Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that he hopes Monaco striker Lacina Traore will join the club on loan in the next few days, BBC
Speaking after Everton’s 1-1 draw away to West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening, Martinez revealed that Traore had already passed a medical, despite carrying a minor hamstring injury.
West Ham United had previously looked the most likely team to sign Traore on loan, successfully applying for a work permit, but Everton look set to beat them to it with Martinez desperate to sign a new striker, having allowed Nikica Jelavic to join Hull City and with Arouna Kone likely to miss the rest of the season.
Everton will now apply for a work permit of their own, and Martinez, who is an admirer of the 6ft 8in Ivorian, is remaining cautious. He said: ‘Every work permit is difficult. We have a very strong case of showing why we need Lacina with us.
“He is a very talented footballer and has already had a couple of moves costing nearly £30m. We need to go through all the necessary routes to try and hopefully we can do that over the next few days.”
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