Surkis rules out Yarmolenko sale to Everton

by | 02/05/2016  62 Comments  [Jump to last]

Everton's poor season and mid-table finish might have cost Roberto Martinez another crack at signing Andriy Yarmolenko this summer as Dynamo Kiev's owner says he won't sell his star player to "a top club".

The Toffees came very close to landing the Ukrainian international in a £14.5m deal last summer but the move collapsed after Igor Surkis decided to keep Yarmolenko in Kiev for Dynamo's Champions League campaign.

Sergei Rebrov's side managed to make it out of the group stage but were eliminated by Manchester City and Yarmolenko, who signed a new contract in October to ensure his club got the best fee possible when he does move on, is back on the market.

Surkis is only interested in finding Yarmolenko a club either in or capable of challenging for qualification to the Champions League, with the player preferring either the Bundesliga or the English Premier League where Arsenal and Liverpool are credited with interest in his services. Bizarrely, however, the Dynamo supremo hasn't ruled out the 26-year-old making a lucrative move to China.

“If I get an offer that will suit Dynamo and Yarmolenko wants to go to this club, I'll let him," Surkis said. "All talk of a transfer will begin after the Euros."

“He is already a top player, so he should go to a top club. My position is that we should not let Yarmolenko go to such clubs as Everton and Stoke City. Dynamo is Dynamo and Stoke City is Stoke. We're playing in the Champions League, and Stoke City are fighting for survival.

“If we receive an offer that will suit the club and suit the player, no one will hold him back."  

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Tony Abrahams
1 Posted 02/05/2016 at 09:04:47
The Kiev chairman is mocking Everton as a small club. Everton got turned away by Kiev last year because of our manager's naivety. We only beat them at home because the crowd had to demand change, when we were playing a continental game which was suiting them down to the ground.

Have to agree with Howard to a point, though, because the players put up with this for way too long. It started with Eto'o and Distin carried the can. I'm no fan of Mirallas but why did he get a new contract if he wasn't really part of the managers plans?

I love good football, but I'm not so sure it's what we play. It's based on the individual doing his job properly but this is not always possible if you don't get enough help off a teammate.

Take the centre-backs, who never have any cover off the full-back, and look at the left-back, or centre-forward – the most isolated men on the pitch.

Our team might look good on paper but Martinez and his tactics fail to make us look good on the pitch.

Ste Byn
2 Posted 02/05/2016 at 09:24:29
Well Roberto now the rags are telling us that your league record will stop us buying players.

Think that ship long sailed, but for that tool owner for Dynamo to spout of his mouth putting us in the same sentence as 'Stoke' and 'fighting relegation' says it fecking all.

Winston Williamson
3 Posted 02/05/2016 at 17:25:30
At the end of the day money talks. It doesn't really matter what this chap says.

I'm hoping we don't sign him anyway. He's a RM target and hopefully we won't have RM after the Euro's!

Patrick Carty
4 Posted 02/05/2016 at 17:29:17
Yes I am sure he only has Yarmolenko's best interests at heart.

Money talks, and if we outbid any other team I think we could have a good chance to sign him.

Let's hope we have a new manager installed in the summer, because player's of his calibre is what we should be looking for.

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 02/05/2016 at 17:38:38
Can someone please, please tell Dynamo Kiev, Surkis, Yarmolenko, Yarmolenko's dad, Yamolenko's agent and everyone who has ever met bloody Yarmolenko to just go and do one?

I am sick and tired of hearing about this guy every few fucking weeks as though he's the next Messi or Ronaldo. Let him go and whore himself to some other club if that's what he wants

James Stewart
6 Posted 02/05/2016 at 17:45:49
Couldn't care a less, not what we need anyway.
Michael O'Brien
7 Posted 02/05/2016 at 17:49:09
agreed Colin... if I was a player like him in a country like the ukraine (at war basically)....And I could double my wage at Everton and leave that place, id bite there hands off...eff what everyone else is saying. plus with Martinez gone, big maybe but who knows we coulkd be one of those clubs challenging for champions league. time will tell.
Paul Nicholls
8 Posted 02/05/2016 at 18:08:53
Agree with all of the above. Just so sad that much of the outside world now puts us in the same bracket as Stoke.
Peter Barry
9 Posted 02/05/2016 at 18:10:28
Well the last player we got from Russia was a WORLD Beater wasn't he - NOT!
Anthony Flack
10 Posted 02/05/2016 at 18:14:18
Paul, even more damning is that many Stoke fans might be upset by your comment!
Ged Simpson
11 Posted 02/05/2016 at 18:17:48
Paul, that is why TW can become like la-la land. All history but the reality is that is how we are seen.
Steve Hopkins
12 Posted 02/05/2016 at 18:25:12
Haha Yarmalenko has apparently been sent off for kicking his own mate in a league game.
John Crawley
13 Posted 02/05/2016 at 18:30:22
Had a bad knee injury, didn't look great against Man City, I'd leave well alone.
John Graham
14 Posted 02/05/2016 at 18:56:54
As has been proven ( McGeady, Niasse, Bilyaletdinov) the Russian league isn't up to much. As everyone says money talks but would sooner we look elsewhere at younger players or bring some of our own youngsters through.
I'm sure Ledson, Kenny, Dowell etc will be ready for a chance next year.

Rahul Sreekumar
15 Posted 02/05/2016 at 19:00:15
Fuck Yarmolenko. And he can fuck Surkis too.

They can both fuck whoever else that doesn't want to come here and can't stop talking about it!

Gerry Quinn
16 Posted 02/05/2016 at 19:02:33
A Ukranian version of Lukaku in attitude - he'd be talking his way out of Everton in the drop of a hat. No thanks, go to the Redshite - Pennington will be having yer next season
Kieran Kinsella
17 Posted 02/05/2016 at 19:06:52
If he's that great then why is he priced in the Niasse range. Seems like a poor mans Arshavin and Arshavin was a step above JP Kissock. Next.
Kieran Kinsella
18 Posted 02/05/2016 at 19:26:14
So he kicked his team mate cause his team mate scored. What a psycho. We already have enough issues getting Kone and Niasse to score without then worrying that a team mate will kick them if they put one in the net.
Patrick Carty
19 Posted 02/05/2016 at 19:32:16
Maybe buying Yarmolenko just to come in and kick a few of his team mate's might not be a bad idea. It might wake a few of them up!!
Tom Bowers
20 Posted 02/05/2016 at 19:32:42
Let's forget about this player. There is too much fuss and when that happens the player always flops. Everton should look elsewhere for players who want to come and perform 100% every week.

It's difficult to tell but some established prima donnas are just looking for the big money and then don't perform consistently and Yarmolenko seems that type to me.

Gavin Johnson
21 Posted 02/05/2016 at 19:34:05
This ongoing saga has got really old now. The Kiev chairman seems a complete and utter tool with this 'will I' or 'won't I' sell him shenanigans.

Surely it's the players decision where he wants to play. It's the Bosman era for better or worse. Unfortunately for us, I can't see it being a difficult decision for a player with no allegiance to decide on whether he wants to play for Martinez or Klopp. It will be sickening if he is a serious target for the RS. Another chance to gloat, like we haven't heard enough lately.

I really rate him, but it always seemed like he would be a luxury rather than necessity, having already got Deulofeu and Lennon in his primary position.

Colin Glassar
22 Posted 02/05/2016 at 19:36:18
Big Dunc punching and throttling opponents is one thing but, kicking your own players? No thanks
Patrick Murphy
23 Posted 02/05/2016 at 19:36:43
The player that Yarmolenko kicked out at was a Shakhtar Donetsk player but he is a Ukrainian national player so hence the term team-mate at national level but not during the match they both got sent off in.
Frank Crewe
24 Posted 02/05/2016 at 19:40:21
FFS. Did we even put a bid in for this idiot? If they don't want to sell him to us fine. But to harp on about it.

I hope that if he does sell him to some CL club he comes back and destroys them. Serve him right for being such an arsehole.

Paul Andrews
25 Posted 02/05/2016 at 19:45:17
Fair comment from Surkis. Just being honest.
Paul Ellam
30 Posted 02/05/2016 at 20:01:14
Seems like we are the only club interested in him and yet their daft chairman keeps using our name to try and sell him for a bigger price elsewhere!
If I was in charge of recruitment I would go to this Surkis and say "£10m or nothing. You have 2 days to reply."
Then if we hear nothing positive, tell them to do one and sign Perisic - who is a better player anyway!
Peter Cummings
31 Posted 02/05/2016 at 20:12:07
Made this point last week about players not wanting to come to Goodison because of the Martinez designed slide into mediocrity with no end in sight, 'name' players only want teams with ambition and a successful outlook in future competitions, plus of course BIG BUCKS, EFC cannot offer any such incentives now, or for the forseeable future, under the present regime, and we all know what the only answer to the solution is, don't we'???
Ray Smith
33 Posted 02/05/2016 at 20:15:21
Paul 7#

Unfortunately we don't even compete with Stoke!

That's why we are rumoured to be after Mark Hughes.

If you were Yarmolenko's agent, would you entertain Everton! Don't think so!!!

Steve Woods
34 Posted 02/05/2016 at 20:24:01
I thought our Bobby Martinez said that we could now compete financially with any club in world football. No reason then that he wouldn't want to come here...Nurse! The screens!
Paul Jones
37 Posted 02/05/2016 at 20:49:54
Sounds like Yarmolenko wouldn't do much for our famous lack of chemistry anyway...


Eugene Ruane
38 Posted 02/05/2016 at 21:00:14
Earlier this evening, I congratulated an old mate, a Burnley diehard, on their promotion this afternoon.

His reply (below) reminded me of a debate on TW last year.

"Cheers Eugene. Wasn't pretty today but who cares. You were right about Barton. Drove the team on at key times during the season. Been brilliant for us, and better behaved than the average Burnley fan."

I thought what a shame we didn't have anyone to drive us on when the going got tough (still no place for a 'jailbird' and I'm sure we're better off with a leader-free side of directionless mutes).

Keith Monaghan
41 Posted 02/05/2016 at 22:26:05
We definitely don't need this guy. Our top priority is a midfielder who can run a game and provide service to our striker(s). Yarmalenko definitely isn't that and the track record of Russians and Ukrainians in our league is very poor.

One of the reasons our season has been so poor is the fact that we have Barkley and McCarthy in midfield – Ross has no strength of character and is slow and very lazy, Macca is a headless chicken who rarely passes the ball forwards, a mediocre championship player at best based on the last 2 seasons.
Martin Mason
42 Posted 02/05/2016 at 22:47:42
How could it have come to this?
Andrew Heffernan
43 Posted 02/05/2016 at 23:06:19
Every EPL CEO and Board should be looking at their manager and asking themselves... "do we think [enter name] will do a Claudio for us"? If no... move them on. And in an attempt to link to the OP, will this player assist in this objective?

Chuffed for Leicester, we are going nowhere fast, Martinez gone or not.

Andy McNabb
44 Posted 03/05/2016 at 00:30:53
Ok. This is a tricky one for me but I'm agreeing with Eugene.

Don't care how unpopular a signing it would have been to begin with. By October, Everton fans would have been singing Barton's name for all the right reasons. We have lots of 'footballers' on our books. What we don't have is a fighter. Someone our own players are scared of. He would have made a difference - and for everyone out there lamenting the fact that our players trot out platitudes to Martinez - well Barton wouldn't.

Do I like him personally? No. Have we needed a PLAYER like him? Probably not. Have we needed a PERSONALITY like him? Of course we have.

Peter Cummings
45 Posted 03/05/2016 at 00:46:48
Absolutely made up for Leicester and their fans but pleased we won't be the scapegoats for their glorious title success this weekend, instead that 'honour' will be on the heads of the cockney media darlings whose world ends at Watford Gap, and boy will they be sick, oh for the days when we ruled the game courtesy of players like Gary Lineker, another Leicester success story.
Karl Masters
46 Posted 03/05/2016 at 01:09:30
It's comforting to know that at least one other Club has a Chairman who can't stop himself talking bollocks...
Bill Gall
47 Posted 03/05/2016 at 02:32:41
Regardless if we want or do not want this player, the thing that worries
me,is with all the Sky Money that will be going around,most of the clubs ahead of us will have money to compete for any of the players we may want, and IMO these players may not wish to come to Everton with the poor season we have had.

This could become a problem if we loose the likes of Lukaku, Stones and Barkley.

I honesty believe that B.K.and this board don't realize how much damage Martinez has done to this club.

Pride comes before a fall, and we can not afford to fall any further.

Paul Kossoff
48 Posted 03/05/2016 at 04:05:37
I wonder what the prat would say about a sale to Leicester, aren't they a big club now? They must be as they are in the Champions League.

And if he has any more players to sell well I'm sure some potentially big clubs lke Burnley or Brighton would buy them. If Leicester can do it so can they.
James Byrne
49 Posted 03/05/2016 at 05:58:54
I think we should be avoiding any more expensive mistakes from Russia until we get a Manager in who knows what he's doing.
Mike Moore
50 Posted 03/05/2016 at 07:38:19
Why would he or anyone else come to us in the current climate?
Joe Clitherow
51 Posted 03/05/2016 at 08:26:46
Vastly overrated from what I have seen of him. One footed and one trick. A legend in his own agent's mind. Move on, nothing to see
Colin Glassar
52 Posted 03/05/2016 at 08:45:05
Eugene, I mentioned Barton earlier in the season and got battered for it. Buy all the players you want but if they don't have testicles they aren't going to be much help are they? And Joey Barton has got balls
Anto Byrne
53 Posted 03/05/2016 at 10:16:21
FFS lets get a new manager in place before we buy any more players.

We can replace Stones with Pennington, bring back Garbutt, move Baines into defensive midfield. Connolly cover for Coleman. McAleny in for Kone and McGeady.

Lukaku can go – I can't even see the point of playing him anymore unless we go after the last 9 points on offer and get 9th. Big ask with the Foxes but lets at least give them a game.

Don't you get the feeling that Spurs and Everton are so alike... we just don't have that winning mentality.

Alan McGuffog
55 Posted 03/05/2016 at 11:47:48
Bill (#46).

You said that Kenwright and the board don't appreciate the damage RM has done to the club. I have to take issue with that. I , like most others on here want to see Roberto on his way. However the person who has been accepting of the mediocrity in all aspects of the club is none other than Blue Bill. Until he leaves we shall remain a club with no direction.

I would love to know what Kenwright has sought to achieve during his tenure other than a place in the Premier League. Has there been any innovation? Any plan? Any...." where do we hope to be in 5 years" type thinking?

Under Johnson we built a new stand.... Okay it could have been a better design. We won a trophy.... I am old enough to know what silverware looks like. We set up a feeder club system with Home Farm in Ireland. In a word or two the board DID things.

This board, under the leadership of a true Evertonian, blah de blah de blah is as much use as tits on a bull. Oh hang on, I forgot about the Kings Dock. That went well.

John Pickles
56 Posted 03/05/2016 at 12:37:55
I'd rather buy players from the Scottish Pub League than the East European ones.
Liu Weixian
57 Posted 03/05/2016 at 13:45:26
This is obviously an attempt to jack up his price. We must be seriously interested in signing him.
Terry Underwood
58 Posted 03/05/2016 at 17:04:26
It is not necessary to sign a BIG player, we must sign the RIGHT player, someone to pull the strings, point fingers and generally take charge. Peter Reid was by no means the most expensive player in our title winning side, but, he was the heart, pulse, and soul. He made tackles and, interceptions, rarely misplaced a pass. We need someone like that. If only Barry was 10 years younger
Eugene Ruane
59 Posted 03/05/2016 at 23:57:21
Anyone regularly watch the Bundesliga highlights on ITV4? (presented by the woman who looks like she used to be in a German biker gang). There's a lad (19) for Leverkusen called Brandt who seems to score every week. Come on Moshiri, don't be a mingebag!
Frank Thomas
60 Posted 04/05/2016 at 08:55:06
Don't fall for it Roberto. It's a con job. This guy is a one shot pony he has a few moves and plays a few minutes in a game. The ONLY club to make a proper bid for him is Everton and what their manager wants is for Roberto to march across and buy him for an outrageous fee.

We have a reputation in the East. So far we have bought McGeady and Niasse and other players from the East at ever-increasing costs...maybe they could get 㿊M off us for him.

Clive Rogers
61 Posted 04/05/2016 at 09:43:41
Alan (#55),

You are right, Kenwright has almost destroyed Everton by sitting there for 20 years doing absolutely nothing. It's down to Moshiri to save us now.

Steve Woods
62 Posted 04/05/2016 at 10:06:24
Alan #55, Clive #61 I totally agree and without going over old and well documented ground it is Kenwright that is and has been the albatross around this once great club's neck.

When I heard about our new "investor" I was delighted thinking that Kenwright would be moved out to pasture. Sadly he is still here with his phenomenal "What a manager" style soundbites. He and Woods epitomise all that has been wrong with the club. They have kept us in the slow lane as slowly but surely lesser clubs pass us by, managed by people with vision and commitment. No wonder he wanted NSNO taken off the old badge.

Until Kenwright's influence is removed the club will continue to stagnate in the EPL or worse, his myopic support of Martinez may very well have us in a relegation battle next season regardless of the Moshiri millions.

Clive Rogers
63 Posted 04/05/2016 at 11:42:32
Steve, hear hear.

There have been rumours over the years that buyers, including the ones that bought City, have wanted to buy EFC, but they were scuppered because Kenwright insisted on remaining chairman. The indications are now that that was true.

James Marshall
64 Posted 04/05/2016 at 14:00:07
I don't see all the fuss about Yarmolenko – just because he was decent against us doesn't mean he's that great.

Why aren't the top clubs after him if he's so great?

Jim Hardin
66 Posted 04/05/2016 at 15:25:20
Mike Moore,

I don't know. I thought English Spring/Summer is supposed to be a very agreeable climate. Am I wrong?

Eddie Dunn
67 Posted 04/05/2016 at 19:05:55
Every club in Europe is waiting for the gravy train to come to town. They are all aware of the Premier League with it's pockets stashed full of loot, and they can't wait to relieve us of it.

This twit is getting desperate to offload his star man, but this is insulting to us and Stoke. The whole non-story is boring.

Stephen Morgan
68 Posted 04/05/2016 at 19:07:54
We should release a statement saying we aren't prepared to sell them Kone.
Eric Holland
69 Posted 04/05/2016 at 22:04:39
James #64
And he wasn't even Russian footballer of the year!!!!
Colin Glassar
70 Posted 04/05/2016 at 22:05:47
Lucky he's Ukrainian then isn't it, Eric?
Eric Holland
71 Posted 04/05/2016 at 22:35:34
I didn't know Niasse was Russian Colin.

PS Colin He is Russian...

Born: October 23, 1989 (age 26), Saint Petersburg, Russia.

John Codling
72 Posted 08/05/2016 at 21:26:01
Would you, if you were any good, come to this car crash? We will lose any decent players we have because we are shite. Thank you for your contribution, Mr Martinez.
Brian Wilkinson
73 Posted 10/05/2016 at 03:32:27
So his Chairman is saying, he wants him to go to a team that could play against his team next season, instead of a team who will not be in Europe next season.

I am fed up of hearing about this guy, too much baggage from his club, we should distance ourselves and say, stick him up your arse.

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