The Liverpool Echo have lent credence to an earlier report in The Mirror that the defender's waiting for approval to play in England is over and the player himself has now told Argentine sports media that the deal is done.
Everton have had the deal with River Plate as well as terms with the player done and dusted for a while now and were confident that he would qualify under the new employment rules despite having only played once for his country.
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1 Posted 31/08/2015 at 23:10:46
2 Posted 31/08/2015 at 23:17:33
3 Posted 31/08/2015 at 23:18:26
4 Posted 31/08/2015 at 23:23:01
5 Posted 31/08/2015 at 23:25:32
6 Posted 31/08/2015 at 23:28:41
7 Posted 01/09/2015 at 00:05:56
I've said many times we have 3 talented young centre backs chomping at the bit, I'm convinced at least one of them will be more than ready to act as back-up next season.
Mori is a younger, cheaper alternative to Johnny Evans and Scott Dann, plus there didn't seem to be many other options available to us.
8 Posted 01/09/2015 at 00:07:54
But for me, we've waited to announce this deal on deadline day so it looks like we're really busy when we sign him, probably Lennon and one more player?!
9 Posted 01/09/2015 at 00:11:01
10 Posted 01/09/2015 at 00:15:27
11 Posted 01/09/2015 at 00:36:13
12 Posted 01/09/2015 at 02:30:03
14 Posted 01/09/2015 at 09:01:09
"We've waited to announce this deal on deadline day so it looks like we're really busy when we sign him"
I don't usually go in for club-bashing cynicism, in fact, I usually react against it, but I have to admit I had the same thought the other day.
15 Posted 01/09/2015 at 09:14:34
16 Posted 01/09/2015 at 09:15:50
17 Posted 01/09/2015 at 09:21:33
18 Posted 01/09/2015 at 09:23:24
19 Posted 01/09/2015 at 09:27:18
20 Posted 01/09/2015 at 09:34:54
21 Posted 01/09/2015 at 09:36:02
22 Posted 01/09/2015 at 09:57:57
Yes, Colin - 'undisclosed fee' does seem to be the norm with us, disguises all manner of funny little conditions we have built in to payment structures, adds ons, etc.
Whats the betting that £9.5m includes initial £5m fee (paid in installments), plus add ons AND includes his full wages for the five years at about £50k p/w.
Makes it sound like we've made a big(ger) signing and cushions the blow of no more arrivals????
Call me paranoid but....
23 Posted 01/09/2015 at 10:01:19
24 Posted 01/09/2015 at 15:39:43
Just for reference, Arteta's full name under that system was Mikel Arteta Amatriain. Yet we just called him Arteta.
So... is it Funes? Or Funes Mori? (Either way, I don't think it's just Mori, but stand to be corrected). I guess we'll have to check out the shirt...
26 Posted 01/09/2015 at 15:58:18
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