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Blues switch their attention to Lille's Soumaoro

| Monday, 06 August 2018 41comments  |  Jump to last
As the Yerry Mina soap opera drags on, Paris United in France are reporting that Everton have opened talks with Lille regarding defender Adama Soumaoro.

The Blues are in pole position to land Mina from Barcelona while others claim he is holding out in the hope that a deal can be agreed with Lyon who can offer the Colombian Champions League football.

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 06/08/2018 at 20:02:09
Isn’t this guy huge, like Bigfoot yuuuuge?
Paul Ellam
2 Posted 06/08/2018 at 20:03:26
About time we dropped the Mina interest!
I'm not saying I wouldn't want him but he and Barca are using us to get a better deal elsewhere.
Tell them he either signs by tomorrow lunch time or we move on.
There are other good centre backs around.
Let's not get messed around like we have done so many times before.
Clive Rogers
3 Posted 06/08/2018 at 20:06:40
Colin, he is “only” 6ft 1inch. Might be wide though.
Tony Everan
4 Posted 06/08/2018 at 20:11:03
Walsh went to scout him in January, but he was injured . So he has been on the radar for a while . Sensible to have a back up option to Mina .

It is becoming obvious Mina doesn't fancy coming here. Wanted Man U, they backed out . Now considering Lyon . So maybe it is time to pull the plug on it.

Derek Knox
5 Posted 06/08/2018 at 20:32:35
I distinctly remember being linked with this guy before the window opened, so it's not a knee-jerk alternative.

If I remember correctly too, Lille were the subject of some financial trouble and were owing Tax or something of that nature. As one of their saleable assets Soumaoro was valued at £25M but was expected to possibly go for a bit less.

Never heard any more until now, haven't seen an news of anyone else being in for him either.

Gaute Lie
6 Posted 06/08/2018 at 20:33:31
This guy is Lille's captain.
No negatives about Jagielka, but we need someone who could lead Our team, be a fighter and get the team to fight.
Gaute Lie
7 Posted 06/08/2018 at 21:23:37
Dave Evans,

Would hope so, as my Family departed from those Family lines many years ago.

Merle Urquart
8 Posted 06/08/2018 at 21:26:09
We live in a democracy Guate you say what you want...l agree 100% what you said...we are a leaderless spineless team who don't mind losing, with a chairman who doesn't mind losing
Zahir Jaffer
9 Posted 06/08/2018 at 21:31:45
We desperately need to switch our attention to Lascelles or we’ll perpetually be on the brink of conceding.
Mark McParlan
10 Posted 06/08/2018 at 21:37:35
Does anyone actually have the primary source on this, the article are tweet from Paris United? All I'm seeing articles referencing them, without any actual links.
Paul Birmingham
11 Posted 06/08/2018 at 21:38:17
Plenty of news, doing the rounds, let’s see what we land in the next 2 days.

Let’s hope it’s a good few days for EFC.

Frank Crewe
12 Posted 06/08/2018 at 21:52:21
Maybe get them both.
Mike Allison
13 Posted 06/08/2018 at 22:05:34
Our big signings are often ones we’ve managed to keep quiet.

Fans lose their shit about not knowing what’s going on, but it’s generally a sign that the club is doing things well.

Paul Birmingham
14 Posted 06/08/2018 at 22:19:55
Agreed Mike, at 13, it seems like with MB, at the helm, he could be engineering some magic over the next few days how welcome that would be and galvanise the fans for Wolves.
Derek Knox
15 Posted 06/08/2018 at 22:22:16
I have been doing a bit of research on this guy, okay Wiki, and it says he can play right or left back as well as CB, which means of course he is comfortable with either foot.

That in itself is not only a rarity these days, but gives so much versatility, if called upon.

I do hope this may come off.

Andrew Ellams
16 Posted 06/08/2018 at 22:27:34
22 league appearances by the age of 26 is a little bit concerning
Derek Knox
17 Posted 06/08/2018 at 22:28:30
Another thought just came to me as I had posted, wouldn't it be great if Schneiderlin went back to France as part of the deal?

That would be ideal in my eyes, coupled with the acquisition of Bernard, what a window that would be, Marcel Brands what a breath of Fresh Air, kudos to you Sir!

Jack Convery
18 Posted 06/08/2018 at 22:32:57
Ask someone out and they so no - move on. Ask someone out and they say maybe - move on. If they say yes Bobs your Uncle. Forget Mina - move on.
Gaute Lie
19 Posted 06/08/2018 at 22:53:19
Andrew Ellams,

Yes. That is strange. And he's 26. I Wonder how he made captain with so few matches.
Propably some Lille supporter hacking Wikipedia.

Clarence Yurcan
20 Posted 06/08/2018 at 23:14:28
The idea that Mina wants Champions League so he'll go to Lyon is laughable. Generally when a player "wants Champions League football" it means he wants a team that can go relatively in the competition. Lyon will play the bare minimum of group stage games and then be out, or off to the europa League at best. He might as well play for Standard Liege or Fenerbache then.

This isn't the mid-2000s anymore, when was the last time Lyon made it out of the group stage? Probably circa the mid-2000s

Mike Allison
21 Posted 06/08/2018 at 23:21:25 has him on 74 league appearances, 87 first team in all, which is still very few for a 26 year old.
Vijay Nair
22 Posted 06/08/2018 at 23:33:51
Derek(17), if only we could turf Morgan as part of the deal. Unfortunately I think Lille are skint and won't be able to pay his sort of wages. Maybe a loan would be possible, where we cover half of them? Fingers crossed!
Derek Knox
23 Posted 06/08/2018 at 23:39:48
Clarence @20, good point there, I have read so many times, a player stating "that he prefers to join a Club that is involved in CL Football" as you rightly say, what about, and has often happened, that Club are knocked out first hurdle?

I think mostly it is a euphemism, or metaphor, for I want more money and more publicity! I also think that a lot of these players who have had a meteoric rise in the game, think they are better than they really are!

Clarence Yurcan
24 Posted 07/08/2018 at 00:04:40
Derek, exactly right! Why not join Ajax or Celtic or FC Basel then if these players so desperately want "champions League football" Ican guarantee you Everton can pay him for than Lyon!
Si Cooper
25 Posted 07/08/2018 at 00:28:14
Why do people not expect Yerry Mina to take all the time he can to make what must be a very difficult decision for him. We are, currently, a ‘project' that may or may not succeed. We are not an easy sell when Man United are showing some interest. The north west of England is probably not that easy a sell when the south of France is a viable alternative.

We are what we are and our biggest draws are an illustrious history (if that interests you), a charismatic and inspiring young manager (hopefully), and being wealthy enough to make offers most people couldn't refuse.

Of course there has to be a cut-off point when you can't allow the pursuit of one player to jeopardise the overall strategy but I'm happy to leave that decision to Brands until he shows he is incompetent in that regard.

Jerome Shields
26 Posted 07/08/2018 at 00:30:22
Another suitable target. I have gone off Mina and don't see him as a good addition to the squad. Too much pissing about. Maybe we might get both, Soumaoro is a tough cookie and will sort Mina out.
Kristian Boyce
27 Posted 07/08/2018 at 02:14:41
After reading some of the stories about the complete mess NUFC are in, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ashley lets Lascelles go. It looks like there tension between Ashley and Benitez, and with the fans behind the fat Spanish waiter. If Ashley sells their captain, Benitez would surely walk, which he seems on the brink of doing now.

Ashley is all about making money and a decent bid would probably get him pretty easily. Plus the player probably wants out of the mess as well.

Victor Yu
28 Posted 07/08/2018 at 02:48:31
If we can get Soumaoro, Mina, Bernard, and Welbeck before the deadline then I would say we have a very good window.
Nicholas Ryan
29 Posted 07/08/2018 at 03:00:42
I've said it before, several times: If players TRULY wanted guaranteed Champions' League football every year, they would be queueing up to sign for Celtic; yet mysteriously, they're not! Don't suppose money has anything to do with it, has it?!
Victor Yu
30 Posted 07/08/2018 at 06:29:30
Of course money is everything in most cases. If not, then why would some star players sign for clubs in China?
Erik Dols
31 Posted 07/08/2018 at 07:20:59
Clarence #20, "only" 6 years ago, in 2012, did Lyon reach the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. to be kicked out by the mighty Apoel Nicosia... To be fair to them the 8 seasons before that they went to at least that stage (and a bit further on many occasions) every single season. Then, exactly in 2012, Lyon started pouring money in a shiny new stadium, 60.000 seater, cost €480 million, and it showed on the playing field – combined with the rise of PSG due to oil money.

Lyon is a big city with quite some industry. It wouldn't surprise me if they go past the group stage this year or one of the coming years, they clearly have more money to spend recently. Reaping the rewards of the new stadium? I might say you could see them as an example for Everton to a certain extent.

Andrew Ellams
32 Posted 07/08/2018 at 07:25:22
Celtic aren't guaranteed Champions League football yet, but Lyon ate. I still think Mina will choose the Premier League though
Si Ord
33 Posted 07/08/2018 at 08:41:02
Mina is not that good defensively we missed out on Mawson at around 20 million that was a sound option Callum Chambers with 18 european games behind him has great potential...we shouldn't be investing in a defender because he has a couple of good games for his country this doesn't feel like we are doing the necessary background scouting work we signed Keane last year when we should have signed Maguire or Tarkowski it looks like we can't recognise who are the quality central defenders out there!
Dave McDowell
34 Posted 07/08/2018 at 10:18:06
Victor #28

You had me until you mentioned Welbeck.

Why would we want to take a player who has failed at both Arsenal & United.

He scored 20 goals in 5 years at United and scored 15 goals in 4 seasons at Arsenal (both supposedly attacking teams).

We have had our fair share of strikers who can't hit a cow's arse with a banjo.

By the way the Arsenal fans (I know a few) say they will drive him to Goodison, much like we would drive Schneiderlin and Bolasie wherever they want to go.

I would play Niasse over Welbeck any day.

John Graham
35 Posted 07/08/2018 at 11:20:47
With what's going on at Arsenal it looks like Usmanov might be on his way.
If so then maybe we are getting things sorted before he comes on board.
Hopefully one or two of the new players mentioned will be on board for the new season.
Si Cooper
36 Posted 07/08/2018 at 13:11:09
Dave (34) – Danny Welbeck is one of a group of players who get regular ‘shout outs' on TW that frankly leave me cold. Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand, Nathan Redmond, Jack Wilshere, Jack Grealish – I'm obviously not seeing what others do because I just don't see any of them as anything special.

Danny Welbeck – looks the part in terms of power and pace, but his actual output is very underwhelming. All "eye of the beholder" stuff, I guess.

Andrew Clare
37 Posted 07/08/2018 at 13:26:31
I agree Si. They are all just bread and butter players. Nothing to get excited about.
Chris Clark
38 Posted 07/08/2018 at 13:35:56
I like smalling whilst he is not a special player he is far better than what we currently have. He has won titles at manure and played 29 times for them last season. He is English based in the North and wouldn't cost an insane amount of money.
Clarence Yurcan
39 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:36:02
Erik #31, the difference between Lyon and Everton is the massive amount of commercial revenue Everton recieve compared to them. Please look up the amount of money from TV revenue alone Premier League teams get compared to Ligue 1 teams, it's almost incomparable. Ligue 1 trails far behind even Serie A and the Bundesliga in that regard, forget the Premier League. And that goes all down the line, Prem teams can also charge companies far more to be a shirt sponsor, all the other sponsorships etc. I guarantee our wage bill is 10x Lyon's currently. Ligue 1 makes a pittance in comemrcial revenue compared to the big 4 leagues; PSG is an anomoly because they are pumped up with outside money, they are literally a state-owned subsidiary of the Qatari government.
Matthew Williams
40 Posted 07/08/2018 at 17:14:45
I would rather have Lescalles or Mee, but I bow to M&M's judgement on this player.
Peter Howard
41 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:28:36
Chris (38)

That description also fits Capt. Pip!

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