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Everton eyeing up Artur Boruc


Everton are weighing up a move for goalkeeper Artur Boruc as manager David Moyes seeks additional cover for Tim Howard.

Boruc, 32, is available to be signed outside the transfer window having been a free agent since leaving Fiorentina at the end of last season.

The Poland international had a trial at Everton's Finch Farm training ground on Sunday, while he has also been linked with QPR, Werder Bremen and Ukrainian side Dnipro.

"I'm fit and available and a little bit surprised to be in this situation following two good seasons in Serie A with Fiorentina," he said recently.

"I was offered an extension with Fiorentina but felt it was the right time for a change and have had several other offers which just didn't feel right at the time.

"I almost signed with QPR before Julio Cesar became available but despite that I am looking forward to my next challenge."

Boruc joined Celtic from Legia Warsaw in 2005 and spent five years with the club, winning three Scottish Premier League titles, before moving to Fiorentina.

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Mark Pierpoint
278 Posted 17/09/2012 at 17:46:16
He would be a good signing. He would put some proper pressure on Howard in a way that Jan Mucha seems unable to do.
Shane Corcoran
283 Posted 17/09/2012 at 17:53:58
Would be a fans' favourite and should oust Howard IMO.
Anto Byrne
339 Posted 17/09/2012 at 22:22:09
Howard's keeping tonight was deplorable.
Eric Myles
424 Posted 18/09/2012 at 02:34:40
Judging by Howard's poor decision making for their 2 goals last night Boruc could be a good challenge to him if he's had games under his belt the last couple of seasons.

I don't think Mucha will be up to it after all his time on the bench but I don't think Boruc would be a long term solution either.

Jamie Crowley
429 Posted 18/09/2012 at 03:56:50
Artur Boruc!
The Holy Goalie!

He hates the Huns!

He crossed himself at Ibrox and the Huns went off their nut. He's off his fuckin rocker and he sings GOD BLESS THE POPE!

Sign him up!

Love the guy, but he's not the answer.

Mike Powell
517 Posted 18/09/2012 at 12:28:35
I don't want any of them ex-Celtic wankers in our team. Don't start bringing religion into it, Jamie. I go the game with a load of lads who are all Rangers so leave it out!
Shane Corcoran
518 Posted 18/09/2012 at 12:32:49
Jamie, I doubt he hates "The Huns" as you call them (you really shouldn't). If he signed for us he'd probably hate the other half here too. He'd endear himself to us though. Why do you (and Eric) not think he's the long term solution? He's 32 and he played 36 times in Serie A last year.
Jamie Crowley
533 Posted 18/09/2012 at 13:15:30

I watched Boruc a lot when he was at Celtic. I just don't think he's Premier League quality.

I really love the cross himself, loves the Pope Polish keeper – I do. At Celtic he was a cult hero or sorts. But we'd be just as well off to save the money and give Mucha a run.

BTW Shane, I do think AB hates Rangers fans. He used to cross himself before every game and would receive absolute bile and rage from the RFC fans. His "crossings" became a gigantic FU to them as he'd turn, face them directly, and cross himself in a very slow and protracted "in your face" kind of way. The abuse he received back was exceedingly vitriolic and just downright nasty. There was no love loss whatsoever between Boruc and the Hu.... er the Rangers fans.

The Holy Goalie song uses the word "hate" and might be a little strong. But from what I saw it wasn't far from the mark.

Besides, "strongly dislike" really doesn't roll off the tongue well does it? Would kind of ruin the song if you ask me.

Shane Corcoran
568 Posted 18/09/2012 at 16:25:02
Jamie, what I was getting at was that it endeared him to the Celtic fans to hate the opposition fans. It's what made him a cult hero and I'm sure he could apply himself similarly here. I'm surprised you think he's not up to standard. I mean is he worse than Howard? Anyway, here's hoping, if only for the craic.
Trevor Lynes
586 Posted 18/09/2012 at 17:49:07
Come back, Ruddy — all is forgiven!!
Jamie Crowley
604 Posted 18/09/2012 at 18:30:36
Shane -

after watching the replays of NU's 2 goals last night I'm beginning to wonder if my 14 year old son who plays up top wouldn't be worse than Howard.

Overall I rate Howard ahead of Boruc. But Howard is off to a terrible start to the season, and if it continues I'd not hesitate to reverse that.

Sorry for my misunderstanding. I concur with your thought - Boruc could very much endear himself to Everton fans and stoke the rivalry the way he did at Celtic.

Boruc always seemed a bit slow on the feet to me. Great shot stopper, but his quickness down low always seemed to lack a bit.

Phil Walling
612 Posted 18/09/2012 at 19:01:39
Yes,your lad WOULD be worse,Jamie,but it is about time that Howard had some serious competition although Moyes thinks the sun signs through his arse!
Boruc is just another emergency No.3.
Brian Hill
617 Posted 18/09/2012 at 19:10:42
Jamie Crowley, I have read this sentence at least ten times: "I really love the cross himself, loves the Pope Polish keeper – I do." - What on Earth does it mean?
Shane Corcoran
618 Posted 18/09/2012 at 19:25:27
Phil, Boruc behind Mucha? Really?
Noel Early
645 Posted 18/09/2012 at 22:02:36
Mike Powell #517 "I don't want any of them Celtic wankers on our team" — what kind of tit are you? Celtic and Everton have had a great bond with each other for years going back to the Irish community in Glasgow and Everton.

Just because your mates with a few Huns doesn't justify an answer like that... Or should we just forget about Bobby and John Collins and other great Celtic players that have played for both clubs? Oh shit, David Moyes, you're a Celtic wanker as well, you're not needed here anymore — Mike Powell the Wanker says so.
Jamie Crowley
648 Posted 18/09/2012 at 22:26:45
Brian -

Boruc before every game turns towards his own net just inside the 6, says a prayer, and crosses himself. Hence I'd dub him "the crosses himself Polish keeper".

When asked about the Rangers chant in the Tina Turner song, "Simply the Best", Boruc has replied in interviews, "God loves the Pope." He also has donned T-shirts under his jersey with a mug of the Pope that say "God loves the Pope." Hence, I'd dub him the "loves the pope Polish Keeper".

Put them together and you get "the crosses himself, loves the Pope Polish keeper" as a descriptor.

Hope that clears it up.

Mike Powell - my apologies. Dropped. Kind of hard IMO to have a conversation regarding Boruc without bringing that song up, especially in light on his antics. I only quoted the song because frankly it was one of my favorites and still is.

One of the major reasons I support Everton well before Celtic is down to the fact that at Everton these shenanigans with religion aren't an issue. So if I've offended, please accept my most sincere apology.

Whereas I do enjoy and support Celtic secondarily, it in no way compares to my love for Everton. And consequently, I would never wish to upset a Blue.

Mike, my only question to you is, if you "don't any of them ex-Celtic wankers in our team," do you want Moyes out? And wasn't it that ex-Celtic player, now manager, that thankfully went and got us Arteta, Jelavic, Naismith?

My point is I don't give a fiddler's fart about where they came from, I only care that they are good men and help Everton Football Club.

Shane Corcoran
650 Posted 18/09/2012 at 22:43:09
Mike Powell, I didn't see your comment until now. What the fuck is that about? Ex-Celtic wankers? Is that cos your Rangers mates told you so. They needn't worry about Celtic after losing to QOTS tonight.
Seamus McCrudden
692 Posted 19/09/2012 at 10:04:05

I didn't hear a backlash regarding ex-Rangers wankers when we signed Jelavic & Naismith?


Mind your Ps & Qs, upsetting fellow (Everton) Blues isn't on the agenda!

Shane Corcoran
428 Posted 23/09/2012 at 07:48:56
Boruc has signed for Southampton.
Kev Johnson
756 Posted 24/09/2012 at 21:41:37
Boruc to the Saints - that's a shame. If Mucha starts tomorrow, I've a horrible feeling we'll be "eyeing up" any available out-of-contract keepers on Wednesday morning.

Eyeing up sounds a bit flirtatious, actually. "Oi, darlin' – fancy a game?" Maybe that's how our scouts work... If they see anyone they like, they wolf-whistle. Or chat them up. Or take them out for a drink or dinner. Or whatever it is that people do.

Andrew Yates
758 Posted 24/09/2012 at 21:49:41
It's a shame Man City snapped up Dickie Wright...............

[I had to stop typing due to laughing my head off]
Andy Crooks
765 Posted 24/09/2012 at 22:28:50
Andrew Yates, Wright to City is the most bizarre move I can recall since I started watching football. I challenge anyone to come up with better.
Ian Bennett
768 Posted 24/09/2012 at 22:50:11
Eddy Bosnar. I don't think I need to say any more.
Michael Kenrick
774 Posted 24/09/2012 at 23:47:55
Kev @ 756...

Football Scout meets Casting Couch?

Somehow it's not really gelling as a coherent image.

In fact... it's a little worrisome. Or am I being narrow-minded?

Kev Johnson
777 Posted 24/09/2012 at 23:57:21
Michael - what can I tell you? The original headline about "eyeing up" a player was worrying, if you ask me. Admittedly, in drawing attention to this I may have made it worse (more worrisome) rather than better!

Is there an enlightening analogy to be made between fancying/marrying a woman* and admiring/signing a football player? I suspect there probably is, but I'm not going to make it. Not at the moment anyway.

* or, man, if you're a female Toffeewebber.

Norris Jobson
290 Posted 01/10/2012 at 16:19:25
Mark Pierpoint 278, agreed Mark. It's important to keep the whole squad competitive otherwise people will get complacent.

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