• Besic deal all but done

    Bosnia international will make Thai trip

    Roberto Martinez has announced that Muhamed Besic will travel with the squad for the friendly in Bangkok this weekend before being presented as an Everton player next week. A deal with Hungarian side Ferencvárosi TC is virtually over the line but the Bosnia-Herzegovina international won't feature in the friendly with Leicester.

  • Martinez expects 'three or four' new signings in the coming days

    Boss still courting Romelu Lukaku

    Roberto Martinez is confident of strengthening his squad in the next few days with "three or four" new signings as his pre-season preparations get into full swing. The manager has used the last couple of weeks to assess the younger players at Everton and is now in position to bring in acquisitions to "finalise the squad" ahead of what promises to be a demanding season.

  • Tranmere friendly ends all square

    Tranmere Rovers 2 - 2 Everton

    Everton's first pre-season run-out of the summer ended in a 2-2 draw at Prenton Park as Roberto Martinez handed playing time to all of the players named in the squad. Steven Naismith and Leon Osman scored as the Blues twice took the lead but were pegged back by goals from Cole Stockton and James Rowe. There was a slight injury concern for Seamus Coleman, however, who was withdrawn as a precaution after feeling his hamstring.

  • Gibson set for long-awaited return

    Irish midfielder to take part in Tranmere friendly

    Darron Gibson is expected to mark his return to full fitness from a long lay-off with a knee injury when Everton take on Tranmere Rovers in a friendly tomorrow evening. The Irishman has been sidelined since last October after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament while on international duty and then undergoing surgery to correct the problem.

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