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Everton in talks over Guirassy from Stade Rennais

| 10/08/2022 33comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are stepping up their hunt for a striker to cover Dominic Calvert-Lewin's absence through injury, with reports suggesting they have opened talks regarding taking Guinean international forward Serhou Guirassy on loan.

According to Le Parisien, the Blues have approached Stade Rennais regarding the 26-year-old who has scored 25 times in 81 games in all competitions since joining the Ligue 1 side from Amiens two years ago.

Born in Arles in France, he began his career at Laval before joining Lille and then moved on to Amiens following loan spells with Auxerre and Cologne in Germany.

Eligible to play for the French national side by birth, he represented them at U16, U19 and U20 levels before opting to represent Guinea at senior level this year.

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According to reporters Benjamin Quarez and Fabrice Hawkins, the latter from RTL, negotiations are "progressing well" between the two clubs and that Guirassy could secure his move to Goodison now that Rennes have landed Arnaud Kalimuendo from PSG.

However, having shelled out €24m on Kalimuendo, Rennes would prefer a permanent sale.

Another African forward plying his trade in Ligue 1 being linked with Everton is Lorient's Terem Moffi who has attracted attention with a record of 22 goals in 56 games over the past couple of seasons. 

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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 10/08/2022 at 15:42:26
Bid for Sekhou Guirassy apparently. Interesting looking player. Decent dribbler, decent in the air and can score a goal. Some similarities to Richarlison though definitely not as good defensively.
Brian Murray
2 Posted 10/08/2022 at 15:45:20
Sam. He looks the part and scores goals of different varieties which is always a good thing. All a throw of the dice for these modest prices that’s why we need two so something may stick.
Mike Gaynes
3 Posted 10/08/2022 at 15:52:45
Guirassy scored against Lampard-managed Chelsea in the Champions League a couple of years ago. Obviously Frank has the memory of an elephant.
Brian Murray
4 Posted 10/08/2022 at 15:56:07
Sam. The days of us needing our forwards tear-arsing back 50 yards are now gone with the spine and defensive know-how we have now. We need them where they can do the most damage.
Tony Everan
5 Posted 10/08/2022 at 19:35:50
Looks like Kalimuendo is going to Rennes and we are getting their striker Guirassy. I read Frank was interested in him whilst at Chelsea so maybe there is some mileage in this one.

Loan with an option to buy rumoured, but there’s a lot of those about just now. Tomorrow it will be someone different. But a loan deal could be preferable to Frank and Thelwell. I still think they are plotting to get one of the Chelsea players in late in the window if they are given any opportunity.

Jay Harris
6 Posted 10/08/2022 at 19:36:48
Robert interesting that you mention Kalimuendo because that was supposedly who we were after originally before he decided to stay in France and replace Guirassy.

All of these players seem like makeweights to me because were hanging in on the hope that Broja comes and/or Calvert-Lewin won't get injured again this season.

I don't know what budget is left but we should be looking to replace Richarlison as well as Calvert-Lewin IMO but that would just make it the best window and that's not the Everton way.

Robert Tressell
7 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:09:39
Yes apart from Kalimuendo the linked players are nothing to write home about. Kalajdzic possibly the pick of them.

But they will be playing second fiddle to Calvert-Lewin when he is fit.

They may only get about 10 starts including cups and score about 5 to 8 goals across the whole season including as sub.

I expect they're hoping Calvert-Lewin will be fit enough to contribute about 15 goals. The rest will come from Alli, Gray, Gordon and McNeil.

That will be good enough to get us in the Top 10 – and maybe competing for Europe but only if we are very mean defensively.

Mark Frere
8 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:20:11
Shades of Lacina Traore! Anyone remember that freakishly tall striker we had on loan here? It did not work out well!
Mark Ryan
9 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:28:44
The Swedish lad at Coventry looks a better bet.
Dale Self
10 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:33:19
Yes, let's hope the days of Lacina and Jo are well behind us.
Joe McMahon
11 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:39:11
It all seems to be getting desperate now. The signings so far are brilliant (really are), but we score so few goals (every season) and with Richarlison gone, IMO strikers (2 of them) should have been a priority.

Calvert-Lewin, even when fit, is not an all-round complete striker that's gonna get us 20 Premier League goals.

Jack Convery
12 Posted 10/08/2022 at 21:21:56
Niasse is available on a free but don't tell Bill as he likes old boys.

Here's a name to consider: Joshua Zirkzee. Age 21, currently at Bayern Munich. Just come back from a loan at Anderlecht. Last season, 32 games, 15 goals, & 8 assists.

Overall in his brief career, he's played 155 times, 69 goals and 40 assists. Let's be cheeky and ask. If you don't ask, you don't get. His contract is up next summer.

Robert Tressell
13 Posted 10/08/2022 at 21:30:54
Zirkzee would be s great addition, Jack. Pinamonti of Inter is also rumoured to be available on loan. Both quite possibly better than Calvert-Lewin if given a run.
Lee Jackson
14 Posted 10/08/2022 at 21:56:51
Didn't we have Zirkzee on trial or training with us a couple of years ago?
Lee Jackson
15 Posted 10/08/2022 at 22:07:23
Answering my own question, yeah we did, we offered him a contract, he turned it down, preferred Bayern for some strange reason. Strange lad...
Tony Everan
16 Posted 10/08/2022 at 22:07:23
Lee, Brands was looking at him seriously but he went to Parma on loan instead that year. Think maybe it was for more guaranteed game time.

Ironically, Stuttgart want him as a replacement for the likely outgoing Sasa Kalajdzic, who we've been linked with.

Will Mabon
17 Posted 10/08/2022 at 22:18:29
Whatever their quality or the likelihood, have we ever been linked with so many strikers in such a short period? Can't keep pace.

Maybe one will actually arrive.

Will Mabon
18 Posted 10/08/2022 at 22:20:55
Pat - seems Gueye's "Love" for Everton is being really tested on the seesaw.
Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 10/08/2022 at 22:42:25
Guirassy scored against Lampard's Chelsea a couple of years ago in the Champions League.
Alex Parr
20 Posted 11/08/2022 at 00:11:20
Rob T, (9),

I think he is off to Sassuolo.

Adrian Evans
21 Posted 11/08/2022 at 18:34:04
Watched the lad from Stuttgart,6'7".Monster, but good on the deck to. Memories of Crouchy, he was brill for a bigun. Underrated on the deck and as an athlete.

Me, love the idea of saying "Okay, Pep, can't match up keeping the ball on the deck, so let's go aerial route, that way we don't chase shadows, get a chance to get physical. Set pieces, corners, Pickford.

Hey, if we can't match the top few passing pretty, pressing why not. Have it in our armoury, Calvert-Lewin this Ludviv together, flanks.

Not saying play that way all the time. Pep got done by Carlo, Benzema 9. So he's bought Haaland as an option.

Fingers crossed, go get the lad from the Blades too. Three forwards, Iwob i sgoing to need to be deployed in a different way now, love him now 90mins running.

Let's see, be unpredictable, hey.

Don Alexander
22 Posted 11/08/2022 at 00:22:49
News coming in from the Beeb says we're now trying to sign Serhou Yadaly Guirassy – you know, that bloke who actually scored against the mighty Krasnador when his club once played them.
Don Alexander
23 Posted 12/08/2022 at 00:33:49
Or Ludovic Ajorque, a 6'-6" forward who, in a 10-year career, has scored just less than 100 goals.
Brian Williams
24 Posted 12/08/2022 at 07:03:03
I'd be very happy with this lad. Technically very gifted and great in the air.
Looks like he could lead the line well.
Sam Hoare
25 Posted 12/08/2022 at 10:00:52
Forest getting Dennis for £20m, he seems to me as good an option as any of the other names linked. Works very hard, good dribbler, decent in the air and can score a goal or two. Can play centrally or out wide.

Curious to see who we get. I wonder if we're still waiting on Broja?

Michael Lynch
26 Posted 12/08/2022 at 10:13:38
Zirkzee will probably go to Fulham for about £15M, and when they get relegated they'll sell him to us for £50M.

That's how we roll.

Tony Everan
27 Posted 12/08/2022 at 10:23:02
Sam, I think we are waiting for Chelsea to sign Aubameyang, in the hope they'll then do a deal with us for Broja. Their deal doesn't look like it's done and dusted by a long way though. Also, I wouldn't trust Chelsea help us out or play ball anyway, I think we have to have a concrete deadline. Not sure Frank has any leverage anyway with the new regime there.

With Gana or Camara and then Broja or alternative goalscorer we can start to dream a little bit of a team that could gel and be a force. Frank is focused, dedicated and invested in the club, the project here and the signs are good. Fans manager, DoF, and players pulling in the same direction will make a big, big difference. He desperately needs that quality goalscorer though, Calvert-Lewin out has him under pressure.

Will be interesting to see how Cornet and Dennis get on this season as they were on our radar. Hopefully now they flop.

Sam Hoare
28 Posted 12/08/2022 at 11:17:12
Tony, yes that could well be what's going on. But if so, it's a dangerous game to play.

I'd be delighted if we got Camara and Broja though you'd imagine those two would cost £50m+. Probably more likely at this stage that we get Gueye and Ajorque or Guirassy.

Trouble is we could be 3, 4 or 5 games down by the time these forwards come in, by which time we may be 5-10 points worse off than we would be with settled strikers.

James Marshall
29 Posted 12/08/2022 at 12:10:49
We have a settled striker called Rondondinho.

Joking aside, at least with Rondon tomorrow, we'll have a focal point in attack. Albeit a blunt one.

Colin Glassar
30 Posted 12/08/2022 at 12:16:52
Feed Rondon and he will…….. probably miss, James.
Steve Shave
31 Posted 12/08/2022 at 12:21:28
Agree Sam, if we had £20M to spend on a striker, Dennis is probably the best bet and less risky than others. I like him a lot and a handful, although good in the air he is a different player to Calvert-Lewin, I feel we might be looking more for a mobile target man.
Ian Bennett
32 Posted 14/08/2022 at 13:02:02
I think Guirassy will be the signing. Left out of the squad on Saturday, he will surely be Goodison bound.
Sean Roe
33 Posted 14/08/2022 at 13:20:07
63 goals in 227 career appearances is hardly prolific, maybe he has other qualities like holding the ball up and laying it off to free scoring wingers or inside forwards, of which we have none!

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