Demarai Gray is set to seal a move to Al-Ettifaq today.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who reported that the winger completed a $10 million (£8m) deal to move to Saudi Arabia.

Gray is set to be unveiled as an Al-Ettifaq player after signing a four-year contract with the club and completing his medical this week.

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Gray had looked set to land a move away from Everton all summer, having been left out of the match-day squad since the final day of the 2022/23 season.

The Jamaica international had been linked with Crystal Palace, Fulham and Al-Shabab, however he is instead set to link up with Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson in the Middle East.

Gray had initially looked like he would be forced to stay at Goodison Park after he remained at the club beyond last week’s transfer deadline.

Demarai Gray and Everton’s social media feud

It was believed that the Toffees had decided to block his exit following Alex Iwobi’s move to Craven Cottage, leading to Gray making a statement on his social media.

Taking to Instagram, the 27-year-old wrote: “Everton fans have always been great with me but it’s so difficult to play for someone who doesn’t show you respect as a person.”

Sean Dyche responded to the player’s comments on an interview with evertontv, saying: “It’s an unfortunate one because I try to keep our business in-house. I think on this occasion, it’s right to reply. 

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“Demarai made it clear that he felt he was getting a move [away from Everton] and he told us a move was done, which was interesting to hear from a player. We reminded him of the truth of the fact that no moves are done without this club’s say so. That’s the truth of it.

“We said it’s not a done deal because this club is the most important. This club will make decisions on the future of you as players and not the other way around. I think it’s right to let our fans know that’s the truth.” 

Despite Dyche making it clear that it was down to the club whether Gray got his move away, the Toffees then seemed to perform yet another U-turn and have now allowed him to leave.

The Saudi Pro League will see its transfer window slam shut today, though Gray’s switch is in no trouble of collapsing as the unveiling is the final piece of the puzzle.

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