Everton have announced the completion of Morgan Schneiderlin's move from Manchester United for an initial fee of £20m.
The Blues fended off interest from West Bromwich Albion and a reported approach from Marseille for the 27-year-old who was surplus to requirements at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.
Schneiderlin has put pen to paper on a 4½-year contract after completing a two-part medical yesterday and wrapping up the final details on a move that could eventually rise to £24m if appearance-related add-ons are triggered. He will wear the No.2 jersey last worn by Tony Hibbert.
“There is a manager in place here that I know, I know he can get the best out of me, I know his style and how he likes to play football," the France international said.
“I've always loved the atmosphere in the stadium. I can't wait to play and to represent this great club.
"I want to put my print on this club and do everything to get Everton where it belongs."
Schneiderlin has spent almost a decade in England having signed for Southampton from Strasbourg in 2008 for £1.2m. He was a prominent member of the Saints side that gained promotion to the Premier League in 2012 and had blossomed into one of the division's best defensive midfielders by the time Mauricio Pochettino left St Mary's Stadium and Ronald Koeman took the reins.
He attracted the attention of former United boss Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2015 and, billed as a long-term successor to Michael Carrick, made a £24m switch to the northwest, a fee that would have topped £27m had he met certain appearance-related add-ons.
His first and only goal for the Red Devils followed in October — coincidentally, it came against Everton at Goodison Park in a 3-0 win — but he has failed to impress Van Gaal's successor this year while Carrick has remained a vital part of the United team.
Under Mourinho, Schneiderlin has played less than 2½ hours of competitive first-team football for United and just 11 minutes in the league. The Old Trafford hierarchy were keen, nevertheless, to recoup their outlay on the France international and reportedly knocked back offers of £13m from West Brom and an £19m bid from Everton before a deal closer to their asking price was eventually agreed.
An obvious long-term replacement for Gareth Barry who turns 36 this year and short-term cover for Idrissa Gueye while he is at the Africa Cup of Nations, Schneiderlin is expected to go straight into the squad to face Manchester City next Sunday.
"I know the qualities of the player," Koeman said after his reunion with Schneiderlin was confirmed. "I know him as a person and he's really desperate to come to Everton and that's what we need.
"He's a fast player, a clever player and he's a personality. This is a new step. It's a new future and he will show us his qualities, I am convinced of that."
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1 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:12:13
2 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:14:25
3 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:14:28
5 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:15:43
6 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:17:35
7 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:17:43
That's two; now for the others...
8 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:18:32
9 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:19:51
Also saw a couple articles on interest in Gibson.
10 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:21:08
Mark Hughes... and
With probably a few more who don't immediately spring to mind. Did Mark Higgins play for Man Utd after his injury?
11 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:21:54
12 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:22:52
I was watching him a bit there on YouTube and as well as his tackling he can hit some good long forward passes which could suit Rom rather than the hoofball we have been playing.
I hope Depay is not on his way too although maybe on loan wouldn't be too bad.
Now, lets get the Nurofen lad in next.
13 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:23:33
Nil Satis Nisi Optimum
14 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:24:19
15 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:24:31
16 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:24:51
17 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:24:52
18 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:27:56
I'm about 7 out of 10 for this one on the hope scale, so pretty satisfied. I will feel even better when we see how he can provide midfield solidity to link with and augment our attack which might stop just about every mainstream media sports news outlet trying to sell Barkley to Spurs.
19 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:29:51
20 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:32:20
What certainly appears true is that Ron has no interest in him. Strange we signed him again recently, but I'd guess it was for "pennies" compared to his previous contract. Worth the risk for Leeds, I imagine, since they're a point off 3rd place.
21 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:33:40
Expect this to form as 3-4-1-2 or 3-4-2-1 formation. Havn't seen that much of him, just hope he can pass the ball forward.
But having 2, hard running and tireless centre mids will be essential for Koeman to implement a high pressing game.
22 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:37:55
A French midfield of Schneiderlin and Payet. Go and do it, please!
23 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:38:50
24 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:50:55
25 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:51:26
26 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:52:58
27 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:54:38
I've been hoping for this for three years.
Hoisting a cup to Moshiri, Koeman and Walsh.
(Okay, so it's only decaf, but the spirit is there.)
28 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:57:33
Don't know if you heard, Mark, but in regards to West Ham, Payet has apparently now said* he "Doesn't want to play for the club again..."
I doubt he'd ever end up here but who'd want him with such traitorous tendencies.
* if true.
29 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:59:06
30 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:00:58
As a number of fans have expressed ,despite poor performances Koeman deserves time to place his stamp on the team, to see what direction we are going in. These new signings, with the possibility of more on the way, may not show immediate changes, but one of the things it will achieve is the rest of the squad will have to raise the standard of their play as it appears that the manager has the full backing of the ownership to make changes.
This January window is possibly showing the true direction the owner wants for the club, and let's hope it continues.
31 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:02:41
Yes Mark Higgins played for MU after they compensated the insurers for paying out when he thought he was finished through injury.
I've been racking my brains but I don't think you have missed anyone else where do you get all this data from? Surely not just memory??
32 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:04:26
At last, some ambition by signing a quality player who is better than what we have.
Top drawer signing this; now let's have some more...
33 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:04:28
34 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:05:40
35 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:07:08
36 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:07:18
37 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:07:45
38 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:08:29
39 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:09:34
40 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:10:23
41 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:11:24
Seven new players brought in by Koeman now and good reason to suspect more might follow before the end of the month (a rock solid keeper and a nasty centre-half would be good, oh, and a creative midfielder like Payet...).
Are we finally going to begin seeing 'his type of team' at last?
42 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:11:30
Sorry, Stephen - simultaneous posting...
43 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:12:23
Sam Byrne, who plays for our U23s, was signed after being released by Man Utd.
44 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:16:59
I'm sorry for missing him out, I will write a thousand lines "I will not post anything unless it is gospel and I have checked out every single clubs records in detail." :)
I did write "with probably a few more who don't immediately spring to mind"!!!
45 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:19:35
We'd never be able to out-do you on this sort of stuff!
46 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:28:00
A good window so far, but will be interesting to see how much more Moshiri spends as it will be cheaper in the summer and we've little to play for.
I'm not convinced that 7th will be enough for the Europa League.
47 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:43:38
48 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:49:52
What about Ted Buckle, early '50s, one for the oldies?
49 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:52:42
Tony, I'm getting on but not quite that vintage I assume Johnny Carey played for Everton and Man Utd too?
50 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:55:16
Carey played for Man Utd but not Everton. He was the Blackburn Rovers manager before he came to us.
51 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:58:53
52 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:02:22
Neville Higgins Gidman
Kanchelskis Schneiderlin Hughes Fellaini Whiteside
A bit weak at the back but Championship material?
Schneiderlin is a good signing and is at a good enough level for other potential signings to sit up and see we mean business!
53 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:04:35
Ted Buckle was before my time but I worked with him in the 1970s in Standard Triumph, Speke. Jimmy Tansey also worked there.
Of course, they had the misfortune to play in an era when players had to get a job when they finished: usually a pub or a newsagent or, often, anything they could get.
Geoff Hurst, a World Cup winner, worked as a Co-op Insurance agent when he finished.
54 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:04:50
55 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:05:36
56 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:06:29
Also can imagine he's told a few of the squad some home truths and the garbage is finally being put out.
Don't really want to see Barry starting another match so hopefully we're not done on the transfer front yet. Creative mid and a striker and I'll be over the moon.
Two in and we're not even half-way through the transfer window! Times really have changed.
57 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:15:11
58 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:20:02
59 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:22:59
60 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:23:50
Not surprising given that the shirt has only been worn by Krøldrup and Hibbo since then. A hat-trick by the new lad on Sunday and a 4-0 win would be fantastic... :)
61 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:28:31
If memory serves me right; Mark Higgins (very good player) was forced into early retirement through injury. His insurance company paid him out, but he forfeit the payment to have another go with Ron Atkinson at Man Utd. Didn't last long.
Not a hundred percent sure on the details, hopefully somebody will have a clearer recollection than me.
62 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:29:00
I never knew that!
One who went the other way was John Gidman.
It looks like Moshiri could be the real deal. A real quality signing!
63 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:31:37
Sorry Mate, missed your post (#31).
64 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:41:12
65 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:41:34
I saw him play one Saturday afternoon for Man Unt Reserves at Goodison the next week, he played for Everton versus Man Utd in a First Division game. Both matches finished up 0-0.
Ted cost about £7k... he was later transferred to Exeter City.
66 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:45:38
Any chance of buying some decent goalkeepers?
67 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:46:44
I remember Higgins played for Man Utd against us at Old Trafford in 86.I think it was a 0-0 draw in the Lineker season. He came down our end to get his applause and got roundly abused for being a traitor. His face was a picture.
68 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:56:55
69 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:59:12
My early 50s memories of Ted Buckle were he played without his false teeth in and always looked knackered. Different era, but I had the impression that he was always given a hard time by our fans of that era.
Maybe much doesn't change.
71 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:03:53
73 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:14:16
74 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:15:01
75 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:18:56
Oh wow... Gidman hated Kendall with a passion and said some really nasty stuff about him which was totally out of the blue for me.
Sorry to go off topic here but it may be of interest to some Blues.
76 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:22:19
77 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:23:34
This has to be good news for Lukaku and Barkley. Getting that ball in better situations closer to goal will only accentuate the positives there.
The interesting thing for me is will Koeman move to a back 3 with wing backs?
Devoid of pace unless Holgate is in the side, Koeman looks like he only feels happy with Holgate in a three.
if not I expect a quick centre-half to be in before deadline day.
78 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:29:03
79 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:29:12
Yes, he looked like death warmed up but he had a tremendous shot with either foot, but he did look knackered, as you said, and looked like he could collapse at any second.
Nevertheless, he scored some important goals for the Blues. Patrick (if he's finished his tea) might come up with his goal record for Everton.
80 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:39:54
Virgil van Dijk???
81 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:40:37
Ted Buckle: 107 League and Cup appearances and 33 goals.
82 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:44:00
83 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:48:26
Didn't Kidd come via Man City?
85 Posted 12/01/2017 at 21:34:07
Payet is a superb player... but!!!
I would bite my own hand off for Gylfi Sigurdsson fits the profile perfectly. Creative, strong running, dead ball specialist... mentally solid. He would inspire the Icelandic in us all... uuuuuuummpph. or however the chant goes.
New goalie too please.
86 Posted 12/01/2017 at 21:38:24
87 Posted 12/01/2017 at 21:45:02
88 Posted 12/01/2017 at 21:45:56
For once, I think (or I hope) that its not a matter of spending the money, its doing the right deals to shift around players in order to meet the imposed budgetary requirements (free up wages) rather simply than not stumping up the cash.
Anyone with a better knowledge of FFP care to confirm or correct me?
89 Posted 12/01/2017 at 21:46:14
We had David Ginola. I think Oliver Dacourt was French as well, if my memory serves me right.
90 Posted 12/01/2017 at 21:51:00
91 Posted 12/01/2017 at 21:52:31
Players that captained Everton and Arsenal?
92 Posted 12/01/2017 at 21:56:44
Very quick, mate.
I will set the ball rolling.
93 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:02:55
94 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:03:47
95 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:04:44
96 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:05:05
97 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:05:58
98 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:07:15
99 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:08:19
On Payet, I would love every club to come on and say they wouldn't touch him with a barge pole. Money-grabbing prick.
100 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:10:38
101 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:12:45
102 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:12:54
103 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:12:59
Joe had an American/German heritage
104 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:25:31
105 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:29:35
106 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:34:37
107 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:45:00
108 Posted 12/01/2017 at 23:13:16
109 Posted 12/01/2017 at 23:40:40
The man is a beast and was unfortunate in his first spell.
I know it's pie in the sky but that's who I would be buying. You don't lose that kind of talent, as he is now proving for Monaco.
110 Posted 13/01/2017 at 00:54:16
I'd take another 3-0 win and to see Schneiderlin play. :-)
(Here's hoping the snow stays away!)
111 Posted 13/01/2017 at 01:01:24
I don't think Van Dijk is worth the fee being branded about for him if I'm honest, I do rate him but not in the £35m+ bracket.
I'd love to see us bring in some players of his age and ability, I just think we missed our chance with him when available from Celtic, his price now is just crazy.
If we do happen to spend that type of money on a player, I'd love it to be a top class attacking player who could compliment Rom, not exactly sure who but we pay people good wages to pick these players. (Just don't let the guy who scouted Niasse use our funds!)
Goalkeeper and striker/attacking mid would be my choice 2.
If Ronny does go with a centre-half, though, I'd really hope it isn't Fonte.
112 Posted 13/01/2017 at 01:04:11
113 Posted 13/01/2017 at 01:16:22
Only pride to play for now so I don't see any improvement. Summer transfer window is the next thing to look forward to.
114 Posted 13/01/2017 at 03:30:39
115 Posted 13/01/2017 at 05:57:50
Koeman has brought in 8 players in total (albeit one on loan). Morgan Schneiderlin, Ashley Williams, Yannick Bolasie, Idrissa Gueye, Maarten Stekelenburg, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman and Enner Valencia (loan). I agree I think we'll have at least 2 maybe 3 come in this window and perhaps 1 more leaving. I want Galloway back for rotation.
116 Posted 13/01/2017 at 07:11:11
When he gets his own squad is the time to judge him.
117 Posted 13/01/2017 at 07:44:52
I would still Iove Koulibaly. Tah at Leverkusen looks a real gem too. Someone big and fast to command the centre of our defense.
One of my favourite Everton players was Joseph Yobo. He had a few slips in him and got a bit stale but at times he was a one man fortress and much of our solidity under Moyes was thanks to him initially.
118 Posted 13/01/2017 at 08:15:07
Now I still want a top-drawer keeper, beast of a centre-half, midfield tiger and a proper No 10 (like Inchy).
119 Posted 13/01/2017 at 08:25:59
Yep. I was a big fan of Joseph. Too much mileage made of his occasional slip ups (stones makes more goofs in 45 mins than Joseph managed in half a season, and he always will).
However, I want a real fuckin beast of a centre half !
Someone with character, presence and who intimidates not only the opposition, but his team mates.
Put an end to "Nice Everton"!
Ratters was the business, fast as fuck, determined but with the ruthlessness of an assassin. Ask Kevin Moran. Knocked him out cold on the centre spot in the opening minute. Loved that!
Plus, he scored for me at "Our Old Ground" against "The Whale hunters".
120 Posted 13/01/2017 at 09:18:17
Here's one that got away: Alfred John Schofield (A.J) sometimes Joe Schofield played for Everton from August 1895 till August 1900 and then transferred to Newton Heath. According to my friend, James Rees, who is a descendant; 'He then went to Newton Heath which then became Man Utd, and played for them till 1907.
His first match with United was against Glossop on 01-09-07. He had 157 appearances for Man Utd in the league and 22 in cup matches. (Total 179). He scored 30 league goals and 5 cup goals for them (Total 35)'
James inherited a medal awarded for the 'Football Combination Championship' with AJ's name on one side and the Everton logo on the other.
We tried in vain to unearth a photo of him in his Everton days but could only find one in Man Uretd strip. If anyone has one let me know.
This really is one for the pub quiz in the Wilmslow.
121 Posted 13/01/2017 at 09:26:46
I really hope that isn't our spending done but I suppose it depends on the kind of players were after?! Koeman did say he only wants his No 1 targets this month and if he can't get them then he will go without and won't just bring players in to make do. So if we are in for say, Van Dijk, then we won't be signing him or another centre-back I bet even though imo we desperately need one!
Still think we need some better quality brought in for out wide. I think we will probably see Depay come in. Koeman wouldn't make the noises he did about him leading up to January and then not go through with trying to get him surely?! This one could drag out throughout the window though as I think we probably fancy a loan right now compared to a permanent deal.
But we could do with a better option for down the right. What we have at our disposal currently just isn't good enough imo so we need some quality out there.
We look to be wanting to get a target man through the door this month in Belfodil and tbh I don't know a great deal about him. I know a few years ago he did okay at Parma and earned a move to Inter but that didn't work out and from there he moved from club to club and ended up in the Middle East and then released from there and now he's at Standard Liege and seems to of found a bit of form. But previous to that his record wasn't great, not the most prolific goal scorer you ever see but obviously Walsh and his team have seen something in the lad to recommend him to Koeman and Koeman likes enough about him to want to sign him so I guess we need to trust their judgement.
I think Koeman is wanting a centre-forwardin the Pelle mould that can hold the ball up and link play, get our attacking players more into the game in the final third. We all know that part of the game isn't a strong point of Lukaku's and he struggles and it looks like Koeman is trying to bring someone in to help take up some of that burden off of Rom in games, wether that's playing directly upfront with him from the off or from off the bench at times.
But if we only end up signing Lookman, Schneiderlin, Belfodil & possibly Depay, would we all be happy with that? That alone could be a big lay out but personally I think we will need more than that. Add a centre-back and another, more first team ready winger to that list and for this month I'd be more than happy with that. Then come the summer it would be about fine tuning and we could go and get another centre-back, a top goalkeeper, a creative central midfielder that chips in with goals and a couple more better quality squad fillers (right-back & left-back competition, centre-forward option) to sort the team out a bit more.
122 Posted 13/01/2017 at 09:57:26
The Everton collection has a photo of the 1897-98 team, it's not very clear and doesn't have a list of the players in the photo. It probably doesn't include Alf, as he didn't appear for Everton too often, during that season, but you never know.
The first mention of him to appear on the excellent Blue Correspondent site is in Sept 1895 as he played in a reserve match against Leek.
123 Posted 13/01/2017 at 10:00:05
Apparently "Shaking hands with Tansey" was service slang for something rude...
124 Posted 13/01/2017 at 10:08:21
I'm pleased about the news and we'll see how they perform against Man City this weekend.
125 Posted 13/01/2017 at 13:07:14
126 Posted 13/01/2017 at 15:35:31
I know talk is cheap but I love it when someone at least has the decency to make the right noises.
127 Posted 13/01/2017 at 15:56:24
I like your sentiments on Payet but it's far too late now. Clubs should have taken such action back in 1999 when Pierre van Hooijdonk did the same to Forest as Payet is now doing to WHU. By failing to stand behind Forest then, they allowed the genie that is player power out of the bottle.
128 Posted 13/01/2017 at 16:05:17
Sadly, that won't happen and the Hammers will be forced to ship him out as they won't want to pay his big wages too long as a non-starter although there may be a stipulation in some contracts about wages being frozen upon refusal to play.
129 Posted 13/01/2017 at 17:20:59
130 Posted 14/01/2017 at 16:17:01
If your links don't work, after the "Everton" issue you've identified before, the second cause seems to be a line break [br] in HTML-speak creeping in at the start of the embedded link that may be the cause.
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