The report suggests that the Blues have reached agreement on a three-year contract for the 33 year-old and perpetuates the unsubstantiated claim that even though Barry is a free agent, Everton will have to pay Manchester City £2.5m.
Original Source: The Mirror
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555 Posted 29/06/2014 at 00:27:59
A 3-year deal could be a little excessive. Rodwell (if passed fitness test) may be better option, although anyone is better than getting Samaras.
557 Posted 29/06/2014 at 00:28:20
If you woulda told me last year at this time that we’d get Barry for 2-3 seasons at that price (£2.5M) and his play would be as high as it was at times last year, I’d take that deal everyday.
He’s a great role model for James and the younger members. He’s always come off as a professional to me. Good stuff.
561 Posted 29/06/2014 at 00:23:51
I can’t understand the £2.5M figure mentioned all the same, as he is a free agent! I can only think that as a loan player (Everton paid half the player’s wages during the spell with us) which allegedly, he was on £100k per week, and we paid half, as is usual in loan arrangements, that this is what is being referred to!
Either way, we have secured a player who was more influential for us than almost any other, in our first season under the tutelage of Roberto!
The experience of Gareth Barry, is not only beneficial to the unit, but the fact he can also pass this on to the younger members of the playing staff, is almost priceless!
I just hope that more new additions will follow, and still believe that this could be one of the pivotal points in the transformation of our team!
563 Posted 29/06/2014 at 00:56:37
Hope the signing is announced asap.
564 Posted 29/06/2014 at 01:02:10
Either that or Everton are setting a precedent as the first club to ever pay another club a fee for a player then do not own.
567 Posted 29/06/2014 at 03:12:54
Pre-season starts in less than four weeks and so far we have unconfirmed re-signings of Lacina Traore, who on first glance has a poor first touch, and Barry, who definitely lacks pace. Lukaku and Deulofeu have not yet been replaced while Kone is starting a month long Ramadan.
I am not panicking yet but I would not like to see another two weeks pass without the introduction of several new faces.
568 Posted 29/06/2014 at 03:53:11
No club was coming in for him at Man City wages. With Everton, he'll finish in a top Side. And must believe, having the Energizer Bunny McCarthy in front of him was a consideration.
569 Posted 29/06/2014 at 04:06:08
570 Posted 29/06/2014 at 05:34:21
571 Posted 29/06/2014 at 05:40:28
574 Posted 29/06/2014 at 06:46:19
575 Posted 29/06/2014 at 06:00:11
A very solid first signing as his passing, composure and intelligence form a good partnership with McCarthy's dynamism. Hope it happens.
577 Posted 29/06/2014 at 07:54:42
Like a few people, I can't understand the £2.5M fee either but whatever – we just need to get this deal done because you get the feeling Barkley needs this to happen as much as anyone. Barry really helps Ross develope and gives his more license to try things high up the pitch.
Let's just hope for once the papers are right and it is complete in 48 hours and doesn't drag on; we need others with Barry.
578 Posted 29/06/2014 at 08:28:17
Rodwell is a lovely lad blessed with all the natural athleticism, with two good feet but – as positive as Martinez is – Rodwell's self-belief will always be the issue. If he's only fourth choice at defensive CM, then sadly lack of self-belief could always prevent anybody really seeing the best in him.
579 Posted 29/06/2014 at 08:43:49
"I knew he would fit into Roberto's passing style as he assured me that was very good at one-twos. Well, he keeps saying... 'to me, to you'."
580 Posted 29/06/2014 at 08:47:10
Yes, he's 33 but his quality and experience will be invaluable. Not sure about the 3-year deal though, I think it could be 2 years with an option of a third but I think we'll get a good couple of seasons out of him if we use him right and keep him fresh throughout the season.
582 Posted 29/06/2014 at 08:54:42
I think Lundstram and Ledson will benefit from him being around as he has all the experience in the world... and I believe, if he'd gone Brazil, England would still be there. He is the new Reid, Parkinson or Carsley.
583 Posted 29/06/2014 at 08:42:51
Can we not be happy that we basically mugged Man City of £12 million and move on?? I can't understand these constant comments about him being a good signing?? How??
We already have Gibson, Traoré and Koné who are going to be in and out of the side with injuries; what we need is a quality playmaker in the Arteta mould!!
I just hope we sign players that will take the first 11 up that next step, not 6 players to basically bulk out the squad to leave us depending on the same side as last year.
Shaw to Man Utd, Costa to Chelsea, Lillanna to Liverpool — players not bought for the squad but bought to go straight into the first 11 and add instant quality!!
585 Posted 29/06/2014 at 09:35:11
My only concern is that I have a feeling Barry was trying to play his way into the World Cup squad... what has he got to play for this season?
On the plus side, if he does sign, he must have had reassurances about what other players we will be looking to sign.
586 Posted 29/06/2014 at 09:37:12
588 Posted 29/06/2014 at 10:13:04
I'm preparing to be somewhere between disappointed and mildly satisfied with our total transfer dealings, mainly on the basis of not having sold one of our stars this year.
And don't forget, Koné, Gibson etc. will be like new signings.
It's the BK way. Has been ever since he bought us hoping to make a killing, I mean selling the club to someone better able to take us forward.
589 Posted 29/06/2014 at 10:22:14
Might be a bit pedantic in midfield if that happens, I think.
590 Posted 29/06/2014 at 10:22:50
Hopefully Belgium will get knocked out the World Cup and we'll get Lukaku at a sensible(ish) price and before start of the season.
Next priority is a winger to replace Deulofeu then, after that, a bit more depth in squad would be useful and any player leaving needs to be replaced; however, I'm hoping the only player that will be leaving in our current squad is Junior.
593 Posted 29/06/2014 at 11:12:05
594 Posted 29/06/2014 at 11:11:13
So, for me, signing Barry was more essential than signing Lukaku... and as for his age, I don't see that being a concern; he doesn't rely on pace and he his always fit – unlike Rodwell who is quite the opposite. When you have a limited budget, you can't risk spending money on someone throughout his career who has been injury-prone.
595 Posted 29/06/2014 at 11:28:00
I think we should get Rodwell as I have no doubt that we will be looking at 3 centre backs in the not too distant future, with Rodwell being the perfect player to play in the middle of the three as the ball-playing centre-half. This is a role that Martinez used McCarthy in at Wigan a few times. It'll be Stones on one side, Jags or Distin on the other and Rodwell in the middle, with Duffy pressing for a place, too.
596 Posted 29/06/2014 at 12:04:05
Rodwell? Let's not go there, he seems to tweak his hamstring just watching football!
597 Posted 29/06/2014 at 12:04:26
I also feel Rodwell will become a very good central defender along with Stones in the very near future. Roll on the new season.........!!!
598 Posted 29/06/2014 at 12:48:40
600 Posted 29/06/2014 at 13:01:33
A little unfair to Barry. He was the lynchpin for the team last season. Everything went through him.
601 Posted 29/06/2014 at 12:49:37
Yes, we do have Gibson coming back but we signed him for such a nominal fee based on his fitness issues and I'm not sure if he can cope with the demands of the Premier League this season.
If this season Gibson does not maintain his fitness, we should be trying to look into his contract. We don't want to burn out James McCarthy either. Europa League will take its toll.
602 Posted 29/06/2014 at 13:26:20
But how can Man City be having a say on a player who is not contracted to their club? It honestly makes no sense. Once his contract with City has elapsed, how is it possible for them to still be calling the shots?
603 Posted 29/06/2014 at 13:24:24
604 Posted 29/06/2014 at 13:31:27
Roberto will maybe know who he wants to sign, but negotiating with their club, their personal manager & the player himself will often be a long drawn-out affair!
We will end up with a strong squad of players, I'm sure.
605 Posted 29/06/2014 at 14:02:48
Roberto will have an A-list and a B-list. Dependent on how they perform at the World Cup and how much their prices go up.
606 Posted 29/06/2014 at 14:16:11
I'm not particularly happy that he has a three-year deal but I suppose it's a way of giving him the security he requires without breaking the wage structure. It's an okay deal but it shows how hard it is for Everton FC to cope in the hyped-up market.
Anyone expecting the Blues to break the bank and be out there buying £15m to £20m players need to lower their expectations – we just haven't got the money to spare.
607 Posted 29/06/2014 at 14:45:34
608 Posted 29/06/2014 at 14:46:34
Let's be honest, he was no world beater, even when fit. We well and truely pulled Man City's pants down getting £12 million for him. Rodwell should be left well alone. Keeping Gibson fit will be hard enough.
609 Posted 29/06/2014 at 14:56:22
Like everyone else, I'm checking the gossip pages and nowt! But Roberto will have his targets, it's just a case of if BP Bill will open his wallet.
611 Posted 29/06/2014 at 15:22:32
I don't fancy Kone & Naismith as our only source of goals against Chelsea and Arsenal that's for sure. I think Martinez has been clever though after he made a statement saying he had already identified his targets.
Sort of a "Don't blame me if we don't sign anyone until 31 August." It's still only June, so I cannot see the need to worry just yet.
612 Posted 29/06/2014 at 15:34:37
His form of last season indicates he has another good season left and to be quite honest (and biased), I think he may have been a better bet in Brazil than some.
Rodders, because of his injuries, has not been able to progress and of course getting into the Man City starting eleven is difficult with all the talent they have. I am not sure he would suit the RM style.
614 Posted 29/06/2014 at 15:49:28
615 Posted 29/06/2014 at 15:52:20
616 Posted 29/06/2014 at 16:34:07
617 Posted 29/06/2014 at 16:35:20
Rodwell —The most overrated player I have ever seen in 24 years of going to Goodison.
618 Posted 29/06/2014 at 17:17:39
As for Rodwell, not enough pace for a CB in today's game. It is made worse this year due to the money the other shower are spending, with, according to the Times, deals for Lambeth, Llalana, Origi, Emre Can, and possibly Sanchez already done or more than likely. OK, Sewer rat will probably go, but there are some talented players there waiting to arrive.
620 Posted 29/06/2014 at 17:31:30
Also, this nonsense about having to pay Man City £2.5M or whatever, is silly. Even if Man City wanted to add a clause that, if we wanted to make the deal permanent, we would have to pay a figure, we would simply refuse, in the knowledge that his contract ends in the summer and there's no chance he'll renew. He is a free agent, and it means just that — FREE!
621 Posted 29/06/2014 at 17:44:34
First teamwise I think we are in good shape – particularly if Barry stays – but the cover seems thin. Perhaps the likes of Koné, Gibson and Traoré are to be regarded as three of the extra seven Roberto talked about?
I hear we are likely to take Man Utd's Wilson on loan to play up front.
622 Posted 29/06/2014 at 17:58:18
623 Posted 29/06/2014 at 18:19:30
Now, when Barry's contract expires, there is nothing to stop him training and playing pre-season with us and signing on in August. I wouldn't be surprised if this isn't what Bill is looking at.
627 Posted 29/06/2014 at 19:26:38
AC Milan won the European Cup with a team of oldies in 2007, so I wouldn't worry too much about a 33-year-old who's in excellent health and looks after himself.
645 Posted 30/06/2014 at 07:55:52
654 Posted 30/06/2014 at 09:53:31
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