Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “This is going to be the first home game [since billionaire Farhad Moshiri bought a 49.9% stake in the club] and I’m sure Mr Moshiri will be around with our fans very soon, and everyone will get to know him.
“This is a really exciting time for us, one of the most significant moments off the field that has happened for Everton and a really important time for our future.
“What is important is we haven’t lost anything in terms of the soul of our club.”
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic on his side’s prospects of a top-four finish: “It is realistic now. We are one point behind with 10 games to go so we have a chance.
“But it’s so tight and there are still a lot of games to go. We are also looking below us because there are teams who are queuing up. The gap is not big between us and ninth or 10th in the table.”
West Ham’s season keeps getting better and better and I think they are as fit, strong and athletic as any team in the league.
Everton, in contrast, are stuck in mid-table at the moment but they can still climb the table too, and that would certainly help attract players if they look to spend big in the summer.