Everton's first pre-season run-out of the summer ended in a 2-2 draw at Prenton Park as Roberto Martinez handed playing time to all of the players named in the squad.
Steven Naismith and Leon Osman scored as the Blues twice took the lead but were pegged back by goals from Cole Stockton and James Rowe. There was a slight injury concern for Seamus Coleman, however, who was withdrawn as a precaution after feeling his hamstring.
Irish midfielder to take part in Tranmere friendly
Darron Gibson is expected to mark his return to full fitness from a long lay-off with a knee injury when Everton take on Tranmere Rovers in a friendly tomorrow evening. The Irishman has been sidelined since last October after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament while on international duty and then undergoing surgery to correct the problem.
Boss is confident of strengthening before window closes
Roberto Martinez says that he is looking to bring in three attacking players and one midfielder before the transfer window closes as he and his staff work on transfer targets defined since January. The Catalan restated his intention to use the loan market again while also pointing out the potential strength in depth from young players at the club who may be ready to step up to the first team.
Everton's first two home games of the new season against Arsenal and Chelsea will both be screened live on NBC's main channel in the United States, giving American audiences the chance to see World Cup hero Tim Howard in action in the Premier League.
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Everton are having to be patient in their quest to finalise the signing of Muhamed Basic with the deal apparently complicated by work permit issues and a sell-on fee due to the midfielder's first club, Tennis Berlin.