Al Rayyan are confident of beating Everton in the race to sign Rodrigo Moreno.

Journalist Bruno Andrade has reported that the Qatari club believe that they are in pole position to sign the forward, despite both Everton and Fulham expressing interest.

Rodrigo impressed for Leeds United last season despite their relegation, netting 13 goals in the Premier League.

Following the Whites return to the Championship, Spanish outlet Cadena COPE reported that Rodrigo has a £3 million relegation release clause in his contract and is extremely likely to exit the club this summer.

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The Toffees were handed a boost when Rodrigo’s move to Sevilla collapsed last week, however Al Rayyan also remain in discussions to sign the 32-year-old.

While Sean Dyche’s side would definitely be open to pay the £3m release clause to keep Rodrigo in England, Al Rayyan are likely to offer him a huge wage packet to bring him to the Middle East.

Rodrigo is one of a number of stars in Europe that have been linked with a move to the Middle East this summer, with the likes of Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Marcelo Brozovic all completing moves in recent weeks.

Rodrigo’s move to Everton will depend on whether he is ready to cash in

At only £3 million, Rodrigo would be a huge bargain for Everton. The forward has already proven himself very capable of scoring goals in a relegation-threatened side and could be pivotal in an important upcoming season.

However, the Toffees have no chance of competing with Al Rayyan financially.

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The Qatari side will undoubtedly offer the Spaniard a lot of money to join them and his next destination will all depend on whether he wants to continue playing at the highest level or if he just wants to cash in.

Having already played in the Premier League, La Liga, the World Cup and more, it is slightly more understandable if he does choose to make the move abroad.

The Merseyside club will have to cross their fingers in the hope that he fancies a move to Goodison Park.

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