Samuel Eto’o set for Sampdoria as Everton deny problems with striker

• Roberto Martínez says ‘nothing sinister’ with likely move
• Striker closing in on return to Italy with Sampdoria
Everton exit FA Cup after dramatic shoot-out defeat at West Ham

Roberto Martínez has denied that there is anything “sinister” behind Samuel Eto’o’s probable departure from Everton as the veteran striker closes in on a move to Sampdoria.

The 33-year-old was omitted from Everton’s FA Cup third-round replay defeat at West Ham United on Tuesday having received offers from several clubs, including a lucrative deal from the Middle East. Eto’o’s agent has claimed Santos of Brazil are also interested but that the striker favours a move to Sampdoria to be closer to his family in Milan.

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