Everton stalwart: We must try and sign Chelsea, Man City stars

Tim Howard has urged the Merseyside outfit to do everything they can to land Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry this summer.

Roberto Martinez has done an excellent job in his first season as Everton manager, leading the Merseysiders to a very credible fifth-placed finish.

A consideration part in the Toffees’ success has been a number of shrewd loan signings, with Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry playing key roles for the Goodison Park club.

Tim Howard has admitted that the pair improves the collective and urged the powers that be at Everton to do all they can to make their stay at the club permanent.

“I have to imagine that we would try our best to sure up our loan signings, first and foremost, who were huge for us, Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry, but that’s the starting point. After that we still have to add players,” the American goalkeeper told The Express.

“I don’t know specific positions. The one thing I think is that we’re strong in a number of positions so anything that gets brought in or added only strengthens us.

“I wish I had that type of power that I could go in and say what I think we need but I don’t so I just have to sit back and go home and every now and again jump online and see what kind of business Everton is doing, listen to the rumours and get excited.”

Everton pushed Arsenal for fourth place but disappointing defeats at home in the final weeks of the season meant they missed out on Champions League football.

Finishing in the top four will be the club’s goal next season but another clever summer of recruitment will be needed to keep the momentum going.

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