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02 Jun 2019 01:12:50
Hi Ed’s. Lots of rumours going round that we are close to completing the signings of both dragowski and Djenepo. Can you clear the air as to how correct these rumours are?

{Ed002's Note - I would not want to comemnt on both but my notes say:
Bartlomiej Dragowski (G) Huddersfield looked to BD in January but he opted to move to Empoli on loan. Since then a number of clubs have looked at him including West Ham, Schalke, Roma, Southampton and Genoa, with Schalke and Southampton having spoken with Fiorentina.
Moussa Djenepo (LW) Standard Liege have confirmed the interest of Milan, RB Salzburg after being informed by his agent. Southampton will see him as a cheaper and younger option option to Andre Schurrle who has again been considered.}

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03 Jun 2019 09:41:18
Anything concrete about the aron mooy rumours ed?

{Ed002's Note - Aaron Mooy (CM) seen by Watford as first choice above Mady Camara; Newcastle as a Cairney alternative; seen by seen as too expensive by Norwich; West Ham want Ceballos or Vazquez and would be disappointed if they had to settle for Mooy; Wolves apparently considered him but an advisor did not see the value given his age and asking price; I am not aware of Southampton declaring any interest but Rogic and Aribo remain targets - but are looking unlikely.

03 Jun 2019 11:54:37
Not convinced we should be looking for a CM personally, unless we sell someone that is. Lemina's return and promise at the end of the season would make him feel like a new signing given that he wasn't involved in any of the improvement we showed last season, while Slattery seems ready to get more involved. That'd give us Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Romeu, Armstrong and Slattery as main contenders for 2/ 3 positions.

If the right holding midfielder was available, that can do Romeu's defensive job while providing a bit more passing/ creativity in attack/ build up, then that'd be the one that can improve us.

03 Jun 2019 12:01:37
Cheers ed ta 😊.

03 Jun 2019 21:10:08
Can’t see any ins till some outs need a striker che adams👍 And possibly a centre half although bednarek and vestergard look first choice with Bertrand as back up in left side. Everyone fit and in form can see 7-8 out and just 2-3 in.

26 May 2019 14:35:07
Hi again guys,

I read that RH is looking at Boufal again himself soon and bearing in mind RH and his staff's coaching abilities, I struggle with this concept of simply writing off expensive players like Carillo, Hoedt, Forster or players falling out of favour with managers, when Hoedt came from Lazio he had been a regular, so how do players become crap in another team? We all have our wish list of players we want to see but we have so many on loan who will be coming back that it surely has to make sense for RH to make a decision one way or another? Coyr.

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26 May 2019 16:11:19
The difference with hoedt is that RH has seen hoedt and didn't want him. Whether down to attitude or ability, he dropped instantly and let him go out on loan so hoedt won't be coming back in to the team at all.
Carrillo just isn't a RH Type of striker.
Again with forster, RH has seen him train for 6 months. He knows if he wants him or not. Gunn is our number 1 so forster either stays as a number 2 keeper with McCarthy sold, or vice versa.
Boufal is in with a shot, but he will need to have changed his whole attitude and work rate to stay on and get a game.

26 May 2019 18:38:23
Thanks milky

Regards vs.

28 May 2019 11:08:10
After watching how Ralph has improved JWP and Redmond I'd like to see if he can get Boufal playing to his full potential. I agree with you MilkySaint that a lot of Boufals problem is his attitude but I believe that Ralph can get him working for the team. There's no doubting his ability. He just needs to knuckle down and show that he can be a team player. I really don't want to see Hoedt back. He was an absolute liability and Carillo just didn't seem interested. I'm not sure that either Forster or McCarthy will be happy sitting on the bench so I think they could both go if we could get a decent offer for them although I'm not sure who we could bring in as backup to Gunn.

29 May 2019 11:21:58
Boufal back in elmo out on loan.

01 Jun 2019 22:38:15
@teejaysaint Allegedly we're close to signing Fiorentina's Dragowski; who made a record-breaking 17 saves in a match against Atalanta (Serie A) .

02 Jun 2019 16:01:50
Be good to have Gunn and Dragowski pushing each other for the number 1 jersey. Hopefully we could then get a decent amount for Forster and McCarthy. Still need a good central defender, a striker and a speedy winger. Also cover at right back and ship out the deadwood.

24 May 2019 14:47:19
not sure how many of you knew this already but Martyn Glover is set to take over as Head scout on June 1st. Signed a contract in April but has to wait for his Everton contract to run out.

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17 May 2019 23:37:59
Heard a few reports from some contacts 'in the know' regarding some growing noise around Standard Liege's Moussa Djenepo and Ademola Lookman - both pacey versatile wingers who would each cost about £20m.

Apparently movement has already begun and we could see a firm offer or even a deal being struck in the next few weeks for one of them - snapping up both is highly unlikely and Hasenhuttl would prefer Djenepo if only one were acquired.

At least we're sounding out the right areas needed for improvement if this if accurate - Adams, Maehle and a CB and I'm happy.

Also just read some reports from Liverpool that Lallana could be heading back our way? Not sure how I feel about that - 31 now and has done little in recent years due to injury - the price he'd cost I'm not sure would be good business on our part.

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18 May 2019 14:12:23
No to Lallana. Doesn't fit our age policy, and bar Ings I don't think we take former players back. In a playing capacity, I mean. Djenepo rumours seem more realistic and reasonable than the Augustin and Mitrovic ones. I'd like him and Adams to join if all five of Boufal, Elyounessi, Austin, Carrilo, and Gallagher leave. Having Redmond, Sims, Adams, Ings, Obafemi, either Djenepo or Lookman, and Long to battle out for the forward slots look good enough for me. I read that we're also looking at Evan N'dicka (center back) of frankfurt although not sure how accurate that is. And the media says we're targeting either Maehle or Ranger's Tavernier for the right back slot as well.

18 May 2019 15:15:47
Would love the N’Dicka rumours to come to fruition, and happy with that potential front line. If we give Boufal another go and bring in one of those wingers, plus Adams and one of those two right backs for around £60m, I’d be delighted.

14 May 2019 12:10:59
Morning eds

Whenever you're ready to or have sufficient information would you be able to tell us of interest in our players. including the ones that are already out on loan, the ones that we are hoping to shift and the players that we wish to keep but may have alerted other clubs with their decent/ improved form. please?

Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I don't think there is anything new just yet.}

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14 May 2019 16:56:14
Early days I guess. Thanks anyway! Hope you get some downtime before silly season start! Lol.

14 May 2019 12:28:05
"Southampton have made an offer for Palermo's Macedonian pair Ilija Nestorovski and Aleksandar Trajkovski. "

Just seen this posted on the main site. any truth? Any idea of who they even are? Lol.

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14 May 2019 18:27:49
I think that Nestorovski is Palermo's captain but other than that I don't know anything about him. Can't say I've even heard of Trajkovski.

10 May 2019 16:28:43
Reports circulating that we're looking to bring in Mitrovic from Fulham for £30M. I think he could do well for us but I wouldn't want to pay that much for him.

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10 May 2019 21:09:19
Him and Danny would be a great pair. Also make us less of a ‘nice team’. He certainly has the ability to do well for us. £20m and I’d think about it but even then it’s pretty pricey for a forward who’s been relegated and only scored a dozen goals this season.

11 May 2019 20:45:37
I agree that the price seems a little steep but he was bought for £22-27M last season and has been very good in the PL. 11 goals and 3 assists for a 19th placed team is excellent. He also sounds a bit more realistic than Augustin.

12 May 2019 10:23:38
I think this would be a good buy. I've thought we could use a decent target man for a while. My concern with him was whether he suits Hassenhutl's style, which seems a lot more based on speed and stamina. So I didn't think we'd go for him, but if we do sign him I'll be happy since he's young, has an eye for goal, a bit of an edge to him and if we sign him, RH obviously thinks he fits his style.

With him as a target man with Redmond and another quick signing - Augustin, Lookman, etc - either side I think we'd look very dangerous.

12 May 2019 20:42:04
Think you are right on cost and that he'll be cheaper than Augustin, but Ralph seems to play 2 up top. So Danny to play along side with Redmond to replace Danny when injured, otherwise play supporting. Loosen is a good shout.

04 May 2019 04:45:08
Newly promoted Sheffield United prioritizes making the transfer of first choice loanee keeper Henderson from Man Utd into a permanent one. Heard if that doesn't go through they'll be looking at Joe Hart or big FF.

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04 May 2019 12:25:22
Ralph likes Fraser (might even give him a start before the end of the season) can’t see us letting him go, more likely McCarthy will be off.

04 May 2019 13:14:30
Even if the only reason Forster made the bench recently is because McCarthy's injured? Before then he's nowhere near the team sheet.

04 May 2019 16:46:30
Don't think that Fraser will have gained much confidence from today's performance.

04 May 2019 16:46:59
Good call SaintySaint.

Think today was hopefully a final chance from Ralph at those who have to prove they’re worthy. So Forster, Stephens and Elyounoussi should be gone in a month.

Clearly players on holiday after a fine effort over the past few months which is understable if not incredibly frustrating to see against a not great WH side who have done the double over us.

This must surely show Ralph our need for another CB and attacker or two as well as competition for Valery. He can only do so much when we have players making stupid errors game in game out.

05 May 2019 11:17:51
Agreed GGsy

Stephens has to go. He was awful yesterday and just isn't up to speed for the prem.
Stephens out with a very good quality cb coming in would give us bednarek, new signing, with vestergaard and yoshida as back up plus youth.
Elyounnoussi. it's clear he hasn't done enough to convince Ralph. Even sims has moved ahead of him it seems, so he needs to go. Can boufal come back in jump on Ralph's train or not? Unsure
I think forster playing is probably us putting him in the shop window. Letting teams know that he's there and he's playing again. Hopefully someone takes him on. I'd let him go for a couple of million if it meant us not having to pay his massive wage.

We need to get rid of a lot of players and bring in 3 maybe 4 really good replacements.

My squad for next year would be
GK: Gunn, McCarthy
RB: valery, new signing
CB: Bednarek, vestergaard, yoshida, new signing + youth
LB: Bertrand, targett
CDM: hojbjerg (new contract please) romeu, lemina, reed + youth
WING/ AM: JWP, sims, Redmond, Armstrong, New signing, Boufal? + youth
ST: Ings, Long, obafemi, new signing + youth.

That's 4 new players to improve us, still leaving a pathway for the academy And leaves us needing to sell:
Forster, Cedric, Stephens, hoedt, clasie, elyounoussi, Boufal? Gallagher, carrillo.
The selling will be the hardest part.

05 May 2019 13:50:30
Reckon if Ralph stays another two years we’ll have our next crop of Liverpool-bound homegrown stars - Klarer, Sims, Obafemi, Valery, Smallbone etc

Forster, if Sheffield U don’t want him, I could see going to Stoke to replace Butland for £3/ 4m or maybe even Huddersfield as Lossl wants out.
Cedric shouldn’t be too hard a sell if his loan move isn’t made permanent - 10/ 12m.
Boufal I want to be given a chance, if not I reckon someone in the Netherlands or France would want to take him on for £12/ 13m.
Clasie would also be desirable in that part of the world - if not he could suit a very open Norwich side for 6/ 8m.

The rest are going to be hard - Carrillo I want to see more of, if not we’re never getting out £19m back (thanks Pellegrino), Stephens probably won’t want to drop down a league but he probably belongs at Forest or Swansea. Gallagher in a similar situation and standard.

Elyounoussi and Hoedt I pray some poor gullible sod fancies them. Leeds seem pretty bonkers, maybe they’re part of the Zidane rebuild at Real. God knows. But with that much cash and salary space - even more if Lemina wants out - there’s room for two young signings and two (CB and ST) that are a bit more wow. I am quite excited about this window - as long as we’re more noisy than Spurs this time!

05 May 2019 16:13:04
Think you're being a bit optimistic with the valuation of our players lol
Think we'd be lucky to get 7m for Cedric. 12 months on his contract.
We paid 8m for clasie, won't be getting that back. Also only 12 months left on contract.
Carrillo probably just end up getting loaned again unless we take a huge hit on his value. I reckon 10m at a push.

07 May 2019 01:05:20
I agree with much of the above, bar transfer values. From what I have been reading, Boufal and Hoedt could stay at Celta if we were to accept low transfer values. Boufal for.

07 May 2019 03:51:52
Mo has to go. Austin can leave as well, maybe take one of gallagher or Carillo (didn't think he was given a proper go) . Get Adams and Augustin in, a defender like Orban or that Frankfurt guy, and Maehle. Cedric Steph, FF, Clasie can go as well. One of Reed or Lemina to go as well. As well as McQueen.

21 Apr 2019 01:30:59
HI ed’s. I was wondering if you are able to give us information as to how good the appointment of Martyn Glover as Chief Scout is? At first glance he appears to be a rather uninspired choice. Though part of me wonders how much responsibility he bares for the poor recruitment at both Sunderland and Everton during his respective tenures.

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure why you are uninspired or what your expectations are, but I cannot help a great deal as I don't know Martyn Glover, and I know little about him. Certainly it makes sense to get out of Everton where the Director of Football effectively demoted him and the owner is taking advice from a third party which is problem. As far as I know he is well respected and he was at West Ham at one time and you might get a better answer from their fans. Sorry I cannot really help.}

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21 Apr 2019 13:37:05
Thanks Ed. Appreciate the response.

18 Apr 2019 13:17:28
I know we are not yet mathematically safe yet eds, but we're getting there. so. wondered if you had any news. on players we have interest in or that other clubs have in ours. saw a post elsewhere that wolves had "agreed deals for Redmond and vestergaard" which sounded like laughable BS but I imagine there will be some. intereted parties in the likes of jwp, hojbjerg and Redmond.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed - to my knowledge various levels of interest has been shown in the following, but I have not checked for a while:

Rafael Toloi (CB)
Gary Cahill (CB)
Kalvin Phillips (DM)
Danny Drinkwater (CM)
Thomas Goiginger (CM)
Andre Schurrle (LW/F)
Edin Dzeko (S) an enquiry has been made but I doubt it will go anywhere
Danny Ings (S) loan to permanent
Shoya Nakajima (S)

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18 Apr 2019 21:38:43
Many thanks ed.

19 Apr 2019 19:03:10
Cahill, Drinkwater, Schurrle and Dzeko are too old in my view. Not sure about Toloi and Nakajima but I like the look of Goiginger. I like the look of Kalvin Phillips who I think I'm right in saying can play centre back as well as defensive midfield but would Leeds want to sell especially as it seems like they may be in the Premier league themselves next season.

20 Apr 2019 00:41:04
Fancy a return to the transfer days of old. One day we’ll see a tweet announcing someone we haven’t been linked with and hardly anyone has heard of, and he’ll fly.

Not sure why but I could see Ralph bringing in a Dzeko-type (not Dzeko, too expensive) - a proven goal scorer who’s a bit older but has the experience and nous to mould with the young vibrancy of our attackers which could complement each other nicely. Someone like Modeste of Köln - 31 but averaging 15 goals a season. Or Lewandowski or Müller.

01 May 2019 13:31:06
You say Dzeko too expensive, then you mention Lewandowski or Muller lol, they would be even more expensive and way out of our league.


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