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Marko Arnautovic is the latest forward player to be linked with Everton, with The Telegraph suggesting that the club is considering a move for the Bologna man.
Formerly of Stoke City, Evertonians chiefly associate Arnautovic’s name with the trauma of a 4-3 home defeat to the Potters in December 2015 in which he scored the winner with an injury-time penalty.
It was the kind of defensive meltdown that led to Roberto Martinez losing the Blues’ managerial job later that season.
Since leaving Stoke, Arnautovic had a spell at West Ham before leaving for China and then returned to Europe with Bologna where he has been scoring at a rate of almost a goal every two games.
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Despite turning 34 this coming April, Arnautovic, who was on Manchester United’s radar last summer, would be looking for a two-year deal according to The Telegraph.
Sam Wallace reports that the Blues were again eyeing Watford’s Joao Pedro but he is currently injured. Either deal would probably be predicated on the club selling Anthony Gordon to Newcastle before the transfer deadline.
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1 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:28:58
Joao Pedro is going to be upset at that typo!
2 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:32:39
Wouldn’t it be a better idea to get a manager first?
3 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:33:25
Mal van Schaick
4 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:35:42
Too old. Not good enough.
Another guess, and stab in the dark.
5 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:40:30
He said this six years ago when he was youngish:
“Ronald Koeman tried to persuade me to move to Everton. Romelu Lukaku also phoned me to ask if I would join them, and I found that a great honor,” Arnautovic told SportMagazin in Austria.
“But nevertheless I rang Mark Hughes and told him: ‘Get the paperwork ready – I’ll extend my stay with Stoke.’
Why would he want him now that he’s about 50?
6 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:44:00
A 2-year deal? Someone is having a laugh.
7 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:44:09
He was sort of the poor man’s Mirallas back in the day. I’m not sure what he is now.
8 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:52:03
While we’re at it, why don’t we sign Frank? He’s doing nothing.
9 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:54:32
10 Posted 25/01/2023 at 19:59:12
Just what we don’t need.
Injury-prone and questionable attitude.
11 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:01:18
The days of anyone decent wanting to join us are gone.
12 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:04:21
Is Yakubu available?
13 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:08:03
I wanted him 10 years ago… like Yarmolenko. Jesus wept.
14 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:09:37
Bill Fairfield #8 — brilliant post!
A good laugh is what I needed!
15 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:12:12
Probably just a load of manure to fill an empty news slot but, if it is true, it just proves Thelwell is not up to the job and needs to pack his bags and move on.
16 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:14:36
Why not just apologize to Rondon… who was at least 1 second faster than this bloke over 10 yards.
17 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:16:04
Kanu is available, and he’s only 32.
18 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:29:06
Why not pursue Viktor Gyökeres, he seems what we need in terms of attributes and, as we now have to realistically plan for should the worst happen, would also be an asset in the Championship.
We don’t need people who are going to come in, command big wages, and have nothing to offer in 6 months.
Same issue with the Ziyech links.
It seems all very short-sighted, which, unfortunately, is no surprise.
19 Posted 25/01/2023 at 20:52:41
Dysfunctional horse before cart nonsense. Who on earth is targeting this player? Will the new manager want him? Will he be useful to his system? In fact it must be fake news put out by his agent.
Fran, Gyorkeres a better call, but surely we are not going to be signing players until we know for sure who the manager will be.
20 Posted 25/01/2023 at 21:08:23
Tony, well, we have 6 days. Last time we left it to get a new manager resulted in van de beek and Dele Ali.
Of course, our club is so dysfunctional that I don’t expect anything to be done properly, but surely the DoF would be identifying the players (or would have already), possibly while talking to the managerial candidate, and getting the deals done.
But I very much guess our line of transfer business is dictated by which agents call us and who they offer to us, rather than us identifying players and contacting their agent/club.
Do we have a scouting department? Honest question.
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