Transfer New: Everton declares interest in Sporting Lisbon forward

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Transfer New Everton declares interest in Sporting Lisbon forward

English Premier League (EPL) club Everton have opened talks with Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon regarding the transfer of their forward Islam Slimani.

The 27-year-old has been under the radar of the Toffees for some time and the Liverpool based club wants to add the forward to their lineup this January, according to Daily Mail.

Slimani has a buy-out clause of £22.5million (US $33.28 million). A number of other Premier League clubs are also interested in his signature including Manchester United and West Ham United.

Slimani has scored just one goal in 5 Europa League appearances for Sporting this season. His shot accuracy is 60%, according to Squawka. However, the forward is in red hot form recently having scored eight goals in his last five appearances for the club.

Everton coach Roberto Martinez is eager to strengthen his squad. Martinez has had a terrible time under the Everton dugout this season as his side has managed to win just one out of the last 10 Premier League games.

Meanwhile, Everton’s long time custodian Tim Howard is looking to leave Goodison Park for Major League Soccer (MLS) side Colorado Rapids, according to NBC Sports.

Howard is eager to return to his homeland and wants to materialize the move in January itself. However, it seems unlikely and the former Manchester United goalkeeper has to wait until summer for the move to happen.

Howard has made 320 Premier League appearances for Everton and his contract with the Toffees lie until 2018.

Finally, current Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney is set to play in his testimonial match against Everton one week before the start of the next Premier League season, as reported by Daily Mail.

Martinez has given the green light for Rooney to face his boyhood club. All the profits from the fixture will go out to designated charities chosen by Rooney.

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