Former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o is on the verge of signing a two-year deal to stay in the Premier League with Everton.
Frequently criticised last season by Jose Mourinho for his age and the restrictions that creates, Eto’o appears to have opted to stay in English football and play for Spaniard Roberto Martinez.
Martinez deserves tremendous praise for any deal because Eto’o has the experience and calibre to have moved onto clubs in arguably better positions who could offer the Cameroonian better terms.
Eto’o can be effective for the Toffees in a number of ways with his ability to help younger players at the club one of the biggest benefits.
He could form a superb relationship with Romelu Lukaku, who also linked up with Everton on a permanent basis following a spell at Chelsea.
Lukaku is still a very young and raw striker, who could benefit tremendously from the experience Eto’o has and there are plenty of tricks the Belgian can learn in terms of Eto’o’s positional awareness and experience from various leagues around Europe.
The Guardian suggests that Liverpool’s capture of Mario Balotelli for £16 million makes Eto’o’s move to Everton more likely, with the Reds effectively ruling themselves out of the race to get him.
Arsenal also pose a threat but it seems everything is in place for Eto’o to become an Everton player and focus on driving the Toffees into the Champions League places by the end of the campaign.
It will be fascinating to see how Martinez gets the best out of Eto’o in what could be the final big deal of his career as he’ll be 35-years-old by the time any two-year contract he signs with the club expires.
Here’s what Everton fans have made of the news via social media website Twitter.
You know football has gone mad when Everton spend c.£28m on a single player & are now moving for Eto'o who is likely to demand £100k+/week.— FK (@fkhanage) August 25, 2014
Surely signing a player like eto'o who is a winner & who will still get goals is a no brainer?Cant believe people are actually opposed to it— EFC People's Group (@ThePeoplesGroup) August 25, 2014
Eto'o will be a decent signing for us - top-drawer experienced proven striker #eto'oton— Griff (@Simon_Griffin_) August 25, 2014
I would love to know how much Eto'o is on per week but I think it is a great signing. Doesn't have to play every week but massive experience— Andrew (@jockefc23) August 26, 2014
Signing a player of Eto'o's quality is an amazing step forward for the club. Great back up for Lukaku, bound to score some crucial goals— James Rider (@JamesRider95) August 25, 2014
Eto'o a great short term signing but we still need a long term partner for Lukaku...Welbeck on loan would be decent to see how it works— Anthony Harden (@FootballAnt) August 25, 2014
eto'o will be a great signing for us, used to be one of the best strikers in the world undoubtedly pic.twitter.com/4hdXXPikK5— josh parrington (@joshparrington) August 25, 2014
What a signing Eto'o would be. The man is an absolute winner who has done it all. A great influence to have around out young squad— Emmet Wyley (@bluewidget1878) August 25, 2014
Everton close to signing Eto'o on a 2 year contract? Yes please. This sounds great! needed that back up striker sorted— Nowak™ (@itsnowak) August 25, 2014
Personally I think that Eto'o will be a good signing, well experienced player with goals to his name! Great to create depth aswell— Molly Harrison (@MollyOHarrison) August 25, 2014