Everton latest: £16m Italian international linked with transfer

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Spain's shock exit from the group stage of the World Cup has made many people believe that 'tiki-taka' is dead after years of success with Barcelona and Spain. There are strong influences of the philosophy in Roberto Martinez's Everton, and whilst some think that it should be abandoned, Toffees defender John Stones says the club must stick with it.

"I disagree with that. How many trophies have Barca and Spain won? They have their style and you can only try and do something similar with your team," said Stones.

"Aspects of our game we do like them, but as Everton we are unique and we've got what the gaffer has taken from the likes of Barca but with our own stamp on it.

"I'm sure Evertonians are liking how we're playing; attractive football but also getting results and that's what we need to carry on doing," added the England international.

Meanwhile, young striker Conor McAleny has agreed to sign a new deal at Goodison Park, extending his stay by three years. The 21-year-old has been out on loan at Brentford recently, but manager Martinez wants to keep the youngster around the club - and he's relishing the prospect of pushing for the first team.

"I want to get as close as I can to the first team, make some appearances and hopefully chip in with a few goals if possible," McAleny said. "Pre-season is where you can impress the manager and get off to a good start, which will always help for later on."

"I’ve been cracking on for about three weeks now and I’m feeling really fit and can’t wait to get going. Hopefully the injuries are behind me now and I can start pushing on."

Manager Martinez will now need to strengthen his squad ahead of the club's Europa League campaign, and the latest name linked with a move to Merseyside is Italian international Alessio Cerci. The Torino forward earned a call-up to Cesare Prandelli's World Cup squad, and his impressive displays in Serie A have triggered interest - with a £16m price tag reported.

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