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Everton to give trial to Nasri

| Friday, 12 October 2018 59comments  |  Jump to last
Samir Nasri's rehabilitation back into the Premier League could begin at Everton according to a report by MailSport.

The 31-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City star has been out of the game for the past year serving a drugs ban but now, the report claims, the free agent is set to have a trial at Finch Farm, perhaps with a view to signing for Everton.

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Martin Berry
1 Posted 12/10/2018 at 08:13:54
A skilfull player and a handful on his day but he seemed to have an attitude problem at times often shown on the pitch.

At 31, he is not going to improve... but, on a free, Marco may well think the man is in the "last chance saloon" and may knuckle down and show his worth.

Robert Leigh
2 Posted 12/10/2018 at 08:37:25
Before signing Bernard, this might have been tempting – but we have several who can play as a No 10 now:

Sigurdsson, Bernard, Dowell and even Lookman (he played more centrally for RB Leipzig, I believe?).

He'll demand big wages and may upset a young dressing room, so not worth a punt in my opinion.

John Keating
3 Posted 12/10/2018 at 09:07:08
31 years old, hasn't played for over a year. Playing last in the Turkish league.

Do we really need him on a playing level, not to mention his drug ban?

We have paid enough on players who were not fit on signing. Nasri will probably, if ever, be ready until the end of the season.

Trimming the wage bill by getting rid of deadwood does not equate if we were to sign Nasri. Far better to persevere with our youngsters.

Jerome Shields
4 Posted 12/10/2018 at 09:49:00
Everton are still not going to get the top transfer targets. That is why Brands and Silva have opened a transfer target recovery wing. It has worked so far, so why not give Nasri a chance? It might just work out and the midfielders will see it as competition and know they have to keep up performances.

The cosy Everton of before has been banished. Pity they didn't know a recurring relapsed recovering forward, who can beat defenders, precision-pass in the final third, and score goals.

There are so many gangsters in the transfer market. Keep up the good work.

Kirk McArdle
5 Posted 12/10/2018 at 09:52:50
Nasri will be wanting in excess of £100k a week. It could be structured with a high appearance bonus and goal bonus with low basic wage but, even so, £100k.... for a handful of substitute appearances and the odd goal. Save the money and stick Dowell or another youngster on the bench.

I've had enough of mercenaries ripping fans off and Nasri is one of the biggest of the lot.

Lawrence Green
6 Posted 12/10/2018 at 09:53:15
According to the Echo, Everton have distanced themselves from the Nasri story, thankfully. Everton need young hungry players — not those looking to line their own pockets.
John Hammond
7 Posted 12/10/2018 at 09:58:15
Surely nonsense — otherwise, we learnt nothing from re-signing Rooney.
Robert Leigh
8 Posted 12/10/2018 at 10:13:52
Fear not, Jerome Shields — we'll be linked with Agbonlahor next!
David Ellis
9 Posted 12/10/2018 at 10:14:22
Completely the wrong sort of signing at the moment. If we had a hole in the team that he could fill, then maybe... but we don't.
Sam Hoare
10 Posted 12/10/2018 at 10:40:05
Kirk @7, I highly doubt Nasri will want £100k a week straight up. No-one will pay him that.

Give him a trial; if he looks great, then offer him a pay-as-you-play deal.

Am sure the whole thing is nonsense anyway; for the first time in ages, we are looking well stocked in creative areas.

Tony Everan
11 Posted 12/10/2018 at 10:44:35
A load of rubbish, we have plenty of options for his position and all the talk was about reducing squad numbers!
Brian Williams
12 Posted 12/10/2018 at 11:02:08
If there's any truth in this, I'll eat my hat and, having a head like a thirty-bob cabbage, that's no small feat, I can tell yer!
Tommy Carter
13 Posted 12/10/2018 at 11:31:07
A very good player in his day, but his day is long gone. He's not what we need or should want.

I'd rather see us identify a player from the divisions below with a similar style to Nasri. Sure we might not be able to get them until January but is Nasri really worth the wage and the wait for match sharpness? I don't think so...

Someone like Neal Maupay for example, would be a better option

Franny Porter
14 Posted 12/10/2018 at 11:56:54
Not for me; wrong age and stinking attitude, if I remember correctly.
Paul Ellam
15 Posted 12/10/2018 at 11:59:44
It's a No from me.
And normally I'm a kind of "give them a go and see" type guy but I think we have more than enough in his sort of position.
It's up front we could do with a couple extra!
Tony J Williams
16 Posted 12/10/2018 at 12:34:05
Can't see how he would be able to demand massive wages. He hasn't played in over a year and wasn't exactly shining before that. No media darling clubs will touch him at the age he is with his luggage.

My initial reaction was a vehement rejection, but then I thought, if he takes over from Davies, with Gana protecting him.... hmmm, why not give it a try?

Then I swung back to, "Fuck No!" — unfit, and he will take months to get up to speed, so pointless having him sucking money out of the club.

Jon Withey
17 Posted 12/10/2018 at 12:41:47
He doesn't really play a position we are desperate for, and we aren't in enough competitions for a big squad.

He wasn't exactly a crucial player for Man City and at 31 ...

I suppose it comes down to cost — better to spend it on a striker.

Daniel A Johnson
18 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:11:48
He's the proverbial bad egg. Stay away, too old, bad attitude and questionable ethics.
Jerome Shields
19 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:13:53
Robert #10,

Agbonlahor. . . I see where you are coming from. My one condition is that Brands and Silva are not mugs in the case of Nasri.

If it is true that they are interested, it's worth a punt. But I'm still wondering where my specified forward is coming from.

Andy Meighan
20 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:19:48
Horrible little person.

[And that's coming from a horrible little person...]

Robert Leigh
21 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:27:12

I'm in the same boat as you, but if Richarlison is going to be Brazil's #9, why can't he be ours? It still leaves us with one of Lookman, Bernard, or Walcott on the bench, and it'll be easier to recruit another winger for less than £40m than a striker.

Jimmy Hogan
22 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:33:01
Unsurpisingly, the Club have rubbished these reports.
Tom Bowers
23 Posted 12/10/2018 at 13:38:31
This guy was decent for a while but is now a back number and of no use to Everton.
Probably just another crazy media rumor instigated by his agent trying to find him work (and commission).
Denis Richardson
24 Posted 12/10/2018 at 19:34:46
By all accounts, this guy is a total bellend. Simply for the sake of dressing room harmony, we should steer all clear. Nevermind the massive wages he'll be wanting.

I cannot (and hope not to) see this happening.

Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 12/10/2018 at 20:09:42
I think we should go for someone with a better attitude. Like Balotelli.

However, to be fair, John #4, there was no "drug ban" – he was suspended for exceeding the 50-mL infusion limit per six-hour period, but there were no illegal substances in the infusion, just sterile water and vitamins.

Andy Meighan
26 Posted 12/10/2018 at 20:41:20
In the Moyes era, he ever had a yen to spend for 2½ transfer windows. Most of us probably would have welcomed this because, in all fairness, he's not a bad player. But Everton are a different animal these days and we've moved on to bigger and better things. This is obviously tabloid trash so it's a No-No.
Gavin Johnson
27 Posted 12/10/2018 at 21:02:35
Ordinarily, I would be happy for this deal to happen. Nasri is a great player and at 31 should still have a couple of seasons left in the tank. He would be a useful squad player.

That being said, this kind of deal reeks of the David Moyes years when we brought in players like McFadden for a 2nd time and Hitzlsperger and, while Nasri is better than both of them, we should be moving away from these kind of transfers. Nasri would suit a club like Newcastle who haven't got a huge transfer budget.

The other thing to consider is that it would stifle Dowell's progression. He's already got a tough job getting in the side. Plus we've got Vlasic to come back. The only way this deal would make sense is if Dowell was loaned in January and we got Nasri on an initial 6-month deal.

Paul Birmingham
28 Posted 12/10/2018 at 21:16:07
Once upon a time, and that was long ago.

The player was good but, for me, this notion would serve no genuine purpose for progressing and improving the squad and could impact team morale.

Kieran Kinsella
29 Posted 12/10/2018 at 21:23:42
If this was 1999, then maybe we would give him a short-term trial along with Michael Madar but surely not now. His best bet is probably Qatar or MLS.
Stephen Brown
30 Posted 12/10/2018 at 21:40:42
Ginola, Gazza, Hughes, Blomqvist . surely those type of signings are gone!

No thanks!

Eddie Dunn
31 Posted 12/10/2018 at 21:54:38
Utter tosh.
Nicholas Ryan
32 Posted 12/10/2018 at 22:13:41
I asked an Arsenal-fan friend, who said: 'In a game of Spot the Moron, Nasri is the only person who would lose, while standing next to Donald Trump'!
Dave Lynch
33 Posted 12/10/2018 at 22:27:24
Horrible nasty little bastard.

I remember watching Arsenal play Hull and he came up behind a Hull player who was involved in an incident with other players and the ref, he then raked his studs down the back of the lads calf and ran off like the shithouse he is.

Stay well clear.

Steavey Buckley
34 Posted 12/10/2018 at 22:37:27
Nasri is comfortable on the ball and does not give it away easily. So if he is on a free and out of contract, he is worth a trial.
Simon Smith
35 Posted 13/10/2018 at 00:02:08
On his day, Nasri is a match winner, but imo we need to push Lookman and Dowell on, we have Sigurdsson and Bernard too so do we really need him!?!?
Gaute Lie
36 Posted 13/10/2018 at 04:21:26
No. No. No. No. No use for him.
David Currie
37 Posted 13/10/2018 at 05:37:39
Complete wanker; no way.
Vinny Garstrokes
38 Posted 13/10/2018 at 08:16:46
He's a disruptive & divisive character if we are to believe what has been said & written. Personally, I am glad that we now seem to be distancing ourselves from this.
Jerome Shields
39 Posted 13/10/2018 at 10:52:05
Robert (#22),

I had originally misgivings about Richarlison as centre-forward but, against Leicester, I was proved partly wrong.

The problem with Tosun is his positioning and inability to take on his marker and beat him. He tried to preempt this by running down the channels in the Arsenal game unsuccessfully. Calvert-Lewin is better at positioning and mixing it with defenders, but needs to improve, and he didn't cost megabucks. They are both poor at forward passing in the final third.

Richarlison can be wound up and dealt with by getting sent off. In the Leciester game, he took on defenders and was a threat but, as was pointed out to me in a game where he has to hold the ball, provide a distributive role, provide overlaps, link play, his poor passing completion rate of 70 percent in the final third will work against him. Passing aside, both Tosun and Calvert-Lewin are better in the other areas.

Overall, Everton are very weak in forward passing in the final third and, as yet, this problem has not been sorted, so we need a proper complete centre-forward to fill the necessary roles.

Jamie Crowley
40 Posted 13/10/2018 at 17:27:46
Andy @ 21 -


Jamie Crowley
41 Posted 13/10/2018 at 17:32:13
We seem to have some chemistry in the side.

Let’s go sign Samuel Eto’o too!

Chris James
42 Posted 13/10/2018 at 18:31:14
A player who previously performed well in top FPL teams and now has one last chance to prove himself before his career ends and available on a free – what's the issue here with giving him a trial?

If he's not able to perform then no harm done, if he's got the goods but there are concerns about attitude - that's down to the gaffer to see if he thinks he can manage it.

To be honest so far this season we've looked pretty decent when Richarlison is in the side and pretty bang average when he isn't. If the Leicester game is the template, we look set to play with 4 creative attacking midfielders on the pitch (Siggy, Richarlison, Bernard and Walcott) so having another proven quality player who could offer something else from the bench doesn't seem mad to me.

Mike Gaynes
43 Posted 13/10/2018 at 19:12:34
Chris, completely aside from being a renowned asshole, the guy is completely shot. He has produced nothing since 2014.

In his last 42 games at City, he scored 3 goals.

He then scored 3 in 30 at Sevilla.

A bottom-half Turkish league team gives him "one last chance to prove himself" , and he makes 8 appearances in five months before they eagerly dump him. For nothing. Just hop on the bus, Gus, and get out.

Turns out he was done and dusted at 27. No reason to trial him at 31.

Chris James
44 Posted 13/10/2018 at 20:08:52
Mike, I think that's the best argument I've read so far. To be honest, lots of players are 'renowned assholes' according to hearsay. Personally, I can't stand Roy Keane but that doesn't mean he wasn't an incredible player.

Much as I'd like to only have a team of good guys, I'm more concerned with players who want to win and can do a job. Poor form is much much more of an issue.

I still can't see any massive harm in a trial, mind. The new gaffer seems a better judge of talent than his forbears (based on the performances of Richarlison, Bernard and Digne at least) so he'd get an insight into the player that exists today and if he thinks he can do a job or not.

Ian Riley
45 Posted 13/10/2018 at 20:53:16
January sales started early!

No thank you!

Seb Niemand
46 Posted 13/10/2018 at 23:27:07
Kieran #30 - if this was 1999, then Nasri would be 12 years old. Too young for the firsts perhaps, but think of the potential!
Terry Farrell
47 Posted 14/10/2018 at 19:28:18
Mike said much more eloquently than me.

Absolutely no no no no no.

And he has the heart of a pea and way too much arrogance.

Dick Fearon
48 Posted 15/10/2018 at 14:03:36
Dzeko says he would like a return to the Premier League. We can now expect to hear from those who reckon he would be a great signing.

Lord give me strength!

Mike Gaynes
49 Posted 15/10/2018 at 16:38:36
Dick #48, not sure why. Dzeko rang up 16 in 36 in Serie A last season and 8 goals in the CL, including scoring in both legs against the RS in the semis. That says he is still an outstanding striker. Tosun couldn't tie his shoes.

We wouldn't go after him because he's 32 and wouldn't fit Silva's system, but that doesn't make him any less quality.

Mark Andersson
50 Posted 16/10/2018 at 09:19:29
Nasty little shit house, eh... get him in for the derby then!
Dave Bowen
51 Posted 16/10/2018 at 13:20:26
Dzeko & Nasri for Calvert-Lewin & Tosun, all day long!

Seriously though, Nasri is a quality player on his Arsenal and early Man City form. The main question is: Will he ever get that form back? As for a being a shithouse, ask any RS whether they'd have Suarez back?

Scott Hall
52 Posted 17/10/2018 at 11:05:48
Lazy journalism and nothing more. Turn the page and move on.
Len Hawkins
53 Posted 17/10/2018 at 11:12:41
BBC teletext today says Everton have offered Ramsey £15m signing on fee plus a decent wage to sign. That would be a coup if it comes off.
James Marshall
54 Posted 17/10/2018 at 12:48:14
Never mind Nasri, lots of reports online about us offering Aaron Ramsey £150,000 a week to join us in the summer. Arsenal have apparently withdrawn his contract offer and he can leave on a free next summer.

Now that would be a good signing.

Tony J Williams
55 Posted 17/10/2018 at 13:29:52
Pity we didn't get Ramsey the first time around, but we couldn't compare to Wenger rocking up in the private chopper and whisking him off to Highbury.

I would be surprised if this comes off.

Kieran Kinsella
56 Posted 17/10/2018 at 13:32:38
Player wants pay raise. London club offer raise but not as much as he wants. Club withdraw off. Player joins Mersey club on a free for wage below one he rejected at London club. Yep, it is called the Joe Cole story. Obviously, something is rotten in Denmark if Arsenal are playing the same game. Next.
James Marshall
57 Posted 17/10/2018 at 14:29:44
Fine then.
Fran Mitchell
58 Posted 17/10/2018 at 15:13:52
The Ramsey story smells of agent bullshit to get the attention of other clubs.

I can see Ramsey ending up at Juventus, Bayern or somewhere like that.

A quality goalscoring midfielder, but we already have Sigurdsson so I don't see why we'd break the bank to get him, tbh.

Dale Rose
59 Posted 18/10/2018 at 13:08:35
Pure rumor, no way do we want him. A good team coming along here, keep the faith with them.

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