By Dan Plumley

11th Oct, 2022 | 12:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome football finance expert Dr Daniel Plumley as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Everton...

Dan Plumley has insisted that a potential bidding war could see Everton drive up any takeover cost up to at least £300million as speculation continues.

It has been reported in recent weeks that Jeffrey Soros has now entered the picture to challenge Maciek Kaminski as the Toffees could be set for new owners.

The finance expert admitted that the new stadium will play a big role and factor into the total price too, with numerous interest parties great news for Farhad Moshiri and the club.

“If you get into a bidding war then a natural thing there is that the price will increase slightly,” he exclusively told Goodison News.

“Both of those parties will still have their top-end figure and absolutely what they’re prepared to pay. Everton are a club that would very much demand £200million-250million I think, £300million would be at the top end of that, so we have some figures to go off.

“If you’re getting into a bidding war, then you’ve got to have a top-end market that you’re prepared to meet but not go higher than. The stadium is a big factor within that, because of the long rumbling issues with the funding of it, and where it goes in the future with naming rights etc. and what that can generate, it’s a big sticking point and that will factor into the price too.

“For the club though, if you have a couple of offers on the table, that is great as you can start to turn the wheel.”

The new stadium was always going to play a huge role in this.

It has been reported by The Times’ Paul Joyce that Moshiri is trying to raise potential investment for the Bramley-Moore Dock site, which is going to cost £550million.

Minority shareholding positions could be offered rather than a full takeover, so it will be interesting to keep an eye on that and if these interested parties stay in the race after that.

All eyes are on Goodison Park.