In the Mirror, Neil Moxley boldly states that Ronald Koeman will return for Arsenal's Olivier Giroud with a £40m offer in January – and this time he will get his man.
Everton's boss is set to push through a £40million deal for the striker in the New Year after failing to land the forward he wanted to replace Romelu Lukaku.
Giroud was understood to be keen on a move to Merseyside as he had not been guaranteed regular first-team football at the Emirates.
It is understood that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may have played a part in blocking any move because he doubted that Alexis Sanchez would remain. Those fears proved well-founded as Manchester City failed with a deadline-day offer of £70m for the Chilean international who had less than 12 months remaining on his contract with the Gunners.
That situation led to Koeman's long chase for the Arsenal forward falling through – and with so little time to switch to a Plan B, the decision was taken to shelve any movement.
However, With Arsenal's record signing Alexandre Lacazette barring his path to the first-team, Giroud needs to be playing to cement his place in France's World Cup team – and therfore, so Moxley claims, in January the long-mooted move is set to get the go-ahead.
Original Source: The Mirror
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1 Posted 24/09/2017 at 15:08:10
If there is one player we shouldn't be going for it's him, although he isn't a bad target man he must be one of the slowest strikers in the premiership.
At this moment in time we are desperate for pace in attack ,if we sign someone of his ilk it will be the same old slow build-up with no one to give the ball to, to get us up the pitch.
What is Koeman's fascination with slow players?
2 Posted 24/09/2017 at 16:21:52
I noted the rumoured interest in Giroud and Josh King mentioned too. I think we've seen enough to know that whilst any real style of play is difficult to perceive, the slow build up and target man are likely part of his intentions.
You can almost bank on Barkley and Niasse being out of the place in January if Koeman remains and is allowed free reign. Anyone that wants to see slow, dour safety play as a way of "moving forward", simply support Koeman and hope that he is not pressured by fan opinion or anyone else within the club. He'll default to it if allowed.
Giroud is completely unnecessary if we wish to progress.
3 Posted 24/09/2017 at 20:38:21
4 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:02:43
5 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:06:36
6 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:15:49
7 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:27:06
Having said that, if he signs, I'll get his name on my shirt.
8 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:27:25
9 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:52:35
10 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:55:12
11 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:57:14
12 Posted 24/09/2017 at 22:03:53
They may have some players to move out which could free up some wages to bring in another quality midfielder or attacker. Giroud can finish and is good in the air but I agree, he isn't speedy but neither was Rom.
I would really like to see Barkley come back from injury and do a job but maybe that's unlikely. Sandro, Gueye and Klaassen don't look like they will get many goals between them but I would like to see McCarthy in the holding role again.
13 Posted 24/09/2017 at 22:04:35
14 Posted 24/09/2017 at 22:07:41
15 Posted 24/09/2017 at 22:10:51
16 Posted 24/09/2017 at 22:23:39
17 Posted 24/09/2017 at 23:47:47
18 Posted 24/09/2017 at 23:51:40
19 Posted 25/09/2017 at 00:09:51
20 Posted 24/09/2017 at 00:11:40
21 Posted 25/09/2017 at 00:30:22
Are you serious?
22 Posted 25/09/2017 at 00:34:07
For the love of God, don't let Koeman buy another slow player. Don't even think about letting him buy anyone 'til he sorts out this mess he's presided over.
23 Posted 25/09/2017 at 00:38:04
We need speed, movement and strikers who can get behind defenders. I don't want this man anywhere near our club.
24 Posted 25/09/2017 at 00:52:58
25 Posted 25/09/2017 at 00:55:31
Let's stop buying all this crap and go with what we have. We should bed the youngsters in this season, ready for next season. We wont get a top five finish this season but the preparation will be invaluable for 2018-19.
If we pay for Giroud, £40 million coupled with the £45 million we paid for Sigurdsson, that's virtually all the Lukaku money. I'd have rather seen Lukaku get a massive wage hike, than pay out on these two.
26 Posted 25/09/2017 at 01:05:04
Calvert-Lewin - in place and getting better everyday. If he was in United's team instead of Martial or Rashford he'd be in the England team next International break... and there's an outside chance he may even make it with us.
Support him and get a balanced team around him and if Koeman keeps picking silly line ups with three No 10s, two defensive midfielders no pace or width fuck him off.
Remaining seriously unconvinced that £40M for Giroud is isn't just throwing money at the problem... and the problem is it's the initial starting 11.
27 Posted 25/09/2017 at 01:52:26
Calvert-Lewin is looking better and better. Niasse looks like he can do a job now. By the New Year we will have Coleman and Bolasie back.
If Coleman can be anywhere near the player he was and Baines can get forward a bit more we can have crosses from Bolasie, Baines, Coleman and Sigurdsson for a front man to get on. From another perspective a good target man up front who can bring the ball down and play back to whoever sits behind would help.
28 Posted 25/09/2017 at 02:15:42
Everton need to be in the top seven come Christmas and still in both the League Cup & Europa League. Should we be there and in with a sniff, then yeah one or two quality additions would be worthwhile.
He categorically has to show he can coach, not just use a revolving door of players to excuse him from £6m a year.
He has to demonstrate he can coach a different system and use the players he has.
29 Posted 25/09/2017 at 02:29:57
Let's firstly look at the change of manager... give him a chance – he's been here 5 minutes. He's better than the previous two managers. Now there were two slow defensive, park-the-bus style managers, ohhh and they brought, oh that's right, next to bloody no-one in who wasn't either old, slow or crap.
The team has changed 10 fold not only in the 1st team but also in the youth coming through and challenging the more stable players for the starting place.
Tom Davies was amazing when he came on and was the driving force behind the come back... and Niasse well done pal. You have taken a lot of crap but kept your head down and worked like a mad man and the 3 goals in two games says it all. £13.5 million and how you all gave him crap only last season..
I am sure that there are definitely going to be some ups and downs this season but get behind your team and brace yourselves. We've only just started this season – Jesus, I could understand if it was February.
30 Posted 25/09/2017 at 02:50:44
31 Posted 25/09/2017 at 04:10:15
We lost Kone and Valencia (okay I know) and we could and should have had other options like Defoe, Inheacho, Batshuayi, Josh King lined up.
I still don't know why we didn't offer all the Lukaku money for Vardy and Mahrez.
I feel £40m would be wasted on Giroud in January as we will get the lad back from Anderlecht in The summer and Calvert-Lewin is improving rapidly by the game.
If were gonna splash big on players lets splash it on players who can make a big difference and will be part of the future.
32 Posted 25/09/2017 at 08:34:21
33 Posted 25/09/2017 at 08:42:29
Give Calvert-Lewin, Niasse and Sandro the comfort of knowing they will get more playing time before a decision on the right type of forward is made. Oh, by the way... it is not Giroud!
34 Posted 25/09/2017 at 08:48:41
35 Posted 25/09/2017 at 08:49:48
He's very well informed.
36 Posted 25/09/2017 at 08:51:33
Calm down, lads... it's paper gossip.
37 Posted 25/09/2017 at 10:03:38
I think Koeman has lost the plot. I can't understand what his plan in any game is. Is that the plan? We don't look like a team. And we didn't last season. The way we play is slow and lacking invention. We need a playmaker a real one.
Williams is not up to it and Holgate I am not sure about but at least he is young. I think I would have a go at Sturridge if we could get him cheap and if he was fit.
38 Posted 25/09/2017 at 10:07:46
If Niasse has racked up a decent goal tally by Christmas, becoming a fan favourite along the way, I doubt even Clueless Koeman would be daft enough to try and offload him again, particularly as it seems clear that Niasse is happy to be an Evertonian, and is prepared to fight for his place exactly the kind of attitude I remember Koeman saying he wanted from his players last season.
39 Posted 25/09/2017 at 10:30:16
All I can say is thank fuck our club isn't managed by referendum, the way it appears our country is right now.
40 Posted 25/09/2017 at 10:30:53
Niasse could score 10 to 15 goals given the chance, plus the coaches need to get to work on Sandro – what is his best position? Play Rooney as second striker or don't play him. And play Sigurdsson as the No 10 if that's his best position.
Play the best of what we have and stop fucking about with systems just to give someone a game. Drop one or two into the U23s and let Unsworth work on them for a couple of games. If a couple go down, a couple come up. Just don't buy Giroud.
41 Posted 25/09/2017 at 10:41:24
42 Posted 25/09/2017 at 12:40:34
Sorry but slow and old don't do it anymore.
43 Posted 25/09/2017 at 12:51:33
44 Posted 25/09/2017 at 13:00:01
Can't Everton find sensible managers who have forwarding planning with astute purchases?
45 Posted 25/09/2017 at 13:12:48
Plus, this is paper talk. If Everton were really offering £40 million, don't you think they would have done already, and Arsenal would have bitten their hand off!
46 Posted 25/09/2017 at 13:43:03
The cock-up is the abject failure by someone other than Koeman to sign what's required up front and at left-back. Effectively that's likely to cost us one season out of the famed three-year Champions League project.
God (and Jim White) knows what Mr Moshiri's thinking about it all.
47 Posted 25/09/2017 at 13:55:40
As Steavey (#41) say's, it isn't a football or business model that work's. Most (if not all) players need to have an increase in transfer value as it is the main source of transfer funds for whoever we have as manager.
48 Posted 25/09/2017 at 14:12:07
If we're spending £40 million in January, then go for Mee of Burnley & Mooy of Huddersfield... a classy, young left centre-back with great distribution & a battling Midfielder who can spot a pass & hardly ever gives the ball away (reminds me of Carsley & Gravesen,combined).
If Giroud joins, we'll just keep lumping it long all game & lose possession... sigh.
49 Posted 25/09/2017 at 14:14:30
Yet, Martinez was castigated by most Everton fans but only spent about £60 million. One of those players, Lukaku, cost £27 million and was sold for £90 million. Should have been more like £150 million, according to Mourinho.
50 Posted 25/09/2017 at 14:44:52
He's already bagged 4 goals in 9 appearances... recall in January perhaps?
51 Posted 25/09/2017 at 15:00:08
52 Posted 25/09/2017 at 16:01:44
The situation hasn't changed Everton is still in Liverpool and not in London, last time I checked.
53 Posted 25/09/2017 at 16:38:53
"Look dear, Liverpool is not that bad a place to live and just think what we could buy in the area. I'm sure you'd fit in with the Cheshire set and get a place on that housewife thing you watch when I'm out training"!
For me, I'd be looking to get Vardy in pace to burn and knows where the net is.
54 Posted 25/09/2017 at 17:05:51
Interesting argument about Martinez and his players value. Pity we were playing relegation fodder football with the worst home record in our history during his last season.
55 Posted 25/09/2017 at 17:09:14
56 Posted 25/09/2017 at 17:25:27
57 Posted 25/09/2017 at 18:37:58
Anyway, it'll be interesting to see what happens as he looks likely to start against Celtic.
58 Posted 25/09/2017 at 18:46:41
If this player is so shallow, we are better off telling him, and his bird, to fuck off!!
59 Posted 25/09/2017 at 18:49:26
60 Posted 25/09/2017 at 18:56:57
Koeman is Head Coach, he has nothing to do with financial strategy or buying and selling players other than identifying his requirements.
In terms of club finance, I believe that sell-on prices are not relevant as the purchase price is amortised over the contract duration with no future value.
61 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:01:09
Koeman has the final word. He just doesn't do everything like Moyes used to, but that was an outdated model.
Davy Klaassen for one, Koeman scouted him by attending no less than three Ajax games last season.
62 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:03:13
If we seriously bid £75 million for Costa, (which I doubt) we should be in for Cavani in January but I wont hold my breath.
Each passing day it looks like we massively under valued Lukaku even at the final figure of £90 million.
63 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:04:42
"Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half-an-hour before I went to bed, eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing "Hallelujah."
But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya'.
64 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:28:37
Koeman is Head Coach not a manager in the true sense.
Walsh as director of football is responsible for all transfers based on requests from Koeman and he answers to the board and not Koeman.
Koeman has an input and can make recommendations but he doesn't sign players and has no status to sanction deals. He has no input on transfer fees, or contracts.
65 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:33:40
And you got this from where?
66 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:35:22
67 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:41:20
Can you not see why Koeman was playing golf in Portugal on TDD? He had no influence at all, the business was being done by Walsh and Koeman.
Dermot, I find out the reality then post and never spout. When you show me to be wrong, I will accept it.
68 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:49:59
Looks good sure but feels very much like these stories are there to salve our fevered brow and lessen the ire towards our head coach. Everton's PR in full swing?
Just try to win games with a recognised pattern of play that involves attacking. Please, for the love of... insert your favoured word.
69 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:50:29
70 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:57:58
Not that he would want to come to us but the boy does look class!
71 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:58:16
72 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:12:35
73 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:43:24
He's given up the chance to be playing every week putain lui, as they (probably wouldn't) say in French
74 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:48:49
75 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:55:32
76 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:00:14
After signing for Everton, Klaassen stated it was Koeman who did the chasing. That he heard from a number of people that Koeman wanted him. That he spoke to Koeman after he had watched him in several games. That Koeman has a house round the corner from his own and he was invited round, whereupon Ron outlined his 'vision' and convinced the player to sign, despite very nearly poisoning him with a fucking Vesta chow mein.
77 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:05:41
78 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:08:05
What I am uncool about is the rumoured £40m. There are surely other options at that price.
79 Posted 25/09/2017 at 22:12:04
That blue Bill and Walsh pick the players pay the transfer money then bring the players to Koeman and say,
"Here you are Ronald here's a couple of players we've bought, fit them into the team will you!"
80 Posted 25/09/2017 at 22:53:28
I'd expect Walsh and/or that individual/s to have had a budget disclosed to them by Moshiri or his appointed one. It'd be up to the signers-on to manage recruitment of make the bollocks of it which in my view they definitely did.
But who knows in the Kremlin-like world of the Goodison boardroom?
81 Posted 26/09/2017 at 01:47:33
Koeman is in charge here, he signs off on everything, he just doesn't want to do the hard work in hammering out the financials and so.
Oh and he leaves the training ground by 4:00 pm every non-match day it is not like Moyes, Martinez and most who went before them, where they spend every waking hour living and breathing Everton FC.
When we first appointed Koeman, most said it would make a refreshing change; I wonder how many agree with that now?
82 Posted 26/09/2017 at 02:07:29
83 Posted 26/09/2017 at 05:05:07
From a Koeman interview with the BBC after the Bournemouth game:
"...and to play more, a little bit more direct than normally we play."
Indirect play is normal. I wouldn't expect to see too often, what we saw when Davies and Niasse came on. Certainly not as a starting set up or tactical intent. Fast attacking football is only Koeman's rescue card.
Expect a donkey in January... and out with the racehorses.
84 Posted 26/09/2017 at 05:10:59
Just so we know you are not spouting nonsense with your usual degree of certainty... Where did you hear this?
Have you seen their job descriptions, or the job description of anybody else employed by a football club? Are you suggesting that all Managers, coaches and Directors of Football have the same remit, no matter which club they work for?
And how do you explain JD's post @75?
85 Posted 26/09/2017 at 05:27:31
I don't trust Koeman is why, Brian. I don't trust him to change any more of his own personal experiment in slow, dour, safety, God-knows-what football than he is absolutely forced to.
I think, if we climb up the Premier League a way and he thinks he has people onside with him and his project, he'll finish the job of sabotaging any chance of fast flowing football.
86 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:11:14
I like the idea of a big target man to get on the end of Sigurdsson's set pieces but let's explore other ideas now.
87 Posted 26/09/2017 at 10:41:13
Can you please verify your sources with regard to your comments about Vesta chow mein poisoning?
88 Posted 26/09/2017 at 10:49:57
Fuck me, would that be a good signing! (Not sure he'd want to join us mind you.)
Live in hope...
89 Posted 26/09/2017 at 10:52:30
Both got pace to burn and can score plenty of goals.
90 Posted 26/09/2017 at 10:56:33
Reality = Oumar Niasse.
91 Posted 26/09/2017 at 10:58:35
92 Posted 26/09/2017 at 15:44:47
One thing with Moyes's team, they were always fit and regardless who we played, the opposition never got an easy ride and had to fight to the death to be sure of a result.
Sadly for Moyes he arrived at the wrong time when we were on our arse, no pot to piss in but brought some fantastic players in and got us out of our previous fight against relegation.
It would have been interesting had we got Moshi ten years earlier and given Moyes the amo he needed to compete. By all means we can be aggrieved by the "knife to a gunfight" comment and the way he left the club, but at the same time be thankful of him stabilising our club.
93 Posted 26/09/2017 at 15:55:51
So what has changed in the meantime? Media hype methinks!
Cavani would show our intent to go to the next level, but again, would he want to come? I doubt it, but I can always dream!
94 Posted 26/09/2017 at 16:18:40
Are you having a laugh about Moyes? Please tell me you are on the wind-up. 11 years under Moyes we never won an away game at any of the then big 4. Moyes bottled every big game we played. We survived one season in the Premier League with the lowest points tally ever. Any other season, we would've dropped into the Championship. Add to this the lowest goals tally in the club's history.
The year we finished 4th under Moyes it was basically Walter Smith's side. Moyes went out in the January and bought James "Lard Arse" Beattie when both Darren Bent and Dean Ashton were both available and both on fire at the time. We lost to Villarreal over 2 legs with the most negative approach and awful side ever seen in the Champions League. We then rolled over in Bucharest in the Europa League. Moyes should've been sacked that season 2004-05.
David Moyes was awful and one of the reasons Wayne Rooney left so quickly. Rooney couldn't get into Moyes's side. "Knives to a gunfight" mentality for 11 years dragged the club and the fans into a state of apathy and resignation. We stunk Goodison out every week and surrendered to Liverpool when ever it mattered.
Please, mate.... move on from the Ginger loser. Half the problem why our fans are so dumbed down these days is because of the Moyes years.
95 Posted 26/09/2017 at 16:19:36
96 Posted 26/09/2017 at 16:30:49
Still, there's no stopping his ardent lovers from dreaming of what might have been... Do you remember how they clamoured for him to be given his chance to manage a "Big Club"? That went down well, as I recall.
97 Posted 26/09/2017 at 16:36:23
Who else would people like? Benteke? Williams? (Bilbao) Dost? (Sporting) Dembele? (Celtic).
I've read today we're meeting with PSG to try get Cavani!!! Surely that has to be a joke?
98 Posted 26/09/2017 at 18:45:30
It will take someone like Cavani to be used as bait for others to follow, until then forget it.
I've said it before: we talk the talk but don't walk it.
99 Posted 26/09/2017 at 22:09:29
He's over 30, and an immobile lummox to boot - perhaps the manager sees him as the final piece in his quest to have a completely static, pace-free side?
We'd be better off seeing how our £13.5 million striker fares in the meantime, but I think this would be not so much a terrible move, but rather a terrible waste of money.
The board need to think carefully from now on before issuing Koeman, Walsh, or AN Other more funds to piss up the wall, as we can all see how far our summer spending spree has got us.
100 Posted 27/09/2017 at 02:35:21
101 Posted 01/10/2017 at 22:24:38
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