Everton likely to be foiled in bid for Chelsea's Gallagher

30/01/2023 87comments  |  Jump to last

Everton reportedly submitted an offer worth £40m for Chelsea's Conor Gallagher as they seek to bolster the squad ahead of tomorrow's transfer deadline but would face an uphill battle to convince the midfielder to join if the report is true. 

Fabrizio Romano made the claim on Twitter and in The Guardian, saying that any deal would include £5m in appearance-related add-ons for a player with whom the Blues have been regularly linked over the past year or so.

If agreed at that price, the fee would match exactly the terms that sent Anthony Gordon to Newcastle over the weekend but subsequent reports suggest that Toffees merely inquired about Gallagher's availability and did not get as far as an official offer.

Everton would face competition from other clubs, notably Newcastle themselves, and would need to convince the player himself who recently expressed his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge as long as he was being selected by Graham Potter.

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The indications so far, from Sky Sports and the Daily Mail's Craig Hope in particular, are that Gallagher would turn down the prospect of moving to Goodison Park or any club not currently involved in European competition.

Everton are also reportedly to still be targeting Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana who could cost around €25m while another rumoured target, striker, Moussa Dembele, looks set to join Southampton.


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Jake Lucas
1 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:38:03
Apparently we've bid £40m for Conor Gallagher?

With 2 days left, I expected transfers were discussed prior to the appointment, but that's a huge outlay, not sure if it'll leave cash for other signings.

Either way, if it's true I'm not sure we'll be able to convince him to join.

Michael Lynch
2 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:41:29
Fabrizio Romano reckons we've bid all the Gordon money on Gallagher from Chelsea.

Unsurprisingly, the Chelsea fans are reacting in a similar way to we did about Gordon – "Sell!!!"

Tony Everan
3 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:43:26
Jake, I hope there is some truth in that. Gallagher and a winger in on loan, Ziyech until June, would be good business. It’s getting interesting.
Jack Convery
4 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:45:04
File under - Remember when We tried to get Shearer!!
Marc Hints
5 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:48:17
Wow! We've just offered £40M + £5M add-ons for Conor Gallagher.
Will Mabon
6 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:52:45
Gallagher is an interesting option, but... all of the money, none of a forward? Again.
Nick Page
7 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:54:56
No to Gallagher for £45M. That's completely ridiculous but I'm hardly surprised. Our scouting system seems to be based on watching MotD and/or if said player had a good game against us.

100000% no to Ziyech. Another bottler with no end product whatsoever. Not suited to the Premier League.

Absolutely clueless.

Mick O'Malley
8 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:58:46
Not for me, he's a decent player but he's not one we need at the moment.

We've got a goal-shy injury-prone centre-forward, and a distinct lack of goals from the wings, so for me they are the positions that need strengthening.

Jake Lucas
9 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:00:42
Tony,,p.it's come from Fabrizio Romano on twitter and he's normally relatively reliable. Normally the guy I follow for gossip.

IMO it'll strengthen the team. I don't think he's worth as much as that, but then I wouldn't value Gordon at £40M either, so they can cancel each other out. If we'd sold Gordon for £20m and bought Conor for £20M, I'd be content so I guess it's the same situation, haha

This is assuming it's true, and we can actually convince him to join our mess right now.

Colin Glassar
10 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:03:23
Gallagher scores goals and creates as well. Get him in. 2 for 1 a no-brainier.

He could be transformative like Andy King was.

Will Mabon
11 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:04:31

These jaw-dropping offers/fees are sadly a well-trodden path. So often there seems a desperation to get out the big catapult and start firing off lumps of money.

Gallagher is a good player but that's wild money at this stage. And again, we need a forward.

Joe McMahon
12 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:06:00
We don't need all the Gordon money spending on one player, Conor Gallagher – that's madness!
John Keating
13 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:09:00
Quite rightly we need a t least one additional striker but what's the point if we create nothing for them?
At present we have nobody linking defence and attack, a Sigi - where is he by the way?
I don't know about 40 million but a player like Gallagher may give us that option
Dale Self
14 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:09:52
Thanks Colin. I was about to bust a vessel on that. We would be switching Gallagher for Gordon for equal cash.
Larry O'Hara
15 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:10:39
I like him: plus a striker…
Pete Williams
16 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:15:22
Gallagher!? I don't know what they're sniffing but it must be good stuff.
Dale Self
17 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:16:15
Yes, an obvious Dyche player who could also pave the way to some creativity. An extra man with vision in the midfield and possession prowess is a good fit.

Get him in!

Nathan Ford
18 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:16:19
If we pay for him staggered over the length of his contract it may leave money in the pot for a striker. Gallagher and a striker who knows where the net is and I'd not be unhappy.
Brent Stephens
19 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:17:21
Setting aside for the moment the issue of the fee, and the need also for a forward, I do like Gallgher. Destroyed us several times at Selhurst Park.
Steve Brown
20 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:19:31
Hopefully, this bid means we already have a forward lined up.
Dale Rose
21 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:20:36
I just can't see this happening at all. More transfer window bull.
Gerry Clarke
22 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:21:35
If it's true that we are offering £45M for Gallagher, then I'm worried because I think Onana will be going.
Paul Kossoff
23 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:21:36
File under, Messi to Everton or, it ain't gonna happen. Why would he?

If he did come, it would be a loan, so he could go if shit happens. If he signs, he would be off if we go down.

Striker first, kick up the arse for the lazy bastards next. Coyb.

Drew O’Neall
24 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:22:03
Chelsea must want Onana.
Barry Jones
25 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:23:25
Gallagher has made it very clear that he has no desire to come to Everton.
Nick Page
26 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:25:04
Answer me this:–

How does Brighton end up with Moises Caciedo for £4.5M, now valued at £60-70M+ and we buy a knackered, on-his-arse Gueye, and want to spew £45M on Gallagher???

We can't afford this. We shouldn't be chucking money round pretending to be a big club – we're not. And any deals should have already been done, ready to be announced by the DoF. I'm at the point of chucking this in because I can't stand the total incompetence that's killing my Everton.

We need fucking goals!!!

Frank Crewe
27 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:27:41
Doesn't seem like the type of player Dyche would go after. We need a reliable striker, some craft in midfield and a left-back. Although I doubt they would let him go and he wouldn't agree to come to us anyway.

Also, I don't think he's worth anywhere near £40 million. £10-15 million max.

Michael Lynch
28 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:30:51
£45m for a cockney Tom Davies? Surely not.
Gavin Johnson
29 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:32:28
I think this would be a fantastic signing barring the fee. A player with a strong work ethic who could float between the midfield and Calvert-Lewin and get us some goals. I see him as someone who could fit into Dyche's system.

I can see this happening, along with the kid from Rennes and Antonio with Michael Keane going the other way.

Ray Smith
30 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:35:51

Regrettably your comment makes sense, but I see Onana (still raw) as one for the long term.

Anthony Flack
31 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:36:53
Gallagher on Sky News now – not sure I believe it!
Gavin Johnson
32 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:41:54
It's now being reported that he doesn't want to come to us and wants to go to Newcastle. No surprise he wouldn't want to join a sinking ship.
Michael Lynch
33 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:46:25
I hope he does go to the Barcodes. Nearly £100m on Gordon and Gallagher?

The kind of transfer policy is why we're in the state we're in. .

Justin Doone
34 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:49:47
Ha ha very funny but no chance.

He's going to have the picks of several better placed club's including staying where he is.

A good player with great potential but we must not splash every penny we have on a single relatively unproven player with potential. CEASE THIS MADNESS!

Ray Smith
35 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:53:09
I think the next 30 years or so will be full of ifs, ands and maybes, with little or no end ‘quality' product.

Hope I'm wrong. 🤞🤞🤞

James Marshall
36 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:58:07
He's already said no, and quite frankly, who can blame him?
Gerry Quinn
37 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:00:57
Did we miss something here? Salomon Rondon has joined Argentinian giants River Plate, signing a 1-year contract at the Buenos Aires club.
Jim Bennings
38 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:01:28
We'll end up with that kid on loan from United, Elanga which is absolutely pointless and Johnson from West Ham, another defender.
David West
39 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:10:15
Do they really just want us to be let down ?? Don't flash us all the big names and then get us disappointed... bullseye style, look what you could have won!

Who next?? Ivan Toney? Yes, we would like these players but realistically not happening...

A loan for Gallagher could be an option if he wanted a Top 6 club and no one's in for him this window.

He's the type we need. Goalscoring, creative midfield player. And a striker who can score a few goals!! Sounds simple!!

Andrew Bentley
40 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:39:54
Begs the question what the DoF has been doing as we look to be now doing the equivalent of a trolley dash trying to put anything in and throwing money at the problem.

Is there a plan?!?

Anthony Murphy
41 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:48:50
A joke. Just as if he'd join us. Do we not contact the agent first to see if the player is willing to join before tabling an offer?

I'm at a loss with our transfer strategy this month given how critical our situation is. We seem only able to negotiate one deal at a time and totally incapable of forward planning.

We'll bring someone in tomorrow, but it won't be near enough and we'll point towards injured players coming back as boosting the squad…

Barry Hesketh
42 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:55:10
Everton have not bid for Conor Gallagher. 2 other clubs are ahead of Everton in the fight for Gallagher. Everton did make an initial enquiry but learned that Gallagher's interest was elsewhere so did not pursue.

(Source - @MaddockMirror)

Michael Lynch
43 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:56:19
We're a disaster. Our only hope is that Dyche finds a way to tap into the players' inner monster and we somehow survive this season.

But until our utterly useless club structure and culture is radically reformed, we are doomed to this revolving door of managers, and groundhog day of failed transfer windows.

But right now, here we are again doing the trolley dash at the last minute, under yet another new manager.

Why are we flailing around trying to buy players like Gallagher, who would have to be dragged here screaming, with the clock ticking down?

Dale Self
44 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:58:32
Thanks, Barry.

I was getting overexcited there.

Jay Harris
45 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:00:28
What a ridiculous waste of time and resources.

Anyone could have known he would not join us especially after just sacking Lampard.

What the hell are the recruitment committee doing unless its the usual Kenwright smoke and mirrors. "We tried to get some top quality players in before the deadline but unfortunately the Gordon proceeds will have to go down the back of my sofa with the Arteta money."

Brett Jonathan
46 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:02:15
This one stinks of: "What do you mean we didn't try to sign anyone? We tried to get Gallagher for $45 million!" — the day after we fail to sign anyone of note.
Geoff Lambert
47 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:03:06
Too good to want to come to us.

Or maybe he's shit, like some on here are saying. Next.

Dale Self
48 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:03:27
Uh, let's remember the phantom Gordon offer and realize that Chelsea chat up their transfer activity.
Tony Everan
49 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:06:22
What’s happened to the dark art of sounding a player out through the back channels before banging in the offer?
Tony Everan
50 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:15:41
Plenty of other rumours, Sulemana again and first time I have heard Doku’s name come up.

“ Everton need to beat both PSV & Southampton to the Rennes Winger Sulemana. All 3 clubs are interested in the player and in deep discussions. Player would like to move to England.
Thelwell is very keen on this player, but also likes Doku at Rennes”

George Cumiskey
51 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:23:05
Takes me back to Kenwright saying we put in a bid for Michael Owen when he was available – knowing full well that there was no chance of getting him.
Anthony Dwyer
52 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:33:44
Connor Gallagher has just stopped laughing at our bid to sign him.
Sam Hoare
53 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:33:59
Good player who could bring some goals to our midfield but no way is he worth £40-45M! I hope there is no truth in that bid and suspect that it was just an enquiry or loan offer.

Better ways to spend that money I think.

Neil Thomas
54 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:38:34
No no no, Southampton have had a £3M offer for Dembele accepted, this is the players, and prices we should be looking at, not £45M for a player that doesn't even want to come here
Alan J Thompson
55 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:46:12
Just what we need, somebody creative to provide chances for...errm, well we got rid of a winger as we don't need crosses (the winger supplied type) for Maupay.

There must be somebody out there who won't mind playing in the Championship League – especially if you say it quickly.

John Graham
56 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:51:26
Probably worth 20 million with a few add-ons. Why can't we do some proper scouting and bring in a couple of bargains instead of being fleeced with average players who struggle to get into their current teams.
Lazy DOF and lazy scouting team.
This is why we are currently in the position we are in.
At some point we need to realise it's not just about throwing money about bringing in players who only have one good season under their belts, and when buying from other teams in the premiership you pay through the nose.
Surely it's common sense that they should be scouting for players continuously and have at least half a dozen lined up before the transfer window opens and then try to get at least a couple of them in, instead of desperate moves at the last minute when prices are highest.
John Graham
57 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:57:25
Also Chelsea will need to get players off their books with all of the signings they have made, so give them 5 million up from and pay the rest over the next five years.
Mike Doyle
58 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:13:43
Neil 54] exactly. I see Brighton have just picked up a young Swedish midfielder for next to nothing. Expect to see him move to Chelsea for £50m in 12 months time.
David West
59 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:15:38
Miles better than Gordon. I'd have took a straight swap with chelsea all day.
He will prob go back to Palace on loan. If his options run out though you never know !!
Whatever time they are wasting on this though should be put to getting a striker. No 1 priority. Loftus cheek a decent bet to end up here though on loan.
Andy Crooks
60 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:35:53
This is so ridiculous and transparent that it is funny.
I remember my daughter's ex partner, who was low life vermin, hadn't a pot to piss in. He had problems with his eyes( just couldn't see himself working)
One Christmas he went on line and printed off an itinerary for a wonderful holiday which e presented to the kids as their present. They loved it. Unfortunately he had obviously not paid nor did he intend paying. But, in his dream world, it kept the family happy for a while.
Today is the first time I've seen it done on such a scale and with similar confidence.
Colin Glassar
61 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:43:50
Any chance we can convince the Hollywood duo (Rob and Ryan) to buy us? They seem to know how to run a club properly.
Lee Courtliff
62 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:47:22
We need the NEXT Connor Gallagher...the one that only costs a few million then WE flog him to some clueless ***** for mega money!!!

We're a laughing stock at the minute. Everyone is laughing...except us!

Peter Thistle
63 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:49:37
Everton won't be signing any players this window, they've left it way to loo late. Lampard should have gone a month+ ago and given Dyche the chance to spend a few quid. As always Everton do things way too slowly and it's probably the reason we'll get relegated. Notice all the teams in the bottom half have strengthened, we stand still. Sigh.
Alex Gray
64 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:15:07
Newcastle are after him too….wonder who he’ll pick?

Chelsea need to sell and have about 20 squad players better than us so might have a shot with one or two of them hopefully.

Robert Tressell
65 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:15:15
Neil # 54, I agree. I've thought for a long time we shouldn't generally be paying more than about £20m for any individual player.

Gallagher might be a showpiece summer signing perhaps. But he's an unrealistic signing when our Premier League status is not assured.

The only logical way this happens is a late loan possibly with an option to buy.

Tony Abrahams
66 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:26:01
Dembelle for £3 million, could be the best bit of business from any team in this transfer window.
Steve Cotton
67 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:31:22
Southampton get Dembelle for 3m then sell us Adams for 35m...

WTF is happening????

John Keating
68 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:36:28
Better bet than Adams is Antonio Colak up at Rangers
Can still get Nisbet from Hibs for literally nothing, at least he knows where the net is
Steve Cotton
69 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:43:09
We need a striker, a winger who can also find the bet and an attacking midfielder

It's not rocket science but if we try and get all these on transfer deadline day we will end up with more like Maupay, McNeil and Mykolenko

Kieran Kinsella
70 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:46:44
Paul The Esk type question here but I was reading that selling Gordon means we show £40 million being received for this year. But if we say sign Gallagher for £40 million, we divide the fee by the length of his contract meaning it's reported as an £8 million fee this year, and each year thereafter. Therefore, we'd have a net income of £32 million for this year based on these two transfers.

While that sounds clever, doesn't that also mean the likes of Gomes, Gbamin, Mina etc all still under contract, have their fees being reported the same way, which means that for this year we'd be reporting a fee of say £4 million for each of them?

In which case, our "net income" may not even be a net income if we factor in all the jokers we've blown fortunes on in recent years?

I am not an accountant so I am hoping someone who is says "No, that's not how it works and we are loaded."

Don Alexander
72 Posted 30/01/2023 at 20:22:55
Keiran, my reading of OUR club's financial credibility in terms of signing on anyone of note at all, this season or next, minimum, is that we've been already been bolloxed by those allegedly in charge.

I wish Dyche well is making a purse of any kind - cause he'll have to do it alone.

And John (#68), if Nisbet or anyone else doesn't know where the net is our midfield gives you a clue. It's about 50 yards in front of them!

Alex Gray
73 Posted 30/01/2023 at 20:31:43
Andre ayew has just terminated his contract. Guess we do have a striker incoming!
Tom Bowers
74 Posted 30/01/2023 at 20:43:43
Bidding is one thing but getting them here the way we are is another thing.

People like Ayew may be comfortable with a move here but he really doesn't strike me as someone who could make an impression.

However Dyche has done well at Burnley with average people so who knows.

Dennis Stevens
75 Posted 30/01/2023 at 20:54:45
I've no idea how it all works, Kieran. However, I'm confident that we're not loaded.
Phil Smith
76 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:25:39
If we blow all of our money on this guy we are an even bigger joke than I thought. Loan until the end of the season I can get behind. He looks totally lost at Chelsea. Not what we need to be splashing cash on.
Mike Oates
77 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:43:23
Why should any decent youngster from wherever want to join us, whilst we are in totally array. The likes of Gallacher, Dajuma, Dembele, wont touch us with a barge pole. Lampard ex England Int, ex UK pin up boy might have attracted one of these but in reality Lampard wouldn't have had a clue how to use them.

Dyche is not well known overseas and those in UK who know him wont commit in this window. Dyche is going to have to get a tune out of the rabble he's inherited. And he just might do that, and if he does lets hope the club can find the monies to back him in the summer.

And a side issue, how the hell are Chelsea and Arsenal managing to dodge FFP rules.

Rob Halligan
78 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:17:49
Phil # 76……….I know we won’t sign Gallagher, but we wouldn’t blow our entire Gordon money on him if we did. Whoever does sign him, for £40M if that’s what Chelsea want, then assuming he’s given a five year contract, then the buying club would need only give Chelsea £8M for every year of the contract. We would count the money from Newcastle as a “Full Payment” (Income) for this financial year, but would only need to count £8M as expenditure. We would still have £37M to play with.
Dan Nulty
79 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:39:40
Mike Chelsea are handing out 8 year contracts which means the players value drops every year by an 8th of the fee rather than a 5th. It means less of a hit in the accounts. UEFA closing that loophole for next season which is why they are spending big again this window.

I don’t understand the Gallagher link. For me we need a striker who can both score and stay fit and two wingers who can cross a ball in. Gallagher would be good if we had those other three in place already!

Paul Mannix
80 Posted 30/01/2023 at 23:26:03
Anyone think we should make a cheeky offer to Lukaku ? Certainly knew how to score ?
Steve Morgan
81 Posted 30/01/2023 at 23:29:12
17 goals n 127 games.. perfect.
Don Alexander
82 Posted 30/01/2023 at 23:33:05
Mike (#77), Arsenal and Chelsea aren't being run (down) by Moshiri and Kenwright, that's why.
Alec Gaston
83 Posted 30/01/2023 at 23:35:30
He hasn’t turned us down - to do this there would need to be a bud made. We haven’t made a bid, this is just another Billy “bullshit” Kenwright stunt. Back Dyche but the Board need to go.
Stephen Davies
84 Posted 31/01/2023 at 00:04:31
Sulemana to sign today
Barry Jones
85 Posted 31/01/2023 at 00:33:51
We are now strongly linked with Andre Ayew, 33 and out of contract in Qatar.

Ayew kidding me!!!!!

Ashley Roberts
86 Posted 31/01/2023 at 00:36:16
This guy is not going to sign for us. Maybe if Frank was still in the post but not now!! I am hopeful that maybe we can land Sulemana, the lad from Coventry and possibly Akpom from Boro. Then why could we not sign Cancelo and Ziyech on loan!! At least I can dream.
Eric Myles
87 Posted 31/01/2023 at 05:52:03
Kieran #70, I'm pretty sure the whole £40 million is recorded as income.

That's what gets me about the farce of amortisation. If we pay out £40 million the cost is booked as £8 million spread over 5 years. But we've actually spent £40 million in one year.

Ernie Baywood
88 Posted 31/01/2023 at 10:07:36
There's no other way to treat it though, Eric.

The players are assets, not just employees.

If we didn't have that, then we wouldn't have a transfer system.

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