Everton outcast James Rodriguez is close to joining an unnamed Qatari club after leaving England on Sunday as he looks to end his nightmare Goodison Park stay
- Everton’s James Rodriguez is nearing an exit from the club this month
- The Colombian midfielder is in talks with an unnamed Qatari club
- Rodriguez was told by Rafa Benitez that he will not feature in his Everton plans
- The 30-year-old only moved to Goodison Park 12 months ago from Real Madrid
Everton’s unwanted star James Rodriguez is in Qatar discussing a move to Al Rayyan.
The Colombian was made aware in the summer that he was not part of manager Rafa Benitez’s plans and has been free to find a new club.
The 30-year old midfielder is Everton’s highest earner on over £200,000 a week and that has been prohibitive to him signing elsewhere despite interest from Porto and Turkish side Basaksehir in August.
Everton outcast James Rodriguez is close to completing a move to Qatar
The Colombian (right) is out of favour at Goodison Park and has not featured yet this season
James flew from Manchester on Sunday evening and Everton are hopeful a deal can be concluded. The Qatari transfer window is open until September 30.
Rodriguez arrived at Goodison Park 12 months ago from Real Madrid to link up with former Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti, with the signing creating great excitement amongst Toffees supporters.
A great start to life at Everton saw the Colombian score three goals and register three assists in his first six Premier League games, but his debut campaign in England was ruined from then on by calf injuries and inconsistent form.
Benitez replaced Ancelotti, who returned to former club Real, earlier this summer and the Spanish coach gave Rodriguez a chance to prove his worth in pre-season.
Rafa Benitez informed James at the start of the campaign that he is not in his plans
Despite some appearances, the midfielder was informed by Benitez that he was no longer required on Merseyside and has been searching for a new club since the start of the Premier League season.
Benitez refused to call up Rodriguez to Saturday’s 3-0 defeat away at Aston Villa, even though the Everton boss only named eight substitutes instead of the nine allowed in a matchday squad, with the Toffees currently in an injury crisis.
Sportsmail revealed last month that the 30-year-old was offered in a swap deal with FC Porto’s winger Luis Diaz, but a move for either Colombian player failed to go through.
Rodriguez’s overall Everton record saw him score six goals in 26 matches, registering nine assists in his only season at Goodison Park.