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Everton: Jim White claims American consortium likely to be interested in purchase

Telegraph journalist Jim White has claimed that Everton will “probably” be bought by an American consortium after owner Farhad Moshiri puts the club up for sale.

What’s the word?

It’s been a pretty mad week for the Toffees so far with Frank Lampard first getting the sack amid a woeful run of form in the Premier League.

This big news was then followed up by reports that Everton are officially up for sale, with Moshiri now looking for offers of more than £500m to do business.

While speaking about it all on BBC Transfer Gossip Daily, White said that this is a decent price for the club as they will soon have an exciting new stadium and so he expects plenty of interest.

He explained: “I think it would probably be an American consortium, maybe the Middle East. But you know this would mean that three of the big northwest clubs are up for sale simultaneously.

“Everton is a lot cheaper than either Liverpool or Manchester United. And they’ve got a new stadium in the most spectacular setting, alongside the Mersey, 50,000 seater stadium.

I think that’s a good buy for somebody coming in. £500m is a lot less than some of the other asking prices that are around about.

So I wouldn’t be surprised, if it’s true – and let’s just put a little caveat in there for Everton supporters – if it’s true that he wants out, I don’t think he’ll be short of people looking.”

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Good business?

As mentioned by White, both Liverpool and Manchester United are also reportedly up for sale right. However, these two Premier League giants are expected to be valued at roughly £3.3bn and £5bn respectively.

This is quite the jump up in price from Everton and that’s somewhat understandable when you consider that the Toffees have spent this season and last season fighting relegation and could well spend their next campaign in the Championship.

However, with Lampard now gone, the club will hope to hire a manager who can steer them to safety. If they can achieve that, a new owner could be buying a Premier League club for a very good price – one that will soon have a big new stadium in a brilliant location.

It’ll certainly be interesting to see what sort of parties become interested in a potential deal over the coming weeks and months.

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