What The Papers Say - August 10

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Everton's transfer deadline-day business dominates the sports news agenda in plenty of Friday's editions.

And the Daily Mail is one of a number of publications which believes the Blues' recruitment drive is not complete, with the paper claiming a season-long loan for Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma could be confirmed today.

The Mail carries quotes from Yerry Mina, the Blues' new centre-half, who says his transfer from Barcelona to Everton represents a "great opportunity". The same paper suggests Barca inserted a £54million buy-back clause into the deal which brought Colombian Mina to Goodison Park on a five-year contract.

The Daily Mirror claims Everton "won deadline day" and leads its Toffees' transfer wrap with quotes from Bernard – "one of the most mercurial talents in world football" – who insists he "did not need any persuading to come to an ambitious club aiming to achieve real success".

Brazilian winger Bernard, who joined Everton on a four-year deal following five years in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk, is quoted in the Metro, saying, "The manager made me feel confident I wanted to play here because of what he’s done in the past. He is a great coach, he has done great things. And Everton is a club with a great structure".

The Toffees' third confirmed deadline-day arrival, Andre Gomes, the Portugal international who agreed a season-long loan switch from Barcelona, is widely quoted expressing his "motivation to work with Marco Silva and play for Everton, a great club."

Potential Goodison exits are covered in The Guardian. The paper expects the duo of Muhamed Besic and Yannick Bolasie to attract interest from clubs seeking loan deals before the end of the month, with Championship Middlesbrough tipped as a potential temporary destination for the pair.

Croat Nikola Vlasic is linked with a loan move to CSKA Moscow in Russia.

The Liverpool Echo hails Everton's "potentially excellent" transfer window and debates the make-up of the Blues' strongest starting XI.

And the Echo has an early look at the types of players Everton might pursue when the next trading period begins at the turn of the year.

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