Council buy Toffees' training ground

Everton's Finch Farm training ground has been bought by Liverpool City Council in a £13million deal which will see the club pay rent for the next 40 years.

The Toffees retain a long-term lease on the facility but will now pay reduced annual costs to the council instead of a private company.

That may ease some of the pressure on the club's tight finances but the arrangement is expected to be a money-spinner for the local authority.

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