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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has provided updates on a host of players with only 9-days to go before the Premier League opener against Watford at Goodison Park.

The Toffees are managing a number of problems but despite early optimism that at least three of those players – Darron Gibson, Mo Besic and Aiden McGeady – would be fit for GW1 none will recover in time. However the trio are "close to a return" and should be back in contention before the end of August. Martinez also confirmed that the club are waiting to find out the severity of the hamstring tear suffered by Steven Pienaar while Romelu Lukaku is being assessed after limping out of Tuesdays’ friendly win over Dundee because of discomfort in his thigh. Everton supporters are unlikely to see Tony Hibbert until at least September following the injury he picked up against Arsenal in the Asia Trophy.
Jul 30 - 6:09 PM

Man City are reported to have entered the race to sign Everton defender John Stones, with Chelsea preparing a third bid…

Everton have so far resisted two bids from Chelsea for John Stones. An initial water-testing £20 million followed by a ‘let’s get serious’ £26m. But the noises coming out of both clubs suggest it is merely a question of finding the tipping point before the deal happens. Jose Mourinho has mused he might have offer a record-breaking figure to get his man. Gary Gahill has urged his young England team-mate to jump and Stone’s himself is apparently keen to go. Enter Man City… It seems that last season’s runners-up are getting twitchy about the Champions further strengthening, so are readying a bid themselves. Whether it is to bolster their own defense or just weaken Chelsea’s is not clear. But the bidding war it could create will at least provide Everton with that record fee they are after.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 30 - 6:53 AM

Everton are reported to be on the verge of signing center-back Aleksandar Dragovic from Dynamo Kiev. But is he a replacement for Sylvain Distin or John Stones…?

Signals coming out of Everton suggest they are close to signing a much needed center-back, but the mood is far from celebratory. Reports say the Toffees have moved ahead of Napoli in the race for Dynamo Kiev’s Austrian international Aleksandar Dragovic. The 29-year-old is being touted as a replacement for the departed Sylvain Distin, but many will be thinking that the deal is merely paving the way for John Stones to join Chelsea. Dragovic will cost around £9 million, which will leave plenty of change from the £30-odd million tag placed on Stones. But losing their prized asset on the eve of the season will be a huge blow to morale. With Romelu Lukaku possibly out for the big kick-off with a hamstring injury and a ‘disillusioned’ James McCarthy ready to open negotiations with Tottenham, it has not been a great for boss Roberto Martinez.
Jul 29 - 6:22 AM

Everton won their preseason match against Dundee United 0-2, but the big news is that Romelu Lukaku had to be removed with a hamstring strain.

There is a hamstring virus going around the Toffees right now, as Steven Pienaar and Gerard Deulofeu are both set to start the season in the physio room with hamstring strains of their own. We will need to wait on the scan results to get an idea of the severity for Lukaku but one has to put the young Belgian's Week 1 availability in doubt. Roberto Martinez called his removal a precaution but the scan will tell the story. Should he not be ready, Steven Naismith and Arouna Kone present options for Martinez. On a positive note from today's match, Ross Barkley scored along with Conor McAleny.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 28 - 7:31 PM

Steven Pienaar will miss the start of the Premier League season due to a thigh injury.

Pienaar is currently being assessed and we don't have an estimated return date for him, but he is fully expected to miss the start of the season. Roberto Martinez praised the work Pienaar was doing in pre-season and called it a "shame" for him to get injured at this point. Pienaar didn't play much last year and he'll have a hard time earning a regular spot in the rotation after missing the start of the season. Avoid him in fantasy for the time being.
Jul 27 - 9:04 PM

Chelsea are reportedly planning to up their £20 million bid for Everton’s John Stones to £26m within the next 48-hrs – and Roberto Martinez looks to have lined up a replacement…

If anyone doubted that money would talk, Chelsea appear set to get their man sooner or later. Roberto Martinez is braced for an increased big of £26m in the next day or two for John Stones. Everton have placed a £34m price tag on the 21-year-old center-back but you suspect would settle for something midway between the two. Meanwhile, £10m of the fee looks to have been allocated to Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk. Martinez acknowledged that his squad was not complete and that central defence is a problem position. But whether the Dutch center-back is a replacement or reinforcement will become clear soon.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 27 - 6:25 AM

Romelu Lukaku scored a hat trick to account for all of Everton's goals as they defeated Scottish club Hearts 1-3.

Lukaku and Everton both had their struggles last season and much still rests on their young striker this time around. While the three goal day will certainly see spike in interest heading toward Week 1, bear in mind that two came from the spot, one for handball and one for a foul on Kevin Mirallas, so only the 10-yard strike in between pens can be looked at as a result of his doing. What bodes well for him is that he converted both and may have locked up duties for the season which only helps his value. The Toffees would do well to make it clear who is on spot kicks after the Baines-Mirallas fiasco last season.
Jul 26 - 7:29 PM

Roberto Martinez has lined up Seville winger Diego Capel as a replacement for the restless Kevin Mirallas…

The relationship between Kevin Mirallas and Roberto Martinez has been strained ever since last season’s ‘penalty-gate’. After Mirallas insisted on taking, then missing a penalty he won v West Brom last season, Mirallas failed to appear for the second half. Martinez first claimed the change was due to injury, later saying it was tactical. It emerged that Mirallas wanted to score to display a t-shirt tribute to the late Junior Malanda. Either way, it put a wedge between the two fueling speculation that Mirallas could be on his way. The arrival of winger Gerard Deufoleu, interest in Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon (possibly as part of a swap deal) has done nothing to quell the rumors. And now Martinez’s interest in Seville’s Spanish international wide man Diego Capel suggests the writing is on the wall. Seville are looking for around £2m.
Jul 25 - 9:39 AM

According to Jose Mourinho, Chelsea have not made another bid for defender John Stones.

Mourinho is giving the media mixed messages and the final one is that there is no new bid for Everton defender John Stones. It's very possible that Chelsea have been deterred by the big valuation of the player and Mourinho claims he is more than comfortable entering the season with his current squad. The Blues have John Terry and Gary Cahill at center-back and a capable youngster in Kurt Zouma as backup, so it's very possible they decide the money is not worth it for John Stones. This story is likely far from over, so keep checking back for news.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 23 - 5:15 PM

Early reports suggesting new Everton signing Gerard Deulofeu will miss the start of the new season look to be a little wide of the mark after the pacey winger suffered a hamstring problem last weekend.

Deulofeu was replaced at half-time during the loss to Arsenal in the Asia Trophy with sections of the media claiming the 21 year-old had suffered a grade two tear which would mean around 4-6 weeks on the sidelines. However the Liverpool ECHO reveal that his withdrawal was more of a precaution and Deulofeu still has a chance of making the PL opener against Watford. The latter appears to be a more accurate assessment of the current situation as extensive fibre damage would have left the winger in severe pain / discomfort - something which wasn’t overtly obvious from the live match coverage. Everton are also sweating on a number of other players for GW1 with Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson, Bryan Oviedo and Mo Besic all currently out because of injury.
Jul 23 - 11:56 AM

John Stones’s England team-mate Gary Cahill has urged the 21-year-old to leave Everton as Chelsea prepare a £32 million bid…

Safe to say that Gary Cahill will not on Roberto Martinez’s Christmas card list this year. The Everton boss has already reacted angrily to Chelsea’s public courting of his prized center-back. An initial bid of £20m was rejected, but no-one anticipates the story to end there. Jose Mourinho has said he expects to pay a record fee (or around £32) to get his man, indicating he is happy to do so. But roping in your players to grease the wheels never hurts either. All managers dread their talented young players getting international call ups. Not because of the extra matches, but because it exposes them to players at bigger clubs and talk inevitably turns to wages. Sometimes players will have instructions to ‘sound out’ a particular player, to see if he’s happy. But even if that is not that case, once a player hears what he could be earning elsewhere heads can be turned. And in the absence of an international meet up, you can always turn to the media…
Source: The Guardian
Jul 23 - 4:57 AM

Everton’s hopes for success this season and whether their players are worth investing in for Fantasy League managers look to depend on holding onto John Stones…

With Jose Mourinho casually speculating that he might be forced to shell out a record fee for John Stones. And rumors on Merseyside that the player himself wants to talk to Chelsea, the die looks cast for Everton. But this could be detrimental to the FL value of all Everton players. For a start, John Stones loses all appeal if he is sat on Chelsea’s bench. Jose is no ‘tinker man’ and John Terry and Gary Cahill will take some shifting. Plus, he will need replacing. His departure will leave Everton down to one senior center-back. Phil Jagielka may well have out-performed Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku last season (in pl.com) but he will a defensive partner and they are not easy to come by (ask Louis van Gaal). A sub-standard one and the value of Tim Howard, Seamus Coleman, Jagielka and Baines diminishes. Roberto Martinez isn’t the only manager sweating at the moment…
Jul 22 - 6:44 AM

Ongoing speculation about the futures of James McCarthy, Kevin Mirallas and now John Stones threatens to sabotage Everton’s season before it starts…

Summer transfer speculation is nothing new for Everton. Last year it was Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley, the year before Marouanne Fellaini and Leighton Baines. This summer however, Martinez has boldly – and repeatedly – stated that Everton are no longer a ‘selling’ club. But it seems nobody is listening. James McCarthy has been heavily linked with Man City and Tottenham. Kevin Mirallas is the subject of a £6m bid from West Ham. And Chelsea are circling above John Stones, ready, willing and able to pay whatever it takes. The signing of Gerard Deufoleu will negate the loss of Mirallas and the addition of Tom Cleverley softens the blow if McCarthy leaves. But it is a worrying lack of progress following last season’s bottom half finish. And should crown Jewel John Stones succumb to Jose’s charms, Martinez could be left with just one senior center-back. And a back full of money has never made a tackle, won a header or kept a clean sheet…
Source: The Guardian
Jul 21 - 5:11 AM

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is braced for an improved bid from Chelsea for center-back John Stones, thought to be in the region of £26 million…

Despite insisting that John Stones is not for sale, Everton’s resolve – and their summer mantra that they are no longer a selling club – will be challenged this week when Chelsea return with an improved bid. The initial £20m was rejected flat. The reaction to an increase to £26m will be interesting. If the ‘not for sale’ message then becomes a ‘not for sale… even for £XXm’, we will know that Stones has a price and – more importantly – Chelsea will know what that price is. If that’s the case, Roberto Martinez might consider the compromise of taking Stones back on loan for the season. John Terry played every minute of every match last season and will not be ready to step aside just yet. Nor would Jose want him to. He and Gary Cahill are very much the first choice and 20-year-old Kurt Zouma has done nothing wrong in his handful (seven) of starts. Sitting on Chelsea’s bench will not do his Euro 2016 chances or his FL managers any good.
Source: The Express
Jul 20 - 6:26 AM

Jose Mourinho has reacted to criticism from Robert Martinez over Chelsea’s approach for Everton center-back John Stones…

Well, Jose wasn’t about to let it go was he? Everton boss Roberto Martinez is bound to be twitchy about the prospect of losing John Stones. Everton are down to just two senior center-backs and have been working hard to add another. In recent weeks they have been heavily linked with Crytal Palace’s Scott Dann, Manchester United’s Jonny Evans and former United skipper Nemanja Vidic. Chelsea’s initial £20m offer for Stones was rejected and Martinez insists Everton are not a ‘selling’ club. But must expect further bids following Mourniho’s comments: ‘When the transfer window is open, every club and player is open to bids. If I don’t want to accept an offer, I say "I don’t accept any offer". He can make it very easy.’ With another five weeks before the window closes, expect this one to run and run…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Jul 19 - 6:53 AM


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