Everton midfielder James Rodriguez in talks with Al-Rayyan

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Everton midfielder James Rodriguez in talks with Al-Rayyan

In this May 16, 2021 photo, Everton's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez shoots right past Sheffield United's English defender Chris Basham left but fails to score during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Sheffield United at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north-west England. GARETH COPLEY POOL AFP - Botafogo is in talks with Al - Rayyan about the possibility of signing Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez, according to media reports in Brazil.

The Rio de Janeiro club has offered $5.3 million to take the 30-year-old away from the Qatari outfit, according to the newspaper O Globo.

Rodriguez is open to the offer, though he is understood to prefer a return to Europe.

Rodriguez is contracted to Al-Rayyan until June. He has made just 14 appearances and scored six goals since joining Everton in September.

Botafogo is currently seventh in Brazil's 20 team Serie A standings, having earned a promotion to the top flight last November.

Since American businessman John Textor bought a majority stake in the club in December, the two-time top-flight champion has made a number of high-profile signings.