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Kenwright: 'New Everton stadium funding going ahead'

Everton could move into their new stadium for the 2022/23 season. Credit: PA

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright insists the funding is going ahead for the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

The Toffees hope to be in their new home for the start of the 2022-23 season but in order to get it built they have to find £220million to add to the £280million Liverpool City Council have pledged to loan.

"Any new stadium at this moment has to be carefully planned and thought out. Look at the problems poor Daniel (Levy) is having at Tottenham. It's step-by-step," Kenwright told talkSPORT.

"The architect is working hard, the council are with us, the funding is going ahead but we're not there yet, but it's very exciting, the prospect."

Billionaire Farhad Moshiri, already the majority shareholder, increased his stake in the club to 68.6 per cent on Monday and is expected to elevate that to 77.2 per cent by July.

Kenwright said Moshiri had brought forward from May his plans for the purchase.

"I don't have to tell you the commitment he's given to Everton in terms of time and finance and he's put hundreds of millions in the club and I think there was a part of him now wanted that extra shareholding with the new stadium coming up," added Kenwright.

"I think it will help with the further finance of the club but I don't think he did it with any massive ulterior motives."

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Everton's Keane out for four weeks with fractured skull

Keane left the field on a stretcher with Oxygen at Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Everton defender Michael Keane sustained a small hairline fracture of his skull during Saturday's match at Bournemouth.

The Toffees confirmed it will be "three to four weeks before the 25-year-old is able to take part in full training again.

Keane was carried off on a stretcher in stoppage time of the 2-2 Premier League draw at the Vitality Stadium and taken to hospital following a nasty clash of heads with team-mate Idrissa Gueye.

Everton on Sunday released a statement which said he had suffered the hairline fracture but "no other complications" and "will be unable to engage in head contact for between three and four weeks, from which point he will be able to resume full training."

Keane was admitted to Poole Hospital, accompanied by club doctor Dr Aboul Shaheir, before being released on Sunday morning.

The former Burnley player, who had scored his side's second goal against the Cherries, said: "Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes and support.

"I'm okay but suffered a small hairline fracture of the skull which will heal itself and means I won't be able to have any head contact for three to four weeks.

"I will be back with my team and back on the pitch as soon as I can after that.

"I also want to say a huge thank you to the medical staff at Everton and Bournemouth as well as all those at Poole Hospital for their excellent treatment and care."

He added: "I was so happy to get my first Premier League goal for Everton.

"I'm just gutted we didn't take the three points, but we keep our unbeaten start going."

Everton's Besic returns to Middlesbrough on loan

Mo Besic returns to Middlesbrough for a second loan spell. Credit: PA

Everton midfielder Mo Besic has returned to Sky Bet Championship club Middlesbrough on a season-long loan deal, the Teessiders have announced.

The 25-year-old, who made 15 appearances during the second half of last season as Boro reached the play-off semi-finals, completed his temporary move on Thursday as manager Tony Pulis finally got his man after lengthy negotiations.

A statement published on mfc.co.uk read: "The club are delighted to confirm the signing of Bosnia international Mo Besic from Everton on a season-long loan.

"Tony Pulis has made no secret of his admiration for the player and is delighted to secure his signature for the duration of the current season."

Boro had hoped to push through a permanent transfer ahead of the August 9 deadline but, having failed in that mission, continued their pursuit amid competition from a series of rivals and have now got their reward.

Pulis had also hoped to persuade Besic's team-mate Yannick Bolasie to head for the Riverside Stadium on loan, but he now believes the 29-year-old is to join Aston Villa instead.

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