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Arsenal, Everton in contention to sign Rodriguez in January transfer

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Arsenal and Everton face a major obstacle in their bid to sign a Real Madrid star, while a Tottenham strike target is available for £25.2m, according to yesterday’s Euro Paper Talk.

Everton and Arsenal reportedly have a problem in their January transfer pursuits of Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez.

The 28-year-old returned to Real Madrid in the summer after spending two seasons on loan at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Rodriguez has failed to live up to expectations after he burst onto the scene at the 2014 World Cup, with Los Blancos now keen to see him leave permanently.

Reports over the past week stated that the former Porto and Monaco man is a target for the Premier League rivals, having made only 11 appearances in Spain so far this season.

It is claimed that Rodriguez is tempted to link up with former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park and force through a loan move, but Madrid will hold out for as long as possible to see him leave for good.

Mikel Arteta is also known to admire the Colombian, with the Gunners looking for a long-term playmaking replacement for Mesut Ozil.

However, it would appear that both Everton and Arsenal will have to come up with cash offers to get their man before Friday’s transfer deadline.


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