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Is Tim Howard set to leave for the MLS?

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Rumours suggest the veteran 'keeper is on his way

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Rumours have surfaced suggesting Tim Howard could be leaving Goodison this summer for the MLS.

The Daily Mail (I know, I know) report that New York City, Toronto and LA Galaxy are considering making a move for Everton's No.1 at the end of the season.

Howard only signed a contract extension through to 2018 in April so Everton will probably want a small transfer fee for the goalkeeper should he move on despite his advancing years.

That, though, may not be a problem for the MLS given Howard's commercial standing in the US following his exploits for the USMNT last summer.

It is a move that does make sense. Howard has been a tremendous servant to the club since his move from Man Utd in 2006 but his performances this season have been below his usual impeccable standards.

Prior to his injury against Stoke on Boxing Day many had questioned whether age was catching up with the 35-year-old after a series of indifferent displays.

Roberto Martinez has already spoken of his desire to sign a new goalkeeper as a long-term replacement for Howard. And with Joel Robles' performances improving week-on-week, the American's position as first-choice is no longer secure.

I doubt he will want to spend the final few years of his career on the bench so one last payday in his homeland may suit all parties.

Cardiff's David Marshall and Orjan Nyland of Molde are two names that have been linked with a move to Everton, further evidence that Howard's time at the Toffees may be coming to an end.