Barry talks with Everton to continue

Everton are expected to hold further talks with midfielder Gareth Barry this week over a permanent deal at Goodison Park.

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Everton's Europa League Fixtures

Everton face a tough test in Group H of the Europa League.

They've been drawn with French side Lille, Germany's Wolfsburg and Russian club Krasnodar.

Here's when they'll play,

Everton v Wolfsburg, Thursday 18 September, 8.05pm

FC Krasnodar v Everton, Thursday 2 October, 5pm

Lille v Everton, Thursday 23 October, 6pm

Everton v Lille, Thursday 6 November, 8.05pm

Wolfsburg v Everton, Thursday 27 November, 6pm

Everton v FC Krasnodar, Thursday 11 December, 8.05pm

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Everton complete signing of Eto'o

Everton Football Club has completed the signing of Cameroon international and three times Champions League winner Samuel Eto'o. The striker has signed a two-year deal at Goodison Park following last season's spell at Chelsea.

Samuel Eto'o with Roberto Martinez
Samuel Eto'o with Everton manager, Roberto Martinez Credit: pa

“I met him and we had a very good chat about football in general and I was impressed about the hunger he still has. For someone who has achieved nearly everything, he still has the desire he had at 15 when he went to Spain and showed what he could do. For many reasons he has got a point to prove. We are very excited and I think Everton is the perfect home for him."

– Roberto Martinez, Everton manager

Everton complete Atsu signing

Everton have completed the signing of winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The Ghana international, 22, passed a medical on Wednesday and, having secured a work permit, will now be available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League opener at Leicester City.

Atsu becomes the fourth summer addition at Goodison Park following the arrivals of Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic and Romelu Lukaku.

"I'm very happy to be joining Everton because it's a great club, which likes to play football, and it's a great pleasure to be here.

"Playing in the Premier League has always been a dream for me and I have achieved that dream."

– Christian Atsu, speaking to Everton TV

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Everton closing in on club record swoop for Lukaku

Everton appear to be closing in on a club-record transfer for striker Romelu Lukaku.

Reports in the Belgium international's homeland suggest a five-year contract has been agreed.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park from Chelsea and was the Toffees' leading scorer with 16 goals in 33 appearances, helping the club finish fifth.

Manager Roberto Martinez made Lukaku one of his primary summer targets but the player's involvement in the World Cup and extensive negotiations with Chelsea have taken time.

The striker tweeted a picture of himself on a plane with the message "Time to write a new chapter.....", although whether the inclusion of a partially-obscured exit sign behind the player's head was intentional or accidental is open to debate.

Lukaku's Belgian team-mate Marouane Fellaini, who coincidentally is currently Everton's club-record signing after a £15 million fee was paid to Standard Liege back in 2008, added further support to reports.

The Manchester United midfielder's post on Instagram said "CONGRATULATIONS to my man @romelu--lukaku17 on signing for @officialeverton !! Big future ahead" and also featured Lukaku's plane picture alongside an Everton badge and a shot of the pair in battle against each other in the Premier League last season.

Tony Hibbert hoping for bigger role at Everton

Tony Hibbert at Everton Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Everton defender Tony Hibbert is optimistic about his potential playing time next season after signing a new contract with the club.

The 33-year-old Toffees youth academy product has made only 10 appearances in all competitions over the past two campaigns, with injuries and the form of fellow right-back Seamus Coleman both contributing to his time out of the side.

Hibbert - confirmed on Tuesday to have put pen to paper on a new two-year deal - says he is now "fit and ready to go", though.

And he hopes the greater number of fixtures Everton have next term due to their Europa League involvement will work in his favour in terms of getting first-team action.

"I picked up a few injuries (last season) but I'm fit and I'm ready to go," Hibbert told evertontv.

"Because of the amount of games that we are playing and the way the manager (Roberto Martinez) likes to keep people fresh, he might introduce players who haven't played the week before.

"The games will come thick and fast, so it is very important to have a good, strong squad."

Regarding Everton's official player of the season Coleman, Hibbert added: "Seamus has been unbelievable and deserves his place for the way he is playing.

"It's one of them where we need players in the squad that will keep fighting for each other and pushing each other for places."

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