Martinez rejects talk of a move for Manchester United defender

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Roberto Martinez has dismissed reports that have surfaced in a number of media outlets that Everton are set to sign Jonny Evans.

The 27-year-old defender has been linked with a move to Goodison already this summer but a slew of suggestions from the likes of The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and the Manchester Evening News last evening suggested that a deal worth between 6m and 8m was imminent.

Evans is no longer considered an automatic starter at Manchester United following the arrival of Marcos Rojo and the competition offered by Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett and he has not been offered an extension to his current contract which expires next summer.

With Martinez in the market for reinforcements at centre half, speculation has intensified that Evans could move to Merseyside, although much of it seemed to be coming out of Old Trafford rather than Goodison Park.

When asked at a press conference in Singapore today, the Catalan was quick to pour cold water on the rumours.

"No, it's nothing," he said. "There is nothing in that."


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Rahul Sreekumar
1 Posted 17/07/2015 at 06:30:48
How much time and energy all of us spend in debating, arguing, hypothesizing about the future of reports that a lot of the times aren't even true?!

Not suggesting that there wasn't some spark of fire in all this smoke.. just wondering out loud....

Paul Ward
2 Posted 17/07/2015 at 06:56:59
How true Rahul, but how frightening to read of yet another cast off who is probably the worst error prone defender in the Premier League.
Eugene Kearney
3 Posted 17/07/2015 at 07:02:53
Good. I knew it was a rumour.

Roberto has his eye on someone better!!!

Thomas Surgenor
4 Posted 17/07/2015 at 07:06:21
Eugene, I’m not sure if he has his eye on someone "better". I’m still of the opinion that we aren’t going to win the league or top 4 next season so why not use it to develop Browning/Galloway and give them more game time?

Yes they will make mistakes but no worse than Coleman did at the start. If they learn from their mistakes then they are a keeper, if not then they just won’t make the grade.

Only one way to find out..... Sink or swim!
Paul Bromley
5 Posted 17/07/2015 at 07:01:08
Whilst we can all dream of someone like van Dijk, Evans does have a degree of logic as a right sided defensive cover.

Squad player only and hopefully behind Browning and Galloway in the pecking order.
Ajay Gopal
6 Posted 17/07/2015 at 07:11:38
Not sure what Martinez’s game plan is with regards to the CB situation. With 2 experienced defenders in Distin and Alcaraz being moved out, will RM try to bring in at least 1 experienced CB and farm out 1 of Galloway/Browning on loan? Or will he keep his powder dry and use Galloway and Browning as back-ups to Jags and Stones?

Now this may not be the most popular opinion, but I would bring back Alcaraz back on a limited 1 year contract to cover for injuries to Jags/Stonesand keep 1 of Galloway/Browning and loan out the other to a Championship to speed up their development. This way, we save money for other priority areas (creative mid-fielder, back-up striker, etc) and 1 year later if Browning and Galloway turn out to be good, they get to play for Everton and 1 of them eventually replaces the raging Jagielka.

Alcaraz is not as bad as the popular opinion in TW is - he had 1 nightmare game against Dynamo Kiev, but then the other defenders didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory either.
Brian Cleveland
7 Posted 17/07/2015 at 07:23:54
Phew! Thank you Roberto.... that’s the best thing you’ve said for ages.... £7-8m for an at best average defender with one year left on his contract? Always had to be April 1st... didn’t it?
Harold Matthews
8 Posted 17/07/2015 at 07:10:45
Evans is a far better left sided centre back than anyone in our squad and, unlike Stones and half the first team, he's a real tough lad who doesn't turn his back on shots. He can also defend set-pieces and score from set-pieces. After much thought about his past injuries, I've decided that I want him. If we can keep him fit and well, £7m is an absolute give-away.
Jim Bennings
9 Posted 17/07/2015 at 07:35:06
This seems a really strange reaction from Martinez.

Surely there wouldn’t be so much speculation regarding Evans if there was "nothing in it"?

It doesn’t say much for our local paper again then, the Echo, if they just jump on rumours emanating from various other tabloids and websites.

The Echo clearly states "Everton are closing in on Johnny Evans".

I personally think our Bobby is just scared of upsetting Blue Billy and his tight wad board, dare not we threaten to spend any money eh?

Even friggin Middlesbrough have spent more than us!

Daniel Lawrence
10 Posted 17/07/2015 at 07:50:04
Do you not remember what an absolute mess Felliani made of him at Goodison?!
Jim Bennings
11 Posted 17/07/2015 at 07:58:25

Fellaini was unplayable that night if you are referring to the 1-0 opening day match three years ago.

Certainly even Jagielka or Stones who were themselves "made a mess of " by Christian Benteke at Villa Park in May, would not have got near Fellaini either that night.

Denver Daniels
12 Posted 17/07/2015 at 07:42:25
Evans is not as injury-prone as some make him out to be. He averaged 21 league appearances over the last 4 seasons. So not a total sick-note. How many of those were off the bench, I don't know.

5m tops, with add-ons. We could probably get him for that if there were no other takers.

Marlon Wilson
13 Posted 17/07/2015 at 08:12:50
Thank God RM has come out and said there is no basis in this rumour. Undoubtedly Jonny Evans has some level of talent or he wouldn’t have lasted as long as he has at Old Trafford, but personally I’ve always fancied our chances against Man Utd when he plays...

Definitely better options out there considering we already have our first choice CB pairing.

Steve Hogan
14 Posted 17/07/2015 at 08:22:52
Ajay Gopal...'bring back Alcaraz on a one year contract'...nurse, nurse..where's my tablets...
Matty Dawkins
15 Posted 17/07/2015 at 08:27:18
He spat in another player's face... No thank you!!!
Colin Glassar
16 Posted 17/07/2015 at 08:28:23
Phew, thank god for that. Not that I think Evans is completely useless but the size of the fee did worry me. I would still prefer an old pro who could slot into defence in an emergency and give the two young lads another season to develop.

Surely Barry, Besic or even Hibbo could be drafted into the CB position in an emergency?

Sandra Bowen
17 Posted 17/07/2015 at 08:46:16
I’m with you Harold. Seems like a very logical purchase to me, it’s a fair price in this crazy inflated world of football. Not a glamourous name but as with Cleverley, they don’t all have to be.

He could fit right in I reckon and if it allows the bulk of the transfer kitty (if there is any) to be spent on the attacking options we need, then for me, it’s a no brainer. I still think this ones a goer.

Sam Hoare
18 Posted 17/07/2015 at 08:51:45
I wasn't thrilled last night at the rumours but now they are false I'm strangely disappointed. As the sage Harold points out he's much better than people give him credit for and would bring a needed toughness to our back 4.

I wouldn't put much stock in Roberto's words as he's unlikely to make any comment till the deal is done. I actually think if we got Evans on the cheap, let's say 4m with a few performance related add ons it could prove something of a master stroke. I think he would surprise many on here.

Time will tell.

Eddie Dunn
19 Posted 17/07/2015 at 08:47:25
We always moan about the lack of opportunity for home grown talent, and here is a chance to put Browning and Galloway in the squad as cover for Jags and Stones. Never mind age, too many average, but experienced players, especially from overseas are cramping the prospects of our youngsters.

Southampton have shown faith in their own kids, and kept them in the side, and given them games. It is no good putting a lad in once and then leaving him out for a year. They need to get acclimatised and be allowed to build confidence.

Forget Johnny Evans, if we can’t afford a top quality player, then play our kids.

John Zapa
20 Posted 17/07/2015 at 08:57:24
Completely useless player. I laughed at his many mistakes last season, the cup games come to mind! 6-8m on such a player is another potential disaster.
Jim Bennings
21 Posted 17/07/2015 at 09:11:19
Even at the detriment of costing us points though, Eddie?

I’m all for hoping young lads make it big at Everton but if they are not yet ready then it’s unfair to throw in a couple of lads who have barely played a league match at centre half, it’s throwing them into a cauldron, the Premier League is unforgiving.

Denis Richardson
22 Posted 17/07/2015 at 09:23:56
I’m not so sure this is the end tbh. For the main broadsheets to go with this there must have been some truth to it. It may well have been we were interested but the fee and/or wage demands were too high. If it's dead then I for one am happy with that.

We have two promising youngsters but I would like us to buy a QUALITY CB who could dislodge Jags or Stones. I don’t want us just to sign a backup. Jags is 33 and Stones is 21 and makes mistakes -- we should be looking to bring in a CB who is better than both of them. Jags doesn't have many seasons left as it is and Stones will get better but is far from the finished player.

Jim Lloyd
23 Posted 17/07/2015 at 09:21:52
Jim, why do you think this is a strange reaction from Martinez? He’s said "No, there is nothing in that." What on earth is strange about that?

He has squashed rumours that freely take up space in the Daily Kops. The Liverpool Echo have an Everton Rumours column, as they have the same for the other lot. They collect the rumours that are floating around.

Whether the lad is any good or not is open to debate. But the Rumoured price tag of £8 million is a massive amount of money for this club.

Martinez has already said there will be no more major signings, so it looks like he’ll try and get a couple of players in on loan.

If we have got any money, which is debatable, having read the posts by a couple of Blues who are accountants.

If he’s a good player, then there’ll be other clubs in for him who can match the transfer fee, and his wages.

Robbie was saying that he’d like a "number 10" but that he’d likely have to go on the continent for him. If we have any funds then I’d like to see us get a player who can fill the role of a midfield general/schemer.

Liam Reilly
24 Posted 17/07/2015 at 09:39:17
Good - we can't afford to spend 7M on a Bench warmer; because he won't unsettle Jags and Stones.

It is a bit of a pickle though and will be interesting to see what RM does with the lack of cover at CB.

Terence Leong
25 Posted 17/07/2015 at 09:38:34
Evans is a good & classy defender whose form dipped in the last year or so.

Agreed though that 7-8 million is steep for a defender with only one year of contract. We can try to hold out, and if Man Utd doesn’t budge, we can wait till his contract runs down.

I would take him though, as while I want Galloway & Browning to come good, we still need competition for places.

Bill Griffiths
26 Posted 17/07/2015 at 09:40:38
Bit of a tricky one this. We probably need an experienced CB as cover but which way do we go?

Roberto probably sees Jags Stones as first choice starters which would mean signing an experienced solid type of player as cover.

The better quality players would probably not sign to it on the bench. My initial reaction to the thought of signing Evans was "Oh no", however if we do only want someone as cover maybe someone of his level/ability is the best we can hope for.

Or do we sign an experienced quality player and maybe give Stones less playing time?

My view is leave Stones in and sign someone like Evans.

The other option is sign no one & use Galloway and Browning as cover. While both have looked promising in the few outings they have had they are both very inexperienced.

I guess it's a call Roberto will have to make.

James Stewart
28 Posted 17/07/2015 at 10:59:38
Excellent I am glad Martinez dismissed this. I was worried when I saw the guardian picking it up.

Sergi Roberto and Sergi Samper would be excellent deals. Munir as well there are some cracking young players in their B team that are never going to get a chance.

Mike Childs
29 Posted 17/07/2015 at 11:09:18
Perhaps RM is just being cagey in an attempt to lower the fee? I'm with Harold and Sam in that while Evans won't take us over the top at the right price he would be decent business.
Laurie Hartley
30 Posted 17/07/2015 at 11:08:48
For me the centre back situation is the biggest conundrum of them all in this window. Stones will captain England one day but Jags is still the better defender at this stage.

Galloway and Browning seem to be good prospects but neither of them look physically big enough to me yet to be starting as a centre back against a premier league striker.

So we definitely need cover but if we get a quality player whose position is he going to take?

I am no tactical genius but I wonder if three at the back is the answer with Stones in the middle? The purchase of Evans would then make sense to me.

Then if one of the three gets injured we could return to two at the back. In the meantime get some weight on Galloway and Browning and introduce them gradually.

Matt Butlin
31 Posted 17/07/2015 at 11:29:35
Just out of interest, does anyone know how bids are actually made for players? Does one chairman call the other or is there an official process via the FA?
Peter Gorman
33 Posted 17/07/2015 at 11:45:37
Thank the Lord this won't happen.

Ajay @7 - I remember more than 1 game where Alcaraz was found seriously wanting, not least the thrashing we received at Anfield that was largely his fault and bothered him not the least.

We aren't a charity case, he can find another 'project' elsewhere I am sure.

Regarding Stones; if Delph can say no thankyou to City then I am hopeful a sensible lad like John can see that his immediate future lies with Everton.

Sam Morrison
34 Posted 17/07/2015 at 11:51:44
Matt (44),

Oddly the thing I keep reading about in transfer dealings is a fax machine...

Peter Gorman
35 Posted 17/07/2015 at 11:56:38
Sam (48) and the occasional brown envelope
Tony J Williams
36 Posted 17/07/2015 at 12:14:30
Evans is not that bad a player, was at one stage first choice for United.

Stones will probably go, as he will be told by Maureen that come this time next year Terry would be gone/retired and he will be the first choice for them.

Unfortunately every player has his price and Chavski can afford to offer that price, especially with how cheap our board are.

Jim Hardin
37 Posted 17/07/2015 at 12:11:45
Would still rather Everton go in for Cameron from Stoke. I see him play for the US team as wel as saw him in his MLS days and he is a legitimate player at the EPL level. His original position is center back but is also a decent right back or right wing with good foot skills and an ability to cross the ball.

He played well against Everton in Asia so not sure what more is needed for RM. He can provide cover for three spots including backup to Coleman since Hibbert looks a little slow (shame as he has been a good player for Everton). Over here there are rumours and whispers of Cameron being unsettled at Stoke due to not playing him where he would like but he as a true professional hasn't said anything about it to the press. Can't believe he would cost more than 5-6 million and he woud push both Stones and Jags.

Keith Monaghan
39 Posted 17/07/2015 at 14:22:43
If true this is great news! Can't believe how many think he'd be good for us - give our youngsters a chance if injuries hit or for easy games. The Premier League is where they'll make or fail the grade, not in the Championship.
Sean McCarthy
40 Posted 17/07/2015 at 14:41:32
Ajay - No. Just no!!!!
Jay Harris
41 Posted 17/07/2015 at 15:06:40
"He is not as bad a player as most people think"..... really.

Are we all blind then or know nothing about football.

This is one player we have all seen quite a bit of and not a "YouTube" phenomenon.

I would put this guy in the same category as Alcaraz...... a total liability.

I am with Denis Richards. If we are going to sign another CB, let's go for quality rather than just fill the squad with "never made it" or "on their last legs" type players.

We will get another couple of years out of Jags by which time Stones will be much more mature and Galloway and Browning should be ready.

Jim Lloyd
42 Posted 17/07/2015 at 15:30:25
I thought I'd missed a newsflash! Martinez has denied any truth in that rumour.

As far as his ability, there seems to be a fairly equal split on a) he's good and b) he's crap.

Jags and Stones look a fine partnership and we've got the youngsters coming through.

As far as Alcaraz being brought in, I think his time is past and, more importantly, so does Martinez.

I just think that £8 million is too much out of our kitty (if we have one!) If we're going to get anyone I hope it's a midfield maestro.

Harold Matthews
43 Posted 17/07/2015 at 15:51:05
My one worry is our loving friend John (McGeady is crap) Zapa. When he decides someone is useless he nails him to the wall every week.
Mike Allison
44 Posted 17/07/2015 at 16:38:58
I'm quite pleased, I'm not convinced by Evans at all. I don't think we can just go with Browning and Galloway as back-up though. Browning should be one of four centre backs but Galloway is still very skinny and Martinez is on record as saying he believes he'll be a left back for a while yet. We need one more experienced centre back, preferably left footed, tall and with leadership potential given Jagielka is getting on.

Everything points to Van Dijk for me.

Marc Williams
45 Posted 17/07/2015 at 16:27:22
Media training at Finch Farm.....

BK... Now my little Catalan Chum, my new bessie mate in football, watch & learn this was one of my finest... The cheque will be in the bank in the morning. See how believable I sounded, how credibility oozed from every pore.

RM... Si Boss, most impressive and phenomenally delivered I can see why every one was taken in yes.

BK... That’s the spirit, now what do we say to fans & media whilst we’re trying to sign another Man Utd cast off?

RM... er No it’s nothing, nothing in that.

BK.... Fantastic, I see a long career for you at Everton... Now give me that top four once again, it brings tears to my eyes.

RM... Si Boss, whatever you say.

Ray Atherton
46 Posted 17/07/2015 at 16:33:57
When I heard the news last night, regarding the transfer talk of Johnny Evans, I went on a Man Utd website. On the Busby Babes site, the Mancs were over the moon. Majority slagged him, said that United should pay Everton £8 million to take him of their hands.
Scott Goin
47 Posted 17/07/2015 at 16:31:37
This statement by Martinez means absolutely nothing. All managers lie or are vague about transfers until the contracts get signed. We could still be very interested in Evans. We just don't know. If this was just the Daily Mail, I'd write it off as nonsense but when more reputable papers start reporting on it, there's usually something to it. My guess is that negotiations have occurred but they're still far apart on price.

I wouldn't mind getting Evans for £4-6 mill. Anything more than that is too much.

Si Cooper
48 Posted 19/07/2015 at 23:46:02
I am with those who think he is too much of a risk. Looks terrified when under pressure.

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