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Stadium talks between Liverpool FC, Everton FC and the city council

LIVERPOOL and Everton football clubs will today sit down for top-level talks with city council leaders about their quest for new homes, the Daily Post can reveal.Š

Liverpool University will also attend, as will the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA).

LFC chief executive Christian Purslow and his counterpart from Everton, Robert Elstone, who will both attend the meeting, are currently working to find solutions to the problems of their outdated grounds.

It is understood the clubs will be urged to agree to the university carrying out a feasibility study into options for the clubs.

Steve Broomhead, chief executive of the NWDA, said: “We welcome the meeting, people are beginning to look at the opportunities again.

“Both clubs need solutions, either singly or jointly.”

Neither Everton nor Liverpool would comment on the meeting.

One option that may be looked at during the meeting is the recent “football quarter” idea put forward by fans’ group Keep Everton in Our City (Keioc).

The Keioc idea would see Goodison Park rebuilt and a hotel and other developments around Stanley Park to help pay for it.

In a separate development, Liverpool Labour leader Joe Anderson is writing to EFC and LFC to suggest they enter into a feasibility study with the council about the possibility of a shared stadium.

He said the option needed ruling in or out once and for all, and that above all clarity was needed.

While city council leader Warren Bradley has said he thinks the idea of a football quarter based around Stanley Park is a “cracking idea”.

In the past, any talk of a shared stadium has always been ruled out by Liverpool FC.

The club maintains that it remains committed to building a new £400m 60,000-seater ground in Stanley Park.

It is understood the club is looking for £100m to get work started, but has so far struggled to raise the finance.

Building a new stadium is Purslow’s number one priority. The lack of progress on the new stadium is one of the main sources of discontent among fans with the ownership of Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Equally, Everton are desperate to find a new home.

The club was forced back to the drawing board after the Government rejected its plans for a move to Kirkby alongside Tesco supermarket in a £400m development.

When the plans fell through, the club said it would look at all options again.

It is understood the club is studying the possibilities around re-developing Goodison, although this has always been ruled out as unaffordable.

The club is also understood to be carrying out a new search for sites with the city council. However, in the past, none of the sites identified by the council were affordable because of the need for an “enabling” development to help off-set the cost of the stadium (as would have been the case in Kirkby).

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