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6 minutes ago, Hafnia said:

what school did he go to? I went to plessington - had some very tidy players there

I've never thought to ask tbh. I don't know him personally and have never met him but I can find out if the interest is genuine or made up bollocks.

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A Forest fan’s point of view…

’I’ve seen that you set of bastards. Leave him where he is!  Yeah he’s decent but not sure he’s ready for your standard just yet.’

I did question whether he’d watched Everton and our standard recently!!!

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He’s a Kopite… thought I’d check, just in case. From an interview when at Watford:

Who was your idol growing up? (Corey)

“I get asked this a lot of times. Because of where I grew up, all my family are Liverpool supporters, which is ironic considering I’m at Manchester United, so my idol was probably Steven Gerrard. I used to watch all the games with my Dad and he was the main player who I used to watch and I wanted to be like him. I used to wear the Predators, just like him, and I still do today.”

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6 minutes ago, Romey 1878 said:

The response was very coy - "you never know".

So maybe one to keep an eye on.

Looks a decent player on tonight’s evidence - takes a nice set piece. Brennan Johnson looks a real prospect. Djed Spence (who we’ve previously been linked with) is the one who has really stood out at rb.

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  • 4 months later...

Lives down the road from me, I know people who know him very well, he went to the local secondary school. 
 

I watched him for forest in play offs, similar type of player to Tom Davies but more athletic and stronger. Looks a very good prospect and obviously location wise Everton would appeal. 

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9 hours ago, Romey 1878 said:

I'll ask his family again if there's any truth to our link, but last time they were pretty coy about it all.

His mum lives in Eastham, a lad a grew up with is her partner. Do his family live your way up the Wirral? 

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33 minutes ago, Hafnia said:

His mum lives in Eastham, a lad a grew up with is her partner. Do his family live your way up the Wirral? 

Haf, we already spoke about this when he was linked to us towards the end of the season. Don’t you remember?

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10 hours ago, Romey 1878 said:

Haf, we already spoke about this when he was linked to us towards the end of the season. Don’t you remember?

Sort of, as I said a few lads I spoke to were shocked that I didn’t know who he was because I knew a few people who knew him.  Mad what lockdown and no boozing in pubs has done to my local knowledge, I played for/against most pubs round here so know most people.
 

just looked back, I asked if you knew what school he went to. I can answer that now. South wirral, grew up in Eastham (I live in Bromborough very close to Eastham).  
 

The conversation I had about him was that a few people were surprised at how well he had done, a few decent lads from round here were considered better to the untrained eye. But I know from speaking to someone who was a very decent player who deals with scouts that they look for things the average person doesn’t see. They look for something to work with and it seems to start with size, build, athleticism. He’s 6ft1 and can move, has solid technical ability.   People tend to think that the kids who can dribble past the whole opposition are better. Scouts seem to ignore that now. 

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1 hour ago, Hafnia said:

Sort of, as I said a few lads I spoke to were shocked that I didn’t know who he was because I knew a few people who knew him.  Mad what lockdown and no boozing in pubs has done to my local knowledge, I played for/against most pubs round here so know most people.
 

just looked back, I asked if you knew what school he went to. I can answer that now. South wirral, grew up in Eastham (I live in Bromborough very close to Eastham).  
 

The conversation I had about him was that a few people were surprised at how well he had done, a few decent lads from round here were considered better to the untrained eye. But I know from speaking to someone who was a very decent player who deals with scouts that they look for things the average person doesn’t see. They look for something to work with and it seems to start with size, build, athleticism. He’s 6ft1 and can move, has solid technical ability.   People tend to think that the kids who can dribble past the whole opposition are better. Scouts seem to ignore that now. 

Coincidentally, South Wirral was the school I was given but there was no way I was going there because of how far away it was from where I lived (centre of Birkenhead, or down town as we'd say :lol:).

Edit - you also could be forgiven for not knowing who he was even though you were local because he moved to Manchester after a couple of years of high school here. Think he was around 14 when he went.

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3 hours ago, Romey 1878 said:

Coincidentally, South Wirral was the school I was given but there was no way I was going there because of how far away it was from where I lived (centre of Birkenhead, or down town as we'd say :lol:).

Edit - you also could be forgiven for not knowing who he was even though you were local because he moved to Manchester after a couple of years of high school here. Think he was around 14 when he went.

Well done to the lad, great to see local kids make it. I think Chris malkin and Dave challinor are the last local lads to make it.  I used to play against challinor, I had a decent throw in but even as a kid his was remarkable. 

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  • 2 months later...

Strongly linked again (along with many other teams) and Man U seem willing to sell. I don’t know if he’s ready for the step up from the Championship but I think his ability on set-pieces may see him being a high priority for us, similarly to McNeil being identified. Gordon/Gray aren’t consistently threatening enough for me from dead-ball situations so think it will still be an area being looked at.

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2 hours ago, c1982 said:

Strongly linked again (along with many other teams) and Man U seem willing to sell. I don’t know if he’s ready for the step up from the Championship but I think his ability on set-pieces may see him being a high priority for us, similarly to McNeil being identified. Gordon/Gray aren’t consistently threatening enough for me from dead-ball situations so think it will still be an area being looked at.

We are definitely interested and is agent is a blue so...

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1 hour ago, Bill said:

So it's sign him because he can take free kicks is it. !!  Think I would like it better if he was a good player.  😱

Pretty sure that’s not the only attribute this lad has - if we’re even interested in the first place - we’ll certainly be looking for someone who’s a right-footed set-piece specialist (as well as other qualities) to compliment the McNeil signing (left-footed set-piece specialist).

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7 hours ago, c1982 said:

Pretty sure that’s not the only attribute this lad has - if we’re even interested in the first place - we’ll certainly be looking for someone who’s a right-footed set-piece specialist (as well as other qualities) to compliment the McNeil signing (left-footed set-piece specialist).

Can't say I recall McNeil scoring a free kick, or is it just for corners and deliveries?

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1 hour ago, chicagoblue said:

Can't say I recall McNeil scoring a free kick, or is it just for corners and deliveries?

Not scoring as such - his delivery is very good from corners and free-kicks though and I think that was a big draw when we signed him.

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11 minutes ago, dunlopp9987 said:

Swear to god if we bring in 3 midfielders and not one striker I'm going to lose my fucking mind

We already brought in a striker, man. He had an interview and everything. Prob hard to sell to someone we want you to come be our 3rd striker.

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Apparently there will be a buy back clause in the contract for Utd. I thought £15m was a very good deal, so not surprised there is a catch.

A lot of pundits are surprised Utd are even allowing a sale. 

I will worry about a buy back when he starts bossing the midfield for us!!

 

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1 minute ago, RuffRob said:

Apparently there will be a buy back clause in the contract for Utd. I thought £15m was a very good deal, so not surprised there is a catch.

A lot of pundits are surprised Utd are even allowing a sale. 

I will worry about a buy back when he starts bossing the midfield for us!!

 

You’d hope it’s a decent fee on the buy back tho. Maybe £25-30 million? 
 

Might be wishful thinking but would also hope we’d be able to re-negotiate and ‘buy it out’ too if things go well. 
 

Utd seem to only want box office players, so unlikely they’d have him back even if he does do well here.

I could be talking utter bollox tho 😂

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1 minute ago, Fosse Captain said:

You’d hope it’s a decent fee on the buy back tho. Maybe £25-30 million? 
 

Might be wishful thinking but would also hope we’d be able to re-negotiate and ‘buy it out’ too if things go well. 
 

Utd seem to only want box office players, so unlikely they’d have him back even if he does do well here.

I could be talking utter bollox tho 😂

Shows you what they think of him. We lost Gerry D to a buyback which I’m still bitter about.

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14 minutes ago, RuffRob said:

Apparently there will be a buy back clause in the contract for Utd. I thought £15m was a very good deal, so not surprised there is a catch.

A lot of pundits are surprised Utd are even allowing a sale. 

I will worry about a buy back when he starts bossing the midfield for us!!

 

He has to want to go back to United though, who are gradually losing their appeal (I know... Casimero, Ronaldo etc..)

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Just now, SpartyBlue said:

Does he? I don’t think Gerry D had a choice.

I assumed that's how it works, they set a price they can sign the player back for and then the player sings a new contract with them? That's the process I'd made up in my mind anyway.

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13 minutes ago, Aidan said:

I assumed that's how it works, they set a price they can sign the player back for and then the player sings a new contract with them? That's the process I'd made up in my mind anyway.

My understanding was that it’s in the contract already that if they pay the buyout they get the player back. Perhaps it just depends on the situation but in Gerry D’s case  he wouldn’t have wanted to leave. Barcelona just turned around and sold him permanently I believe. Good deals to do for rich clubs. 

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