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Toffees move for Riera

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Everton have made a move to beat rivals Liverpool to the signing of Spanish international Albert Riera, skysports.com understands.

Spaniard to have Goodison option

Everton have made a move to beat rivals Liverpool to the signing of Spanish international Albert Riera, skysports.com understands. Reports across England and Spain revealed Everton's interest in the winger and it is now understood that talks are at an advanced stage. Everton are ready to agree terms with Espanyol - something their city rivals Liverpool have been unable to do. The Toffees seem prepared to pay £12million for Riera, which is better than Liverpool's package which is believed to have included Andriy Voronin in exchange. Everton are yet to sign any players this summer, but Riera could represent a big breakthrough for manager David Moyes after failed bids for Joao Moutinho and Tiago. Riera's arrival on the left would also give Moyes the opportunity to reshuffle his midfield - as the likes of Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar could then be moved across into the centre or right. Espanyol are now assessing the deal although they are also considering the sale of Luis Garcia - and may not be willing to sell both their prized assets, but Everton are hoping their straight cash bid will persuade the Barcelona outfit to do business.

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