The striker had an unsuccessful spell at Blackburn Rovers earlier in his career but has had a more profitable time of it with Fiorentina and has been a rumoured target of the Blues this summer.
Corriere della Sera are claiming that Kalinic will spurn Everton's advances now that AC Milan have shown a serious interest in signing him.
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1 Posted 14/08/2017 at 15:38:38
2 Posted 14/08/2017 at 15:50:47
3 Posted 14/08/2017 at 15:59:43
4 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:17:34
The silence from the club regarding a new centre forward is deafening. A centre-forwards is the priority signing for us, if we hope to ever get to challenging the top six clubs.
5 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:33:52
Don't get me wrong I'm neither naturally pessimistic or lacking faith right now.
But as pleased as I was with three points in a match that is always a struggle I saw things that concerned me that cannot be sorted out with. the old 'it will take four games for things to settle' line.
Watching Man Utd yesterday with just Matic sitting in ahead of the defence simply reminded me yet again of how having two holding midfielders stifles width and pace. Our midfielders trip over each other. The width issue is a serious one. And we cannot play three at the back however much the gaffer wants to. We do not have to players to do this. Some say that we looked better when Martina came on; I think we looked better when Williams went off. I believe in Calvert-Lewin but we cry out for a proven striker at the highest levels.
This means that we need to spend more than erm Huddersfield and Brighton. We need width. We need a striker. How many of us have been saying this for how long?
We need to play 4-2-3-1 with what we have:
6 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:34:52
Koeman has made it quite clear he wants a striker from this window. But he probably won't be like Lukaku. I don't think there is anyone like that out there. Dolberg for me.
7 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:37:01
Also, we signed 3 strikers, Sandro, Rooney and Henry. We need 1 more, yes, but to say we havent, nor the scouts, done anything is wrong.
Before this Summer, noone here knew either Sandro or Henry, só yes, It seems the scouts have done their Jobs
8 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:46:33
9 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:05:21
10 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:08:40
11 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:11:40
The lad Steve Mounie (23, 6'3", and a physique to match) now playing for Huddersfield at a cost of £12mill looked like that on MOTD. Even Shearer pointed out that he scored 14 in 35 for bog-standard Montpelier last season despite them slipping from 12th to 15th in their league.
Still, it was only one match, and I'm sure Mr Moshiri (if not Koeman) are aiming way higher than him or Kalinic. Hmmm.
12 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:28:21
13 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:45:58
14 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:57:43
15 Posted 14/08/2017 at 18:30:43
16 Posted 14/08/2017 at 18:38:29
17 Posted 14/08/2017 at 18:42:54
18 Posted 14/08/2017 at 18:44:17
19 Posted 14/08/2017 at 19:00:26
Re Dolberg: I'm sure Ajax or the player or the agent or my Mum said that he won't be sold til next summer - wants another year under his belt before he thinks he'll be ready. If we want him it means going without a striker for a year.
20 Posted 14/08/2017 at 19:05:26
Teodorczyk from Anderlecht for me or Bas Dost from Sporting.
21 Posted 14/08/2017 at 19:08:43
He is a beast and bullies tough defenders, only 25 and he is no big stiff, scores a a lot of good goals, a confident penalty taker and places them well.
He will cause mayhem and provide spin off chances. Someone will take a punt and if not use then we may say why we did not take it.
22 Posted 14/08/2017 at 19:18:07
23 Posted 14/08/2017 at 19:35:09
Just sign Dembele, now!!
24 Posted 14/08/2017 at 19:35:35
25 Posted 14/08/2017 at 19:37:31
I thought Dzeko was a good shout. Josh King would be ideal.
26 Posted 14/08/2017 at 19:54:31
Tin hat donned, I'm under fire!
27 Posted 14/08/2017 at 20:13:10
28 Posted 14/08/2017 at 20:34:08
29 Posted 14/08/2017 at 20:36:20
There is another thread running asking the question if Everton are still a Club that needs to sell to buy the jury on the evidence to date is clearly well and truly still out on that particular question. If we fail to sign an adequate replacement for Lukaku then personally I will view this whole episode as a complete dereliction of duty.
The clock is ticking and the options becoming thinner and thinner hence this link, albeit to a sub standard player in the shape of Kalinic. Walsh needs to pull his finger out of his arse and deliver.
30 Posted 14/08/2017 at 20:40:18
31 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:15:53
32 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:19:32
33 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:22:00
34 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:34:12
35 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:46:58
Bacca, Welbeck or Rondon would be less risky but with less upside potentially. Max Kruse or Bas Dost would do a decent job I think.
Don't think Costa wants to stay in Premier League much.
I think we missed a trick with Iheanacho.
36 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:55:28
If you ask me (and you didn't), he is exactly the type of large, fast, powerful centre-forward Everton needs and deserves he's a monster!
37 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:58:12
Okay Rooney on a free will grab a goal or two and Sandro still to prove himself. Calvert-Lewin trying hard but surely it is evident the strike force is not yet good enough.
Man City on Monday and they have so many strikers even when Aguerro is not scoring so come on... Ron, put some heat on the board.
38 Posted 14/08/2017 at 22:05:34
39 Posted 14/08/2017 at 22:19:55
40 Posted 14/08/2017 at 22:24:24
Before the Man City game it is imperative that we get the Sigurdsson transfer completed and another striker recruited.
41 Posted 14/08/2017 at 22:30:55
Look at West Ham: they have signed more strikers than Gene Simmons has had lady-friends, yet such a scatter gun approach has brought them very few goals, despite huge sums in money and wages being spent.
The Rom-detractors were warned, Lukaku will not be easily (maybe an impossible task) replaced and that is why so many (including me) wanted him to stay, and his fee will seem small in a year or two.
Henry and Sandro have been signed, so accusing the scouting network of neglecting the forward line is simply false. Both were unknown to 99.9% of us on here until the club had all but signed them, and both appear to have excellent potential and have been signed for relative buttons. Henry we will have to wait another year, but Sandro is an immediate improvement on Kone, who was our other forward player last season.
But the type of striker we need seems up for debate. I personally would like to see us go for fast, skillful striker in the Martial or Belotti mould. I think this would suit a fast, counter-attacking style and allow to a forward-3 of strikers inter-changing positions (Calvert-Lewin, Sandro, ???).
Having already targeted Giroud (but seemingly missing out), it seems Koeman is looking for more of a target man (makes sense given the relentless perusal of Sigurdsson). In a way, this is a safer (and possibly cheaper) option.
Bacca would certainly be an option that could satisfy both needs. Another, short-term, but cheaper option could be Lucas Barrios from Gremio, he would do a job. Or, we could show some real ambition and get Luan (also from gremio). Scores and creates, skillful, he would fit perfectly into a front three, and £25-30 million could well be enough.
42 Posted 14/08/2017 at 22:37:06
He will get the occasional yellow or red for petulance, and may miss some chances he shouldn't, but he hs talent and aggression, and us Everton fans love a bit of that.
Another from Palmeiras would be Moisés (attacking/creative mid/no10). Returning from long-term injury, but has real quality and top work-rate. Good player.
43 Posted 14/08/2017 at 22:54:04
Anthony (#24), a goal every 3.3 games for a Premier League striker is nowhere near a "decent record"... can't even hold a candle to King or Benteke.
44 Posted 14/08/2017 at 23:22:49
45 Posted 14/08/2017 at 23:44:41
Luan of Gremio is the best call on the players you've mentioned and is the right age 24. He has been a key player for Gremio this season 2nd in the league, semi-final of the Brazilian Cup, quarter-final of the Libertadores (South America's Champions League equivalent). Skilful, fast, hard-working, scores goals, sets them up and technically sound. Can play anywhere across the front, perhaps best as a second striker.
However, Spartak Moscow according to local reports have long been in negotiations with Gremio for his signature and are close to completing a deal.
Lucas Barrios also of Gremio I can't agree with you. An out and out striker, 33 in November, done the Euro club tour as many a South American has without shaking the tree. On his return to Brazil with last year's champions Palmeiras (Jesus Gabriel's club), he made only a handful of appearances over 2 seasons. He ain't gonna get any better in the PL.
Moises of Palmeiras I'd steer well clear of also. Already 29 and whilst a regular for the champions last season, his default position is midfield and we are hardly short there. He is not the playmaker we need, nor the right age.
Dudu also of Palmeiras is a tad more interesting. He has all the qualities you list, is only 25, but was shipped back to Brazil after 3 'meh' years at Dinamo Kiev.
I've written before, unless spotted and picked up early, there really isn't a lot of talent in the Brasileirao Serie A.
The one player in the last 4-5 years I would have been happy to see Everton in for is the appropriately named Everton Ribeiro. He was the man playing an attacking midfielder role for Cruzeiro (the team I support in Brazil) when they surprisingly won 2 consecutive league titles in 2013 and 2014. Indeed, he was voted the league's Player of the Year in both seasons.
At the time there was serious interest in him from Man Utd and Milan, just 23-24 at the time. So it was a HUGE surprise when he ended up in Dubai for 3 years. A terrible waste, IMO.
Just recently returned to Brazil with Flamengo, he still looks a really good player. But now 28, I think his chances at playing in a major European league have gone.
If Walsh pulls a rabbit from the hat from the Brasileirao in this window, I'd be surprised but intrigued to know who it could be.
46 Posted 15/08/2017 at 03:38:11
Are we really being linked with Zapata? If so, I couldn't agree with you more. He has the physicality to best the shit out of center halves, a great touch and coordination for a big lad and, from what I've seen of him, has that knack for being in the right place at the right time, just what we need.
I definitely could see him becoming a fan favorite at Goodison; hope the rumor is true!
47 Posted 15/08/2017 at 03:40:16
48 Posted 15/08/2017 at 04:07:33
49 Posted 15/08/2017 at 05:44:00
Stating the bleedin' obvious, we don't know who has been identified as a possibility or what approaches have been rejected.
50 Posted 15/08/2017 at 08:41:28
I'm still trying to figure out what Walsh was doing on his Italian jolly. Pasta making course?
51 Posted 15/08/2017 at 09:34:03
It's Cafe Nero for me
52 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:00:13
Our goals spread in the PL:
Main CF: 20
Sandro, Mirallas, Lookman: 15 between them
Klaassen, Siggurdsson: 15 between them
Gana, Davies, Schneiderlin, Besic: 4 between them
Defence (Baines, CBs, Coleman): 8 between them
Total: 85 goals (Top 6) - simple
53 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:00:41
Surely a Lukaku replacement must have been high up the list of Walsh scouting agenda and i'm curious to know why we haven't already bought in a front line striker?
Perhaps we've missed out on targets. But if so then why? Not that the media can be trusted but it seems the only active target we've missed has been Giroud deciding to stay. I'm sure there must be more activity behind the scenes.
It seems from Koemans comments that he never thought Rooney, Sandro and DCL would be sufficient and rightly so. We moved so quickly to get Keane and Pickford (and to an extent Rooney and Sandro) and yet this vital position, a player I hope will be tasked with being our leading goalscorer, has not been filled; nor does it seem (from unreliable media sources admittedly) that it is yet close to being filled.
Strange striker stance.
54 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:00:49
55 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:11:21
All is not lost!
56 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:15:20
What about Jackson Martinez... £35 million release clause but he's with Guangzhou Evergrande in China. Think we need another centre-back and winger ASAP too.
57 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:16:29
At this rate Big Dunc better dust off his boots..
58 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:35:11
59 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:40:35
We have to be careful which fans we listen to.
60 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:41:10
Think you're being a bit pedantic there. 100 out, 100 in, net spend zero which is obviously what the guy meant.
61 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:44:09
Correct. And one fan you should not listen to is Phil Walling, whose levels of attention seeking seem to know no bounds.
62 Posted 15/08/2017 at 12:19:52
63 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:29:53
Still, he didn't pull up any trees at Blackburn so no major loss.
64 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:34:01
Would probably not get too much resistance from Chelsea, although there would be a long queue of other perm clubs who'd try to do the same. Chelsea would probably front a load of his wages to make the problem 'go away'.
65 Posted 16/08/2017 at 16:34:10
66 Posted 16/08/2017 at 17:05:03
67 Posted 16/08/2017 at 17:23:20
YES! a player can be REGISTERED with THREE different clubs in the same year (1 July until 30 June of the following year), but is only eligible to play in Official Matches for two clubs.
If Diego was a goer at all under Colin's and Derek's conditions, it would really have to be a season long, rather than 6 month loan, with the player going to AM next summer.
68 Posted 16/08/2017 at 17:32:55
(We'll take him on a season loan with chelsea paying his wages mind .)
69 Posted 16/08/2017 at 21:20:18
I've been watching him for at least three years, back when he was playing for Barca B and before he went to Malaga. I'm truly stoked we got him.
70 Posted 19/08/2017 at 17:37:24
71 Posted 19/08/2017 at 22:02:49
72 Posted 22/08/2017 at 19:47:00
73 Posted 22/08/2017 at 19:56:46
74 Posted 25/08/2017 at 17:19:41
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