Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku's agent says the player made a mistake moving to Everton in the summerGetty Images

Business so far

While many clubs in the Premier League have issued a release list, already begun their transfer business, made a subtle alteration to their backroom team, Everton have been silent since the end of the season.

Manager Roberto Martinez has spoken publicly over the club's recruitment strategy but as yet none of those plans have been put into practice. We await news from Goodison Park with breath abated.

What they need

Roberto Martinez defends Kevin Miralles over missed penalty
Roberto Martinez has spoken publicly over the club's recruitment strategy but as yet none of those plans have been put into practice

With Tim Howard turning 37 before the next term ends and the American's mid-season injury exposing Joel Robles, Martinez would be well advised to beef up his options in goal before he is left scrambling around for a solution in 12 months' time.

Regardless of whether Aaron Lennon makes his loan spell permanent, an at times ponderous Everton team need more wide options to ensure they don't go down the ally of predictability which undermined last season.

Romelu Lukaku may remain at Merseyside beyond the end of the summer but support for the Belgian international, though Steven Naismith's goals were valuable, is necessary if the club are to push on next term.

Who could join

Tom Cleverley's arrival from Manchester United on a free transfer is set to be announced imminently in the first of what is expected to be several new faces.

Players linked with a move to Everton include Fulham youngster Moussa Dembele, Wolves' Bakary Sako and Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk, however none of the deals have been backed up by concrete interest.

Who could leave

Tom Cleverley
Everton are hoping to beat Aston Villa to the signing of soon-to-be free agent midfielder Tom Cleverley.Getty Images

Lukaku's new relationship with agent Mino Raiola, and the comments from his representative that he made a mistake joining Everton and should be playing for a European super-power, has sparked fears over the Belgium international's future.

The 22-year-old was the club's record signing last summer but the reputation of Raiola, who also represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Mario Balotelli, means Everton fans are right to be wary of his influence.

What the manager has said

"The recruitment department has been working really hard over the last six months and we need to assemble a really strong squad," Martinez said.

"First and foremost it is an opportunity for young players to show they are ready for big important roles for the next campaign and everyone else providing strong competition to be important figures for the future.

"The dressing room is very strong as it is now, so we need to make sure whatever we do in the summer is to get us in a better place."