What The Papers Say - 3 January

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

A number of Monday's national newspapers claim Everton are closing in on a deal to sign Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson.

The Daily Express believes the Blues will pay a fee "in the region of £10million" for the 20-year-old Scotland international.

Elsewhere, in the Daily Mail, there is speculation regarding the future of Burnley winger Dwight McNeil.

Everton - along with Crystal Palace and Aston Villa - are said to be keen on the 22-year-old winger, but it is said the Clarets' price tag of £40million could rule out any transfer this month.

And finally, a rumour featuring on ESPN states Newcastle United could be set to launch a move for Toffees left-back Lucas Digne.