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Everton close on teenager

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed a deal is close for Anderlecht teenager David Henen as the Spaniard looks to bolster the club's youth ranks.

The 18-year-old Belgian will go into the under-21 squad once his reported £1.5million move has been done.

It is in the process of being completed.

He's a young, talented footballer who represents Belgium in the lower teams, in the under-18s and has had good experience in going to France.

He is a bright boy and we feel he is something different that we haven't got in the under-21s so we are hoping he is going to be giving us something different in that group.

We want a strong group. We have already got talented and very interesting footballers and I think David can fit in really well in that environment.

– Roberto Martinez speaking to the Liverpool Echo


Martinez still keen on loan return for Traore

Lacina Traore
The Ivorian managed one goal in only two appearances as injury scuppered his loan move to Goodison last January. Credit: Nick Potts/Everton FC/Press Association Images

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is keen to bring Monaco forward Lacina Traore back on loan after a fruitless initial spell.

"At the moment we are still talking with Monaco," he told evertonfc.com.

"With Lacina, it is a three-way conversation and it will go a bit further down the line before we take a final decision," Martinez said. "But we always wanted Lacina to be with us and to play his football with us, and that hasn't changed at all."


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