Samuel Eto’o is on the verge of leaving Everton after just five months on Merseyside with Sampdoria his likely destination.
The three time Champions League winner looks set to sign a two and a half year deal with the Italian side with a view to becoming a coach once his contract ends.
Sampdoria want to fly the Cameroonian out to Italy as quickly as possible as they want to register him in time to play against one of his former sides, Inter Milan, in the Italian Cup on Wednesday.
Roberto Martinez has refuted rumours suggesting that Everton want to sell the striker as he would be contracted for a second season at the club should he exceed 15 starts, he currently has 12 to his name.
Martinez was quoted by The Guardian saying: "We have heard a lot of stories but there is nothing sinister with Samuel, It is very natural. January was always going to be a moment where a player like Samuel was going to consider all his options."
Eto’o’s agent Claudio Vigorelli has echoed what Martinez told the press as he said the 33 year old wants to be closer to his family who reside in Milan.
"He’s chosen Genoa and he’s really motivated. His family lives in Milan and he dreams of playing in such a passionate place like Genoa to finish his career."
The four time African Player of the Year has turned down lucrative offers from clubs in the Middle East and Brazil so he can be closer to his family.