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30 Mar 2017 08:19:34
Hi Ed, any news on potential outgoings this summer. Namely Cleverly, Niasse, McGeady etc.

Thank you in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Hull have a cheapish option to buy Niasse at the end of his loan so we will see at the end of teh season. Lukaku will look to move on to achieve his goal of playing football at the highest level - Everton are at fault for screwing up the contract situation. Spurs interest in Ross Barkley has waned - we need to see if anyone pushes for him. Tom Cleverley has both Newcastle and Watford interested and Milan, subject to resolving another issue, want to make the loan of Gerard Deulofeu permanent.}

1.) 31 Mar 2017 11:00:00
Cheapish? I read a report that it was a £10m option so is that what represents cheapish?

2.) 01 Apr 2017 03:44:07
Cleverly has gone previous reports quoted 9 million which is a profit since we got him on a Free. Niasse is also in 8-10 million apparently. How did Everton screw up contract negotiations?
Ross was never likely to move I believe his agents are stirring the pot to get a better ideal, he loves playing for the Blues. just my opinion.



07 Feb 2017 11:14:34
Ed's, anyone, any sign of existing players signing new contracts? Namely Barkley and Robles who's contracts expire in less than 18 months. Lukaku has a little over 2 years left on his and there was talk of him signing a new one before Christmas. Albeit from his agent who may have been trying to ignite interest.

These are 3 players I'd certainly like to see tied down. I'm sure there are probably one or two others that I'm not aware of whose coming to the end of their contracts also.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know about Robles, but Barkley was keen to get a new contract and expected to sign one before the summer.}

1.) 07 Feb 2017 12:29:13
Thanks for that Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

2.) 07 Feb 2017 16:05:58
I was wondering the other day about Lukaku and his contract was said to be 99% done so did it get finalised and signed?

{Ed025's Note - not as far as i know ST, i heard it was close to being sorted but have had no confirmation yet mate..

3.) 07 Feb 2017 19:52:09
Ta muchly Ed.

{Ed025's Note - anytime mate..

4.) 08 Feb 2017 08:38:41
Read an article that Lukaku signed a contract last December earning over £100,000 a week and has a get out clause of £80m. It also said Chelsea are going to give that amount in the summer as Costa is going to China after the bust up with Conte.

What a load of ballony! As you say Ed025 he did not sign the contract last December. Shows how much the papers make up.



21 Jan 2017 23:49:48
There is no longer a top 6 in the premiership. There is a top 7 and we are in it. According to Pulis anyway. He's neutral so that's good enough for me.

Next I expect us to be a major force within that top 7. Going to be a good summer.



10 Jan 2017 22:48:10
Ed002 any info on the future of some players that possibly might be leaving Everton. Namely Gibson, Cleverly, McCarthy and the 2 that there are rumours about Niasse and Kone. Apparently Hull and QPR are their destinations.

Just wondering does it look like any leaving us this month? Happy with the way the incomings are developing. If we get MS it will be a good window even if its stopped at that.

{Ed002's Note - Niasse will almost certainly go to Hull. McCarthy interests Celtic and Crystal Palace with West Brom and Newcastle United probably out-muscled in their interest.}

1.) 11 Jan 2017 07:06:17
Niasse deal to hull almost done shame it's only on loan, But BBC report Scheiderlin deal done

2.) 11 Jan 2017 07:46:06
Thank you Ed002. I take it there is no real developments happening at the moment for anyone else.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained what I know.}



22 Jun 2016 23:24:26
Ed, any truth to Everton agreeing release clause for Sneijder? Seen some reports of £5.6m fee agreed.

Also what's the story with financial fair play? Technically are we allowed to have a net spend of the reported £100m we are supposed to be spending this summer.

{Ed002's Note - Southampton made an enquiry about Sneijder in December 2014 but didn't follow it up - although it substantiates that there has been interest from Kopeman in the past. Lazio have discussed him with Galatasaray but they have stepped back because of the wages being demanded. Their possible willingness to sell in the summer may be driven by a need to reduce wages rather than any transfer fee as he is still seen as an asset by the club - but the club has a European ban to deal with. Forget anything about any release clause. I am not aware of any firm interest from Everton at this time but it doesn't mean that there isn't.

The additional income is in next season's budget (starting July 1) and comes from the additional television money. If there is an issue it might be wages rather than transfer fees.}

1.) 23 Jun 2016 01:56:12
Thanks, Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 23 Jun 2016 09:08:01
Thank you Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - No problem.}




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04 Apr 2017 23:02:39
Koemans fault we lost 2 points? Really? I didn't agree with some of his decisions but for me the blame is totally with Williams for a moment of madness. He played well but why did he do that with Robles behind him? Panic stations as far as I can see.

It wasn't Koemans fault that happened. We were unlucky. Koeman had the game won had Williams just left that ball for Robles to save.

All Lukaku had to do was pass to Kev and Barkley for goals. Koeman doesn't deserve any blame for me. Our defense has improved 10 fold since last season. Had Martinez still of been here we would of gotten rail roaded tonight.

1.) 04 Apr 2017 23:37:59
NBTB, I think it was last man panic, if Robles had saved the pen he would have been exonerated! 4 mins added time? Where from?
But managers subs put us under pressure we conceded our battle in the game at that point sat back to defend!

2.) 04 Apr 2017 23:37:12
Well said NBTB Fully agree with you. Good catching up with you again in live chat.

3.) 04 Apr 2017 23:47:02
Ultimately I agree but to be a devils advocate. wouldn't a stronger number 1 have screamed for Williams that it was the keepers ball? Shame as the 3 points would have made things interesting. Think a resurgent Leicester will be very tough for us now. Our ranks are depleted even though it's great that we have a conveyor belt of kids stepping up. Maybe too soon and the games are too important for the forced appearances for these young lads. Great experience for next season though.

Next season holds a lot of optimism. Lukaku situation is becoming more of a win win for us. Either we off load a player for a ridiculous amount of cash or he realises that the "big teams" will have been unimpressed with his recent performances and will not bid. He stays at a club that he suits and he continues to be a 20 goal a season striker for us. Hopefully a few more senior players will arrive, with a little more quality than we currently have. Unfortunately every other team is going to improve next year.

After the last 2 poor final finishing position in the league, this year has been an improvement. Perhaps we can push on next year and get closer to the top 4? I'm sure that Pep will get city in much better shape. Jose too. Klopp undoubtedly will also improve. Fingers crossed Barcelona or Real will turn Pochettino and damage spurs. And hopefully Arsenal will continue to slide. 5th next year would be an achievement but I can only dream of a top 4 finish.

Our defence is now in a mess with the Williams ban. Think our run in is going to be further hampered by the availability of players, let alone the fact we are running out of games faster than the teams above us,
Oh well. it could have been fantasy stuff if we had got 6 points, even the 4 Koeman expected. 1 point feels like it's over for us now. Let's just hope we don't slide bellow WBA. That would be a disaster.

4.) 05 Apr 2017 00:15:08
That had crossed my mind Blue76. Robles should have shouted at Williams but at the same time I guess he never dreamed Williams would do what he did.

5.) 05 Apr 2017 01:06:16
On the plus side jagielka is reborn. To blame Williams is a little harsh. He wasn't to know if Robles was going to save that and if he, d left it we would all be slating him. A defenders instinct is to block the ball. We need a better keeper, Robles has done well but against top teams his all round game is not good enough. I do have to admit 4 minutes was too much even for old Trafford.

6.) 05 Apr 2017 06:55:14
Bad subs from RK. Robles is a quiet keeper does not command in the box so did he tell Williams he had it covered as for Lukaku what's he got to moan about if he had scored or passed whe other people could have scored then the pen wouldn't of mattered.

{Ed025's Note - robles was not getting to the shaw shot AB but i agree we could have had it sewn up by then, we rode our luck at times but it was certainly better than the debacle of saturday even though the substitutions baffled me mate..

7.) 05 Apr 2017 09:27:57
Robles was going in the opposite direction to the deflected shot there was very little chance he would save that Williams actually looked like he was trying to head the ball but it did hit his arm and was a penalty to blame either is wrong in my opinion. RK subs didn't help but neither did some of the poor play it seems that 1st touches for quite a few players are not great, maybe its something the team should work on as a whole. ZI offside goal was not offside so we got lucky with that on the whole a much better performance than the weekend yes we may have won the game but we could quite as easily have lost so i'll take the point thank you very much and hope to see the boys continue to collect 3 more on the weekend.

8.) 05 Apr 2017 21:18:08
Robles was not going in opposite direction. He was directly behind Williams and about to dive for the ball only Williams stopped it. I watched it a couple of times. He had it covered no doubt about that.



24 Mar 2017 21:14:40
Taylor the dirty b. Won't even show the replay it was that bad. Coleman gone for the rest of the season now.

1.) 24 Mar 2017 21:27:58
Bad news just replay it on Sky plus look like a suspected broken leg to me. Every time we are in or near the Derby something goes wrong to our players. Tonight Mccarthy and Coleman. Let hope there is no more. i think Liverpool have got a curse on us.

2.) 24 Mar 2017 21:53:37
That sure looks like a broken leg to me. We can expect him to be out for a long time. So sad for the lad.



24 Mar 2017 21:12:38
Feckin Coleman gone now too.

{Ed004's Note - Hopefully it isn't as bad as it looks}

1.) 24 Mar 2017 21:17:36
Not seen it but bbc saying he's having gas. Sounds bad. Game time for holgate or pennington tho.

2.) 24 Mar 2017 21:18:24
Looks horrible they wouldn't show a replay on Irish t. v.



24 Mar 2017 19:36:26
McCarthy gone before the game even starts.



18 Mar 2017 09:05:59
This is how I see the Rom situation.

As a player he is no doubt fantastic and was a very good buy for the club. I apprentice his goals and commitment to the club. I hope he plays his whole career with Everton but I'm going to give my honest views on him.

Has he the potential to be world class? Definitely. After all at his age he has scored as many goals as pretty much anyone. His goal record for his age shows the potential he has and the heights he may achieve.

However, imho he still has a lot of work to get to the level of Messi or Ronaldo as he is constantly being compared to. Currently I see two reasons for this.

One, is he truly as good as he is made out to be? As I said he is fantastic and has a tremendous goal record. Back to my honest opinion. I can't help but think he has had a the help he could possibly want. I mean everything in the team is set up for him. It seems to me under Koeman and even Martinez the whole emphasis was on him. How to supply him and tactics were made to suit him. Would he get the same privileges at another so called bigger club? Maybe but imho not to the same extent. That's one reason why I question is he slightly over rated.

Secondly he is lacking in some areas. I'm talking about when he is considered world class. To be considered world class imho you need to have a all round play of the highest degree which the likes of Messi and Ronaldo obviously posses. The areas I see him lacking are heading and hold up play. He needs to improve both a lot to be become truly world class.

I hope he does and I'm not knocking him. Just saying how I see it.

Another thing is his agent. Imho these mind games are a lot to do with him. He wasn't brought in recently by Rom to do nothing. It seems he likes playing games and has got the attentions of all possible suiters for Lukaku in the summer lined up. Plenty of time for clubs that are interested to get their house in order and make signing Lukaku happen. No doubt he will get paid handsomely for his planning and scheming.

That's if the move happens. I'm still hopeful Rom will stay and that the media is making a mountain out of a mould hill. My criticism of Lukaku's play has nothing to do with his presumed desire to leave. Just how I see it. Whether he stays or goes I hope him the best.

The club will move on and get better with or without him. I have no doubt about that because I have every faith in the ability of Koeman, Walsh, Moshiri and all involved in the future of our great club.

1.) 18 Mar 2017 15:08:32
We need a quality back up/ replacement in place for next season. If he stays and talks to the press then RK can drop him, if he isn't performing then drop him. At the moment we are too reliant on him and play a certain way to get the best out of him. He's a sensible lad so to say we are not ambitious this season is ludicrous. Many players have left Everton for bigger teams some have done well (rooney) and some haven't (rodwell) . There is no guarantee, not to mention if we do challenge for the top 4/ 6 in the next few seasons lukaku might just join one of the teams we knock out of the top 4/ 6. My thought is if he stays all well and good but if he goes then so be it.




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22 Apr 2017 22:38:59
Thank you Ed002. You just got me with 'very specific targets'. Made me think there was 2 targets we were close to. Forgive my eagerness for my beloved club.

{Ed002's Note - They are the same folks I spoke of NBTB.}



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22 Apr 2017 14:11:40
Could he possibly go into our ever improving U23's squad with a view to breaking into the first team?

Ed002, any chance elaborating on Everton's very specific targets please?

{Ed002's Note - There are a number of sides who have spoken with Chelsea about Abraham but Everton is not one at this time. Another loan for the player is likely. And I have explained on numerous occasions which strikers Everton are interested in.}



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13 Apr 2017 14:15:31
O my god Ed002. As far as I know Everton have no plan to go southwards in the premiership. Wolfsburg are in no better position than us. Load of codswallop where he's going to go. I'd imagine there is very few places he will go to but nonetheless he will leave.

Sadly Everton are viewed inferior to the likes of Wolfsburg no matter how bad a season they have. I see a lot of people say he won't go to Utd because we are in as good a position to get into champions league. This can be viewed as true but sadly people outside Everton view us as inferior and that Utd would be a step up for him.

Possibly it is but I'm very happy with developments at Everton. People seem to still view us as inferior club and won't give us a chance of improving. I believe we will improve. Again sadly imho that will come too late for Lukaku to stay.

Doesn't bother me. Sick of Lukaku talking about his ambition. We have plenty of other players who are willing to devote themselves to Everton and not continually be talking about their own ambitions. Rather achieve their ambitions with and through Everton.

The likes of Coleman who comes across as someone who is totally devoted. Nothing against Lukaku. At this stage imho its better for everyone if he goes. Then everyone can move on. Far too much unnecessary hype in relation to it.

{Ed002's Note - Nobody said he was going to Wolfsburg.}



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08 Apr 2017 13:08:35
Carlsberg done transfers Southern Toffee that would be it :-)



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16 Mar 2017 03:48:42

Do wish Rom well IF he leaves. We will get bigger, stronger, faster, quicker and better without him. I have no doubt we will find an alternative solution.




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22 Apr 2017 22:33:27
Agree with GuernseyBlue and Jumbo. Some people expect us to win every game outside the top 6. Unfortunate doesn't work like that.

West Ham were the better team. Simple as. Don't think we should start axing the squad left right and centre because of it.

I agree with Jimbo we need a squad and we have a decent one. I wouldn't be on for selling someone unless they are replaced with someone better. This way we are improving. Rather than getting rid of players and replacing them with the same quality or even less.

For me West Ham were very well organised and are finishing there season strong. We weren't terrible just outplayed by both their manager and team on the day.



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20 Apr 2017 20:03:06
Totally agree with above. I'd love to know if anyone has an idea how to find out how much points we have won or earned when Valencia was put on. My initial thought is its a good bit.

Just one particular reference to above. Wouldn't like a £12m signing starting every game? How much did Gana cost?

For me if they are good enough they should start. Doesn't matter how much they cost. Love that about Koeman will start players regardless of background. Davies another example.

Not saying for one minute that Valencia will be starting every game if he is signed. At the same time I would not knock him before he is tried. As I said just look at Gana.

{Ed025's Note - some people think success is all about buying expensive players NBTB but its not, you need the grafters and the players who dont mind sitting on the bench until they get the call they are vital, everyone cant start and players like enner who when he gets on gives 100% are needed in any squad mate..



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18 Apr 2017 22:56:55
Top post Worcester EFC.



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18 Apr 2017 21:42:56
Fair enough wakka. Your last post did not seem to indicate the view that you think he's better than Niasse. Our set up seems capable of getting average players to good players. Gana being a prime example. No one was excited about his signing. Turns out as good a one as we have had in a long time.

Walsh and Koeman will do the same thing to more players. I'd put my house on it.



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18 Apr 2017 10:56:03
Really wakka57! Valencia is in a totally different league to Niasse. Valencia imho when on the pitch has done very well. He's a very good plan b. Solsjaer was a great player used very effectively as a sub.

Although I don't see Valencia in the same league as him he could be effective enough in a similar role. Definitely 100 times better than Niasse.