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Martinez eyes targets at Dutch training session

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Roberto Martinez attended the Netherlands' training session in Rio today with his new best mate, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and that has fuelled speculation that he was there to check on two particular transfer targets in the form of Stefan de Vrijl and Jeremain Lens.

Everton have been linked with Feyenoord defender De Vrij before and Sky Sports believe that Martinez is also interested in Lens, a striker who joined Dynamo Kiev last year.

Martinez believes that the Dutch, who now fly to Salvador ahead of their tournament opener, should be regarded as dark horses for the World Cup

Original Source: Sky Sports  

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Ian Glassey
793 Posted 11/06/2014 at 20:21:57
Maybe watching Indi Martins or any other up and coming youngster, they have a few..
Aidy Dews
794 Posted 11/06/2014 at 20:20:56
I wouldn't say no to either player, tbh; both are very good players!

But I think he'll just be there to watch over how Van Gaal works and things. It's not uncommon for managers to go and watch over other clubs and how their managers/coaches work.

But back to the players: De Vrij is a good CB but right-footed and we're covered for right-sided CBs. We've have been linked to Martins Indi before and it wouldn't surprise me if he kept an eye on him during the session. He's left-footed and would be the ideal replacement for Distin IMO!

Lens though would be a top signing. Bobby wants attacking mids, wide players this summer and he'd be ideal. Got pace, skill and a goal in him and at the right price would be a good signing!

Andrew Hawes
796 Posted 11/06/2014 at 20:24:50
Great hearing Roberto is out amongst the players, actively looking, getting a first-hand look at both potential targets and maybe training methods. Better than some managers spending 3 weeks in a tv studio lining their own pockets!!

If Ruud van Nistelrooy can't point us in the right direction with regards a striker, we might as well give up.

Danny Halsall
799 Posted 11/06/2014 at 21:10:57
I think he will have also been watching Bruno Martins Indi. We have had links to him for a while. Great to see that Martinez seems to be getting so involved with the whole recruitment process.
Gerry Quinn
800 Posted 11/06/2014 at 20:53:11
Okay, I'll start the ball rolling...
1. Is Roberto plucking up the Dutch Courage?
2. Did Roberto go Dutch with the round?
3. You should never be Ruud in company

Jay Harris
809 Posted 11/06/2014 at 22:17:29
You've been in Georgia too long Gerry.
Paul Andrews
810 Posted 11/06/2014 at 22:24:34
Is Georgia a Dutch girl?
Dick Fearon
814 Posted 11/06/2014 at 22:28:48
What are you suggesting Jay?
Gerry Quinn
816 Posted 11/06/2014 at 22:48:44
Jay, Houston is in Texas!
Gerry Quinn
817 Posted 11/06/2014 at 22:49:26
Is Georgia a Dyke ? :)
Paul Andrews
818 Posted 11/06/2014 at 22:50:00
Is Texas a Dutch girl?
Gerry Quinn
819 Posted 11/06/2014 at 22:53:00
OK - you win, Paul...I give up
Gerry Quinn
820 Posted 11/06/2014 at 22:54:58
Do you think that Roberto could be looking at Hertz Van Rentals?
Jay Harris
822 Posted 11/06/2014 at 22:57:39
Sorry Gerry,
I always thought you were in Atlanta.

Any chance of sending some Cow pie over.

You cant get any meat pies here in Florida.

I need something strong to catch up on this thread.

Maybe some Dutch courage or Maybe Georgia would like a Dutch (night) cap.

Eric Yarker
823 Posted 11/06/2014 at 23:00:12
Could be after a Dutch Cap to plug that hole in defence!
Jay Harris
824 Posted 11/06/2014 at 23:02:22
Maybe we should sign Van Helsing.

He'd be good for those bloody Thursday night games.

Raymond Fox
826 Posted 11/06/2014 at 23:01:06
Could be for our new team coach, Gerry, I always thought those plush luxury all mod cons vehicles were an extravagance!
Trevor Lynes
827 Posted 11/06/2014 at 23:13:37
So long as we don’t end up with a Van der Meyde or Heitinga!!
Colin Glassar
842 Posted 12/06/2014 at 00:24:32
Rumours abound that we've agreed a £4m deal for that kid from MK Dons, Galloway? Can play CB and CDM.
Dominic Tonge
844 Posted 12/06/2014 at 00:34:38
Might be adding a touch of Klaas to our attack. Isn't Huntelaar out there?
Ken Morgan
847 Posted 12/06/2014 at 03:13:57
If we sign Lens we'll need to make sure he focuses on his game. We'll also have to sign Kamara to link up with him. Heard he can be a little negative, but he'll develop into a good player. He does have a good shot though.
Ken Morgan
854 Posted 12/06/2014 at 07:22:29
Heard this Lens fella made a bit of a spectacle of himself at his last club.
Steve Pugh
860 Posted 12/06/2014 at 09:54:00
Groans
Alasdair Mackay
861 Posted 12/06/2014 at 10:20:12
Not sure about Dutch players anymore.

We've had three in the last few years - one was a raging alcoholic who fell out with the manager, one was a drug abuser with a passion for women of the night who fell out with the manager and the other was overpaid and sat on our bench constantly moaning about how he wanted to leave, before being released by Fulham after getting relegated with them!

Andrew Ellams
864 Posted 12/06/2014 at 11:53:42
I see your point with those three, Alasdair, but the Dutch have generally done well in English football and settled quickly into the game. Right back to Thijsen and Muhren in the late 70s.

Tony J Williams
867 Posted 12/06/2014 at 12:31:37
Jay 824, you definitely know he would be good with crosses.

Dave Rinehart
868 Posted 12/06/2014 at 12:32:42
Smoke and a pancake anyone? Hopefully none of these players have their fazha as an agent. Sorry for the obscure Goldmember references, trying to keep up with the earlier humor.
Tom Bowers
869 Posted 12/06/2014 at 13:15:23
Yes, we have lucked out with our Dutch signings but wasn't Van Wolfswinkel Dutch? If so, we got lucky not signing him, didn't we?

Still, the Dutch do have some good players and the question is: Can they step up to the higher quality of the Prem?

I am sure RM will be doing extensive homework before any signings from any country and it's likely nothing will be put in writing until certain teams are eliminated from the World Cup.

David Hallwood
903 Posted 12/06/2014 at 20:24:09
Tom(#869) Robben, RVP, Ruud van Nistelrooy,Bergkamp, Jaap Stam, we gave your boys......oops sorry wrong thread, but they're just a few Dutch players that have graced the EPL. The bad news; we just got the nutters.
Mark Boulle
060 Posted 13/06/2014 at 14:21:39
D'oh, nobody's done the obvious one yet...

I'd still take that former Chelsea winger back from Bayern if we could get him. He'd be Robben us blind with his salary though.

Nigel Gregson
176 Posted 13/06/2014 at 22:30:03
Who was saying we don't want any Dutch players earlier ? Having second thoughts yet ?

Trust Bobby to be there first though. Come Bobby on get Blind, De Vrij etc.

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