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Atsu on verge of Everton move says Martinez

Christian Atsu to join Everton Credit: PA Images

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Chelsea winger Christian Atsu will sign for the club tomorrow.

Martinez says a deal has been agreed between the two clubs and Atsu is likely to join on a season-long loan.

The Ghana international spent last season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

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Gareth Barry completes Everton move

Everton have completed the permanent signing of Gareth Barry after the midfielder signed a three-year deal.

The 33-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park and became an integral figure for manager Roberto Martinez, making 36 appearances.

Gareth Barry and manager Roberto Martinez, attending a photocall to mark Barry's three year renewal of his contract, at Goodison Park Credit: Peter Byrne/Everton FC/Press Association Images

Barry was out of contract after his deal with Manchester City expired and had been considering a number of offers but has decided to make his stay with the Toffees a longer-term arrangement, with the contract announced on the club's website.

The former England international is Martinez's first signing of the summer as the Spaniard looks to bolster his squad with possibly six new arrivals as he prepares for the additional demands of a Europa League campaign.

Everton charity boss gets MBE in Birthday Honours

Everton in the Community Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of Everton Football Club, Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

She's being awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for “services to the Merseyside community”.

Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale

Since her appointment, the official charity of Everton Football Club has received a plethora of local, national and international awards in recognition of the life-changing work it undertakes in the community on a daily basis.

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Phil Neville: Everton already cracking under pressure

Manchester United coach Phil Neville says he feels Everton are starting to crack under the pressure of being in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

Neville will return to Goodison Park on Sunday for the first time since he left Everton to join the Man United backroom staff under David Moyes.

Phil Neville Credit: PA

After coming through the youth ranks as part of the famed 'Class of '92', Neville went on to enjoy 10 successful years on the United playing staff before he joined Everton in 2005.

Neville was captain of the Merseyside club, but there is no doubt where his true loyalties lie.

Neville believes Everton's 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace on Wednesday shows that they are struggling to cope with the demands of being touted as a serious top-four contender.

"Everton were the team that were in control of their own destiny but it's a different kind of pressure when you have to go out there and win games so Everton are under that pressure now," Neville told Football Focus.

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