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 2019 was announced at a live press conference at Finch Farm this afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.