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19:50  14 september  2018
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Galatasary remain hopeful of Niasse deal

  Galatasary remain hopeful of Niasse deal Everton may have a fight on their hands to keep Oumar Niasse, with the forward reportedly coveted by Turkish giants Galatasary. BeIN Sports Turkey report that the club still harbour interest in the 28-year-old, who joined Everton in 2016. Signing from Lokomotiv Moscow in January of 2016, the Toffees coughed up a fee of £13.5 million for the Senegalese international. A difficult start to his Everton career saw Niasse demoted to the U23s in his second season, eventually securing a loan move to Hull City. The 2017-18 campaign brought happier times for the striker however, as Niasse made 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals. However, with just two substitute appearances in the Premier League this season under new boss Marco Silva, Everton may choose to cash in on Niasse. Sport Witness claim that Niasse isn’t Galatasary’s only target though, with the Istanbul outfit also monitoring Watford’s Stefano Okaka and Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke.

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It feels like longer than two weeks since Everton last played, but I suppose that’s an effect of a poor result before a long break. There isn’t much worse than a disappointing game before the internationals, as you just want to get on to the next one, but it never comes.

Anyway, it came, and we’ve got West Ham on Sunday. We also face them with what feels like half a squad, just adding to my already pretty strong hatred of international football. They’re just useless, glorified friendlies and if I had my way, no Everton player would go on international duty again. I’d rather see Everton win a throw in than England win the World Cup. Is that a popular opinion? Maybe.

Walcott looking to return to fitness for West Ham clash

  Walcott looking to return to fitness for West Ham clash Theo Walcott is looking to make a return to full fitness in time for Everton’s upcoming Premier League encounter with West Ham, according to a report from the Liverpool Echo. The experienced winger was forced off in the second half of Everton’s 1-1 home draw against Huddersfield Town prior to the international break, with Marco Silva later confirming that he had suffered a rib injury. Walcott’s current condition remains uncertain but according to the Echo’s report, he is seemingly confident about his chances of featuring against the Hammers. The minor injury came as a blow to Walcott, who had started his season in fine fashion for Everton. Several knocks have been inflicted on the Toffees’ squad at this early stage of the season but Silva will be relieved that the former Arsenal star’s problem is not to a more severe extent. The 29-year-old will be desperate to make the difference once again for his side as Everton look to consign West Ham to their fifth consecutive Premier League defeat.

Not that I’d change my mind either way.

But we’ll work with what we’ve got, and some injuries come as a blessing in disguise.

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Pellegrini confirms Arnautovic return .
Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Marko Arnautovic will feature against Manchester United this weekend. Speaking to reporters at his weekly pre-match press conference, as reported by Football London, Pellegrini revealed that the Austrian has been back in training this week after missing the game against Chelsea. “He worked with the squad, so I think he is 100 per cent fit for tomorrow.” An injury against Everton forced him out of the clash against West Ham’s London rivals, despite the forward originally looking likely to feature. The forward was also forced to miss out on West Ham’s 8-0 thrashing of League Two Macclesfield Town in the League Cup on Wednesday night. The news comes as a major boost to Pellegrini and the West Ham squad, as they look to get back to winning ways and possibly take advantage of the off-the-field problems happening at Manchester United. Arnautovic has emerged as a key figure in the West Ham squad and is set to play a big role for the club this season.

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