[REPORTED] Etienne Capoue

Discussion in 'The Transfer List' started by Burnsy, Dec 27, 2019.

  1. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    Being linked in French media with Lyon.

    Apparently we rejected their initial approaches but they are continuing to push for him.
  2. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    He wont be allowed to leave in this window. Non story.
  3. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    At 30 plus must be nearer the end of his spell at the top end so surprised Lyon would want him.

    For us a key player so like to keep him.
  4. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    Unless he wants to...which I very much doubt.
  5. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

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  6. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    I haven’t argued your point. Well, I wasn’t trying to. I’m just factoring in the opportunity for a 30+ French player to play back home for a team that gets in the CL is bound to be attractive when compared to the situation we are in. Which is why I wouldn’t go as far as saying ‘non-starter’ just yet, that’s all.
  7. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    Even if they're actually interested, there's no way he'd be allowed to leave unless he starts being disruptive and actively agitating for a move. He's been a key performer over the last few years.
  8. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    I agree. I’ll only happen if he wants it which I doubt - or the fee on offer is too good for a player of his age...Pearson may think Chalobah or someone else is capable of replacing him.

    As someone mentioned on another thread, I can see us being in for a few Leicester players (past and present) - Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater.
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  9. reids

    reids Squad Player

    I don't think anyone will want to touch Drinkwater. Failed at Chelsea and Burnley, with a number of off the pitch problems as well.
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  10. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    Never has a name been more inappropriate for someone.
  11. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    While I do agree on the main - a decent player who has lost his way, is attainable, good age and crucially perhaps...is very well known (and very probably) liked by Pearson.

    Just saying it’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.
  12. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Haven't we got enough of those?
  13. Rontaylor

    Rontaylor Reservist

    Agreed. I think that Pearson is going to have a lot more influence on signings or transfers out than previous managers.
  14. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    Yes. Exactly why it’s the type of player we will sign. We can’t resist.
  15. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    Someone should tell Giraldi, he’ll be furious.
  16. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    Yes, I agree that seems likely.

    Wouldn't say no to Morgan, would likely be excellent for us. I think he's out of contract at the end of the season, too, so not completely ridiculous when you consider he's also 35 and we seem to collect old defenders.

    Not sure Leicester would want to offload him though, in all honesty, and even less sure he'd be interested in moving to us. I think he's pally with Deeney, though, isn't he?
  17. bedmond_hornet

    bedmond_hornet First Year Pro

    Capoue was outstanding today. Lost count of the number of times he switched play. Were lucky to have someone like him at Watford. Important we keep him
  18. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason First Team Captain

    I would much rather we sold Doucoure.
  19. Cassetti's Beard

    Cassetti's Beard First Team

    Unless Lyon start throwing around 30 mill plus then I can't see him leaving.
  20. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player

    I'd rather we kept both.

    Sure, I agree that Capoue is overall the slightly better player and more important to our team, but he's also 31 whereas Doucoure is 27. I'd be surprised if Etienne can keep up the same level of heroic performances at this level for more than another couple of seasons, whereas Doucoure still has loads left in the tank and also further room to improve.
  21. Sod the next 4 years, I'm more concerned about the next 4 months !
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  22. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player

    Well sure, as I said I'd rather we keep both.
  23. The Recluse

    The Recluse First Year Pro

  24. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Capoue did come into his own under Gracia I guess but thought they had no money and were having to sell players first?
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  25. He's the last player I would sell, he's been so important to us for the last 3 seasons
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  26. simpleMASH

    simpleMASH Reservist

    They couldn’t afford him, they’re broke af. He may well go somewhere but I doubt it will be Valencia.
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  27. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Reservist

    Read the first bit of this thread and was very encouraged, until I saw Pearson mentioned and I realised it was from January! Seeing that it's Valencia who are in for him doesn't scare me though with everything that's going on there, they can have Kiko and be grateful for him!

    Naturally, we need to do what we can to keep our best players, although we have to be prepared to someone else to take over from him for parts of the season. Is Chalobah up to that? Dele-Bashiru perhaps?
  28. lutonh8a

    lutonh8a Reservist

    I think the difference between going back up or not could depend on whether we keep Capoue or not. Etienne is the type of player that can get his foot on the ball and dictate the tempo of games and he should be able to do this fairly comfortably in The Championship. I also think it is important that we do not let all of our players with leadership leave having let vice-captain Mariappa go already and Troy potentially going. Yes having young players is fantastic and exciting but there needs to be a balance of experience players as well.
  29. Optimistichornet

    Optimistichornet Penguin Assassin

    I hope capoue stays, he should be absolutely imperious in the championship. Working alongside Hughes the two of them might be the best midfield 2 in the division.
  30. TomWatfordFC

    TomWatfordFC Academy Graduate

    Valencia wont be able to afford him. Case closed.
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  31. lutonh8a

    lutonh8a Reservist

    Totally agree with this and I think having this quality behind Quina would bring the best out of him as well.
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  32. CaveManHornet

    CaveManHornet Reservist

    Wreaks of lazy journalism. Valencia are going through a financial crisis. The last thing they want to do is spend upwards of 20 million on a 32 year old midfielder. LOL
  33. So presumably he will leave for about £3m-£5m and save us his wages ?
  34. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    You can’t be counting last season? No one was important to us last season.
  35. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    I’d say Capoue is a senior player - not so sure about ‘leadership qualities’. Think he’s been handed the armband by default in the past and that probably says more about the rest of the squad than it does for him.
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