Everton weekend latest: Goalkeeper praised as Arsenal eye Coleman

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All the latest news, views and transfer rumours from Goodison Park this weekend...

Everton fans are still reacting to the news that Roberto Martinez has signed a contract extension to stay on Merseyside, but many Toffees players are currently away on international duty at the World Cup. One of those is goalkeeper Tim Howard, who gets his World Cup campaign started tomorrow as the USA take on Ghana in Natal, in what will be Howard's 100th cap - and fellow former Everton stopper Neville Southall has praised the ex-Manchester United man.

"Tim has done brilliantly," said Southall. "He’s been a top-class goalkeeper for a number of years now. You don’t get to 100 caps if you’re an idiot – it’s a nice achievement for Tim and I’m chuffed for him to get such recognition. He’s got a really strong mentality and last season he appeared more relaxed than he’s ever been. His body language was totally different to what it had been in the past and he now seems a lot happier," he added.

Meanwhile, the Toffees will still be hoping to keep hold of loan striker Romelu Lukaku, who has returned to Chelsea after his season-long deal expired. The Belgian still looks set to leave Stamford Bridge permanently, but Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles - formerly of Atletico Madrid - admitted that the striker is interested in a move to the La Liga champions.

"He asked me about the Spanish league and what our league is like. He is very interested in other leagues, like the Italian one and ours," said Robles. "Lukaku is the sort of player Diego Simeone likes. His characteristics, desire, dedication and strength are exactly what Simeone wants."

"Apart from being physically strong he is also very technical because he is such a complete forward. If Atletico do end up signing him, he would be a great addition," he added.

Losing Lukaku was always expected, but one departure which could shock the club is that of Seamus Coleman. The Irish right back enjoyed a superb season under Martinez at Goodison Park, but those displays have triggered interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal, who need to sign a right back with Bacary Sagna set for Manchester City. Everton are unlikely to want to sell Coleman, but the Gunners seemingly have plenty of money to spend this summer.

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