Samuel Eto'o: No Sampdoria move imminent - Martinez

Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o is set to leave a quarter of the way through his two-year deal

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says Samuel Eto'o is not on the verge of leaving the club for Sampdoria.

The Serie A side had said they hoped to sign the 33-year-old former Cameroon striker this week.

But Martinez said: "The Samuel Eto'o situation is something that we're going to make sure that the next two weeks is a period of reflection and see what's the next move in that respect."

He does not expect major changes to his squad this month, bar Eto'o.

The veteran joined the Toffees on a two-year deal in August, and has scored four goals in 20 appearances.

"Eto'o should be here in Genoa on Tuesday," sporting director Carlo Osti told Italian broadcaster Telenord on Monday.

Sinisa Mihajlovic's side are chasing a Champions League spot, behind third-placed Napoli on goal difference.

Eto'o was left out of the Everton team to face West Ham in the FA Cup last week after interest from clubs including Sampdoria.

He is keen to be closer to his family, who live in Milan.

He began his career at Real Madrid but made his name at their arch-rivals Barcelona.

During his time at the Nou Camp, he won the Champions League twice - in 2006 and 2009 - scoring in both finals, as well as winning the Spanish league three times.

Eto'o moved to Inter Milan in 2009 as part of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's switch to Barcelona and went on to win the Champions League again in his first season under Mourinho at the San Siro.

The four-time African Footballer of the Year scored 12 goals in 35 appearances for Chelsea last season after signing a one-year deal from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.

Eto'o's club honours
Real Mallorca (1999-2004)Barcelona (2004-2009)Inter Milan (2009-2011)
Copa del Rey (2003)Champions League (2006, 2009); La Liga (2005, 2006, 2009); Copa del Rey (2009); Spanish Super Cup (2006, 2007)Champions League (2010); Serie A (2009); Coppa Italia (2010, 2011), Italian Super Cup (2010); Fifa World Club Cup (2010)
Scored 69 goals in 165 appearancesScored 129 goals in 201 appearancesScored 53 goals in 101 appearances