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12th May, 2017 | 4:35pm

Everton striker deal terminated - reliable journalist

By Matt Farr

Belgium club Waasland-Beveren have terminated the loan deal of Everton striker Leandro Rodriguez, according to a reliable journalist.

UK-based Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, who reports for Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, claimed on his personal Twitter account on Friday that Rodriguez is set to return to Everton following an unsuccessful spell in the country.

Rodriguez, 24, arrived at Goodison Park on a four-year deal in August 2015, but has spent the majority of his spell on loan at other clubs.

However, his latest loan spell at Belgian Pro League outfit Waasland-Beveren has proved particularly wasteful, with the Uruguayan striker failing to make a single first-team appearance.

He had moved to Freethiel Stadion on a loan deal until the end of the season in January, but Terreur claims that he has had his deal cut short with three games still to play.

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Rodriguez had earlier spent time on loan at English Championship outfit Brentford during the 2015-16 campaign, making just two appearances before suffering a hamstring injury.

He has been handed just one minute of first-team football at Everton, earning a late cameo appearance in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Dagenham & Redbridge last season.

Football Insider verdict

It remains to be seen what the future holds for Rodriguez at Everton, but the signs don’t look good. He has yet to make any lasting impact in the first-team squad at Goodison Park, while he has struggled to earn regular action whilst on loan at other clubs. Even though he still has two years left to run on his current contract, he will have to work very hard to convince Ronald Koeman that he is worthy of a role in the first-team squad, with the Dutchman set to continue his overhaul of the senior setup this summer. Rodriguez was not a Koeman signing, and he has had little opportunity to assess his talents.

In other Everton transfer news, this 23-year-old is set to miss his contract deadline as the club’s Premier League rivals prepare to pounce.

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