Everton boss Koeman admits seeking Lukaku replacement

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Everton have signed a lot of players this summer, but not a lot of great players!

And the Toffees are not finished there, as negotiations continue with Swansea over B£50m-rated playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.

However, with optimism and expectations rising at Goodison Park, Koeman is not making bold promises about breaking into the Premier League's top six.

"First of all we have big ambitions that we like to show to everybody".

He said: "Like everybody knows we are still working on some targets and that's hard".

"But of course it is hard with the big clubs".

Huddersfield Town - Aaron Mooy has been one of its big signings and he was terrific last season, but it's going to be a tough one in the Premier League for it. Make no mistake, for teams like Huddersfield success is staying up. So Jose Mourihno has strengthened in the areas he's needed to and they look stronger and will challenge for the title. The end of the transfer window is more realistic to speak of targets and what is possible.

The Manchester United legend is likely to start out wide with Sandro Ramirez leading the line.

"To replace Lukaku is really hard". We need to find productivity from other players.

McCarthy sat out Everton's pre-season finale with Sevilla on Sunday, with Everton manager Ronald Koeman telling reporters after the game that he was held out due to a knee injury.

With a larger squad, probability of further additions and competition for places stronger than seen previously, Everton will be looking to start well in this campaign to give them the impetus to push for Champions League qualification. It is always better to start at home than away. But, given the Belgian's experience, and this being the opening game of the season, the 29-year-old just might get the nod ahead of the duo.

"My understanding is it's very close", said Hughes.

Stoke, who won their last away Premier League game on the final day of last season at Southampton, haven't recorded back to back away league wins since October 2015. "He will have a medical and that takes time, so the thinking is he will be ready to go from Monday". "Clearly Wayne Rooney has the ability to fill that space", said Hughes, who had a brief spell at Goodison Park towards the end of his playing career. "He is an important player and he is one of the team that will start this Saturday".

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