Former Chelsea player and Cameroon international, Samuel Eto’o, is close to completing an Everton move on a free transfer as he heads to the English clubside for medical tests.
It is reported that he has reached a provisional agreement on a two-year deal after re-opening talks with Everton following the collapse of his move to their neighbours Liverpool.
Eto’o has lowered his wage demands from around £130,000 a week to fit in with Everton’s proposals and was due to travel to Merseyside from his Paris home on Monday ahead of a medical in the hope of completing the deal on Wednesday.
Everton had spoken to Eto’o’s representatives over a fortnight ago but the player also had interest from Liverpool, AC Milan, Roma and clubs in Qatar. Yet he and his agent Claudio Vigorelli have decided Everton would be the better football option.
Manager Roberto Martinez wants an extra striker and has also posted an interest in Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck. However, the experience Eto’o brings is seen as key to aiding the development of Everton’s other younger players while also giving Arouna Kone a chance to re-stake his claim for a place after injury.
According to the Dailymail, Eto’o was a fall-back option for Liverpool should they have failed to sign Mario Balotelli but Everton hope he will now use that to prove he still has plenty to offer the Premier League.