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Thursday’s Toffee Bites: Benitez not keen on Maitland-Niles, Women’s season preview

Recapping all the Everton news from yesterday

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Your daily dose of Everton news and rumours

Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles looked to be close to an Everton move, but apparently Rafa Benitez wasn’t really keen on him anyway. [Times]

Everton were unable to get a work permit for young Dutch defender Luuk Kluiters and thus lost him.

The Toffees were searching high and low for a right back it seems -

New signing Salomon Rondon would have missed a fortnight due to quarantine had he joined up with Venezuela for the international break, so he chose not to go. [Echo]

“My friends are staying!”

Everton’s Carabao Cup Third Round fixture has been scheduled, Tuesday August September 21st at 7:45pm BST. [QPR]

The Everton Women are the subjects of this week’s edition of Everton Unseen -

The Everton Women start their new season on Saturday against Manchester City. Entry is free for Season Ticket, Hospitality and Official Members (if purchased from the emails received last weekend) and a great opportunity for fans to see our new signings as well as bring friends and family to Goodison who may not be regulars. Tickets for the game for non-members are available to purchase priced at £8 for adults and £4 for kids by clicking here.

Manager Willie Kirk thinks the Blues are ready to not only crack the top four that are dominating the English women’s game, but can compete for the FA WSL title as well. [Sky Sports]

“It is very important to see as many Evertonians as possible at the game. Supporters make a huge difference but it is especially the case with our fans, because of their joy and excitement and the energy they bring.

“It is such a big game at Goodison, during the men’s international break, and we hope every Evertonian will join us and help us get the three points.”

That was women’s team General Manager Sardar Ismailov talking about trying to get Goodison packed for this weekend’s season opener. [EFC]

Former England international, current Sky Sports football pundit and lifelong Evertonian Sue Smith is excited for the upcoming season. [EFC]

Toni Duggan is back with the Blues and one of the main reasons for optimism for Everton this season. [Give Me Sport]

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