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Roberto Martinez is looking to replace Gerard Deulofeu with Celtic's James Forrest, claims the Sunday papers' regular purveyor of stories that never seem to come true, Alan Nixon.

He suggests that the Scottish champions would want £7m for Forrest, 22, so Everton could prefer a loan deal for the winger whose 2013-14 season was disrupted by injuries.

Original Source: The Mirror  

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Jim Bennings
774 Posted 25/05/2014 at 08:30:40
£7 million?? I don't think so.

I have only seen him a handful of times, it's hard judging a player in the Scottish League because the quality is so poor. I can't really recall seeing him in the Champions League so it would either mean he didn't play in the games I watched Celtic play or he just wasn't that great.

When signing a wide player, you are looking for him to either have pace to beat his full back, or a little bit of skill / quick feet to send in a good cross.

So far last season, we had THREE main occupants for the wide areas: Kevin Mirallas, Gerard Deulofeu and Aiden McGeady. All of them at least had one good attribute suited to playing the wing comfortably.

I don't know a great deal of James Forrest or even if there is any truth to the story but, for £7 million, you want some of the dynamics that Mirallas, Deulofeu and McGeady had. Goals, pace and direct running and the ability to have end product which is the all important factor.

Jim Bennings
778 Posted 25/05/2014 at 09:04:39
PS...Isn't it funny whenever you read about us linked with a player, the line "season disrupted by injuries" is never far away.
Rick Pattinson
781 Posted 25/05/2014 at 09:25:06
We need players that spend more time on the pitch rather than the treatment table. £7 mill seems a bit pricey anyway.... yawn.
Patrick Murphy
782 Posted 25/05/2014 at 09:22:07
Jim,

I was thinking the same thing myself. But could it be that those speculative reports also reflect a fundamental truth? — That Everton FC are not in the position to buy quality players due to financial restrictions, either self-imposed or otherwise?

It's the same reason that our best players are constantly linked with moves to 'better' clubs. It's really annoying but, after 15 years, you would think we would be used to it by now.

Jim Bennings
783 Posted 25/05/2014 at 09:35:57
I know what you mean, Patrick.

I think we all should be more than used to it by now but every summer we live in the same false hope that from somewhere the money will be available.

Never happens, does it?

Colin Glassar
788 Posted 25/05/2014 at 10:08:19
If you believe everything you read in the rags then you will quickly lose your minds. Forrest has great potential but isn't a £7m player. And why do we need so many wingers anyway? We need a regular goalscorer IMO.
Sam Hoare
790 Posted 25/05/2014 at 10:03:29
Jim, I think this Summer will see our biggest net spend for several years. Possibly around the £20m mark and it is crucial that we make the best of it.

There are two aspects to consider; firstly getting the right players but also making the right investments. I'm not sure for example that we can afford to get a bunch of 32-year-olds with no resale value.

I hope Martinez has got lots of targets in place though evidently it will take a while to play out especially as I think much will depend on Lukaku. I expect at least 2-3 loan signings, a free transfer or two and 2-3 permanent signings. I will be very surprised if we have not brought in at least 5 new players by the end of window.

I'd like something like:
Traore and Tello (loan)
Barry and Colback (free transfers)
Lukaku and Martins Indi (permanent)

Highly optimistic I know!

Phil Sammon
791 Posted 25/05/2014 at 10:16:41
So many wingers? We have McGeady and Mirallas. Obviously we will have Pienaar back too, but there were times last season when we saw Osman andBarkley on the left. I hope we can avoid that next season.
Tony Abrahams
795 Posted 25/05/2014 at 09:45:43
I don't think it's false hope, Jim, it's just a sad reality.

I went to get my season ticket yesterday and, because it wasn't an early bird price, it cost me an extra £117. Stupid on my part but it got me thinking... If 20,000 people buy their tickets early, it must cost the club at least £1 million.

This would be good if it was out of genuine loyalty to the fans, but we all know that the reality is far from that. Think about all the money in The EPL and yet the club bank on this money as soon as the previous season ends.

Moyes did a very good job at Everton under these circumstances and now it's up to Martinez to carry it on and make us even better. Harsh reality is, when we got a new manager last season, he was given about £7 million to spend, and the rest of his business was done last minute, after the club sold two players for £33 million.

The only time I can ever recall getting players in early under the present regime was when we signed Lescott and Johnson for about £11million. The same two players eventually left with the club making about £22 million on them.

It's alright Kenwright coming out and saying that Martinez said he will get us Champions League but, without proper backing, Dave Whelan's words will have to ring true!

Shane Corcoran
811 Posted 25/05/2014 at 12:08:04
He was injured a lot over the last season or two but, up to that time, he looked very promising (at 18-19 years of age).

It was said around Glasgow way that he was one of the main reasons Celtic were happy to take Spartak's money for McGeady.

Jim Bennings
815 Posted 25/05/2014 at 12:26:19
I don't know where this "too many wingers" comes from.

Any kind of absence for McGeady or Mirallas and it would quite simply be back to square pegs in round holes.

I'm sorry but Pienaar's days of playing quality football on the wing are drifting further and further into the past. It may not even be a bad thing next season to move him into the middle when we struggle for a bit of creativity.

Mark Frere
829 Posted 25/05/2014 at 13:39:40
We do need another winger in my opinion. Mirallas is very inconsistent, Pienaar likewise and is getting a little long in the tooth. The jury is still out as far as Mcgeady is concerned....although the early signs are quite promising.

Iv'e seen Forrest play a few times and he's very hard working, pacey and direct...looks good in the SPL but paying £7 million will be a big risk because the Premier League is a much higher standard.

Tom Ince on a free would be cheaper alternative.

Bill Gall
847 Posted 25/05/2014 at 15:42:36
The only players I want to see Everton making a positive move to sign are a quality midfielder to provide the attack with defence splitting passes and a striker to finish them off.

Big problem with this latest rumor is that Everton would prefer a loan instead of the transfer fee that makes me feel uneasy about how much transfer money the manager will actually have to spend.

Hopefully we will have enough young players coming through that can provide first team coverage so the major amount of transfer money can be used for quality instead of quantity.

Mike Keating
885 Posted 25/05/2014 at 09:48:28
My mate is a Celtic fan and reckons the guy is a crock

Raymond Fox
891 Posted 25/05/2014 at 21:55:01
He seems about our level, 5th to 7th finishers who give a good account of themselves each year!

Oh for someone with £100m burning a hole in their pocket.

If the club balls up this opportunity next season to back Martinez up with at least £30m I can see myself playing golf on a sat. afternoon.

Jim Bennings
947 Posted 26/05/2014 at 10:02:54
Tom Ince has all but signed for Inter so that is not going to happen.

The only reason I am not fully convinced by McGeady yet is, from the games I have seen him play, he doesn't seem to have many different strings to his bow. He does put a good ball into the box but, unless we get Lukaku back or another striker who likes to get on the end of crosses, then I struggle to see what impact he will have.

I don't know if he is still not match fit but, come on, he's been here since January, how long does it take?

You wonder if Martinez himself expected more by now; it was always going to be a game of patience but he needs to start next season like he means business.

Mirallas is indeed very frustrating and inconsistent but, unlike Pienaar and so far McGeady, he does contribute far more with his goal return.

If I am looking at all of our midfield players and had to single one out for 10 goals, then it probably would be Mirallas with possibly Barkley not far behind. But we do need more options – not just for the wings but, with European football back, we need strength in depth.

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