The 29 year-old forward is in the lookout for a new club with his deal expiring at Celtic and his European experience could come in handy for Roberto Martinez if he is interested as the Evening Times claim.
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089 Posted 26/06/2014 at 08:01:25
091 Posted 26/06/2014 at 08:24:23
094 Posted 26/06/2014 at 08:37:40
096 Posted 26/06/2014 at 09:00:45
097 Posted 26/06/2014 at 08:55:57
Yes he's 29 but as a squad player out of contract with Champions League and World Cup experience??
I was impressed with Samaras the other night for the Greeks he was a leader up front for them.
I can't figure some fans out, they all want us to pay a large sum of money for imports we haven't ever really seen play just because they have a good record in a league in Belgium or some place but when a useful experienced free agent is available we don't want to know.
Samaras isn't great far from it, but he would be a useful addition to what is already a threadbare squad and this is before we have our usual mid-season injury crisis.
100 Posted 26/06/2014 at 09:21:19
103 Posted 26/06/2014 at 09:25:41
Yes he is.
106 Posted 26/06/2014 at 09:23:30
We're in the Europa League next season and we need bodies. Samaras for free leaves more cash available for the marquee striker signing we all want.
107 Posted 26/06/2014 at 09:26:58
108 Posted 26/06/2014 at 09:27:25
Less than 1 in 3 in the Scottish Sunday League.
We should be aiming higher.
Probably plums anyway.
112 Posted 26/06/2014 at 09:33:50
He was on nearly £936k a year at Celtic and they rated him so highly they offered him a wage cut of over £100k!
What next... giving Alan Biley a shout ?
113 Posted 26/06/2014 at 09:37:38
Samaras's problem is consistency in that he failed to raise his game to play in domestic games in Scotland. In fact, Lennon often held him back to play in the European games in which he generally excelled playing from the left hand side.
Make of that what you want but I think he'd be a good addition for free as he has plenty of top level European and International experience. His wages wouldn't be high either coming from Scotland.
114 Posted 26/06/2014 at 09:43:15
117 Posted 26/06/2014 at 09:57:47
118 Posted 26/06/2014 at 10:02:10
119 Posted 26/06/2014 at 10:08:57
His goal scoring re goals-to-games was very poor.
120 Posted 26/06/2014 at 10:08:50
121 Posted 26/06/2014 at 10:39:07
124 Posted 26/06/2014 at 10:44:01
129 Posted 26/06/2014 at 11:28:16
132 Posted 26/06/2014 at 11:22:22
We have to look away from the Scottish league unless it's for a young up-and-coming player! Naismith and McGeady haven't exactly set the world alight... Yet they were players of the season in a terrible league??
But why are we wasting time?? Put in a £20 million bid for Bony, or are we just waiting for Sky Sports to announce he's away somewhere else?? Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea all in with bids for players today yet we can't do nothing till after the World Cup?? Joke!!
136 Posted 26/06/2014 at 12:13:51
137 Posted 26/06/2014 at 12:12:10
Got me swearing again.......(in his best Jack Bauer stylee) DAMN ITTTTT!
142 Posted 26/06/2014 at 12:55:33
145 Posted 26/06/2014 at 13:23:32
149 Posted 26/06/2014 at 13:43:08
We will no doubt spend a month trying to re-sign that Traore on loan and it won't get finalized until the end of July.
There is no sign at all that we are going to be in the bidding for 'big name' players and those commanding big fees like Wilfried Bony, this despite the money raked in last season.
It will be Traore on loan plus a couple of other free agents or loans.
Don't expect any big signings unless Barkley or Coleman are sacrificed, which wouldn't surprise any of us.
150 Posted 26/06/2014 at 13:45:21
Even on a free this seems expensive.
152 Posted 26/06/2014 at 14:04:41
155 Posted 26/06/2014 at 14:22:02
Just looked up his Premiership scoring record for Man City. 54 apperances.....8 goals.
156 Posted 26/06/2014 at 14:23:17
Sub editor to office junior "Oi you! give me a number between 1-1000"
Office junior "erm.....387"
Sub editor "Georgios Samaras-other number"
Office junior "125"
Sub editor "Everton..That's you story, sources close to Samaras, believe that are poised to bid for ....what's his name again, Sam Rhys"
Office junior "Samaras boss"
Sub editor "Whatever... OK get typin"
157 Posted 26/06/2014 at 14:35:03
He left City 6 years ago so anything he did that long ago is hardly useful if judging him now. However, If you're interested in his time on the pitch the total of his minutes adds up less than 32 games as opposed to the 54 appearances.
158 Posted 26/06/2014 at 14:39:29
Samaras was much younger and new to the British game back then, I don't think he is a great player but I think he has improved his game since he's got older.
I recall Celtic beating Barcelona two years ago, he wad impressive that night and as I say, Champions League and World Cup experience could help us next season.
We are facing a much tougher season , Martinez's second year in charge where we could face sides who know what our style of play is about and are better equipped to stop us, and three key players down, two massive losses in Barry and Lukaku, couple that with European football commitments.
We could do with as many signings as possible, squad or otherwise.
159 Posted 26/06/2014 at 14:51:03
162 Posted 26/06/2014 at 14:53:45
I would much sooner get a young up and coming unknown and let them develop in the squad.
I thought we missed out big time on Lambert at 4 million.
183 Posted 26/06/2014 at 15:35:59
I thought we missed a trick with Lambert too, although once he knew Liverpool were in for him there was only one place he was going,
I disagree slightly because when we have the academy I often wonder why we have to keep signing these kids such as Vellios, Gueye, Francisco Junior, Scot Spencer to name s few from recent years, if we have our own youth then we should look to blood them in and make only proven player's our signings.
John Stones and Seamus Coleman have been our only successful youngster signings from recent years, Deulofeu was a flitting passing ship in the night and although he did some good things he never really made himself the regular matchwinner that Martinez said he was going to be when he signed a year ago.
Next season I would personally like to see Stones partnering Duffy in defence more often.
There is only so much more you can keep getting from Distin, whilst Jagielka has deteriorated over the last 12 months, let's be honest, with those two at the back we will win sod all in the air again and will be having the same enquiries about conceding so many goals from setpieces once more.
McAleney should be given time on the Europa League as should one or two others.
We do need to be looking at signing proven player's though, we have our own youngsters who can save spending and wasting wages on the likes of Vellios and Gueye again.
186 Posted 26/06/2014 at 15:51:09
190 Posted 26/06/2014 at 16:07:39
196 Posted 26/06/2014 at 15:59:41
Its the only time he's played in the Premiership and he didn't exactly set it on fire then when he was 23, I highly doubt he'll do so now approaching 30. I would argue against using his recent stats at Celtic given he was playing in a one team league (managing to score only 1 in every 3 btw - much much worse than Jelavic in his Rangers days).
The guy has the very odd good game but on the whole is very very average. Lets not let the 'he's on a free' mantra get in the way here - he would not improve the Everton team and we already got 2 'squad' strikers.
Not sure why I'm even bothering, we're (thankfully) not going to sign him anyway.
203 Posted 26/06/2014 at 16:36:48
207 Posted 26/06/2014 at 16:53:15
However, the likes of Samaras may be a useful player to have against lesser European teams and as cover for other players.
Like I said he has CL experience and he's played well at that level.
He prefers to play from the left and adds height to an attack.
He is on a free which unfortunately comes into the equation with Everton transfers whether we like it or not.
I'd welcome him on a free on a two year contract.
212 Posted 26/06/2014 at 17:00:34
217 Posted 26/06/2014 at 17:25:46
218 Posted 26/06/2014 at 17:18:27
Assuming we sign a proper (main) striker, then along with Kone and Troure, that would give us 3 senior strikers. I would then hope that we would give some game time to some of the reserve strikers if we're playing a no mark side from some 'stan country in the EL.
Again being on 'free' is not really free is it. The player will demand a signing on fee (probably 7 figures as they know the club is not paying a transfer fee) and also get a wage of probably £40k+ a week. For a fourth choice striker, I think that represents pretty poor value.
232 Posted 26/06/2014 at 18:22:21
Wouldn't judge him on his Man City stint. From what I remember they used him as a high ball targetman, rather than giving it to his feet for dribbles or hold up which is his strength.As for his Celtic record, Mark Viduka once said he only played to 70 percent of his ability for the bhoys as he couldn't get motivated to play the likes of Motherwell etc 4 times a season.
239 Posted 26/06/2014 at 19:03:35
243 Posted 26/06/2014 at 19:25:27
Remember that the rules have changed since Martinez took over. There are no, repeat no free transfers. You have to add on wages, agent, VAT, depreciation, travel and subsistence for all concerned. Then think of a big number and add it on.
Not like the good old days, when free really meant free......
281 Posted 26/06/2014 at 23:22:28
283 Posted 26/06/2014 at 23:49:58
286 Posted 27/06/2014 at 00:13:48
312 Posted 27/06/2014 at 09:33:11
Can't believe some people are wanting us to sign him! Where's Lee Trundle these days?
316 Posted 27/06/2014 at 09:45:09
This lad has bags of experience and is showing ability at the World Cup, if we can get him for free, snap him up!
This could be a really shrewd move by Roberto, he'd fit right into the way we play, he got vision, calm under pressure and can pass a ball.
317 Posted 27/06/2014 at 10:05:00
Meaning that the lazy journo who wrote the piece in the pub has just "linked the striker with Everton".
No meat in this butty.
324 Posted 27/06/2014 at 11:08:15
Given Mr M is a natty dresser, I hope this becomes reflected in his squad. How many questionable strikers do we need... Kone, Traore, McGeady, Naismith, Vellios even (yes, I know) McAleny. I am sure these are great guys and deserve to be applauded to the rafters but I would prefer a clearout and have two or three quality strikers to pick from.
328 Posted 27/06/2014 at 11:33:32
He may well be available on a 'free' but there are wages and some sort of contract to take into consideration. I would much rather get a younger alternative, who could mature into an asset; they do exist (Seamus Coleman being a prime example).
I note also, that the link with the injury-prone Jack Rodwell has surfaced again; I am firm believer that, apart from his fitness problems, seldom does a player come back better in rejoining his original club!
It is frustrating seeing other rivals getting positive transfer activity, when we seem to be 'inactive' but, like I have said before, I trust Roberto to come up trumps and surprise us all.
Let's just hope we don't have to wait too long before the first good news materialises!
340 Posted 27/06/2014 at 12:54:44
341 Posted 27/06/2014 at 12:56:19
342 Posted 27/06/2014 at 13:01:29
343 Posted 27/06/2014 at 13:01:09
His wage demands will be small compared to Lukaku's, no problems there and probably similar to Naismiths (speaking of which, what an improvement over last year. Most thought he was crap and wanted him out, but now?), give him a chance like Naismith.
I too would probably be feeling a bit lethargic having to play in the SPL year in year out.
We can't really fail if Roberto puts him on a 2 year contract. Just watch his movement and team work in the next game, he'd fit right in with us and I think you'd see a much more motivated player if he's mixing it with the big boys in our "££Glamour££" league.
This would be his last chance to earn and win things in the big time, I think he'd take it and love it.
344 Posted 27/06/2014 at 13:12:51
How can I debate with a person who states facts as absolutes?
Yes of course you're correct (absolutely!).
348 Posted 27/06/2014 at 13:39:20
This one however has had me nearly frothing at the mouth. Might as well resign Bernie Wright as sign this donkey.
384 Posted 27/06/2014 at 17:59:17
396 Posted 27/06/2014 at 18:30:33
409 Posted 27/06/2014 at 19:58:27
422 Posted 27/06/2014 at 21:20:40
432 Posted 27/06/2014 at 22:27:23
But not premier league standard.
433 Posted 27/06/2014 at 22:35:48
437 Posted 27/06/2014 at 22:51:33
Sunday Post (Scotland), he was on £18k a week and Celtic offered him £2k a week less – albeit that was later denied. But the fact that Celtic have let his contract expire says it all really.
438 Posted 27/06/2014 at 23:25:32
476 Posted 28/06/2014 at 12:14:56
I know it's probably bollocks but it's still depressing.
478 Posted 28/06/2014 at 12:29:07
I think it will only be then that we shall see signings, if that includes Lukaku who knows.
I just hope that Everton give Lukaku a time limit to make a decision and not wait until the last minute to see what happens.
If Lukaku wants to come to Everton, he will have already decided; I for one don't want to pussy-foot about allowing him to see if a "better offer" comes along.
479 Posted 28/06/2014 at 12:40:53
How many other players have we been linked with so far? How many signings have we made? Why is this linked player any different?
The transfer window still has over 2 months to run, so plenty of time for Roberto to get the players in that he wants.
480 Posted 28/06/2014 at 12:49:17
484 Posted 28/06/2014 at 13:31:18
If we are linked with a player we couldn't possibly afford everyone pours scorn on the story. Yet if we are linked with anyone we could actually afford because they are cheap/free they're the worst players on the planet and not good enough for us.
Everton are not Manure, Citeh, Chelski. Arse, or the RS. We will not be buying half a dozen £20 million quid players this summer. Almost certainly we won't even be buying one. We will be once again be fishing in the shallow end of the transfer pool on the lookout for tiddlers we can hopefully grow into great white sharks.
We have European football next season, our squad is thin and we need all the bodies we can get. So let's not start pulling players to pieces just because they are cheap/free/loaners.
485 Posted 28/06/2014 at 13:54:21
Please, no Sharks, mate – look at the problems they can cause for club and country.
486 Posted 28/06/2014 at 14:00:32
488 Posted 28/06/2014 at 14:18:42
A door slams shut in the wind as the tumbleweed rolls on by, the sound of a distant church bell...
489 Posted 28/06/2014 at 14:16:08
I think it's fair to say that Roberto Martinez seems to know what he's doing, on the whole, in the transfer market... so why don't we relax and leave the "depression" until the windows shut and we've bought, or loaned nobody who's any good?
If the Sun's headline tomorrow was "The sky will fall next week", half of you would be rushing out to buy tin-hats. Martinez has stated he's identified his targets. Do you trust him, or not?
495 Posted 28/06/2014 at 14:40:02
Since this transfer window opened, Everton have lost loan players and have been linked to Samaras! WTF!
I am an Evertonian, but I feel that the gap between Liverpool and Everton is colossal and widening?
Am I speaking bollocks? If not Why is this? How can we bridge the gap?
496 Posted 28/06/2014 at 14:31:03
I hope this Samaras rumour is just that: a rumour... because he's hardly one to set the pulse racing, is he?
498 Posted 28/06/2014 at 14:58:28
We are not unfortunately one of the 'money clubs', we won't be dashing out buying a string of £20m+ players, & as Frank says we might not in fact buy any!
What happens if we go out & spend most of our transfer budget on one player, who then get badly crocked in one of the early games?
Roberto's first season will be a very hard act to follow in my opinion & we will have show patience once again.
532 Posted 28/06/2014 at 19:53:20
534 Posted 28/06/2014 at 20:04:46
536 Posted 28/06/2014 at 20:13:50
537 Posted 28/06/2014 at 20:22:31
538 Posted 28/06/2014 at 20:29:38
539 Posted 28/06/2014 at 20:33:23
541 Posted 28/06/2014 at 20:52:53
Lambert: long-ball, off-the-bench option.
Lallana: frighteningly overpriced and further demonstration that St Brenda is buying his players based on his Panini sticker book.
Shaw and Herrera – £60mill for the two: one a long-term, wholly unproven media darling investment; the other, good for a couple of years until Henderson fucks off somewhere else.
542 Posted 28/06/2014 at 20:52:14
543 Posted 28/06/2014 at 21:25:02
547 Posted 28/06/2014 at 22:56:20
You say, "Martinez has stated he's identified his targets. Do you trust him, or not?"
It's not whether we trust Roberto or not. The problem is if Roberto has trusted that snake oil salesman who's running the club to give him what should be the biggest transfer kitty in Everton's history. I have mentioned on another thread in a discussion with Jim Knightly that I wouldn't want our entire kitty spent on, say, Lukaku or another single player, but I would like to have seen some definite moves already to secure extra players for what is an already depleted squad with the loss of Barry, Deulofeu and Lukaku.
IF Samaras is the level we're looking at, then God help us.
553 Posted 28/06/2014 at 23:51:35
Don't know enough about Samaras to comment.
558 Posted 29/06/2014 at 00:30:07
What’s the score?
LFC linked with Sanchez, Shaquri, Ogiri, bought Lallana, Canne and Lambert!
Again very very worrying.
We need some younger signings with sell-on value. Maybe Rodwell if he can pass a fitness test, Cleverly if cheap enough as he’s English and relatively young, Origi would be a good signing at £6/8m and Tello either on loan or signed.
I only hope we get the funding out club/manager/players and fans all deserve.
PS I would rather aim higher on my signings but let’s be realistic.
644 Posted 30/06/2014 at 06:48:59
648 Posted 30/06/2014 at 09:01:10
Pointless worrying about who our neighbours have bought and using it for comparison.
They will outspend us this season, they did last season. And they will every season until Uncle Bill leaves the club.
649 Posted 30/06/2014 at 09:20:48
652 Posted 30/06/2014 at 09:29:41
Take Lukaku for example, I honestly don't think he would get the service to score the 24 or 25 goals that his price tag would make us expect him to.
655 Posted 30/06/2014 at 09:55:37
It mystifies me as to why some supporters whine and whinge about Everton FC when it is obvious to all that we don't have the cash available to compete with LFC and the other mega rich clubs in the transfer market or in the amount we can pay in wages. Time to get real and concentrate on supporting Everton FC.
656 Posted 30/06/2014 at 10:12:29
659 Posted 30/06/2014 at 10:37:59
And before anybody says Sturridge, wait and watch his fall from grace this season without Dracula putting chances on a plate for him.
684 Posted 30/06/2014 at 15:32:29
Keeper, maybe, Two full backs? Two centre backs? Two holding midfielders? I don't think so.
867 Posted 02/07/2014 at 00:15:36
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