Everton have finally announced that the Samuel Eto'o deal is complete and the Cameroonian forward is headed to Serie A side Sampdoria.
Eto'o thanked Everton fans, staff, and manager Roberto Martinez in an Instagram post:
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The specifics of the deal were not announced, but we will have them for you if and when we know. Martinez commented on Eto'o's exit:
"We thank Samuel for his efforts and for bringing his know-how to the team and to Finch Farm where he passed on some of his terrific experience to all of the young players in particular.The memory of his performances in Europe stand out especially.On behalf of all Evertonians, we wish him well for the next chapter in his career."
Blues are you happy or sad to see Eto'o go? Who, if anyone, do you think will replace the forward? Let us know in the comments below.