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Ossie Keen For New Faces

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Leon Osman is eager to see new faces alongside him in the Everton side for his forthcoming testimonial.

The Blues entertain Porto at Goodison on Sunday, 3 August in the side’s only pre-season fixture on home soil.

The fixture is Osman’s testimonial game, after playing more than 10 years of first team football for the Blues.

And the experienced England international midfielder would relish the chance to share the contest with a number of new faces in the Everton ranks.

Muhamed Besic is on the verge of becoming Roberto Martinez’s second summer signing following a permanent deal for Gareth Barry.

And the Blues chief has admitted he is optimistic of further new arrivals checking in at Goodison in the coming days.

Osman said: "We try not to be distracted by speculation. But sometimes you can’t help but hear the rumours about who the manager wants to bring in to the club.

“Besic should be completed in the next few days and we’re aware of the rumors about a couple more coming in. It would be good if any new arrivals could play in my testimonial.”

One name in particular has caught Osman’s eye. Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a successful campaign with the Blues during a season-long loan from Chelsea, netting 16 goals in the royal blue jersey.

He has been heavily linked with a permanent switch back to Goodison this summer and Osman would love to see him return to Merseyside.

He added: “It would be good to have Romelu back. We know the quality he's got. There might be a bit more to do to get him back here but it would be great if he could come back in time to play in the game."

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