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Everton are reportedly close to signing another youngster from Ireland.

Shelbourne prospect Ryan Robinson is said to be the latest Irish youngster that Everton are interested in, following Stephen Kinsella and Seamus Coleman.

Shelbourne’s manager, Johnny McDonnell told the Irish Examiner: “Everton are chipping away with us on Ryan at the moment and we hope to get the deal over the line soon.

“The initial fee won’t make us millionaires but we’ll make sure it’s heavy on the end of it. It might be better for us to go for the add-ons and everything else.

“Ryan certainly has a big future in the game. Everton would have seen a rawness to him but he has a lot going for him. We’d have no problem allowing him to move on to a better level in England.”

Joe Rimmer

On this day

Soccer - FA Cup Final - Everton v Watford Andy Gray’s FA Cup final goal for Everton against Watford in May 1984

Goals from Andy Gray and Graeme Sharp secured Everton the FA Cup on this day at Wembley in 1984.

Howard Kendall’s side defeated Graham Taylor’s Watford team to win their first FA Cup since 1966.

Take a trip down memory lane by watching the highlights below.

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John Stones is the talk of the town in today’s tabloids.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 26, 2014: Everton's John Stones in action against Southampton during the Premiership match at St Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda) SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Saturday, April 26, 2014: Everton’s John Stones in action against Southampton during the Premiership match at St Mary’s Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Daily Mail, Express, Star and Mirror all report that Gareth Southgate believes that Stones’ fast-track to the senior England set-up can be an example to his Under-21 side as they get ready to take on Wales in a European qualifier.

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Don’t forget to get your Liverpool Echo today – we have a 16-page pullout to celebrate Everton’s return to European competition next season.

The pullout features articles from Everton FC writer Greg O’Keeffe on Roberto Martinez’s side’s march to fifth place, as well as David Prentice taking a look back at some of the club’s greatest European adventures.

Well worth 60p. Don’t forget to pick yours up today!

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And here’s the full story from Neil Jones – he’s been speaking to Kevin Sheedy after Everton Under-18s won the Premier League title on Saturday.

Click here.

Joe Rimmer

Today’s morning newspapers now and first for the broadsheets.

The Times reports that England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate says that John Stones’ inclusion on the England standby list is the most pleasing of all the World Cup call-ups.

He said: “I was delighted for them all. But the one that most pleased me was John Stones in the he was someone we played at centre-back before he did for Everton.

“He’s had terrific games for us there and then gone in there for Everton. It is probably one that for club and country has worked nicely.”

The Guardian reports that Roberto Martinez is prepared to blow his entire transfer budget on Romelu Lukaku – but even that may not be enough to prise him away from Chelsea. Wilfried Bony is thought to be an alternative.

The pick of the morning papers is in the Daily Telegraph, Chris Bascombe’s excellent spread on Ross Barkley and how he’s gone from Wavertree to Rio de Janeiro in June. There are interviews with some of Barkley’s coaches and a look back at his rise to prominence. Great stuff and well worth a read.

Joe Rimmer

Our back-page story now and Neil Jones has been speaking to Everton Under18 coach Kevin Sheedy, and he says that his title-winning side can kick on and forge careers at Goodison Park.

Youth Coach Kevin Sheedy Youth Coach Kevin Sheedy

He said: “That’s the aim, to produce players who can play for Everton at a senior level.

“There is bags of potential within this side, both individually and collectively. We think we have some top players coming through here.”

I’ll have the full article for you shortly.

Joe Rimmer

Passports ready?

European Football - UEFA Champions League - 3rd Qualifying Round 2nd Leg - Villarreal CF v Everton FC The goal that might have been: Duncan Ferguson’s header in Villarreal is ruled out by Pierluigi Collina as Everton bid to reach the Champions League in 2005

It’s a very special edition of the Liverpool Echo today as we have a 16-page pullout dedicated to Everton’s imminent return to European competition next season.

Inside, Greg O’Keeffe looks ahead to the Blues’ European return next year whilst our Deputy Sports Editor David Prentice delves into the history books to look at some of Everton’s best (and worst) European adventures.

It’s certainly worth parting with 60p for and will whet your appetite for some of those little European excursions you may be heading on next term.

Joe Rimmer

Good morning and welcome to the Everton FC liveblog. I’m Joe Rimmer and myself and the team will be here until 6pm to keep you up-to-date on all the latest news and views from Goodison Park.

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