What The Papers Say – August 8

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Thursday's newspapers are swamped with transfer speculation, as Premier League clubs race to wrap up their business before 5pm today.

The Daily Mail reports that Wilfried Zaha has submitted a transfer request to Crystal Palace and the player is attracted by Everton's "plans to challenge at the top end of the table".

The same paper says PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn is being lined up by Everton as an alternative to Zaha.

Dutch 21-year-old Bergwijn has been capped seven times by his country and was a key figure in PSV's 2017/18 domestic title winning team.

The Daily Star reckons Chelsea will allow centre-half and mooted Everton target Fikayo Tomori to leave Stamford Bridge on loan ahead of today's trading cut-off.

In the same article it is suggested Everton hold an interest in Nathan Ake, Bournemouth's Dutch international defender – whose club reportedly value the player at £75million.

Romelu Lukaku's proposed move from Manchester United to Inter Milan will net Everton £5m owing to a clause inserted in the deal when the Belgian left Everton for United two years ago, according to the Daily Express.

The Daily Mirror claims Everton are "keen" on a loan deal for Marcos Rojo. Argentine defender Rojo's club Manchester United would, however, prefer to sell the player according to the Mirror's report, the Old Trafford outfit wanting a fee in the region of the £16m they paid Sporting Lisbon for Rojo five years ago.

Also in the Mirror, it is said Everton are "refusing to give up" on a deal for Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi, the 23-year-old, 36-cap Nigeria international, who has been at Emirates Stadium his whole career.

The Liverpool Echo carries quotes from Marco Silva after Everton snapped up Djibril Sidibe on loan from Monaco.

Everton manager Silva says the addition of France World Cup winner Sidibe gives Everton a pair of "high-quality" right-backs, with Seamus Coleman set to fight the 27-year-old new boy for that spot in the team.

The Echo also has a story on midfielder James McCarthy's transfer to Crystal Palace, a deal which was confirmed late last night.

RMC Sport in France says Everton will not return with a third bid for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure today, but instead pursue a move for the 26-year-old former Rennes player in January.

Everton defender Matthew Pennington is said to be closing on a loan switch to Hull City. Hull Live says Pennington will sign a deal keeping him at the Championship club for 2019/20 and follow Everton colleague Josh Bowler to the KCOM Stadium.

And back in the Mail, Michael Keane details each step of his pre-season programme.

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