A deal with Everton over a new waterfront stadium is close, with Peel Group saying a “state-of-the art” ground would make the Liverpool waterfront a “visual spectacle”.

Everton is in talks with Peel, who owns Liverpool’s northern docklands and is developing it under the £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme.

Lindsey Ashworth, development director at Liverpool Waters for Peel said: “We’re optimistic we will agree heads of terms to allow a state-of-the-art football stadium at the northern end of the Liverpool Waters. Maybe even Commonwealth Games.

“I cannot say how excited we all are.”

Mr Ashworth told the ECHO: “We’re in quite healthy talks with Everton at the moment, so it’s not finalised yet. But as Peel and as myself I would love to see a stadium on the waterfront.

“To have this as the anchor at one end of the waterfront, and then you go all the way down towards the ECHO arena… the waterfront would be a visual spectacle.

“So we’re pushing forward with it, the council are helping, and I think we’ll get to a conclusion. A good one. Hopefully in the near future.”

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