By David Craddock
Samuel Eto’o has opted to join Liverpool and is undergoing a medical on Friday ahead of signing a one-year deal, Goal understands.
Everton’s late interest in the 33-year-old had threatened to derail Liverpool’s move, with Roberto Martinez’s side ready to offer a two-year contract, but the striker is excited by the prospect of working under Brendan Rodgers.
The Cameroon international’s medical is taking place outside of the UK, while the deal could be finalised before Liverpool face Manchester City on Monday evening.
Eto’o is available on a free transfer having left Chelsea at the end of last season and had held talks with Ajax earlier this summer before the Dutch club pulled out of negotiations.
Eto’o scored 12 goals in 34 appearances for Chelsea last season but hit out at Jose Mourinho after the 51-year-old joked about not knowing the striker’s real age.
Liverpool are also poised to complete the signing of Mario Balotelli in a £16 million deal from AC Milan.
The Italy international has said goodbye to his team-mates at the Serie A club and has travelled to England for a medical.