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Everton FC deny making bid for Sheffield United's Kyle Naughton

EVERTON have denied reports that they have lodged a £5m bid for Sheffield United's promising full-back Kyle Naughton.

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Everton FC's Steven Pienaar fit as South Africa aim to stay in Confederations Cup

EVERTON midfielder Steven Pienaar will return to South Africa's starting line-up for their make or break clash with New Zealand in the Confederations Cup today.

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Steven Pienaar returns for South Africa in Confederations Cup

EVERTON midfielder Steven Pienaar will return to South Africa's starting line up for their make or break clash with New Zealand in the Confederations Cup tomorrow.

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Everton Foundation coach Dawn Georgeson in Shanghai - a true blue in a red world

FOOTBALL-LOVING Dawn Georgeson has signed for Everton - to help improve the lives of disabled people almost 6,000 miles from home.

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JACK RODWELL got his European Under-21 Championship campaign off to a winning start in Halmstad last night.

The Everton teenager came on for the final five minutes of England's opening game with Finland and helped them see out a 2-1 victory despite being down to 10 men.

Michael Mancienne had been sent off in the first half for a professional foul and Tim Sparv's resulting penalty levelled Lee Cattermole's goal.

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EVERTON keeper Tim Howard - who kept a club record number of clean sheets last season - will "scratch, claw and fight" to try and extend that impressive sequence against world champions Italy tonight.

USA kick off their Confederations Cup campaign against Italy in Pretoria tonight, with Howard admitting: "We're nobody's favourite for the title. We know that. But we're going to scratch, claw and fight to get some results here."

With Brazil, Italy and Egypt in their group, the Blues keeper accepts he could be busy over the next week.

"We must use this tournament to build up our momentum game by game and look forward to 2010 as a great opportunity," added Howard.

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LARS JACOBSEN could be set for an Everton exit with Premier League new boys Burnley considering a move for the Danish international right-back.

Everton announced their list of players released by the club over the weekend including Portuguese left-back Nuno Valente, Dutch winger Andy van der Meyde and Ecuadorian midfielder Segundo Castillo - who has returned to Serbian club Red Star Belgrade following the end of his season-long loan spell - but Jacobsen was not officially released despite only signing a one-year deal at Goodison Park last summer after joining from relegated Bundesliga side Nuremberg.

Youngsters John Paul Kissock, Scott Spencer, Eunan O'Kane and Cory Sinnott have also been let go alongside Academy players Thomas McCready, Luke Powell, Michael Jensen and Daniel Redmond but Jacobsen could yet be offered a contract extension by Everton.

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JOLEON LESCOTT has admitted he is unhappy with speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City.

But the Everton defender says the only thing on his mind at present is a holiday.

The 26-year-old, who won his seventh England cap on Wednesday, has been the subject of increasing speculation about a £15m-plus bid from Manchester City this summer.

But Lescott bristled when asked about the stories while on international duty this week.

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Everton star Jack Rodwell hailed as 'the new Rio Ferdinand'

EVERTON starlet Jack Rodwell has the potential to become the new Rio Ferdinand, according to Arsenal hero and Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith.

Everton FC to face play-off for entry into UEFA Europa League

Everton must contest a two-legged play-off round to reach the new Europa League, with ties played on August 20 and 27.

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Summer Signings

By Chris Bunclark on Jun 11, 09 01:32 PM in Fans

It's obvious that from the mid point of last season to the end we really struggled with injury problems, and to be honest, performed exceptionally given the circumstances. To finish fifth, when prospects of that at the beginning of the season (with a fully fit squad) seemed bleak, and to reach the final of the FA Cup for the first time in over a decade, was a momentus achievement.

Even though the squad will no doubt be stronger when the key players arrive back in full training (Yak, Arteta & Jags), we will definately struggle to equal what we have achieved this season, let alone better it without bolstering the squad with high profile signings. Acquisitions of a quality right back and striker would make the team a serious contender for fourth spot and if Glen Johnson doesn't move to City or Liverpool, why not try to get him on Everton's books? Obviously this man's been all over the press recently and it seems unlikely he'll be within our price range anyway, but how about one world class striker who has seemingly been overlooked by everybody...Eidur Gudjohnsen.

The Icelandic forward has proved himself prolific in the Premier League, but although he may be on a great wage and be a Champions' League winner, he isn't getting much playing time at all at FC Barcelona. He'd surely welcome a move back to the Premier League, and unlikely to be the right fit for the top four, why not go to number five?

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EVERTON have confirmed a prestigious pre-season friendly match against Argentinian giants River Plate this summer.

The match against the Buenos Aires club - first reported in the Echo last week - will take place on July 25 in Canada at The Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, a 60,000 all-seated venue.

Kick off will be at 7.30pm local time (26 July, 2.30am BST).

River Plate will form a centre-piece of a colourful and contrasting pre-season programme for the Blues which kicks off in Ghana on July 12, includes Rochdale and the MLS All Stars, and now has the 33-times winners of the Argentinean football league pencilled in.

THE FA Cup final already seems a long time ago now, as preparations begin for next season. Everton have secured Joseph Yobo, Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka on extended deals and there is also talk of Steven Pienaar signing an improved contract too.

As ever, these stories tend to develop in a convoluted manner, with the little South African politely answering questions about Spanish football and stressing that he is happy at Everton, which was then mischievously interpreted as a 'come and get me plea' to Atletico Madrid.

There is a feeling that many of the transfer stories concerning Everton are just rehashed ones from last summer, so perhaps someone somewhere has simply substituted Pienaar's name for Mikel Arteta's, seeing as the injured Spanish schemer tends be on the brink of a move to the Spanish capital's second club every time the transfer window opens.

Once again Rennes' Stephane M'Bia seems to think he's got an open invitation to join Everton, and if the Cameroon international plays as well as he talks then David Moyes is mad not to move heaven and earth to bring him to Goodison.

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