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02 Sep 2021 10:39:44
Morning Ed, just read that Portugal, Russia and Turkey all have transfer windows that are still open. Can see any more going? Only ones I can picture leaving now is tosun james and maybe delph but guessing james is going to be a struggle.


{Ed002's Note - Yes they are all open and efforts will continue to be made.}

1.) 02 Sep 2021 11:16:19
I think there will still be movement. Tosun and James will surely be priorities, clearly we’re still in a desperate situation, James wages off the books, even if we pay half, will help. Then there’s Gomes too, he may well leave, Delph, l will stay I reckon. On another note, why on earth were we after Donny VdB? We don’t need him? Unless we know James and Gomes are off?

2.) 02 Sep 2021 12:01:38
I wouldn't say desperate, Swinners, there's a lot been done to reduce the wage bill over the last 12 months. The likes of Bernard and Walcott leaving have saved a few quid.
We don't know for sure if we did bid for VDB, could just be paper talk. I've seen reports saying we made a late bid and others saying there is no substance to it. Not too sure if we can afford to let anyone else go now that we can't bring replacements in, a couple of injuries and we are stripped to the bones as it is mate.

3.) 02 Sep 2021 13:26:28
There’s a reason Man U spent big on DVDB.
Fernandes keeping you out of the team does not make you a bad player. Still not sure he’s a Benitez player.
Still hoping we can sign a free cover for full back.

4.) 02 Sep 2021 14:21:53
Don't think Tosun would pass a medical.

5.) 02 Sep 2021 15:20:05
Well he can’t pass a ball.

6.) 02 Sep 2021 16:03:07
Putting 2 and 2 together, I think the dvdb move may have been to allow gomes to go (there was rumours a move to benfica was on) . Whatever we think of gomes, I don't think we could let him go without replacing him. Allan decoure Davies would be the only midfielders we could rely on. can't count on gbamin or delph on injuries alone.

7.) 05 Sep 2021 08:52:05
Van der beek reminds me of Dave Klassen. Great in his own league but out of his depth in the Premier!



29 Jul 2021 11:34:32
Ed, seen some rumours linking us to de vrij. Some even saying we have agreed personal terms and are now discussing with the club. Seems like this has jumped out of nowhere so bit sceltical. Would love you to say there is some truth there though?


{Ed002's Note - Stefan de Vrij (CB) Inter would be willing to let SdV leave at the right price, but they could easily price him out of a move - they need to raise funds and the player has not been willing to discuss a new contract. There is no obvious interest although there has been a discussion with Atletico Madrid who would be interested at the right price, but it is dependent on a player leaving. Inter have earmarked a replacement. Mino has been offering him around to clubs who he thinks are looking for a CB and have €40M to spend.}

1.) 29 Jul 2021 12:46:57
Thanks Ed, as ever. he's a good player so would obviously love him. Seen a few articles today saying how we are desperate to sign a cb and that its actually our weak position. Not sure I follow that thinking with Godfrey keane mina and holgate plus kids underneath. I know you have mentioned mina may be up for sale so could understand the need to replace him, just don't see how we are 'desperate'.

{Ed002's Note - He is indeed a good player.}

2.) 31 Jul 2021 00:27:03
Should get Zouma instead.



21 Jan 2020 11:46:29
Ed, do we have any interest in either or piatek or milik? Seen a few rumours around but can't see it myself. Both are good players on their day but would think we would only open the chequebook that wide for a cm this window.


{Ed002's Note - I am afraid that someone has been teasing you although Ronald Koeman had Milik watched at one time.}

1.) 21 Jan 2020 13:17:35
Yep just what I expected. Cheers!



22 Jul 2019 11:02:35
Hi Ed,

Is there any chance of a quick update on Incomings/ outgoings if you have time? If not much has changed since your last update then no worries.


{Ed002's Note - I don't think anything has really changed - Lookman will get the move away he wants. Everton have maybe missed the bus with Malcom as Barcelona have increased his asking price by €20M - so if Everton are keen it needs sorting out now. Everton made a complete hash of a discussion about Morgan Sanson.}

1.) 22 Jul 2019 13:18:18
Thanks ed. Shame about Sanson, I know you rate him and he's always looked a good player when I have seen him. Is that dead in the water or do you think it could be recovered?

{Ed002's Note - Sure but Everton have done themselves no favours at all.}

2.) 22 Jul 2019 15:42:16
shame they didn't mess up the deal for the Morgan we've got.

3.) 22 Jul 2019 15:40:07
Ed002, what on earth is going on re Sanson, and others over the years, the common thread for years has been the inability to get targets over the line, penny pinching since the Moores era and reports like yours that Everton do themselves no favours can i ask what F**K up has happened now, we even had a director giving Nigel Martyn directions to Leeds at one time, i give in.

{Ed002's Note - There are others interested in him as well, and in England there has also been a meeting with Wolves. If Everton want to resolve issues like this then they need to behave professionally. It is not just Everton who are struggling with respect to behavior, a number of English sides are being tainted as amateurs - and the oft cited arrogance that comes with having money.}

4.) 22 Jul 2019 15:45:14
ED002 i didn't mean in previous post the multitude of wild connections in the transfer window, that we get linked to, but connections you sort of hint to genuine.

5.) 22 Jul 2019 21:54:24
If Barcelona have increased their price by 20mill I don’t think they will have any takers at 50ish mill. With that it mind I definitely wouldn’t say we’ve missed the boat Ed, but more a case of if it happens it will be later on at a price that suits us.

6.) 23 Jul 2019 09:30:12
I was thinking the same thing Sir_Loin. It will be a test of nerve I think. And to be fair to Brands, he has that in spades. I wouldn’t be surprised if we did something in the last week if there are no takers before.

7.) 23 Jul 2019 13:41:36
Ed002, whilst we're obviously an English club with money, we're led to believe that Brands does the deals and his a master of his craft. He's Dutch. Is he as good as people make out or not? I wouldn't expect 'English Arrogance' from him.

{Ed002's Note - Read it again. And don't put things in quotation marks that are not quotes.}

8.) 23 Jul 2019 15:40:22
No offence ed, you're knowledge is second to none, but you called him an a idiot when you already said on this thread that English sides are arrogant due to money, when all bullens asked was does that in your opinion whether you belueve that your statement corresponds to marcel brands and his vision and history in the transfer markets. No hate btw, i just think you misunderstood the comment above.

{Ed002's Note - Try reading the posts rather than embarrassing yourself as well.}

9.) 23 Jul 2019 18:01:07
How about admit when you're wrong.

{Ed001's Note - you really should take your own advice.}



16 Aug 2017 23:01:25
Picture going around of a young gylfi standing next to the Dixie Dean statue in an Everton top . My gut tells me it's false but would love it to be true. Anyone else seen it?


1.) 17 Aug 2017 05:06:34
it is true.

2.) 17 Aug 2017 06:06:19
I posted it to sightings.

3.) 17 Aug 2017 08:29:19
He even went on a tour with the youth team. Shame we didn't sign him up then.

4.) 17 Aug 2017 08:29:53
yea it's his brother who put it up. said he spent a week training with us when he was 12 and was a ballot at gpoodison.

5.) 17 Aug 2017 11:52:26
and a ball boy as well :) :)

6.) 17 Aug 2017 18:13:36
I for one understood the joke Dixie :-)

7.) 17 Aug 2017 18:24:55
Gpoodison must be what they used to call the queue for the toilets :)




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08 Aug 2021 10:53:55
Ok let's dig for some positivity on the lead up to the beginning of the season:
- our lw has just finished the Olympics top scorer after having a good copa America also
- our striker should get a lot more service from players who actually like to cross the ball
- our goal keeper has just came off of a solid euros (yesterday was a friendly so I'm niavely trying to ignore that)
- gbamin has had a decent preseason and looks like he may actually contribute to the team
- Godfrey is only going to get better this season (honestly think he is going to be a top level player)
- we have cut out some of the deadwood. Hopefully more to go too.
- stadium has progressed
- personally really like our kits

I know I'm kind of scraping the barrel and turning a blind eye too but I just have to try to find some positivity. At the minute everything feels so toxic, if we go down in the first game our fans will turn and rafa will be hung up too blame immediately. From that point on I think its going to be a long hard season. If on the other hand we try to get behind the team and push them on, I think we can still have a decent season. We have some good quality players and showed at times last season we can compete. Rafa should bring us more consistency and will have the players working hard to improve their fitness.




06 Jun 2021 11:42:13
Hey Eds, hoping you can clear something up for me.

I've see a lot of people saying if we get nuno we could expect an influx of Portuguese youngsters. I thought the main reason this was happening was because mendes is connected with wolves as a club? I think he is also nunos agent but didn't think that was the main factor.


{Ed002's Note - Wolves are concerned that Everton will use Mendes (who also advises Moshiri) to take Neto. I explained before about the concerns Brands has over advisors driving Everton - and it may be a returning issue.}

1.) 06 Jun 2021 12:55:02
Surely by now Moshiri must realise that this hasn't worked in the past.



01 Jun 2021 22:01:09
Evening ed, in the past we were linked with rangnick. Any chances of any past interest being reignited?


{Ed025's Note - ralf seems to have gone off the radar recently cropper mate..



08 Jan 2020 11:32:41
Ed, this is probably a stupid question but are the work permit rules the same for loan players as to permanent moves?


{Ed002's Note - It works very slightly different (in terms of duration and application) but fundamentally the same in terms of the points system.}



02 Aug 2019 13:51:17
Ed, not sure if you are at liberty to say, or even if you would want to. Often you say that clubs are interested in a player. What is it that happens for you to know that? Is it that the club has spoken to agents/ clubs or something similar?


{Ed002's Note - Yes, typically they will have spoken with agents or the selling club themselves.}




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26 Jan 2022 20:35:51
Whilst I agree about recruitment, there are a couple who I feel we got unlucky with. Gbamin with a serious injury early. Gomes was looking good before his injury. Ok i'm running a little low now but could probably include mina there too.




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17 Jan 2022 16:25:19
What's brands actually done since he came in? Fair enough their disagreement may have been the tipping point, but do we actually think he's done well? I know a lot of people will say he never had control due to moshiri and his advisors but brands has to take some blame there. He's sat taking a good pay check for years whilst letting everything go over his head.


{Ed025's Note - fair point cropper..



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28 Dec 2021 18:20:40
What rb have we secured? I haven't seen anything and for me is still pur biggest problems for 2 or 3 seasons now. I will give the lb a chance, but I think it's asking a lot to come over here from a country and league like that and have an instant impact. I would have to think the club has faith in him though to spend that much money at the minute.




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19 Nov 2021 09:30:49
According to a quick Google (by no means saying this is accruate) current contracts due to end this year:
-sigurdsson - guess no action on that one.
- tosun - he can go.
- delph - personally wouldn't mind resigning but on a lower salary if that were possible. He no way deserves the money he is on at the minute.
- Kenny- would imagine he will be gone
- Braithwaite- hopefully can sort this out
- lonergan - with begovic I guess we would let this go

These players alone add up to about 270k a week - again according to online reports. Are any of these really going to be a big miss? Obviously I understand we may need to bring people in to replace them in the squad. Hopefully we can upgrade a few of them at the same time.




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02 Sep 2021 16:03:07
Putting 2 and 2 together, I think the dvdb move may have been to allow gomes to go (there was rumours a move to benfica was on) . Whatever we think of gomes, I don't think we could let him go without replacing him. Allan decoure Davies would be the only midfielders we could rely on. can't count on gbamin or delph on injuries alone.





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09 Aug 2021 11:45:37
Ed, honestly I agree. We may not have as many really good games but we also shouldn't have as many really bad games. I know a lot of people are feeling negative for the season but we do have some positives and we have some players that a lot of teams would love to have (digne, dcl, richy, Godfrey, maybe even keane who had a good season) . Outside of that you have Allen, decoure, mina, pickford who aren't bad players. Gray had started decent and townsend will give us a presence on the wing. I think it'll be a solid, if unremarkable season and I'll take that for now. Until this deadwood is gone, we will struggle but I think people assume this is so much easier than it is.


{Ed025's Note - something had to give cropper, the club has been in regression for a number of years now and im hoping this back to basics formula will give the club some perspective mate.
We have bought very poorly over a number of years now and its finally caught up with us, bring a few lesser lights in with big hearts and a work ethic and that would do for me, forget all these superstars on £200k a week for now and lets become a hard working hard to beat efficient unit who will make us proud, im not saying we wont have any flair because we still have some top players..



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28 Jul 2021 10:09:08
I think we really need to be realistic here. As Ed says, those clubs make so much more than us, they can then afford to pay more (both in fees and wages) under ffp guidelines.

Hopefully the new stadium boosts our income and closes the gap but its a long game to get to those heights (if we ever do) .




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19 Jul 2021 17:28:45
The difference is that there is only 1 number 10 position. There are 2 wing positions so obviously you need more players to cover it. All season I read comment after comment about how we have to improve our options out wide. Now we are doing that, people are complaining about that (I don't mean you by the way) . Gray and townsend aren't the big names anyone wanted, but they are decent players who fill out the squad and mean we can move a big earner on, like bernard in this example. From all of the rumours it seems like these 2 will come in then we are looking at a higher level players (Bailey, mcneil, chukwueze) . I'm more than happy with that personally.


{Ed025's Note - some good points there cropper mate..



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19 Jul 2021 10:40:18
Why do these moves mean we won't go for someone like Bailey? Links around the Web this morning. I fully believe both gray and Townsend will be squad players. Ultimately them 2 and begovic will be completely covered by someone like bernard going.




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18 Jul 2021 18:58:20
I'm OK with them if they are squad players. Bernard is on a good wage so would hope the 2 are coming in to replace him. Still convinced there is a player in gray (I'm probably wrong) and Townsend is ok for a squad player.

That's my hope anyway.