Toffeelinks - New Everton 2012/13 kit revealed, Jags joy, Baines update

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Steven Pienaar of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on May 13, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Everton have finally revealed one of their new kits for next season

To avoid any copyright issues I will just provide a link, but Nike's first effort for Everton in 2012/13 looks good. The black strip with yellow collar is available to pre-order now and will officially launch on June 23rd.

Here is the description from the official site:

The stylish black strip with striking yellow detail is the first Everton kit to be unveiled for next season with new technical partner Nike.

The shirt features a discrete collar and is made from Dri-Fit fabric which is lightweight and manages perspiration, keeping players dry and comfortable for 90 minutes and beyond.

The shirt is also part of Nike's Considered Design programme aimed at reducing environmental impact, and consists of 100 per cent recycled material.

Everton captain Phil Neville told evertontv: "When you are associated with a brand like Nike and you look down and see that swoosh on your chest then it makes you feel good.

"It is a really nice kit, all black, and I think the fans will be really pleased with it - the players certainly are."

More Everton stories after the jump:

United linked with Leighton Baines swoop

The Manchester Evening News ran a story on their back page claiming Sir Alex Ferguson is eyeing a £12million deal for Leighton Baines. This is a story that won't go away but is one I have a few problems with. Firstly, the price - Baines is worth much,much more than the £12million quoted both given his ability and importance to the team. Anything significantly less than £20million should not be considered. Secondly, United's transfer policy under Ferguson rarely involved signing players 27 or older, as they will have little re-sale value and will probably command the highest wages of their career. A lot has to budge if this deal is come true.

In response, Baines admits he is flattered by the United rumours, but is focusing on England and the Euros

While is is sometimes difficult to second-guess footballers' real feelings, I get the impression Baines is genuinely happy to stay at Everton. But should a big enough bid come in, we all know what will happen.

Steven Pienaar hails David Moyes and thanks him for turning his season around

Steven Pienaar - our number one transfer target - has thanked Everton boss David Moyes for saving his season after six unhappy months at Spurs. There are also rumours stemming from Twitter that claim Pienaar has told Tottenham he will only sign for the Toffees, strengthening Everton's bargaining position. Lets hope his bromance with Baines down the left can carry on next season.

Phil Jagielka is on the plane and off to Krakow with England

A nice feature piece from Daniel Taylor at the Guardian, adding a bit of colour and background to Jagielka's quotes during an England press conference yesterday. The defender revealed he had booked a golfing holiday to help get over his initial England snub and was due to fly out on Friday. But injury to Gareth Barry means he is on the plane and heading out to his first ever major tournament with his country.

First pre-season fixture set

Everton will travel across the Mersey to take on Tranmere on August 1 as part of their 2012/13 season preparations. The match will contest the Liverpool Senior Cup, a local competition going back to 1883. Though more recently Everton has fielded a youth team in the tournament, the fact the final has been move to pre-season may mean a stronger XI will take to the field at Prenton Park.

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