What The Papers Say - 27 June

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Andros Townsend spoke live on TalkSPORT this morning as the Everton winger reflected on the 2021/22 campaign.

While the England international missed the business end of the season due to injury, he expressed the display of support for the squad from Evertonians blew him away. 

“It was one of the best experiences of my life,” Townsend said.

“The fans came around and really played their part. An away game seeing off the coach, literally thousands lining the streets for home games and giving us a hero’s welcome.

“It was weird because we knew we didn’t deserve a hero’s welcome... but these fans realised the situation and worth to the team.

“Although it was a tough season, it was one of the best experiences of my life.”

Moving onto transfer rumours, Daily Star journalist Paul Brown has provided an update on the acquisition of midfielder Harry Winks and potential sale of Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur.

It is understood that Everton wish to keep both deals separate rather than including Winks as part of a transfer for the Brazilian. However, this could prove to be a “stumbling block” for Spurs, according to Brown.

Speaking to Give Me Sport, Brown said: "From Spurs’ point of view and it would make it a lot cheaper if they could try and package that all together, but as far as I understand, Everton want it kept totally separate and that might be a stumbling block at the moment."

The reporter adds the Club would prefer to bring Winks to Goodison Park initially on loan before deciding if they wish to make the transfer permanent. 

Finally, former Everton captain Kevin Campbell has encouraged the Blues to do everything in their power to secure the signing of Christian Eriksen this summer.

The Denmark international made his return to football earlier this year with Brentford after suffering a cardiac arrest at the European Championships last summer and has been linked with a move to the Blue side of Merseyside.

In an interview with Goodison News, Campbell believes the midfielder's impact on games could help Frank Lampard's side rise up the Premier League table next season.

“I think Eriksen’s a wonderful player. Even when he was a Spurs he was a top player,” he said.

“Obviously the unfortunate thing happened to him at the Euros, but he’s come back and he’s proven himself, hasn’t he?

“He’s proven what a really good player he is.

“It worked out for both Brentford and him, him getting the last half a season.

“And now he’s a free, so I’m sure there’s going to be quite a few clubs after him.

“If Everton could get him, you’re in business.

“Because he’s a player who can not only dictate a game, one of the few players around who can really dictate a game, he can make a difference in a game in a split second. 

“He’s that good.”