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Report: New York Cosmos interested in Samuel Eto’o deal

The Everton forward could be set for a move to America instead of a return to Italy.

North American Soccer League side the New York Cosmos could looking to secure a deal for Everton forward Samuel Eto’o, according to ESPN.

The former Cameroon striker was reportedly close to sealing a move to Serie A side Sampdoria, but that deal is yet to be finalised and doesn’t seem to be moving towards a conclusion at the moment.

That has alerted the American team, who would be keen to sign the former Barcelona and Inter Milan forward should he be available, and link him up with Real Madrid legend Raul.

"As a club, we are interested in a player of that level, for his quality, his determination and his great will to win,” said New York Cosmos sporting director and coach Giovanni Savarese.

“He's a player who, if there were any possibility of getting him, we would be interested in taking. It's going to be a decision that they [Everton and Eto'o] will take together, then we'll see which club they choose and which will be the best situation for all parties."

Italian side Sampdoria had hoped to wrap up the deal for the 33-year-old in time for him to make his debut against former club Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night.

However, Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that the deal may have to wait until the end of the January transfer window, which doesn’t close until February 2nd.

"The Samuel Eto'o situation is something that we're going to make sure that the next two weeks is a period of reflection and see what's the next move in that respect," Martinez told the club’s official website.

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