What The Papers Say - 20 December
a round-up of the day's Everton-related paper talk.
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Salomon Kalou is considering a return to England with Lille ready to sell in January.
The 27-year-old joined for free from Chelsea in the summer as Lille beat West Ham, QPR and Everton, among others, in the race to win his signature.
Those clubs could be tempted to take a look at Kalou again come January, but his high wages could prove prohibitive.
Lille, who came third in Ligue 1 in 2011/12 and won the doube in 2010/11, have endured a tough campaignthis season, and are currently languishing in 11th place, nine points off the leaders, Paris Saint-Germain.
Kalou has hit just three goals in 17 appearances so far this season.
Everton are also keen on out-of favour Ajax winger Miralem Sulejmani, who snubbed a move to West Ham in the summer.
The Serb joined Ajax for £13.8million two years ago but has only played six times this season.
Everton projected an image of unity on to Anfield on Wednesday night to show their solidarity with the families of the 96 Hillsborough victims.
The picture carried the words 'Let's make it No 1 together' which refer to the Justice Collective's bid to get their single to the top of the charts this week.
A cover version of 1969 Hollies hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', the song has been heavily promoted by the club's famous figures over the past few weeks.
SYLVAIN DISTIN insists Everton FC must be even better than the team which finished fourth in 2005 if they are to emulate that achievement this season.
The French defender believes there are currently more Premier League sides than ever with realistic aspirations of qualifying for Europe.
That makes Champions League football next term a tall order for a club with limited resources, but Distin is relishing the challenge.
Last weekend’s draw with Stoke City, and subsequent wins for Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, meant the Blues dropped out of the top four and down to sixth in the table.
But for the experienced 34-year-old, such fierce competition is simply par for the course in the modern English top flight.
He said: “It was the top four before but now it seems more like it should be the top six if not seven and that’s great.
“There are no easy games anymore and I don’t think you can rest any players any more.
“There are so many great games - it’s good for the fans, the league and the players so there’s no complaints from me.
“If you want to make a big deal of it then yes we should win at places like Stoke . But if you want to be realists you look at it; we had a good opposition and how much did we spend during the summer? I think less than £10m."The teams above us spent big money, maybe £30m. I don't know where the problem is. People say they're not happy if we're not in the top four, as if we should always be there. That's not the case. The same teams have been in the top four for the last 10 years and we just try our best. That's it.
"We don't have a massive squad but we have a good spirit and I think we're having a good season. We've lost only two games and we've played some big teams so far. Personally I don't see a problem."
Distin knows Everton's top four quest would be boosted by new faces in January, but insists he cannot let such issues concern him.
"Everybody wants new players but I guess we can ask any player from any club and they'll say the same," he said.
"You want the team to improve. I don't know whether it's going to happen or not. but that's not our business. Our business is to do well on the pitch no matter what, and I don't waste my time thinking whether someone's going to come or not. Personally I think it's a waste of time thinking about it too much."
Extra tickets have been made available for Everton's Boxing Day game at home to Wigan Athletic.
The Latics have not taken their full allocation for the 3pm kick-off so home supporters can purchase tickets for seats in the Upper Bullens.