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Everton confident of Rooney return, Manchester United eye up Lukaku and today's other transfer rumours

Everton are confident of striking a deal to see WAYNE ROONEY return to Goodison Park, according to today's rumour mill.

Manchester United's record goalscorer has dropped down the pecking order at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho and Rooney could now follow Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane in joining the Toffees, according to Talksport. The 31-year-old still has a year remaining on his contract with the Red Devils but Ronaldo Koeman's side remain confident a deal can be made. The Times are reporting that part of the discussions over any deal have centred around Romelu Lukaku moving in the other direction.

But, according to the Daily Star, United boss Mourinho wants ALVARO MORATA and NEMANJA MATIC to join the club before the end of the week. United head off on a pre-season tour of the United States on Sunday and Mourinho wants both players to be on the plane for the trip. Defender Victor Lindelof is the only new arrival at Old Trafford so far as Chelsea are waiting to finalise a deal for Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko before allowing Matic to leave and Morata's move is held up by Real Madrid's interest in United goalkeeper David De Gea.

West Ham are keen to bring former Manchester United striker JAVIER HERNANDEZ back to the Premier League, according to the Daily Telegraph. The 29-year-old has a year remaining on his contract with Bayer Leverkusen and has a £13million release clause in that deal. Hernandez scored 11 goals in the Bundesliga last season and Leverkusen have yet to make any moves in extending his contract, giving further encouragement to the Hammers.

The Daily Telegraph is also reporting that Chelsea are prepared to pay a club-record £60million fee to bring Juventus left-back ALEX SANDRO to Stamford Bridge. The Serie A champions want to renew the contract of the defender but the Blues are willing to improve on that and are happy to meet the valuation of the 26-year-old. Paris St Germain are also interested in Sandro and Chelsea are waiting to discover if the full-back has the desire to move to England.

And finally, the Guardian reports that Crystal Palace have been put off by a £30million asking price for Liverpool defender MAMADOU SAKHO. New Eagles boss Frank de Boer believes he can bring in up to five players for the combined cost of the Frenchman and the Merseyside giants are refusing to drop their valuation.

ONLINE/SOCIAL ROUND-UP

@TheSunFootball: Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool to step up £70m pursuit of Naby Keita

@TEAMtalk: #MCFC are one step closer to a deal for left-back target Benjamin Mendy.

@MirrorFootball: Rafa Benitez urged to have patience with Newcastle's lack of progress in the transfer market

PLAYERS TO WATCH

GEORGE THOMAS: The 20-year-old Coventry midfielder is attracting a lot of interest with Swansea joining Leicester, Rangers, Newcastle, Burnley and Brighton in keeping tabs on the Welshman.

YANN KARAMOH: Southampton want to sign the teenage striker from Caen with the 18-year-old currently having a contract dispute with the French club.

NABY KEITA: The Guinea midfielder wants to join Liverpool but Red Bull Leipzig are holding out for £70million for the 22-year-old.

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