Jim White reported on his talkSPORT show:
“My understanding is there's a recruitment meeting today to discuss two signings Brendan Rodgers would like to make. One is the Olympiacos full-back Omar Elabdellaoui. He plays international football for Norway.
"Also on the agenda is James McCarthy, a possible loan target from Everton.”
Everton are on record as saying that they will only allow further senior-level players to leave in permanent deals this month.
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1 Posted 11/01/2019 at 12:28:22
2 Posted 16/01/2019 at 17:58:38
He's trying to flog Brendan Rodgers to a Premier League team too. Being really disrespectful to Celtic as a club and their supporters.
Sky must be made up with him but the man's a wretch!
3 Posted 16/01/2019 at 18:28:26
I'd like him to be in royal blue next season and, for me, the best way of achieving that is to loan him out to let him get back up to speed with the pressure off. Scotland fits better than the championship in that regard.
4 Posted 16/01/2019 at 18:38:21
5 Posted 16/01/2019 at 18:43:06
Boro won't buy Besic because his form has plummeted and he's viewed by some as a liability.
This is what we get for buying poorly. Hopefully a thing of the past.
6 Posted 16/01/2019 at 18:50:50
7 Posted 16/01/2019 at 18:51:58
The problem is the wage bill. Its too high. We have to reduce it. Loans reduce it. Therefore, loaning players out does help. Sure wed prefer to sell Niasse, but a loan still helps.
8 Posted 16/01/2019 at 19:07:43
What happens then? They send him back as he is approaching his next birthday and will be worth even less and back on the wage bill.
It's rare that a loan of older players works out well, although sometimes the 'horses for courses' does rarely tend to be proven.
I remember us getting Terry Curran, many moons ago, I think it was either Sheffield United or Wednesday, he played an absolute blinder whilst on loan, and appeared to be the missing part of our jig-saw. So, we then paid over the odds thinking, "Ah well he will improve us." Reality was, that he reverted back to being very ordinary indeed, and Everton rued another waste of money.
I know it's not Brands or Silva's fault we have these players on ridiculous wages and having overspent on them in the first place, but hopefully they should learn from history and try and not make the same mistakes, outgoing or incoming.
9 Posted 16/01/2019 at 19:18:51
I'm sure that didn't endear Besic to the Everton hierarchy. He moved to Boro on loan this season, two weeks after the transfer deadline had passed.
Having had a second season to look at him, Boro fans are less impressed with him this time around. Possibly makes it harder to shift him, certainly to Boro. Not sure how long he has left on his contract, but the club is blameless that the permanent transfer didn't go through.
10 Posted 16/01/2019 at 19:27:56
This time last year, Everton spent £50 million on Walcott and Yosun, and both players are not working out in Everton's favour. So I can't see another £50 million going out the door unless there are other players sold first. But I don't see any buyers for Cenk at £20 million.
11 Posted 16/01/2019 at 19:33:28
So, come the summer, they will all be back at Finch Farm, getting their huge salaries, and we end up having a massive wage bill that could constrain Silva and Brands as to what they financially are allowed to bring in.
The only players who should be loaned out are young players learning their trade – not seasoned Internationals.
12 Posted 16/01/2019 at 19:34:26
13 Posted 16/01/2019 at 21:25:01
14 Posted 16/01/2019 at 21:30:04
Listening to our 'friend', a big Rangers fan, talking more crap, my problem is, if Gueye is injured or suspended, Macca is the only natural replacement.
Can we not sell Schneiderlin? Roma are supposed to be sniffing around... maybe a swap for Dzeko?
15 Posted 16/01/2019 at 21:34:16
I'm very much in favour of the U23s joining the Football League pyramid. Although I do recognise the argument that it'd be the end of the small clubs like Marine.
16 Posted 16/01/2019 at 21:36:46
And who would buy Niasse?
17 Posted 16/01/2019 at 21:41:34
18 Posted 16/01/2019 at 22:38:01
How exactly does refusing to loan players out and therefore paying the full wage bill for each for the next several months help Everton out? Haven't at least a few of the previously loaned players been bought by the loanee club, or a competitor in the same league whom he may have played against? Isn't Vlasic likely to be sold?
I think we should have kept Big Sam and loaned him out to relegation-threatened teams so they could pay his wage bill.
19 Posted 17/01/2019 at 00:49:11
McCarthy needs off loading if he wants to carry on playing regularly.
Everton have mismanaged on and off the field for too long. These pit falls have now secured us well and truly as a small club. Thanks, Bill.
20 Posted 17/01/2019 at 02:12:57
21 Posted 17/01/2019 at 10:47:25
22 Posted 17/01/2019 at 12:28:50
It's always a loan move... It would be better to sell him to a lower Premier League or challenging Championship club.
23 Posted 17/01/2019 at 18:15:15
But I guess this means someone is on his way in.
Let's hope its a striker with abilities.
24 Posted 17/01/2019 at 21:39:23
For me he's the best we have in his role but, aside from his first season, he's been jinxed by bad injuries.
Looks like EFC will take serious losses on any transfers, aside if Gana went, but if he goes then we'd have Beni, and if fit McCarthy.
Tough times and some firewood sales this month and this summer.
Hopefully now the club will have a quality business plan for buying players and developing our own youth players.
Hopefully soon we'll have more players coming through and with a new found belief and football philosophy (pigs fly!); better times are ahead.
It's that or bust this season so the FA Cup is massive for us. Success will help the clubs stature and transfer potential.
Let's hope so.
25 Posted 17/01/2019 at 21:41:29
Like Niasse and Tosun, I think we need to take 50% loss and declare we will only consider selling (£7/8m each) or loaning out for a fee which could be deducted from any permanent transfer fee,
McCarthy like Niasse had a great engine and would always put in a shift. But I don't think either of them are particularly that good.
Plus I can't see him being as good a player prior to his injuries and certainly it's unlikely he'll have improved.
If we can't find the right players for us then Silva needs to prove he's a top coach and get the best out of what he has. We can then play the transfer game properly in the summer.
26 Posted 18/01/2019 at 14:34:58
We have 18 players out on loan at the minute and quite a few of them are ones we want to get rid of but no one wants to buy them. Given they won't play for us we may as well get another club to cover some their wages.
Remember we're still paying some of the wages of; Sandro, Mirallas, Williams, Besic, Bolasie, Vlasic, Tarashaj and even Niasse when he goes – highly doubtful Cardiff will be paying his full £55k/week wages. That's 8 players already who we simply can't get off the books. At least Williams' contract expires end of this season so he won't be back but we may well find most or all the others back at Finch Farm in the summer. We simply pay them far too much for others to take them (or for them to want to leave). Sandro is on £100k/week!
Sad thing is most of the ones listed above still have loads of time on their contracts: Sandro, Bolasie and Besic – their contracts don't run out until 2021!
McCarthy won't be of any serious value to us, he's massively injury-prone, has hardly played in 3 years, and his contract runs out next summer. Loan him out to get his wages partly off the books and allow him to regain some fitness and match practice so we can get shut in the summer.
Poor signings on massive wages take an age to get rid of; quite often, you can't... and the player just runs down his contract.
27 Posted 18/01/2019 at 17:43:47
If we sell Schnids and Gomes burns out or is suffering from an injury, then is the perfect replacement.
People will say McCarthy is injury prone, however this time we have not rushed the player straight back into the team.
Play the guy in some part in the cup game next week and take it from there, Millwall will be ready for a rough and tumble game, McCarthy is the perfect player to put into this match.
I would certainly keep hold and fingers crossed, the injury does not come back.
28 Posted 20/01/2019 at 04:12:23
29 Posted 20/01/2019 at 14:48:30
Gomes is also struggling now by being targeted by the opposition to be rushed and at the moment is also coughing up possession far too cheaply which is one of the teams major issues.
The only plausible reasons for him not getting game time in this underperforming shambles is that he is no longer at the level he was which would put off suitors (which was good but never great) or that Gueye is so fit he never needs a rest (extremely unlikely).
30 Posted 20/01/2019 at 16:51:06
31 Posted 20/01/2019 at 16:58:24
Seems incomplete to me... "utter dried codswallop"? I'm curious.
32 Posted 20/01/2019 at 18:11:57
33 Posted 21/01/2019 at 18:47:44
Bobby Brown Shoes thought he was a phenomenal player.
Nuff said... sigh.
34 Posted 23/01/2019 at 00:05:09
I still think the reason we have not started McCarthy is to get him fully fit for when Gueye departs for France... just my gut feeling.
35 Posted 23/01/2019 at 00:53:46
Their call, so let's see.
36 Posted 23/01/2019 at 01:57:46
37 Posted 23/01/2019 at 07:44:32
I hope you're right, Paul, but it seems to me that, because of the wages some of these players are on, it might be very difficult to even give them away.
I think it must be a case of “trying” to balance the books and move forward, something we might find harder than anything, unless the club take some seriously big hits over the next few months.
38 Posted 23/01/2019 at 08:33:40
McCarthy will add tenacity to our team, which is something we sadly lack at the moment. We need to control the midfield and, at the moment with Gomes and Sigurdsson there, we aren't controlling anything.
39 Posted 23/01/2019 at 09:19:26
McCarthy will definitely improve a very weak Everton midfield, which is the main cause of Everton's failing in the last few weeks.
40 Posted 23/01/2019 at 09:38:03
I usually agree with everything Dave Abrahams (@39) says but would he 'definitely' improve our midfield. I don't know. He's not a better player than either of Gueye or Gomes. Perhaps an experienced player coming back from a long time out would give the team an initial lift but, unless he has somehow improved in his time out, I don't think he's a long term solution to the issues in midfield.
If Gueye signs for PSG then McCarthy should stay and will have a good shot at beating Davies or Schneiderlin for that position. If Gueye stays, then I'd be happy to accept a decent offer from Celtic. I'd rather sell Schneiderlin though!
41 Posted 27/01/2019 at 15:45:39
Sums up our once great club - just give him to Celtic for nowt!
Bobby's greatest trick.
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