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Everton have secured a building permit for a £ 500million ($ 705million) capacity stadium in Liverpool docks as they seek to compete with the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’. The club, which currently play at Goodison Park, have been champions of England nine times in their illustrious history, but have not won any silverware since 1995.

President Bill Kenwright hailed “the very important step” in the Toffees’ ambition to be a constant challenger to Merseyside rivals Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Goodison has been the club’s home since 1892, but it has a capacity of less than 40,000 people and outdated facilities.

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Everton are hoping their new stadium on the River Mersey will boost their income in the long run.

Plans adopted by Liverpool City Council have yet to gain national government approval.

However, if there are no objections, the club will look to start working in the coming months, with a view to bringing the 2024/25 season forward.

Everton are fighting for a Champions League berth next season. They are seventh in the Premier League, five points behind the top four with one game underway.

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On Saturday they beat Liverpool away for the first time in 22 years.

“While today is just one more stop on our long journey, it is a very important one,” said Kenwright. “It has been a good week for Everton and Evertonians.”

The club said the stadium and a multi-purpose redevelopment of Goodison could generate a £ 1.3billion boost to the local economy and create 15,000 jobs.

The new site would be licensed to host music concerts and provide conference facilities.

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General manager Denise Barrett-Baxendale wrote in an email to supporters that the new stadium would provide state-of-the-art facilities for the ‘ambitious’ club and boost the local economy.

Everton’s 2020 turnover of £ 186million lifted them to 17th overall in Deloitte’s Football Money League, but they have suffered heavy losses over the past two seasons due to player spending and of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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