The 25-year-old Crystal Palace star is also wanted by Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur and could fetch as much as £70m, although that price has apparently discouraged the North Londoners.
The report claims that the Blues would look to offload Yannick Bolasie to part -und the acquisition of Zaha.
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1 Posted 09/07/2018 at 23:52:54
2 Posted 10/07/2018 at 00:09:23
3 Posted 10/07/2018 at 00:12:38
4 Posted 10/07/2018 at 00:36:07
Has the world gone mad? Ridiculous.
5 Posted 10/07/2018 at 00:36:21
6 Posted 10/07/2018 at 00:40:00
7 Posted 10/07/2018 at 00:45:42
We are going for players who have the potential to double/triple in value, not players already at peak. So call this story the bullshit it is.
Lookman hopefully can become as good as Zaha.
8 Posted 10/07/2018 at 01:34:24
9 Posted 10/07/2018 at 02:36:23
Elstone est for 17/18, revenues £186.5m. Operating expenses (incl. wages of £140m) £200.6m. Operating loss £14.1m. Season 18/19 no European football so revenue est £176m unless increase in commercial income. Therefore wage bill must fall by £25m to break even.
Arguably other operating costs could be cut but given we outsource a lot of activities and the stadium costs continue, might be difficult to achieve many savings. Some costs may be capitalised once planning permission is granted which would help.
He also says that the outgoings so far from Everton FC may have saved in the region of £12 Million, therefore by my calculations we may have to reduce the wage bill by a further £13 Million per year.
I would think that would reduce our chances of bringing in any star players on exorbitant wages, anytime soon. It's a hard pill to swallow for some, but it's just the reality of the situation as the club bought too many duds on long-term and expensive contracts in recent years.
10 Posted 10/07/2018 at 02:37:06
The kind of player who generally rips Everton apart then does nothing for months on end. A la Chris Brunt, Seb Larsson... there's more.
11 Posted 10/07/2018 at 03:26:01
12 Posted 10/07/2018 at 06:03:30
The agent is saying we are interested to try and manufacture a move to a bigger London club than Crystal Palace.
13 Posted 10/07/2018 at 06:22:51
14 Posted 10/07/2018 at 07:06:42
He has the raw ingredients but needs to buckle down and learn.
15 Posted 10/07/2018 at 07:22:41
If we could swap the pair plus £20M, it would be a great bit of business. Sadly, I doubt the article carries any weight at all!
16 Posted 10/07/2018 at 07:45:55
31 days to shift out upwards of 8 players most fans don't think good enough long-term, and make 4 or so critical signings to avoid another season of struggle. It's a massive month for Everton.
17 Posted 10/07/2018 at 07:55:02
18 Posted 10/07/2018 at 08:01:23
The midfield will be the usual static flat-paced non-entity that is was last season.
Calvert-Lewin will run aimlessly down blind alleys for three or four months, not actually looking like scoring or even connecting cleanly with a single shot on goal... but don't worry — our fans will be sold with “Oooh but he works hard, he'll be better than Kane and Messi put together when he's 24.”
And we wonder why this club hasn't been bothered about trying to hit success this past 20 years?
Because the board knows the fans are quite happy to always be tomorrow's club (only thing is, tomorrow never comes with Everton; we have been saying the same thing for 10 or more years).
Football is a game for today, not tomorrow!!
19 Posted 10/07/2018 at 08:07:38
20 Posted 10/07/2018 at 08:08:00
21 Posted 10/07/2018 at 08:17:10
22 Posted 10/07/2018 at 08:27:14
I haven't been optimistic about Everton since the end of Martinez's first season.
I can't get optimistic anymore about a team of players that continuously flounders, blames other factors and, for nigh on 20 years as a club, just consistently produces failure in mass commodities, be it trophies or even something as trivial as a woeful Merseyside derby record.
There might come a day when I'm optimistic about Everton again but optimism needs to be earned — not taken as a blue-tinted blind faith.
23 Posted 10/07/2018 at 08:36:52
24 Posted 10/07/2018 at 08:52:22
25 Posted 10/07/2018 at 09:06:24
Just take a look at the positives first, mate, and then let's see what happens:
1) Sigurdsson will get the No 10 role. Definitely.
2) Coleman & Baines will play right-back and left-back. They are not injured.
3) Calvert-Lewin will be a sub at best. Tosun will play No 9.
4) Walcott and Lookman will play wide of Sigurdsson.
5) Pickford will be in goal.
6) There will be money to spend and it's obvious we need a new left-back, an attacking midfielder, and a centre-back.
So let's see what happens. Yep, I know we spunked hundreds of millions last year but this is a new season, a new campaign. We have a new boss with new ideas who wants to play football – yes, football – which most Blues have not seen for the past year. But, most of all Jim, I have a season ticket so please, let's look at the positives.
26 Posted 10/07/2018 at 09:12:25
Can't see it now.
Seems like Brands and Silva are taking their time, either assessing players or waiting's to see what deadwood they can shift, or most likely both. I am guessing the likes of Williams, Mirallas etc are proving hard to sell.
27 Posted 10/07/2018 at 09:21:45
But, once he'd changed that, he was harder to spot. Usually because he was having a half-arsed performance and living on his overblown reputation.
28 Posted 10/07/2018 at 09:42:21
29 Posted 10/07/2018 at 09:44:59
30 Posted 10/07/2018 at 09:48:50
Not going to happen, nor should it; he's good, but not that good...
31 Posted 10/07/2018 at 10:07:55
One of the Moyess best qualities was he would identify players not at their peak value, Arteta, Pienaar, etc... Players who had lost their way.
We havent done that for a long time and need to get back to it in my opinion.
32 Posted 10/07/2018 at 10:56:23
The majority of it is pure speculation, and even more amusing is the journalists who write this nonsense have absolutely no idea who Silva and Brands are after. Most of these stories are pure fiction, and many are fed to the press by agents wishing to create interest in their player.
Believe nothing till you see the player at Finch Farm wearing our kit.
33 Posted 10/07/2018 at 10:59:58
England are not a team full of great players. It could be argued that only Harry Kane is truly world class. The team has got to where it has by a bit of luck, a lot of hard work, some first-class organisation and management, and a lot of momentum.
There is a lot to be said for momentum in football. How often have we seen a good club hit a bad patch and hit an iceberg and instead of bouncing off it and turning around fast, things seem to get worse and worse. Leicester were the opposite and got so much momentum that they were unstoppable and achieved the impossible.
I really wanted to see a first-class coach at Everton who could do the hard work on the training ground. I can see that being done. I can also see that there is change at Everton in how they are dealing with their own media output (lots of it, almost daily) and how others (such as John Blaine of EFC Shareholders Association) say the club are dealing with and more importantly listening to them. Change is afoot. With a bit of luck, some good management and organisation, then I think we can start to gain that momentum that can carry us far.
If you go through the side and consider each of the players at their best, then I think we have a decent side that is good enough for 7th, and maybe more with a bit of luck and momentum and some bad luck elsewhere.
Players like Keane and Schneiderlin are not as bad as they played last season. Players like Sandro and Klaassen may suddenly come good. There is a different style of play, a different tempo, a different vision. Things are, well, different. So, why can't Sandro or Klaassen suddenly perform well if things have changed.
Even Mo Besic, and I'm one of his biggest critics, is there on the training videos, giving it his all and not looking out of place. Sure you can't tell much from watching they boot a ball about in a close control drill for just 30 seconds or so. My only point is don't be surprised at how different things can be, and for the better.
Change is afoot and it's time to shake off the pessimism and have some hope for the future that Everton is changing for the better.
34 Posted 10/07/2018 at 11:00:22
35 Posted 10/07/2018 at 11:33:34
36 Posted 10/07/2018 at 11:36:45
We don't need another winger. What we need is at least one centre-half – we could buy two and a left-back for £70m.
37 Posted 10/07/2018 at 13:26:20
38 Posted 10/07/2018 at 13:29:21
39 Posted 10/07/2018 at 13:29:40
40 Posted 10/07/2018 at 13:32:53
He is dangerous though and maybe Everton should send Bolasie back in part exchange if they really want him.
41 Posted 10/07/2018 at 13:33:28
The lesson learned from a few seasons back where the club didn't sign anyone should be a stark warning against assuming a good quality team will translate from one season to the next. All teams need freshening up and new legs.
If we move from last season into this season with the same squad, we will be relegated. It wasn't just the manager at fault last season.
42 Posted 10/07/2018 at 13:47:59
43 Posted 10/07/2018 at 13:54:11
Don't forget we managed to claim eighth playing abject shite so if the new man improves them one iota we should see sixth or seventh without major signings.
I'm consigned to 'same again'.
44 Posted 10/07/2018 at 13:55:08
45 Posted 10/07/2018 at 14:22:16
Mike (#25), fantastic post, now your talking. Onwards and upwards Evertonians.
As for any of you miserable lot, may I suggest you go on a LFC forum if you don't like us anymore.
If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.
46 Posted 10/07/2018 at 14:48:42
I don't know how long youve been supporting the Blues but I have watched the ups and downs for 60 years now and while I want to feel optimistic all the warning signs are still there.
Silva is hardly an inspired signing even though Steve Ferns is persuading us of his merits.
This squad has got older and poor performing over 3 managers since Moyes left so there is obviously an issue somewhere.
We leak goals like a sieve unless we play the Allardyce way and even then we got a couple of thrashings.
We seem to have reverted to Kenwright controlling the transfers and typically we are not signing anyone with the opening game only 3 or 4 weeks away.
My biggest turn to pessimism was when we allegedly pulled out of the Tierney deal and are now being linked with Bertrand.
That is not ambition.
Ambition is when you go for and get the best not the second or third best.
I hope I am wrong but I do not see progress.
47 Posted 10/07/2018 at 15:14:16
Regards Zahahahaaa, in your dreams is he worth £70 mill, best offer we can bring is let them have Bolasie back plus £5 million, he's a better player in my opinion but not £70 million... if that's true. Saying that a club can value whatever they feel for their players.
Hurry up and sign some players ffs. I'm an impatient feck as it is and eBay don't sell virtues.
48 Posted 10/07/2018 at 15:16:40
We sold Rom for £75-90M ...Barkley for £15M ...now Rooney for £15M.
Surely we're almost break-even — if not in profit from last year?
49 Posted 10/07/2018 at 15:47:56
Rumours at the time were that he took at least one chance, and made his mark on David Moyes's daughter. May've hastened his departure.
50 Posted 10/07/2018 at 16:31:31
51 Posted 10/07/2018 at 16:33:20
Also, like most days in pre-season, the media goes into overdrive with unfounded rumours.
I hope, that EFC does get some good deals done, sooner rather than later.
52 Posted 10/07/2018 at 16:39:55
Nobody would have ever thought Ranieri would do so well at Leicester so let's not pan Silva yet. You very rarely get class acquisitions for buttons. Bargain signings like Tim Cahill only come along every blue moon.
The present Everton senior squad (i.e. most of those who started most games last season) may still form the backbone of the new squad but we will all expect a big improvement in spirit and commitment.
According to recent news items there appears to be many youngsters at the club chomping at the bit to get a chance and I hope Silva will give them that chance whenever possible.
The rumors (fake news etc.) will abound of course so the Zaha link is to be taken with a pinch of salt.
53 Posted 10/07/2018 at 16:40:50
As for incomings, it's going to be in the last week of the window, I reckon.
54 Posted 10/07/2018 at 16:49:07
55 Posted 10/07/2018 at 16:49:20
56 Posted 10/07/2018 at 17:06:33
If we have no money, let's say it. And then these "sources" can stop putting our names against every bloody player available in the world!
57 Posted 10/07/2018 at 17:09:15
58 Posted 10/07/2018 at 17:38:33
There's pace in the youth and experience throughout the squad. We may not be challenging for any league titles but I'd be optimistic that we could give some of the so-called bigger sides a game (even on their turf) and maybe a run at a cup.
There's no way the club will spend £70 Million on any player and rightly so.
59 Posted 10/07/2018 at 21:30:43
We just seem to lurch from one season to the next hoping that we will have enough of a side to survive.
60 Posted 10/07/2018 at 21:44:15
The fact this clown who spends more of his time on the floor than Neymar is subsequently nowhere near the England team leads me to believe this transfer figure is either delusional or dreamt up by the media. We won't spend £70m on three players this summer, never mind a one-trick showpony.
61 Posted 10/07/2018 at 21:52:40
"This clown" as you call Zaha, isn't English – perhaps that's why he's "nowhere near the England team"?
62 Posted 10/07/2018 at 21:57:47
It's also worth noting that England did try to keep him from playing for the Ivory Coast too, and he does have 2 England Caps.
63 Posted 10/07/2018 at 22:02:17
64 Posted 10/07/2018 at 22:07:40
65 Posted 10/07/2018 at 22:08:08
66 Posted 10/07/2018 at 22:20:37
Approach 1, sign all the best players with Premier League experience you can, from the "lesser clubs" and try to get the best players from Europe. Sign players for now – "signings must be starters". Get a manager in who is a recognised great tactician and has a history of assembling squads and gelling them instantly, which is what Koeman did a couple of times after more or less the entire team was sold when Pochettino left, and then from under him at the end of his first season. Hire a Director of Football who can spot brilliant players who can make an immediate impact, like Drogba, Mahrez, Kante, and Vardy. Give everyone massive wages to make them come.
Approach 2, hire a great coach. Get him to bring the best out of the players we have. Get a Director of Football in who is here for the long term, and tell him to sign players for the future, to utilise the academy. Recognise we cannot sign Messi, but maybe we can identify an 18-year-old elsewhere who could become such a player. Youth coaches and first team coaches work in tandem to develop players to slot into the first team, and so the squad needs to be thin enough to have space for 5 or 6 "graduates" a year. Selling off fringe players, mostly "graduates" who have failed to make the step up.
Also, the £130m a year wage bill is a major concern. The club is a long way from breaking even, and needs to shave £30m off it to do so. So expect wages (big wages not volume of players – ie, 10 Rooneys = 1 Calvert-Lewin – to keep going out of the club before we load any more wages on.
67 Posted 10/07/2018 at 22:25:08
I am not sure you are in the minority, I also think 2 quality signings maybe 3. Along with telling Lookman he is staying put and will be an important part of the first-team squad.
68 Posted 10/07/2018 at 23:01:32
69 Posted 11/07/2018 at 08:02:52
70 Posted 11/07/2018 at 11:56:59
71 Posted 11/07/2018 at 15:38:38
2. Improve capabilities/effectiveness of remaining players.
3. Add 2 or 3 players who will add to the first team and have their best years ahead of them.
Zaha could fit into objective 3 though think well be looking for much better value for money. Possibly even more loans than weve had in recent years as Silva/Brands wants to give as much of a chance to our youth talent.
72 Posted 11/07/2018 at 22:56:22
73 Posted 12/07/2018 at 14:25:55
74 Posted 12/07/2018 at 15:06:19
75 Posted 12/07/2018 at 19:12:48
I dont think Watford will be very amenable towards us. I get the feeling that Brands is finding it tougher than he thought to attract the quality of player we want. Particularly at a price where we are not being taken to the cleaners.
76 Posted 12/07/2018 at 19:27:42
Without some investment this squad does not look good enough for the top six.
77 Posted 12/07/2018 at 19:27:57
78 Posted 12/07/2018 at 19:39:02
We still have a huge squad and its likely that lack of offers for our deadwood is slightly slowing down recruitment as Brands and co need to keep the wage bill in check. Need to shift the likes of Williams and Mirallas as well as possibly Schneiderlin (125k), Bolasie (75k) and Klaassen (70k) who are all on bigger wages than they can justify.
79 Posted 12/07/2018 at 20:16:04
80 Posted 12/07/2018 at 20:20:08
I think that might put him ahead of alleged Everton target Yeri Mina. Cue further tabloid speculation.
81 Posted 12/07/2018 at 20:27:03
82 Posted 12/07/2018 at 20:29:56
83 Posted 13/07/2018 at 15:41:24
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