Tim Howard demands a mammoth four-year deal worth £14 million to join Colorado Rapids, according to a report from The Sun.
The United States number one shot-stopper has really shocked the Rapids officials with the stunning size and length of his demands.
However, Colorado wanted to land the USA goalkeeper as their marquee signing and even visited England for talks with him and Goodison chiefs.
Howard still has a couple of years left on his current contract and is on around £70,000-a-week with Roberto Martinez’s club until 2018. The veteran goalkeeper is in search for the same level of wages and has informed Colorado for a contract to last for the next four seasons.
Everton may also look cash in some huge amount although the Americans hope they will waive that because of Howard’s long service. The MLS side want to bring in Howard as quickly as possible but the negotiations are hitting the rock because of the cost of the deal.
Howard has come under severe criticism this term after making a string of mistakes and has also lost his place in the starting line-up to Joel Robles.
the 25-year-old former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper strengthened his position even more as Everton’s first-choice with a brilliant penalty save in FA Cup fifth round tie against Bournemouth last Saturday.
Manager Martinez was full of praise for the Spaniard and mentioned the “huge” mental strength the young shot-stopper has displayed during two-and-a-half seasons as Howard’s understudy but now confirmed he is ready to be No.1.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper only played two league matches in his first season, both in December, but made seven last season with Howard out injured. Injury to no.1 Howard this term has given Robles, Everton’s cup keeper, an extended run in the first team eventually allowing him to establish himself as the new No.1.
But the Everton manager was at pains to stress just how influential veteran Tim Howard has been on Robles, and in doing so ultimately cast further doubt over the American’s long-term future at Goodison Park.