All the news and gossip from Goodison Park this week.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed the club has not received any further bids for star duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. The pair were the subject of a bid dubbed ‘insulting’ by the Everton hierarchy at the start of the week.
That bid was said to be in the region of £28 million but Martinez made it clear no follow-up had been made to the original interest.
"There's been no further approach. If someone matches the valuation then you have to make a decision but that's not been the case."
Martinez went on to join the growing list of managers who are of the belief that the transfer window should close before the start of the season.
Any loan deal for Gareth Barry could be hindered by his massive wages. The former Aston Villa man is said to be on a weekly pay-packet of £100k-a-week - much more than Everton would be able to afford.
Barry is free to leave The Etihad this summer after the arrival of Fernandinho - and with his contract expiring next summer.
Martinez believes that Ross Barkley is now ready to become a regular starter for Everton this season. Barkley scored a screamer on the opening day of the season against Norwich - continuing what was fine pre-season form from the player.
Martinez said of the 19-year-old:
“He's mature and he's desperate to keep that place. I think when you've got good competition for places in football, the mentality narrows down really quickly - all he wants to do is keep that place and keep enjoying his football. That's what I want him to do. He's been performing in that manner throughout pre-season in different spells and now he wants to make sure that continues."
A light note now, and lifelong Everton fan Billy Ingham is currently featuring in a TV advert for the Premier League.
The 86-year-old has been going to Everton games for 69 years. In an interview he said that the best player he ever saw was legendary striker Dixie Dean.
The Italian is available at Juventus and Udinese recently ruled themselves out of the running.
However, Benfica are now also readying a move for the player this summer.
Everton are said to be keeping tabs on Sebastian Pocognoli, a 26-year-old Belgian left-back. The Hannover star is suggested as a potential replacement for Baines, should the England international make the switch to Manchester United this summer.
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