Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta believe the current Everton squad will challenge any side next season, even if the funds aren’t available to make big purchases in the transfer window.

Everton are yet to make any buys this summer, other than bringing in defender Eric Dier on loan from Sporting Lisbon. Reports are circulating that the club have limited funds, and may not make any big name signings at all.

But Cahill, who has been at Everton for seven years now and has pledged his long term future to the club, says the fact that the Toffees' best players want to stay with the side shows David Moyes' long term goals are shared by the squad.


"We've tied some pretty important players to Everton for a long time,” Cahill said.

"We're trying to build something special. If the funds are there, they're there, and if they're not, we'll have to deal with it.

"I think for us as players, it's best that we focus on the good things. I'm focusing on us keeping our best players. I know a lot of the big clubs are struggling to keep their best players.”

Arteta, who is the focal point of Everton’s midfield, singled out youngster Magaye Gueye for particular praise, showing that the squad believe in their future talent as well as their current stars.

“He looks good and he is the type of player you need as well,” Arteta said.

“We need players who can unlock the door sometimes.

“Magaye has got a really good shot, too.”

And Arteta revealed that the club are in top shape as they prepare for a tough opening match against Tottenham on August 13.

He said: “There are still three weeks to go but we are all getting prepared very well. We are training hard and looking good.”

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