Everton fear Lucas Neill exit after receiving bid from Galatasaray

13 January 2010 10:00
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LUCAS NEILL is on the brink of a shock exit from Goodison Park after Everton received a bid from Galatasaray.

The Australian international is considering ending his four and a half-month spell on Merseyside, lured by the Turkish club's financial package.

Officials from Galatasaray are understood to have made an initial £750,000 bid for the Aussie, who has made 12 starts and three substitute appearances for Everton this season.

If Neill decides he wants to go and join international team-mate Harry Kewell at the Ali Sami Yen, it is believed David Moyes will not stand in his way.

It would represent a decent profit for a 31-year-old who cost Everton nothing, and Moyes would be reluctant to keep a player who is not committed to the Toffees cause.

However, the departure would cause the Scot a headache, as Neill has forged a promising partnership in the centre of defence with John Heitinga and his versatility has been a plus during the club's injury crisis.

Galatasaray have been keen on the ex-West Ham man since the summer, and could be prepared to bid up to £1million for his services.

Neill would be eligible to play for the Turkish side in Europe, because he has not yet been able to feature in the Blues' Europa League campaign. Intriguingly, Everton could meet Galatasaray in the next round.

Source: Liverpool_Echo