Report: Everton to land Niasse

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Senegal striker Oumar Niasse is in England discussing personal terms over a 13.5m move to Everton according to a report.

The Guardian, who first mentioned Everton's interest in Niasse earlier this month, claim that Lokomotiv Moscow have accepted the Blues' bid for the Russian league's player of the year.

The report suggests that the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham have scouted Niasse extensively in recent months and that Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen have had bids for the 25-year-old turned down.

Niasse, described as having blistering pace and ability to lead the line on his own, is believed to favour a move to the Premier League to be close to his wife who works in Manchester and could join Everton if he can agree terms at Goodison Park and complete a medical before the transfer deadline.

MailOnline stop short of saying that a fee has been agreed with the Russian club, saying instead that the Blues have merely "joined the race" to sign Niasse for 15m.

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Quotes sourced from The Guardian

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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:21:01
This is more like it!!

This lad is the real deal but the big question is can we get this done before Monday night?

Conor Skelly
2 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:23:40
Looks Boss!!
Jim Bennings
3 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:27:24
He is, Conor, trust me, I've seen quite a bit of him and he's hot property.

As soon as I read the club's interested in him though, Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester United and Tottenham... I fear this won't be straightforward to get the deal done.

My heart tells me to get excited but my heads telling me thinks our January "Yarmolenko" in other words a publicity stunt where we know there's little hope of it coming off.

I'd love it to happen though.

Mike Keating
4 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:28:54
Can he save RM's bacon?

Will they take Kone as part of the deal?

Could be very interesting.
Tony Hill
5 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:29:10
Oh God let it be true. I can just see the whole thing unravelling with a late bid from the RS or United. He is a top player and is extremely quick.
Terence Tyler
6 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:33:47
Kone on speed.
Winston Williamson
7 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:34:33
There is a video on YouTube (I know I know) called 'the lucky one'... we need some of that!
Conor Skelly
8 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:35:49
I've only watched YouTube clip. But after about two minutes of constant goals and a 30-yard screamer bent in to the top corner, I'd seen enough. Just get him signed, Everton – no more excuses.
Andrew Clare
9 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:38:36
Do they do medicals on Sundays? We need to get this wrapped up quickly.
Rob Hooton
11 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:45:07
It would ensure Roberto finishes this window stronger – IF it happens of course. We won't have to wait long to find out, I suppose...
Mark Gardiner
12 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:54:29
Does it make any difference if we sign him? How will a prolific forward help us stop conceding 2-3 goals every game and change the fact that we have a useless deluded manager?

Where will he play, I wonder? Will it mean we'll just go with two up top?

Gavin Johnson
13 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:55:13
Looks a very good player from the selected highlights. He's fast. Plays on the left and as a striker. Just the way Martinez likes em. The Russian league exports are notoriously hit and miss. If we get him, let's hope we've grabbed a good one.
Guy Hastings
14 Posted 30/01/2016 at 20:56:43
That's Lukaku off in the summer, then.
Tony Abrahams
15 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:06:18
Probably Guy, but although he's improved massively, can he really do it up front, playing on his own?

He plays much better when Kone, is on the pitch, but the team suffer as a result.

Watching this space, but let's hope this Oumar becomes an Everton player.

Dave Lynch
16 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:11:45
We'll probably be outbid but Tranmere...
Ross Edwards
17 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:11:51
Back up to Lukaku, and will be an improvement on Kone so I'm happy.
Guy Hastings
18 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:17:46
Tony (#14),

Oh me of little faith, I'm afraid...

Winston Williamson
19 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:17:50
Looks a tad 'narky' too.
Paul Ellam
20 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:18:14
Sounds positive.

Will we be able to complete the deal without the usual "complications" though? That's the difficult bit. I will keep my fingers crossed.

ps: We still need to sort our bloody defence out!

Tony Abrahams
21 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:21:42
You never know, Guy, they might form a terrific partnership, and we can go back to good old fashioned 4-4-2.
Colin Leckey
22 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:22:14
Let's be honest. This is us. We know what happens with these things. Something'll go wrong.
Scott Goin
23 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:24:02
Interesting that his wife is based in Manchester. That would seem to give us an advantage over most teams unless Man Utd decides to up their bid.

Looks like a good all-around striker. Decent size and good speed, good ball handling and finishing. His assists show he's good at seeing the field and unselfish.

It's difficult to know how a player in the Russian league will do in England but I feel good about this guy. 25 years old and ready to start making his mark among the best players in the world.

Gerard Carey
24 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:26:50
Didnt we get McGeady from the Russian league!!!!!!!:)
Phil Smith
26 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:31:01
Looks alright. Composed in front of goal and a good turn of pace. Could be a great foil for Lukaku. Those defences didn't look too clever though.
Harvey Miller
27 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:35:31
Yeah right, somebody else will step right in or RM says we were never interested in him. Another useless bit of news. I'm glad to be corrected of course but it so seldom happens...
Jim Bennings
28 Posted 30/01/2016 at 21:48:51

The defences in the Premier League don't look too clever these days either!

Colin Glassar
29 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:01:46
Can I just give you a typical Evertonian appraisal of this fella?

1) Everyone looks great on YouTube;
2) He's probably 40 odd;
3) he's one footed;
4) Russian defenders are crap;
5) Russian goalkeepers are crap;
6) the paperwork won't go through on time;
7) he'll fail his medical;
8) the fax machine will break down;
9) the home office won't give him a visa (cos Everton aren't rich enough to bribe);
10) he won't get his international clearance;
11) a richer club (ie. Newcastle or Stoke) will offer more money;
12) BK will get cold feet and blame it on the 'takeover talks';
13) BK will forget his biro and the lad will go somewhere else;
14) his missus will ask for a divorce so he'll stay in Russia moping;
15) he will get a hammy in training (like Traore) and we'll never see him again;
16) his agent will ask for a 㾶m backhander;
17) Roberto will be sacked on Monday and this will fall through;
18) I just can't think of any other things that could, and probably will, go wrong.

Oh, Roberto will come out on Tuesday morning and say, "I don't know where these rumours started but we looked at the player and thought we weren't right for each other at this moment in time. We have a phenomenally good young player in Arouna Kone and we are looking forward to see him develop into a unique, and special, player by 2022".

Nigel Munford
30 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:06:33
Colin, you forgot Armageddon, that'd put the mockers on it!
John Atkins
31 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:07:01
Spot on, Colin... are we paranoid? You bet we friggin' are! We are Everton after all

Always goes wrong for us and we get shat on all the time.

Nigel Munford
32 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:07:48
Jim, he wouldn't be playing against ours.
Colin Glassar
33 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:10:33
Armageddon's reserved for the day Bill Gates decides to buy us Nigel. As he's talking of knocking down the Arena Stadium and building us our promised home on the banks of the Mersey, plus a £500m investment in the team, we get hit by a giant fucking asteroid. That's Everton for you
Nigel Munford
34 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:16:27
I take your point, Colin, that'd be just how it would happen. (Bill Gates owning Everton, wow that would be some achievement!)

One other thing: it's hell trying to explain this all to my 9-year-old grandson, he lives and breathes Everton, and can't understand why they aren't top of the Premier League, in the Champions League...

I keep telling him to be patient, it'll turn out all right.

Steve Pugh
35 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:19:21
Is it just me or has the whole Russian league modelled it's defensive coaching on the teachings of one Roberto Martinezki?

I couldn't tell whether the kid would be any good in the Premier League because no defender tried to tackle him.

Mike Keating
36 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:21:35
Colin @ 26,

How can RM get sacked on Monday and still be there on the Tuesday to deny the rumours?

If we fuck up tomorrow, I hope your first prediction comes true.

Stephen Davies
37 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:22:08

I keep telling myself it'll turn out all right

John Pickles
38 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:33:39
Maybe we will soon be able to score those 4 goals a game we need to get a win!
Michael Polley
39 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:36:04
Wait and see what happens, I suppose...

Not getting too excited about it truth be told.
Anthony Purcell
40 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:37:44
"Asteroids do not concern me, Admiral, I want that ship," quothed Darth Vader in Empire Strikes Back.

I want that player!

Grant Kitson
41 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:41:29
Hope they sign this guy up!! Seen quite a lot of him and he definitely knows where the net is, maybe a bit lucky at times but hey think we need some luck at the moment.

Quick, good age, powerful, goal scorer... No-brainer for me.

Colin Glassar
42 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:44:19
At least it's not the Daily Star or Daily Mail reporting it. I haven't been able to find any other credible sauce...
Nicholas Ryan
43 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:46:51
Straight swap for McGeady, who apparently, speaks Russian?!!
Winston Williamson
44 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:51:12
Colin, have you tried Worcester sauce? :)
Fran Mitchell
45 Posted 30/01/2016 at 22:55:12
"I haven't been able to find any other credible sauce."

What type of sauce you look in' for Colin? More of a homemade sauce man myself, but Lidl always seem to have a good selection.

In term terms of the striker. Well, he ain't Kone and imagine he's better than Naismith, hopefully he'll do a bit of charity work also.

Now for a goalkeeper.....yeah, I know, never gonna happen.

Colin Glassar
46 Posted 30/01/2016 at 23:01:02
Never tried lidl sauce, Fran. Does it come in a small bottle? Boom boom!!
Iain Johnston
47 Posted 30/01/2016 at 23:02:42
Just to add to the paranoia. Naisse played in the same Turkish team as Hugo Rodellega... Can we call that a Wigan connection?!?!
Vijay Nair
48 Posted 30/01/2016 at 23:05:34
Call me cynical, but I'll believe it when he's holding up the Everton jersey...
James Flynn
49 Posted 30/01/2016 at 23:16:07
The day before the Window closes? Apparently, we're a bunch of chumps now.
Colin Glassar
50 Posted 30/01/2016 at 23:31:32
You can all breath a sigh of relief now, boys, the Daily Mail are now reporting it. Good while it lasted, eh?
Tony Hill
51 Posted 30/01/2016 at 23:36:35
It does indeed have the hallmarks of an Everton transfer deadline classic fail. If by some miracle it goes through, then we have a very serious addition to our team.
Mark Tanton
52 Posted 30/01/2016 at 23:48:50
Won't be long before Phil McNulty tweets that we've left it too late, and "It wouldn't be the first time...". Mark my words!
Darryl Ritchie
53 Posted 30/01/2016 at 23:58:56
He could be a fine addition to the squad. I'm not going to take it seriously until he's in front of the cameras, holding up a blue shirt, though.
Brent Stephens
54 Posted 31/01/2016 at 00:19:00
Are we sure this isn't Nais, an early return?
Phil Sammon
55 Posted 31/01/2016 at 00:19:41
Never heard of him. Looks very clumsy. Reminds me of Sissoko at Newcastle. All legs and no brain.
John Aldridge
56 Posted 31/01/2016 at 00:38:09
I'll believe it when he's holding the shirt with his name on the back for the cameras. Load of bull until then.....
Dave Lawley
57 Posted 31/01/2016 at 00:39:52
Never heard of him! And why has he always got that bandage on his hand.....what's the message?
Peter Cummings
58 Posted 31/01/2016 at 00:46:54
Just watched the sports reel of his goals, sorry but most of them were down to absolutely criminal defending, he won't get anywhere near the space and time in the Premier League – especially the now fashionable 'parking the bus' approach most away teams now adopt.
Rob Dolby
59 Posted 31/01/2016 at 00:49:22
Are the club offering quarter season tickets?
Peter Carpenter
60 Posted 31/01/2016 at 01:01:15
Cheeky bid for Berahino? We can offer him Eur..... okay, forget it.
Nick Entwistle
61 Posted 31/01/2016 at 01:04:29
He does a great Eto'o impression. Never heard of him but I am very pleased with the... the... that Bob Martins bloke. Koné as back-up to Lukaku needed addressing. But if he's the man he looks in the video, £13m is a pinch... which makes me suspicious. Something about him makes him look as adaptable to PL speed as Bilyaletdinov.
Teddy Bertin
62 Posted 31/01/2016 at 01:06:42
Clumsy Phil, but very lucky. We could do with a bit of that. Heard a bit about this guy and if it's true I think he'd be a step up from Naismith (as much as I liked him) in terms of pace, skill and power.

From Naisey to Niasse!

Gavin Johnson
63 Posted 31/01/2016 at 01:10:06
Hope he's better than Christian Atsu who also looked brilliant on his YouTube clips. Now he's been loaned out again after not even making a starting 11 appearance at Bournemouth.
Peter Carpenter
64 Posted 31/01/2016 at 01:12:27
If we want clumsy, just get Victor back. Cheaper train fare.
James Watts
65 Posted 31/01/2016 at 01:17:07
I've just checked him out on Football Manager 16. He's crap on that so he must be rubbish ... although maybe Bob The Clown thinks he knows better than FM16?? ;)
Peter Carpenter
66 Posted 31/01/2016 at 01:20:22
And what's he like defensi..... oh forget that too.
John Daley
67 Posted 31/01/2016 at 01:36:40
I've actually seen him play a couple of times and what I will say about him is (unlike our current attacking players) he closes down defenders constantly and doesn't just let them stroll forward unopposed. He's got a vicious shot on him with his right foot and he can run all day long. Whether he'll still demonstrate such energy and intensity in a more fast paced league is debatable but he's definitely a step up from Naismith and Kone.

Mourinho supposedly wanted to buy him before he got the boot from Chelsea by the way,

Peter Carpenter
68 Posted 31/01/2016 at 01:37:47
Still get Victor back.
Paul Kossoff
69 Posted 31/01/2016 at 01:39:10

Senegal striker is discussing personal terms with Merseyside club. Niasse was voted Russian player of the year in 2015. Everton are poised to sign the striker Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow after having an offer of £13.5M accepted by the Russian club.

Fingers crossed... coyb.

Peter Carpenter
70 Posted 31/01/2016 at 01:39:53
Actually, on a slightly more serious note, he's probably what Victor should have become before he joined the 'David Moyes Finishing School for Strikers'.
Eddie Dunn
71 Posted 31/01/2016 at 02:02:19
But why have we left this so late?
Paul ONeill
72 Posted 31/01/2016 at 02:09:30
Good as he may be (?), he is not what we need as he does not address any of our current problems. If we have that money to spend, sign a strong CB to win headers and add discipline to back four. We need a tough influential leader on the field. Additionally, we need a world class keeper if its deemed that Robles isn't the future.

That's where money should be invested. RM doesn't appear to appreciate the value of a hard battling type, hence the decision to ship out Naismith.
Garry Corgan
73 Posted 31/01/2016 at 03:04:11
Slightly worried, being the pessimist I am. Is this guy the second striking option we need, or is he Lukaku's replacement?
Andrew Keatley
74 Posted 31/01/2016 at 03:12:11
Don't really know the player at all. Obviously highly rated in the Russian league over the last 18 months, but the video clips I have watched (never the best way to judge a player) suggest that a few of his goals and assists have more to do with luck than judgement...
Gordon Crawford
75 Posted 31/01/2016 at 04:16:23
Andrew (65). Sure Gary Lineker was one of the lukiest strikers I've ever seen.
As long as this guy scores goals I'll be extremely happy.
Brian Porter
76 Posted 31/01/2016 at 06:16:55
Colin #36, think you got your 'source' and 'sauce' muddled up there, but agree with you that this one seems to come from a reasonably credible source. However, having been down this road before with the Yarmolenko saga, I refuse to take any notice of this rumour until it's a done deal. I just hope nothing happens to put him off, like for example:

1. He spends more than ten minutes being bamboozled by Roberto's rhetoric of what a 'phenomenal' team he's joining and then looks at the league table.

2. He watches a few videos of our recent defending.

3. He's told he's being signed as back up to the fantastic world class Arouna Kone.

4. He reads the latest press reports on Everton's implosion of form under Martinez

5. Martinez asks him if he can do a shift in central defence.

6. He asks what part of London Liverpool's in.

I just have no faith whatsoever in Martinez being able to bring any decent, established players to Goodison, and even if he does land this guy, how long will Martinez keep him on the bench because 'he needs time to acclimatize to the Premier League'? So will we see him playing for the first team before May?

Matt Traynor
78 Posted 31/01/2016 at 06:41:13
Eddie #63 "But why have we left this so late?"

Been following Everton long mate?

Duncan McDine
80 Posted 31/01/2016 at 08:10:17
Mark Gardiner (11)... That is exactly how I feel, and I have felt this way for the previous 2 or 3 transfer windows.

Colin (28)... Brilliant!

Kev Smith
81 Posted 31/01/2016 at 08:30:06
They should ban YouTube clips. This fella looks a world beater:

Thomas Surgenor
82 Posted 31/01/2016 at 08:35:52
Don't like the thought of us spending money on a player from the Russian league. They rarely work out.

Young Bilyaletdinov looked a world beater on YouTube, as does James McFadden!

Have to be honest, I haven't seen him live and wasn't that overly impressed with his YouTube highlights. I think he looked rather clumsy at times which would be a real weakness at the premier league break neck pace – but if signed I'll be 100% behind him.

Compared to the summer, where we were allegedly sniffing around the likes of Mertens, I've been totally unimpressed with this window. Roberto told us we would finish it stronger and thus far all we've done is signed 3 kids who may never even get to sit on our bench.

Dave Abrahams
83 Posted 31/01/2016 at 08:56:40
Never seen or heard of him until now, one word I've seen him described as "inconsistent", puts me off him, that's if he even gets hold of a pen to sign.
Tony Graham
84 Posted 31/01/2016 at 09:01:58
According to The Sun, Stoke are sniffing at Yarmolenko. I'd have sooner thrown our hat at him, rather than this chap...
Nigel Munford
85 Posted 31/01/2016 at 09:15:42
The Sun are reporting this as a Lukaku replacement, no mention of a replacement for Naismith.
Tony Cheek
86 Posted 31/01/2016 at 09:20:45
Eddie (#63), "But why have we left this so late?"

Because if we had done it earlier he would...

A) already be out with a hamstring.
B) been sold again before the window closed.
C) been on the bench fuming because Kone was playing.
D) have found out earlier that we need a four goals lead to win a game.

Colin Glassar
87 Posted 31/01/2016 at 09:32:54
And Moussa Dembele goes to Spurs for next to nothing. Unbelievable!!
Eric Holland
88 Posted 31/01/2016 at 09:34:03
Tony, where is your proof that four goals would be enough?
Eivind Nyhus
89 Posted 31/01/2016 at 09:45:48
I want this to happen!
Ian Williams
90 Posted 31/01/2016 at 09:46:58
Stoke are in for Yarmolenko according to Sky Sports..... That would be a wounder!!
Ray Robinson
91 Posted 31/01/2016 at 09:51:23
Let's hope it happens and that he's considerably better than Jo.
Phil Walling
92 Posted 31/01/2016 at 09:58:17
What ever happened to the star striker we signed from Argentina last window?
John Jones
93 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:03:57
This guy is in Liverpool today according to the Guardian, ironing out personal terms?!?

His YouTube reel isn't that amazingly impressive, it seems a lot of the defending leaves a lot to be desired (EFC-esque) and 4 of those goals had an element of sheer luck about them.

He looks quick and fairly intelligent though and after watching it reminds me of Mane at Southampton, who paid a similar price from a weaker league to get him.

We need decent cover for Rom and a look-alike a totally different option, so fingers crossed.

A few posts above mentioned the defence needs sorting. That isn't down to personnel, just tactics/coaching. We have as a group possibly the second or third best defenders in the country behind Man City and Chelsea. But if you constantly tell them to nutmeg a centre forward, Cruyff turn him then wedgie him in the process then your likely to get yourself in trouble and concede goals.

Jim Bennings
94 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:12:47

I think your referring to Leandro Rodriguez, he came from Uruguay but I get your point, he's had just one subs bench cameo all season.

Paul Ellam
95 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:16:37
This kind of transfer will show us where we are as a club and what ambitions we have. If we get (that's a big IF by the way!) Niasse as a back up for Lukaku then that's a good sign in my opinion. If we get him as a replacement for Lukaku then I think that shows a lack of ambition and is a bad thing.

I realise that if a player wants to go to another club there is pretty much nothing we can do about it and if Lukaku wants out in the summer then so be it, but if he is happy to stay and we can show him and the likes of Stones and Barkley that as a club we mean business then we need to bring in more quality players to help prove this.

Denis Richardson
96 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:24:10
If this it true (will find out tomorrow I guess) then that's the club preparing for Lukaku to leave in the summer.

I guess it makes sense as I can't imagine Rom being here come August, same goes for Stones. However we could get north of £100M for the two, which would be a huge chunk of the cost of sorting out GP taken care of, plus a transfer kitty for the new manager.

John Crawley
97 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:25:49
Paul (#64) hits the nail on the head for me, doesn't address the real problem areas we have. I also wish we weren't giving Martinez this money, when to me he's on his last legs!
Richard Lyons
98 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:32:40
Well, he's clearly very good at sliding along the pitch on his knees... Get him signed up!
Patrick Murphy
99 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:39:39
Will Rom hang around until the end of January or past 11pm on Monday the first of February? Why would he? Wouldn't his new club want him prior to the Euro's in order to keep his price down just in case he sets the tournament alight.

Even if Rom does stay, we do need another striker, to give competition to the big man and to step in should the big man be out through injury or suspension.

Everton need at least a point a game in the last 15 matches, without a proven goalscorer that task as routine as it might appear will become quite difficult, so I'd rather have two forwards than none at all.

John Daley
100 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:41:38
I wouldn't necessarily presume this guy is being signed with one eye on replacing Lukaku in the near future, nor that he's solely seen as back up in that one position. Sure, he's currently utilised as a striker but he's also spent plenty of time playing as a left winger or on the left of a front three.

From the little I know of him, it seems he's considered something of an assist (fucking hate that term) specialist more than an ace marksman, with a lot of the goals he's created coming from him running at the full back at pace before cutting in from the left. So, maybe even less playing time for Mirallas is on the cards?

Paul Thompson
101 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:43:28
We've all been stung by YouTube compilations – the best you can say about this lad from his is that he's quick and can shoot. But I disagree that a striker isn't a priority in this window. An injury to Rom with Nais gone would drop us right in it. Leandro and anyone else are not good enough (in the short term anyway) to step into the breach.

And yes, he probably has been bought (if he comes) as part of the Rom replacement. That is the inevitable price of this year's under-achievement (or 'over' if you are in the Roberto school of self-delusion).

Patrick Murphy
102 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:50:53
According to Artur Petrosyan a Moscow based sports pundit and yet another RS loving person has tweeted a variety of views – not all of them favourable – on this possible new addition to the Goodison squad.

Right, it won't be boring with this guy on and off the pitch. @LivEchoEFC should definitely talk to him. Good headlines are guaranteed.

...other forwards in Russia have to work hard to become as good as me". Niasse also stated his aim to be among top 10 world footballers.
...if nothing's going right, give Niasse the ball and he won't let you down. What other forwards can do, Niasse can do better..."

Niasse was recently interviewed and all of a sudden he started referring to himself in the third person: "Niasse is strong, Niasse is tall..

The good thing about him is his workrate, tireless pressing and his will to shoot at any opportunity. It often worked in Russia.

He's pretty unpredictable for defenders and maybe even for himself too. That actually often brings goals.

Niasse only started his professional career 7 years ago, at 18. That explains his sort of weird technics of dribbling and shooting.

㾻m for Niasse from Everton? Wow. Lokomotiv paid ٢.5m for him only 18 months before. And that seems like a fair price.

Hmmmmmm might be more of a gamble than we first thought but could be fun watching the lad at Goodison.

Eddie Dunn
103 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:54:41
I'd rather see a showreel of a big strong centre back heading it out from set pieces, and kicking the ball out of the ground.
Nick Page
104 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:55:28
Absolutely no chance this will happen. None. This is Everton, so wake up and stop the dreaming.
Luke Osborne
105 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:59:48
Until I see him in Royal Blue, I'm going to pretend I never saw this.
Antony Matthews
106 Posted 31/01/2016 at 11:00:07
This YouTube clip inspires Blues fans more than his...

John Daley
107 Posted 31/01/2016 at 11:07:08
"....all of a sudden he started referring to himself in the third person: "Niasse is strong, Niasse is tall.."

Ttt. That's nothing Patrick. Obviously a big fan of The Wire, I've heard that during 'intimate' moments he has a habit of hauntingly whistling 'The Farmer In The Dell' interspersed with shouts of "Oumar! Oumar coming y'all".

Shane Corcoran
108 Posted 31/01/2016 at 11:11:20
Is he any good at heading to the corner flag in in jury time?
Kim Vivian
109 Posted 31/01/2016 at 11:28:14
Sounds a bit bonkers. Could be interesting.
Frank Mullin
110 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:17:49
I know we shouldn't always believe what we read on Wikipedia but his profile on there reads "He is known for his pace, strength, high work rate and lengthy pipe."

Most of that seems to fit our requirements. Not too sure about the pace, strength or high work rate though.

Colin Glassar
111 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:26:21
Everton have made a bid which hasn't yet been accepted. This is (to me) a typical last minute bid which won't probably go through but we will get the usual bullshit about trying but couldn't make it happen etc...

Not that I know anything about the player, never heard of him tbh, but this smells fishy to me.

Geoff Evans
112 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:43:27
Yeah, yeah, yada yada! Why would he want to play for this clown of a manager?
Victor Jones
113 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:55:23
Will he score 20 plus goals for Everton in all competitions? That is the question. Or even better, will he smash the 30 goal holy grail ,that we would all love to see an Everton striker achieve? Or will he score about 5 or 6. And join the long list of also rans of Everton strikers. I don't really know much about this player. So to me, buying him is a punt. It could backfire.

Should Lukaku move on, then he needs to be replaced , like for like. Even bring in two proven goalscorers , using up the Lukaku transfer money. That would be two £20 million plus strikers. Like for like. Take a look at the quality that Leicester City are now looking at. Half a season at the top, and they are looking to strengthen. Two and a half seasons under Martinez , and Everton are looking weaker. Selling our better players. And not bringing in proper replacements. Add Naismith to all that. Where is his replacement?

FFS, we are all crying out for a top, top goalkeeper. A quality RB. A hard nose, canny, premiership hardened CB. A midfield general. A top class left winger. And proper options in attack. Sell Stones and Lukaku. And along with the antipicated Sky TV money, let's bring in those players. Why not? It is getting bloody galling seeing Everton bypassed by Stoke ..Leicester..West fact almost every bloody team. Does Martinez not realise the teams weaknesses?

Or maybe it is time for a complete change at Everton. Getting fed up now with one marquee buy, every two seasons. Just be grateful for what you have. And our top players only hang around for a couple of seasons. Let's hope that this take over really happens. And that they have the good sense to sack Martinez. His vision has no legs. It is not working. Give some other manager the money and time to build a team.

Notice that Everton usually manage to scramble a few points when Martinez is forced to change. Note I said, Forced. Nothing really to do with his philosophy. He is forced into changes. And then he reverts to type, and Everton also revert to losing matches. Martinez has lost the plot. And I don't trust his judgement with this striker. Call me an old cynic . But two seasons of nonsense, rudderless, clueless and TBH baffling football, tends to do that to a person. Entertaining? Yes. But entertaining for who. Not Evertonians.

This striker is not for me....

Colin Glassar
114 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:57:03
Scraping around at the last minute to placate the plebs?
Gordon Crawford
115 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:57:38
Heard it all before with Everton. I'll wait until he signs.
Geoff Evans
116 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:00:46
In fact why are we giving this deluded man good money to spend?
Gavin Johnson
117 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:07:19
Geoff - Martinez is very capable in the transfer market. He's more than proved himself in that regard.
Geoff Evans
119 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:13:32
Gavin: one look at the league table shows me what this clown is capable of.
Terence Tyler
120 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:24:40
Gavin. Not so sure. McGeady. Traore. Kone. Alcaraz. Atsu. Eto'o.
Gavin Johnson
121 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:24:44
Yes, but we're talking about signing players here Geoff. The players he's bought have been very good in the main. Martinez won't be going until the summer unless we get into a relegation fight. If we don't give him money this window we're just cutting off our noses to spite our faces.

Whoever comes in as manager in the summer (if anyone) they will be more than happy to adopt the squad Martinez has assembled.

Fran Mitchell
122 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:34:26
In terms of transfers Martinez does appear to have eye for a player (or good advisors). His failed transfers have all been freebie/cheap/loans. When actual money is spent he's done well.

If only he could organize a team, motivate and train players.

Mark Rimmer
123 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:39:07
Looks decent in the clip, but I remember thinking the same about Amokachi.
Frank Crewe
124 Posted 31/01/2016 at 14:14:56

I've said it before RM is an over promoted scout. He can spot talent but he can't get the best out of it.

Michael Williams
125 Posted 31/01/2016 at 15:54:48
Here's RM transfer failures mentioned above:

Traore was a loan – scored in his first appearance, injured hamstring before next game, done until last game of season No one's fault. Eto'o failed, was out the next window. Good corrective action. Alcaraz got injured, wasn't good. RM replaced him with Stones and got rid of him. Atsu – another loanee.

RM's transfer success clearly outweighs these minimal failures. Find something else to rip the gaffer for.

Colin Glassar
126 Posted 31/01/2016 at 15:55:24
Terence, those players cost us ٤.5m hardly a financial hit. Some work out, some don't; no manager is infallible.

BT said, after the game, that the Niasse deal was all but done but I can't find anything.

Steve Jones
127 Posted 31/01/2016 at 15:58:57
With the transfer window closing tomorrow we've been strongly linked with two strikers (Bolanos & Niasse) but, even if we get both, will it really change our season now?

Maybe if had been the start of January to support or replace a clearly unfit Lukaku, lift the team & get us some valuable league points towards a European place & keep us in the League Cup. But now, we're out of the League Cup & have no chance of a European place.

However, our biggest problems are still tactics, never changing the way we play, not defending from the front, not closing down in general, having no genuine leaders on the pitch, seemingly no consequences for players like Howard & Stones whose catalogue of mistakes and poor decisions have cost us so many goals.
Harold Matthews
128 Posted 31/01/2016 at 16:04:13
Computer grinding to a halt. Can't say much. Niasse is a good lad with the right attitude. Should suit us.
Si Cooper
129 Posted 31/01/2016 at 16:04:22
Sounds like more of a Mirallas replacement than a Lukaku one.
Si Cooper
130 Posted 31/01/2016 at 16:08:30
Steve Jones (120) - we are still in FA Cup and that gets us into Europe.
Jon Bentley
131 Posted 31/01/2016 at 16:26:32
Jo looked class in the Russian league once....

Just saying .....!!

Michael Williams
132 Posted 31/01/2016 at 16:31:13
Niasse stats this year:

Tied for second in the league with 8 goals (13 starts and 2 subs - one player he's tied with is Hulk). He has scored 13 goals in 23 total appearances ( 4 in 6 Europa League games). According to the Guardian he has 10 assists (not sure if that's just the league or all appearances).

According to Wiki he can play forward or wing. The Russian Premiere League is on break so he may need a little time to get match fit.

Paul Doyle
133 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:07:23
Looks like he can finish, though some of the keepers make Howard look like Shilton. I'm not going to get carried away after seeing a couple of videos of him. I remember seeing Denis's montage and thought we had signed A Shearer type forward!!
John Malone
134 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:13:15
Looks like another back-of-the-Echo!
Dennis Ng
135 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:15:35
Still fitter than our crew perhaps. Good to get this done but like above, not what we need. It does help relieve the Rom concerns though.
Steve Jones
136 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:40:11
Si Cooper (#122) – that's true but, given how open the Premier League has been this season, we should really have been banging on the door for Top 4 & Champions League.

We should have been looking to freshen things up as soon as the window opened which would have given us a fighting chance of getting closer to the top 4 and may well have helped in the League cup which was our most realistic chance of a trophy.

Peter Carpenter
137 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:42:49
Gary Carter
138 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:43:11
Michael Williams, you're being rather generous with your Martinez transfer fails.

Alcaraz, injured or not, was awful, he single handedly knocked us out of Europe because Martinez is stubborn and a complete fool and played him instead of Distin.

McGeady was also a terrible signing.
Arouna Kone – £6million for a 30-year-old striker that had just been relegated and didn't score many goals.

I would then argue that whilst not terrible signings the next two raise question marks"

Gareth Barry – £2 million for a player out of contract?!?!?

James McCarthy – £14 million for a midfielder that doesn't score, doesn't get assists and whose team had just been relegated, he was a £5-8 million signing all day long!!

The best signing we can make in this window would be David Moyes until the end of the season. Then go all out, show some inspiration, show some ambition and try and get De Boer, Mourinho, Joachim Lowe, Dishier Deschamp – someone that might inspire our young talents to stay because they won't under Martinez because unfortunately for us he's a loser.

Peter Carpenter
139 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:43:41
Spend the Yarmolenko money, if it exists!
Colin Glassar
140 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:45:34
Peter Carpenter
141 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:49:16
W-H-Y N-O-T?
Tried and tested in the Premier League, scores goals....
Gavin Johnson
142 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:53:23
Definitely a NO to Berahino. He's not even our player and the lads bad attitude infuriates me. I don't know if my blood pressure could take it, if we signed him and he pulled the short of shit he has this season with the Baggies.
David Barks
143 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:55:58
Michael Williams,

That was an incredibly misleading and incomplete history of Martinez' transfer business at Everton. He didn't replace Alcaraz with Stones, Stones was already here.

Martinez got Atsu on loan for a season and it was worthless.
He brought Kone over who has mostly been useless given he was injured for most of his time here.
He brought Robles over who he only plays in the cups. Why waste the money?
He brought Lennon over who has hardly played since signing.
He brought in McGeady who has now left making hardly an impact and never really seeing he pitch this season.
As mentioned before, Alcaraz was terrible.
Traore was a complete waste.
Eto'o a waste.

What are his successes? Lukaku, Deulofeu, Barry this season but was awful last season.
McCarthy I'm not much convinced on. Doesn't offer goals, not good passing, and we ship goals despite him playing alongside another DM.
Besic, I like but he doesn't play him much even when he is healthy if McCarthy and Barry are available.
Cleverly, hasn't done much.

So how does that math line up when it comes to successes vs failures?

Kevin Elliott
144 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:56:04
Will this be another Byram moment?
Colin Glassar
145 Posted 31/01/2016 at 17:56:34
I wouldn't touch a player who refuses to play for his team. A player who has refused to train. A player who has gone on social media to criticise his club. A player who is now refusing to go to Newcastle (it's London or bust for him). A player who has disrespected his manager, fans and teammates.

In other words Peter, N-O.

Geoff Evans
146 Posted 31/01/2016 at 18:12:41
David (#134): Spot on mate, agree with every point.
Brent Stephens
147 Posted 31/01/2016 at 18:16:15
David #134 I'm not sure if you're saying the signings themselves were bad, given the players' ability; or that some were good signings but he's not playing them enough. I suspect you're not saying they were all bad signings in themselves.
James Morgan
148 Posted 31/01/2016 at 18:19:57
I see Dembele's move to Spurs has fallen through. Newcastle finally showing ambition, going for Berahino and Doumbia. Though I wouldn't touch Berahino with a barge pole.

Bournemouth away in the next round, got to win that!

Colin Glassar
149 Posted 31/01/2016 at 18:23:11
David, the last paragraph is your opinion. Some of us actually believe the likes of McCarthy, Besic and Cleverley ARE good buys. You also, conveniently, left out Funes Mori, Galloway and Holgate (who Unsy is drooling about).

As for the first paragraph, well only Kone, Lennon and McGeady cost us any money (㾶.5m?). The others were either freebies or loan deals which sometimes work out. Unfortunately, none of those you mentioned did.

Peter Carpenter
150 Posted 31/01/2016 at 19:20:42
Watch Berahino score a bucketload of goals for his next club. Attitudes can change and players can learn.

He just needs a firm, decisive, experienced, no nonsense, pragmatic manager... like er..... Tony Pulis!

Colin Glassar
151 Posted 31/01/2016 at 19:27:25
Back to the original report, is there any evidence at all that this guy is on Merseyside or even in England? If he's not, then forget it, he won't make it in time – you'll see.
Seamus McCrudden
152 Posted 31/01/2016 at 19:32:02
Glasstrodamus should be looking into his crystal ball!
Peter Carpenter
153 Posted 31/01/2016 at 19:42:34
Or maybe a bit of phenomenal, incredible Catalonian love would do the trick?
I would still try to get him, but it won't happen.
David Barks
154 Posted 31/01/2016 at 19:47:18
No Colin,

Nobody is free. They all cost wages and take up places in the squad. As for the likes of Besic, he may prove to be a good signing. But the fact is he's been here a couple of seasons and hardly plays. Cleverley hasn't proven to be a good signing, people are just hoping that he will be.

My point is, we can point to plenty of his signings that did not turn out to be useful for Everton. And of those players who you and me may like and hope are good, they hardly play. Besic has hardly played. Cleverly has hardly played and when he does is out on the left. Barry plays every match but was awful last season. This season better, but he's in his mid-30s. Lennon has hardly played.

McCarthy I did not classify as a bad signing. But I don't think he's a great player, I fee he is very limited. If he's sitting in the midfield with another DM in Barry, who sits back more, then McCarthy should be offering much more in attack. Like Toure, Fabregas, Lampard or Gerrard did. But he doesn't. He runs around a lot, commits a ton of fouls and picks up yellows. He's purely defensive in my view. Which for me, why sign two purely defensive midfielders to play in the team at the same time. That's why for me it's not a great signing.

So back to the original post. Would this guy be a good signing? I don't know, because I'm not at all confident in Martinez's ability to use players the way they should or set out a balanced side. He had Kone playing left winger most of this season while Mirallas sat on the bench. So it's not just about the manager's ability to spot a decent player. It's heavily about him being able to or even giving the opportunity to a player to prove a good signing.

Colin Glassar
155 Posted 31/01/2016 at 19:59:45
We could go on all night, David, about the pros and cons of each player. Sadly there's no magic formula to know if a loanee will work out or not.

We have had some hits (Arteta, Pienaar, Deulofeu to name a few) and some terrible misses e.g. Drenthe, Gardner, Atsu etc... I suppose that's why you loan them first – to see if they fit or don't.

Bill Gall
156 Posted 31/01/2016 at 20:01:02
Well, the way Everton have been negotiating signings and contracts, I hope they have been negotiating before Christmas and that may just about complete the signing 10 minutes before the window closes.
Tony Abrahams
157 Posted 31/01/2016 at 20:14:58
Disagree that McCarthy is purely defensive, but would love him to be our only defensive midfield player. He has a great ability to keep the game simple, is very disciplined in his positional play, and is a real player's player for me.

I would love to see McCarthy playing behind both Besic and Barkley. Let him play deeper, with these two pushing right on. All three of them can run at pace, which would surely improve the intensity with which we currently play the game.

David Hallwood
158 Posted 31/01/2016 at 20:20:51
David hates people who speak in the third person, all megalomaniacs. Also David doesn't want to sound like a100% TWebber, but I could get me granny to look like Ronaldo on YouTube. And, as someone pointed out, in the clips, the defending was shite –positively Evertonesque – so he'll do well at Finch Farm.

Panic Buy?

David Chait
159 Posted 31/01/2016 at 20:36:30
Never heard of this chap but based on that clip I'm not over the moon. Bilyaletdinov had a YouTube clip that had me drooling.. I see some shocking defender and clumsy runs that had a lot of luck ... But as I won't write up a player based on YouTube guess I shouldnt write one off...

I'm still happy about the Swiss lad if that is all we do but for some reason pissed we didn't spot Alli when scouting Galloway at MK Dons.. How the hell did we miss that one!!

Joe O'Brien
161 Posted 31/01/2016 at 21:36:49
Got excited when I saw the story first, then it just reminded of numerous other last minute supposed deals. Not going to get excited until I see him in the jersey. It sounds a lot like all that Negredo rubbish that we had a while back. I hope I'm wrong...
Colin Hughes
162 Posted 31/01/2016 at 21:54:53
Hope he is not going to be another Bakayoko or Amokachi if he signs. So often these African players are very lethargic on the ball and think you get all day in the Premier League. Don't need another prima dona who plays for himself.
Andrew McLean
163 Posted 31/01/2016 at 22:00:44
David (#149), in the season before Spurs signed him, Alli was half and half. Well that was my opinion in the 10-odd games I saw of him. Flashes of brilliance, but wasted passes and frustrations of bad choices but then he was very young. Maybe the scouts were at the same games as me...

I jest – maybe he was settling in after getting crocked. I didn't watch as many games the following season but he improved so much from what I saw. He gained more confidence, probably from being loaned back. You win some; you lose some... such is football.

Brent Stephens
164 Posted 31/01/2016 at 22:05:37
"So often these African players are very lethargic on the ball and think you get all day in the Premier League."

And so often these European players are very lethargic on the ball and think you get all day in the Premier League.

Colin Glassar
165 Posted 31/01/2016 at 22:16:57
The Moussa Dembele to Spurs deal is off; we should go for him instead
James Stewart
166 Posted 31/01/2016 at 22:28:28
Agree with David's assessment of Martinez's buys, I don't think his transfer record is very good at all. McCarthy frustrates the hell out of me and he's nothing more than a good engine. Our best players are still all Moyes signings. Lukaku is the only exception I can think of.
Anthony Dwyer
167 Posted 31/01/2016 at 23:09:37
I personally don't like Roberto, but I disagree with James Stewart @ 155.

Lukaku is a brilliant signing, Funes Mori looks very able, Besic looks the real deal, Deulofeu is an assist machine, McCarthy is solid and has a superb engine, Robles isn't a bad young goal keeper, Lennon was a reasonable player for the fee paid, some of the young players gambled on may still pay off.

Kone was not worth £6m, McGeady is useless and Alcaraz was not worthy of a contract.

In my opinion, his signings weigh up as more than decent.

Peter Carpenter
168 Posted 31/01/2016 at 23:27:23
The thought occurred to me during the game that McCarthy might make a decent, ball playing centre-back. Discuss.
Jim Hardin
169 Posted 31/01/2016 at 23:36:24
I am a Moyes fan but can we please stop comparing RM to Moyes in every freaking thing on here? Moyes had hits and misses and so has RM. Mancini, Jose, and SAF also have had both and you know what? Who cares?

I want to know if this guy is coming to Everton, is already at Everton, has passed a medical, and is signing? The last thing I would want to know, although not a deal-breaker, is if he had to either quit football altogether or play for Liverpool, would he be asking where to send his resume tomorrow morning?

Teddy Bertin
170 Posted 01/02/2016 at 01:46:03
Get real guys, every manager including Mourinho and SAF signed some shockers. Moyes and RM have signed and brought through some of the best talent during their reigns. Ask any other EPL fans. Remember what Walter Smith's success rate was like? Besic, Barry, Funes Mori, Deulofeu, Cleverley, Robles, Lukaku and Lennon have all been excellent signings, just as Pienaar, Arteta, Jags, Lescott, Cahill, Martyn and Howard (yes even Howard) were all quality signings at excellent prices.

RM's faith in starting youngsters every week has made Stones and Barkley like new signings too. Transfers are the one department that this club can have no quarrels about in comparison to the millions wasted by other teams. I know our board have been a bit soft in comparison to people like Levy in terms of getting every player the manager targets but we have a great track record since Moyes of maximising profit from players we value (Lescott, Fellaini, Stones) and the signings we have made have a higher first team success rate than most other clubs.

I'm not happy about the results recently or the way the club is run, but people go WAY over the top on here just to stick the knife in to RM or Moyes. Credit where credit is due, guys, FFS.

David Barks
171 Posted 01/02/2016 at 02:14:07

That made no sense. How does Martinez go out of his way to play youngsters when Barry and Howard start every match? Coleman plays RB, established before RM. Baines plays LB, established before RM. Jags CB, established before RM. and let me remind you that he persisted with Alcaraz at CB until it became too obvious even for him that he was garbage.

Lukaku was a 28 million pound signing and rightfully plays. Barkley is the only one at his position and is an obvious selection. And Stones is playing but on form should be dropped.

And you can not say that Besic, Lennon, Cleverly and Robles have been excellent signings when they hardly ever play. They might be. I would prefer to see Robles in goal, but RM persists with old man Howard. I'd like to see Besic in CM when healthy, but Barry will always be picked ahead of him.

Of course other managers have poor signings. But the argument that RM had far more great signings than bad simply doesn't stand up when you go signing by signing, and judge the actual contribution to Everton of those signings. We may think Lennon or Besic or Cleverly could do a job, but up until now they've hardly been given a chance, in favor of older players like Barry and Wigan favorites McCarthy and Kone.

Jim Knightley
172 Posted 01/02/2016 at 02:37:34
Martinez has been good in the transfer market. I'm pleased with the purchases of Barry, Besic, Lukaku, Galloway, Robles, McCarthy and Deulofeu. Deulofeu and Lukaku are particularly impressive, and have obvious world class potential. For less than £40mil net, I think Martinez's aquisitions represent a good return and better than the average Premier League manager. I think some of the criticisms go too far, and represent the atypical desire to critique everything a manager does, just because people do not like that manager. It's possible for a manager, with clear faults, to have some positives.

I'd argue that Deulofeu goes down as one of the best signings in the world for the money paid. He has 11 assists and 4 goals from 17 starts in all competitions, and the potential to be as good as he wants to be. It's so rare to find a tricky and fast winger with vision, and one who can cross a ball.

I trust Martinez with money, I trust him to develop players, but I do not trust his tactical approach. It is deeply flawed, and I expect that some of his signings would be more positively received in a more effective side.

Phil Sammon
173 Posted 01/02/2016 at 03:17:04
I don't mean to disparage an entire continent, but very rarely do African players come into the PL and play well for a sustained period. Particularly strikers, who are generally very quick and powerful, but end up losing their way after 6 months. I'm very pessimistic about this one. I'd honestly rather have Shane Long.
Craig Fletcher
174 Posted 01/02/2016 at 03:36:58
That Drogba fellow wasn't bad though Phil. Yobo and Yakubu didn't do too badly for us, either. But yeah I get your point, there's been a lot of misses too.
David Barks
175 Posted 01/02/2016 at 03:40:50
Phil Sammon, that's just an incredibly ignorant opinion. Many, many African players have come over and continue to come over and be extremely successful.

Yaya Toure, Michael Essien, Drogba, Kalou, Yakubu, Pienaar, Ayew, Bolasie, Bakary Sako, Cheikhou Kouyate, Sakho, Alex Song, Odion Ighalo to name a few. I'd even rather have Kone than Shane Long.

Phil Sammon
176 Posted 01/02/2016 at 08:35:16
It's not 'incredibly ignorant' at all, David.

Almost all of those players have had extensive experience in top European leagues before coming to the PL. Most of them were in Europe by the time they were 18.

Of course there's been lots of great African footballers in the Premier League. I just think that most of the ones that have come in, previously unknown to me, have been flops.

Tony Abrahams
177 Posted 01/02/2016 at 08:56:24
Jim 163, that's a great assessment of the manager that mate, I wish the man could read it himself.
Pat Waine
178 Posted 01/02/2016 at 09:54:10
James Stewart (157), Galloway, Garbutt, Barry, McCarthy, Besic, Lukaku, Mirallas are all Martinez signings. All decent.

Every manager will have duds, like McGeady & Kone, but Martinez didn't waste too much money there. £8.5M for Naismith. McGeady and Kone got for little money. Besic a steal at his age, Barry a great buy and key player in the side at moment.

Now look at Moyes: Howard, Pienaar, negatives; Coleman, Baines positives... and Jagielka in-between.

Gerry Quinn
179 Posted 01/02/2016 at 11:57:55
Tony J Williams
180 Posted 01/02/2016 at 13:04:32
Never heard of him so can't get excited, especially as we could probably make Pistone look like Roberto Carlos on You Tube
Paul Williams
181 Posted 01/02/2016 at 13:10:45
I just looked this guy up on YouTube. Russian defending looks dreadful. Not sure he'd get so much leeway in the Premier League – unless he was playing against us of course.
Anthony Dwyer
182 Posted 01/02/2016 at 13:19:01
Yakubu, Kanu, Drogba, Adebayor, Gyan, Yeboah, Bony, Martins, Moses, Diuof, Ba, Cisse to name a few – all done well enough.

Eivind Nyhus
183 Posted 01/02/2016 at 13:20:51
Not buying that wife-tweet. Smells fake a mile away.
Dan Parker
184 Posted 01/02/2016 at 14:18:01
I'll believe it when I see him meekly holding an Everton shirt after he's signed on the dotted line with Bobby.
Eivind Nyhus
186 Posted 01/02/2016 at 15:10:35
The Echo is usually reliable, and they claim he's on Finch Farm for a medical as we speak:

I'm hoping, but not believing until I see him with a blue shirt on.

Kevin Tully
187 Posted 01/02/2016 at 15:15:17
Be a good day if signed a 'keeper. I'll drive Howard anywhere he wants to go, pay for the medical, wash his kit, and help him move house.
Shane Corcoran
188 Posted 01/02/2016 at 15:18:33
Eivind, there's a video on Sky Sports of him arriving so it's a fair bet he's there even for the most sceptical supporter.
Dean Peamum
189 Posted 01/02/2016 at 15:32:45
Pat (#172),

Mirallas and Garbutt were both signed by Moyes not Martinez.

Eivind Nyhus
190 Posted 01/02/2016 at 15:47:05
Shane, thats great stuff, hope he signs!
James Stewart
191 Posted 01/02/2016 at 15:48:40
Pat (172), Garbutt and Mirallas were Moyes signings. As were Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines, our entire first choice back 5. Pienaar, Barkley, Naismith, Distin, Fellaini and Mirallas also inherited.

I do agree with you that every manager will not always be successful in the transfer market 100%. I don't think anyone expects that. If you look at Martinez's major signings, Barry, McCarthy, Kone, Alcaraz, Gerard, Lukaku, Lennon, McGeady, Atsu, Mori are ones that spring to mind, I would say only 3 out of that lot are of the calibre of Moyes's best signings.

That all said I do like Niasse he is an excellent hard working player. Trouble is, I just don't really have any enthusiasm for our plight under Martinez anymore he needs to go.

William Cartwright
192 Posted 01/02/2016 at 17:02:05
A bit off topic but several posts keep referring to McCarthy and Barry as defensive midfielders. That's OK as a definition, but watching games recently I have been impressed with Barry's creative play. It is usually very simple but always direct, never taking too much time to dwell on the ball. Receives and releases it with maximum efficiency and minimum effort.

One of Roberto's strategies is to look at players capable of playing in multiple positions / styles. His approach to the attacking positions reflects that. I was looking forward to seeing more of Mirallas playing in the remainder of the season. He may still do, but this new Niasse boy might cramp his style a bit, more so than Romelu's.

Christy Ring
193 Posted 01/02/2016 at 20:53:40
Deal done for Niasse!! Hope he and Lukaku will form a great partnership.

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