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Everton transfer news: Veteran star closing in on switch to MLS club

Eldin Jakupovic (pic via Everton FC)

Everton goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic is set for a move to Major League Soccer with Los Angeles FC, TEAMtalk understands.

The 38-year-old joined the Toffees last September on a free transfer on a short-term contract following his departure from Leicester City last summer.

Everton moved for Jakupovic to solve a goalkeeper injury crisis following injuries to Jordan Pickford and Andy Lonergan.

The Switzerland international never made a first-team appearance during his time at Goodison Park. And he was only named once on the bench for the game with West Ham on September 18.

LAFC have made a move for Jakupovic on a free transfer as they look to bolster their goalkeeping options ahead of the new MLS season.

Current No.1 keeper Maxime Crepeau is still recovering from a broken leg he sustained in the MLS Cup final in November against Philadelphia Union.

Jakupovic boasts a wealth of experience having had spells at Leicester, Hull City, Lokomotiv Moscow and Grasshoppers Zurich.

The veteran stopper could be one of a number of moves at the club in January, both in and out.

Lampard future to play role in January business

However, much depends on what the future holds for under-pressure boss Frank Lampard.

The Toffees chief has overseen a run of six games without a win. He also saw his side humiliated 4-1 by Brighton on Tuesday evening.

Sacking Lampard would mean Everton having to name a successor almost immediately to take advantage of the remaining weeks on the January transfer window.

The Goodison Park outfit are currently 16th in the league. However, they are only a point above the drop zone.

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