By Tom Blackburn

Everton will have to pay around £20million if they are to buy the land in Liverpool’s North Docks area for their potential new stadium, according to a report.

The Liverpool Echo claims The Peel Group, who own the 15-hectare-water-front site, are yet to confirm whether they are willing to sell though it is thought £20million would be the asking price.

The report says the regeneration of a 60-hectare area incorporating the site for a possible Everton stadium, remains on track.

Everton reiterated their desire to build a new stadium in June through director Sasha Ryazantsev, who was appointed by new majority owner Farhad Moshiri in March.

“I don’t know if project is the right word to use here, it is probably more than that,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“But of course we have the team, the performance on the pitch and with the appointment of Ronald Koeman that was the first step we had to make in that regard.

“But we have other projects, like the stadium, going forward as well and we very much want to win and be successful in whatever we do.”

The Merseyside giants have had a busy last week in the transfer window, first selling John Stones for a club-record £47.5million before replacing him with Swansea captain Ashley Williams, and then signing Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace in a deal worth up to £28million.

They have also signed midfielder Idrissa Gueye and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

In other Everton news, they close in on a second winger signing after tabling a new £11.3milllion bid.