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New Everton FC stadium “achievable” in two years

Everton FC could have a new stadium “within two years,” according to the city’s mayor, Joe Anderson.

Following a meeting with recently-installed majority investor, Farhad Moshiri, and Chairman Bill Kenwright, Anderson tweeted:

Great meeting with Farhad. Still believe a new stadium in 2 yrs is achievable.

This is despite plans for a new ground at Walton Hall Park being abandoned earlier this year because of costs.

The Club is now looking into plans to build a new stadium on land at Stonebridge Cross or at a Docklands site in the city.

Hopes for the new stadium were given a boost when Iranian billionaire Moshiri bought a 49.9% stake at Goodison Park in March this year.

Moshiri said in the Club’s programme notes immediately after taking over that he would be investing in providing funds for transfers, adding:

We will also be looking at the best options in relation to our stadium. Goodison Park has served the club extremely well but we need to make sure the club has a suitable stage to perform on for the future. We will review the best options and how to finance, especially as it is likely to cost a little more than the £3,000 it apparently did back in 1892.