James Rodriguez spotted in Liverpool ahead of completing Everton transfer

James Rodriguez is in Liverpool ahead of his transfer to Everton.

The Colombia international, 29, will link up with Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti for the third time in his career once he's put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

The former Porto, Monaco and Bayern Munich star had fallen out of favour under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, where he made just eight La Liga appearances last season.

Everton are set to pay around £20million to bring him to Goodison Park, with the switch due to be announced in the coming hours.

James – who was spotted dining at the San Carlo restaurant in the city – has been in England since last week, and spent time in London where he visited the Babbo restaurant owned by fellow South American Premier League stars Willian and David Luiz, the former Chelsea pair who are now together agains at Arsenal.

The Golden Boot winner at the 2014 World Cup, James' arrival will be seen as a glamorous coup for Everton, for whom Ancelotti is overseeing his first close season in charge.

The Italian struck up a strong relationship with James during their time together at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and Blues fans will hope that the union bears fruit on Merseyside.

James will become Everton's second summer signing after the capture of £21million Brazilian midfielder Allan from Napoli, another of Ancelotti's former clubs.

The 29-year-old arrived on Merseyside last week, and says he can't wait to team up with Ancelotti again.

"It is a real pleasure to sign for Everton. I am immensely happy to be here," he told the Blues website.

"I hope, like I have done in my entire career, I contribute with my performances together with my team-mates and that I put in some great games, great performances and win important things.

"It is a club with a rich history in the Premier League, has real ambition and then there is Professor Ancelotti. He has done everything possible to bring me here.

"It is the size of the club and the name of the coach which means you don't think twice about coming to Everton."

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