Everton forward Samuel Eto’o is close a move to Serie A side Sampdoria and only needs the blessing of Everton bosses to complete the deal, according to the Italian club’s sporting director Carlo Osti.
Eto’o, 33, and representatives have reportedly been in talks with Sampdoria officials for weeks now as the Cameroonian forward hopes to leave Everton, the club he only just joined from Chelsea in the summer, sooner rather than later. Eto’o was even recently linked with a surprise move to the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League, but a return to Italy now seems imminent.
On Tuesday, Osti says the deal “is almost finalized” and that Eto’o is negotiating his exit from Everton, where he has scored just four goals in 20 appearances for the Toffees. With the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Steven Naismith ahead of him, Eto’o has started just eight of Everton’s 22 Premier League games this season.
Eto’o, who spent two fruitful seasons in Italy (2009 to 2011), was a key part of Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan side that won the Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League treble in 2009-10.