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McCarthy could return against Palace


Troubling times for Everton

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 By Mike Whalley

James McCarthy could be back from injury for Everton vs. Crystal Palace

Everton have a poor record without James McCarthy this season.

James McCarthy is on course to make his long-awaited return from injury when Everton visit Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, manager Roberto Martinez has revealed.

McCarthy, 24, has been struggling with a hamstring problem for more than two months, and has not played at all since Dec. 28, when he was forced off halfway through the 3-2 Premier League defeat at Newcastle United.

Everton, who are four points above the relegation zone, have won only one of the 13 matches McCarthy has...

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Samuel Eto'o says he has passed medical ahead of Sampdoria move

Samuel Eto'o has said he has passed a medical as he prepares to complete his move from Everton to Sampdoria.

The Everton striker used his official Twitter account to thank the doctor who carried out the examination and say he was "ready for a new challenge."

The development comes soon...

Everton near move for Norway keeper Orjan Nyland, sources say

Orjan Nyland is close to a move to the Premier League with Everton, sources said.

Everton are lining up a move for highly rated Norwegian international goalkeeper Orjan Nyland, sources have told ESPN FC.

Everton have been scouting Molde custodian Nyland for some time and even had him on trial in 2008.

The 24-year-old is regarded as one of the best young keepers in Europe after impressing for club and country during the last 18 months.

The 6-foot-4 keeper beat Manchester United's David de Gea to be named goalkeeper of the tournament at the Under-21 European Championships in 2013,...

Samuel Eto'o closes on Sampdoria switch from Everton

Samuel Eto'o is ready to move from Everton.

Samuel Eto'o is poised to complete his move from Everton to Sampdoria after the Italian club published the first picture of the Cameroon striker in their colours.

It was reported earlier in the week that Eto'o had already agreed an 18-month contract with the Serie A side, accepting a 40 percent pay cut, but the deal stalled with Sampdoria complaining about a lack of clarity in their dealings with Everton.

Those issues now appear to have been resolved with Eto'o in Italy to wrap up his move.

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 By Ben Gladwell

Everton's Samuel Eto'o closer to Sampdoria transfer - Ferrero

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti weighs in on the latest transfer news and rumours in January's window.
The ESPN FC crew examine the New York Cosmos' interest in Everton's Samuel Eto'o.

Samuel Eto'o is "sat on a plane" waiting for clearance to complete his move to Sampdoria, according to the Italian club's president Massimo Ferrero.

The move was stalled by Everton manager Roberto Martinez when he said that it could take two weeks to determine the Cameroonian's future, but Ferrero remains hopeful that the 33-year-old will arrive sooner rather than later, even if he showed more caution than in recent weeks.

"Let's just be prudent and say we're 50 percent, or let's say 51-49," Ferrero...