Everton boss Marco Silva reportedly gave Muhamed Besic the green light to secure a move away from Goodison Park earlier in the month, but despite interest from Fulham, the outcast midfielder remains on the Blues’ books.
It was claimed by TEAMtalk that Silva sees no way for the 26-year-old to enter his plans after he returned from an 18-month loan spell in the Championship with Middlesbrough, and could sell the Bosnia international for £5million.
The figure was believed to be in reach for Fulham following their relegation back into the second-tier, and Besic himself would turn down approaches from the Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga in order to remain in England even in the second-tier.
But no advances have since been made, and £30,000-a-week Besic remains a ‘stain’ on the club’s books as one fan put it, after his future became a cause for debate on the Grand Old Team forum recently.
Berlin-born Besic has not worn Royal Blue in a competitive fixture since September 2017, when we faced Sunderland in the EFL Cup.
He was a regular for Boro, though, featuring in 56 of their encounters across all competitions while on loan at the Riverside Stadium – the same total he holds for Everton five years after his arrival on Merseyside.
Injuries played their part in Besic missing much of the 2016/17 season, as a cruciate ligament rupture ruled the 42-cap midfield anchor out of action for 227 days and 32 games, having missed 18 fixtures the term prior with hamstring and thigh problems.
Fans are not rushing to see Besic return to Goodison Park, however, with many keen to see the midfielder leave the club this summer as he has a further two years to run on his lucrative contract signed in 2016.
Here’s what these Blues fans on the Grand Old Team forum have shared on Besic…
“Another one willing to sacrifice his career for a big payday. Utter unprofessional. Get shot.” – Big Fat Sam (July 28, 18:08)
“Can’t we just give him to Boro?” – 4737 Carlin (July 28, 19:01)
“Pay him off and get him out of club. [He] had one good game against [Manchester] City in the home [leg of the] League Cup Semi-Final [in 2016].” – The Reverend (July 28, 23:03)
“Don’t think he was ever that good to be honest. Mid-table Championship is his level. A few years there and see where he is.” – Charlie Sweet (July 28, 23:06)
“He is quite good technically, [but] he’s not good enough for us. But I’m quite surprised he’s hard to shift. Thought a lower Prem team would snap him up TBF for £5m or so, it’s a good deal for a player that would make them stronger.” – Tel001 (July 29, 00:48)
“Apparently, Boro fans pretty much labelled him as showing talent, but inconsistent and never far from making a bad error. He’s basically a less talented Bosnian version of what Barkley was two or three seasons ago
“If someone can coach the errors out of him, he’d be utter class. Sadly, you could say the same about loads of second-tier players, and, once they’re in their mid 20’s they very rarely improve much.” – Catfish Blues (July 29, 00:55)
“He is part of the huge problem we have had in recent history of retaining ordinary players on long contracts. We have struggled to offload him year after year. I wish him well, but his stain must be expurgated from our books, along with the others, as soon as possible if we are to move on.” – BlueBlueDay (July 29, 09:41)
“Another horrible [Roberto] Martinez signing.” – Macca75 (July 29, 11:29)