Transfer Talk Liverpool still a long way off from Lyon’s Nabil Fekir

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TOP STORY: Reds must wait on Fekir deal

Excited reports in France may have indicated that Liverpool were on the verge of wrapping up a move for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir — but the Liverpool Echo says there is a little way to go before that happens.

Fekir is thought likely to cost the Champions League finalists around £60 million, and reports had suggested he and his agent were due to arrive in Liverpool to talk terms.

But the Echo says “such a claim is premature, with the club not anticipating any such significant movement this weekend.”

Liverpool have scouted France international Fekir throughout a season in which he scored 23 goals in all competitions — form that has also seen him being linked with Atletico Madrid and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

However, the Merseysiders are reported to remain hopeful that a deal can be done before the World Cup.

United on brink of wrapping up Fred move

Fred could be a Manchester United player by Tuesday, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder’s representatives have flown to the UK “to put the final touches on a £52m deal,” with a medical set to take place soon.

The Evening News reports that talks “are expected to be a formality before the 25-year-old signs a four-year contract with the option of another 12 months.”

Manager Jose Mourinho wants the Fred deal to be done quickly — so does his Brazil boss Tite — as he begins a busy summer of transfer business.

He still intends to add further midfield reinforcements, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti and Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the frame, while up to three new defenders are on the way.

Everton track Lascelles amid Newcastle ‘uncertainty’

New Everton boss Marco Silva is wasting little time in planning a revamp of his squad, according to the Sun, which reports that he “is set to take advantage of uncertainty at Newcastle with a £30m bid for defender Jamaal Lascelles.”

It says Silva sees centre-back Lascelles as “a long-term partner for Michael Keane, with Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka getting towards the end of their careers.”

And with the Newcastle future of manager Rafa Benitez still unclear, the Sun adds that Lascelles “is among the players who may look at their future.”

Liverpool have also tracked the 24-year-old, who has been praised by Benitez for a succession of high-quality performances last season.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports reports that Turkish club Besiktas are interested in Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen, who has struggled to break through since moving to Goodison Park last summer.

It says Besiktas could try to sign Klaassen, who rejected a short-term move to Napoli in the winter, on an initial loan deal.


— Newcastle are among the early favourites to sign striker Abel Hernandez after he confirmed that he will leave Hull when his contract runs out in the summer.

The Chronicle reports that Uruguay international Hernandez is among the targets on a Newcastle list of up to 50 potential attacking reinforcements.

— Striker Benik Afobe may have joined Wolves only a couple of days ago — but he could be on his way to Stoke almost immediately, according to the Sun.

It says Wolves, who paid £12.5m to make last season’s loan deal from Bournemouth permanent, “are weighing up whether to sell for him for a profit immediately.”