'This is the place where I belong'
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.
Blues star signs new four-year deal
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.
Manager makes striking acquisition top priority
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 0 - 1 Leicester City
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.