What The Papers Say - 7 August

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Wednesday’s local and national newspapers report Everton are close to completing a season-long loan deal for Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe.

The 27-year-old was part of the France squad that won the 2018 World Cup. He has made a total of 114 appearances for Monaco since signing from Lille three years ago and helped the Principality club win the Ligue 1 title in 2016/17.

The Daily Mail continues to suggest Everton are interested in signing Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.

The Mail also claims Toffees midfielder James McCarthy could be set to move in the opposite direction. The paper reports the Republic of Ireland international is on verge of completing a transfer to the south London club for a fee of around £8million.

New Blues striker Moise Kean also features heavily across local and national publications, with the 19-year-old Italy international praising the warm welcome he has been afforded by Evertonians.

Everton fans have already raised more than £1,000 to pay for a banner supporting Kean and condemning racism. After being subjected to racist abuse in a Serie A clash at Cagliari last season, Kean went on to score and celebrate with his arms aloft in front of the home crowd.

“I think (the banner) is beautiful because racism is horrendous and we have to fight against it,' Kean said at a press conference at USM Finch Farm on Tuesday.

“I'm going to repay the fans for all they do for me. It makes me even more motivated to repay them and I am going to give 100 per cent of my ability on the pitch.”

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