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Kia Joorabchian claims Everton ‘said no to signing Bruno Guimaraes and Eder Militao’

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Everton turned down the chance to sign Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and Real Madrid defender Eder Militao, in line with reports. 

Everton were reportedly offered the possibility to sign Guimaraes for £16million when he was leaving Athletico Paranaense, however the Merseyside club ‘didn’t like him’ and opted for Jean-Philippe Gbamin as an alternative. 

The Toffees were also given the chance to sign Militao when he was leaving his first club, Sao Paulo FC. Nevertheless, they turned the defender down and he joined Portuguese side Porto as an alternative. 

Kia Joorabchian (above) has revealed which players Everton have turned down signing

It was super-agent Kia Joorabchian who revealed how Everton had turned down the chance to sign several high-profile players. 

Joorabchian’s comments got here shortly after Jamie Carragher criticised him for his involvement in Everton following Frank Lampard’s sacking. 

The 51-year-old insisted he was hardly involved within the Merseyside club and that he was ignored as a rule when reaching out about potential players. 

Talking to talkSPORT, Joorabchian said: ‘After all, as we do, we offered him many, many players, they usually turned all of them down,’ Joorabchian told talkSPORT.

Everton were reportedly offered the chance to sign Guimaraes for £16million when he was leaving Athletico Paranaense but they 'didn't like him'

Everton were reportedly offered the possibility to sign Guimaraes for £16million when he was leaving Athletico Paranaense but they ‘didn’t like him’

The Toffees were also given the opportunity to sign Militao (left) when he was leaving his first club,and he joined Portuguese side Porto instead

The Toffees were also given the chance to sign Militao (left) when he was leaving his first club,and he joined Portuguese side Porto as an alternative

‘All of the signings of the summer – James Tarkowski, Conor Coady, Neal Maupay, Dwight McNeil, the list goes on, all of the loans and signings they [Everton] did – were done purely by them and the board.

‘We did not have any involvement in any respect. We speak to all of the owners, I speak to quite a number of club owners [in the Premier League], but the purpose is, what’s our job? Our job is to present what we have now as a client list and say, that is what we have now.

‘And Everton have not taken any of our advice. So we won’t be that influential. Up to now, we have now offered them Bruno Guimaraes at £16m when he was leaving Athletico Paranaense. They didn’t like him they usually went for Jean-Philippe Gbamin as an alternative and Guimaraes went to Lyon.

Frank Lampard (left) was sacked as the Everton manager after miserable run of form

Frank Lampard (left) was sacked because the Everton manager after miserable run of form 

‘Diego Carlos when he was leaving Nantes, we offered him [to Everton] at £11m before he went to Sevilla, and now he’s at Aston Villa. We offered them Eder Militao when he was leaving [first club Sao Paulo in Brazil, before he joined Porto – now he’s staring at Real Madrid].’

Joorabchian comments come shortly after he was criticsed by Carragher for being too involved within the club. 

‘I’ve said it before, Everton are the worst run club within the country’, he said. ‘I do not say that as an ex-Liverpool player, I say that as an ex-Everton fan. Why does every Everton manager fail?

‘You have had a young up-and-coming English manager, a Champions League winner in Rafa Benitez, Marco Silva. But there’s a giant divide between (Farhad) Moshiri and Bill Kenwright. What’s the role of Kenwright within the football club?

Joorabchian's comments came after Carragher criticised him for his involvement in Everton

Joorabchian’s comments got here after Carragher criticised him for his involvement in Everton 

‘Everton’s board put out an announcement before the Southampton game saying there had been threats, that is bang out of order, however the board must have been at the sport. The statement they put out was bang out of order. It demonised the entire fanbase.

‘You do not try this, especially in the town where we’re from, in Liverpool you back your individual, whether its your loved ones or your football club. Those supporters kept them up last 12 months. Until the board changes, I do not see the fans getting back on side. They have not got a clue what direction they’re moving into.’

Gary Neville meanwhile, echoed Carragher’s views and slammed the board for allowing ‘years of failure’ on the club, despite the cash invested within the squad.

He identified the scale of the club as compared to other Premier League sides, insisting that they must be nowhere near the difficulty they find themselves in.

Gary Neville slammed the Toffees board for his or her running of the club over the previous couple of years

He said: ‘I take a look at Everton, even two or three years ago, they were clearing out the kinds science department. They were blaming the soldiers slightly than the generals.

‘I say they are a team to look at every 12 months, you mostly think they will get it right with the cash they’ve spent. If you’ve seven, eight, nine years of failure you have to stop looking on the football pitch and begin looking above them.

‘Everton are the equal of Chelsea and city by way of scale and size.’

 

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