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Everton release 13 players including Theo Walcott, Josh King and Yannick Bolasie but aim to tie down five youngsters

EVERTON have released 13 players including Theo Walcott, Josh King and Yannick Bolasie – but are aiming to tie down FIVE youngsters to new contracts.

The Toffees endured a horror end to the 2020-21 season, slipping out of the Champions League hunt to finish tenth.

And with boss Carlo Ancelotti leaving to return to Real Madrid, Everton have now begun their summer shake up with 13 players let go.

Among the highest profile names, Southampton loanee Walcott, ex-Manchester United target King and former Crystal Palace winger Bolasie have been release.

A club statement confirmed: “Everton can confirm Joshua King, Theo Walcott, Yannick Bolasie and Muhamed Besic will leave the club when their current contracts expire at the end of the month.

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“On-loan goalkeeper Robin Olsen will return to his parent club Roma.

“In the Under-23s squad, Josh Bowler, Dennis Adeniran, Matthew Pennington, Con Ouzounidis, Callum Connolly and Bobby Carroll will be released at the end of this month.

“Everton wishes to thank all departing players for their contribution throughout their time at the club.”

However, the Merseyside club are looking to tie down some hot prospects to new contracts.

The statement continued: “Nathan Broadhead, Ryan Astley and Joe Anderson have all been offered new deals.

“The club has taken the option to extend Kyle John’s contract until the end of June 2022, with Liam Higgins having his scholarship extended for a third year.”

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