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

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

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

Everton were reportedly offered the chance to sign Guimaraes for £16million when he left Athletico Paranaense, but the Merseyside club ‘didn’t like him’ and opted for Jean-Philippe Gbamin instead.

The Toffees were also given the chance to sign Militao when he left his first club, Sao Paulo FC. However, they rejected the defender and instead he joined the Portuguese side Porto.

Kia Joorabchian (above) reveals which players Everton have refused to sign

Kia Joorabchian (above) reveals which players Everton have refused to sign

Super-agent Kia Joorabchian has revealed how Everton have turned down the chance to sign a number of high-profile players.

Joorabchian’s comments came shortly after Jamie Carragher criticized him for his involvement at Everton following the sacking of Frank Lampard.

The 51-year-old insists he is barely involved with the Merseyside club and that he has been ignored more often than not when contacted about potential players.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Joorabchian said: ‘Of course, as we do, we offered him many, many players, and he turned them all down,’ Joorabchian told talkSPORT.

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

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

The Toffees were also given the chance to sign Militao (left) when he left his first club, joining Porto side Porto instead.

The Toffees were also given the chance to sign Militao (left) when he left his first club, joining Porto side Porto instead.

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

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‘We don’t have any involvement. We are talking to all the owners, I am talking to some club owners [in the Premier League], but the point is, what is our job? Our job is to show what we have as a client list and say, this is what we have.

‘And Everton didn’t take any of our advice. So we can’t be that influential. A while ago, we offered Bruno Guimaraes for £16m when he left Athletico Paranaense. They didn’t like him and they went for Jean-Philippe Gbamin instead and Guimaraes went to Lyon.

Frank Lampard (left) has been sacked as Everton manager after a dismal run of form

Frank Lampard (left) has been sacked as Everton manager after a dismal run of form

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

Joorabchian’s comments came shortly after Carragher criticized him for being too involved with the club.

‘I’ve said it before, Everton are the worst run club in the country’, he said. ‘I’m not saying that as an ex-Liverpool player, I’m saying that as an ex-Everton fan. Why has every Everton manager failed?

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

‘The Everton board released a statement before the Southampton game saying there were threats, that’s not right, but the board should be at the game. The statement they released was out of order. It demonized the entire fanbase.

‘You don’t do that, especially in the city we come from, in Liverpool you give yourself back, whether it’s your family or the football club. Last year’s supporters kept them going. Until the board is changed, I don’t see the fans coming back. They have no idea in which direction they are going.’

Meanwhile, Gary Neville hit back at Carragher’s views and criticized the board for allowing a ‘year of failure’ at the club, despite money being invested in the squad.

He pointed to the size of the club compared to other Premier League sides, insisting they should not be anywhere near the problem they are in.

Gary Neville has slammed the Toffees board for their running of the club over the past few years

He said: ‘I look at Everton, even two or three years ago, they were cleaning up the science department sort of. They blame the soldiers rather than the generals.

‘I say they are a team to watch every year, you always think they will be right with the money they spend. If you have seven, eight, nine years of failure, you need to stop looking at the football pitch and start looking above them.

‘Everton is equal to Chelsea and city in size and scale.’