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    EVERTON is in talks with 2bn property giant Peel Holdings to build a new stadium at Switch Island.

    The company, one of the biggest developers in the UK, is offering the land it owns at Netherton.

    Peel, led by multi-millioniare recluse John Whittaker, will provide a feasibility study into building the ground.

    The news is a massive step for the club.

    Peel Holdings has a record of pulling off major developments around the country.

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    It owns Liverpool John Lennon airport, Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, the Manchester Ship Canal and the Trafford Centre.

    A senior Everton source said the study is entirely at Peel's expense and would not cost the club a penny.

    A City source close to the talks told the ECHO today: "The plan is for Peel to build a new stadium for Everton to gradually acquire it on a lease scheme.

    "Over the medium term the plan would be a win-win for both parties."

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    KNOWSLEY council has offered Everton FC three prime development sites on which to build a new stadium.

    Executives at the local authority are involved in a sustained attempt to tempt the club out of Liverpool to the Kirkby area.

    Kirkby's municipal golf course is one of the sites the club have been offered, along with nearby land next to Kirkby sports centre on Valley Road, both close to motorway access from the M57.

    It is believed Knowsley would provide the land needed either free or at a much reduced rate, so keen are they to attract a prestige deal which would prove a massive boost to the area's economy and reputation.

    Cheap land and the possibility of the council accessing regeneration grants for work in and around the new stadium will be a major inducement for Everton, with the financing of the project still a major hurdle for the club to overcome.

    Last night, a spokesman for Everton confirmed: "There are talks ongoing. We have a number of options." It is believed the former Cronton Colliery had also been put forward initially, but was dismissed.

    The club is now considering using that plot for a new training academy for coaches, if it can secure the finances once their stadium plans have been finalised.

    The Everton board has been approached with a number of sites since the collapse of the Kings Dock project in February, 2003.

    Other options include land at Switch Island and a site in Speke.

    A spokeswoman for Knowsley council said: "The council understands Kirkby is one of a number of options being considered by Everton FC at this stage."

    Liverpool Council is keen to ensure the club stays in the city and officials are sure to be busy working behind the scenes to try to match any deals offered by its neighbouring local authority.

    The club has still not officially committed itself to leaving Goodison Park, its home since 1892, but will make a formal announcement this summer.

    Officials insist it is still considering plans for redeveloping the current ground or ground-sharing with Liverpool FC, although these are both now highly unlikely options.

    Late last year, chief executive Keith Wyness was in talks with financial experts about funding a 50,000-capacity stadium costing around 125m.

    Everton's financial position has improved in the past 12 months, giving Mr Wyness renewed confidence that a new stadium is again a valid option.

    In November, Everton announced the best financial results in the club's 127-year history. Turnover rose by 34% from 44.7m last year to 60m.

    Everton secured a place in the Deloitte and Touche top 20 world club rich-list for the first time, and finishing fourth in the Premiership brought a greater slice of prize money, with greater revenue from live televised games.

    Profit after player trading showed a turnaround of 38.9m, from a loss of 15.4m to a profit of 23.5m.

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    It wouldn't bother me if they moved to Kirkby in fact an out of town venue might be better for us all because maybe they could use it for large concerts and not have to worry about local residents and noise pollution.Kirkby golf course was previously considered as an option years ago in the dark days under Peter Johnson so there's nothing new there,I just wish both clubs would sort themselves out because we are both giants of the game and because Merseyside deserves two big stadiums so let's hope they both stop dragging their heels and get a move on.

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    COUNCIL leader Warren Bradley today vowed to "fight tooth and nail" to stop Everton FC leaving Liverpool. more
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    A MULTI-MILLION pound plan to build a new Everton FC stadium in Kirkby is revealed today. more
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    EVERTON'S proposed move to a new stadium in Kirkby would be part of a development costing 250m, a confidential report leaked to the Daily Post reveals. more
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    LIVERPOOL council's newly-appointed chief executive will not mount a legal challenge over rival borough Knowsley's bid to attract Everton FC. more
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    I was made up to see that Everton have started work on their new academy the other day,Keith Wyness seems to have the club progressing in the right direction now.

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    EVERTON FC have been offered two sites in Liverpool for their new stadium.

    Council leaders have suggested locations in the north and south of the city.

    One is close to the Mersey retail park in Speke, while the other is a brownfield site north of Goodison Park - but its exact position is a closely-guarded secret because it is commercially sensitive.

    But the ECHO understands that an alternative proposal to move Everton to Kirkby is still the firm front-runner.

    Club officials have also not discounted the possibility of sharing a stadium with neighbours Liverpool FC if the Reds' plan to build a new ground on Stanley Park falls through.

    A spokesman for Everton said the club was keeping all its options open and had still not decided if it would definitely leave its historic home at Goodison.

    Council leader Warren Bradley, an Everton season-ticket holder, is desperately keen to keep the Toffees inside the city boundaries.

    He said: "We have discussed two sites, whichwe have done some early analysis on and put forward to Everton's chief executive Keith Wyness.

    "He has agreed to look at those suggestions, but the club is still talking with Knowsley council and has not made adecision one wayorthe other yet."

    If Everton leaves Liverpool, the city would lose the prestige of being home to two top-flight football clubs and the massive financial benefits that tens of thousands of fans bring each matchday.

    But Liverpool council will have to go some way to equal the very attractive package put together by Knowsley.

    A 55,000-seater stadium in Kirkby would be partofa massive multi-million pound development to the south of the town centre, including a new Tesco, high street shops, a hotel and car park.

    The involvement of cash-rich Tesco - whose chief executive Sir Terry Leahy is an Evertonian and an advisor to the Blues board - puts it way ahead of other suggested sites. It would also have excellent transport links to the M57 and Merseyrail network, and is only four miles from Goodison.

    The Kirkby plan was met with a mixed reaction from supporters.

    But its advocates have been quick to mention the town's high-profile link with the club - Everton's Z-Cars theme tune was taken from the Kirkby-based TV series - as well as the huge regeneration benefits the stadium project would bring.

    A spokesman for Knowsley council said: "Kirkby is a vibrant community which would benefit immensely, both economically and culturally, from this type of development.

    "But we must stress at this stage it is onlyone of a number of sites being considered and we are still in the early stages of discussion with Tesco."

    Fans today said they would like more information about the options.

    John Munro, from Everton's Southport Supporters Club, said: "Staying in Liverpool would be my first priority because we werethe city's first football club and should not have to leave.

    "But from a selfish point of view, Kirkby is closer to Southport and its transport links are good.

    "It would help the situation if we could see some plans or models of what is being proposed. Maybe then fans would be more comfortable about moving."

    Another possibility is multi-million pound developer Peel Holdings' stadium project, earmarked for greenbelt land in Melling, near Switch Island.

    An Everton spokesman said: "We still have three options open to us - staying at Goodison, sharing with Liverpool or a stand-alone stadium.

    "We are still considering those options."

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    Pros and cons of potential new homes for Everton

    KIRKBY TOWN CENTRE

    PROS:
    Comfortably the most viable option at the moment. Knowsley council has found a site just south of the existing town centre, and megabucks Tesco, with Evertonian Sir Terry Leahy at the helm, is involved - so the club would not need to worry too much about the cost. Just three miles from Goodison as the crow flies. Close to the M57 and walking distance from Kirkby station.

    CONS: It's Kirkby. Many supporters cannot bear the thought of moving outside the city boundaries.

    REBUILDING GOODISON PARK

    PROS: The club's spiritual home. The Old Lady has been home to Everton's biggest triumphs and greatest escapes, and no other ground has a history quite like it. Good bus and train links, plenty of parking in surrounding streets, and lots of fans walk to the ground. Shops in County Road and Rice Lane depend on match-day revenue.

    CONS: No space. Goodison is surrounded by a road, rows of terraces and a primary school. Rebuilding would be a major logistical problem - the ground might even have to be rotated.

    SPEKE/NORTH LIVERPOOL


    PROS: Still in Liverpool, appeasing those fans who can't stomach a move outside the city. The Speke option has good transport links, plenty of space to build, and existing retail developments close by. Meanwhile, staying in north Liverpool would be convenient to many existing fans who walk to the ground, and the area would not lose the financial benefits of a Premiership club.

    CONS: These plans are little more than suggestions right now. There is no mention of how they would be paid for or how much they would cost.

    SWITCH ISLAND

    PROS:
    Lots of room right next to the M57 for shops and parking, as well as a big stadium. Peel Holdings, which built the Trafford Centre and redeveloped Liverpool airport, is behind the plan.

    CONS:
    Where do you start? The site is green belt land, so a lengthy public inquiry is a near certainty, potentially causing years of delays. Residents in nearby Melling do not want it.

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    EVERTON'S future will not be decided until neighbours Liverpool resolve the deadlock over their own stadium plans.

    The Reds are still desperately keen to build a 190m, 60,000-seater ground at Stanley Park, next to Anfield.

    But the proposal is riddled with doubt over whether the club can afford its share of the long-awaited development.

    Later this month, a final decision is expected on a 9m European grant, earmarked for improvements around the new stadium.

    Officials have been waiting for months for Liverpool to provide a cast-iron guarantee that it can afford its ground proposals.

    They have now set a final deadline of late September - or the money will go elsewhere.

    Without cash to pay for the regeneration of the area around Stanley Park, it would be difficult for the Reds to persuade the council to allow it to press ahead with the ground alone.

    Everton, meanwhile, are holding back a decision on whether to build a new home until they know for certain that a controversial ground-share is not an option. That should become clear in the next few weeks.
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    I think I'd prefer to see Everton stay within the city boundaries now so I hope the council can put together a really attractive package,let's hope Liverpool now sort their problems out so we can all finally move on.

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    The old 'Festival Garden' Site might be a good place....Could even Build a couple of nice 40/50 Storey Towers too !!!...The present owners don't seem to be doing much !!!

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    I like to see then stay in the north end if possible it just feels right.

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    I'd like to see a shared stadia ... 'The Mersey Stadium' on Stanley park. The history of both teams from the very beginnings are intertwined like no other Football clubs. Unique.

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    They can't move Goodison,many a persons last wishes have been to have their ashes scatterd on Goodisons sacred ground,my father for 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gillian View Post
    They can't move Goodison,many a persons last wishes have been to have their ashes scatterd on Goodisons sacred ground,my father for 1.
    Matters have to move on - emotion and nostaligia can be retrograde. Everton and Liverpool need top quality stadia with excellent access and facilities. Without these they will decline. The outdated Goodison Park has kept Everton back, from being a top club to now a 2nd tier club. I'm sure your Dad would not have wanted that.
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