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ToffeeLinks 26/06/2013: Kone prefers Everton and another Russian Honda linked

Arouna Kone prefers Everton, Keisuke Honda linked and other transfer links and news in todays edition of ToffeeLinks.

Bradley Kanaris

Everton transfers: Arouna Kone only wants to join the Toffees from Wigan - Mirror Online
"Striker has rejected Norwich and Swansea but relegated Latics are adamant the Toffees must meet £6.5m release clause"

-- Looks like Kone prefers a move to Everton as well. I personally don't think he's worth the 6.5 million.

Everton transfers: Keisuke Honda on Roberto Martinez's wish list - Mirror Online
"The CSKA midfielder could be available for £5m after impressing during the Confederations Cup in Brazil"

-- This would be a great move. Relatively cheap and Honda isn't too old either. He is definitely an impact attacking player. Wouldn't mind having McGeady or Honda, although I would slightly prefer Honda.

Everton starlet Ross Barkley says England will make it right at U-20 World Cup | Football | Sport | Daily Express
"We know that the Under-20s World Cup will be a great learning experience for everyone in the England squad."

-- Hopefully this results in some better performances from Barkley this season. He made me look foolish for me shouting to give him more playing time.

Everton To Take Barcelona Youngster On Loan | CaughtOffside
"Everton could take Barcelona youngster Rafinha Alcantara on loan next season."

-- This was a couple of days ago but it is significant news. I don't know how much impact someone who is so young with almost no experience for the Barcelona first team is going to have for us while we try to qualify for the Champions League.

Transfer news: Lorient defender Ecuele Manga linked with Everton move | Sky Sports
"Lorient defender Ecuele Manga is keen on a move to the Premier League following reports linking him to Everton."

Everton - General meeting called at Everton
-- General meeting called for the first time in 5 years. If that matters

Summer Priorities: Everton - Yahoo! Sports
"Can Everton continue to punch above their weight? Here's the blueprint."

-- Though I don't agree with everything on here (they say Seamus Coleman is only mediocre!), it' is a decent round-up on what Everton need for the future.