Koeman issues Everton transfer update
By Harvey Byrne
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that he is determined to keep duo Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jagielka at the club.
Lukaku has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park all summer and the The Daily Express have claimed that Chelsea are willing to play the waiting game for the £65million striker.
Meanwhile, ESPN have claimed that Sunderland want Jagielka as part of a player-plus-cash deal for defender Lamine Kone.
However, Koeman has spoken of his determination to keep the senior duo and has also revealed that he is targeting three or four more players.
“I don’t comment on rumours. We have discussions with the board and with Steve Walsh, and we want three or four more players,” said Koeman to Sky Sports.
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“Romelu Lukaku is still an Everton player and we want to keep our best players.
“Phil Jagielka is the captain of the team. We don’t have too many centre-backs. We need four so there is no way he can leave the club.”
Lukaku, 23, joined Everton for a club record £28million fee from Chelsea in 2014 after a season-loan at the club.
During his three-years at the club the powerful attacker has scored 61 goals in 127 matches in all competitions.
Jagielka, 33, joined the Toffees in 2007 for a £4million fee from Sheffield United and in his nine-years at the club he has starred in 321 encounters in all competitions.
Everton have announced the signing of Ashley Williams from Swansea on Wednesday and Sky Sports revealed on Tuesday evening that the Merseysiders had settled a stunning £30million deal for winger Bolasie.
In other Everton transfer news, Newcastle are set to sign Toffees defender Brendan Galloway.