Everton to make Douglas loan bid

Everton manager Roberto Martinez could again be set to use his strong relationship with Barcelona to the club’s advantage by making a January loan move for defender Douglas, according to Talksport.

The Merseysiders had forward Gerard Deulofeu on loan from the Nou Camp for the entirety of last season, and the youngster made a strong impact. Now Martinez is returning to his links with Barcelona in order to strengthen an injury-plagued defence.

John Stones and Antolin Alcaraz are both injured and set for several more weeks on the sidelines, leaving Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka as the only senior duo that Martinez can call upon in central defence, with the side lacking in depth.

The 24-year-old Douglas has struggled to establish himself at Barcelona since joining in the summer on a five-year contract from Sao Paulo in his native Brazil. Despite having several players out, Luis Enrique left him out of the squad for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris St. Germain, and could be open to letting the player go in the New Year for regular first-team football.

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