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Latest Everton transfer talk and breaking news, plus every update from Carlo Ancelotti's pre-Leicester City press conference

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Welcome to the Liverpool ECHO's Tuesday live blog for your latest Everton news, rumours and transfer gossip.

The ECHO will provide breaking stories, reaction and comment to all the big talking points from Goodison Park - as well as keeping tabs on transfer market gossip from around the world.

We'll have all the best build-up ahead of the Blues' clash with Leicester City on Wednesday night as well as all the breaking news around the Premier League and the world of football.

Carlo Ancelotti will address the media at 1:30pm and we will have all the updates from that right here.

Get involved and send your thoughts to @LivEchoEFC or @MattAddison97.

And don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel or listen to our Royal Blue Podcast , with all your favourite ECHO regulars including Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones, Dave Prentice, Gavin Buckland, Chris Beesley, Paul Wheelock and Sam Carroll.

17:26Dan Kay

Tottenham 'confident' of tying up Hojbjerg move

Spurs are 'confident' of sealing a deal for reported Everton target Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, according to the Telegraph.

They reported last month that the Blues were interesting in signing the Southampton captain but now say (via Hitc) that the 24-year-old Dane favours a move to White Hart Lane over any other destination.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton (Image: Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The midfielder looks likely to move on this summer with just one year left on his Southampton contract and the Saints are said to have put a £35million price tag on his head, having already stripped him of the club captaincy.

17:10Dan Kay

Bolasie explains Sporting and training absence in heartfelt statement

Everton winger Yannick Bolasie has addressed a number of issues with a statement shared to his social media

16:42Dan Kay

Ancelotti gives Baines update and why he's confident for future

Afternoon everyone, hope you're all keeping safe and well, I'll be with you through the afternoon and evening with all the latest Reds news, views and updates - we'll get started with this update from Carlo Ancelotti on Leighton Baines and why he's confident for future

15:46Matt Addison

Garbutt sees the funny side

Luke Garbutt has responded on Twitter after Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti appeared not to know who he was during the press conference earlier today...

...and he certainly seems to have taken it well.

15:25Matt Addison

McNeil verdict unanimous

Everton fans have been giving their thoughts about potential Blues target Dwight McNeil, who could be set to leave Burnley in the summer.

Dwight McNeil of Burnley looks on during his side's Premier League match against Tottenham (Image: James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

And after watching him last night, they have been very impressed...

@FredBluedog: I’d be made up with signing him but he won’t come cheap and rightfully so

@armchairtoffees: Thumbs up from me! Great crosser that DCL and Richardson could feed off.

@Bruce_Wayne_05: Would be a great signing. Him and a speedster down the other wing. Would frighten defenders in Carlo's 4-4-2

14:47Matt Addison

Injury update

Here is Carlo Ancelotti's injury update in full, via Adam Jones.

14:29Matt Addison

Kenny speaks

Jonjoe Kenny's loan spell with Schalke has concluded but he has told 90Min that he has not heard anything from the club yet as to what will happen next.

He said: "Nothing’s been said. I know what Everton are going through because it happened here at Schalke.

Jonjoe Kenny has impressed on loan at Schalke this season

"It’s crazy, the rules and regulations with the coronavirus situation.

"They’ve got enough on their plate right now, they’ve just got to finish their season and we’ll see from there. But no, nothing’s really come from Everton yet."

14:19Matt Addison

Sandro limbo

Sandro Ramírez’s loan deal at Real Valladolid is set to expire tomorrow and the Spanish side would like an extension to his temporary switch until the end of the season, though one is yet to be agreed.

Sandro Ramirez in action (Image: Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

"All the loaned players are at our disposal from July 1 with the exception of Sandro," Valladolid coach Sergio González said in a press conference, via Sport Witness.

"With him, we have to wait until the last minute to see how it is solved.

"I know they are working on it because we want him to be with us, but Everton is the one who decides."

13:52Matt Addison

No Delph update

13:52Matt Addison

Carlo on Liverpool title celebrations

13:52Matt Addison

Luke Garbutt

Ancelotti asked about the departing Luke Garbutt and says: "Who?".

Quickly moves onto the next question after expressing his 'surprise' about being asked about him.

13:50Matt Addison

Leicester example

Carlo was asked about potentially replicating Leicester City's success in the future.

13:48Matt Addison

No lockdown concerns

13:47Matt Addison

Vardy threat

13:47Matt Addison

Form guide

13:46Matt Addison

Anthony Gordon

13:45Matt Addison

Baines update

13:44Matt Addison

Injury update

13:39Matt Addison

Carlo imminent

Carlo Ancelotti will be here any second now...

Adam is in place and I'll have all the updates right here.

13:24Matt Addison

AFCON boost confirmed

The AFCON has been pushed back by a year and will now take place in 2022, meaning Jean-Philippe Gbamin will NOT be missing any Everton matches next season because of that tournament.

13:11Matt Addison

AFCON decision

Reports today claim that a decision on whether or not AFCON 2021 will take place in January next year will be made today.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin could potentially be involved with that tournament should he be fit, so he will be watching with interest.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin during the Everton training session at USM Finch Farm on August 5, 2019 in Halewood, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Several stars around the Premier League will also be impacted.

13:01Matt Addison

Match officials confirmed

Graham Scott has been confirmed as the man in the middle for Tottenham vs Everton.

Lee Mason will be in charge of Everton vs Southampton.

12:50Matt Addison

Morning headlines

As the countdown to Carlo Ancelotti's press conference continues, why not take a look at the main headlines from this morning?

12:23Matt Addison

Carlo Ancelotti press conference

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti will be speaking to the media ahead of the Premier League match against Leicester City shortly.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti (Image: Everton FC via Getty Images)

He is due to answer questions at 1:30pm and we will have all the updates right here on whatever he says.

Expect injury updates and all the usual pre-match questions to be asked as the Blues gear up for another game.

12:02Matt Addison

Garbutt tweets

Luke Garbutt has a message for Everton fans with his contract expiring at Goodison Park today.

He has, of course, been on loan at Ipswich Town, and has been an Everton player for over a decade.

11:49Matt Addison

Baines future

Michael Ball's column is, as ever, a really good read.

Let us know what you think about Baines' future. Lucas Digne is great, but do you do need depth in the Premier League.

11:19Matt Addison

Set-pieces

This is a really good read from David Hughes.

Everton are making big progress in a few areas, and this is one of them.

11:09Matt Addison

Happy birthday, Tom!

10:53Matt Addison

Todibo 'auction'

Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo, who was on loan at Schalke this season, has been linked with Everton for some time now.

Il Mattino (via Sport Witness) reports that his current team are looking to get clubs, including Everton, involved in an ‘auction’, with the hope of finding someone willing to pay €25 million.

Jean-Clair Todibo of Schalke (Image: Ralf Treese/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Napoli, Sevilla, Watford, Southampton and FC Koln are the other clubs named as being in the mix.

But would he be worth that amount? And do the Blues have bigger priorities this summer?

10:30Matt Addison

Crespo's a Blue

Legendary striker Hernan Crespo has revealed he is an Everton supporter - because of Carlo Ancelotti.

Crespo said, via the Daily Mail: "Carlo is like a father to me. Carlo is a passionate person; he is one of the coaches that helped to introduce me into Europe and helped me to establish myself.

Argentinean striker Hernan Crespo (R) arrives with AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti during the official presentation at the club's headquarter (Image: ROBERTO BARRETTI/AFP via Getty Images)

"In Italy, he explained to me the way you must behave as a professional – on and off the pitch.

"This was a very important part of my career. When I watch his matches for Everton, I want him to win because he's a great person and a great manager."

Read the full story from Mark Wakefield HERE


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