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By ESPN Staff

Toffees set to release Van Der Meyde

Andy van der Meyde's agent expects the former Dutch international to be released by Everton at the end of the season. The 29-year-old forward has figured in just 24 matches for the club in his four years at Goodison Park, the majority from the substitutes' bench.

Signed in August 2005 for £2m from Inter Milan, he is arguably the biggest transfer failure of manager David Moyes' seven years at the club.

His time on Merseyside has been dogged with injuries and personal problems, and with his contract due to expire in the summer, Everton have not offered him new terms.

Now Van der Meyde's agent Chiel Dekker has confirmed the player is set to leave Goodison and that he would like to find himself a new club in England.

Dekker told "I think Andy will be leaving Everton when his contract expires.

"He has not been playing in the team and he is looking for a new challenge in his career.

"He is fit and ready to play and he would prefer to stay in England with a new club. We will wait and see what happens in the summer."

Van der Meyde once suffered club disciplinary action following an incident a Liverpool bar when he claimed his drink had been spiked before being taken to hospital.

He was also fined by Moyes for failing to turn up for a scheduled training session, and was involved in a public row with the manager over his fitness.

Van der Meyde also suffered personal problems when his home was burgled, with two cars and his pet dog being stolen. All were recovered.

His last significant first-team involvement was when he came on as a late substitute in the FA Cup fourth round replay in January with Liverpool, and was involved in the build-up for the winning goal scored by youngster Dan Gosling.

Since then he has made just one substitute appearance, and is unlikely to be involved in the FA Cup final build-up.


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