McManaman set to leave Real for Everton

LONDON: Real Madrid's Steve McManaman could be on his way back to English Premier League side Everton – although the Toffees may have to battle Manchester City for the wantaway England midfielder's signature, according to BBC reports here on Sunday. 

McManaman's future at the Spanish giants has looked shaky since the arrival of England team-mate David Beckham from Manchester United and the subsequent departure of coach Vincente Del Bosque whose contract was not renewed last week. 

Real's midfield is now packed with star talent, including Beckham, Luis Figo, Frenchman Claude Makelele and Zinedine Zidane. As a result McManaman has dropped down the pecking order. 

Del Bosque used McManaman more in the Champions League than the Primera Liga and he made only a few league appearances for the 'Meringues' last season. 

Everton manager David Moyes is said to be keen to sign McManaman and although the player may be willing to take a cut on his reported weekly wage of £60,000 (US$99,000), it remains to be seen what kind of package the Merseysiders can put together to tempt him. 

Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan is also said to be a big admirer of McManaman, who appeared in Keegan's England side in Euro 2000. – AFP 

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