What The Papers Say – 6 August

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With Thursday's 5pm summer trading deadline drawing closer, Tuesday's Everton coverage is inevitably given over to transfer speculation.

The Independent claims Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha "expects to be at Everton by the end of this transfer window".

Palace's powerbrokers will accept a £65m lump sum payment from their Goodison Park counterparts for Ivory Coast international Zaha, according to the paper.

The Daily Mail says Everton and Palace reopened talks over Zaha on Monday, with discussions poised to continue today, as Everton offer "£65m in cash, in addition to Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy" in an effort to get a deal over the line this week.

Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has been the subject of a £32m Everton bid, says the Daily Telegraph.

The paper, however, insists the Blues' approach will fall down on two counts, with Everton's offer "significantly below" Watford's valuation of the player and submitted "far too late in the transfer window".

French publication L'Equipe, meanwhile, suggests Everton will succeed in a move for Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe.

West Ham United and Crystal Palace were said to be interested in 18-cap France international Sidibe but L'Equipe reckons Everton will loan the player from Monaco – where he was a Ligue 1 winner in 2016/17 – with an agreement in place to make the arrangement permanent next summer.

Back in the Daily Mail, five players are linked with Goodison Park exits.

The Mail reports that McCarthy, Tosun, Kevin Mirallas, Yannick Bolasie and Henry Onyekuru could all leave Everton this summer.

Marco Silva has told the Liverpool Echo that he will decide this week whether to send defender Lewis Gibson on loan.

The 19-year-old has impressed during pre-season – and scored his first senior goal against Mainz 05.

Everton manager Silva says he is "happy" with Gibson's progress, adding, "Let's see if he can stay with us, working with us all season and playing in the U23s, or with another solution."

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