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Martinez allays fears over Lukaku injury

Lukaku had to come off against Dundee. Credit: PA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has played down any injury concerns over Romelu Lukaku after the striker came off early in their latest pre-season friendly.

The Belgium international managed 32 minutes in the 2-0 win over Dundee before coming off, appearing to hold his hamstring.

However, Martinez insists the 22-year-old's withdrawal was just precautionary.

"Rom has obviously been playing a lot of minutes and it was important for him to get some sort of action," he told evertontv.

"After the first 25 minutes, he was feeling his legs were a little bit too heavy and we didn't want to take any risks.

"It's not a problem at all. I think he got a lot of good work between the two games we've had up here, plus the games we had in Singapore.

"Now we have got a little period before the weekend to make sure he is ready and refreshed."


Mourinho admits Chelsea made offer for Stones

John Stones is wanted by Chelsea. Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted his club have made a bid for John Stones and says any deal for the defender is in Everton's hands.

The Toffees are believed to have rejected a bid of around £20million for the 21-year-old, who played in Everton's 3-1 Barclays Asia Trophy final defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

Mourinho told Sky Sports News: "We made a bid because we like the player, we don't make bids for players we don't like - but I respect Everton. It's up to them - everything is in their hands.

"I don't speak about him (Stones) because he's not my player. We've made the bid and the bid is there. Everton have the power to accept or refuse the bid.

"This is a problem between John Stones and Everton.

"When the transfer window is open, every club and player is open to bids.

"Bids come for our players and we make bids for other players. The process can be so simple.

"I would advise Roberto Martinez to do the same thing I do. If I don't want to accept any offer, I say 'I don't accept any offer'. He can make it very, very easy.

Everton boss denies move for Man United defender

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has brushed off suggestions the Merseysiders are on the brink of signing Jonny Evans from Manchester United.

Reports emerged on Wednesday that the 27-year-old Northern Ireland international was close to joining the Toffees, who are short of central defenders after releasing Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz at the end of last season.

Jonny Evans isn't on his way to Goodison. Credit: PA

Addressing the speculation at a press conference in Singapore, where Everton are currently on a pre-season tour, the Spaniard said: "It's not true, there's nothing (in that).

"I always said I'm not going to be commenting publicly on any of the names that have been shared around but I can tell you clearly that there is nothing true in that story."

Everton enter race for Newcastle target Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum could be off to the Premier League. Credit: PA

Newcastle United face competition from Premier League rivals for the signing of PSV midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Magpies looked favourites to sign the Dutch international, having been engaged in weeks of talks with his current club, but managing director Lee Charnley has thus far failed to agree terms with the player or PSV,

Everton would want Wijnaldum as a potential replacement for James McCarthy who is wanted by Spurs.

Distin leaves Everton for Bournemouth

Sylvain Distin is off to Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Premier League new boys Bournemouth have signed experienced French defender Sylvain Distin on a free transfer.

The centre-back's contract at Goodison Park had expired following six years on Merseyside.

I see Sylvain playing a similar role to the one Ian Harte played.

Off the pitch, he is someone the younger players can turn to in times when they need to speak to someone who has seen it and done it.

Ian was invaluable to us in that respect last season and the season before when he had experience in the Championship and no one else had.

Sylvain now takes on that role and on the pitch I still think he has a huge amount to offer.

He still has his athleticism and is technically very good. We are very pleased to have him.

– Eddie Howe


Everton confirm return of Barcelona winger

Gerard Deulofeu is on his way back. Credit: PA

Everton have re-signed winger Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, the Premier League have confirmed.

The Spaniard spent the 2013-14 season at Goodison Park, but will now join the club permanently from July 1 in a deal worth €6million.

Royle gets Everton youngster to join Oldham

George Green has moved to Boundary Park. Credit: PA

George Green has admitted the words of former Everton and Oldham boss Joe Royle encouraged him to move to Boundary Park following his released by the Premier League club.

Royle heavily influenced Green's decision due to his history with the League One club, who he managed in the Premier League.

I play as a number 10 in the hole and I can bring creativity to the squad.

I make chances for the strikers and want to pitch in with a few goals as well to help the club achieve promotion next season.

Joe Royle at Everton pushed me towards Oldham because of his relationship with the club and I managed to get the move and I'm delighted to be here.

The gaffer has got a good footballing philosophy and he conducts himself very well so I can't wait to work under him.

– George Green

Jagielka pens new one-year deal at Everton

Jagielka is staying at Everton. Credit: PA

England defender Phil Jagielka has signed a one-year contract extension with Everton, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Toffees captain Jagielka, who has won 36 caps for England, will now remain at Goodison Park until the summer of 2018.

"It's always nice to feel wanted," Jagielka told evertontv.

"Being rewarded with the extra year gives me that motivation to keep striving to get better and to keep going for as long as possible.

"It wasn't the longest negotiations ever - it only took a couple of minutes rather than hours.

"I love it here, I want to stay here and thankfully enough the club felt the same.

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