Despite manager Roberto Martinez moving to dampen the speculation of a potential Serie A return for Samuel Eto’o, the Everton striker’s agent has revealed to Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport that negotiations with Sampdoria are ongoing.
Eto’o, 33, joined Everton on a free transfer in August after leaving Chelsea, and has since scored four goals in 20 total appearances for the club.
However, reports emerged last week that the former Inter Milan star was close to agreeing a deal to join Sampdoria on an 18-month contract, prompting Martinez to declare ahead of the club’s FA Cup match at West Ham United that none of his squad would be leaving Goodison Park this month.
“I know there has been a lot of speculation but there’s nothing. We haven’t been contacted and we’ve had no conversations about that issue at all,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“At the moment Samuel is working really well and having a really strong influence in the day to day work.”
Nevertheless, Eto’o’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, has since told Gazzetta that talks with Sampdoria are going well, with the lone holdup at his point being the Cameroonian front man’s wage demands.
“The only uncertainty is the salary, but I am optimistic,” Vigorelli said.
“We will continue working towards coming to Sampdoria.”
A switch to the Genoa-based club isn’t guaranteed at this point then, but it does appear as though Eto’o is edging towards an Everton exit after just five months at the club.