What The Papers Say - 7 October

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

We begin today with an article from the Liverpool Echo highlighting the promising talent of Everton under-18s star Jenson Metcalfe.

The 17-year-old has been a standout for Paul Tait's side last season and has carried his impressive form into this campaign as well.

The young scouser also broke into David Unsworth's under-23s setup last season and will be aiming for a return to that level over the next 12 months.

Reporter Connor O'Neill writes: "Everton may have future leader who models himself on Sergio Busquets.

"Joining Everton at under-5 level, Metcalfe is a technically-gifted central midfield player with a wide range of passing and an eye for goal.

"Everton’s first team have long been accused of lacking leaders on the pitch over the last few years, but Metcalfe has no problem in telling his side how it is.

"If Metcalfe continues to listen to the advice of those around him, then it is hard not to imagine that more under-23 appearances will come in the coming months."

On to transfer news and Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha claims Porto have set their asking price for winger Luis Diaz.

The Blues were linked the Columbian in the summer in a deal that could have seen James Rodriguez return to Porto with Diaz coming in the opposite direction.

Despite nothing materialising, it is claimed Everton remain interested in the 24-year-old, who could be made available for £47million in January.

ESPN reports that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær remains reluctant to allow Donny van de Beek to leave the side in January.

The Dutch international had been linked with a move to the Blue side of Merseyside in the final days of the summer transfer window but the deal was reportedly blocked by the Norwegian.

Their report goes onto state that the Untied boss would be open for the midfielder to depart next summer as he wishes to keep the squad together for the entirety of the season.

And finally, Turkish outlet Sabah believe Besiktas remain interested in Everton striker Cenk Tosun.

The Turkish man is out of contract at the end of the season and may look to acquire his services in January, should the 30-year old recover from injury and begins to earn minutes under Rafa Benitez.