The duo were a crucial factor in the Swans' escape from relegation last season so it's an easy leap to suggest that Ronald Koeman would be keen on bringing him in.
As was the case with Sigurdsson, Llorente's importance to Swansea means they would demand a hefty fee for the Spaniard but ESPNFC's sources have a dubious track record.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are also said to be very interested in the 32-year-old as well.
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1 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:31:21
2 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:35:52
3 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:39:15
If, and it's a big 'if', he stays fit for a year or two, he would give us options and goals in the short term. In the meantime, Calvert-Lewin and Lookman will develop and we can look for a long-term top striker.
4 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:39:41
5 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:46:10
6 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:49:07
More a target man than pace.
Rumours in S Wales are they'll let him move on if they can get Bony.
Why we haven't made s bid for Dembele, Josh King of some others much earlier in the window leaves me as I'm sure others v frustrated and scratching my head.
Someone has mentioned on the Costa thread a Brazilian, and someone who plays in Germany (these could all be great potential signings) I don't get see much football outside of the PL.
This is where I'd like to see Walsh pull a gem from a foreign league.
I think we'll struggle to get anyone of quality if we don't get Costa on loan as nobody will want to let players go so late in the window without being to get replacements.
Which probably rules out Dembele, King etc.
This feels like the skint Everton board of old kind of move.
Leaving it until last minute then saying we weren't able to get outlet targets so settle for this player.
We've left it weeks & weeks where Koeman had been going on about a striker.
7 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:54:20
I would rather us go for Dost, Benteke or Teodorcyzk.
8 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:01:22
9 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:01:40
We need pace and skill, otherwise we are too one dimensional and predictable. Mirallas, Deulofeu, Barkley and Lennon were our wide forwards for the last 2+ years and all are gone/going without any replacements (except Bolasie who is injured and not that good).
It has got to be someone (or sometwo) like Martial, Luan, Mihraz, or someone unknown from France.
But If we don't get a player of this quality, then the claims we are aiming for CL or Silverware Will be proven to be false.
Is a shame It seems to have gone this way. We dos well in getting the important spine If the team sorted quickly. Pickford, Keane, and Klassen guaranteed a solid spine. But what makes the top teams top is the trimmings around these, and here we have failed miserably in the last 3 Windows.
10 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:05:58
Yes Koeman has talked about strikers all summer but he chose to pursue other targets first. As of now, I don't believe in Steve Walsh either. I think it's fantasy football stuff and Leicester's recruitment is doing just fine without him.
It's about time this club got on with trying to catch the elite more seriously. Excuses of FFP and Paris spend £200 million on one player and Premier League club's incomes have gone wild.
A Europa League campaign and 2 cup competitions is tough but gives us the chance of silverware. Surely the board can't leave us short of what we need most.
Maybe Koeman got them targets either thinking the board would keep spending or to put pressure on them knowing Lukaku had gone?
11 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:23:01
Part of me is still hoping for a late effort to bring in Dolberg, with Ajax missing out on both European competitions. But I realise the need is for someone who can deliver the goods (goals) immediately. And for that, Llorente is perhaps the best option out there at this stage, when looking at cost vs risk. Especially with Sigurdsson to deliver the crosses.
I also see a point in recruiting older, experienced players who can, in a couple of seasons, hand over to Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Onyekuru, etc, rather than signing expensive youngsters that will squeeze our existing talent out of the first team.
12 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:30:49
13 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:32:49
14 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:33:09
I still think Slimani makes a good deal of sense at this late stage. He's not the most exciting name we've been linked with, but I think his skillset is comparable to Giroud's and Leceister would actually be willing to sell (I'll believe those Vardy rumors when I actually see him in blue).
15 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:46:16
16 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:55:30
On another point what has Luke Garbutt done? Based on really promising displays a couple of seasons ago he surely deserves a chance as backup for LB/LWB
17 Posted 29/08/2017 at 19:56:53
I just wonder what Moshiri will think having bankrolled Koeman and Walsh for the best part of £150 million, and now scrabbling round to find what was always our main priority a striker. I think if we fail to land a decent striker Walsh and Koeman might have some explaining to do.
18 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:00:25
Saying that, if he can stay fit he could do a job until we go through the same circus again next season.
I'm happy with our signings so far this season but we've known for 12 months that we needed to replace Lukaku ffs.
19 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:15:57
I could go on there are plenty about and plenty who have already moved on. Bacca, Mounie, Modeste et al
Llorente is ok but this can't be the sum total of our scouting efforts to replace Rom.
20 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:41:36
Let's hope they pull the rabbit out of the hat on Thursday and leave us all enraptured, applauding the cunning guile of Mr Walsh and the the board.
However ,I am in despair at the moment that they have just done a Vegas style disappearing trick with our 25 goal striker.
21 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:44:48
22 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:01:48
I don't think the plan was ever really to chase a de facto replacement for Lukaku. I think the plan was to bring in someone reliable and battle-tested in the Premier League (like Giroud or Benteke), who'd be good for 10-15 goals, with Sigurdsson, Klaassen, Rooney, etc... making up the rest. Not a bad strategy, especially when you additionally fold Sandro and Calvert-Lewin into the mix, but... you still have to actually go out and land a Giroud or a Benteke, and so far that's proven to be a resounding bust.
23 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:02:31
24 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:06:29
25 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:10:34
And Ronald, PLEASE STOP SETTING US UP TO PLAY LIKE THAT AGAIN. It's your fault.
26 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:14:22
I suspect he's more like Moshiri's court jester.
27 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:24:12
28 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:29:30
I might have missed something but, as far as I know, the council are still patiently waiting for Everton FC to show them where the money is coming from.
29 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:29:56
30 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:34:11
31 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:38:21
32 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:39:27
33 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:40:14
But I'm sure we're working on it behind the scenes; let's be positive — hopefully we will be pleasantly surprised come Thursday night.
34 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:42:13
I'm living hope for some end of summer magic, in the next few hours. I've a hunch, we could make a good signing, and it's been ultra sealed in silence until done.
Hope eternal, this is Everton.
35 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:47:22
36 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:57:43
37 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:00:52
38 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:20:01
We have spent a lot of money on the defence and midfield but next to nothing on the attack which is now woefully weak. With Barkley wanting away we have blithely dumped Niassie, Valencia and Kone. We are now left with Calvert Lewin and Sandro plus a fading Rooney who looks like he will blow up before Christmas.Our actual goal scoring potential is far less than last season. Last season Lukaku scored 26, Barkley 5 and Mirallas 4. All are either gone, going or out of favour. We are now being linked with the likes of Deeney, Lorente and even Costa which is an absolute joke.We could and should have used Lukaku as a bargaining tool to get a player plus cash swap for Martial or even Rashford. That would have been much more to my liking. Half of the Lukaku money has been wasted on buying future players who everyone knows will be sold on at a profit and Klaassen who has not improved the squad so far.
39 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:24:16
The warning signs were there when it took us 2 months and a lot of embarrassment to get Sigurdson 5m cheaper, while City were spending 250m on 3 fullbacks.
Seems Bill has got back into his sofa routine.
40 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:26:37
The names mentioned take weeks to put together a transfer. Llorente fits the bill with our reduced circumstances with hours left in the window. I would imagine any buy would be known to the league and in the UK.
With Swansea looking to get Bony back I think this will go to the wire, if they get this done, they will let the fella go. A big profit to be made here.
I doubt anything real and substanstial with materialise, but maybe.
The bigger question is that Everton have failed to land a big part of the jigsaw, why?
Having navigated the early part of the window Everton have ground to a halt, as if they can't walk and chew gum. Several journalist/media types have been used as sounding boards and they have been dead silent.
41 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:47:59
42 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:55:36
How do you know? You have inside information about who he has pursued?
There are three possibilities:
1. Koeman and Walsh are morons who didn't know for months that Rom was leaving, or didn't care because they secretly think Sandro and DCL will combine to bang in 30 or so.
2. Koeman was balls-out lying when he said all summer that he wanted to bring in two strikers.
3. Koeman and Walsh haven't yet been able to find quality strikers they really like, who want to come to Everton, and whose clubs wouldn't charge silly money in a silly-money economy for strikers.
1 and 2 are certainly possible, but call me a Koeman apologist if I say #3 is the most likely scenario.
I like James #19's list also, but even if Koeman coveted some of those, it's not remotely realistic. If Icardi wouldn't leave Inter for ManU, Arsenal or Chelsea, would he even glance at an offer from us? Would Dzeko abandon his exalted spot in Rome to come to Goodison? If Ajax rejected €50 million for Dolberg from Monaco, should Koeman bother to bid 60? Torino values Belotti at £90m, with Milan already shot down at £70m... are we going to write that check?
The answers to all those questions are obvious... no, no, no and no. Same for Gabigol, Werner and the rest of the fantasies we all share... even if we would pay that far up, they're not coming to a 7th place side that hasn't seen the CL in years and won't this year either. No chance, no way, nohow.
Let's be realistic for a change. We fish in the Llorente/Benteke pond because that's the size of our hook. And I fully expect Koeman to reel in a fish that size on Thursday.
43 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:58:23
Or maybe, as Mike #40 shows, we're shopping in the realism aisle.
44 Posted 29/08/2017 at 23:09:25
45 Posted 29/08/2017 at 23:10:44
There's a domino effect in football transfers, and club hang on till the end so they can get the best money for players. Not everything revolves around Everton having the money, nor is it about the players any club wants - players have to want to join any given club, and clubs have to want to sell said player. You have to be realistic and look at it from both sides.
Just because we have the money, and the need for a striker doesn't mean we can dictate anything in regard to the transfers we want.
Mike@40's post is pretty much spot on, and one of the few realistic posts on any of these rumour threads.
46 Posted 29/08/2017 at 23:23:53
They have known for at least 6 months that Rom would be off and yet, with 48 hours of the window to go, we have not even fished in the less than stellar waters that Mike suggests are our lot.
If it is that hard to get a decent replacement, why did we just let him go? Why so early in the window and why for so little money?
We are in a dire situation after this transfer window with no pace, creativity or goal-scoring prowess. This would strongly suggest that Koeman and Walsh are in fact morons.
Let's hope not and they are going to surprise us all with not one but at least 3 rabbits out of the hat.
47 Posted 29/08/2017 at 23:36:18
48 Posted 29/08/2017 at 23:41:11
49 Posted 29/08/2017 at 23:42:24
I'll ask you the same question I asked Paul... how do you know? Inside info? Do you really believe that just because we haven't seen anything on the websites that Walsh and Koeman have done absolutely nothing?
I should point out that they're clearly casting in the Championship pond as well... the rumored Zohore move may have failed, but I'd be willing to bet they have more targets.
50 Posted 29/08/2017 at 23:44:54
Not everything is conducted through the media.
51 Posted 29/08/2017 at 00:10:53
52 Posted 30/08/2017 at 01:13:53
I don't buy this small time 7th outside the Champions League mentality either. Players go where the money is and the Premier League is swimming in it. Hence you get WBA picking up PSG players.
53 Posted 30/08/2017 at 02:15:35
Forget the heading and Dost has absolutely nothing else. He's a non-league standard yard dog.
54 Posted 30/08/2017 at 05:27:59
Let's judge when the window shuts. If no striker comes in then rant. Up until the point Man Utd entered the fray, who else had made a concrete bid for Rom? He had said a lot but ultimately nothing had happened. Had Man Utd not come in, Chelsea could have strung it out until the end of the window hoping to drive the price down.
I don't think anyone thought Man Utd would come in. I don't think we would have taken a knock down price for him so there was still a possibility that he could have ended up with us still. Remote yes, but possible (see Suarez to Arsenal).
Now for the replacement. Everyone wants quality strikers with a consistent strike rate. The players most in demand. Who has moved that realistically would have chosen Everton over the club they went to? Benteke for me would be a good choice, but his club would have to be willing to sell and have an alternative in place.
55 Posted 30/08/2017 at 06:42:38
I don't understand why all other clubs won't release any players we might be interested in without first line no up a replacement, yet we do exactly that.
56 Posted 30/08/2017 at 07:19:20
"I don't understand why all other clubs won't release any players we might be interested in without first line no up a replacement, yet we do exactly that."
Actually, that's absolutely not true.
Swansea had nobody lined up to replace Siggy, even though they knew all summer he would likely depart... they failed on Chadli and are now frantically trying to get Sanches in under the wire.
Sunderland didn't remotely have a replacement lined up for Pickford... they've scrambled a backup keeper from Blackburn and a free transfer from Holland.
Burnley never even tried to replace Keane... they gave his spot to a rookie with just six previous Prem starts.
So the idea that everybody but us has transfer replacements all squared up is simply a myth.
57 Posted 30/08/2017 at 08:47:29
58 Posted 30/08/2017 at 08:58:20
Now here we are, on the death knell, awaiting some positive news, and hopefully the links, to very mediocre strikers, who have had one good game against us, are wide of the mark.
We live in hope Mike!
59 Posted 30/08/2017 at 09:19:12
The longer term question is whether that will be good enough for the club's backers to maintain their faith in a somewhat disappointing manager. One who has neither the ingredients nor skills to make what's on offer even halfway exciting.
I guess top half will be enough to see then allow him to complete his contract although my worry is that half a dozen wins will see them add a couple of years to his stay.
In short, Everton are going nowhere !
60 Posted 30/08/2017 at 09:48:06
2 days to save a transfer window for me. A good striker makes it look good. A failure to land I think will really show up the lack of balance and tangible quality we have in the squad upfront, on the wings, at full backs, and at centre half.
£150m spent and I still think we need 2 strikers, a winger, a left back, a creative midfielder and a centre back or 2 = 7 players... And I still see plenty of deadwood that needs shifting Besic, Mccarthy, Robles, Niasse, Lennon, Barkley, Mirallas, Funes Mori.
61 Posted 30/08/2017 at 10:05:19
62 Posted 30/08/2017 at 10:07:26
No chance on improving on 7th unless we get a top class striker and a some pace/ width. To get two class players in both these position will cost 100m + , unless Mr W can unearth a diamond on the cheap.
I cannot see us spending the money required to break the glass ceiling of 4th place. Or as Mike says being able to lure such players here...At least not until we get the new revenues and attraction from the 60000 seater stadium.
Until then it looks to me like a work in progress.
Koeman is after someone in the mould of llorente/slimani or similar. Our best hope is that when recruited , the player , say slimani, gets the blue wind in his sails and plays out of his skin for us. I am trying to be optimistic here.
63 Posted 30/08/2017 at 10:10:06
64 Posted 30/08/2017 at 10:48:21
Koeman is most likely making the fatal mistake every Everton manager makes and waiting until deadline day to get what we really need. Sometimes that has to be done with Champions League qualification etc but, at the end of the day, players have prices. If we can't make money talk, then nothing has changed really.
65 Posted 30/08/2017 at 10:53:37
66 Posted 30/08/2017 at 11:04:39
67 Posted 30/08/2017 at 11:36:51
Didn't Martinez know better? Surely by this pathetic theory, Koeman knows better than Walsh?
Unreal how fans use any instance to suit their argument. Somebody will say Koeman buys poor players and a fan will tell you it's Walsh who buys the players and he discusses it with Koeman. People actually know this but it's a mistake to assume we targetted other players before a striker.
Leicester are still recruiting players in fine fashion without Steve Walsh, aren't they. Imagine how daft it is stating Koeman and Walsh know better but thinking Koeman lets a former PE teacher pick his squad.
68 Posted 30/08/2017 at 11:43:27
These next 36 hours are crucial to this season and I have a sickening feeling that they will confirm we will be fighting for 7th spot again.
69 Posted 30/08/2017 at 12:38:22
Feels like we may end up with a squad player type loan no big fish being reeled in.
In that case, a punt on potential seems the best bit and Dembele or similar seems reasonable.
70 Posted 30/08/2017 at 12:48:07
There's no point in having excellent young players and not using them. I remember the World Cup in South Africa and the arch -rick, Sven, took Theo Walcott and didn't play him, preferred to stick with the usual suspects, who gave an awful performance.
Give the kids a chance.
71 Posted 30/08/2017 at 13:03:26
Tom Davies was the same when he came on last season in our annual humiliation at Stamford Bridge. A nice mix of old heads and young heads, Rooney and Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewinand Sandro.
72 Posted 30/08/2017 at 13:29:16
We need a top class reinforcement to compete at the top end of the table and through the 3 cup competitions.
73 Posted 30/08/2017 at 15:20:04
As one door closes
74 Posted 30/08/2017 at 15:28:06
75 Posted 30/08/2017 at 15:39:47
However, with the return of Bolasie , Coleman and the maturing younger players they may conceivably get a higher finish but beating some of the usual suspects like Chelski will be difficult along the way as we have seen.
We can hope that Koeman gets the spirit and intensity levels to a much higher degree but without that attacking flair I don't see much changing over the next few months.
76 Posted 30/08/2017 at 22:25:46
77 Posted 31/08/2017 at 00:37:35
78 Posted 31/08/2017 at 12:42:27
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