Koeman hoping to give West Ham some home Blues

"There wasn't any row, I should know about that because it was me who spoke to him".

However should a deal with West Ham be reached, Terry will be returning to the club that he played for as a teenager. The Toffees are pushing for the Europa League spot 13-point, with just three points separating them from fifth place. A win against the Hammers will bring Everton level on points with Manchester United and for Everton to continue their rise up the table, they will need Lukaku to be at his scoring best.

Captain Mark Noble completes a two-match ban while Michail Antonio (hamstring), Angelo Ogbonna (knee) and Pedro Obiang (ankle) are injured, but Winston Reid (groin) and Diafra Sakho (back) could return.

Striker Carroll is out with a recurrence of a groin injury and right-back Byram is suspended following his red card at Sunderland last weekend.

Everton's on-loan forward Enner Valencia is ineligible to face his parent club.

Everton's habit of drawing away games (they've drawn four of their last seven) means we wouldn't put anyone off backing the stalemate, but the value looks to us to lie in the goals market.

Everton, though, have a number of injury problems: Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Aaron Lennon, Ramiro Funes Mori and James McCarthy are all set to miss the encounter. "Im talking Bournemouth and Hull away, Leicester, West Brom and Swansea at home, and now the game against Sunderland", he said.

Poor segregation and stewarding issues led to crowd disturbances, most notably during a EFL Cup game against Chelsea in October.

Romelu Lukaku has scored once in each of his nine appearances against the Hammers. Personally, I would have like to have seen him given the opportunity to establish himself in the Hammers first team this season.

It's hard not to feel some sympathy for the former Everton defender given numerous problems suffered by the club this season have been out of his hands. Though if supporting Everton has taught me anything it is to expect the unexpected.

A awful season of recruitment has left fans disgruntled over what they feel are broken promises when it comes to West Ham's dealings in the transfer market.

West Ham are reportedly preparing a shock move for Lazio Coach Simone Inzaghi.

  • Steve Townsend