Everton latest: Lukaku permanent deal eyed as Martinez looks to Europa League

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be busy planning for the summer transfer window as he looks to boost his squad for next season, where the Toffees will be competing in both the Premier League and the Europa League. The former Wigan boss says that he knows what to expect from the Europa League campaign, and that his squad will be ready for the competition.

"I think we are ready for it," Martinez said. "I am aware of the demands and I think it's important that we are aware, but that's what we wanted. We do want to put ourselves under massive pressure in terms of performing week in week out in every competition that we are involved in. We need to build on [last season] and the best possible way is pushing ourselves even further, and to do that you need the European challenge."

Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley started his first game for England in Wednesday night's 2-2 draw with Ecuador, and whilst he impressed with his direct running and his assist for Rickie Lambert's goal, manager Roy Hodgson was preached caution over the 20-year-old by suggesting that he still has a lot to learn despite the press lauding the midfielder.

"He lost the ball an awful lot of times as well. If he’s going to be the player we want him to be, he has to make better decisions of when he turns with the ball. I think Ross had some good moments. I think he needs to learn when he can turn with the ball and when he has to keep the ball. But that’s quite normal for a player of his age," said Hodgson.

"He’ll be quite happy to have played so long on his first start. That’s not a criticism, but there were other performances out there today who merited your ‘obsession’ more than Ross Barkley’s," he added.

On the transfer front, there is still hope for Toffees fans that Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will return to the club. The Belgian striker enjoyed a superb season-long loan spell on Merseyside but has now returned to the West London club - who may choose to sell him. As a result, it's reported that Everton will vie with Tottenham and Valencia for his signature this summer.

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