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What The Papers Say - 26 August

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is on the hunt for a new midfielder, according to today's newspapers.

The Daily Mail claim the Blues are in discussions with former Liverpool, Juventus and PSG enforcer Momo Sissoko over a free transfer.

The same article suggests Martinez is also keen on Wigan's James McCarthy and winger Aiden McGeady of Spartak Moscow.

Elsewhere in the same paper, Everton are mentioned as potential suitors for Valencia's 24-year-old winger Pablo Piatti. Southampton, Celtic and Rennes are also thought to be interested, though it is believed Piatti would prefer to stay in Spain.

The Times report that the Blues are in talks with Juventus about midfielder Luca Marrone, an unused substitute against Sampdoria on Saturday.

The paper see the 23-year-old as a potential replacement for Marouane Fellaini, who is again linked with Manchester United in various newspapers.

Tim Howard has been talking to the press and in the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror he praises the professionalism of Leighton Baines and Fellaini in light of the speculation linking them with moves to Old Trafford.

In another tabloid, the American explains how Martinez has won over his team with the style of football he is trying to implement but how it is now down to the players to convince Everton's 40,000 home faithful following Saturday's goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion.

In the Liverpool Echo, Sylvain Distin has his say on the latest transfer talk surrounding Baines and Fellaini, while Martinez reflects on the encouraging signs he has witnessed in his first two games in charge.

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