The 26-year-old Scot rejected an offer from Bournemouth to extend his current contract until the end of the prolonged 2019-20 season rather than risk injury and is looking for a new club.
Fraser wasn't expected to stay with the Cherries beyond the current campaign and has been linked with a move to Goodison as his contract at Vitality Stadium wound down.
According to MailSport, the winger "has told his Bournemouth team-mates he sees Everton as his best option".
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1 Posted 18/06/2020 at 03:40:12
2 Posted 18/06/2020 at 03:51:56
We sign him on a free... on 5 years of big, big wages (like Sandro) and he'll either, get injured, lose form, or bloat out... probably all 3.
3 Posted 18/06/2020 at 06:11:49
4 Posted 18/06/2020 at 06:40:04
5 Posted 18/06/2020 at 06:44:16
There is a reason the top six are not fighting over him and that same reason should stop us signing him.
6 Posted 18/06/2020 at 08:12:03
7 Posted 18/06/2020 at 09:32:09
8 Posted 18/06/2020 at 09:44:08
9 Posted 18/06/2020 at 09:57:29
So even though the prospect of signing him doesn't exactly set the heart racing it is good business on a free with a reasonable 4 year deal.
He is 26 and has his 4 peak years ahead of him and moving up a notch will have him motivated to win something. Could be a good move for both parties and could happen if the player is not too greedy.
10 Posted 18/06/2020 at 10:14:39
11 Posted 18/06/2020 at 10:29:26
Andrew you are probably correct were this truthful, perhaps to fund a top class right winger.
12 Posted 18/06/2020 at 10:41:06
Shame. Possibly the player we should have bought last summer instead of Iwobi but ironically I think he was angling for a move to Arsenal at the time.
13 Posted 18/06/2020 at 11:17:48
He has always impressed me when playing for Bournemouth with his tenacity, crossing ability, speed and also able to chip in with a goal or two in the process. Plus he is British, so if Rules do change he wouldn't be surplus to requirements.
14 Posted 18/06/2020 at 11:19:46
15 Posted 18/06/2020 at 11:22:59
But him and Bernard as our left wing options would be great.
There are gonna be limited funds available, so anyone hoping for 30 million signings is gonna be disappointed.
Focus any funds available on right wing and central midfield.
16 Posted 18/06/2020 at 11:36:41
17 Posted 18/06/2020 at 11:37:13
18 Posted 18/06/2020 at 11:43:57
19 Posted 18/06/2020 at 11:46:53
However like Tom I was rather hoping this summer we concentrated on two or three top class younger players who would guarantee raising us a level.
20 Posted 18/06/2020 at 12:02:17
Although primarily a left winger, he can play on the right and though the centre as well, so he would definitely be a useful and versatile player to have in the squad.
21 Posted 18/06/2020 at 12:18:52
So Sam as extensive and well researched your list was, I would much prefer Gana Gueye and Zouma to all your options. 2 players who we have badly missed, certainly Gomes flourished more when he had Gana playing alongside.
And I always thought we always looked solid when Zouma played, I think him and Mason would be an excellent pairing. That would allow them to sell either Mina or Keane. I usually say never go back but I would make an exception in their cases, because they know the league and their teammates the change would be seamless.
22 Posted 18/06/2020 at 12:27:41
23 Posted 18/06/2020 at 12:43:33
24 Posted 18/06/2020 at 12:54:04
As for Fraser he's a very decent player. His output is much better than any of our wide players currently with an impressive 14 assists last year, though many of those were due to his strong set piece taking. He's pretty quick, passes it well and does not lose possession too often. Crucially he also brings some goals to the party too.
But he's a left winger. If there were buyers for either Bernard or Iwobi then I'd be happy enough to trade either for Fraser but that seems unlikely given the market.
25 Posted 18/06/2020 at 13:41:35
At £100K per week over 5 years that is a total cost of £26M.
We are looking to pay that as a transfer fee - plus wages for other players that are no better - no brainer really - provided, as has been said, that he doesn't immediately suffer the "Everton Curse" and sustain a career threatening injury in his first week of training.
26 Posted 18/06/2020 at 13:53:03
However, Fraser has played about half his games for Bournemouth on the left. The other half on the right. He can play right wing too. If we signed him, we dont need to pigeonhole him as a left winger!
27 Posted 18/06/2020 at 14:26:01
28 Posted 18/06/2020 at 14:30:30
Bernard and Pienaar are both central attacking midfielders who are slight of stature and found it difficult to operate in the middle in the Premier League where they would be up against big strong defensive midfielders and also in the most crowded area of the pitch. Pienaar played for a manager who didn't trust players of this type in the middle, see Arteta shunted to the wing as well. By putting Pienaar on the left, he was given licence to come inside and move into the positions he preferred to operate in, and use Baines to create the width. Bernard is very similar and Digne is not a million miles away from what Baines used to be.
Someone like Richarlison plays on the wing, but is not a winger, and again plays from the position by using it to move into the positions he wants to, primarily cutting inside and shooting with his right.
Fraser is not quite your typical winger, especially when on the left, where he cuts inside as he's not a decent crosser with his left. But on the right, he can whip in a decent ball and create chances. From the right, he hugs the touchline more and stretches the defence wider. The guy can definitely play well as a traditional right-winger.
I think we can sign better. I don't think he's going to improve us to make us top 4. I'd prefer Neres, Malcom, or Éverton. But in the world of FFP, coronavirus and realism, Fraser makes sense and allows us to spend money elsewhere. If we sell Schneiderlin for £2m and get his wages off the books, then Fraser makes even more sense from an accounting point of view.
29 Posted 18/06/2020 at 14:37:41
With, it seems, our limited resources hes not worth the punt. We desperately need a top quality proven centre mid partner for Gomes not another “maybe”.
30 Posted 18/06/2020 at 14:48:50
31 Posted 18/06/2020 at 14:57:49
32 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:03:19
Even if we kept Walcott, we need an extra body for the wide positions as we only have 3 recognised Senior wide players (assuming Richarlison stays up front).
In the long run Id expect a better winger, but for now he would allow us to concentrate elsewhere.
33 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:10:38
Over to you, Morgan.
34 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:12:49
Richarlison should be considered a striker in a 4-4-2 or if we go to 4-3-3, then a left forward. Iwobi is more of a No 10 as well. We definitely need to improve our wide midfield options, particularly with 4-4-2 in mind (if that's Carlo's long term vision). So, unless Carlo is thinking he can revitalise Bolasie, we are very short wide. Fraser is a no-brainer for me, unless Neres, Malcom or Éverton drop significantly in price.
35 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:13:37
36 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:17:08
Lots of cool videos on YouTube of McGeady, Bolasie, Bily, Simon Davies, AVDM, Blomqvist, Alexandersson. Would Fraser get into the matchday squad for a Champions League team? I doubt it. We need better not more of the same
37 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:24:24
I would ask which better player can we get? Factor in FFP and coronavirus finances. Factor in the need for a centre-back and a central-midfielder too.
Fraser can improve us in the long-term, even if he's a stop-gap for this season and we sign better in 12 months when Walcott and Bolasie are off the books. His versatility in playing both wings would mean he would be an option off the bench if we had top quality on the pitch.
38 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:42:07
If we get in Fraser then we might release Bernard and get about £15m. Possibly reunite with his old manager at Roma. That would be good business, much as like Bernard.
He's also definitely better than Alexandersson and an intoxicated AVDM.
39 Posted 18/06/2020 at 15:46:21
16 goals (1 every 8 games)
26 assists (1 every 5 games)
Compared with the much-maligned Theo Walcott (who btw also isn't good enough to take us to the promised land):
74 goals (1 every 5 games)
50 assists (1 every 7 games)
I've never seen Fraser 'torment' us or anyone for that matter. A decent cameo every now and again maybe, but torment – no. £21m in wages over 4 years – no thanks.
Therefore pass on him and let West Ham, Crystal Palace or Burnley have him whilst we go for someone who can genuinely make a difference.
40 Posted 18/06/2020 at 16:12:52
41 Posted 18/06/2020 at 16:21:56
I'd much rather his team mate Brooks who looks like he could be a top player and versatile as plays mostly from the right but could also play anywhere along the front line. He has great timing and an eye or goal and by trading Iwobi you are talking £10-15 million in the current climate.
42 Posted 18/06/2020 at 16:27:10
43 Posted 18/06/2020 at 17:07:26
However, at least Fraser is a Premier League player and wouldn't be coming to an unknown league. I would, however, be reluctant to offer him £100k and would prefer him on less with bonuses and make him actually want to play for the club, rather than just picking up a big fat pay cheque.
44 Posted 18/06/2020 at 17:15:45
45 Posted 18/06/2020 at 18:24:12
46 Posted 18/06/2020 at 18:56:11
47 Posted 18/06/2020 at 20:06:00
Often people seem to feel like we need a Ferrari at every position in order to compete with the top six, but if we mixed a few elite signings with guys like Fraser, I think that would be a pretty good recipe for success.
Stephen (39) - look no further than the last time we played the Cherries, earlier this season. Tied 1-1, Fraser comes off the bench and immediately scores a free kick while helping to tilt momentum firmly in Bournemouth's favor, as they go on to win 3-1. He also scored both goals, including a last-minute game-winner, in a 2-1 Bournemouth victory when Allardyce was managing us (and that's just off the top of my head).
48 Posted 18/06/2020 at 20:09:21
Yes, he was having a stinker this season when play stopped, but hey, everybody on Bournemouth was having a stinker. That club has simply fallen apart and will likely get relegated.
I'll leave the salary considerations to better-informed people, but I disagree that he's not the type to raise us to a higher level. No, he's not a game-changing superstar, but this guy could be to us what Drinkwater was to Leicester when they won it.
49 Posted 18/06/2020 at 20:12:04
50 Posted 18/06/2020 at 20:26:05
51 Posted 18/06/2020 at 21:48:58
Respect your view but in this case I can't agree with it. That goal against us would be his only goal this season - indeed I'd have it down as a Delph own goal who went for a routine clearance with his wrong foot before slicing into his own net.
A further pertinent stat in this day and age of the necessity of players contributing to the overall team ethic - he averages a successful tackle only once every 3.25 games! He clearly doesn't even work back to help his midfield and fullback. We already carry enough passengers.
I suspect (hope) its all paper talk rubbish as, if we did sign him on superstar wages, we'll have plenty of time to regret it.
Dan (48) hits the nail on the head.
52 Posted 18/06/2020 at 21:59:48
53 Posted 18/06/2020 at 22:13:00
So would he bring a different dimension or something we don't have already?
I think he could but, for me, lessons of the recent past must be learned and we can't continue to stockpile similar players who are then shoehorned into positions that don't suit them. Only great players can play anywhere.
For me offload the players – almost a squad who won't play and yes bring Ryan in.
But the task to sell most of Everton's deadwood, is arguably one of the tasks that would stretch any manager and Director of Football.
So let's see if Carlo and Marcel can influence enough to make this a viable transfer.
54 Posted 18/06/2020 at 22:56:57
But, in the current financial climate, I question if adding another £100k weekly salary for yet another wide attacking player should be a priority? There are several other positions which require more urgent attention, including goalkeeper, central defence and central midfield.
55 Posted 18/06/2020 at 23:58:17
I'd see him as a reasonable addition, but I'm not surprised he picks up injuries twisting and turning like that. £100k a week in this climate is a poor use of our resources even if he's on a free. Half that amount would seem more realistic.
Anyone that screws over their club, that gave them a platform to perform on, by running down their contract is a dubious acquisition in my book as well.
56 Posted 19/06/2020 at 06:30:24
From what I can see, he had a good return on 2018-19 season but, that aside, pretty average stats.
We have enough wide players who don't score in Bernard and Walcott!
57 Posted 19/06/2020 at 09:19:56
58 Posted 19/06/2020 at 10:44:54
However, what I don't get is the assumption that, should he come on a free transfer, he would automatically be on £100k/week. I doubt at Bournemouth he is currently getting a quarter of that. So why not offer an upgrade on his current package?
I remember when we signed Jonas Lössl on a free from Huddersfield, who was on something like £28k, so the powers that be deemed it prudent to more than double it to over £60k, and he has hardly even appeared for us at all.
In view of the current situation and the effect that Covid-19 has had financially, I do hope that some sense and sensibility will be applied to any future deals.
59 Posted 19/06/2020 at 10:52:53
Then again, we have Martina on £35k a week so if he compares himself then he might think he's worth that!!!!
60 Posted 19/06/2020 at 11:13:08
It's brave of him in these times to NOT sign a deal for a couple of more months and risk having no income in the future.
61 Posted 19/06/2020 at 11:21:07
62 Posted 19/06/2020 at 11:29:44
I remember reading it on here that he had more that doubled his salary as back-up to Pickford. Hopefully, if nothing else, during this Covid-19 issue, there may be more rational thinking over future salaries.
63 Posted 19/06/2020 at 13:38:24
64 Posted 19/06/2020 at 14:37:51
If we landed Brooks, I would be very excited as he's still so raw and you wouldn't know where his limit was.
With Fraser, I would also be worried about giving him a long contract with his build. I could see his best days being behind him and, without his pace and energy, I could see him being more deadwood landing on our books with no takers.
65 Posted 19/06/2020 at 23:12:32
Generally his final ball and decision marking is good and for me he'd be in our starting team ahead of Walcott, Bernard, Iwobi as a winger or wing-back should be we play a different formation.
Sadly for a young player he already appears to have an injury record that makes him a bit of a risk but one I think is worth taking.
To many fans being negative over wages, I get the concern but every player is a risk and the good, better players will all demand big wages so I'm not sure what else we could expect.
We need to improve the first team and have a better backup challenging the first-team players for every position. It takes time and money.
66 Posted 20/06/2020 at 17:05:32
67 Posted 20/06/2020 at 17:24:47
68 Posted 21/06/2020 at 07:20:58
69 Posted 21/06/2020 at 07:43:59
For what's it's worth, I'd take him in a heartbeat, if the wages are sensible.
Hard working, plenty of assists, hopefully still motivated and chips in with a few goals as well.
70 Posted 21/06/2020 at 08:21:11
Provided his wage demands weren't ridiculous, I think we could do a lot worse, plus the advantage he has over any more foreign high profile names, is that he has proved what he can do at Premiership level.
71 Posted 21/06/2020 at 08:28:34
I'm not saying Fraser is too old. What I'm suggesting is that Ryan has the build of a mini Unsworth. Most wide players rely on their pace but many can reinvent more centrally like Schweinsteiger when they lose half a yard.
There are some players, like Rooney, who, due to their physique, seem to peak earlier and by 30, they are well on the wane (excuse the pun). My belief is that Fraser, who is heavily reliant on his pace and energy, would be a totally different player without it and hasn't the quality to reinvent.
72 Posted 21/06/2020 at 08:57:35
73 Posted 21/06/2020 at 09:17:50
'Nearly' out of contract but not yet and 'Refusing to play' another reason to Swerve.
Will want massive money due to no fee.
Have we learned nothing?
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