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Hunt passes away

Former Everton striker Ernie Hunt, who achieved lasting fame for a goal scored against the Blues, has passed away aged 75.
Ernie - actually christened Roger Patrick Ernest Hunt but who used the name Ernie to avoid confusion with the Liverpool legend - played just 16 times for
Everton in the 1967/68 season before joining Coventry, where he was so successful he was inducted into the Sky Blues’ Hall of Fame.
A club statement last night announced: “Coventry City Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of the former striker Ernie Hunt.
“Hunt passed away on Wednesday night at the age of 75 in a care home in Gloucestershire, having been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.”

Funes Mori goals

The departing defender certainly scored some decent goals for the Blues
It will be really interesting to see who the Blues now target at centre-back this summer.

Walcott excited for Blues' future

Theo Walcott is excited for the direction Everton are heading in during what has so far been a summer of change at Goodison Park.
And the £20million January signing from Arsenal is eagerly anticipating next season with the Blues.
Theo Walcott unveils Everton home kit for 2018/19
Theo Walcott unveils Everton home kit for 2018/19
He told the club’s official website:
We are all together and I know where this Club needs to be because that’s why I joined it. We need to be competitive, which we definitely are. But there is a lot more to come from the team and I am already looking forward to next season.
I love that the fans are around you, close to the pitch, wanting you to do well and wanting to be a part of it. That is why I enjoy playing football at Goodison.
There is a big fan base here, I wanted to enjoy my football again and the fans have made that happen for me.
I will be judged on goals and assists and I want to have got a lot more goals than I have.”
Everton's Theo Walcott celebrates his goal against Newcastle.
Everton's Theo Walcott celebrates his goal against Newcastle.

The Wendell low-down

Everton are considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen left-back Wendell, according to reports.
The Blues are believed to be in the market for a left-sided defender, with Leighton Baines approaching his 34th birthday later this year.
Cuco Martina was deployed out of position for much of last term in the absence of Baines and the Blues are targeting a specialist left-back in this summer’s transfer window.
Leverkusen's Brazilian defender Wendell
Leverkusen's Brazilian defender Wendell (Image: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
That has now led to Sky Sports to claim that it is Wendell who is at the top of the Blues’ shortlist as Marcel Brands continues to work behind the scenes on transfer deals.
The 4th Official have expanded further on those links, delving into what type of player Wendell is.
They write:
Everton are considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen left-back, Wendell as a potential long-term replacement for Leighton Baines. The latter is 33 now and is in the twilight of his playing career. The Toffees need a successor as they plot to make a run for one of the European qualification spots next term.
Wendell seems like as good a candidate as any to take over a full-time role at the Goodison Park in the near future. The Brazilian is one of the best left-backs in the Bundesliga and has close to 150 games under his belt for Leverkusen. 
He made 30 appearances last term and was directly involved in 6 goals to see Leverkusen to the 5th spot of the German top-flight. At 24, he still has the potential to one day feature for his national side and the move to the Premier League seems like the right step forward in his playing career.
Wendell is one of the attack-minded forwards with the blistering pace under his wings and a striking left-foot to go along with it. With 12 caps in total for Brazil’s U20 and U23 sides, the fullback will understandably be handed over a prominent role by Marco Silva, if he makes the switch this summer.”

Funes Mori leaves

A story which happened late yesterday evening was Ramiro Funes Mori’s move to Spain to join Villarreal.
The Argentina international made the original squad last month, but was cut when Jorge Sampaoli whittled down his numbers for the Russia tournament.
Adam Jones has looked at what the defender’s exit means for the Blues.
Ramiro Funes Mori celebrates his goal against Man City
Ramiro Funes Mori celebrates his goal against Man City (Image: Andrew Teebay)
He writes:
The Argentina international was a man who polarised opinions among supporters, with his erratic style giving some shivers up their spine, but others hope that he could be moulded into a confident ball-playing centre back.
As it happened, the latter never materialised.
Few will be unhappy that Funes Mori has left Goodison Park for pastures new at Villarreal, despite the passion that he often demonstrated when wearing an Everton shirt.
The last memory that fans will now have of the defender will be his performance against West Ham United on the last day of the 2017/18 season - in which he was hauled off at half time after struggling to deal with both Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic.
He’s another that leaves the Blues having shown glimpses of what he can potentially be capable of, with speed and strength key factors of his defensive displays, but ultimately never showing it on a consistent enough level.”
So with the Blues already in the market for a centre-back, has the recruitment drive just stepped up a notch?

A touch of Klaass

We’ll start with a report coming out of Turkey surrounding Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen.
The Dutchman has been regularly linked with a switch to Turkey this transfer window and once again the ex-Ajax captain has been mentioned alongside a move away from Goodison Park.
Davy Klaassen during an Everton training session at Finch Farm
Davy Klaassen during an Everton training session at Finch Farm (Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)
Turkish outlet Fotomac have claimed that £14million deal is on the cards, with Besiktas interested in taking Klaassen away from the Blues.
Is it too soon to sell Klaassen or do you feel he has to be given a chance to shine under Marco Silva?
Let us know what you think @LivEchoEFC


Good morning and welcome to another jam-packed day of action on the Everton live blog.
I’m Paul Gorst, filling in for Sam Carroll who has been allowed a few days off to enjoy his birthday celebrations.
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