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Cash-and-carry giant in design bid to stop Everton FC leaving the city of Liverpool

Liverpool Council and cash-and-carry giant Bestway have unveiled a feasibility study for a new Everton football stadium to stop the club moving out of the city.

The designs, drawn up by unnamed architects close to Bestway, have been put forward to try and show how a 50,000-seat stadium could be built on the ground's current Goodison Park site.

The proposals have been revealed in a bid to scupper plans to build a new stadium for the club in Knowsley, which has been designed by Kent- and London-based practice KSS.

It is understood the club's chief executive Keith Wyness supports the 6km move northwards, not least because the scheme is being partly funded by supermarket giant, Tesco.

KSS' scheme would become incorporated into a larger Tesco development that would redevelop Kirkby town centre and create one of the country's largest Tesco Extra stores.

However, this decision has met with a good deal of opposition, in particular the newly formed Keep Everton In Our City group, which is actively campaigning against the move.

Bestway is now in talks with HOK Sport, which is currently working on the 2012 Olympic stadium in London, and engineers WSP Group, to draw up more detailed designs.

by Richard Vaughan

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