By David Craddock
Everton are looking to trump Liverpool in the chase for Samuel Eto'o by offering the striker a two-year contract, Goal has learned.
Liverpool, who are set to confirm the arrival of Mario Balotelli, are also looking to bring in Eto'o as Brendan Rodgers looks to bolster his squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.
The 33-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs this summer after leaving Chelsea in July, but would prefer to remain in England after enjoying his time at Stamford Bridge.
He scored nine goals in 21 Premier League appearances last season, but was embroiled in a row with Blues boss Jose Mourinho after he joked that he did not know the striker's real age.
Eto'o branded the Portuguese a "fool" and a "puppet" towards the end of his time in west London, and insisted he can still cut it at the top level.
Everton smashed their transfer record to sign Romelu Lukaku for £28m from Chelsea earlier this summer, and are now looking to add depth to their striking options by bringing in Eto'o.
Muhamed Besic, Gareth Barry and Christian Atsu have also been brought to Goodison Park this summer.