Everton have confirmed that a new stadium is still a big priority for the Merseyside club, as talks continue with the local council to find the best solution for both parties.
With Liverpool revealing a new stadium expansion plan earlier this year Everton are aiming to keep up, but have admitted they would need similar help as Manchester City required for the building of the Etihad.
The site in question is Walton Hall Park, only a stones throw from Goodison Park, that allows for the building of a new 50,000 seater stadium. However, the club has insisted that they are not ruling out other sites should this one be found unsuitable.
Robert Elstone, the club's chief executive, is hoping that a new build stadium would result in fresh investment in the club, in a similar manner to that at City with the move to the City of Manchester Stadium in 2003.
Finance still remains a key issue for the Toffee's and the club will announce whether the scheme will be financially viable within the next few months.
Elstone is calling for the council to be co-operative. Stadium plans have been drawn up previously with the Liverpool City Council, such as the Kings Dock project, that had to be aborted. However, the club have projected a healthier financial position within recent times and therefore remain positive about the proposal.
In an interview, Elstone predicted that 10,000 more seats would generate £5 million extra per year. He wants Everton to be a major part of the city of Liverpool, and the new stadium to be something fans and residents alike can be proud of.
As Everton aim to be in Europe next season, as they push ever forward as a club, playing attractive football and hoping to compete at the highest level, a new stadium only sees fitting.
Goodison park is full of history and it would be the romantic view of many fans to just extend and regenerate what they already have however, many successes are coming out of new grounds in recent years and maybe, just maybe, its what Everton need to be aiming for.
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