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Eto'o deal held up due to Everton error

Blues office forgets to send document.

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The reason the Samuel Eto'o transfer from Everton to Serie A side Sampdoria is taking so long to finalize? Everton forgot to send a document, according to Italian journalist and Bein Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri.

So that's what's behind club tweets like this:

All that's left to seal this deal is the missing document, and Eto'o should be off the Everton books. As of early Tuesday morning, however, he is still listed as a member of the team on the Everton website.

33-year-old Eto'o made 12 appearances and scored four goals for the Toffees after his acquisition from Chelsea on a free transfer in August of 2014. The Cameroon international is already in Italy with Sampdoria, and attended Sunday's match against Palermo, but is still awaiting a formal introduction. Barring any more document errors, that will happen very soon.