Everton are ready to make a surprise move for released Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o, according to reports from talkSPORT.

It recently became clear that the Cameroonian veteran – who will represent his nation at the World Cup in the coming weeks – will not longer be a Blues player next term after just 12 months in west London.

Eto’o arrived from Anzhi Makhachkala – where he was the world’s highest paid footballer – and netted 12 goals across 2013/14, but failed to truly win over Jose Mourinho during that time.

Interest in the 33-year-old from across Europe and Asia is high, and now Everton have emerged as candidates for his signature.

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Roberto Martinez is thought to see the free agent as a good replacement for Romelu Lukaku – who has returned to Chelsea following a loan spell at Goodison Park – as he plots about bulking out his squad for Europa League action.

Everton are unlikely to be able to compete with the likes of Monaco and Galatasaray in terms of wages, but the Merseysiders are hopeful that the lure of staying in the Premier League may be enough to give them a shot at snapping up the Champions League winner.

Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande are also keen on Eto’o, while there is rumoured interest from MLS outfits and clubs from across the Middle East.

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