By Alex Taylor

Everton have flown to Austria to begin their pre-season training at an Alpine resort, according to reports.

The Liverpool Echo claim that the Toffees will take their 23-man squad to the warm weather training camp as they begin preparation for the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

The report says that fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg has stated that the intensity of the sessions will gradually increase as the club get nearer to the start of the new season.

Koeman has also arranged a behind closed-doors practice game in order to asses the strengths and weaknesses of his new squad.

The Blues have recently been taken over by billionaire Farhad Moshiri and despite his substantial financial clout, Martin Stekelenburg will be the only new face on this summer’s pre-season trip.

Koeman’s side have been linked with an array of high profile summer additions and Football Insider has already reported that Manchester United’s Juan Mata is believed to have been one of the players new Blues manager Koeman has picked out to lead his revolution at Goodison Park.

The tour will excite the current squad of Everton stars after the news of further developments to Finch Farm were released this week as part of a major £4million overhaul to the Meryseyside outfit’s training facilities.

In other Everton news, newly-appointed Toffees manager Ronald Koeman believes they have added one of the best goalkeeper coaches in the business in Patrick Lodewijks.