A 38-goal hero for Everton in the mid-1980s, Lineker admires the club's transfer policy as they're set to sign Chelsea striker.
While the transfer policies adopted by Chelsea (Filipe Luis, Francesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Didier Drogba) together with the market strategy from Arsenal (Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina) have been widely lauded, it is perhaps the window acumen of Roberto Martinez and Everton that tops the lot when it comes to Premier League activity.
To date, the Toffees have completed deals for Gareth Barry (£2 million) and Muhamed Besic (£3.5 million), who they acquired from Manchester City and Ferencvarosi, but it is arguably the four year contract agreed with Ross Barkley that trumps any Goodison Park import to date.
Widely considered one of the hottest prospects in British football, Barkley was delighted to commit himself until 2018 and cited his affection for the club and it's fanbase as obvious factors in his decision. The Englishman now earns £65,000 per week.
Goalscorer Romelu Lukaku has been added in a £23.7 million deal as earlier reported by the BBC in a deal that will pay for itself over time as the 21-year-old has, at 65 goals, already outscored Neymar, Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi when they were at the same age (54, 44 and 42 goals respectively).
Former Everton striker Gary Lineker, who returned 38 goals in 52 games from just one campaign, noted his former club's transfer planning on his official Twitter account.
Like what Everton are doing. Lukaku set to sign, Barry signed, Barkley extension and Besic is a good addition.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 30, 2014