Everton latest: Including Fellaini 'relief' and Gibson injury

All the major news and recent events from Goodison Park.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has revealed his relief after Marouane Fellaini’s buy-out clause expired at the club.

The Belgian international had a release clause that was live until the 31st July – which saw him linked with a move to Manchester United.

Now while the interest from United is still reportedly apparent, the club no longer have a point at which they have to sell the player.

The manager is also confident that Leighton Baines is going nowhere this summer. The England international, who put in a stellar performance for the Three Lions yesterday, has been linked with Manchester United this summer.

However Martinez says there have been no other approaches for the layer since the original bid in June – and that he does not expect any before the window shuts at the beginning of September.

The Spaniard has also been speaking about one of his new arrivals, £5 million signing from Wigan Athletic Arouna Kone.

The Ivorian was one of Martinez’s star men at the DW Stadium last season – and is therefore expected to play a big role at Goodison Park.

However, the manager claims there will be no preferential treatment on his side – as Nikica Jelavic stakes his claim for a first-team slot after an excellent pre-season for the Croatian.

Everton are joining the race for a talented Australian called Josh Brillante.

The 20-year-old midfielder currently plays for the Newcastle Jets in the A-League and has already been called up to the senior Socceroo fold.

Lazio and Schalke are also said to be keen.

Darron Gibson looks unlikely to be fit in time for the opening game of the season against Norwich City this weekend.

The Irishman picked up an injury against Real Betis in a recent friendly win and is struggling to recover in time for the fixture.

It would be a blow for Martinez, who sees Gibson as pivotal in his new formation.

Finally, and Victor Anichebe has been speaking about his excitement ahead of the new season.

The young striker had his best season yet for The Toffees in 2012-13 and is hoping to have a similar campaign under new manager Martinez next season.


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