Dyche: No Everton contact regarding Ekitiké

09/08/2023 162comments  |  Jump to last

Sean Dyche has played down reports that Everton have lodged a bid for Paris Saint-Germain forward, Hugo Ekitik.

Both Alan Myers at Sky Sports News and Fabrizio Romano reported that the Blues had made a loan offer for the Ekitike with an option to buy and that the Parisien club are considering it.

Dyche, however, said today that no contact had been made with PSG to his knowledg but he admitted that the squad remains unbalanced and needs further additions.

The 21-year-old Ekitike spent last season with the Ligue 1 giants on loan from Reims, a club he scored 10 top-flight goals for during 2021-22. 

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PSG turned this temporary move into a permanent transfer earlier this summer, paying an initial €28.5m for the youngster but could now entertain letting him go straight away.

Romano has tweeted that PSG want a total package worth around €35m for a player who has also attracted rumoured interest from West Ham and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Earlier, transfer source The Bobble had played down suggestions that Everton were in talks with PSG over Ekitike but both Myers and Romano insist that the interest is there even if the Toffees' chances of landing him appear slim.


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Tony Everan
1 Posted 09/08/2023 at 12:56:03
Hugo Ekitike the latest, apparently a verbal offer made to PSG. Anyone seen him play?

His Wikipedia entry sounds like he’d be a good fit!

“Hugo Ekitike[2] was born on 20 June 2002 in Reims, Marne[3] to a French father and a Cameroonian mother, he grew up with a passionate hatred of the so-called “redshite”.[4]”

And that he’s already here but we don’t know it …..”Hugo Ekitike (born 20 June 2002) is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Everton FC.”

Paul Norman
2 Posted 09/08/2023 at 14:24:58
Latest (from Fabrizio Romano) is that we have concrete interest in a loan to buy deal for Hugo Ekitike from PSG. Can't say I know a lot about him, but a few minutes on YouTube and he looks like an exciting one if we can pull it off.

Looks like some wag has got onto his Wikipedia already: "In an interview with L'Equipe earlier this year, he stated that his childhood hero was 'Leccy Legs' and he was gutted when they closed Smokey Mo's."

Steve Shave
3 Posted 09/08/2023 at 14:39:34
Lots of reports saying we are in for Ekitekè of PSG. I really hope this one is true. Romana himself saying negotiations for a loan with obligation to buy being discussed.

He is 6ft 2" and quick like Calvert-Lewin. Not a target man per se but would be a handful. He was fantastic at Reims and probably went too young to PSG and it didn't work out for him. He is redundant now following their purchase of the excellent Ramos from Benfica.

He is skilful and fast, young but less raw than Chermitti. High ceiling potential too. Get it done, Everton, for fuck's sake!

Robert Tressell
4 Posted 09/08/2023 at 14:44:22
Ekitike plays very like Thierry Henry. He's a huge talent. Whether he realises his potential is another matter but he is extremely talented.

A very exciting loan if true – albeit just like Henry, he might look a bit out of his depth at first.

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 09/08/2023 at 14:45:38

Haha, never succumb to those judgements made via YouTube videos mate.

I don't know anything about this Ekitike boy, but I'd never watch YouTube because they even manage to make Oumar Niasse look like Pele in his prime.

Jack Convery
6 Posted 09/08/2023 at 17:13:22
I see we are being linked with a loan deal for centre-forward, Hugo Ekitiké from PSG. Apparently Luis Enrique has told his agent to find a club.

If we are interested in this lad, we should also ask if Marco Verratti, who has also been told he can go, is available for a loan too. He's Italy's defensive midfielder and a real upgrade for our midfield dept. Hope springs eternal.

Barry Hesketh
7 Posted 09/08/2023 at 20:56:46
No sooner are we linked with a player, and the click-bait sites, say we are in a bidding war with West Ham for Etitke.

Please let this window end, a whole summer of this madness and still 3 weeks left in the window, or 6 weeks if the Middle-Eastern clubs decide they want to buy a player.

Pat Kelly
8 Posted 09/08/2023 at 21:01:28
From PSG to Everton. He must be made up.
Barry Hesketh
9 Posted 09/08/2023 at 21:07:32
I doubt if the lad will come here Pat, Eintracht Frankfurt are also in for him, although, apparently Everton have now made an offer to PSG.

Which includes a lifetime membership to all of Bill's productions and a half-an-half scarf with the teams of PSG's choice. Also asked if they could throw in Mbappe as a make-weight.

Sky Sports' Alan Myers is back again with an update. Everton have reportedly submitted an offer to PSG for Hugo Ekitike. It isn't a foregone conclusion as Myers reports that the French side are considering the sale of the striker.

Pat Kelly
10 Posted 09/08/2023 at 21:20:32
Barry, it’s easy to make offers you can’t deliver. I’m not falling for it.

No way is Bill giving away a lifetime membership to his productions.

Tony Everan
11 Posted 09/08/2023 at 21:22:08
It's rumbling on with more detail so maybe there's something in it, a loan deal for this season with a £35M obligation to buy.

Pat Kelly
12 Posted 09/08/2023 at 21:25:42
On the plus side, if we don't get a striker in, this time next year we could be in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

I see Gnonto is not in the Leeds squad tonight. He must be packing his bags for Finch Farm tomorrow.

Jack Convery
13 Posted 09/08/2023 at 21:43:17
This lad is the business – go get him, Thelwell!
Fran Mitchell
14 Posted 09/08/2023 at 21:57:25
Don't know much about him, and place this firmly in a 'wait and see' file before any premature declarations.

What is positive, however, is what appears to be the change in transfer strategy, albeit a few years late.

Thelwell appears to be leading the targets - he targeted Toure last summer but the board opted for Maupay (who I imagine was offered to them by agents). Whilst also bringing in Garner, Onana, and McNeil. Also attempted to bring in Kudus.

This summer Chermiti, Danjuma as well as targeting Toure again, and now this lad. Thelwell is clearly attempting to turn things round, despite all the limitations.

David West
15 Posted 09/08/2023 at 21:58:23
Exactly the type of player we want: young, quick, exciting, developing and a threat.

Gone from looking at players like Rondon to looking for players that could give us back some excitement on a Saturday! Thelwell is doing good up to now.

Get this guy!

Brian Williams
16 Posted 09/08/2023 at 21:58:55
According to Alan Myers Everton are "interested" but have made no bid yet.
Ray Robinson
17 Posted 09/08/2023 at 22:22:43
Pat, I sincerely hope you’re right but I’d see Gnonto’s absence tonight more as a case of Leeds fielding a weakened side in the Carabao Cup in order to save first team players for league matches
Barry Hesketh
18 Posted 09/08/2023 at 22:33:47
Apparently Gnonto asked to be left out of the Leeds Utd side tonight, as he wishes to look at his options – well, that's according to sources, as reported in the Mail.
Tony Everan
19 Posted 09/08/2023 at 22:37:18
Pat, rumoured he asked not to be considered tonight, is trying to force the issue and wants to leave. Maybe it’s just coincidence that the Italian press said we were back in for him today.
Soren Moyer
20 Posted 09/08/2023 at 23:13:11
We also need a creative midfielder who can score goals. Someone like Isi Palazón from Rayo Vallecano. Probably available for £10M or so.

It is very strange that we are not in the market for someone to replace Gylfi Sigurdsson or James Rodriguez!

Lester Yip
21 Posted 09/08/2023 at 23:19:46
No matter we're truely after this player or not, I think we're sending out signals that we have options. We are not desperate to buy a particular player if the seller try to play hardball. We'll move on to the next target so if you're a willing seller, you'd better come to the table now. Or the ship will be gone.

At last we have someone who knows how to get a deal done smartly.

Barry Hesketh
22 Posted 09/08/2023 at 23:27:06
I don't know whether Grand Old Team is having a nervous breakdown, or somebody has hacked their forums, but someone on their site posted this an hour or so ago:

Esk on twitter now saying that 777 are buying Everton outright and getting shut of Moshiri and the rest.

The reason for my reluctance to accept this as 'news' is that it's possibly from months ago, and the pages on GOT have gone into meltdown, plus since 'X' came into being I can't read tweets unless I sign up to the platform. Anyone else have access to 'X' and can read Esk's latest tweets?

Sam Hoare
23 Posted 09/08/2023 at 23:41:08
Ekitike would be a strange one. Talented player but presuming we're just about to sign Chermiti we'd have Calvert-Lewinplus two talented youngsters as back-up.

Neither Chermiti nor Ekitike can play out wide that convincingly. Ekitike may be a bit further on than Chermiti but would be odd to spend big on 2 youngsters in same position.

Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 09/08/2023 at 23:43:06
Sam #23, I doubt we will. Assume that if we sign one we will drop our interest in the other.

Off-topic, Ryan O'Hanlon and Bill Connelly of ESPN are out today predicting we'll finish 13th. I love those guys.

Fran Mitchell
25 Posted 09/08/2023 at 23:43:54
Barry, very unlikely 777 are involved in any sort of takeover... They were linked with a takeover, but have since been found to be an incredibly dodgy group of criminals and the clubs they have bought are in all sorts of trouble for outstanding debt payments.

The 777 football mystery – Josimar Football

Ben King
26 Posted 09/08/2023 at 23:44:25
Lester #21,

I'd be inclined to agree except we haven't managed to buy a single player yet and our first game is in 3 days time. A winnable fixture that our manager says our top striker isn't available for.

Hence we haven't got a single permanent deal done yet. Personally I'm not particularly happy as things stand.

Ed Prytherch
27 Posted 09/08/2023 at 23:59:12
Paul #2, that's brilliant - Leccy Legs, never heard it before. I worked for MANWEB for a few years and that would have been a great nickname back then.
Mick Davies
28 Posted 10/08/2023 at 00:09:28
Ed, Leccy legs is a city centre legend! Anyway, this latest fantasy will probably only come to Everton if we pay enough for someone to kidnap him
Jamie Sweet
29 Posted 10/08/2023 at 00:19:09
Barry, I just checked The Esk on X, and it appears he suffered a stroke a few days ago. He reports he is on the mend and no permanent damage done. I'm sure we all wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.

No mention of what you were talking about, although the thought of 777 taking control could be enough to trigger a serious medical event if any of what has been written about them is true.

Steve Brown
30 Posted 10/08/2023 at 00:46:22
Ekitike, Gnonto, exciting stuff.

Sounds like we are about to sell someone.

Steve Brown
31 Posted 10/08/2023 at 00:47:19
Hope Andy Lonergan has been keeping up with his stretching.
Barry Hesketh
32 Posted 10/08/2023 at 01:35:23
Jamie @29,

Sorry to hear about Paul's health issues, here's hoping he makes a quick and full recovery.

On the GOT 'news' I suspect that a few of the posters took advantage of the members only access to Twitter, sorry X, and posted something which couldn't be easily verified or denied. I thought it unlikely that 777 would be involved at all, never mind purchasing the whole shebang.

Paul Ferry
33 Posted 10/08/2023 at 04:36:46
Paul, get better soon mate, we need you now more than ever. So sorry to hear about this, but made up that you are on the mend and in high spirits.

Well, we might not be in the best of shape, but Luton we are not.

Luton Town's Baz on bagging Ross Barkley: "We have pulled off a statement signing, Ross Barkley has signed for Luton Town ... If you told me last year that we'd be signing RB. I would have just laughed at you ... we've shocked the whole footballing world today".



Jay Harris
34 Posted 10/08/2023 at 04:43:00
There is talk on social media that MSP are not proceeding with the 25% plan and Kenwright will remain as chairman for this season as Moshiri is concerned that any funds he may receive will be withheld as he is still a person of interest viz a viz his connection with Usmanov. Apparently, it is being claimed that his English bank account had been closed.

How true any of this is I don't know as it is just posting on social media and anyone can post anything on there but there must be a reason MSP have not concluded the arrangement.

Anyway I am sure we all wish Paul the Esk a speedy and full recovery.

Jerome Shields
35 Posted 10/08/2023 at 06:10:20
I think we all know that Everton need a fill-in striker. So hopefully looking for one is more than speculation.

Get. well soon to Paul the Esk. You are already missed. A stroke is something nobody wants, but in most cases a good recovery can be made from one.

Sean Roe
36 Posted 10/08/2023 at 06:43:47
If there are any other clubs interested, he won't be coming here.
Paul Hewitt
37 Posted 10/08/2023 at 06:50:23
Never thought the MSP deal was going to happen anyway.
Colin Glassar
38 Posted 10/08/2023 at 06:53:28
Jay, everything involving Moshiri and Kenwright is dodgy. MSP, BMD, transfers etc... are all under a cloud of suspicion.

As for us being linked to this kid, well, thanks for the early morning laugh.

Alan J Thompson
39 Posted 10/08/2023 at 06:56:10
If we are interested in this player, is he to be our main striker, a back-up for Calvert-Lewin or to play alongside him which then begs the question of the future for Chermiti, Cannon and Dobbin given that there doesn't seem much between the ages of the four of them.

And Paul the Esk, here's hoping for your quick and full recovery as trying to make some sense of Eveton's financial mess would do anyone's head in.

Tony Everan
40 Posted 10/08/2023 at 07:02:12
Best wishes to Paul the Esk, hope you have a speedy and full recovery. Nobody gives a better insight into Everton's finances for the fans than Paul. Hope you are back on form soon.

Sam, Mike, I was thinking the same last night, how does this square up with signing Chermiti? It puts him way down the pecking order.

Will we go for one or the other? Maybe even sign both for succession planning if Calvert-Lewin is planning to leave next summer? I'm sure it will become clearer at some point.

Sean Roe
42 Posted 10/08/2023 at 07:08:54
This isn't us working through a list of potential employees that have been carefully monitored by our scouting team over the course of a season.

At this point, we are literally trying to sign anybody that has two legs and plays in the striker position. Pathetic!

Eddie Dunn
43 Posted 10/08/2023 at 07:31:15
Paul-the Esk, so sorry to hear that news. Do get better soon mate.

On the transfer speculation, is the club showing targets that it has other options or are we simply running down a list and getting told to sod-off?

Eric Myles
45 Posted 10/08/2023 at 07:54:32
Paul #33, Barkley is no doubt a marquee signing for a club like Luton but there's going to be a lot of pressure on him to perform now.

Good luck to the lad, except for the two games against us.

Jay #34, if Moshiri's UK Bank account is closed, I've no doubt he has half a dozen others that he can receive funds into.

Re:Gnonto, it would make sense not to get "cup tied" from both sides this early in case of a potential move.

Peter Hodgson
46 Posted 10/08/2023 at 07:55:46
Does this talk of a new forward from PSG mean that Chermiti or the long rumoured Gnonto isn't coming? Never had a deal of faith in either to be honest.

Probably means that we will end up with Maupay's brother if we are lucky!

Brian Williams
47 Posted 10/08/2023 at 08:06:52
Re my post @16.

Alan Myers has since given an update that Everton have now made an official bid.

Fingers crossed.

Andrew Keatley
48 Posted 10/08/2023 at 08:19:10
I am starting to suspect that major panic/outrage is on the verge of setting in. I hope I am very wrong but being linked with Ekitike feels like one of three things:

1. A complete smokescreen.

2. An exciting loan signing with a sizeable option to buy that we have no expectation of ever paying; it's just considered the best short-term plan to get a quality player through the door without any real outlay and hopefully get us that little bit closer to another year as a Premier League club without having to spend any major transfer money. But it makes me think we really don't have any significant money to spend at all.

3. An option lined up by Moshiri and Kenwright that they hope will appease the fans when we end up selling Onana or Pickford or Branthwaite (or even 2 of the 3) - but, hey, we have Ekitike on loan, so…

Maybe I am being very pessimistic but with Kenwright still pulling the strings it's hard to think that there aren't going to be some serious bumps in the road before the transfer window closes.

All the best to Paul the Esk.

Tony Everan
49 Posted 10/08/2023 at 08:27:20
Andrew, another angle is that next summer Calvert-Lewin will have 1 year left on his contract that expires in June 2025. He may want to move on rather than sign a new contract.

If fit, we get a fee which we use to pay the obligation on Ekitike. Is this Thelwell thinking ahead, getting the quality replacement in now on loan?

Brent Stephens
50 Posted 10/08/2023 at 08:33:58
Just picked up on Paul the Esk's stroke. Hopefully minor, as intimated above. Best wishes, Paul. Those financially-based articles are just superb.
David Bromwell
51 Posted 10/08/2023 at 08:34:02
All this transfer gossip is so unsettling and like many, I shall be glad when it's all over.

However, more importantly I hope that we get some good news re Paul the Esk's health. I am sure that all the people who read Paul's financial reports will want to wish him well and a very speedy recovery.

Mal van Schaick
52 Posted 10/08/2023 at 08:37:57
It will be Willie Eckerslike from Weatherfield rovers next!
Christopher Timmins
53 Posted 10/08/2023 at 09:09:44

I had a minor stroke back in October 2018, just after my 56th birthday, while on holidays in Portugal. There is definitely life after it. I would think that I am far healthier now than I was prior to the stroke. Treat it as a warning and make whatever adjustments are necessary; however, Everton FC must remain part of your life.

My recovery started with a 2-1 win at Leicester. I followed the game from my iPad while recovering in my hospital bed in Faro. Sigurdsson scored a screamer to win the game. I was back working in my Accountancy business by the end of that October and I have never looked back.

The best of luck in the future!

Paul Hewitt
54 Posted 10/08/2023 at 09:10:51
Lad wants a move to Lens apparently. So that's the end of that. We can move on now.
Brian Harrison
55 Posted 10/08/2023 at 09:15:15
I watched a programme last night about the sale of some very expensive houses, and one was just outside Wilmslow. The 2 agents who were looking to sell the house valued at £6 million were talking in the car about potential buyers.

One said with it being located not far from Manchester and Liverpool, they could see players from Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool being interested.

He then said, "But not Everton players – they aren't big enough to have players who could afford it." Just shows how far we have fallen when even muppets like these make these comments.

Stu Darlington
56 Posted 10/08/2023 at 09:16:32
We get these rumours every window: Ekitike, Chermiti, Gnonto… just the latest in a long long line! I'm amazed experienced posters still get excited by this tripe. I'd be surprised if any of them end up at Everton.

The Chermiti saga is dragging on and on, he'll probably u-turn and end up at Luton or Bournemouth; Ekitiké seems to have a preference for Lens; and Gnonto will probably end up at Villa. Sorry to pour cold water on people's summer optimism but that's been the pattern in recent years.

Che Adams was in the frame at one time but even that's looking dodgy now. Maybe the best bet to happen yet, however!

Dave Abrahams
57 Posted 10/08/2023 at 09:47:55
If the rumours of MSP pulling out are true, maybe it is Kenwright still being on board is holding up them coming in.

Best of luck to Paul the Esk, I think Christopher (53) is giving him some good advice.

Si Pulford
58 Posted 10/08/2023 at 09:57:11
Stu, to be fair, mate, if the club have bid for Ekitike (and if Alan Myers says they have then that's good enough for me…) but the player doesn't want to come here, what can they do?! Seems there are more attractive clubs than us.

We are in a shocking position and, if I was a player, I wouldn't want to come here.

But Thelwell seems to be working his bollocks off to get young players with re-sale value into the club to hopefully transform the style of play and financial situation of the club.

It's not tripe, we may not sign the players we're in for but it looks like we're at least making bids and trying to get players in. Multiple sources say we've bid for Etikite (if he chooses to go elsewhere that's on him…) Chermiti is about to have a medical (not sure what more can be done there) and as for Gnonto, I'm not sure we've actually made a bid but either way he's refusing to play for Leeds…

I'll go for ‘summer realism' over ‘summer optimism' and wait and see, I thought last summer's business was really good apart from a striker. The less said about January, the better, in fairness.

And as for Che Adams... I'd actually be happy with that!

Mark Murphy
59 Posted 10/08/2023 at 09:58:54
Maybe these two aren't back ups for Calvert-Lewin.

Maybe they're his replacement plus a back-up…

Tony Abrahams
60 Posted 10/08/2023 at 09:59:10
Everything is just rumour, except the complete silence around Everton, even with our first game of the new season, now just 53 hours away.

Best of luck to Paul The Esk, with my advice being that constantly thinking about people like Bill Kenwright only causes massive stress. You love the blues Paul, but your health is more important, mate.

Bill Gienapp
61 Posted 10/08/2023 at 10:06:51
No idea if this will pan out, but last summer when it was first announced that Onana preferred us to West Ham, everyone laughed and said that was a load of crap too.

Let's just see what happens.

Dan Nulty
62 Posted 10/08/2023 at 10:28:09
Fair old leap that Gnonto is pushing for a move to us. I'd imagine there are others in for him too.

Good to see we are going for young attacking talent as well. Hopefully they will develop in to top players who drag us up the table and also give us a profit.

Joe McMahon
63 Posted 10/08/2023 at 10:29:27
Here's hoping, Bill, but West Ham Utd won a European Trophy 3 only months ago so I'm hoping that doesn't sway him.
Mark Taylor
64 Posted 10/08/2023 at 10:54:59
Paul the Esk, if you're reading this, add my best wishes for a speedy recovery to all the others. I regard your articles as essential reading and full of insight. Get well soon.
Peter Hodgson
65 Posted 10/08/2023 at 10:56:38
It is being reported on a French football site that PSG have accepted our offer (whether it be an initial loan prior to a sale or a straight sale) and now it is up to the lad himself. He has said he would prefer to go to Lens.

PSG accept Everton's Hugo Ekitiké offer, Frenchman keen on Lens move

Just in case there are any legs to this, does anyone know anything about Ekitike?

If this true has Chermiti had second thoughts or have we got fed up of waiting for him?

Brian Williams
66 Posted 10/08/2023 at 11:08:02
Chermiti should be announced today. This guy is in addition to Chermiti.
Alex Gray
67 Posted 10/08/2023 at 11:13:10
Get better soon, Paul!!

The noise appears to be a bit more positive. Chermiti looks to be completed today after the work permit issues. Gnonto looks to be forcing a move and Ekitike is a serious player.

From all accounts, PSG have accepted the bid but we have a job on our hands convincing the player to join but you've got to be in it to win it.

Dom, Ekitike and Chermiti would be a dream scenario. Ekitike could fill in for Dom and it gives Chermiti time to develop. All three strikers over 6 ft and we can play roughly in the same way.

Gnonto, Danjuma, McNeil and Iwobi on the wings looks better than last season too. Obviously there's no guarantee we get both or either of them but we're going for the right profile!

Peter Hodgson
68 Posted 10/08/2023 at 11:17:34
Interesting. I suppose the next question is Gnonto. What is happening with this saga? He is pushing to come is the latest. Do we believe it and will he?

I'm getting fed up with it all, to be honest.

Garry Martin
69 Posted 10/08/2023 at 11:21:09
Everton have been doing this type of 'rumour milling' for years.

It keeps the fans believing that they are trying to bring in players, when all the time they have no intention.

Alex Gray
70 Posted 10/08/2023 at 11:31:26
Garry that's a ridiculous comment. Why would the club not want to buy players? You do know by us going down it screws them over too?

Papers make up fake links all the time but when reputable sources come out (Myers etc) there's always something to it.

Stu Darlington
71 Posted 10/08/2023 at 12:08:34
So @58,

Take your point about trying to bring in young players with potential and sell-on value. That's obviously a step in the right direction.

I guess I've seen so many disappointing outcomes over the years I've become a little cynical and certainly can't get excited until I actually see the players in a blue shirt.

I also find it quite depressing that clubs like Forest, Bournemouth, Brighton and Brentford can be perceived as more attractive to young players than us but that's not helped by financial uncertainty and poor top management.

I'd also be happy with Che Adams!

Mike Doyle
72 Posted 10/08/2023 at 12:11:25
Garry & Alex. It's not just the supporters of EFC who have to suffer this stuff.

My brother was quite friendly with a manager who explained how difficult it is to get any transfer over the line, not least because as soon as an offer is made both the player's agent and selling club will see if they can find a better offer.

The involvement of social media only adds to the frustration.
Even the 'elite' clubs have this problem to deal with.
I see this morning that Chelsea who have been pursuing Brighton's Caciedo for months may about to be gazzumped by Liverpool.

Sadly the days of Harry Catterick meeting a player in a motor way service station and doing the deal on the spot are long gone.

Danny Baily
73 Posted 10/08/2023 at 12:12:35
The right profile, just get it done Everton.
Rob Halligan
74 Posted 10/08/2023 at 12:20:13
Peter # 65……..the only thing I know about Etikite is that his name is a palindrome.
Sam Hoare
75 Posted 10/08/2023 at 12:21:43
Bournemouth getting Alex Scott for £25M. Good player. I'd probably rather get him or someone like him than Ekitike (assuming we're getting Chermiti). All very well buying finishers but you need creators as well.
Steve Cotton
76 Posted 10/08/2023 at 12:32:45
Gnontos bags are packed.
Andrew McLawrence
77 Posted 10/08/2023 at 12:43:15
Rob @74, that got me thinking. Have there beeen any other palindromes that have played for us?
Alan McGuffog
78 Posted 10/08/2023 at 12:52:34
There was a Hannah, I think, in our early days.
Ernie Baywood
79 Posted 10/08/2023 at 12:53:54
Can't think of any.

I've heard a few called 'tit' from time to time.

Ajay Gopal
80 Posted 10/08/2023 at 12:57:40
Sam (75),

I would hazard a guess that Garner can be the provider, in addition to McNeil and Iwobi who weigh in with a fair number of assists. If we can get 2 out of Ekitike, Chermiti and Gnonto and let go of Gray and Maupay and 1 of Holgate or Godfrey, this would be a very, very good transfer window.

Gomes and Gbamin should also be sold or loaned out to get their wages off the books. I still hold out a romantic fantasy that Alli will come good and fire us to European glory.

A squad of:

Calvert-Lewin, Ekitike, Gnonto (or Chermiti), Danjuma, Dobbin, Alli
Iwobi, McNeil, Garner, Doucouré, Onana, Gana
Mykolenko, Young, Patterson, Coleman, Branthwaite, Tarkowski, Keane, Holgate (or Godfrey)
Pickford, Virginia

Is very decent, in my opinion.

Dan Nulty
81 Posted 10/08/2023 at 12:58:49
Alex Hannah.
Keith Gleave
82 Posted 10/08/2023 at 13:05:56
Can any transfer by this club take less than 15 days?

Or of course, when another club comes in and takes the player, it is "Well, we tried but couldn't quite get this player over the line."

Come on and pull your finger out.

Peter Mills
83 Posted 10/08/2023 at 13:15:31
We had Bob (the Pole).
Dave Abrahams
84 Posted 10/08/2023 at 13:20:56
George Hannah was born in Liverpool but made his name with Newcastle United in the 1950s, after starting his career in Northern Ireland.
Tony Everan
85 Posted 10/08/2023 at 13:29:22
Malik Mothersille Is another rumour today, 19-year-old forward from Chelsea's academy. Another one that Thelwell has been keeping tabs on?
Andrew Keatley
86 Posted 10/08/2023 at 13:35:48
Sam (75),

You don't think they're overpaying for Alex Scott? Lots of potential there, and his languid style is fun to watch, but he's played 7,000 minutes of football and isn't in double figures for goals or assists yet. He's hardly James Maddison.

I actually think that Alex Scott still isn't sure what position he should play in. It's all well and good to be versatile enough to be able to sit deep in midfield and pass/tackle, or play off the strikers and try to pull strings, but being good enough to do both well is no substitute for being able to do either brilliantly.

Bobby Mallon
87 Posted 10/08/2023 at 14:01:09
Paul, I had a mini stroke August 2020 and there is life after definitely. Get well soon, mucker.
Matt Muzi
88 Posted 10/08/2023 at 14:11:39
Somebody has probably already said it, but is this the lad Newcastle were after for a while?
Kevin Molloy
89 Posted 10/08/2023 at 14:12:49
Dyche has just said it's all news to him.
Marc Hints
90 Posted 10/08/2023 at 14:14:33
There has been an offer, I think Dyche has been told to play it down from the media.

Dale Self
91 Posted 10/08/2023 at 14:27:01
Get well soon Paul. There is much more understanding and better treatment these days. Come back stronger by living better.
Christy Ring
92 Posted 10/08/2023 at 15:46:40
Paul, wishing you a full recovery.

Dyche just said in his press conference, that there was no contact whatsoever for Ekitike, and liked Gnonto as a footballer, which was encouraging. He said Gray, Gomes and Holgate were part of the squad.

Our problem is not being able to offer big cash deals upfront, limits the quality of player we can go for. I also see where Kompany has signed Berge, a good midfielder.

The Mail reporter has tipped us for relegation, no surprise there.

Mike Gaynes
93 Posted 10/08/2023 at 15:48:35
Wishing you all the best, Paul.
Paul Ferry
94 Posted 10/08/2023 at 15:56:31
My Ross post was more a comment on Luton and the Luton lad rather than Ross himself (33).

I actually hope that Ross is sensational at the Hatters - except for two games - and proves a lot of people wrong, including a long history of derision, insults, and mocking on here.

What is it in our recent DNA that ends up with us nearly always leaving anything to the last minute, either before something starts or something closes?

West Ham made a nice signing today and, with Ward-Prowse to come, there's the makings of a decent post-Rice midfield there. I do think that West Ham is round about where we need to be aiming this season.

Two incoming young strikers? Well, perhaps, but we need someone in the middle who can create chances.

Alex Gray
95 Posted 10/08/2023 at 15:57:53
Matt, he is. Newcastle, Everton and Bayern were after him but he chose PSG.

Dyche will play it down until it's a goer. It was only this weekend he said nobody was coming. I did notice he didn't refute Gnonto though.

Also Gnonto is getting flack off Leeds fans because he's liking photos of him in an Everton kit on social media, if that means anything.

Ekitike has other suitors and, until we know what he wants to do, Dyche will say it's not happening as expected.

Jack Convery
96 Posted 10/08/2023 at 16:14:24
The Mexican International, Edson Alvarez, has just signed for West Ham Utd for £35M. He played for Mexico in the Gold Cup as a CB/DM. Mexico won the competition.

However, a compatriot of Alvarez, Luis Chavez is available on a free. Chavez played defensive midfield throughout the Gold Cup tournament for Mexico. He has 24 caps and is first choice for the Mexico manager.

Thelwell should take a look at this guy. He's a year older than Alvarez, being 27. He's played 77 games over the last 2 seasons, with no injury problems. We need an extra dependable player for the midfield and this bloke looks like he could be it.

If Alvarez was willing to play in Europe, maybe Chavez would do too?

Marc Hints
97 Posted 10/08/2023 at 16:24:58
Willy Gnonto on his way, then.

Great signing!

Barry Hesketh
98 Posted 10/08/2023 at 16:38:43
Marc @97,

It's been reported that Gnonto wants to come to Everton. He has apparently agreed terms; however, Leeds and Everton have yet to agree a fee.

Marc Hints
100 Posted 10/08/2023 at 16:45:13
Barry @97,

Yes, exactly what's being reported with sources on Twitter that are ususally spot on. I think they will have to agree a fee as he wants the move, hence not playing for them last the other night.

Stephen Davies
101 Posted 10/08/2023 at 16:46:48
Alan Myers makes a very relevant point.

Any negotiations are with someone who ran the San Francisco 49ers owners, who will be no mugs.

Robert Tressell
102 Posted 10/08/2023 at 16:49:01
Looks like deals are starting to happen as we get to the brink of the season starting and players, selling clubs, buying clubs and agents are getting a clearer picture of what the options really are.

It is very encouraging to me that the players most strongly linked now are dynamic, athletic attackers (wing forwards or strikers) – with lots of room to grow and develop with us. Ekitike and Gnonto are extremely talented players with very strong (albeit very different) physical attributes.

I'm not too fussed about midfield creators (at least this summer). The midfield will be based on the hard running of a trio (3 of Garner, Onana, Gueye and Doucoure) – much like Liverpool. Creativity comes from the full-backs and a player like McNeil (and Gnonto if we get him). Garner and Onana are also good enough on the ball to play through the lines if we need to.

If we manage to sign Danjuma, Gnonto, Ekitike and Chermiti I think that would be truly staggering achievement. Even three of the four would put us in a really good position entering the season.

Paul Tran
103 Posted 10/08/2023 at 16:51:05
A case in point as to why transfers 'take a long time'.

We've clearly had an 'interest' in him all summer. They're adamant that they don't want to sell. As we get further towards the window, relatively credible sources are saying he's always wanted to come here and terms are agreed. No doubt pushed by him/his agent.

And he's asked not to play last night. Now we have to make an offer Leeds can't refuse, while no doubt they're hawking him elsewhere for a better deal.

If he really does want to come here, we'll get him.

Joe McMahon
104 Posted 10/08/2023 at 16:55:17
Given, our financial limits how are we affording this? We only have 2 players worth good money and no one has bid for them.

Teams that wanted goalkeepers seem to have sorted themselves so Pickford is definitely staying.

Barry Hesketh
105 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:01:58
Joe @104,

I'd expect at least one of our more valuable assets to be sold.

I notice that Real Madrid's goalkeeper, Courtois, has what looks like a season-ending injury. Could Pickford be considered as a possible replacement? Maybe not as De Gea's representatives have been approached.

Jay Harris
106 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:03:28

I'm guessing if Gnonto story has any legs we will sell Gray for £12M to Fulham… maybe after the game on Saturday.

Also, we have just got the Premier League money so cashflow is easier and I'm hoping the accounts are in better shape having got rid of many of the squad and 3 expensive non-contributing directors.

Robert Tressell
107 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:05:03
Paul the Esk, only just scrolled back through the thread and seen your news. Do get well and take care.

Joe # 104, I think Thelwell is working very hard to strengthen the squad without selling the Crown Jewels. That means loan deals (like Danjuma) and payment on the drip deals (like Onana last season). As a broader observation that's why it's taking some time to seal these deals presumably – because the selling clubs will be hoping someone comes in with more favourable terms. Fingers crossed.

Tony Everan
108 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:07:24
Delighted Gnonto looks like it happening, Romano saying the player wants to come on a 5-year deal, terms agreed. The Bobble saying Everton in negotiations now with Leeds. Both very well connected sources. Hope we get this one over the line.

Robert, ‘If we manage to sign Danjuma, Gnonto, Ekitike and Chermiti I think that would be truly staggering achievement'. Starting to look like it's a possibility.

Joe McMahon
109 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:08:47
True Jay and Barry, I'm guessing it will also cost money to releave Blubber chops of his duties. Unless he does the honourable thing and just leave. (yeah right)
Paul Kossoff
111 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:19:59
Here is the the brilliant goal Dobin scores against Monza at Goodison.


Brian Harrison
112 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:29:29
I see its being widely reported that Harry Kane will stay at Spurs, despite Spurs and Bayern agreeing a 100 million Euro transfer fee.

What do they say about revenge being sweeter as a dish served cold.

Kane apparently had an agreement with Levy the other season that, provided a club met his £100 million valuation, Levy would let him leave, but reneged on the deal when City offered the £100 million for Kane.

Now Levy probably thought “I will keep you for another season and sell you prior to this season starting and we will still get our £100 million.”

Kane let the clubs agree a fee then decided “I am not going” and made sure Levy doesn't get a penny for him. Come January, he will be able to sign a contract with Bayern and will probably get a huge chunk of the fee they were going to pay Spurs as a signing on fee.

Or he can wait till next summer and see who offers him the most to sign for them.

Dale Self
113 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:30:30
Thanks Tony! Having a group of young exciting players supporting each other will make a huge difference. We already have a core that can help them settle and a coach who knows how to make wins happen when they are not in top form.
Mike Hayes
114 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:34:21
Brian Harrison - that would be great to see if it happened not a fan of Kane or Levy but good on Kane if true 💙
Neil Copeland
115 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:41:18
Paul the Esk, get well soon.
Ben King
116 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:44:16
Personally I hate Kane after he dived against us last season and got them the penalty away.

He then got Doucoure sent off in our home match which nearly cost us relegation.

I'm an England fan but he blazed the important penalty over the bar versus France.

So I've got nothing good to say for him whatsoever and would be happy if he left the Premier League so we have 1 less striker against us that can influence the refs against us.

Paul Tran
117 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:45:54
Joe #104, nothings happened yet!

If/when it does, it'll be as much as possible little money up front, fee spread over a long period. And then we'll let some out of the door and get a few quid back for them.

That's the reason why these deals take longer. Remember seven years ago? No delays then, because we paid over the odds for players with no thought, strategy or governance.

I like today's methods better.

Steve Brown
118 Posted 10/08/2023 at 17:57:28
Perhaps Kane wants to go to another English club.

He is playing a blinder with Levy if that is the case. Stay completely silent while Levy negotiates for weeks with Bayern, then turn it down and indicate that he will see out the final year of his contract.

A Premier League rival comes in with a late low-ball bid and Levy is faced with accepting it or letting him leave for nothing next summer.

Jay Harris
119 Posted 10/08/2023 at 18:02:15

That was my thought too.

If he stays and Spurs win something, he may opt to stay further but if he runs his contract down, he can then get a sizeable signing-on fee from Man Utd and screw Levy.

Joe McMahon
120 Posted 10/08/2023 at 18:20:45
I'm with Ben, I can't stand Kane.

Well over 6 ft and rolls around feigning injury. He's called Harry Claim for a reason, and it's why I do struggle to support England.

Charles Brewer
121 Posted 10/08/2023 at 18:38:32
I think we need to hear more about this exciting new season's signings from Bill "Boys Pen" Kenwright.

How is the Mbappé bid going? Has Haaland agreed to join us yet? What about the talks with Kevin de Bruyne? Has Harry Kane denied the nonsense about going to Germany and confirmed that his lifelong ambition has been to join Everton?

My guess is we'll re-sign Andy Gray, Fred Pickering and Alan Ball.

Barry Hesketh
122 Posted 10/08/2023 at 18:42:26
Whatever the merits of Harry Kane the footballer, I'd love to know how ToffeeWeb would react if our major asset and local boy decided to shaft the Everton hierarchy by deciding to stay at the club and thus lose circa £100M knowing full well there would be an opportunity to leave 12 months later on a free, thereby bagging himself an even larger slice of the cake and leaving the club with nowt.

No need to reply, I think we all know what most of the ToffeeWeb family would say, and it wouldn't be at all complimentary toward the player.

Having said all that, we barely get a couple of years of enjoying our better 'strikers', no matter who's been in charge.

Simon Dalzell
123 Posted 10/08/2023 at 18:49:07
Very much agree Tony 108. If we can land Gnonto that would be an exciting addition. Please Everton get this one done.
Brian Wilkinson
124 Posted 10/08/2023 at 18:50:37
Not a fan of Kane either, but I would love him to run his contract down and shaft Levy big time.
Colin Glassar
125 Posted 10/08/2023 at 18:57:56
Sadly we are like a bunch of rabbits looking for holes to dive into.

MSP is another Kenwright-inspired distraction to keep the natives looking at their bellybuttons.

Will we ever learn that these two gobshites are leading us down a path to perdition?

Christy Ring
126 Posted 10/08/2023 at 19:01:18
Don't like Kane's diving, but I do hope he gets one up on Levy. Off the field, he seems like a very nice person

Remember earlier in the season when the young Everton fan who met the Everton players and needs a big operation, didn't Harry send him his jersey and said he hopes he doesn't mind that it's not his favourite team? A nice touch.

Peter Warren
127 Posted 10/08/2023 at 19:08:47
Barry, like Spurs fans, if we had a player of Kane's ilk who got refused a move after years of loyalty and still played brilliantly after that but then refused a move in last year of his contract, we'd all say fair enough.

As for this striker from PSG, sounds a load of rubbish. I don't see the rage about Gnonto but not seen much of him. I would much rather we sign a striker who can perform immediately, like Antonio from West Ham.

George Cumiskey
128 Posted 10/08/2023 at 19:12:48
Didn't Ross Barkley pull a similar stroke on Everton but to a lesser degree?

And if I owned PSG, I wouldn't even let Mbappe train at the club, he is definitely someone who thinks he's bigger than the club.

Si Pulford
129 Posted 10/08/2023 at 19:14:36
If one of our players (who I constantly hear should be more nasty) got us a home win and an away draw last season using the ‘dark arts', I'd have been delighted. Stings when it happens to you but we overlook it when our own do it.

Tarkowski has bought much needed aggression and a bit of shit housery and Pickford isn't immune.

When I think of Liverpool players strolling through us on the break at Anfield last season, I'd have loved a Lee Carsley type to take them out on half-way.

All teams have divers. It's the modern game… and if we can't beat them, we might as well join them.

Sam Hoare
130 Posted 10/08/2023 at 19:20:28
Andrew @86. I think £25M for Alex Scott includes all bonuses etc. It's probably a lot less than that initially.

I think clocking up 7,000 minutes in the Championship before you're 20 is very good going and, whilst agree he hasn't necessarily nailed down his best position yet, I reckon he looks nailed on to be a very good player, wherever he settles.

I like Bournemouth's business this summer a lot. Kluivert on the cheap, Faivre is mercurial of great things, Scott and Kerkez are both players I wanted who were on my summer targets list and Traore is a player who looked fantastic a year or two back but has stalled slightly.

Raymond Fox
131 Posted 10/08/2023 at 19:26:05
One good thing today, Kane sounds like he's finally going somewhere.

It was doing my head in reading every day what was happening with him, talk about a saga.

Mike Gaynes
132 Posted 10/08/2023 at 19:39:25
If anybody still wants to know why Messi chose Miami over the huge bucks in Saudi Arabia...

Longtime buddy of mine was in Fort Lauderdale this week playing mini-golf with his brothers. On the way out, there's Messi in the parking lot with his kids, heading in.

Nobody noticed him.

No mob, no bodyguards, no cameras except my buddy snapping a quick photo on his cellphone. (He sent it to me.)

First time in the man's life he's been able to take his children out for a family day like a regular person.

Normal life. That's why.

Mike Gaynes
133 Posted 10/08/2023 at 19:46:55
Jack #96, agreed.

I'd have Chavez in a second. Pure professional and a free-kick assassin -- the one he scored at the World Cup was an absolute screamer.

He bought out his own club contract so he could play in Europe -- specifically Moscow Dynamo of all places. With such deals extremely uncertain due to war sanctions etc, it seems like a great chance for us to swoop in and get a winner for nothing.

Kevin Molloy
134 Posted 10/08/2023 at 19:51:34
indeed Mike. We'd all still be wearing masks 6 feet apart if not for the chap who runs things over there.
Mike Gaynes
135 Posted 10/08/2023 at 20:00:51
Kevin #134 - ???
Paul Ferry
136 Posted 10/08/2023 at 20:09:48
You know this for sure Mike?(!)

"First time in the man's life he's been able to take his children out for a family day like a regular person".

I think this is less some sort of "laid back" US or Florida thing (in my experience Yanks are ace at bombing celebrities), than the fact that the vast majority of Floridians do not know what Messi looks like and a sizable number do not care or do not know who he is.

Andrew Keatley
137 Posted 10/08/2023 at 20:33:52
Sam (130) - I think Alex Scott is a good prospect, but for the rumoured £20 million fee (+ up to £5 million in add-ins) I definitely think it’s a bit toppy.

Bournemouth are a hard one to call. I personally think they might struggle this season, with a lot of their squad pretty green when it comes to Premier League football. Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kerkez, Kluivert, Traoré, Alex Scott and Outtara - there’s probably less than 50 Premier League games between them. If they struggle to adapt then it will put huge pressure on Billing and Solanke to do what they did last year and keep them in the league.

I like the look of Tavernier - he makes things happen, and Jaidon Anthony has something about him too. But if things don’t click for the fresh faces and the new manager Iraola then Bournemouth could be in the same trouble that Leeds found themselves in last season - and you liked their business too I seem to recall!

And as for Roman Faivre… lovely footballer, but he’s on loan at Lorient this season in what might be the strangest bit of transfer business of the summer. Not sure why Bournemouth bought him then immediately loaned him out when he’s 25 and might actually be their best player, but surely there will be a reason.

Brian Wilkinson
138 Posted 10/08/2023 at 20:35:41
Just a random question to lighten the mood.

Was anyone on ToffeeWeb unlucky enough to be sat or stood behind the guy who took the hat into the 84 cup final, that he later gave to John Bailey.

I was high up towards the right of the goal Sharp scored, but did not notice it in there.

Good job Maupay wasn’t playing then, he would have knocked it clean off his head.

Andrew Keatley
139 Posted 10/08/2023 at 20:49:30
Paul (136) - I suspect that is precisely what Mike was getting at, not that Americans or Floridians respect the space and privacy of celebrities because I think we all know that is not the case.

Mike (132) - Not actually sure that is the reason. I think the sponsorship deals, and the prospect of blowing open the American markets post World Cup triumph might have been a major contributing factor too. And maybe he didn’t want to go down the same road that Ronaldo was going down either. Plenty of contributing factors.

Paul Ferry
140 Posted 10/08/2023 at 20:53:52
Point taken Andrew (139).
Sam Hoare
141 Posted 10/08/2023 at 20:56:54
Andrew @137 if there's one thing that Everton have shown over the last 5 years its that PL experience can be very overrated!

Iraola is obviously a bit of a wildcard and its always hard to predict how new managers will bed in to the PL but I like him.

I was more impressed with Leed's business last summer than Bournemouth's and that obviously didn't end well (though they will make some decent profit on a few players) but the manager affect is so crucial.

I'd expect to see Bournemouth nearer the top 10 than relegation personally and I think the £20m spent on Alex Scott will look cheap in 4 years time if he steers clear of major injury.

Robert Tressell
142 Posted 10/08/2023 at 21:01:32
Bournemouth are assembling a lot of young talent together and now have players like Scott, Ouattara, Kerkez, Sabarnyi, Tavernier and Faivre who are capable of playing some very good stuff. However, a bit like Saints last season, they are doing this without the sort of platform provided by a number of more unremarkable steady eddies - one of whom (Lerma) has now departed for Palace.

It's therefore an extremely high risk play, especially under a new and inexperienced manager in Iraola. It might come off - who knows? But going into the season I'd put them most likely to go down other than the three promoted clubs.

Mike Gaynes
143 Posted 10/08/2023 at 23:37:11
PF, exactly. 95% of Americans wouldn't know the guy if they were sitting next to him at a restaurant. I'd say South Florida would be one of the most likely areas for him to be recognized, and apparently nobody did.

He can actually have some semblance of a normal life.

Paul Ferry
144 Posted 10/08/2023 at 23:51:54
John Lennon always said that he felt not that pampered and bothered in Manhattan MG.

Hope you're in good health and the family too.

Mike Gaynes
145 Posted 11/08/2023 at 00:20:53
Thanks, PF, all well and excited to be heading over to Goodison in September.

Meantime the Cubs are looking great, eh? Hope life is good for you in Chi-town.

Jamie Crowley
146 Posted 11/08/2023 at 01:40:30
The best Messi social media pic doing the rounds here in the Sunshine State is Lionel shopping in the Publix (Florida grocery store here) at like 11:30 pm.

He's got two huge boxes of Lucky Charms in the buggy. Hilarious.

Just grabbin' some late night groceries... with the GOAT.

In South Florida they defo know who Messi is. Yes, he can be way more invisible than in Spain obviously, but people will give him his space. There will be quick pics on cell phones, but no one will bum rush him or anything stupid like that.

Jamie Crowley
147 Posted 11/08/2023 at 01:43:56
Mike @ 132 -

He's also just killing it in MLS. Dude is just a beast, and he's giving 100% which is such a refreshing sight after years of good players coming here and taking the money and going through the motions.

Last true player we had Robbie Keane – gave 100% all the time.

Messi is doing the same and we've watched every game he's played in because it's an absolute joy.

Paul Ferry
148 Posted 11/08/2023 at 03:19:29
Just had a great week in London MG, but it's good to be back. September, brilliant! What a time you'll have. Cubs bossing the Cardinals, Mike, including two games at West Ham's gaff, and that's all that counts for a couple of my mates!!

Danny O’Neill
149 Posted 11/08/2023 at 06:00:45
Barry @122, it would be nice just to enjoy a striker!

Brian @138, I was behind that goal near the front, just to the right of the goal that Sharp scored in.

I don't recall a lot after watching Ratcliffe lift the trophy. As I've said before, I was more concerned my Dad was going to scale the fence and wondering how I was going to get home, 4 months out of plaster after a broken leg and still limping.

I don't know if it was on this thread, but Dyche has surprised me. we don't score (obvious reason) but we stopped conceding. But we also weren't dour and played some decent stuff. Brighton probably the best example.

On Kane, I was talking to a colleague who is a Tottenham season ticket holder yesterday. He is absolutely convinced he won't move.

His view is that he won't go to Germany. He won't go to Man City to play second fiddle to Haaland. He won't go to Man Utd (I contested that one). He wouldn't dare go to Chelsea (I contested that one too). He also said he won't go the Everton. I didn't contest that one.

Mike, if you're across in September, bring your luck and see your there if the planets align.

Joe Digney
150 Posted 11/08/2023 at 06:07:58
Ekitike seems like it's dodgy business by his agents and intermediaries to get him a deal sorted quickly after being told he's not wanted at PSG, they are just using Everton's early window interest as a method to push it out there.

No bid, no contact – I can't see that one happening at all (again according to The Bobble) but I hope The Bobble is wrong on this one as he'd be a quality addition.

Si Pulford
151 Posted 11/08/2023 at 08:42:35
The Bobble saying no contact but Alan Myers saying there is. I'll take Alan Myers over The Bobble any day. The Bobble hasn't really broken anything for a while now. Interesting to see how this plays out.

As for Messi. Apple are a massive reason he is in the states. They want MLS as its growth is huge and it will give them the platform to get into the Premier League. There's rumours Apple have basically sponsored Messi to the tune of hundreds of millions so he is making Saudi money without going there.

Mike Doyle
152 Posted 11/08/2023 at 08:51:39
In other news, Brighton showing everyone how to hold out for a big fee for one of your valuable assets. Why sell to Chelsea for £90M when Liverpool will offer £111M?

I wonder what Everton's stellar team of negotiators would have got for him?

Michael Lynch
153 Posted 11/08/2023 at 09:28:49
The Caicedo transfer is remarkable. I can only assume the RS are trying to force Chelsea to pay over the odds, and the whole thing is a bluff.

£111m? Seriously? Rice was less than that, and Bellingham only a couple of million more. Is he that sure a bet?

They could have had Tom Davies on a free.

Joe Digney
154 Posted 11/08/2023 at 16:47:44
Sounds like Moshiri is up to his old tricks again and pursuing this PSG lad on his own without the backing of the manager and the DoF.
Ashley Roberts
155 Posted 11/08/2023 at 17:08:24
I now read Ekitike is really a pseudonym for Che Adams. 😢

I will take the former and it's a definite no for the latter.

Mike Corcoran
156 Posted 11/08/2023 at 17:54:00
Ashley - more likely a pseudonym for Tom Davies
Tony Everan
157 Posted 11/08/2023 at 18:49:34
Joe, just read that, what on earth is going on?

“Work on the potential signing of Paris Saint-Germain's Hugo Ekitike is taking place at Everton without the knowledge or backing of everyone at the club." (Source:

Please don't say Moshiri is getting involved again without Thelwell and Dyche in the loop. Sure fire road to more dysfunctional recruitment.

Joe Digney
158 Posted 12/08/2023 at 01:58:44
Sounds like he is meddling in transfers again Tony and we all know the outcome, the lad ends up signing elsewhere leaving Thelwell and Co no time to find someone actually attainable.
Kieran Kinsella
159 Posted 12/08/2023 at 02:51:11
Tony and Joe,

The Bobble has denied any Everton interest and the Bobble is rumored to be a Kenwright relative. Dyche denied knowledge too. I can't see Thelwell going rogue so I imagine Moshiri is up to his old tricks buying another “gift” on an unsuspecting manager.

Danny O’Neill
160 Posted 12/08/2023 at 06:17:24
Meanwhile, my Tottenham friend was totally wrong.

Kane in Munich.

Levy is ruthless and knows how to work a deal.

Steve Brown
161 Posted 12/08/2023 at 06:44:23
Let’s be honest, Che Adams is crap.
Joe Digney
162 Posted 12/08/2023 at 13:07:07
yeh I seen the bobbles podcast the other day, interesting he denies all interest which makes me think the kenwright relative story could be true as he only gets his info from one half of the upper echelon and moshiri probably keeps him in the dark. Either way, moshiri sounds like he's rubbing shoulders with agents again which isn't a good sign.
Tony Abrahams
163 Posted 12/08/2023 at 13:27:12
I reckon it must have cost Levy at least £25 million to persuade Harry, to do the decent thing, especially after he cost him a treble by not allowing him to sign for Man City, last year?
Alex Parr
164 Posted 15/08/2023 at 00:18:24
Ekitike featuring again on the BBC Sport gossip column.
Jay Harris
165 Posted 15/08/2023 at 00:35:32
Didn't the lad himself say he wasn't interested in Everton or West Ham?
Dan Nulty
166 Posted 15/08/2023 at 12:38:45
If this happens our signings have been:


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