May 022014

Hundreds of you logged in to our live webchat with Greg O’Keeffe on Friday afternoon

Everton FC reporter Greg O’Keeffe joined the EFC liveblog earlier today to answer your questions in the build-up to Everton’s game with Manchester City.

Sam McDonnell:  Would your priority be to make one big money signing (Lukaku) or replace the ageing bodies (Howard, Hibbert, Osman, Distin)?

Greg:   The priority for me would be to sign a 20-goal-a-season striker. Whether it’s Lukaku or someone else.

Simon Conley:  Been a lot of talk about investment from Abu Dhabi – any truth to the rumours?

Greg:   I believe that came from a comment attributed to Alan Brazil on Talksport earlier this week. I don’t know where he’s got that from, if he has even actually said it.

Vince Taylor:  Is it true that Tottenham and Arsenal will rival the Blues for Gareth Barry this summer?

Greg:  I don’t know about Arsenal but the Tottenham link has been pretty persistent.

Vince Taylor:  As it is a public space, do Everton expect many objections to their plans to build a new stadium at Walton Hall Park?

 Greg:   There will inevitably be some as with Liverpool’s permission to build on Stanley Park, but I’d imagine the council will want to help Everton go ahead with their plans if possible.

Jagielka’s Tackle:  Have we had confirmation of Del Boy loan for another season? Strong rumours it’s decided and Everton would pay no fee.

Greg:  No Martinez has always said there will be a review with Barca at the end of the season when both parties will discuss what they want to do next season. Martinez would love to keep him, but it’s up to them and they’re staying tight lipped for now.

Mark Bretherton:  Why Walton Park? Are these realistic plans or will it go the same way as Kings Dock?

Greg:  Realistic but as ever it depends on the finances coming together and they’re some way off that at present.

Simon Conley:  regarding stadium we have plans, neither Everton or the council can fund it is that right?

Greg:   Everton currently do not have the finances in place to fund their part of it. The council would not provide funds per se in terms of tax payers money, rather they would facilitate for grants and subsidies to support the project as part of the wider regeneration benefits.

More Everton FC news:

Everton v Man City: three key questions

Martinez: We will go into City game looking to win it

Opposition view: City ‘bad luck’ at Goodison could be over with full-strength squad

EFC transfer gossip: Diame interest, Welbeck battle intensifies, more Lukaku suitors

Martinez calls for change in laws so loan players can face parent club

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