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Ekitiké speculation persists despite Dyche denial

| 21/08/2023 9comments  |  Jump to last

Sean Dyche may have played down reports that Everton have lodged a bid for Paris Saint-Germain forward, Hugo Ekitiké but sources in France continue to suggest that the Blues are in contact with Paris Saint-Germain regarding the forward.

Both Sky Sports News and Fabrizio Romano had reported earlier this month that the Blues had made a loan offer for Ekitike with an option to buy but Dyche later said that if there had been contact between the two clubs, he wasn't aware of it.

In the meantime, the feeling developed that any interest from Everton was likely to be trumped by other interested parties, notably Lens, Eintracht Frankfurt and now Lyon.

AC Milan and West Ham have also emerged as potential suitors, with the Hammers said to be offering a loan deal with an obligation to buy. 

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Romano has suggested that PSG want a total package worth around €35m for the player and the latest reporting from Le Parisien today still has Everton in the mix for the 21-year-old.


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Andrew Brookfield
1 Posted 21/08/2023 at 23:59:36
I would take this over Che Adams everyday, just please let that day be tomorrow.
Jack Convery
2 Posted 22/08/2023 at 00:20:45
No chance, too many well run clubs for him to choose from.
Dan Nulty
3 Posted 22/08/2023 at 09:50:54
I genuinely cannot believe there appears to be no urgency in improving this squad after Sunday. If it were me, I would have not gotten off the phone until deals agreed for at least 3 players by close of play yesterday.

We need new blood in for this weekend. If we lose again, that is 2 home game wins we have let go because of a lack of recruitment. I'm really starting to get angry now.

Anthony A Hughes
4 Posted 22/08/2023 at 10:15:01
You would think that we would have had a list in place for up to 3 players for each position where we are weakest going back months.

Centre-forward, central midfielder, playmaker, centre-back, the whole spine of the team. Add to that two fullbacks and a proper Number 10 if he's going to play that system too. Doucouré is never going to be the player to play off the centre-forward.

Mal van Schaick
5 Posted 22/08/2023 at 10:28:57
There are some other clubs that haven't done a lot of transfer business, maybe they don't need it, but we do.

I would have stuck with Keane but, after the Villa performance, get rid. Maupay, get rid. We still have Holgate on the books, get rid. Whatever we get for them, put it towards a new striker and a central defender. If we have any money left after that, Gnonto to replace Gray and maybe a loan or two for midfield.

The Villa performance demonstrates that some of these players cannot play together. They didn't have a clue what they were doing, and the manager and coaches must take some responsibility for that.

Get rid of the driftwood and get players in who have the desire and passion to do well for Everton, or else I fear the worst this season on the crest of a new stadium. How embarrassing will that be?

Niall McIlhone
6 Posted 22/08/2023 at 10:39:26
Ekiteke will go to Fulham if he does choose an English club, and the sad thing is, no explanation is needed as to why this is.

In the absence of Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi, McNeil and Harrison, my preference for the Wolves game would be that we go with our only remaining natural centre-forward in Cannon, with Chermiti on the bench. I would have Danjuma and Gray either side, but it looks like Demarai is on his way by the weekend, so maybe young Dobbin.

I just hope some rabbits can be pulled out the hat before the deadline. Maybe Adams will come in, but I cannot see the Gnonto deal going through, Leeds are playing hardball.

Ian Jones
7 Posted 22/08/2023 at 10:49:10
Dan, I am sure the club is working behind the scenes trying to get players in.

I can't imagine the club will be providing progress reports. Given our financial situation, it's not an easy process.

Steve Shave
9 Posted 22/08/2023 at 22:17:24
Ian Jones, do you per chance work for the Everton press office?
Ian Jones
10 Posted 28/08/2023 at 18:00:49
Steve, apologies for the delay in responding. As you'll probably realise, I don't work in the press office.

I don't post often but when I do, it's usually as a result of ridiculous statements that are often made by seasoned ToffeeWebbers

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