According to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, out-of-favour Real Madrid star James Rodriguez has agreed a €4.5m-a-year deal with Everton ahead of a possible transfer.

Palmeri reiterates that the Premier League side are yet to meet Los Blancos’ €25m price tag for the playmaker, who has played a very minimal role for the La Liga champions this season.

Everton supporters can take the fact that they’ve bettered Lazio’s contract offer to the ace as another sign of encouragement though.