Premier League updates from Goodison Park

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City. Stu Forster  Getty Images

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City. Stu Forster Getty Images

Everton are still looking to sign Swansea's talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson, who have valued the Iceland global at £50m.

Bournemouth conceded 67 goals last season, but the arrivals of Ake and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Stamford Bridge should improve their solidity as Howe looks to build on last season's impressive ninth-place finish.

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

"Still now we really have one striker, in my opinion", he said.

Meanwhile, Stoke have a handful of summer signings of their own ready to make their debuts on Saturday.

Ronald Koeman's Everton side finished seventh in the Premier League table last season, boasting 13 wins and four draws from 19 home games. Everton have enjoyed a positive head-to-head record against the Potters too. They have had a busy summer, signing seven players.

With Everton and Stoke more likely to employ defensively resiliency over a gung-ho approach - thanks in no small part to their lack of a 20+ goal a season striker - the battle in centre midfield will define how this game plays out. There is always a turnover of players at this stage and you don't know until you start playing where you are. "We are looking forward to getting started".

Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are out injured and will not feature in the Premier League opener.

For Stoke, Hughes must do without Stephen Ireland (broken leg) and Ibrahim Afellay (knee) for the trip to Goodison Park.

"In the Premier League if you think you have an easy start you will pay for that".

Only Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer (8) have scored more goals on Premier League opening day than Rooney (7).

United put all their eggs in a Europa League-shaped basket last season and it paid off as Mourinho led the club back into the Champions League with a 2-0 final win over Ajax.

Mark Hughes has warned his Stoke side not to get dazzled in the spotlight of the Rooney show. His last win was in 2009 as Manchester City manager.

It was October 15 before Stoke collected their first league win last season, September 26 the season before that and September 29 the campaign before that.

Veteran Stoke striker Peter Crouch has been involved in 10 goals against Everton in his Premier League career (six goals, four assists) - only against Aston Villa (11) has he been involved in more. They've bought in players, spent money and they are having a go though, so fair play to them. "Then I believe we can fight against them".

"They've brought good players in but lost key players too, like Lukaku".

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