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Everton confirm Walsh as new director of football

Steve Walsh has joined Everton. Credit: PA

Everton have confirmed the appointment of Steve Walsh as their new director of football.

Walsh arrives from Leicester having played a role in the club's stunning Premier League title success last season.

The 51-year-old, who has previously held positions at Bury, Chester and Chelsea, will start work at Everton immediately.

Koeman makes Stekelenburg his first Everton signing

Ronald Koeman has made Dutch compatriot Maarten Stekelenburg his first signing as Everton for an undisclosed fee.

Maarten Stekelenburg spent last season on loan at Southampton. Credit: PA

The 33-year-old former Holland international has signed a three-year contract and will be reunited with Koeman for a third time in his career after leaving Fulham.

Stekelenburg won 54 caps for Holland and played in the 2010 World Cup final against Spain.

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Everton midfielder pens contract extension

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson will stay at Goodison Park until the summer of 2018 after signing a contract extension.

The Republic of Ireland international has struggled for game time in recent seasons due to injuries problems.

Lukaku hints he will leave Everton this summer

Romelu Lukaku will no doubt be in demand across Europe. Credit: PA

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he wants to leave the club over the summer in order to further his career.

The 23-year-old Belgium frontman scored 25 goals this season for the Toffees and has been linked with a return to former club Chelsea.

"I'm at a point where I have to make a good career choice," Lukaku is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.

"We have a new investor at Everton and out of courtesy I will listen to what he has to say. But I have my own ideas in mind. I want to win titles.

"I have had a very good season, but it is time for me to write myself a CV. That is why I play football.

"I got that trophy-winning mindset from Chelsea.

"People in Belgium don't see me playing for Everton, but I am respected by fans, managers and experts like Jamie Carragher, Graeme Souness and Thierry Henry."

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New Everton manager sitting on a goldmine - Howard

Tim Howard believes Everton have a great future Credit: AP

Tim Howard believes there is a great future ahead for the Everton team he has left behind.

The American goalkeeper headed home on Monday after a decade at Goodison Park prior to joining Major League Soccer team Colorado Rapids.

Saturday's 3-0 win over Norwich was Howard's farewell game but also a glimpse of the future for Everton fans, with teenagers Kieran Dowell, Tom Davies and Jonjoe Kenny all playing the majority of the 90 minutes.

Everton are searching for a new manager to replace Roberto Martinez, who was sacked on Thursday after results failed to match the talent of the squad.

And, with the likes of Ross Barkley and John Stones now established for England as well as Everton, Howard believes the incoming boss is a lucky man.

Howard's 414th and final Everton appearance was certainly not one of his busiest, with Matt Jarvis' 65th-minute shot the only time he was really called upon to make a save. Howard was, however, pleased to keep a clean sheet on his last game.

I'll always remember that one, it was special. All good things come to an end. I know that. I think I was always dreading the day I had to leave this place because I keep saying it's my home.

The guy who comes in and manages this team is sitting on a goldmine. The future is bright. Those boys played well. I didn't have that kind of wherewithal or talent at their age so I was excited to see them play.

With the passion in this city for this club and the talent that's on display, the sky's the limit for this team.

– Tim Howard

Tim Howard pens emotional farewell letter to Everton fans

Everton keeper Tim Howard has penned an emotional farewell letter ahead of final appearance for the club. The American, 37, who joined Everton on loan from Manchester United in 2006 before signing permanently in 2007, is heading to the MLS to join Colorado Rapids this summer.

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