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Everton FC have opened talks to sign Italian international midfielder Alessio Cerci according to TalkSport .

The Torino midfielder has scored 21 goals in 72 games and made just one appearance at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil before Italy’s elimination.

Roberto Martinez sees the 26-year-old as the ideal addition to Everton’s midfield but the Blues face serious competition from Roma for his signature.

Cerci could cost around £16m but has just one year remaining on his contract at Torino.

Swansea City have moved into pole position for Dimitry Payet, reports the Daily Express .

The Marseilles midfielder is interesting Everton and Newcastle, as well as the South Wales side, but Swansea have made the first move, bidding £6.5m for his services.

Payet scored eight times for Marseilles last term and made six assists, however the French club are willing to listen to offers.

Martinez is looking for a replacement for Gerard Deulofeu and the 27-year-old could fit the bill.

Everton have been made bookies favourites to sign Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker, according to NSNO.co.uk .

Caulker is reportedly available after the Welsh side were relegated last season and the 22-year-old is highly sought after because of his impressive performances during a troubled season for Cardiff.

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