Everton are close to signing Samuel Eto’o on a two-year-deal following his departure from Chelsea last season, according to the BBC.
The 33-year-old left Stamford Bridge after yet another fall-out with returning manager Jose Mourinho, who made light of rumours about the player’s age by saying last season that Eto’o was, “32-years-old, maybe 35.”
Age no barrier
Despite the alleged question marks over his age, the player scored 12 goals in all competitions last season, including a hat-trick against Manchester United, who were then managed by David Moyes.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been deciding over whether or not to delve back into the transfer market after the club-record £28m signing of Romelu Lukaku on a five year deal back in July.
Lukaku back up
The Belgian impressed on loan from Chelsea last season, scoring 15 goals in 30 league appearances.
However, it has clearly been acknowledged that Lukaku could suffer from either injury or fatigue in the coming campaign, especially with Everton’s involvement in the Europa League in the coming season.
Therefore, the Goodison Park club have decided to sign another striker with a move for Eto’o.
The Cameroonian was recently reported to have had a medical at Liverpool in order for a deal to be struck quickly if the Anfield club’s move for Mario Balotelli fell through.
Given that that deal has now been confirmed, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is understood to be no longer interested in Eto’o, leaving the way clear for Martinez to make his move.
It is not clear whether Martinez is still interested in Danny Welbeck, but given the £15m quoted figure, a permanent deal now seems unlikely.
As for Eto’o’s wages, the Telegraph has reported that they will be around the £70,000 per week mark, making Eto’o one of the club’s top earners.
As the signing is expected to be completed imminently, Eto’o will be in line to face former club Chelsea in his first game for the Toffees.