Player News - Everton

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John Stones and Phil Jagielka will miss Everton’s first pre-season friendly at Barnsley on Saturday through injury.

While Stones has been linked with a summer move away, the club have been keen to stress that a minor muscular problem has denied him a return to his former stomping ground, although he could be back on Tuesday to face MK Dons. Jagielka on the other hand, looks to have suffered a recurrence of the hamstring strain which hampered his progress during the latter stages of the 2015/16 campaign. However, Ronald Koeman will be able to call upon the services those involved in France at Euro 2016 -- Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady and Ross Barkley – with the new boss promising the quartet at least 45 minutes of action.
Jul 22 - 6:00 PM

Southampton have confirmed the hiring of new manager Claude Puel.

The French manager will take over Southampton on a three-year deal. Puel has had success with big European clubs before and has taken Lyon to the semi-finals of the Champions League and you could compare Lyon to where Southampton aim to be. Puel has a lot of work to do to get Southampton to be a factor in European play, but it would have it all start with the Saints spending some money on quality signings.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 3 - 12:28 PM

Ronald Koeman has moved to replace Tim Howard with fellow Dutchman Maarten Stekelenburg who arrives from Fulham on a three-year deal.

Stekelenburg was at Southampton with Koeman last season and started 17 times for the Saints while Fraser Forster was recovering from injury. The only concern with the signing based on what we saw last season was that Southampton seemed to improve from also-ran to exceptional as soon as Forster replaced Stekelenburg between the pipes. It isn't necessarily causation but certainly cause for at least mild concern.
Source: @everton
Jul 1 - 3:14 PM

Ronald Koeman has already started exploring the option of bringing Maarten Stekelenburg or Fraser Forster to Everton.

Koeman only has Joel Robles between the posts right now and it's his one of his top priorities to land a goalkeeper this summer. Fraser Forster would be an automatic starter at Everton, while Stekelenburg will likely be deployed as a backup. Koeman has the money to make both of them a reality, it's just going to come down to a matter of importance as to which position to wants to spend up at.
Source: DailyEcho
Jun 28 - 8:35 PM

Claude Puel is the favorite to end up with the Southampton manager position.

The bookies are often right when it comes to things like this, and they've made Puel the favorite for the Saints job. Manuel Pellegrini is no longer being considered for the job, and Puel also has the benefit of being considered for the job when Koeman took over. Puel's style of bringing youth through the first team will be a great fit for the Saints.
Source: DailyEcho
Jun 25 - 4:44 PM

Romelu Lukaku has left his future in the hands of his agent - Mino Raiola.

There are rumors sending Lukaku to Chelsea or Manchester United, but it is reportedly going to come down to Lukaku's agent as to where he ends up next season. The striker has previously stated he wants to play in the Champions League, and Chelsea wouldn't be able to provide that, but money always speaks louder.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 25 - 4:13 PM

To no surprise, Argentina easily rolled over the United States, 4-0, with goals coming from each of their front three.

Perhaps there was never a chance of a competitive match between these two sides, but Argentina did their job, meeting expectations, trouncing the Americans from start to finish. In the 3rd minute before the US even had a chance to possess the ball, Leo Messi chipped a through ball to Ezequiel Lavezzi who headed home. Messi then scored from a delicious free kick in the very top right corner just after the half hour mark. In the second half Gonzalo Higuain bagged a brace, following up his own blocked shot for his first then scoring again from a Messi assist. The defense, which included PL players Ramiro Funes Mori, Marcos Rojo and Nicolas Otamendi had very little to do to keep a clean sheet. Argentina await the winner of Chile v Colombia for the Copa final.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 21 - 10:55 PM

Romelu Lukaku is in no rush to leave Goodison Park according to his agent Mino Raiola.

Lukaku has been linked with a move away from Everton but the Belgium hitman is said to be excited by the prospect of a new challenge under Dutchman Ronald Koeman and could snub interest from former club Chelsea. "Something's changed at Everton: there's a new project," Raiola said before adding that only one of Europe’s elite clubs could afford to buy Lukaku. "The Italian landscape currently looks [like] there's no team that can afford him. He is too expensive for Serie A. If he leaves, it has to be a good deal for all parties involved. Only a global power can pay for him. The top clubs in England, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain." Lukaku netted 18 times last term - his best return in the league since joining in 2014.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 21 - 9:12 AM

Romelu Lukaku awoke from his scoring slumber by bagging a 2nd half brace as Belgium flexed their attacking might in a 3-0 win over Republic of Ireland.

Belgium were the dominant side from start to finish in this one but Republic of Ireland were able to withstand the pressure in the first half to see the game to 0-0 at the break. No such luck in the second frame. A swift counter-attack in the 48th minute found Kevin de Bruyne charging down the right flank and he squared up Lukaku at the top center of the area. Lukaku found the corner of the net with a nice finish. Axel Witsel scored from a header in the 61st minute before Lukaku would score another, which was very similar to his first. This time, it was Eden Hazard who picked him out from the right. On a sour note, Mousa Dembele got the start today but limped off in the second half with an injury.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 18 - 10:53 AM

Ronald Koeman has been announced as the new manager at Everton signing a three-year contract to succeed Roberto Martinez in that post.

New management at Everton is moving quickly to make improvements at Goodison Park. The big question is how responsible Koeman was for the success that his sides experienced at Southampton. He certainly did a good job managing the club but it seems clear that as managers come and go on the south coast, the results keep coming. If Koeman is supported in a similar way on Merseyside then you'd expect similar results but if the talent acquisition underpinnings aren't there, he might end up being more Nigel Adkins than Mauricio Pochettino.
Jun 14 - 3:25 PM

It's the end of an era at Everton this summer, and not just the Roberto Martinez era, as the club released its retained and released list.

Among the names on the list, Everton confirmed that winger Steven Pienaar, midfielder Leon Osman and long-time defender Tony Hibbert will not see their contracts renewed when they expire this summer, making the trio available on free transfers. Hibbert has been in the first team for 16 seasons after coming up through the club's academy in the 1990's, but the 35-year-old featured in only one game this year due in part to injuries. Osman, also 35, arrived in the first team at the same time as Hibbert while Pienaar has been at the club since 2007.
Jun 12 - 10:21 AM

Darron Gibson has signed a new two-year deal at Everton keeping the Republic of Ireland midfielder at Goodison Park until 2018.

Following another injury-plagued season [Gibson was limited to just seven Premier League appearances including two starts], Martin O’Neill decided against taking the 28-year-old to France due to concerns over his fitness. While many expected Gibson -- who has been linked with a number of loan moves away from the club -- to leave in the summer, Everton moved quickly to secure the services of the former Manchester United player ahead of the impending arrival of new boss Ronald Koeman. "I am absolutely delighted," said Gibson. "I had a few options but as long as Everton were giving me the option I was never going anywhere else."
Jun 10 - 4:28 AM

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is close to completing a move to Everton.

Southampton have Koeman under contract but Everton are close to finalizing a deal with the Saints to bring him over. Rumors say that Everton are willing to pay him up to £6m per year and give him over £100m to spend this summer, which would be an astronomical amount. That could increase if they sell Romelu Lukaku. Koeman would be a great signing for Everton.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 6 - 8:15 PM

Seamus Coleman has denied he missed the [Premier League] season run-in to ensure his fitness ahead of the European Championships.

Coleman had been side-lined since tweaking his hamstring in the draw with Southampton at Goodison Park back in April. But, the 27-year-old returned to action, playing 90 minutes for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly against Holland at the end of May, prompting many to question whether he had avoided Everton’s remaining games to minimise any risk of recurrence before Euro 2016. "I missed the FA Cup semi-final [against Manchester United] and I missed the derby with Liverpool so no," he said. "If I could have played, I would have. I had a scan and it just wasn’t right. I possibly could have played the last game but what’s the point in risking it with the big summer ahead." Ireland take on Sweden in their opening game of the tournament on June 13.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 6 - 5:08 AM

Everton midfielder James McCarthy is confident he will be fit in time for the Euro 2016 opener against Sweden on June 13.

McCarthy picked up a muscular injury on the final day of the Premier League season and has been working hard to prove his fitness after Martin O’Neill named the 25-year-old in his European Championship squad. "Yes, I should be fine," revealed McCarthy when asked if he could play in the Republic of Ireland’s first match. "I've trained with the team the last couple of days and hopefully now I can step it up. It's obviously good to be back training again with the squad and hopefully now I can kick on and step up the fitness." Robbie Keane and Jon Walters watched on from the sidelines as the pair continue their recovery from training ground calf injuries.
Source: BT Sport
Jun 3 - 1:06 PM


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