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Everton make Joao Pedro inquiry

| 23/08/2022 40comments  |  Jump to last

As talk of Anthony Gordon leaving in a big-money move to Chelsea, Everton are said to have approached Watford regarding Joao Pedro who appeared close to joining Newcastle United.

After having an opening offer rejected, the Magpies have reportedly submitted a fresh bid of £30m plus add-ons for the Brazilian but now the Toffees, with a possible £50m+ injection of cash coming their way of Gordon leaves, could enter the race.

Thus far, there has been no official contact from the Blues despite what these reports suggest but the closer we get to the deadline, the more these kinds of late-entry bids are likely to crop up in the media.

The consensus appears to be that Watford are using talk of Everton's interest to prompt Newcastle into agreeing to all of their terms before they will agree to sell the player on.

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Meanwhile, Everton are also said to be looking at Wolves winger Adama Traore who could be available for around £10m.

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Soren Moyer
1 Posted 23/08/2022 at 13:44:56
Apparently our recruitment department reading TW because Daily Mail is now reporting that we are preparing a bid for Watford forward Joao Pedro! He is my choice.
Stu Darlington
2 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:37:15
Another day,more names!
Traore is a joke.
Whatever happened to our alleged interest in Sarr from Watford? I thought he was a decent shout.
Anthony A Hughes
3 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:46:05
How about having a focused list of players 2 months back, a plan of what was required in what areas to strengthen the squad where it was weakest.

Have first, second, third choices players for a position and get your business done early.

This scattergun approach hoping to net players that were never real targets is nuts. Money wasted on players that we can't afford to lose.

Why don't we hire a Director of Football? Oh wait...

Sam Hoare
4 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:46:48
Would love Pedro. In all honesty, I think he's probably as good as Gordon now but younger and half the price. But I'd be very surprised if he picks us over Newcastle.

Traore I'm not so keen on. World-class at moving with the ball but not much else.

Quite like the idea of Hudson-Odoi. Or Terrier from Rennes. Gakpo is great but expensive. Pino is very talented. Diaby or Thuram would be good. Or maybe a risk on someone like Popescu, Burkardt, Wahi, Almada, Plata, De La Vega etc

Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:56:03
I quite like Pedro from the little I have seen of him but if Watford have already turned down 25Mill from Newcastle as not enough then how in our financial position can we afford him and a decent target man striker?
Gavin Johnson
6 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:56:49
I'd really like us to buy a striker like Broja, Watkins or Toney and move to a 3-5-2 with one of the aforementioned once Dom is fit playing in a front two. Move the wingbacks further forward and get away from wingers who don't score!
Fran Mitchell
7 Posted 23/08/2022 at 16:17:42
He's got skill, but end product lacks. Considering Newcastle bid £25 million and were rejected, but Villa agreed a £25 million fee for Sarr, I know who I'd prefer.

Also, see Alfredo Morelos has been dropped and contact extension talks suspended.

He's got a temperament. But on loan with an option to buy, he could be a decent option.

Pete Neilson
8 Posted 23/08/2022 at 16:33:07
It'll also depend on whether any club will accept an upfront payment in Green Shield Stamps with settlement based on the balance of the Christmas savings club.
Brian Murray
9 Posted 23/08/2022 at 16:34:48
The new Everton. Pedro, Rondon and Dobbin coming to a stadium near you. Got a certain ring to it…
Clive Rogers
10 Posted 23/08/2022 at 16:40:52
Traore is being passed round like a hot potato because he is simply not good enough.
Geoff Lambert
11 Posted 23/08/2022 at 16:49:03
Has the window closed yet? I'm fed up with all this hot air blowing in...
Michael McGrath
12 Posted 23/08/2022 at 17:41:57
Pedro not worth it -scored only 3 goals in 28 matches last season!
Robert Tressell
13 Posted 23/08/2022 at 17:49:47
Heard Tim Vickery discussing him earlier on talksport. Summary: very talented, intelligent but may lack half a yard - and therefore may not quite become absolute top class.

I expect this would be a good signing over a longer period, rather than a more immediate but limited signing like Adams.

John Kavanagh
14 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:02:55
£20 million for us to take Traore minimum. If we offer to take him for anything less then they are underpaying. Another non-scoring headless chicken forward. Is Blue Bill trying to corner the market in them?
Christy Ring
15 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:09:48
Pedro or Hudson-Odoi for me. That must be about the 20th forward we're going to sign now, and still no striker. I do think Gordon is on his way, and with £60m quoted now, I'd sell and hope Lampard and the DOF can bring in a midfielder, winger and striker, which would give us a lot stronger squad. If we can get rid of Gomes, Alli and Gbamin as well, would be great business.
Andrew Taylor
16 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:13:29
Anthony #2 - I don't think that's fair.

Firstly, as DoF, you don't know who might be sold, even if everyone's for sale, so your budget will change. You don't know what long-term injuries might happen, so the squad's needs will change. So you need lots of lists for many scenarios you don't control. That's not a scattergun approach, it's just having plans for all eventualities.

Secondly, don't mistake every story you read and every name linked for the actual plans and lists of our DoF. Because you saw it on Football Insider / Twitter / ToffeeWeb Rumour Mill does it prove Thelwell doesn't have a clue? Fair enough, enjoy the rollercoaster of Everton in a transfer window, make up your own lists hit refresh on ToffeeWeb every 30 minutes, but don't judge our Director of Football's performance based on not even one transfer window and a bunch of BS made up journos and agents for their own benefit.

Derek Knox
17 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:17:38
Brian @ 8, why you leave out Gomes, the Portuguese Donkey? Only making an Ass of yourself there pal ! :-)
John Chambers
18 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:19:35
We don’t need another winger at the moment. We have Gray, McNeil and Townsend will hopefully get back. Also if we are playing with 5 at the back it is up to Patterson and Mykolenko to get forward in the wide positions.
If we got a deal with Chelsea that could get us Broja on loan, perhaps with an option to buy, and could buy Brereton-Diaz for about £15m those 2 alongside Calvert-Lewin would give us options up front. It would also put probably £30m in the bank which seemsto help with our our two biggest challenges at the moment
Brian Murray
19 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:23:10
Derek, yes ee aww to know better there.
Mark Ryan
20 Posted 23/08/2022 at 22:16:52
Everton make an enquiry ? hello, do you have a player called Pedro ? that'll be the enquiry. Fuckin shambolic window. Frank thinks it's all going to come good. You wait. Gordon to Chelsea won't happen. They'll find dry rot in his boots or subsidence in his left bollock and the deal will be off. Gonna be a terrible end to the hope. Judge me after the window he says. I will
Kenny Smith
21 Posted 24/08/2022 at 10:28:32
This boy's a player. Let's get him in before Newcastle beat us to it and Gordon is gone before Chelsea realise he's never worth £60 million.

Might as well pick up Sarr whilst we're at it...

Iain Johnston
22 Posted 24/08/2022 at 10:48:37
Could someone tell me what the obsession or attraction with Broja is?

Matthew Williams
23 Posted 24/08/2022 at 12:50:56
Morelos on loan would be interesting,he's a hot head but scores goals!

Diaz and Jebbison for me as well,signed and sealed before the window closes would be great news.

We're playing some decent stuff atm,but chances are sadly are being wasted with that final pass or cross,the three players above would rectify that problem.

As for Traore...avoid,all pace but never a end product!

Shane Corcoran
24 Posted 24/08/2022 at 12:52:41
I’m feeling a bit unwell thinking about Morelos.

It’d be like signing Diouf so please, wherever this came from, just no.

John Keating
25 Posted 24/08/2022 at 13:06:07
He's a joke
We'd spend money on him and he'd never play, not because of injury but because of suspension.
He just can't help himself. A major mental problem and well worth steering clear of
Mike Dolan
26 Posted 24/08/2022 at 13:07:20
You never go to read one of these football gossip columnists to find out that Everton are not interested in anyone at the moment.

Everton neither confirm or deny their interest in any potential player.

We need a position strengthening and we become clickbait. We are the rumors.
And we go on falling for this nonsense until the window closes and we go on to the Everton planning to replace their manager and Everton fans are fuming part of the season.

It’s almost total bull but it’s what we do. It sells advertising.

Matthew Williams
27 Posted 24/08/2022 at 13:33:24
We lack goals,Morelos scores goals,if we can curb his outbursts we could be on to a winner.

It might just fire up the rest of the lads too...after all folks,most clubs have a hot head in their ranks!

Michael Nisbet
28 Posted 24/08/2022 at 14:07:01
I highly doubt Morelos would score goals in the EPL. He's slow, unfit and would get more red cards than goals.

Only reason he scores goals in SPL is because he plays for one of the old firm.

Joe McMahon
29 Posted 24/08/2022 at 14:12:41
We get targeted enough with cards, and Morelos would get loads. The fact that Steven Gerrard hasn't brought him to Villa should inform Thelwell there was a reason for that.

We don't need Duncan Ver 2.0.

Michael Nisbet
30 Posted 24/08/2022 at 15:34:45
Sounds like Ben Brereton Diaz is on the way.
Robert Tressell
31 Posted 24/08/2022 at 15:37:56
Strange development, Michael # 30. I wonder why he re-signed with Blackburn in June then rather than leave on a free at that stage. Probably a decent signing if relatively modest cost.
Mike Gaynes
32 Posted 24/08/2022 at 15:47:00
I would have Pedro in a second because of his youth, skill and confidence, but the price quoted seems very high.

Traore absolutely dazzled Barcelona in his first month on loan there -- had four assists in his first four starts. Then they stopped using him. When the time came to make the loan a permanent buy, they didn't even think about it, just shipped him back to Wolves. If we're still interested, we can have him on a free in ten months.

As for Morelos, yes, he has temper issues... but he hadn't seen red or been suspended in more than three years before he swung an arm on Saturday. Rangers have dropped him over fitness and attitude problems, not because of his disciplinary issues. Obviously he doesn't get along with Van Bronckhorst, but can he still produce?

Jay Harris
33 Posted 24/08/2022 at 16:02:38
From the little I have seen of Pedro, I don't believe he will be the answer to our lack of goals, Broja may be slightly better and have more potential but if Ollie Watkins is doable I would take him in a heartbeat. Che Adams as a second choice and Mitrovic if he was 10 years younger.

If Gordon goes, then Loftus-Cheek and Pulisic come the other way.

Robert Tressell
34 Posted 24/08/2022 at 16:02:56
Just refreshed my memory regarding Brereton Diaz.

He has a very good mix of goals for Chile and Blackburn last season.

Penalties, tap-ins and a few bundled home. But some classy angled headers, deft bits of build-up and quality finishes from all angles too. Certainly deserves his shot at the Premier League and a good fit for us.

Might even pair up with Calvert-Lewin, offering a bit more from wide and deep.

Pete Neilson
35 Posted 24/08/2022 at 16:11:53
Robert, it was a 1-year contract extension, the club had the option and took it. The player doesn't necessarily have any say in the matter as they've already signed up to the terms of the extension.

It can be a unilateral call by the club. It covered them if anyone came in for him over the summer rather than him walking away on a free. And hey presto here we are.

Robert Tressell
36 Posted 24/08/2022 at 20:47:01
Pete # 35, I see. Makes sense, they've protected their investment. Renewal gets them £15+ million presumably.

Still, even at that price it looks like a good signing. Genuine competition for Calvert-Lewin and plenty of Andy Johnson style hustle and bustle.

Gavin Johnson
37 Posted 24/08/2022 at 20:59:59
It's a throw of the dice on Brereton Diaz. He could easily be like the striker he replaced at Blackburn, Adam Armstrong, who scored for fun in the Championship and then scored 3 goals last season for Saints.

What I do think goes in Diaz's favour is that he's big and strong, and he's also got many of his goals playing on the left-hand side of a front 3, so he could play there (in Gordon's position) once Dom's fit again, or play alongside him in a 3-5-2.

I'd still like us to get Broja on loan, but don't see it happening so this lad could be worth a punt for £15M. Even if he doesn't hit the ground running, he's still going to be more dangerous than Rondon.

Andy Meighan
38 Posted 24/08/2022 at 21:12:15
Gavin @37.

Yes, 3 goals in the Premier League for Armstrong, and guess who his first was against? The good old remedy club, 20-odd mins into his debut.

I remember saying after the game he won't score 5 goals for them this season. Watched that Brereton, as he was called until a couple of seasons back, and looks a bit cumbersome for my liking.

Hope this is pure speculation to be honest. We could do better.

Steavey Buckley
39 Posted 24/08/2022 at 21:25:44
My biggest worry is, whoever Everton bring in fails, because of the pressure placed on any new recruit to adapt quickly.
Gavin Johnson
40 Posted 24/08/2022 at 21:30:28

I nearly mentioned the Armstrong goal against us, Andy. It was a good finish.

I don't think Diaz is an ideal signing but, if we're looking at an attacking wide player as well, like Pedro, to replace Gordon, and we're in talks for Garner, £15M sounds like the top end of our budget. Che Adams's price has gone up from £15M to £25M now according to some media outlets cos he's scored 4 goals this season.

The other option is we buy Garner and then offer big money on a striker like Watkins or Toney and bring in two players instead of three if the Gordon deal goes through.

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