What The Papers Say - 30 June

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The Daily Mail claims Everton are one of three Premier League clubs interested in signing Burnley winger Dwight McNeil.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche recently commented he would be “very, very surprised if Dwight doesn’t leave Burnley at some point”, with Manchester United and Crystal Palace also rumoured to keeping tabs on the England Under-21 international’s progress.

McNeil has started all 32 of the Turf Moor club’s Premier League matches in 2019/20 and has scored two goals.

The Liverpool Echo carries quotes from Everton attacker Anthony Gordon, who has praised the “unbelievable' influence of experienced duo Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman.

In an interview given to Everton’s official matchday programme for Wednesday’s behind-closed-doors clash with Leicester City at Goodison Park, Gordon said: “Seamus and Leighton are such good leaders.

“I feel I can talk to them about anything, even about details that might seem small but could take me a long way.”

Former Everton defender Michael Ball’s regular column is also included in Tuesday’s Echo.

Ball says the Blues must take the opportunity to “lay down a marker” against third-placed Leicester.

“We've got the capabilities to go and beat teams like this - and we should be confident,” he adds.

Back to the Daily Mail and the paper features former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo, who has detailed how Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti “is like a father to me”.

The Argentine enjoyed successful spells playing under Ancelotti at Milan and Parma.

“In Italy, he explained to me the way you must behave as a professional – on and off the pitch,” Crespo said.

“When I watch his matches for Everton, I want him to win because he's a great person and a great manager.”

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