Everton to hold fresh stadium talks

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Everton have confirmed they will enter into new talks with Liverpool City Council over a new stadium.

A date of January 11 has been set aside for the two sides to meet following the Government rejection of a planning application for a new stadium in nearby Kirkby.

The £400million development for a 50,000-seater stadium, in partnership with Tesco, collapsed last month.

Liverpool City Council were one of the opponents to Destination Kirkby but will send a high-ranking delegation to meet with Everton in the New Year.

Those talks were promised in the wake of the Kirkby decision, and now Everton will want to see what new venues for a stadium inside the city boundaries will be suggested by the council.

It is considered that redeveloping the current Goodison Park site is far too expensive.

Everton's Head of PR Ian Ross said: "Throughout the Destination Kirkby process, Liverpool City Council always made it clear that if the project was to fail they would step forward and seek to help us.

"As a consequence, a working group is to be formed and meetings held to actively explore all the options and possibilities which are open to Everton.

"Despite the disappointment of seeing our proposed move to Kirkby collapse, we, as a club, remain convinced that a move to a new home is not only the right way forwards but the only way forwards.

"Of course, it does remain to be seen if the City Council can provide us with the level of help and assistance which we will require if we are to locate to any new stadium within the Liverpool boundaries but we will enter these preliminary talks with a measure of optimism."

City Council leader Warren Bradley, an Everton fan, added: "We have got a meeting with Everton where we will put all our cards on the table.

"I will be there as will be council chief executive Colin Hilton and executive director of regeneration John Kelly. We want to make sure that we can facilitate things for Everton."

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