Everton line up new deals for trio

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The club will be preparing offers for new contracts over the next few months to Ross Barkley, Muhamed Besic and Bryan Oviedo.

Roberto Martinez has spoken of his desire to make Barkley central to his Everton "project" and plans to reward the 22-year-old for his development and ward off interest from some of the Premier League's biggest clubs with an improved deal in the summer.

The Catalan is confident that Barkley, who has 11 goals to his name now this season – more than his previous two full campaigns combined – will remain committed to his boyhood club despite the enormous interest he is likely to attract in the next transfer window.

Besic, meanwhile, has triggered a clause in his contract that mandates he negotiation of new terms after 25 appearances.

And Oviedo, who is out of contract, looks set to be offered another deal sooner rather than later as Martinez looks to tie the Costa Rica to the club.

Oviedo has struggled with injuries since completing his rehabilitation from the double leg-break he suffered two years ago but is for again and back in the first-team picture.

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"We will probably look at [Barkley's situation] in the summer," Martinez said: "As Ive said before, Ross is not a young man any more. Hes a player you can build a project on. When you want to build a project it is about a player who wants to play for Everton and wants to take that role.

"It is one thing as a manager wanting to do something, if the player doesnt feel the same way then you cannot do it.

Weve got Bryan Oviedo who is out of contract in the summer but we have an option and we would like to do something before then.

Mo Besic has triggered a clause which means we need to look into his contract. Those are the ones that are most imminent and everyone else we will look into in the summer.


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Steven Jones
1 Posted 05/02/2016 at 23:43:21
Good move by the club!

Barks is a no brainer but I'm surprised at the 25-game clause with Besic. Clever psychological commercial terms for the club

Oviedo deserves a new contract for his commitment and fight back from a bad broken led!


Matthew Williams
2 Posted 05/02/2016 at 23:46:01
Good move. Can we also start shipping out some dead wood too?
Gavin Johnson
3 Posted 05/02/2016 at 00:00:21
Bryan needs to be wrapped-up in cotton wool but he’s still got it whenever he plays at RB. Gibson and Pienaar will be out of contract in the summer so having one sick note in the squad is okay with me. Especially when they’re as good as Oviedo.
John Daley
4 Posted 06/02/2016 at 00:10:01
I like Oviedo as a player, Gavin. Both his attitude and playing style. However, there’s a big question mark over his ability to stay injury free for any reasonable amount of time and I don’t know if I’d be so ready to slap a new contract down in front of him just yet.

I’d also disagree about him ’showing what he’s got’ when played at right back. He was given an almighty runaround in his last outing in that position and really looked like he was struggling.
Phil Williams
5 Posted 06/02/2016 at 00:51:28
"If the player doesn't feel the same way then you can not do it" Stones? Lukaku?... Suarez, Van Persi, Sterling,

An unfortunate fact of modern day football, and all the more reason to get behind our local lad and not berate him for trying do things that most others couldn't even contemplate. Besic and Oviedo have an attitude and desire that just fits with us.

Is it just me or does any other old bugger see similarities to how we developed in the ’80s. Top 7 this year and top 3 next.

Gavin Johnson
6 Posted 06/02/2016 at 00:54:25
John, my mistake. I meant to say LB. I thought that we looked more solid down the left flank the other night in Baines absence. I think Oviedo shades it over Baines defensively. Given, Newcastle didn't offer much. But I thought Oviedo looked more like the player we remembered than his previous couple of showings on the other side when I was beginning to give up hope with him. Especially when he went off crocked on a stretcher the other week.
Andrew Oxton
8 Posted 06/02/2016 at 01:16:03
Three absolute crackers, Must sign them up. Barkley and Besic in particular could be all time greats.
Aaron Lancaster
9 Posted 06/02/2016 at 01:41:53
What happened to Stones getting a new contract? It's hard not to read into that being absent in the news.
Anthony Dwyer
10 Posted 06/02/2016 at 01:49:48
Great news over Ross and Mo, both could be huge players for us in the upcoming seasons.

I honestly believe Ross could single handedly blast us into a Champions League club if he is allowed to flourish and shown the love he deserves.

I really like Oviedo's playing style too, that said he is a crock.

People will jump on me for saying that, especially after his horrific long term injury, but the fact is, Oviedo is never really fit.

We have one of the best left backs in world football (YES, WORLD FOOTBALL, CONTINUED STATS DO NOT LIE), plus Galloway and Garbut.

For me I'd think long and hard before tying Ovideo to any long term deal that may hinder the progress of Garbut, h looked more than capable last season and proved he will become a top player.

Richard Reeves
11 Posted 06/02/2016 at 02:20:58
Giving Oviedo another contract is a waste of time. Martinez needs to focus on bringing the young players through next season which includes Galloway and Garbutt for that position.

Time to get rid of the injury-prone and the deadwood and give chances to some of these exciting "golden generation" players that have been out on loan. Barkley and Besic... yes, but Oviedo? It’s not progressive enough.

Ernie Baywood
12 Posted 06/02/2016 at 03:42:31
Obviously would be great to sign decent players up to longer contracts.

But the word 'project' still makes me cringe.

Paul Ferry
13 Posted 06/02/2016 at 03:46:26
We need to give Ross his much deserved new contract before the Euros where he will shine. He needs and deserves to be among the top three earners in the club. No other Everton player comes close to Ross’s exciting combination of pure unadulerated natural skill and body strength.

Please get this done before the Euros; I don’t trust this board or the next one - hopefully - to knock back 40-50 million offers in July and August. Ross makes being blue and scouse that little bit better,
Phil Sammon
14 Posted 06/02/2016 at 04:03:58
Me too, Ernie. It effectively translates to, 'don't expect anything this season.'
Gordon Roberts
15 Posted 06/02/2016 at 04:34:19
Excellent news. Besic and Barkley both have big futures ahead of them in the Everton 'engine room' whilst Oviedo provides cover for 3 or 4 positions. Every successful team needs an utility player of his calibre.

As time moves on, I'm pretty sure that players who are beyond their best years will be moved quicker to pastures new. The youth development conveyor belt Robrtto aspires to will provide the required structure for his blueprint.

Jim Hardin
16 Posted 06/02/2016 at 04:40:22

By your logic shouldn't Besic go too? Hasn't he been injured an awful lot with less reason (no broken bones that I am aware of) than Oviedo in not even three seasons? I would keep both but what do I know?

Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 06/02/2016 at 05:01:29
Well said, Jim Hardin. Besic's "crock" record is far worse than Oviedo's... all his injuries have been non-contact pulls, unlike Oviedo whose worst injury was inflicted on him. Sorry Anthony, but Garbutt hasn't remotely "proved" he will be a top player. Oviedo won't be expensive and he has never let us down. Applause for keeping him.

And yes, for all the reasons PF mentions, the Barkley deal definitely needs to get done before season's end and the Euros. Good decisions on all three.

Ben Dyke
18 Posted 06/02/2016 at 05:31:31
Good. These 3 deserve new contracts. I'd sell stones this summer, his head has been turned, and buy Yarmolenko, some tallish central defender or two and a new keeper.
Colin Glassar
19 Posted 06/02/2016 at 07:36:30
All well and good but what about the kids? Surely Ossie, Hibbo and Pienaar deserve new contracts as well.

Agree with Mr Ferry, every time I see Ross in an Everton shirt I feel so proud to have him with us

Ernie Baywood
20 Posted 06/02/2016 at 07:40:57
I don't think his head has been turned. I think we've turned it for him.

Playing in a system that makes defenders look incompetent, in front of fans who are starting to give him a hard time and a manager who doesn't know when to take him out of the firing line.

His form during the transfer saga and immediately afterwards was exceptional. In his last few games he's looked like he'd rather be somewhere else. Who could blame him?

Personally my view hasn't changed on Stones. Exceptional talent, impressive young man, and it would take a huge fee to convince me we're better off without him.

Matt Traynor
21 Posted 06/02/2016 at 07:44:15
Colin #18, please don't joke about the "kids" - normally I would say nothing would surprise me, but Everton under this Board, and OCM (nod to Ken B), have that capacity still.

Good news though, and even if Barkley signs tomorrow, those pricks at the Daily Mail will still continue their mission to get him to City (which, with Pep coming in I would doubt) - but their description of him receiving "dogs abuse" from fans at home against the barcodes was a piss take, even by their low standards.

Harold Matthews
22 Posted 06/02/2016 at 08:13:45
Barkley is special. Besic and Oviedo are internationals with a winning attitude who love playing for Everton. Not easy to find Premier League standard players these days, as several clubs are finding out. Get them signed up. Like Arsene Wenger, I'd sooner risk the odd injury than go with players of a lower level.

Big new signings are not always the answer either. United are still trying to fit mega-bucks Memphis in and Newcastle have just sent £12mil Florian Thauvin back to France on loan.

As for the youngsters. Spurs struck gold with Deli Alli, Dier and Kane. Likewise Everton with Barkley and Stones. All five 6'-1" plus by the way with another two of our bigger lads, Browning and Galloway, waiting in the wings.

Very few make the grade. Unsy and Big Joe have a whole bunch out on loan where they will compete with men and learn to be professional footballers. Harry Kane had seven loan moves before he was noticed and the experience shines through. Exciting times ahead for these boys.

Eric Myles
23 Posted 06/02/2016 at 08:17:58
When Oviedo first came into the side for an injured Baines he did so well that it was mooted we could cash in on Baines and have Bryan as first choice left back with Garbutt as cover.

Unfortunately due to his terrible injury that didn't have a chance of panning out and the Club to their credit stood by him while injured. It's good that they seem willing to continue to stand by him and see if he can get his career back on track.

Eric Myles
24 Posted 06/02/2016 at 08:31:38
Colin #18, I sense a bit of tongue in cheek about your post but I can well see Ossie & Hibbo (if fishing hasn't become his greatest love) being kept on in coaching or ambassadorial roles.

As for Pienaar we've never replaced him on the left and his recent cameo gave glimpses of what we've been missing with his combination with Baines. Could he go on for another year? If not we really need someone like him to take his role.

Paul Andrews
25 Posted 06/02/2016 at 08:33:49
"Barkley is special."

He most certainly is, Harold. We are lucky to have him. Watching the young boy’s development into a genuine world class player is something I look forward to. All our entitled to their opinion, of course, but how anyone doubts this kid is beyond me.

Tony Rutherford
26 Posted 06/02/2016 at 08:53:41
I've loved Baines, but have no qualms about playing Oviedo either.

Thought he played really well against Sissoko the other night who was huge. He also does one thing better which I really like which is put pressure on the ball early and try's to recent the cross.

Did struggle a little bit against Swansea the other week on his weaker side but would deffo offer him another contract.

Besic and Barkley are no-brainers!

Graham Pearce
27 Posted 06/02/2016 at 09:01:21
Pienaar has not shown anything special since he come back, today’s game is about speed and strength. His only role is on the left of the supporting three and he hasn’t got the legs to do it these days.

Let's hope Besic can conquer these hamstring issues as he is the replacement for Barry, a winner to the core who Everton fans will adore for years.

Jon Withey
28 Posted 06/02/2016 at 09:03:02
Martinez is a better manager than dancer though.


Jon Withey
29 Posted 06/02/2016 at 09:20:20
Oviedo is a great squad player who was just properly unfortunate with the leg break.

Love Besic and we have to take the risk with him - but he's had quite a few injuries - perhaps it's just adjusting to the prem.

If only everyone was like Barry who always seems to be available (hope I haven't just jinxed him).

Barkley is gradually getting better and better and I'd prioritise him over Stones if he has stronger ties to the club.

I don't see much point in keeping Stones if he'd rather be somewhere else - we have quite a few young defenders now.

Ray Roche
30 Posted 06/02/2016 at 10:45:39
I read that Besic hadn't had a serious or lengthy injury prior to joining Everton. Could this have something to do with the training regime?
It will be interesting to see where the new lad plays, he can apparently play down the left and isn't put off by tracking back either.
I would also like to see Oviedo and Baines try to emulate the Pienaar/Baines set up that has been so successful over the years.
Could well be an exciting future with all the young lads coming through.
Shane Corcoran
31 Posted 06/02/2016 at 10:57:28
Didn't see that coming for Oviedo. I'm not convinced he'll stay though with Garbutt coming back and Galloway on the scene.
Brin Williams
32 Posted 06/02/2016 at 11:21:16
Shane - utility mate, utility. Like that Aussie fella we had - play anywhere - out jumped the oppo, scored when he liked.... now what was his name?

Oh yes, became a legend!

Don Alexander
33 Posted 06/02/2016 at 11:35:11
John Withey (#25), I thought the opposite insofar as Martinez didn’t constantly fall down when he was "dancing". Wish it were so when he "manages".
Dave Williams
34 Posted 06/02/2016 at 11:50:57
All three no brainers to me. I have been very surprised at how Ross has kicked on this season and he is now starting to control games.

Mo has been unlucky - pitches to blame??- and Bryan is getting back to his best now. It is very unfair to judge him at right back- Coleman was awful at left back when he filled in a couple of years ago and Leighton won't go anywhere near the right side of a pitch. Bryan looked very good at left back against Newcastle and can also play wide left midfield. Keep him and see if Garbutt is good enough to force him out of the team.

I agree with my namesake Phil above- Hk's first team was OK defensively but couldn't score goals,then it all fell into place as the youngsters matured and a couple of real winners got into the team. Cattericks great side was similar- played its best football in 67-8 and 68-9 but couldn't win anything. Come 69-70 the youngsters matured and Harvey suddenly became world class- I see similarities with how Ross is developing.

Whether Roberto can sort out the defensive side is the key. I have always supported him but lately have started having my doubts. What I am certain of is that there is a title winning squad there now once a few mature a bit more- who is going to be able to take them on to that level is the bit I am not sure about but hopefully the recent sound bites from Roberto and players suggest that they are now focus sing on it a bit more.

Shane Corcoran
35 Posted 06/02/2016 at 12:29:37
Brin, not so sure. He might be able to play in many positions but if you're going to do that I think your weaker foot needs to be a bit stronger than Bryan's.
Aidy Dews
36 Posted 06/02/2016 at 13:12:21
It's good thinking by the club but I'd wait and see how Oviedo gets on from now until the end of the season with his fitness first, because since his leg break, he has been out a lot and struggles to get fit! But he's shown promising signs of late with staying fit, but I'd hang fire with that one. Don't forget, we've got Garbutt to come back into the fold next season aswell, Baines as No.1 LB and Galloway can play there also so we're not short of options.

And I agree we should be building a team around Barkley, but also around the likes of Besic aswell. He's going to be part of our spine for years to come also and we need him to be tied down.

Would be nice if we could get both Stones and Lukaku to stay, and I think the latter will give us another season atleast but I think Stones could leave in the summer but it won't be the end of the world.

We're building a nice, talented squad here at Everton and hopefully we can fulfil some of our potential and start to achieve things in the near future!

Andrew James
37 Posted 06/02/2016 at 13:39:42
If Stones goes in the summer,Galloway will be needed as cover for Jags and Funes. Therefore Oviedo will be key as cover at LB and Baines is getting older and more vulnerable to injuries and longer recovery time when he does get a knock. So well done the club at getting Oviedo, who's shown great attitude, tied down with improved contract.
Fraser Auld
38 Posted 06/02/2016 at 13:51:16
Barkley's the one to build the team around. As long as we keep him I'm not arsed if we lose Stones and Lukaku. Fantastic player to watch, just so classy and a Toffee too! If he does sign a new long term deal then kudos to Bobby and shows some progression at the club.
Mike Gaynes
39 Posted 06/02/2016 at 17:28:41
Nobody who saw Oviedo play today will doubt his value. Superb performance at Stoke, and key to two straight clean sheets.
Grant Rorrison
40 Posted 06/02/2016 at 21:55:56
Fraser 37. Yeah, who needs a 20+ goals a season striker? Completely over-rated. :P

Hopefully they'll all sign new deals.

Roger Sunde
41 Posted 06/02/2016 at 22:02:21
Could Oviedo get a work permit issue?

Don’t players need a certain amount of games?

Andy Crooks
42 Posted 06/02/2016 at 22:17:03
Good, post , Paul #12. Ross ,in my view, will be one of our best ever. Add to that he is a blue , who, I believe, will always be a blue and is a player who. will get better. I think he will one day be worth enough to rebuild Goodison Park.
Danny O'Neill
43 Posted 06/02/2016 at 22:20:56
Phil Williams @5: I’m with you. The old romantic in me can feel something with this team. They’re young and will make mistakes along the way so the dilemma is two-fold; do we have the patience and can we keep them together long enough for them to realise the potential? Thing is, I think they know it hence we’ve managed to hold off so far...

The finish to this season and summer will be interesting. In line with your parallel, we came from a dire situation in the winter of 83-84 to have two great cup runs culminating in the first silverware in over a decade and an unexpected respectable 7th place finish in the league. The rest as they say is history!
Saegaran Kana
44 Posted 07/02/2016 at 02:33:28
Keeping Oviedo is a no brainer. Garbutt couldn’t hold his place down against Galloway, who took over during Baines and Oviedo’s absence.

Oviedo defends better and provides more down the left flank and diagonal runs to the middle. He’s still getting in shape but i’m seeing the same lad before he broke his leg. Galloway is reliable defensively but lacks the edge in the overlaps n attack play. Garbutt for me is down the pecking order n should be sold or allowed out on loan.

David Price
46 Posted 07/02/2016 at 15:35:48
Agree with you Phil. Back then we got Andy Gray... that seemed to toughen us up and linked the silk and steel perfectly.

It is what we probably still need today perhaps. Rooney with a hefty pay cut would be ideal!

Brian Cleveland
47 Posted 07/02/2016 at 15:38:44
Mike 38, dead right. Oviedo in these two games has done something that Baines doesn’t do and is instrumental to us defending better and keeping clean sheets... cutting out or blocking crosses.

Baines stands off too far, does the sideways dance, eyes closed, hands behind his back, which results in the cross being delivered or at least unpredictably deflected, Oviedo is getting closer and throwing himself in front of the player to block the cross as it leaves the boot... no cross, no free header in front of goal!

And those of you calling him a crock, you’ve obviously never had to fight your way back to fitness after a bad injury, it takes time (yes years!) and you get other injuries along the way before you can get there. Also he wasn’t playing a lot and was never reaching peak condition. Before the broken leg he was never injured (hat I recall) and I think it’s wrong to call him a crock.

I for one will be glad if we keep him. If Garbutt is that good, perhaps he would have been replacing Baines now rather than on loan in the Championship? Nothing against Garbutt either, he may come good or us, but aren’t we always saying me need competition for places?

As far as I’m concerned that was almost a MotM display against Stoke (Lennon got that for me), he did great defensively, just a few loose deliveries when going forward...

David Ellis
48 Posted 08/02/2016 at 14:51:39
All three are important...I get annoyed with the label "crock" being thrown around. Peter Reid was a crock...until he wasn't. Oviedo in particular had a bad leg break (nothing intrinsic about that) and it takes time to recover, hopefully he's there now and I can see him displacing Baines now.

Gallagher is really a CB and Garbutt I think will be sold, although he too seems to have injury issues. Is he playing for Bournemouth this season?

Gary Russell
49 Posted 08/02/2016 at 15:00:59
David, I guess you meant to type Galloway...
James Stewart
50 Posted 08/02/2016 at 15:21:17
Good business. Barkley and Besic will only keep getting better. Oviedo has stepped up his game a lot recently. He is no right back but on the left he is a fine player when 100% fit. Galloway isn't a left back, Stones is gone in summer so I would keep Baines and Oviedo. Garbutt returning will be a problem if Baines and Oviedo stay fit.
Rob Tudor
51 Posted 08/02/2016 at 15:49:53
Let's hope we can get the Barkley contract done and dusted before the final ball is kicked of the season. A 5-year deal which will tie him to the club for the best years of his career. Without doubt, this feller is the jewell in the crown, my concern is do we have the management structure in place to allow him to win titles etc which will fulfill his career aspirations???

Regarding Besic and Oviedo, every successful team needs a strong squad, and Besic and Oviedo for me are decent squad players, nothing more. 3-year deals, both mid-20s so, if they don't make the desired impact over the forthcoming seasons, we could still make a few quid by off-loading them.

Interesting to see what happens with Galloway next season. I rate the lad, he's got pace and is tidy on the ball, perhaps a replacement for John Stones at CH once we is off-loaded to Man City for £50-55 mill. We certainly need to add experience whatever happens; my shout would be Gary Cahill.

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