Henen poised to make Everton switch permanent

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Updated David Henen signed on as a fully-fledged Everton player today after returning from the Under-21s Austria training camp.

An official announcement is expected from Everton later tonight or tomorrow morning.

He is likely to be farmed out on loan to gain valuable first-team experience, with a Belgian media source suggesting that six clubs have already expressed an interest in taking him for next season.

The 19 year-old announced on Twitter earlier this month that he had decided to make a permanent move to the Blues after spending last season on loan with the club's U21s set-up.

Henen had left the matter of ironing out personal terms and concluding a deal with Olympiacos, the team who currently hold his registration following last the complex transfer scenario that played out last summer, with his agent, Christophe Henrotay, while he went on a short holiday.

The Belgian looked set to sign for Everton from Anderlecht a year ago after spending the summer on an extended trial but ended up joining Olympiacos, with the Blues immediately taking him on loan and retaining first option on buying him outright.

The deal to bring Henen to Everton is reported by the Liverpool Echo to be worth around 200,000 while Belgian media report that he has signed a three-year contract.


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Kase Chow
1 Posted 23/06/2015 at 22:58:09
Still don’t understand the mechanics of this deal but I hope he’s good assuming we land him.
Joe O'Brien
2 Posted 23/06/2015 at 23:01:58
It’s some long-winded transfer. Never seen the fella play... anyone know if he’s any good and if this is all going to be worth it?
Jim Bennings
3 Posted 23/06/2015 at 23:06:26
Why does everything always take so flipping long to do??

I’d start worrying if there was still no Deulofeu news by this time tomorrow.

Bob Parrington
4 Posted 24/06/2015 at 00:05:50
When does the "window" open? Is it 1st July?
Andy Crooks
5 Posted 24/06/2015 at 00:12:09
Jim B, I often wonder is it just us. Perhaps the players we see other clubs signing take just as long but it always seems like forever with Everton. Every stage of a transfer seems a nail-biter... like Deufolu turning up at Whitehart Lane tomorrow, or some such disaster.
Mark Andersson
6 Posted 24/06/2015 at 01:32:27
Is this the striker sorted out now?

Kev Thomas
7 Posted 24/06/2015 at 01:28:17
I also worry about these drawn-out transfers and think maybe there is some agent play involved. Fortunately, most of the players we go for, no other side is interested in.

GD’s signing has been ’close’ for ages now though.

Henen though? Not really bothered if he signs or not, can’t see him in the 1st team next season so....

Victor Yu
8 Posted 24/06/2015 at 03:04:24
This should have happened last year.
Joseph Terrence
9 Posted 24/06/2015 at 06:03:25
IIRC, the reason for the Olympiacos switch was because Anderlecht wanted Everton to pay a hefty fee (~£1M) due to the fact that it’s a Premier League club. However, Olympiacos was able to come in and take him for €200k(?) while agreeing to loan him to us with a ~€500k option to make the move permanent. This worked out for both Everton and Olympiacos as we got our man for what we would had to have paid, and Olympicaos received a profit for doing essentially nothing.
James Marshall
10 Posted 24/06/2015 at 03:51:13
I tend to think that all transfers take this long. The difference is that we only scrutinise our own so it appears other clubs sign people quickly. I could be wrong though!
Peter McHugh
11 Posted 24/06/2015 at 06:26:52
James – remember Kanchelskis, Manny Fernandes fiascos?

Nah we’re not like other clubs.

Jim Bennings
12 Posted 24/06/2015 at 07:21:33

I’d even like to add the Summer 2003 Sean Davis saga to Fernandez and Kanchelskis. Then there was of course Muller and probably a shit load more we can’t remember straight away.

It does seem like that these transfers drag on with us way too long. I’m not mad bothered by Henen either, if he signs and actually plays some time then great.

Deulofeu though needs wrapping up ASAP because, the longer this drags on, you begin fearing snags that eventually become hurdles in completing the deal.

Ian Bennett
13 Posted 24/06/2015 at 07:28:36
Where’s the Henen money, Bill?
Ryan Rosenberg
16 Posted 24/06/2015 at 08:11:17

Looks good!

Paul Thompson
22 Posted 24/06/2015 at 10:12:36
Somebody has worked hard putting that video from U21 and training together (#16). As we know, videos are a bit like statistics for showing what you want to show, but he certainly seems to be quick and have quick feet. I look forward to seeing him in some cameo roles this season.
Jim Knightley
23 Posted 24/06/2015 at 10:14:28
Plenty of teams have long running transfer sagas - we are nothing special, even if some teams are more efficient. We are simply closest to Everton. Some transfers also get less attention.

This Henen deal carries little risk, but I’ve always been alarmed by it. Honestly, it sounds like the kind of dodgy deal Harry would be involved in. I do not see the benefit for Olympiaokos, who seemed to have taken most of the risk for minimal financial benefit. It’s a strange one.

We need to get Deulofeu signed, and concentrate on a creative player: A creative player who can also score goals and play wide and centrally. Personally I’d like to see us target Kagawa, but that may be overly hopeful.

Ernie Baywood
25 Posted 24/06/2015 at 10:44:16
There’s enough in that video clip to suggest he’s worth having a further look at.
Jim Bennings
26 Posted 24/06/2015 at 11:12:36
You could have made a YouTube video lasting 5 minutes of James McFadden and made him look truly outstanding with the wonder goals he scored against the likes of Charlton and Fulham and a goal for Scotland at France...

Christ, you could have made him look like Pele.

Harold Matthews
27 Posted 24/06/2015 at 11:33:17
As someone said the other day, if we are trying to get Spurs to drop the Lennon fee, it will probably go on till the last hour of the window.
Adam Carey
28 Posted 24/06/2015 at 11:59:09
Colin, I imagine our board are a nightmare to negotiate with. Always looking to shave a few quid off here and there...
Richard Reeves
29 Posted 24/06/2015 at 12:01:09
This is going to be a Seamus Coleman type bargain but more importantly he will be a big success with us and because of the way he plays, the fans will love him. I also have no doubts that he will be able to cope next season if given the chance and chip in with a few goals.

One of the good things about this lad is that he can play on either wing comfortably and he moves quickly with good feet, something we will have in another winger (Deulofeu) when he signs.

Phil Walling
30 Posted 24/06/2015 at 12:48:09
Adam, why do you believe that RS pay for all their transfers up front whilst Everton favour the ’drip’ method. My info is that virtually all clubs favour buying overseas because the payment terms are much more liberal than between EPL clubs where a 50% downpayment is the rule. The Lukaku deal was between EPL clubs was it not ?
Tom Bowers
31 Posted 24/06/2015 at 13:22:50
The truth is, the Blues do not have the backers to do what the want and have to basically go cap in hand to get players and those players may not be ready made for the Premier League. They now have a bunch of younger players who RM rates very highly but will they figure prominently next season? I doubt it.

The ’’usual suspects’’ will be the front and foremost to start the season and hopefully with the addition of Dellboy and Cleverley, the season will start well. Henen may have to wait in the wings much like other young ’’prospects’’.

Patrick Murphy
32 Posted 24/06/2015 at 13:32:19
I thought many Evertonians were sick and tired of the rs bias in the Echo, but it seems that some can’t get enough of them as highlighted on this thread, they do business quicker than Everton their deals are simpler and more efficient whereas the Toffees seem to take ages and try to pinch pennies.

Guess what that’s what most people have to do if they are paying money out to buy things, can we afford the purchase?, can we bring the costs down?, is it worth doing a quick deal? or could we wait and hope for a better deal?. Sometimes it pays to wait, other occasions it blows up in your face and you miss out, that’s life I’m afraid, if you have oodles of money you can buy the odd pig in the poke for over the odds and absorb that cost ,the people at Goodison can’t do that they have to be careful, frustrating of course it is, annoying, sometimes.

Patience is the key word at all times both on and off the pitch, not a word that many of us enjoy but it is how it is.

BTW I wonder if the Henen deal is in any way linked to Mirallas returning to Greece as has been hinted by the Echo today.

Minik Hansen
34 Posted 24/06/2015 at 15:40:55
Patrick, Patience is definitely key, especially at this point where the transfer window opens on 1 July. It must be frustrating to many clubs as well, though we’re getting close to a couple signings already. Let’s see what happens here and at other clubs at the very start of next month if we are to compare ours to others.
Tony Abrahams
35 Posted 24/06/2015 at 16:52:32
I was thinking the same thing myself, Patrick. Maybe Monaco have asked them for a favour!
Bjoern Haall
37 Posted 24/06/2015 at 17:37:53
Thanks for the video, Ryan. He actually looks really good. Strong, good pace, some flair and split vision. Need to work on the finishing a bit though. Let him please get a couple of first team games.
Mike Allison
42 Posted 24/06/2015 at 19:14:01
To defend James (10), I’ve heard fans of other clubs complain that their transfers always seem to drag on into sagas. The difference is that we know about ours from when they’re first a sniff of a rumoury twinkle in a tabloid journalist’s eye (or something) whereas the first we hear of anyone else’s transfers is when the shiny foreign kid is holding up the scarf claiming he’s dreamt of playing for Hull/Stoke/MK Dons since he was little.

I’ve even seen Everton fans on ToffeeWeb moaning that Liverpool always seem to wrap their deals up quickly with no fuss, whilst knowing Liverpool fans who moan like buggery that their club can’t even get simple transfers sorted like everyone else. I’ve had similar experiences with Tottenham fans.

Dave Southon
43 Posted 24/06/2015 at 19:33:48
That video shows some raw talent but I do feel the Premier League will just take lumps out of him, but already he looks a better option than Kone.
Andy Crooks
44 Posted 24/06/2015 at 19:30:31
Jim #23, I agree about Kagawa and think it is appalling that the idea of us signing him is "a bit hopeful". We are talking about a game changing player who in modern terms won’t cost a fortune.

Surely those in control of finances might consider a, relatively, small speculation for a possible vast accumulation.

Harold Matthews
45 Posted 25/06/2015 at 07:24:59
Henen looks to be a talented, skilful lad who knows when to make runs. If he could borrow the size, power and strength of Lukaku he’d be a world-beater. Pity we don’t have a human blending machine at Finch Farm.
James Marshall
46 Posted 25/06/2015 at 11:21:58
Harold. A slight build hasn't stopped a certain Neymar Jr from making a decent career for himself...
Mark Andersson
47 Posted 25/06/2015 at 13:02:12
Harold (#45). Henen has a better first touch than Rom, his running in the channels is quicker.

I hope he is knocking on the door this season give Rom some competition, as Rom is lazy and complacent.

Terry McLavey
48 Posted 26/06/2015 at 18:30:26
Just watched a you tube clip of him season 2014 - 2015 looks very confident and ,VERY useful, although he won’t get that much room in the Premiership seems to be talented.
Colin Glassar
49 Posted 26/06/2015 at 18:38:07
I’ve heard he’s good with a good attitude and has really knuckled down this season. Also, we are getting him for half of what Anderlecht were asking for.
Dave Abrahams
50 Posted 29/06/2015 at 12:39:10
I’ve heard he’s signing this week but going out on loan again next season.
Richard Murray
51 Posted 30/06/2015 at 01:14:33
Sorry for being the PC police, but can we not call people ’schizo’, please Colin (40)...

Can’t believe I am defending Phil W!

Andy Whittingham
52 Posted 30/06/2015 at 09:36:38
For what it’s worth, Helen, himself tweeted yesterday that he was signing with us and then going on loan to Bolton – the tweet was removed a few mins after it was posted.
Bob Parrington
53 Posted 30/06/2015 at 09:56:14
I don’t know much about Henen but I understand from the amateur scene that the most important thing about selecting players is the ability to see through the crap that surrounds the whole issue and matching players. It is a team game but there needs to be a mix of the workers, the hard knocks and the skilful, almost prima donnas (by that I mean those who have the special talents to turn games on a sixpence). Blending them by understanding egos and managing the positives and negatives is a major skill.

In the professional game, this comes also with the "money" thing and the "immediacy" thing. Give me a manager who can take a team in some turmoil and take three full seasons to produce a winning combination. Hopefully, we are starting to see this with RM and, add to the mix, he is putting together a younger squad, ’posiiiiiiblyy’ with some depth – and this is without much disposable moulah. Could this mean a bright future???

Victor Yu
54 Posted 30/06/2015 at 10:32:20
I hope we loan him to Holland’s top division to try to make a name for himself.
Phil Sammon
55 Posted 30/06/2015 at 11:48:35
Richard 51

Oh come off it. I swear people go out looking to be offended these days.

Ross Edwards
56 Posted 30/06/2015 at 12:06:40
Judging players off YouTube alone is a waste of time. You could make any player in the world look good.

Remember when Dennis Wise signed a player behind Kevin Keegan’s back based only on a YouTube skills and goals type video?

I guess this is the striker signing in then? Apparently Kone wants the chance to prove himself so expect Martinez to say he’s in a good moment or whatever and deserves another chance.

James Stewart
59 Posted 30/06/2015 at 13:42:17
What is the point in sending him out on loan again?! He has been on loan for two seasons. Give him a chance he can’t be any worse than Kone as backup.
Hugh Jenkins
60 Posted 30/06/2015 at 14:30:21
James (#59),

Maybe the fact that his Twitter post about the loan to Bolton was taken down almost immediately means that he won’t be going out on loan, or that if he does, it may be short-term – rather than season-long. Hopefully the fact it was taken down so quickly isn’t indicative that he will not be signing for us after all.

Chris James
61 Posted 30/06/2015 at 16:33:13
Hugh (60) I think it really just means the Everton media folks want to manage the message really + properly announce the signing before he’s loaned.

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