Everton weekend latest: £2m World Cup star eyed by Martinez

Tim Howard USA

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

Despite England's group stage exit, there are still a number of Everton players over in Brazil taking part in the World Cup. One of those is USA goalkeeper Tim Howard, and his side take on Belgium in the last 16 on Tuesday night - where he will face up against former Toffees loan hero Romelu Lukaku. The striker has endured a tough tournament so far, but Howard says he knows what the Chelsea man can do having played alongside him throughout last season.

"People have been telling me, [but] I have not read too much of anything. I’ve seen some of the games, but Romelu was brilliant for us at Everton," said Howard. "He went through a spell at one point where he wasn’t scoring every game, and all of a sudden he caught fire again. So I wouldn’t read too much into that."

Last week, the Toffees lost Under-21 coach Alan Stubbs as the former Everton defender moved up to Scotland to take the Hibernian managers job. Former Everton boss David Moyes, who managed Stubbs during his time in charge at Goodison Park, says it's a fantastic appointment for Hibs.

"It’s a very good appointment," said Moyes. "This is a big job and one Alan will relish. He always had leadership qualities. We had some really good years together at Everton. He was good for me in and around the dressing-room and on the park and he had a fine partnership with Davie Weir."

"He played under excellent managers in Walter Smith, Martin O’Neill, Bruce Rioch and Tommy Burns. He will be able to carry those experiences into this new job," continued Moyes as he spoke to the Daily Record. "And he had the benefit of being a coach and manager at different age levels and development teams at Goodison Park. It’s not just as though he has stepped out of nowhere and into the Hibs job."

Meanwhile, current boss Roberto Martinez will no doubt be planning for next season, and having been out in Brazil for the World Cup, a number of players will have caught his eye. One of those players could be Bosnia's Muhamed Besic, who played a key role in midfield for Safet Susic's men in Group F. The Ferencvaros man could be available for just £2m, and at only 21, he has plenty of room to grow at Goodison Park.

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