Everton will spend most of the next two weeks in the United States taking part in a series of friendlies at the International Champions Cup.
The Toffees start off against Juventus before facing two more opponents, in a trip that may postpone further transfer business until they return.
Once again, here is your weekly dose of transfer rumours and stories surrounding Everton. Be sure to check back later in the week for any further developments.
For those keeping track of all Toffees-related links over the summer, last week's transfer gossip can be found here.
—LAST UPDATE: Friday, August 2—
Friday, August 2
The paper exclusively report how the Toffees were close to launching a full-scale complaint to the Premier League and have subsequently adopted a particularly stubborn stance over Leighton Baines.
Manchester United had a £12 million bid rejected and were hoping to acquire the England left-back for a slightly higher bid but, as it stands, the Daily Mirror say it would take something 'mind-blowing' to sign him.
Friday, August 2
Despite some revealing quotes from their sporting director, Oliver Kreuzer, it seems Hamburg won't be signing Nikica Jelavic any time soon, per The Metro.
The paper again use quotes from Kreuzer, who states:
It is still a fact we first have to sell a couple of players before we can dig into buying any new and as far as I am concerned we will be unable to finance a deal with Everton FC for Jelavic.
However, The Metro still imply that Everton are keen to offload the Croatian forward.
Wednesday, July 31
Joey Barton is after a return to Everton, his boyhood club, for whom he was once a member of the academy team.
The Daily Mirror's Alan Nixon released the story, which has since been regurgitated in most other media outlets throughout the day.
Barton then seemingly confirmed the legitimacy of the rumour by tweeting:
Once a blue...— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 31, 2013
Nixon writes how the controversial figure is willing to take a 50 percent pay cut on his £70,000 per-week wages to make the move from QPR.
While Barton is undeniably a fine player on his day, he would find it hard to start ahead of Marouane Fellaini, Darron Gibson and Leon Osman in midfield. The amount of baggage he brings would also concern the Toffees, as would his frequently provocative tweets.
Tuesday, July 30
The Daily Star predict Everton will return with a new bid for James McCarthy.
The paper reports how the Toffees had a pair of offers rebuffed earlier in the summer and expect Roberto Martinez to now table a £15 million bid for the Irish international.
As has been the case all summer, this deal seems highly improbable while Marouane Fellaini is at the club, in terms of both needs and finances.
Should he move on then perhaps McCarthy becomes a genuine option but until then it remains a long shot.
Monday, July 29
James Dickenson recounts how Everton rejected a £10 million bid for Baines some time ago and predicts United may soon be forced to turn elsewhere.
The article also includes quotes from David Moyes, who distances himself from transfer talk and focuses on the strength of his own squad, saying:
This squad, without any additions, will be tough opponents for any team this season.
Clearly there is a significant difference in valuation of the player, and if United don't up their bid towards the £18 million mark it seems likely that Baines will stay.
Monday, July 29
Philipp Hosiner, linked with an Everton move in last week's Transfer Tracker, has played down talk of any imminent move away from Austria Vienna.
The Swiss international striker spoke to Austrian-based newspaper Osterreich with Sky Sports translating his comments into English:
At this point in time I would like to have my peace.
We have an important playoff match coming up and then, after that, I will listen to all enquiries with my agent.
After that, we will see if it's worth me leaving such a great club like Austria Vienna.
Nikica Jelavic's brace against Blackburn will have surely boosted his prospects under Roberto Martinez, and it seems unlikely another striker would be brought in without Jelavic first being sold.
Monday, July 29
Everton's squad for the International Champions Cup was actually announced on Saturday, but is relevant to this slide as it highlights the players currently with Roberto Martinez for the next two weeks.
Antolin Alcaraz, who is out due to an unspecified injury, is the only notable absentee, although the omission of Magaye Gueye could well signal the end of the Senegalese international's time at Goodison Park.
The Toffees' official website announced the following 24-man party, including Gerard Deulofeu, who is set to make his debut for the club.
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Joel Robles, Mason Springthorpe.
Defenders: Tony Hibbert, Leighton Baines, John Heitinga, Phil Jagielka, Bryan Oviedo, Sylvain Distin, Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Shane Duffy.
Midfielders: Darron Gibson, Gerard Deulofeu, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini.
Strikers: Nikica Jelavic, Arouna Kone, Apostolos Vellios, Victor Anichebe.