Everton boss Ronald Koeman comments on transfer progress, as Pardew confirms Bolasie departure is close

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie

The attacker has been heavily linked with a move to Everton recently.

Crystal Palace's Yannick BolasieCrystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie

Everton took on Tottenham Hotspur in their opening game of the season this afternoon.

The game ended 1-1 in what was a good performance from the Toffees and it certainly gave the Dutchman something to think about with the new season now underway.

New manager Ronald Koeman poses with a Everton jersey after the press conferenceNew manager Ronald Koeman poses with a Everton jersey after the press conference

The game also saw a competitive debut for goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. The Dutch international seems to have replaced Tim Howard as the number one ‘keeper at Everton – something which has not inspired Evertonians.

However, he put in a fine display this afternoon, making some brilliant saves to keep Tottenham at bay.

Everton's Maarten Stekelenburg saves a shot from Tottenham's Vincent JanssenEverton's Maarten Stekelenburg saves a shot from Tottenham's Vincent Janssen

Speaking to the BBC after the game Koeman stated of his ‘keeper:

"One save from Maarten Stekelenburg was incredible in a key moment of the game."

He then went on discuss the club’s potential transfer incomings.

Everton have been linked heavily with Sunderland’s Lamine Kone and Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie this week and Koeman has commented on proceedings:

Sunderland's Lamine Kone scores their first goalSunderland's Lamine Kone scores their first goal

"I was focused on today's match but we are waiting for two or three new player and the board are working hard to bring them in. I don't talk about names. I hope we can sign two players next week."

It comes as Alan Pardew confirmed to the BBC that Bolasie is set to join the Merseyside club.

Everton are not the finished article under Koeman but looked brilliant at times against Spurs and with some more arrivals imminent, it looks like exciting times ahead at Goodison Park.

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