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August 2014

Everton land Funes and Lennon

31 August
Everton have completed the signing of Ramiro Funes Mori in a £9.5m deal from River Plate while Aaron Lennon's £4.5m transfer from Spurs is done after he underwent a medical and the club submitted the deal sheet just before the 6pm deadline. An £8m bid from Norwich for Steven Naismith was rejected, meanwhile.

Reports: Funes gets green light to sign for Everton

31 August
Ramiro Funes Mori will finally be unveiled as an Everton player tomorrow according to reports claiming his work permit has been authorised.

Galloway withdraws from England U21s

31 August
As expected, Brendan Galloway has been forced to pull out of the England Under-21s squad to face the USA and Norway with a knee injury.

Martinez: Stones's response to transfer saga demonstrates captain potential

31 August
Roberto Martinez is impressed with the way in which John Stones has handled the pressure and scrutiny around Chelsea's pursuit of him and the request for a transfer that his manager doesn't feel was his true intention.

Martinez hopeful over Cleverley injury

29 August
updated The Everton manager was more upbeat about the midfielder's prospects than early indications from Sky after he was stretchered off the field during today's goalless draw with Tottenham.

Determined defending earns a point

29 August
Everton started strongly but seemed to lose confidence visibly and failed to threaten, with Cleverley getting crunched and stretchered off just before the break. Second half was a rare old tussle that Spurs edged but Everton held fast to claim a point.

Stones saga: Martinez proves when a club say a player is not for sale, they can really mean it  [MEDIA]

28 August
Chris Bascombe writes that the Everton manager has offered a timely reminder to all clubs with players on long contracts that when they insist an asset is not for sale, it can be genuine

Scheduling of Reading tie confirmed

28 August
Everton's Capital One Cup third round tie against Reading has been set for 8pm on 22nd September.

Everton confirm deal for Rodriguez

28 August
Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez has completed his move to Everton from River Plate Montevideo, the club have announced.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton

28 August
With the John Stones transfer saga put to bed – albeit with inactivity on the incoming-transfer front causing uneasiness among supporters – Everton travel to Tottenham for the late afternoon televised kick-off tomorrow hoping for a rare win in N17.

Everton formally reject Stones's transfer request

27 August
Club Chairman Bill Kenwright has issued a statement making it official that Everton have turned down the defender's request to leave.

Boss praises outstanding Deulofeu

27 August
Roberto Martinez hailed the impact of super-sub Gerard Deulofeu following the crucial role he played in dragging Everton back into the tie and eventually beating Barnsley in extra time.

Martinez: Money can't buy everything

26 August
Roberto Martinez was sticking to his guns after the final whistle of this evening's roller-coaster cup tie in Barnsley insisting that John Stones remains part of Everton's future.

Deulofeu-inspired Everton avert disaster at Oakwell

26 August
Everton came back from 2-0 down to win for the first time since that game against Wimbledon 21 years ago, eventually overcoming a spirited Barnsley thanks to three assists by Gerard Deulofeu and two decisive goals in extra time.

Barnsley vs Everton

26 August
With the John Stones saga taking a dramatic turn, the Toffees travel to, of all places, Barnsley to kick off their League Cup campaign, one that Evertonians hope will finally see the club lift the one major domestic trophy that has eluded them.

Nothing but the best will do. But can Everton really do better?  [MEDIA]

26 August
Journalist Matt Scott offers another seemingly neutral opinion on Everton's place in the Premier League and concludes that the club is doing fine "muddling through" with Bill Kenwright at the helm.

Everton will face Reading in League Cup third round

25 August
Everton will face Reading away in the third round of the Capital One Cup if they overcome Barnsley tomorrow night

Oviedo ready to start against Barnsley

25 August
Bryan Oviedo will be handed his first competitive start since the Europa League win against Young Boys in Bern after gaining full fitness following a foot fracture.

Galloway earns England U21s call-up

25 August
Brendan Galloway has provisionally been called up to the England Uunder-21s squad following his impressive recent performances in Everton's first team.

Stones submits transfer request

25 August
Everton's transfer strategy for the final week of the transfer window has potentially been thrown into turmoil by John Stones's decision to submit a transfer request in order to force through a move before next Tuesday's deadline.

Martinez hopes to land South American duo

25 August
Roberto Martinez has confirmed that he is looking to acquire striker Leandro Rodriguez from River Plate Montevideo and, like the situation with defender Ramiro Funes Mori, he hopes to have a deal concluded for him before the weekend.

Martinez faces the sack at Everton if he can't make transfer system work  [MEDIA]

25 August
In a somewhat disjointed piece, Paul Joyce pulls no punches in asserting that "Everton's biggest problem over the past year has arguably been the manager," where he seems to suggest that Martinez's insistence on not selling the Blues' crown jewels has become a problem.

Everton face 'enormous challenge' of making new stadium plan financially viable  [MEDIA]

25 August
In one of two articles taking a deeper look at the situation at Everton, Paul Joyce suggests that with redeveloping Goodison Park off the table, a solution to the club's stadium issue remains a long way off.

U21s held by Leicester

24 August
Everton Under-21s drew 1-1 with Leicester City Under-21s as Elder's late equaliser cancelled out Conor Grant's first-half strike.

Everton hopeful over work permit for Funes Mori

24 August
The club are banking on the Argentine defender qualifying as an "exceptional talent" after Funes Mori's application for an EU passport was rejected.

Everton fans challenged Changy!

24 
Over 250 Evertonians donned their blue shirts and took to the streets of Liverpool on Saturday (22nd August) to take on Changy’s Challenge for the chance to win some brilliant Everton prizes.

Martinez aims to keep Stones and add three more

23 August
Roberto Martinez says he expects to conclude two signings in the coming days as Everton's resolve to keep John Stones at Everton holds firm.

Galloway injury likely to leave Everton short at left back

23 August
Roberto Martinez says that the club will assess Brendan Galloway's knee over the next 24 to 48 hours after the 19-year-old was forced off in the first half of today's defeat to Manchester City.

City prove too much for Martinez's Everton

23 August
Manchester City kept up their 100% start to the new season with a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park thanks to second-half goals by Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri. Romelu Lukaku clipped the bar with a free kick and Gareth Barry's header was cleared away from the line but it was a game of few chances for the Blues.

If Everton are still a big club they CANNOT sell John Stones to Chelsea  [MEDIA]

23 August
Andy Dunn takes a different tack on the Stones saga, bucking the trend of most other pundits and making the case that, if Everton are still a big club, they CANNOT sell John Stones to Chelsea.

Yarmolenko set to stay put

25 August
Updated Everton are turning their attentions away from Andriy Yarmolenko following the failure thus far to get a deal with Dynamo Kiev for the winger over the line.

We can't be like spoilt kids at Everton and not take criticism  [MEDIA]

23 August
Seamus Coleman is featured in this Daily Mail article ahead of Sunday afternoon's clash with Man City, where he will likely be marking Raheem Sterling.

U18s beat Sunderland 4 - 2

22 August
Everton Under-18s made it two wins from two as they ran out 4-2 winners at Sunderland with goals from Nathan Broadhead (2), Nathan Holland & Delial Brewster.

Lukaku's latest soundbytes are music to Everton ears

22 August
The Belgian striker has publicly urged John Stones to ignore any lure from Chelsea and stick with a club that has "massive potential" while also vowing to dominate Manchester City's defenders in tomorrow's big match.

Everton vs Manchester City

22 August
Everton are back at Goodison Park and under the glare of the live TV cameras again for the visit of Manchester City and a match that has taken on an entirely different complexion from the Blue point of view in the wake of last weekend's stunning 3-0 win at Southampton.

Everton's 'family' feud over lack of funding in transfers and Goodison Park  [MEDIA]

21 August
Among a now steady stream of articles on Everton in the National Press, this one by Simon Hart in The Independent avoids the sycophantic adulation of Bill Kenwright and includes quotes from Joe Beardwood, Colin Fitzpatrick, Michael Dunford, and Barry Horne.

Everton close to securing Funes Mori

21 August
updated The River Plate defender is in Liverpool and the Blues hope to finalise the £5.5m transfer within the next 24 hours.

Martinez rejects notion that Stones has requested a move

21 August
Roberto Martinez says he is unaware of any decision on the part of defender John Stones to hand in a transfer request in the face of three rejected bids for his services from Chelsea.

Everton to build a 'golden generation'  [MEDIA]

20 August
This article in the Daily Mail claims the Toffees have a clear plan for success and attempts to address all the concerns raised by a 'minority' of protesters who have called the regime of Kenwright & Co to task for presiding over a long slow slide into Premier League mediocrity.

Everton FC fans deserve answers from a board whose silence is creating unrest and division  [MEDIA]

20 August
With its now divorced sister paper, the Echo, not yet willing to fully grasp the nettle, the Daily Post has taken on the issue of unrest among the Everton fans with this article by Gary Porter.

Yarmolenko talks ongoing

20 August
updated Everton are in discussions with Dynamo Kiev regarding a proposed deal for Andriy Yarmolenko and have agreed a fee according to reports.

U21s' sensational comeback in mini-derby

19 August
Everton Under-21s came back from 3-0 down against Liverpool to draw 3-3 this evening in Southport thanks to goals by Joe Williams, Conor McAleny and Tom Davies.

O'Neill expresses frustration over McGeady's fitness

19 August
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill remains unsure if he will have Everton winger Aiden McGeady available for next month’s European Championship qualifiers due to a long-standing hamstring problem.

Reports claim fee agreed for Funes Mori

18 August
Everton have agreed a fee of around £5m for Argentine defender Ramiro Funes Mori according to a number of sources.

Reports: Gibson charged for drink-driving

18 August
Darron Gibson is scheduled to appear in a Magistrate's court on 1st September in connection with a drink-driving incident on 16th August, according to reports.

Myths and legends A look at Everton, Bill Kenwright and the fans who want him out  [MEDIA]

18 August
Some Evertonians say the flying banner at Southampton was to garner national media attention to Everton's 'plight' under the custodianship of Bill Kenwright & Co. However, this article by Paul Brown in the Daily Star provides rebuttal for most of the arguments citing failure of the Everton regime past and present...

Third Chelsea bid for Stones rejected

17 August
Chelsea have had a third offer for John Stones worth £30m knocked back by Everton who remain uninterested in selling the defender. Roberto Martinez has publicly stated that the 21-year-old is not for sale under any circumstances but the media-driven saga is unlikely to go away until after the transfer deadline.

Fighting-fit Lukaku promises big season

17 August
The Belgian says he is ready to reap the rewards of his hard work during pre-season and rediscover the form that made him one of the most highly-regarded young strikers in the game.

Martinez calls for unity amid glow of Saints win

16 August
Roberto Martinez says that Evertonians need to stick together after a protest banner calling for boardroom change at Everton flown above St Mary's Stadium yesterday garnered national media attention.

Man City tickets still available

15 August
Tickets are still available for Everton’s game against Manchester City on Sunday, August 23 at Goodison Park, which kicks-off at 4pm.

Two Everton Ladies fixtures moved

15 August
Everton Ladies' games against Doncaster Rovers Belles (16th August) and Durham (27th September) will now have different kick off times

Fantastic goals blow away The Saints

15 August
An excellent Everton break saw Kone picking out the big man at the far post and a perfectly executed header found the net to give Everton a brilliant lead. Then a fantastic feed from Barkley saw Lukaku get a superb second and Barkley rounded things off with a tremendous curler.

Martinez appeals for faith while supporters groups plan protests

15 August
Roberto Martinez has asked Everton fans to assess the club's performance in the transfer market after the 1st of September deadline, promising that the squad will be stronger when the window closes

Reports: Everton in talks with Funes Mori

15 August
River Plate's Ramiro Funes Mori is still on Everton's radar, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that the Blues are in talks over a move for the Argentine defender.

Everton right to go late in market if it means quality over quantity  [MEDIA]

14 August
In the latest "View from the Gwladys Street" column at the Echo's website, Nic Davies of the Executioner's Bong blog argues that fans should withhold judgement on Everton's performance in the transfer window until after the deadline.

After years of excuses it's time for Bill Kenwright to let go of Everton FC  [MEDIA]

14 August
In an impassioned piece, SOS1878 editor Joe Jennings writes that, "The time has come for Kenwright to accept that his performance as chairman has been unacceptable," as a growing faction of the Everton fanbase grows impatient.

Power 8 exposed as a pyramid scheme

14 August
An investigate blog has uncovered that one of Everton's partners 'Power 8' was a pyramid scheme.

Southampton vs Everton

14 August
Goalless at the St Mary's on their three prior visits, Everton make the trip to Southampton hoping to kickstart their season with a win in front of the cameras in tomorrow's lunchtime kick-off.

EFCSA publish minutes of quarterly club meeting

14 August
The Everton Shareholders Association recently held their quarterly meeting with representatives of Everton FC and have published the minutes of discussions that included the timing of the AGM and an update on the stadium issue.

Capital One Cup 2nd Round Draw

13 August
Everton will face Barnsley away in the League Cup Second Round following this evening's draw.

Baines out for three months

13 August
Leighton Baines has undergone surgery again on his injured ankle and faces 12-14 weeks on the sidelines, the club have announced.

Quartet hand Martinez injury boost

13 August
Everton have been buoyed by the news that Muhamed Besic, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas and Gerard Deulofeu will all be back in training by today, while further scans are scheduled of Leighton Baines's ankle.

Lundstram signs for Oxford  [MEDIA]

13 August
Former Everton Academy prospect John Lundstram has joined League Two Oxford United after being released by the Blues earlier this summer.

Martinez remains adamant on Stones

13 August
Roberto Martinez has again responded to the issue of speculation surrounding John Stones by insisting for a third time that the 21-year-old is not for sale.

Everton complete Holgate transfer

13 August
Everton have announced the acquisition of Mason Holgate from Barnsley in a deal that could ultimately be worth £1m to the Yorkshire club. The 18-year-old defender passed a medical and agreed personal terms yesterday.

Everton in the Community Golf Day

12 August
The prestigious Formby Hall Golf Resort was the venue for this year’s annual Everton in the Community Golf Day which saw 18 teams come together to raise vital funds for the Club’s official charity.

Blues beat Bournemouth to Holgate

12 August
Everton are closing in on Barnsley's highly-rated defender Mason Holgate with the 18-year-old having undergone a medical today.

Martinez still looking for 'the right fit' before the deadline

11 August
Roberto Martinez remains adamant that he won't make signings this month "just for the sake of it" and has reiterated his desire to only bring in players who can fit in with the current personnel.

Barry confident on new faces before the deadline

11 August
Acknowledging the growing frustration from many Evertonians over the club's lack of activity in the transfer window this summer, Gareth Barry says he is sure the Blues 'have something up their sleeves.'

Mirallas a doubt for Saints trip

11 August
Gerard Deulofeu and Muhamed Besic could be passed fit for the visit to Southampton while Kevin Mirallas is being assessed this week for an ankle injury inflicted on him by Valon Behrami last Saturday.

Martinez remains opposed to late summer transfer deadline

11 August
Roberto Martinez says that the current transfer window system whereby clubs can buy and sell players while the season is underway is "unfair".

Under-21s humbled by Spurs

10 August
Everton's U21s got off to a disappointing start in their season opener at Tottenham as they went down 4-1.

Football fans should not be so quick to abuse and demonise managers  [MEDIA]

10 August
The article presents an interesting perspective on the role of football managers, their vulnerabilities and their treatment by fans and the press.

First Goodison goal could be a turning point for Kone

10 August
Roberto Martinez admits that Saturday was the first time he has seen "the real Arouna Kone" since he arrived at Everton two years ago.

Martinez determined to keep hold of 'sensational' Stones

10 August
Roberto Martinez sees his prized defender's partnership with captain Phil Jagielka as one of the keys to his Everton side as speculation builds around a possible third bid for John Stones from Chelsea.

Martinez pleased with 'maturing' Barkley

9 August
Roberto Martinez says the signs of a more mature Ross Barkley against Watford yesterday bode well for the new season.

Everton renew StubHub partnership

7 August
Everton FC has renewed its agreement with StubHub until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Late Kone strike salvages a point against Watford

7 August
Everton opened a new Premier League season with a 2-2 draw for the third year running as they were twice forced to come back from a goal down to deny newly-promoted Watford a victory at Goodison Park.

Mirallas knock not thought to be serious

8 August
Everton will assess Kevin Mirallas's ankle over the next 48 hours but Roberto Martinez has indicated that the injury does not appear to be a bad one.

Horne: Everton are losing transfer race  [MEDIA]

7 August
In his latest column for the Echo, ex-Everton midfielder Barry Horne expresses his concern at the lack of signings at Goodison this summer.

Baines suffers relapse of ankle problem

7 August
Everton have been rocked by the news that Leighton Baines faces another spell on the sidelines with an ankle problem.

Mirallas signs new three-year contract

7 August
The Belgian forward has joined James McCarthy in committing his future to Everton by penning a new deal that ties him to the club until 2018.

Dyson joins Thorniley on loan at Stockport

7 August
Young Blue Calum Dysonhas joined his Everton Academy team-mate Jordan Thorniley on a youth loan at Stockport.

Everton vs Watford

7 August
Last season's top scorer, Romelu Lukaku, is the key fitness concern for the season-opener tomorrow as the Blues take on the newly-promoted Hornets at Goodison Park.

Martinez annoyed by Terry's 'illegal' tactics

7 August
The Everton boss has hit out at the Chelsea captain for publicly trying to tempt John Stones to Stamford Bridge.

McCarthy signs new five-year deal at Everton

6 August
Everton have confirmed that James McCarthy has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at the club, ending speculation over his future. Team-mate Kevin Mirallas is also expected to extend his deal after reaching an agreement this week.

Blues sweat on Lukaku ahead of opener

6 August
Roberto Martinez says Everton are ‘ready’ for the new season but the club are unsure whether main striker Romelu Lukaku will be fit to face Watford.

River Plate teenager trains with Everton

6 August
Everton are trialling Tomas Andrade at Finch Farm ahead of a potential loan move to the club's Under-21s setup.

2015-16 Season Preview

6 August
Setting the scene for Everton's 2015-16 Premier League campaign, one that promises to be a defining one for Roberto Martinez on whom the jury remains out after two contrasting seasons.

EvertonUSA kicks off 2015-16 Premier League Season with Unprecedented Access for US Fans

6 August
Everton Football Club’s exciting partnership with EvertonUSA launches new fan-friendly services for US supporters including a new US membership program, exclusive international ticketing, a Merseyside Derby Trip, and the 2nd Annual Tim Howard Appreciation Day on August 8.

The loudest fans in the Premier League  [MEDIA]

5 August
This infographic shows how Everton fans rank when it came to passion and noise volumes last season.

Garbutt out for six weeks with ankle injury

5 August
The on-loan defender suffered ligament damage in Fulham's pre-season friendly at the weekend.

Draw made for the Premier League International Cup

4 August
Everton's Under-21s have been grouped with Schalke, Porto and Tottenham in the draw for the tournament and will kick off their participation on 31 August.

Deulofeu unlikely to be fit to face Watford

3 August
Roberto Martinez has admitted that the season opener against Watford will probably come too soon for Gerard Deulofeu to make his much-anticipated second debut as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Martinez hopeful over Stones and Mirallas

2 August
Roberto Martinez is not expecting anything too serious to come from assessments of the respective ankle knocks Kevin Mirallas and John Stones sustained in today's friendly against Villarreal.

Martinez hints at adding a striker to his shopping list

2 August
Everton may be in the hunt for a striker after all as Roberto Martinez continues his quest to strengthen his side before the transfer deadline.

Villarreal win Duncan Ferguson Testimonial

2 August
The final warm-up game and the Blues fell behind to a Villarreal goal from a corner before half-time after Everton had looked strong at times. Everton went further behind after the break. Browning headed a late goal after Rooney and Ferguson had come on near the end.

Everton vs Villarreal

2 August
The final warm-up game of the 2015 pre-season programme sees Everton take on Spanish side Villarreal at Goodison Park for Duncan Ferguson's testimonial this afternoon.

Martinez expects Lukaku to face Watford

1 August
Romelu Lukaku is expected to be in the starting XI when the new season kicks off next weekend but is unlikely to be risked in the curtain-raiser against Villarreal tomorrow.

Young Everton side outplayed at Elland Road

1 August
Roberto Martinez picked a number of youngsters for Everton and it was competitive in the first half with an Everton goal disallowed at the break and Leeds going ahead before the hour. A second deflected goal flew past Robles before the end.

World Soccer Talk Radio interview  [MEDIA]


TW's Lyndon Lloyd is a guest on today's show previewing the new season and talking about the Blues' prospects in Roberto Martinez's second season in charge.


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