etc . Some of them get the occasional game but it looks to me like he doesn't trust the LVG players.
Sometimes your face just doesn't fit and it seems that Depay has one of those. Remember, two seasons ago he was one of Europe's hottest properties.
73 Posted 01/01/2017 at 18:09:49
I do think he has the potential to be a top,top player. I am also concerned that there is a definite element of risk, especially as he has flattered to deceive in the United team for two years. He is the right age though, and I for one am fed up of people questioning his professionalism on the basis of 4/5 of fuck all.
74 Posted 01/01/2017 at 18:15:41
76 Posted 01/01/2017 at 18:23:26
I've never understood this cult hero image he has, he is not good enough, has been with us 3 seasons and managed just 35 appearances because, on the rare occasion he is not injured, he is simply not good enough.
77 Posted 01/01/2017 at 18:28:46
I understand what you''re saying but the targets I listed are no lore old hat or boring than the three unattainable ones I mentioned! We've been here before as well, pursuing players we have no chance of getting, signing no one and then having bully bullshit wax lyrical about how he made a great offer but they just didn't want to come!
If Arsenal were to sell Giroud do you really think he'd swap the bench there for the bench at Goodison? Because he won't get in ahead of Lukaku!
If Arsenal were to sell Ramsey, do you really think he'd sign for a side not even competing for a Uefa place? Or do you think he'd have a good pick of European sides in both England and Europe ?
Vincent Kompany!?!? I mean really!?!? There's ambition and there's just being delusional!!
78 Posted 01/01/2017 at 20:20:19
Quite apart from it being the inevitable, drawn-out, PR-spun, patronising, anti-climax it always is we will only be spending what we earn.
Call me cynical, but Lukaku unexpectedly signing a contract extension recently sets us up nicely to legally obtain more for him?
The likes of Lennon, Cleverley, Gibson, Kone, McCarthy and Niasse, would only raise petty cash in today's transfer market. Even if any of them are moved out, it will probably be on loan anyway.
And selling Barkley, as has been mooted, will only generate enough to buy a flash-in-the-pan dud like Sissoko.
So unless we get £50m-ish for Romelu, we are not buying anyone of any use/significance.
Even if we did, we'd have to spend the bulk of that just replacing him. And with who?
So forget all talk of the likes of Van Dijk. This will be yet another window of loans, last-minute anti-climax, Russian league no-marks and "We've signed who? Never heard of him!"
Accompanied by the usual dose of bullshit right up until our traditional panic buy/s with half an hour to go!
Sorry to appear to be so pessimistic, but this IS Everton - and Carlsberg most definitely not do our transfer windows.
79 Posted 02/01/2017 at 01:24:09
80 Posted 02/01/2017 at 03:35:33
The big question is: Has that situation now changed with the advent of Moshiri or will we still remain the same as before? This current Transfer window should reveal all.
82 Posted 02/01/2017 at 20:46:55
In reading the reports of what Koeman said, it worries me that the statement "I have asked the board for money in this transfer window." I would have thought that all the possible costings for the combination of players we could obtain along with salaries would have been worked out and agreed prior to the window opening.
I would always prefer to get players in quickly and early to bed in the team. As usual I am being a hopeful Evertonian but worry we may gain no more than in the summer.
83 Posted 03/01/2017 at 04:29:16
I doubt Koeman will tolerate another failed window this time around. I suspect he was majorly pissed off last time.
I only hope that lessons were learned and Kenwright and Elstone are not let within a mile of any dealings .
84 Posted 03/01/2017 at 10:19:41
85 Posted 03/01/2017 at 10:28:15
None of these players require to even be replaced. Sorry Tom. You could also add in Jagielka and Oviedo.
There is an argument to say that our first team would be improved as the savings in wages could easily be used for the likes of Hart, Ramsey, Van Dijk and so on.
Great start to the year and it's pretty clear Koeman is expecting some activity. Good times ahead.