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What The Papers Say - 7 January

Barry tips Barkley for World Cup spot, plus more transfer gossip.

What The Papers Say - 7 January

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

Roberto Martinez has admitted in today's Liverpool Echo that Saturday's Man of the Match John Stones is likely to give him a sizeable selection headache in the coming weeks and months.

The youngster and summer signing Antolin Alcaraz have deputised for the injured Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin in the Blues' last two games, helping Martinez's men record a 1-1 draw at Stoke City before the weekend's FA Cup rout of QPR.

However, the Toffees boss insists Stones - and Alcaraz - are giving him exactly the type of problem he wants as the Blues begin their assault on the second half of the 2013/14 campaign.

The same paper suggests Distin and left-back Leighton Baines could be in line to return to the Everton side for the visit of Norwich City on Saturday, though they expect skipper Jagielka to miss at least another fortnight.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express and Daily Mirror all carry quotes from Gareth Barry, who says Everton midfield colleague Ross Barkley has already done enough to show he is worthy of selection for this summer's England World Cup squad.

The Mail also report that Everton Under-21s striker Chris Long is set to join MK Dons on loan, while the Daily Record believe Martinez is ready to make a move for Dundee United's Andrew Robertson.

The Mirror claim the Blues are close to a agreeing a pre-contract deal with Spartak Moscow and Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady.

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