After Liverpool confirmed the signing of Mario Balotelli, across town Everton have now signed the Reds' fall-back option Samuel Eto'o.
Eto'o was a fall-back option for Liverpool should they have failed to sign Mario Balotelli, however with that deal confirmed yesterday the Reds won't be requiring the Cameroon international's service with Eto'o instead being forced to look elsewhere.
However, the 33-year-old hasn't had to look far and after the collapse of his move to their neighbours Liverpool, the Toffees have now reached a provisional agreement on a two-year deal after having further talks with Everton.
Apparently, 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. Although, after sifting through the offers on the table, he and his agent Claudio Vigorelli have now decided Everton would be the better football option.
In order to join the Merseyside club Eto'o has lowered his wage demands from around £130,000 a week to fit in with Everton's terms, and is due to travel to Goodison Park from his Paris home ahead of a medical in the hope of completing the deal by Wednesday.
It has already been noted that Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants an extra striker, even after Romelu Lukaku joined, and Martinez was also interested in Manchester United's Danny Welbeck who might be leaving Old Trafford after falling out of favour under Louis Van Gaal.
The experience Eto'o brings is seen as key, with aiding the development of Everton's other younger players another factor to his arrival, while also giving Arouna Kone a chance to re-stake his claim for a place after injury.
Everton hope he will now that to prove he still has plenty offer the Premier League, offering them a new dimension to their play.
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