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July 2014

Henen poised to make Everton switch permanent

1 July
Updated David Henen has signed on as a fully-fledged Everton player after returning from the Under-21s Austria training camp. An official announcement is expected from Everton later tonight or tomorrow morning.

Besic spurred on by World Cup experience

31 July
Muhamed Besic says that his well-reviewed performances for Bosnia-Herzegovina in the World Cup this summer gave him the confidence to make the leap from the Hungarian league to the Premier League with Everton.

WIN tickets to Everton vs FC Porto

30 July
We have a pair of tickets to give away for Leon Osman's celebratory game against Portuguese giants Porto on Sunday. Enter now.

Ossie visits Claire House

30 July
Everton stalwart Leon Osman visited Claire House Children’s Hospice on Tuesday, ahead of his celebratory testimonial game.

Lukaku completes record 28m move

30 July
Everton have smashed their transfer record with the long-awaited acquisition of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea in a £28m deal. The striker, who spent last season loan at Goodison Park and scored 16 goals in all competitions, put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Finch Farm this evening before being unveiled to the media at a press conference.

EFCSA forum to focus on supporters trusts

30 July
A forum held by the Everton Shareholders’ Association on Monday, 4th August will explore how the club might benefit from a supporter’s trust.

'Muhamed Besic is the best defender Ive seen in Hungary'  [MEDIA]

30 July
That's the opinion of Tom Mortimer, creator of and "general Hungarian football expert", who analysed the 21 year-old when he was playing as centre half for Ferencvaros last season and said:
"He’s been great. Very combative, good positionally, good at bringing the ball out of defense. All round top defender. Can be a bit ill-disciplined at times, but very infrequent. Best defender I’ve possibly ever seen in Hungary, and I still can’t quite believe he’s here.”

Premier League ticket prices defy the very culture that built the game  [MEDIA]

30 July
David Conn illustrates how the costs of watching top-flight football in England continue to rise despite record television revenues for Premier League clubs.

McCarthy: I'm loving it at Everton

29 July
James McCarthy says he is looking forward to what he describes as "a big season ahead" at Everton on the back of a dream start to life at Goodison Park following his move from Wigan Athletic last summer.

Howard agrees multi-year deal with NBC Sports

29 July
NBC Sports have moved to capitalise on Tim Howard's World Cup fame by signing the Everton goalkeeper up to continue his role on the US network's on-air team covering the English Premier League.

Everton announce new Barkley contract

29 July
Everton have secured their England international midfielder Ross Barkley to a new long-term contract after he put pen to paper on a four-year extension to his existing terms. The 20 year-old's new deal, which commits his future to the Blues until 2018 was announced at a live press conference at Finch Farm this afternoon.

Everton set seal on Besic move

28 July
Everton have confirmed the acquisition of Muhamed Besic for an undisclosed fee from Ferencvaros, with the Bosnia-Herzegovina international signing a five-year contract with the club.

Martinez: We need a number nine

28 July
Roberto Martinez has identified a need for two more signings, in addition to the imminent arrival of Muhamed Besic, before the new season starts and insists that one of them must be a striker, even if it isn't the name at the top of his wish list, Romelu Lukaku. The manager brushed off suggestions based on a YouTube clip from Thailand that gained national exposure that he was confident of landing the Belgian international this summer.

Foxes edge Bangkok friendly

27 July
Everton's pre-season continued on Sunday in Thailand with a friendly against Leicester City which the newly-promoted side won by a single goal. Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored the winner in the second half after Kasper Schmeichel had kept out efforts by Luke Garbutt and Aiden McGeady in the first half.

Rhyl 0 - 1 Everton U21s

26 July
An Everton XI plus subs drawn mostly from the ranks of the Under-21s who did not travel to Thailand with the first-team squad narrowly beat Rhyl in their fourth pre-season friendly, on a goal from Kieran Dowell.

Besic, McCarthy and the endearing vanity of Martinezs central midfield fixation  [MEDIA]

26 July
Chris Smith takes a look at Roberto Martinez's new-look central midfield with the addition to McCarthy, Barry and Gibson of Muhamed Besic

Get into the full swing and support Everton In The Community

26 July
Everton in the Community is looking for 20 teams to join a group of first team players and Everton Legends including Graeme Sharp and Ian Snodin.

Osman optimistic on new signings

25 July
With Muhamed Besic set to be confirmed as Roberto Martinez's second signing of the summer, Leon Osman is hoping that Everton will be able to field some more new faces for his testimonial against FC Porto a week on Sunday.

Tim Howard: I bleed Blue

25 July
Tim Howard has restated his commitment to finishing his career with Everton, saying that he doesn't see himself playing in the MLS back in the United States before be retires.

Millwall sign free agent Gueye  [MEDIA]

25 July
Magaye Gueye has signed for Championship Millwall after being released from his contract a year early by Everton this summer. The French winger has been on trial with the London club this month and did enough to earn a deal at the New Den.

Everton unveil black away kit

25 July
Everton have revealed their away strip for the 2014-15 season, unveiling an all-black kit with white logos and a striking purple goalkeeper's jersey. The players will wear the new change colours for the first time on Sunday in the friendly against Leicester City in Bangkok.

Besic deal all but done

24 July
Roberto Martinez has announced that Muhamed Besic will travel with the squad for the friendly in Bangkok this weekend before being presented as an Everton player next week. A deal with Hungarian side Ferencvárosi TC is virtually over the line but the Bosnia-Herzegovina international won't feature in the friendly with Leicester.

U18s draw with Leeds United

24 July
Everton Under-18s completed 2-2 draw in a pre-season match at Leeds United on Thursday afternoon. Goals from Calum Dyson and Nathan Holland tied the game for Everton after the Blues fell behind twice.

Martinez expects 'three or four' new signings in the coming days

24 July
Roberto Martinez is confident of strengthening his squad in the next few days with "three or four" new signings as his pre-season preparations get into full swing. The manager has used the last couple of weeks to assess the younger players at Everton and is now in position to bring in acquisitions to "finalise the squad" ahead of what promises to be a demanding season.

Besic flies in as transfer saga nears conclusion

23 July
Hopes that Muhamed Besic may finally be confirmed as an Everton player this week were given a lift by the news that the Bosnia-Herzegovina international is on Merseyside to finalise his move.

U21s beat Wrexham in friendly

23 July
Everton's U21s were in action this evening, running out 4-1 winners thanks to goals a first-half equaliser by Duffus and further goals by Dowell, Dyson and Pennington in the second period.

Coleman won't be risked in Thailand

23 July
Seamus Coleman won't make the trip to Bangkok for Sunday's friendly against Leicester City, with Roberto Martinez preferring to keep the Irishman back to further assess his fitness.

Away kit to be revealed on Friday

23 July
Everton will unveil the 2014-15 away kit this Friday after revealing a teaser graphic featuring black fabric.

Ledson among Mail's 20 Academy stars set for a breakthrough season  [MEDIA]

23 July
Everton's Ryan Ledson makes the list of young players who Daily Mail writer Sam Cunningham feels are on the verge of breaking through in the Premier League.

Tranmere friendly ends all square

22 July
Everton's first pre-season run-out of the summer ended in a 2-2 draw at Prenton Park as Roberto Martinez handed playing time to all of the players named in the squad. Steven Naismith and Leon Osman scored as the Blues twice took the lead but were pegged back by goals from Cole Stockton and James Rowe. There was a slight injury concern for Seamus Coleman, however, who was withdrawn as a precaution after feeling his hamstring.

Blues set to land young Belgian striker

22 July
Update Everton are set to sign David Henen, an 18-year-old striker from Anderlecht, with Roberto Martinez confirming that a deal, thought to be around £1.5m, is close to completion.

Gibson set for long-awaited return

21 July
Darron Gibson is expected to mark his return to full fitness from a long lay-off with a knee injury when Everton take on Tranmere Rovers in a friendly tomorrow evening. The Irishman has been sidelined since last October after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament while on international duty and then undergoing surgery to correct the problem.

Complications hold up Besic deal

19 July
Everton are having to be patient in their quest to finalise the signing of Muhamed Basic with the deal apparently complicated by work permit issues and a sell-on fee due to the midfielder's first club, Tennis Berlin.

Everton U18s 1 - 1 Crewe U18s

19 July
Everton Under-18s continued their unbeaten pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw in a close affair against Crewe Alexandra.

Southport 2 - 1 Everton XI

19 July
An Everton XI made up of players from the Under-21 squad, plus a raft of subs played Southport today, but lost the game 2-1 after Courtney Duffus equalized in the second half.

Preston NE U18s 3 - 6 Everton U18s

17 July
Everton Under-18s maintained their high pre-seson goalscoring rate by beating Preston North End U-18s 6-3 on Thursday afternoon, two days after defeating Bury 6-1.

Under-18s knock Bury for Six!

15 July
Everton Under-18s began their pre-season schedule in fine style at Finch Farm, with a thumping 6-1 defeat of Bury U-18s. Goals from Calum Dyson (pen), Nathan Holland, Charley Edge, George Newell, and Delial Brewster (2).

Martinez targeting four more players

18 July
Roberto Martinez says that he is looking to bring in three attacking players and one midfielder before the transfer window closes as he and his staff work on transfer targets defined since January. The Catalan restated his intention to use the loan market again while also pointing out the potential strength in depth from young players at the club who may be ready to step up to the first team.

Everton to play Celta Vigo at Prenton Park

18 July
Everton have added another game to their pre-season schedule: they will face Celta Vigo of La Liga at Prenton Park on 6 August (Kick-off: 7:45pm). Along with the friendlies against Tranmere, Leicester City and SC Paderborn, the match will be streamed live on evertontv.

Seven young players sign pro contracts

18 July
Seven members of Everton's Academy Under-18 League-winning side of last season have signed their first professional contracts with the club.

Young Irish striker joins Everton U21s

18 July
Everton have picked up 18 year-old Irish striker Sam Byrne on a free transfer after he was released by Manchester United this summer.

Agent: Ba had agreed terms with Everton

17 July
Football agent, Ahmet Bulut, has claimed that Demba Ba came very close to signing for Everton this week but was persuaded to join Besiktas in Turkey where he is expected to pen to paper on an £8m deal this Friday.

Tim Cahill voted best player in MLS  [MEDIA]

When he left Everton, I think many of us thought that Tim was being "put out to pasture" to retire quietly in the MLS. His performances over the last year for NY Red Bulls and Socceroos have clearly shown that he is still a great player with a fantastic attitude.

To cap it off he has won MLS Player of the Year.

First two home games get high-profile TV slot in US

17 July
Everton's first two home games of the new season against Arsenal and Chelsea will both be screened live on NBC's main channel in the United States, giving American audiences the chance to see World Cup hero Tim Howard in action in the Premier League.

Everton line up friendly against Bundesliga newcomers

17 July
Everton will travel to Germany on 9th August for a pre-season friendly against SC Paderborn who have just been promoted to the Bundesliga.

WIN the new home jersey

17 July
Everton’s new home kit is now on sale, available to buy at Everton One, Everton Two and online at and we have one 2014-15 home shirt to give away to the winner of our latest competition. Enter here

Vellios links up with Radzinski in Belgium  [MEDIA]

17 July
Apostolos Vellios, the Greek striker released by Everton at the end of last season, has signed for Belgian second-tier side Lierse where another ex-Blue, Tomasz Radzinski is technical director.

Junior loan extended another month

15 July
Francisco Junior's loan with Norwegian side Stromsgodet has been extended until mid-August.

Long hoping to catch Martinez's eye

15 July
Academy striker Chris Long is one of the players who has joined the first-team at Everton's pre-season training camp in Austria and he is hopeful of breaking into the senior squad and landing a long-term deal.

Everton legends in store

15 July
Evertonians will be able to meet a trio of legends at Everton One on Thursday (17 July) to celebrate the launch of the 2014/15 home kit.

Young Blues can have their say

15 July
Young Evertonians can apply to join the Junior Fans’ Forum from today.

Fan sites set to do battle for charity

15 July has arranged the first Independent Everton Website five-a-side tournament in support of Everton In The Community.

Ex-Blue Jutkiewicz returns to the Premier League  [MEDIA]

15 July
Former Everton second-string striker Lukas Jutkiewicz has sealed a return to the top flight after signing for newly-promoted Burnley from Middlesbrough.

The Southampton-born player made one senior appearance under David Moyes before being farmed out on loan to Plymouth Argyle, Middlesbrough and Motherwell and then released.

He then played two seasons with Coventry City, scoring 18 times in 67 appearances before moving on to Boro where made made another 64 appearances with 11 goals. His time in the northeast also included a loan spell at Bolton last season.

World Cup Winner talks about Everton

15 July
Shkodran Mustafi has become a World Cup winner just two years after he asked David Moyes for a free transfer out of Goodison Park because of a lack of first-team opportunities.

Royle back at Everton

14 July
Everton have announced that Joe Royle has returned to the club in a developmental role just weeks after accepting a football consulting position at Norwich City. The Goodison legend and former manager held talks with Everton at the end last season about joining Roberto Martinez's backroom staff but elected to link up with Neil Adams at Carrow Road instead. Now, however, the 65-year-old is back with the Blues.

2014-15 fixture changes announced

14 July
A number of Everton's matches between August and December have been rescheduled for live television broadcast or the club's involvement in the Europa League this coming season.

George Green may need loan spell

14 July
George Green says that going out on loan is an option for him as he continues his development towards breaking into the Everton first team.

Martinez earns plaudits for work on ESPN  [MEDIA]

14 July
Christopher Harris at has highlighted Roberto Martinez as one of the "highs" of ESPN's coverage in the United States of the 2014 World Cup:
The fact that ESPN continues to be able to secure the talent of Roberto Martinez with each major tournament is a huge coup for the American broadcaster.

Martinez is a perfectionist in everything he does. He’s an excellent communicator. He almost always adds observations and pieces of wisdom that are enlightening. And his calmness and effervescent personality in front of the TV camera is a joy to watch.

Young players set to step up

12 July
Roberto Martinez says a new raft of young players will get their chance at Everton this season. Martinez says there's more to come off the Goodison Park production line, with pre-season likely to offer up plenty of opportunities to impress.

Audio: Osman discusses his Blues career and testimonial

11 July
Representatives from the Everton fan sites got the opportunity to interview Leon Osman about his career with the Blues and his upcoming testimonial against FC Porto.

Elche chief denies Sanchez deal

11 July
The president of Elche CF, José Sepulcre Coves, has quashed reports in the Spanish press that a deal has been agreed with Everton for Colombian international, Carlos Sanchez.

Osman testimonial tickets on sale Monday

11 July
Tickets for Everton's friendly with FC Porto next month that will mark Leon Osman's testimonial go on general sale on Monday, the club have announced.

Oviedo targets September return

11 July
Roberto Martinez says that Everton expect Bryan Oviedo to be fit enough to return to first-team action in late September as he continues his recovery from a double leg fracture sustained in January.

Talks on-going over Traore

11 July
Roberto Martinez has re-stated his desire to bring striker Lacina Traore back on loan this coming season after his first spell was wrecked by injury but says that no deal is yet in place with Monaco. The manager also spoke about the Romelu Lukaku situation, suggesting that while there is no news regarding the Belgian international, he expects that resolution of his future "won't be too long" in coming.

Reports: Blues close in on Besic

10 July
Updated Everton are close to signing Bosnia-Herzegovina international Muhamed Bešić according to the latest reports.

New safety recommendations for derby matches

10 July
New safety procedures for crowd control at Merseyside derby matches are being proposed following complaints by Everton fans of a crush outside Anfield last January.

Blues fans get the Fabric first

9 July
A group of loyal Evertonians became the first people to own the 2014-15 home shirt on Thursday when they were taken on a Finch Farm tour by two Blues legends.

Everton clinch Gareth Barry on permanent deal

8 July
Everton have announced that Gareth Barry has signed for the club on a permanent basis. The 33 year-old put pen to paper on a three-year contract which apparently triggers a £1m payment to Manchester City under the terms of the loan deal that originally brought him to Goodison Park last September.

Charity independent website five-a-side tournament

8 July
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, members of Everton fan site NSNO are organising the first Independent Everton Website five-a-side tournament in aid of EitC. We at ToffeeWeb are hoping to field a team so if you're interested in playing, let us know.

EFCSA forum to include Trust Everton and Andy Burnham MP

8 July
Everton Shareholders Association have announced details of the latest in a series of forums they are hosting which will take place on August 4th and will feature MP Andy Burnham, Trust Everton's Tony I'Anson and Kevin Rye of Supporters Direct as speakers.

Bryan Oviedo posts Instagram update

8 July
Bryan Oviedo has posted a photograph on Instagram that should reassure Everton supporters he is nearing a return to first-team training.

Martinez: World Cups set the trend  [MEDIA]

7 July
Roberto Martinez sat down with Evertonian Martin O'Boyle in Rio de Janeiro to discuss the World Cup in Brazil which the Blues boss feels has been the best in his lifetime.

Lukaku to consider his options

7 July
Romelu Lukaku says that he will use the time off he has planned with his family to decide on his future following Belgium's exit from the World Cup. The 21 year-old says that although he hasn't had any discussions with Chelsea, his decision will depend on what is the best him. It is generally believed, though, that his future lies away from Stamford Bridge following the arrival there of marquee signing, Diego Costa.

Martinez heading back this week

6 July
Roberto Martinez is keen to get back to work with Everton youngsters Ross Barkley and John Stones after their experiences with England this summer.

Mirallas can't do it for Belgium

5 July
Kevin Mirallas was chosen by Marc Wilmots to start Belgium's crucial quarterfinal game against Argentina in Estadio Nacional, Brasilia but the Everton man was unable to inspire the Red Devils to a goal that would have cancelled out Higuain's early strike. Romelu Lukaku came off the bench again as a frustrated Mirallas was withdrawn on the hour but the South Americans held out to set up a semi-final date with the Netherlands.

New club crest makes its debut

4 July
Everton have begun using their new crest, which was voted for by supporters from a selection of three 'finalists' after a huge backlash over the new badge the club used last season.

Leon Osman back in early for training

4 July
Leon Osman knows a gruelling pre-season programme is essential if he is to play a major role for Everton FC this term. The 33-year-old midfielder featured in all 38 Premier League games for the Blues in the last campaign and has kick-started his fitness regime early.

Tim Cahill enters realm of legend  [MEDIA]

2 July
Michael Lynch of the Melbourne Age in Australia lauds the singular talents of Socceroos and ex-Everton Talisman, Tim Cahill.

World Cup record is scant consolation for heartbroken Howard

2 July
Tim Howard may have become an overnight hero in the United States, earning the nickname The Human Wall and spawning a Twitter meme under the hashtag #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave, after his heroic effort between the posts last night but Everton's number 1 described the plaudits as "bittersweet" following the Americans' exit from the World Cup at the hands of Belgium.

New two-year deal for Hibbert

1 July
Tony Hibbert is the latest player to extend his stay at Everton with the veteran full-back putting pen to paper on a two-year contract.

Howard heroic in US defeat

1 July
Tim Howard came up with a superhuman goalkeeping performance for the USA, making the most saves in recorded World Cup history, but he couldn't prevent his team-mate from last season, Romelu Lukaku, from sending Belgium through in a dramatic match in Salvador. Howard made crucial saves to send a goalless match into extra time but he was powerless when Kevin de Bruyne slotted home to make it 1-0 and substitute Lukaku lashed home a second. Julian Green gave the Americans hope in the 107th minute when he volleyed home but Belgium held out.

McAleny signs new three-year contract

1 July
Striking prospect Conor McAleny has committed to Everton until 2017 by signing a new deal with the club. The 21-year-old's existing deal was up this summer and he was reportedly being eyed by Brentford and Wigan Athletic.

World Cup 2014

8 July
Our general forum, The Game, continues with threads devoted to the final stages of a riveting World Cup in Brazil.

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