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19 Jul 2018 15:30:25
Can I ask any of the Eds a quick question, mix of Everton and Chelsea related.

With Courtois apparently looking to leave, Chelsea will be in the market for a keeper. How do Chelsea stand on home grown quota for this upcoming season? I ask about homegrown because if they need to meet that requirement then it makes me more nervous about a Pickford approach, 2 birds with 1 stone and all that. Whereas if they are comfortably safe in that requirement then I can rest much easier because they can probably cherry pick whoever they want.


{Ed002's Note - They are fine right now but I am aware of three that will leave. Chelsea has not made any approach for Pickford and are interested in someone else. Right now, I would not worry Worcester.}

1.) 19 Jul 2018 15:42:04
cheers Ed.

2.) 19 Jul 2018 18:01:24
Thank you very much Ed02.

It aroused my suspicion as my gut feeling was that was one of their prime reasons in a move for Barkley. I'm probably completely wrong but nobody really believed he was better than who they already had.

Keep Pickford here as long as we can and we have a chance of building a team that can challenge top 6.

{Ed002's Note - Clubs have to maintain a level of HG and often use number 3 keepers if they are one short.}

3.) 20 Jul 2018 10:52:24
Ed002: Aren’t the rules for UEFA completions (Champions League and Europa League) even tougher regarding the number of HG players in that there has to be a certain number of “club-trained” players amongst the “homegrown (I. e. association-trained) ” players in registered squads?

{Ed002's Note - The rules differ slightly and may be adopted or adapted by the EPL at some point. The EPL rules are a max of 25 players over 21 of which a max of 17 can be non-Home Grown). The remaining eight have to be HG (spending 3 years between 16 and 21 with an English or Welsh side, regardless of nationality). If there are not enough HG players, then the squad size reduces, so if there are only six, the squad reduces to 23. In terms of UEFA competitions, the rules vary slightly with the eight "HG". A maximum of four of those eight can be trained by other clubs in the English and Welsh association. The remaining have to be club trained. So If Arsenal were to recruit John Terry, he would fall in to the category of being association trained (by Chelsea) rather than club trained. Again, if there are not sufficient club trained players the squad size is reduced.}



04 Jan 2018 16:32:15
So SSN has a couple of Everton snippets. I've never trusted it for rumours, sources and what have you, but have noticed that when they give transfer news, its generally because it has become pretty mainstream so they're not putting their necks on the line.
Anyways, they say Tosun is done at 27mil and we have strong interest in Seri. The Eds have long since said about Tosun but is our interest in Seri real? Great player to land imo.


1.) 04 Jan 2018 18:36:07
The Tosun deal won't be confirmed until Jim White is on the phone confirming it with his good pal Moshiri. 🤣.



28 Nov 2017 22:42:23
I'm really interested in this Ed02 related suggestion of Hoddle for manager and think he would have been a tremendous acquisition at the club. As has been said, It really is baffling as to why he's disappeared from club job shortlists.
I wonder if it went t*ts up for him when he was England boss and had that debacle with mystics improving performance or whatever it was along those lines. He got so much ridicule that perhaps clubs don't want that controversy. I personally believe he was just trying something new, mental improvement converting to performance gains, but it just spun out of control.
Anyways, he was a top drawer manager and no doubt could inject something fresh into the club which we desperately need. I hope we get to see him back in a top job one day soon!
As for Allardyce or Fonseca, I'd go for the latter all day long but do share most peoples concerns of him adapting quickly enough to help us. Maybe we would be safer with the proven option for the short term health of the club.


1.) 29 Nov 2017 07:41:22
Hoddle has been out of the management game for too long now in my opinion. We don't have time for experiments at present. We have done that with Unsworth and look where we are. I would have loved it to have worked out for Davey but the mess and unbalanced side that Koeman has left behind has made it practically impossible for a good, young and inexperienced manager to get anything from the position. Although there are a lot that really don't want Sam he is the best option we have to stabalise and move us away from the bottom.

2.) 29 Nov 2017 16:03:34
The reason he fell off the radar was for comments relating to the disabled. Something along the lines of his opinion was that we are all reincarnated once we die and that those who are disabled are paying the price of wrong doing in a previous life.



30 Aug 2017 23:30:06
So excited for tomorrows deadline, i'm sure we'll be one of the teams getting serious SSN coverage.

Linked to Watforfds Okaka i see and actually, I'm quite happy with this. He's been a little inconsistent but not really given a real chance. He's a solid beast of a man, tough and strong and i think he will be very usefull for hold up play. Strong 'bully' attributes too to get to goal which i like. Also, he definitely scores some fab goals (when he scores which isn't as often as i think he could) .

If he can step up to a more consistent level then he could be a real asset to the team! Imagine him putting in more of the performances like he did against Liverpool on opening day. Not a long term solution, and not the high profile we all hoped for, but certainly better than not getting anybody.

On a side note, what a great piece of business by West Brom in getting Krychowiak from PSG. They kept that quiet and i bet their fans are thrilled! How I'd have loved him to join us!


1.) 31 Aug 2017 10:17:09
I can't get over people who question certain players we are linked with. Just because they are not talked about in a fashionable manner.

Like Valencia last season everyone was saying lack of ambition bla bla bla.

Imho Valencia was good for us last season. Anytime he came on the team changed and the majority of the time improved. I'm not saying we should of signed him. The point is he done a job for us and quite effective at it too. Didn't get a deserved amount of praise imho.

Who's to say another won't come in and do the same or even better? Okaka may surprise some people if we get him. After all that's what Walsh is there for. Gana didn't excite too many people and look him now. Martina is improving already. Hope he proves his worth with time also.



22 Jun 2017 22:14:41
Evening fellow Evertonians.

I want to state i am not ITK so i tentatively share this information to ponder. It's just some chatter I've heard and could be way off the mark.

Barkley wants a move to a bigger club BUT would happily take a move to almost any club in London, it seems he just wants to relocate to the capital more than anything.

The bigger news i have is that further transfers may actually be put on hold for the time being. It seems that anticipated outgoings are not coming to fruition and if we continue to line up deals we will end up with a bloated squad that has cost a lot of money.

Yes its early days and the window has yet to open, but it was thought a bid would come for Barkley which now looks unlikely, and there is growing thought that Lukaku may actually end up staying. It stems from so many high quality forwards rumoured to be moving that teams could very well swerve a big money move for Rom in favour of equally quality players.

The sudden interest in Lewandowski, although quickly put to bed, apparently made us think that Chelsea are not as keen as first thought and may very well be working on other options instead. It could run late in the window to be decided and we can't splash out on a pricey forward if Rom ends up staying.


1.) 22 Jun 2017 23:36:03
The board are not stupid enough to overspend, they will continue with their targets, this is big business all aspects will have been carefully considered that we are obviously not party to, I remember Koeman saying there would be a statement on Ross B for example which never materialised .
This is pure conjecture on your part and not the reality.

2.) 22 Jun 2017 23:37:18
We have spent roughly 55 million so far.

Bear in mind that we actually made money in the previous summer window.

With the TV money alone, we still have money left to spend, so why would we put signings on hold?

In regards to the bloated squad. Koeman came out even before the season finished and said that we will be recruiting heavily to cope with the extra games/ demands of european football.

With Conor Mc, Kone released and then McCarthy, Jags, Valencia, Del Boy, McGeady, Niasse all leaving (makes 8) , we have only gotten 2 replacements in so far.

Makes no sense at all. We have money to spend, regardless of whether Rom or Barkley stay. Which i highly doubt they will, and the Eds have already made us aware of this.

3.) 22 Jun 2017 23:43:57
I'm not so sure Barkley would be interested in a move to west ham, Fulham, palace or QPR so don't see much in that rumour. I am not ITK but what I do know is that if Lukaku was to stay RK, FM, BK, and SW would be made up.
The club would be stupid to start spending money they couldn't afford based on a possible bid coming in for a player and that is not how the club is being run.
We have money, not billions but enough to bank roll what we have bought so far. Our squad is still small and full of youngsters for a team who needs to compete in the Europa league as well as the prem and domestic cups.
I would take those rumours with a pinch of salt WorcesterEFC.

4.) 22 Jun 2017 23:57:34
Window hasn't actually opened yet. So bidding 18m for Brozovic was just a bluff then was it? Stop believing everything you read in the papers mate.

5.) 23 Jun 2017 11:18:45
@Woburnblue calm your attitude! This is something i heard people talking about today, nothing whatsoever to do with papers. I didn't say anything was a bluff. My understanding is its a re-evaluation until outgoings are clearer. Obviously higher quality signings are considered but we will not be spending 30 mil plus on strikers in the event we don't sell Lukaku!

I thought people would have the common sense to understand i meant attack rather than whole squad but it appears some people are either too literal or itching to slag things off at the first opportunity.

@JMW1878 I don't think you have a grasp of things, just because we made money in previous window and had an influx of cash from tv rights etc, does not mean we can go out and spend it all. The club is looking to buy big, but these players do not come to sit on the bench, and the club does not invest in numerous high value signings to fill the squad without playing.

The likes of Dembele and Bacca etc will not be actively pursued if there is the possibility of not getting a Lukaku sale. You list 8 players "all leaving" but my understanding is there is little interest and at least 4 of those you named could very well still be at the club come end of transfer window.

@Smit666 another literal view of my comment. Maybe i should have said EPL teams to make it easier for you to understand. Use some common sense that i didn't mean Fulham or QPR! But i am of the understanding that he actually would consider West Ham and Palace.

6.) 23 Jun 2017 11:49:09
it's obvious ross has been tapped up by spurs at least a year ago or is it big players within the team reminding every good player we have what a small insignificant club we are but you would think ross (jeffers) barkley would be happy to just come out and say what he wants no fans would hold a grudge if he wanted to try something new in his life especially with his recent troubles. his silence speaks volumes he is not waiting for a move to the capital he is waiting to move to spurs despite the rhetoric coming out of WHL franny i mean ross may just panic and sign for arsenal. what a time to leave tho ross when we are building for the future and the way levy runs spurs you can bet most of the best players in that team will leave within 2 years for better pay and teams maybe you should have taken more stock of players in similar positions in the past.

7.) 23 Jun 2017 13:23:35
As I said the window is not open yet, it has nothing to do with who we sell or buy. People have just got carried away with early signings.

8.) 23 Jun 2017 13:34:46
If Ross would consider WH or Palace then he seriously lacks ambition and the move wouldn't make sense, they won't pay him more than what we have already offered so the move would be purely based on location which is just NUTS.

9.) 23 Jun 2017 15:54:50
I heard some people talking yesterday too and I'm not claiming to be ITK either, but they said those Asda white chocolate magnum copies are just as good as the real McCoy.




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23 Jul 2018 20:48:15
Not sure which Ed owns this site so can't ask specifically sorry, but could whoever it is please delete my account.
Fantastic information gained over the years and simply cannot be rivalled by any other site but my time as a poster is done.
Kind regards and many thanks.


{Ed025's Note - its ED001 worcester and i dont know why you feel this way but you will be sorely missed for me mate..

1.) 23 Jul 2018 20:59:47
What's up Worcester.

2.) 23 Jul 2018 21:13:20
That's all of a sudden Worcester mate but all the best and take care.



21 Jul 2018 17:35:54
I have a question regarding FFP sanctions and it seems the best time to ask it, can't really kick the hornets nest anymore than it has been today.

If a team receives a European Cup ban, when does it kick in? If you haven't qualified to play in Europe already then does that count as ban served or does it roll over until you next qualify for the competition?

Next question, what would happen if a super rich owner decided, ok I'm going to spend hundreds of millions building the best team in the world. I know we will get a big fine but we will accept that, we will happily pay the fine. I just want to turn us into a massive club.
Would Fifa be at a loss for any further punishments or could they adjust the sanctions accordingly to punish a team like that who tries to cheat the system?


{Ed002's Note - I am sure the glifnard will be back to answer you.}

1.) 21 Jul 2018 21:10:47
I imagine if one team bought the really top players the sponsors wouldn't be happy to back a tournament without the biggest names in it should that club be banned by UEFA.



21 Jul 2018 02:13:18
In for Richarlison eh.
50 million, albeit add-on based seems a bit steep to me, but I guess buying from Watford was always going to cost us more than anticipated. I was more excited about Malcom but Richarlison does at least have EPL experience which is a big plus. Also, if Silva wants to be reunited with him then it shows great faith in his ability and potential so I'm very happy if it goes through.

Digne is an exciting link but I'm extremely sceptical of this happening. Still pretty young and quite a high reputation (I mean as in a 'name' known by most football fans) . I can see a few other clubs joining the race for him so IF any offer has been made then I expect it to drag on into late stages of the window.

I guess this means Baines is finished with us now. Actually really gutted because what a wonderful servant to the club he's been. A player who I hope gets talked about in future in the manner we talk of Unsworth, Ratcliffe, Sheedy, Kendall, Cahill, Watson, Hinchcliffe and the legend that is William Ralph.
I'm sure he could stay as substitute or cover, but he deserves to get a move that let's him keep going until he's ready to call it time on his own terms.


1.) 21 Jul 2018 08:47:16
If we do sign Digne I hope Baines would stay on for a year because I think he could help him adapt to the EPL, but will completely understand if he wants a move to Ben first choice somewhere. Would be a real shame but he’s more than earned the right to do that. He’ll definitely be up there with those other names you mentioned for me Worcester.



09 Jul 2018 15:41:43
This is a complete guess, and purely my own opinion so please take it with a pinch of salt.

I think we didn't bid for Celtics Tierney and that was likely paper rubbish.

I say this because the whole of the EPL knows what a talent he is and is expected to become even better, possibly teams abroad too. Now if we had put the bid in and discussions were looking promising, as reported in the papers, then surely we would have seen news about a few other teams joining the race for him, entering discussions etc. If this happened then I would have much more faith that it was true, but seeing as it was just us without competition I find it highly sceptical.

Pure conjecture on my part but hopefully showing a little logic.


1.) 09 Jul 2018 18:33:01
Tierney would always be a late in the window buy. No time for a bidding war. Under the radar so to speak.

2.) 09 Jul 2018 21:42:49
Late buy would give us a better chance, if other teams that would be interested already made their moves for other players then it can only help. As for under the radar, I don't think that would be possible. If his agent feels a move is likely, he will do all he can to get other teams involved in the bidding. Makes sense to get the biggest clubs and deal for his client. News would inevitably leak to the media. Fingers crossed Brandt can sell our vision and make us the most enticing.

3.) 09 Jul 2018 21:53:39
I think Tierney and especially his agents have his best interest as a priority and that being the reason he hasn't sailed off into the sunset for a bigger payday, which undoubtedly he could have done.



08 Jul 2018 16:26:57
Talking to a few guys in the pub this afternoon and heard something that makes absolutely no sense to me, but perhaps one of the Eds could clarify if this is how transfers really work or debunk it.

Apparently our interest in Tierney (which I thought was unlikely to be true anyway) and Rose has ended because they are more expensive than our allocated budget for a LB. Supposedly we can only spend up to £18mil on this position.

I just can't believe that. Surely our overall transfer budget is not split into positional chunks. I know Silva probably wants players in all positions but to say x amount is for a LB, x amount is for a DM, x amount is for a CF etc is the wrong approach to buying players. If a player like Tierney can be signed, you spend the money and compromise in your other positions to compensate for that.


{Ed002's Note - It would be nothing to do with Silva but clubs will somethimes have the mindset that they have only a certain amout to spend on a particular position.}

1.) 08 Jul 2018 17:56:59
Thanks Ed02. I find that surprising really.
I understand you wouldn't spend 50% of a budget on 1 player if you need to bring in 5 or whatever, but to decide from the beginning that a set price for each position is the maximum, that really affects potential targets.
Oh well, if that's how they operate then there's no point having a whinge.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware Everton has done that.}

2.) 08 Jul 2018 23:47:21
Well we have Baines so going out and splashing a shed load of cash does not seem wise as we do not have an endless budget and need a CB and a CM badly so putting a cap on the max spend on that seems efficient to me.




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23 Jul 2018 18:13:17
Honestly not what I was saying at all Ed02 and my sincerest apologies if it sounded that way.

I meant it as in the consensus of a group of people's opinions rather than one persons opinion. It's like if Arsene Wenger highly rated one player but everybody else didn't, you'd tend to believe the opinion of the masses. Does that make sense?

Again, honestly no offence intended in the slightest.


{Ed002's Note - Please, please don't worry Worsester.}



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23 Jul 2018 15:31:15

Is it your opinion that Plattenhardt is far better than Digne or is that the general thought by respected people within the game?

Or is it more that he's far better suited to what Everton need?

I've only seen little bits of both play so personally very happy with either of them, but without extensively watching them it's easy to be wrong.


{Ed002's Note - I take your point I am not a respected person. We will leave it at that.}



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19 Jul 2018 18:01:24
Thank you very much Ed02.

It aroused my suspicion as my gut feeling was that was one of their prime reasons in a move for Barkley. I'm probably completely wrong but nobody really believed he was better than who they already had.

Keep Pickford here as long as we can and we have a chance of building a team that can challenge top 6.


{Ed002's Note - Clubs have to maintain a level of HG and often use number 3 keepers if they are one short.}



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17 Jul 2018 22:38:00
Nothing in this unfortunately. The only news virculating about Mina's future is with regards to Boca bid which I think he will dismiss (only just left South American Football) and being warned off joining "a mid-table team in Everton". I'd like to think we're more attractive than Turkish teams but when a footballing legend advises you, you take note.

Fingers crossed he signs, big strong powerhouse who should be fantastic when we face set pieces, but his CB partner needs to be someone mobile and positionally excellent because Mina does seem to lack those skills. Give him the right partner though and it could be a very excellent defence.




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16 Jun 2018 12:52:37
Negativity and jibes at Kenwright again. What a surprise.
I would rather big Sam returns to save us again this season than read anything else from you, that's how dire your posts have been of late.





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23 Jul 2018 16:19:24
Integration is at least easier with Richarlison. The lad already knows what to expect in the EPL and theoretically should be more advanced than any of our other players in terms of knowing what Silva wants from his team. As long as he can link up well with his new teammates quickly then he should be raring to go in opening game.




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21 Jul 2018 16:30:44
Is Bluey79 on a mission to stop us receiving information from the Eds? I said last time that he should suck up the fact he's wrong and be grateful to have the correct knowledge going forward but it's like he is either to stubborn to accept that or deliberately wants to provoke an argument.
Someone said Richarlison will get most dribbles at the club this year, but I bet Bluey beats that hands down, frothing at the mouth as he frantically types in yet another irritating reply.
My advice to Bluey79, give up flower. You're wrong!




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19 Jul 2018 15:06:15
So disappointed. This rumour really got me excited, but if it's felt that the price cannot be justified then so be it.

I know Moshiri is relatively rich, EPL prize money and TV rights are substantial so no doubt we could afford it, it's good to see we are not willing to waste money on over inflated fees.

Naturally it's gutting to not get such a talented player, same with Tierney if that had any truth to it, but it does at least show the calibre of player Brands is looking at. If he dropped out over price then my guess is it's because there are other options that interest him almost as much. If he wasn't monitoring other transfer options then that's when we'd likely pay over the odds for someone. Again, just my guess.


{Ed002's Note - Moshiri cannot simply pour money in to Everton.}



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17 Jul 2018 23:07:01
Malcom would be an incredible signing, is it 30 mil plus add ons being reported? Excellent value imo and a huge upgrade on Bolasie.

Also, when people were complaining about not moving for Shakira (yes I deliberately wrote that name) , aren't you glad now? Twice the price but twice the talent at least. Not a player I would have expected to have a chance of signing, and so left field that nobody saw this coming. I'm now glued to SSN with fingers firmly crossed.

My only concern is whether he will suit the EPL. I think he'll be fine but after last year's transfer disasters I can't help but feel nervous.

Also, the true icing on the cake for me, more satisfaction than any incoming, would be if Klaassen turns things around. Not sure what went so wrong for him but if he can show his Ajax form then he would be like a new player for us. He's definitely got the talent and it will bite us on the ass if we sell him without another chance here.




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15 Jul 2018 13:32:11
I wouldn't read anything into this match at all. 22-0 was funny but really irrelevant. Win, lose or draw, preseason games are about fitness and trying new tactics. I remember a preseason a few years ago where we were winning every game against big clubs and thought we would have a sensational season, but we didn't. It's as though preseason form just doesn't make a single bit of difference.

The only real bit of information I'd take from this match was Sandro. Goals for fun by all positions yet Sandro didn't bag one. I really don't want to sound abusive towards him or jump on any 'player out bandwagon' but when we signed him last summer there was so much hype, what has gone wrong?