Roberto Martinez says Everton will sign a new striker - with Watford's Troy Deeney thought to be among targets

Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Picture: Action Images

Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Picture: Action Images

First published in Watford FC News
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Robert Martinez has insisted Everton will sign a new striker before the start of the season – with Troy Deeney thought to be among their targets.

The Toffees are keen on bringing former loanee Romelu Lukaku back to Goodison Park after the Chelsea striker enjoyed a successful season on Merseyside, but the Everton boss claims reports that a fresh deal for the Belgian international is close are not accurate.

“There have been a lot of reports, some even saying I’ve told people [a deal for Lukaku] is done, but the situation is very clear,” Martinez told Everton’s website.

“We need a number nine going into the start of the season and we will make sure we sign one.”

Martinez said Lukaku, who scored 15 goals in 31 Premier League appearances last season, had “created incredible memories” at the club, “but that doesn’t mean anything between now and the end of the window”.

“Everything is in the air and you can imagine there are options on the table,” the Toffees boss added, without naming any player other than Lukaku.

Everton are among a number of clubs believed to be interested in Watford’s current Player of the Season, with Leicester City, Burnley and Swansea City tabling official bids along with another Championship and Premier League club.

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1:54pm Mon 28 Jul 14

ruralyellow says...

No further comments required!
No further comments required! ruralyellow
  • Score: -4

1:55pm Mon 28 Jul 14

1watford says...

£10,000,000.00 minimum
£10,000,000.00 minimum 1watford
  • Score: 13

1:57pm Mon 28 Jul 14

llloydwithathirdl says...

If he goes, I hope he goes to Everton.
If he goes, I hope he goes to Everton. llloydwithathirdl
  • Score: 72

2:28pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Hornankey says...

Everton would be a great move for Deeney.
Everton would be a great move for Deeney. Hornankey
  • Score: 27

2:36pm Mon 28 Jul 14

VOReason says...

Our asking price is big money for a well run club like Everton, especially as he is untried in the premier.

I still think a poorly run club like Qpr with a dodgy manager will give us more revenue.

On the best move for Deeney, Everton would be a great move ...
Our asking price is big money for a well run club like Everton, especially as he is untried in the premier. I still think a poorly run club like Qpr with a dodgy manager will give us more revenue. On the best move for Deeney, Everton would be a great move ... VOReason
  • Score: 22

2:44pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Ramageland says...

llloydwithathirdl wrote:
If he goes, I hope he goes to Everton.
Anywhere but QPR. Classless outfit.
[quote][p][bold]llloydwithathirdl[/bold] wrote: If he goes, I hope he goes to Everton.[/p][/quote]Anywhere but QPR. Classless outfit. Ramageland
  • Score: 18

2:55pm Mon 28 Jul 14

StotfoldHornet says...

Everton would be a great move... from what i've read he wouldnt be their first choice though
Everton would be a great move... from what i've read he wouldnt be their first choice though StotfoldHornet
  • Score: 7

2:59pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Urban Bear says...

The nearer we get to the start of the season, the more desperate buying clubs get and the higher the asking price rises.
Personally I hope we keep Troy, but if we don't I hope we sell him for way higher than the £10mill being touted about.
The nearer we get to the start of the season, the more desperate buying clubs get and the higher the asking price rises. Personally I hope we keep Troy, but if we don't I hope we sell him for way higher than the £10mill being touted about. Urban Bear
  • Score: 9

3:02pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn says...

Cant see any side putting European Football in the hands of an untried Premiership striker. Everton would be a great move for TD but he will be number two. He would be with any 'permanent' Prem club. If he goes with the others like QPR etc he is just as likely to be back in the Championship in the next season. Best move for Troy would be to score 15 goals by Christmas and see the January offers and at the same time see how we look. If he gets the goals along quoth Vydra and Ranegie then we go up. Simples!
Cant see any side putting European Football in the hands of an untried Premiership striker. Everton would be a great move for TD but he will be number two. He would be with any 'permanent' Prem club. If he goes with the others like QPR etc he is just as likely to be back in the Championship in the next season. Best move for Troy would be to score 15 goals by Christmas and see the January offers and at the same time see how we look. If he gets the goals along quoth Vydra and Ranegie then we go up. Simples! Larrythe Loafer 'Orn
  • Score: 17

3:25pm Mon 28 Jul 14

COGGDAVE1 says...

Everton are the only 'genuine' premiership club to be possibly interested in Troy.
All the others are here today, gone tomorrow clubs.
If Troy goes, it must be to where he will better off, and Everton would be a great fix.
Would hate to see the guy back in the championship season after next, he deserves better than that !!! If he goes ...
Everton are the only 'genuine' premiership club to be possibly interested in Troy. All the others are here today, gone tomorrow clubs. If Troy goes, it must be to where he will better off, and Everton would be a great fix. Would hate to see the guy back in the championship season after next, he deserves better than that !!! If he goes ... COGGDAVE1
  • Score: 8

3:28pm Mon 28 Jul 14

V6_Rex says...

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn wrote:
Cant see any side putting European Football in the hands of an untried Premiership striker. Everton would be a great move for TD but he will be number two. He would be with any 'permanent' Prem club. If he goes with the others like QPR etc he is just as likely to be back in the Championship in the next season. Best move for Troy would be to score 15 goals by Christmas and see the January offers and at the same time see how we look. If he gets the goals along quoth Vydra and Ranegie then we go up. Simples!
Absolutely spot on post. Nothing else needs to be said.
[quote][p][bold]Larrythe Loafer 'Orn[/bold] wrote: Cant see any side putting European Football in the hands of an untried Premiership striker. Everton would be a great move for TD but he will be number two. He would be with any 'permanent' Prem club. If he goes with the others like QPR etc he is just as likely to be back in the Championship in the next season. Best move for Troy would be to score 15 goals by Christmas and see the January offers and at the same time see how we look. If he gets the goals along quoth Vydra and Ranegie then we go up. Simples![/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on post. Nothing else needs to be said. V6_Rex
  • Score: 3

4:00pm Mon 28 Jul 14

WessexLad says...

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn wrote:
Cant see any side putting European Football in the hands of an untried Premiership striker. Everton would be a great move for TD but he will be number two. He would be with any 'permanent' Prem club. If he goes with the others like QPR etc he is just as likely to be back in the Championship in the next season. Best move for Troy would be to score 15 goals by Christmas and see the January offers and at the same time see how we look. If he gets the goals along quoth Vydra and Ranegie then we go up. Simples!
From Troy's point of view, even being on the bench with a leading Premiership club would attract a hefty wage increase: a bird in the hand, as it were. He would need to weigh that against the satisfaction of banging in another 20 goals for Watford.

From the Pozzo's point of view, losing Troy would seriously weaken our promotion credentials, at least until we had a proven replacement, Ighalo for instance, if he comes good. I think it would take silly money to let him go. As you say, though, by January the balance of the argument may have totally changed.
[quote][p][bold]Larrythe Loafer 'Orn[/bold] wrote: Cant see any side putting European Football in the hands of an untried Premiership striker. Everton would be a great move for TD but he will be number two. He would be with any 'permanent' Prem club. If he goes with the others like QPR etc he is just as likely to be back in the Championship in the next season. Best move for Troy would be to score 15 goals by Christmas and see the January offers and at the same time see how we look. If he gets the goals along quoth Vydra and Ranegie then we go up. Simples![/p][/quote]From Troy's point of view, even being on the bench with a leading Premiership club would attract a hefty wage increase: a bird in the hand, as it were. He would need to weigh that against the satisfaction of banging in another 20 goals for Watford. From the Pozzo's point of view, losing Troy would seriously weaken our promotion credentials, at least until we had a proven replacement, Ighalo for instance, if he comes good. I think it would take silly money to let him go. As you say, though, by January the balance of the argument may have totally changed. WessexLad
  • Score: 3

4:29pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Mr Watford of Watford says...

Back in the day we would have accepted £500k for any player. Glad those days are over but I doubt we'll see any of this transfer fee so I wouldn't get over excited. It's unlikely we'll go on a huge spending spree even if we did get 8 to 10 million.
Back in the day we would have accepted £500k for any player. Glad those days are over but I doubt we'll see any of this transfer fee so I wouldn't get over excited. It's unlikely we'll go on a huge spending spree even if we did get 8 to 10 million. Mr Watford of Watford
  • Score: 10

4:52pm Mon 28 Jul 14

mattymashup says...

Wouldn't surprise me to see southampton join the list of suitors for deeney what with all the players who have left them...plus they have bagloads of moolah.

To be honest if deeney goes I don't really care where too....as long as it's for ridiculously good money for watford!!!
Wouldn't surprise me to see southampton join the list of suitors for deeney what with all the players who have left them...plus they have bagloads of moolah. To be honest if deeney goes I don't really care where too....as long as it's for ridiculously good money for watford!!! mattymashup
  • Score: 12

5:16pm Mon 28 Jul 14

watford1881 says...

Sorry I've stumbled in on Toffees News.. Anybody kniw where the Watford Observer has gone???
Sorry I've stumbled in on Toffees News.. Anybody kniw where the Watford Observer has gone??? watford1881
  • Score: 28

5:25pm Mon 28 Jul 14

andyhooked says...

If you have to go Troy go to QPR and we will pass you as QPR go down then you may have regrets. Try and stay with us Troy and have a game every week and not doing a Vydra at WBA. What ever the owners decide to do , and the club has been loyal to Troy in your bad times, I just hope that it is a good move for Troy if and when he leaves us - unless he he thinks that one year on he will be in the Prem with WFC.
If you have to go Troy go to QPR and we will pass you as QPR go down then you may have regrets. Try and stay with us Troy and have a game every week and not doing a Vydra at WBA. What ever the owners decide to do , and the club has been loyal to Troy in your bad times, I just hope that it is a good move for Troy if and when he leaves us - unless he he thinks that one year on he will be in the Prem with WFC. andyhooked
  • Score: 4

8:42pm Mon 28 Jul 14

EltonForever says...

Big yawn!
Big yawn! EltonForever
  • Score: 2

10:11pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Eurotourhorn says...

Well redknapp is the thickest most corrupt manager in English football. He has been orchestrating the press for his own illegal ends for years. I expect the payment will be via a brown envelope since setting up a direct debit mandate will be beyond him a la ' I do know how to send a text! Glad we've got prudent owners who are financially savvy. Met your match arry. Let's hope you look an even bigger mug when looking up the league table then looking down to see whose passing you. Another club consigned to financial ruin after your tenure. Very good luck to troy wherever he plays and let's hope it's for us. COYH
Well redknapp is the thickest most corrupt manager in English football. He has been orchestrating the press for his own illegal ends for years. I expect the payment will be via a brown envelope since setting up a direct debit mandate will be beyond him a la ' I do know how to send a text! Glad we've got prudent owners who are financially savvy. Met your match arry. Let's hope you look an even bigger mug when looking up the league table then looking down to see whose passing you. Another club consigned to financial ruin after your tenure. Very good luck to troy wherever he plays and let's hope it's for us. COYH Eurotourhorn
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11:05pm Mon 28 Jul 14

D.unstable says...

Apparently Redknapp has offered to pay cash in a brown envelope, so nobody has to pay tax, everyone's a winner
Apparently Redknapp has offered to pay cash in a brown envelope, so nobody has to pay tax, everyone's a winner D.unstable
  • Score: 0

11:32pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Sydneyhornet says...

Losing Troy will seriously weakern our team, without him we are nothing. If he goes is clearly shows the Pozzos have no spine, no drive, no ambition.

Without Troy the club will crumble into the sea, without Troy my marriage will fail, my car will break and the GFC will come back 1000 fold, there will be a flood, a plague of locusts will descend on us all.

Get a grip people, this is footy, it happens. (whatever it might well be)
Losing Troy will seriously weakern our team, without him we are nothing. If he goes is clearly shows the Pozzos have no spine, no drive, no ambition. Without Troy the club will crumble into the sea, without Troy my marriage will fail, my car will break and the GFC will come back 1000 fold, there will be a flood, a plague of locusts will descend on us all. Get a grip people, this is footy, it happens. (whatever it might well be) Sydneyhornet
  • Score: 2

12:13am Tue 29 Jul 14

hondas says...

everton dould be good move for troy,, martinez is a top manager and a real gent who will make him a better player.
everton dould be good move for troy,, martinez is a top manager and a real gent who will make him a better player. hondas
  • Score: 1

6:47am Tue 29 Jul 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Sydneyhornet wrote:
Losing Troy will seriously weakern our team, without him we are nothing. If he goes is clearly shows the Pozzos have no spine, no drive, no ambition.

Without Troy the club will crumble into the sea, without Troy my marriage will fail, my car will break and the GFC will come back 1000 fold, there will be a flood, a plague of locusts will descend on us all.

Get a grip people, this is footy, it happens. (whatever it might well be)
and your hoover will lose its suction.
[quote][p][bold]Sydneyhornet[/bold] wrote: Losing Troy will seriously weakern our team, without him we are nothing. If he goes is clearly shows the Pozzos have no spine, no drive, no ambition. Without Troy the club will crumble into the sea, without Troy my marriage will fail, my car will break and the GFC will come back 1000 fold, there will be a flood, a plague of locusts will descend on us all. Get a grip people, this is footy, it happens. (whatever it might well be)[/p][/quote]and your hoover will lose its suction. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 2

8:37am Tue 29 Jul 14

Harry's Bar says...

Sydneyhornet wrote:
Losing Troy will seriously weakern our team, without him we are nothing. If he goes is clearly shows the Pozzos have no spine, no drive, no ambition.

Without Troy the club will crumble into the sea, without Troy my marriage will fail, my car will break and the GFC will come back 1000 fold, there will be a flood, a plague of locusts will descend on us all.

Get a grip people, this is footy, it happens. (whatever it might well be)
What's it like living upside down?
[quote][p][bold]Sydneyhornet[/bold] wrote: Losing Troy will seriously weakern our team, without him we are nothing. If he goes is clearly shows the Pozzos have no spine, no drive, no ambition. Without Troy the club will crumble into the sea, without Troy my marriage will fail, my car will break and the GFC will come back 1000 fold, there will be a flood, a plague of locusts will descend on us all. Get a grip people, this is footy, it happens. (whatever it might well be)[/p][/quote]What's it like living upside down? Harry's Bar
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