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Everton have been holding talks over potential spots for a new arena as the club looks to move away from Goodison Park.
The club’s current stadium was built in 1892, and is one of the world’s oldest soccer stadiums. Everton are currently in negotiations with the Peel Group that owns land right on the banks of the river Mersey. Reports from the Guardian say that it will cost the club around £30 to secure the land. Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson, who is part of the negotiations, is hopeful that an announcement could be made in the next few months.
“Things are really positive,” Anderson said. “No option is ruled out but everyone knows my preferred option. Everyone knows the club’s preferred option. There are discussions taking place and we’re at the heart of that trying to move things on.
“Really, given where we were 12 months ago, we are in a much different and healthier position. The obstacle with all these things is an agreement must be reached. We did that with Anfield. We had challenges, had to buy properties and move people on. It’s about negotiation and making significant concessions.”
Anderson stressed the importance for the Liverpool city council to work with the club, just like they did with the Fenway Sports Group who owns Liverpool when it came to the regeneration project at Anfield.
“Both clubs are crucially important to the city,” Anderson said. “As in London and Manchester they bring an economic development in terms of jobs, visitors and tourism. Everton, in terms of the partnership we’ve got, is as strong as ever. I am really positive we will be able to announce in a couple of months what we are doing with the club. I am confident there will be something for Evertonians – a new stadium as good as this.”