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The Rumour Mill, Season 2011-12

Everton want Mandzukic to join his pal

16/06/2012 | Comments (38)
Everton are said to be 'trailing' Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic The Mirror claim they could land him for a 'bargain' £7million. The Croatia hitman is one of the stars of Euro 2012 so far with his three goals in two games.

Mandzukic is supposedly on the radar of other Premier League sides too, because he is available at a 'fair' price from his German club, Wolfsburg.

The 26-year-old was signed by Wolfsburg's then-coach Steve McClaren — a friend of Everton boss David Moyes's No 2 Steve Round — for £6million and has two years left on his contract.

Original Source: The Mirror

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John Campbell
297   Posted 16/06/2012 at 14:57:24

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No chance!
Ryan Rosenberg
299   Posted 16/06/2012 at 14:58:49

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A bargain 7 million!
Colin Potter
300   Posted 16/06/2012 at 14:59:10

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I think we would be better off with Pilar. To my mind a cracking workhorse, and has goals in his agenda.
Graham Foster
301   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:03:53

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Sounds great, just wonder where the £7M is coming from and who is going to talk to him, ie, is Davey staying?

I have been watching him thinking he would fit in well as he charges the balls down and works hard.

Ian Bennett
302   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:04:18

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At £3-4M, a yes; willing workhorse.

£7M... No, ta.
Ryan Rosenberg
303   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:02:47

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Pilar just signed with Wolfsburg. I like the look of Gebre Selassie, the right back. Would be available for a very cheap price as well.
Graham Foster
304   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:10:54

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Just to stir it up a bit more, if Moyes goes and Slaven Bilić takes over .. I could see a few intresting moves happening ... As said, just stirring!
Ryan Rosenberg
305   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:12:18

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Bilic another one unavailable, off to Bily's old club.
Edward Robinson
306   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:09:36

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Pie in the sky again!
Let's keep Moyes, Fellaini and Baines AND OF COURSE buy Pienaar!

I don't know where these rumours come from. We haven't two ha'pennies to rub together!
John Crook
307   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:12:31

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Fuck knows where the £7M would come from?

I wouldn't be surprised to see Prajnic sign. He's a free agent now... hee would be cover for Baines and a decent squad player who can also play as a winger.
Sam Hoare
310   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:19:50

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Personally I think Mandzukic looks like a poor man's Jelavic and not worth more than £4m.

Out of our league... but Dzagoev looks quality and Pilar would definitely be a good Pienaar alternative.

Ian Bennett
311   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:23:14

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Sam - I agree. This Russian is class and is out of contract at Christmas.
Evan Kelly
313   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:29:22

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Agree with Ryan, Gebre Selassie looks a fantastic right back. Plays for the Czech champions so should cost much at all. If we manage to free up some funds, ie, maybe sell Cahill, I'd be looking to get this guy, Pienaar, and another winger on loan.
Ian Bennett
315   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:34:27

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I like and always have liked Srna. No chance of getting him, but he would be a good signing for the right-hand side.
Ian McDowell
319   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:48:34

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The same paper that said we had to sell to buy and we have £7 million available.
Lyndon Lloyd
321   Posted 16/06/2012 at 15:48:22

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It's a pity he signed a new contract with Wolfsburg (I think we need to shadow their scouts!) as recently as December because I really like the look of Petr Jiráček of the Czech Republic.

Agree too that Selassie would be good as well as a number of players like Dzagoev who will be on the shopping lists of the big boys.

I'd also welcome giving Arshavin a crack on loan if he isn't set on staying in Russia and if we don't get Pienaar. He really comes alive in these tournaments, doesn't he? Although he has blown hot and cold in the Premier League...

Great tournament so far, though. Really enjoying it.

Tom Bowers
329   Posted 16/06/2012 at 16:23:41

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Usually players who catch the eye at these major championships will cost double after they are over.
Glen Anderson
331   Posted 16/06/2012 at 16:22:44

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Agree with all about Gebre Selassie. He got a glowing report in World Soccer Magazine before the tournament so I put him in my fantasy team and he's delivering some points. Would be a great replacement / improvement for Hibbo. All of the others mentioned are also great players but sadly unavailable or out of our price range.
Mark Lennon
342   Posted 16/06/2012 at 17:15:28

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Debuchy looks good, the French right back. He's apparently looking for a move to the Prem and available for £5 mil. I'm sure we could strike a deal of a fiver a week and Claus Thomsen's old boots!
James Stewart
382   Posted 16/06/2012 at 18:54:45

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Mandzukic is shite.

Not the kind of player we should be looking at. Only good with his head. Looks like a Croatian Peter Crouch to me. Very greedy as well. I don't think he links up well with Jelavic at all. Jelavic gives him plenty of balls but it only works one way.

A big no thanks. 7m your having a laugh!

Potential signing
Maggio looks class. A great RB but would cost a fair bit.

Polanski looks a complete midfielder and would improve any team.

Dzageov Class and contract out this year so wouldn't command a big fee. Probably bigger fish involved but you might as well try!

Salassie too looks quality.

Mike Green
398   Posted 16/06/2012 at 19:45:27

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Now if that isn't the definition of lazy journalism I don't know what is. Dismal.
John Tyrrell
421   Posted 16/06/2012 at 20:43:34

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Talking about strikers. Does anyone know if we did sign Alif Solpro on a free in april. Have readily on a few web sites but can't find him anywhere on the official site. If we have got him is he as good as he sounds as 59 goals in 48 app is very good and in the African cup he scored 4 in his one game as was injured for the rest.
Sam Bull
428   Posted 16/06/2012 at 20:52:55

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Says hes signed here:

http://www.grandoldteam.com/news/transfer-news/2012/apr/01/everton-land-wonderkid-alif-solpro

Sam Bull
431   Posted 16/06/2012 at 20:53:16

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Sunday, 1 April 2012. ;)
Neil Kudrycz
478   Posted 16/06/2012 at 23:11:56

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Alif solpro........... is an anagram of April fools, and was published by various web sites on ................... april 1st 2012.
Anthony Martin
580   Posted 17/06/2012 at 13:24:29

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No chance; £7M ? where did that come from? And if it's there, why spend it on another striker when we only play one?
Michael Summers
592   Posted 17/06/2012 at 14:14:08

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Has Kenwright won the Euro Millions?? ? because I can't see where the money is coming from to buy all these players who are linked with us.
John Tyrrell
604   Posted 17/06/2012 at 15:30:37

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Our new signing will be Ross Barkley and Jack Rodwell.
Bob Willis
619   Posted 17/06/2012 at 16:21:44

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Any chance of getting Haile Selassie?

John Tyrrell
653   Posted 16/06/2012 at 22:38:17

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Well that's me looking stupid. Came across the article the other night and never saw the date. Anyway we need wingers before a striker.
Sam Hoare
659   Posted 17/06/2012 at 21:19:01

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How about that lad Ronaldo? He's looked good tonight...

In all seriousness, almost anyone who has a good Euro2012 will automatically become out of our meagre price range.

Gavin Ramejkis
661   Posted 17/06/2012 at 21:41:15

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Dzagoev will go to a club with money probably in Europe, Sellasie a good player but turning heads now so will go out of our reach, unless someone finds out how to undo the boards pockets it will be loans only.
Gavin Ramejkis
662   Posted 17/06/2012 at 21:46:15

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Surprised no one has said Naismith again after Rangers went pop, he's a great foil with Jelavic
Mick Davies
688   Posted 18/06/2012 at 03:48:06

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Mandzukic and Jelavic don't seem to blend. Both appear to be selfish, which is great for us with Jelly, but I reckon Vellios may compliment our own Croatian. I was watching the game the other night and I was so impressed with Selassie, at half-time I was hoping Moyes would comment on him. Then again, with Hibbert, who needs a world class right back?
Jon Ferguson
791   Posted 18/06/2012 at 13:50:30

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Mandzukic doesn't look anything special to me at all. I've been surprised he's stayed on ahead of Jelavic when subs have been made. He'd be a classic tournament signing I reckon. When it comes to the Premier League his mediocrity would be exposed. Luckily Moyes said on the BBC interview that he wouldn't buy on the strength of a tournament and places more emphasis on league form (although that doesn't explain why we signed Bilyaletdinov)

Besides that why are we looking at strikers (admittedly we could do with a couple more) when we don't have either a right or a left winger? Our wide areas need to be addressed before we try and add to what we have up front.

Darren Smith
914   Posted 18/06/2012 at 21:59:25

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He looks good...
Drew O'Neall
918   Posted 18/06/2012 at 22:11:00

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He looks pretty tasty to me, he's been much better than Jelavic who's fairly limited when he's more than 20 yards from goal.

He's a lot more mobile and has greater workrate and I think they could learn to work well together.

As far as being a tournament purchase, I think Moyes knows him better than that, he scored against us in our friendly against Wolfsburg and I'm pretty sure if we went for him it would be because he's been well scouted.

Ian Bennett
926   Posted 18/06/2012 at 22:27:15

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Drew ? I thought he looked pretty good during the 3 games, and contains a bit more pace than first glance.

I like Croatia. I know we lost a lot of money on Bilic, but they had some fine players in Jarni, Prosnecki, Boban etc.

. Favourite goal: Davor Sukur chipping Schmeichel when the Dane was at the peak of his powers.

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