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What The Papers Say - 16 January

A round-up of the day's Everton-related paper talk.

What The Papers Say - 16 January

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The Echo

EAGER Everton FC fans may have to wait a little longer to see exciting wide man Kevin Mirallas back in a Blue shirt.

But the Belgian, voted the best foreign player of 2011/12 in Greece this week, should be back for the second half of what could be a memorable campaign for the Blues.

Mirallas is back in training after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring injury which had already sidelined him for a month against Spurs on December 9.

But the Blues may not risk him at Southampton on Monday, in a bid to ensure the player doesn’t suffer another repeat of the problem which has already seen him miss 11 matches.

After a sparkling introduction to the Premier League, the pacy and penetrative winger first felt the problem after a devastating first 45 minutes of the Goodison derby match in October.

He got through the next game at Fulham, but then limped off just 30 minutes into the home victory over Sunderland.

After sitting out for a month, he returned against Spurs but again came off at half-time and has missed a further seven matches since.

Despite scoring only one league goal so far, Mirallas’ impact has been considerable and his return would give manager David Moyes a major boost.

Mirallas returned to Greece this week – to pick up his prize for being the best foreign player of the 2011/12 season.

Everton signed Mirallas from Olympiakos this summer for £5.3m, after an outstanding campaign in Greece saw him awarded the League’s prestigious best foreign player award from the Panhellenic Association of Professional Footballers (PSAP) – the most established award ceremony in Greek football.

Yaya Toure is a previous winner of the award, which has also been claimed by former Liverpool players Djibril Cisse and Sebastian Leto Mirallas also brought back the prize for finishing as the Super League’s top scorer, with 20 goals.

Everton’s youth team, meanwhile, had to rearrange their FA Youth Cup tie at Port Vale after last night’s fourth round clash was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

The match will now be played next Tuesday, January 22 with a 7pm kick-off. The winners face a trip to either Fulham or Arsenal in the fifth round.

Daily Star

EVERTON are closing in on a £10m deal for Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue.

Goodison boss David Moyes wants the France international as an eventual replacement for the in-demand Marouane Fellaini.

And club officials have opened talks for Capoue, 24, who has spent his entire senior career with the Ligue 1 outfit.

Toulouse coach Alain Casanova said: “Capoue is the best player this club has had for 20 years.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also a fan of the powerful ballwinner, who has made over 150 first-team appearances and won four caps for France.

Daily Mail

Blackburn want Everton striker Anton Forrester, 18, after he impressed in a training game.

daniel mooreall are just speculation.The press love eyeing are best players up and talkin it up,Getin tired of it to be honest.Felleni wont be goin anywere just yet anyway.

Wednesday 16th January 18:46 Report Comment

bernard philipsThis sounds ominous, an understudy to Felli lor a replacement... Kevin come back when you are ready, plenty of games left for you to help win...

Wednesday 16th January 16:33 Report Comment

robyn thompsonIf we've got the 10 mil us it to pay fellaini more to keep him longer

Wednesday 16th January 15:15 Report Comment

Peter Murray10 million!Surely we're going to have to sell to buy.

Wednesday 16th January 14:10 Report Comment

thomas parsleywe have not got ten million to spend!!!!! felli not going no were champ leag next season!! coyb!!!!

Wednesday 16th January 13:24 Report Comment

andrew hawes1o million??? what part of no money do people not get??????

Wednesday 16th January 13:09 Report Comment

shirley jowettI just wish we cold keep Fellani, what a talened footballe he is. COYB.

Wednesday 16th January 11:19 Report Comment


Wednesday 16th January 10:00 Report Comment

Barry Byrneive heard this capoue rumour before, this may have some substance

Wednesday 16th January 09:24 Report Comment


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