Everton are close to being taken over by ‘mystery Middle East’ investors, according to the Daily Mail.

It has been rumoured since late 2015 that the club is to be taken over, but if reports are to be believed then it won’t be by the American consortium headed by John Jay Moores and Charles Noell. The pair had been linked with a £200million deal for the club and had been in a period of exclusivity over the month of January.

The news had gone quiet since the end of the month but now it has emerged that new investors have entered negotiations with the Daily Mail reporting that the deal could go through ‘in the next few days’.

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The report also explains that the club has kept the deal well away from the public eye which would explain the lack of news on the subject. The report explains that ‘Insiders at Everton told this newspaper that it was at too sensitive a stage to even discuss the name of the buyer but an announcement is imminent – and possibly before Tuesday’s away game at Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League.’

This will come as a shock to most Evertonians with the American consortium looking almost certain to take the reigns at the club. With most takeover news, it is often met with skepticism by Everton fans but in the next few days we are sure to hear more.

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