Everton's Morgan Schneiderlin close to Nice move

Nice claim Schneiderlin has already passed medical; goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg agrees to rejoin Ajax at end of season

Morgan Schneiderlin has made 73 Everton appearances, scoring just once and receiving three red cards.
Image: Morgan Schneiderlin has made 73 Everton PL appearances, scoring just once and receiving three red cards

Everton's Morgan Schneiderlin is moving closer to a Goodison Park exit after passing a medical at French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.

The 30-year-old midfielder, set to enter the final 12 months of his contract, has been in the south of France this weekend to finalise the move.

Nice director of football Julien Fournier told French media: "He should sign on Monday. He has passed his medical. We are waiting for Everton's signature."

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Schneiderlin joined the Toffees from Manchester United in a £24m deal in January 2017 but has struggled at Goodison Park, making only 18 appearances this season before suffering a knee injury in February which required surgery.

Although the French league was prematurely ended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the France international will still have to wait until the end of the Premier League season on July 26 to make the move official.

In total, Schneiderlin has made 73 Everton appearances in the Premier League, scoring just once and receiving three red cards.

Maarten Stekelenburg
Image: Maarten Stekelenburg is returning to former club Ajax at the end of the season

Meanwhile, Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has agreed to rejoin Ajax at the end of the season on a permanent deal.

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The 37-year-old Dutchman has signed a short contract extension at Goodison Park to cover the remainder of the season and will then officially return to the Eredivisie side on July 26, following the Toffees' final Premier League game of the season against Bournemouth.

Stekelenburg, who left Ajax in 2011, has played 26 times for Everton but has not made a Premier League appearance since May 2017.

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