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Everton round-up: Baines and Rooney to USA, Martinez the other way, Funes Mori fee

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Everton round-up: Baines and Rooney to USA, Martinez the other way, Funes Mori fee

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

US exodus?

Everton left-back Leighton Baines is again being linked with a Goodison Park exit. The defender was linked with a move to MLS earlier this summer, which was swiftly denied despite the highly credible sources of information.

Now the story is back. As reported by TEAMtalk, Baines continues to be linked with a move stateside.

The report claims that four clubs want him but both Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union are the leading lights.

Considering Baines is known to be something of a homeboy to the North-West, a move to America seems odd.

However, it appears that rumours of a move to the United States are not going away. Another man who appears to be heading stateside is Wayne Rooney. His protracted move to DC United is nearing completion, according to the BBC.

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Bizarre rumour

 

Everton are now being linked with a bizarre move to sign Atalanta United forward Josef Martinez. As reported by El Diario, and relayed by Sport Witness, the Venezuelan is said to be a target for the Toffees.

The former Torino striker scored 14 goals for the club in 16 MLS games and is star of the American league.

A strange rumour which has appeared from nowhere, but one to keep an eye on.

Funes Mori price

A report in Spain has highlighted the price Villarreal have paid for Ramiro Funes Mori. The Argentine was flogged by Everton this summer after an injury struck spell at Goodison Park.

Officially, the fee is set as undisclosed. However, El Periodico Mediterraneo are reporting the deal is worth an initial €9 million (£7.9 million) which could rise depending on bonuses.

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