Everton set to off-load Lucas Neill to Galatasaray after bid accepted

13 January 2010 09:56
The 31 year-old Australian defender only moved to Goodison Park on a free transfer having run down his contract at West Ham United last summer less than four months ago.

He featured in the recent draw away to Arsenal but had struggled to command a place at Everton before the the club's injury woes struck. Recently he has played in central defence alongside Johnny Heitinga.

 Related ArticlesArsenal target Louis SahaEverton hold new stadium talksArsenal 2 Everton 2Everton Transfer TalkTransfer TalkSport on televisionThe Turkish club had hoped to sign Neill last year indeed they had appeared favourites at one stage - but are now understood to have offered a fee of around £800,000 for his services which has been reluctantly accepted by Everton manager David Moyes.

It is understood that Neill has been keen on the move and, given his age, and the length of his contract it is believed that both the player and club accept it is a good deal for them. It also frees up money for Moyes to re-invest for other transfer targets this month.

The Turks already have Neill's fellow Australian Harry Kewell in their squad. West Ham had attempted to keep Neill, who was their club captain, and is also captain of the Australian national team and hopes to play in this summer's World Cup Finals, but they refused to meet his wage demands.

Galatasary are also thought to be interested in the Russian striker Roman Pavyluchenko who is desperate to leave Tottenham Hotspur, and has been told he can go, but are not prepared so far to meet the asking price. It is understood they may now turn to Middlesbrough's Mido instead, who is currently on loan.

Source: Telegraph

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