What The Papers Say - May 31

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Friday’s Everton-related media coverage points to Wayne Rooney’s suggestion he would one day like to return to the Blues in a coaching capacity. 

The Academy graduate, who spent two spells at Goodison Park, was taking part in Eddie Hearn’s No Passion, No Point radio show on the BBC when he was asked about a potential Everton return once his playing career has ended. 

“At Everton? It would be nice,” said the striker, who left the Toffees to join MLS side DC United last summer. “You love your family unconditionally. It’s like that with Everton. It’s the team I’ll always love and grew up supporting. That’s in you.”

The Liverpool Echo and HITC also carry the quotes from the 33-year-old former England international. 

Elsewhere, the Leicester Mercury reports Everton are vying with Leicester City and Manchester United for Chelsea’s £15million-rated right-back Reece James following his successful loan spell at Wigan Athletic last term.

The 19-year-old made 46 appearances for the Latics and was named in the second tier’s Team of the Season.

Returning to the Echo, relegated Huddersfield Town are said to be keen on signing midfielder Kieran Dowell, with Sheffield United, the club where he spent the second half of last season on loan, also thought to be monitoring the 21-year-old’s availability. 

Finally, Morgan Schneiderlin praises the impact of compatriot Lucas Digne since his move to Goodison Park, saying the Club’s Player of the Season is someone “you could go to war with”. 


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