Traore completes Everton move in time for Merseyside derby

Lacina Traore has completed his loan move to Everton, and could now be set to make a potentially memorable debut next Tuesday.

The Ivory Coast international, who stands at 6ft 8in, looked set to join West Ham United earlier this month, with Sam Allardyce even attending a work-permit hearing in a bid to push a deal through. However, Roberto Martinez then showed an interest, as he looks for more competition in his Goodison Park attack.

And the prospect of helping the Toffees in their bid for UEFA Champions League qualification was, understandably, more of an appealing prospect then heading to Upton Park, with the Hammers currently in the Premier League relegation zone. The 23-year-old has now sealed his move to the Blues, just 20 days after he signed a three-and-a-half year contract with French side Monaco.

Earlier this week it looked as though the former Anzhi Makhachkala striker would remain at the Stade Louis II, after a knee injury sidelines the prolific Radamel Falcao for the remainder of the campaign. However, coach Claudio Ranieri is happy for the player to move to England to continue his football education.

Traore could now be handed a potentially dynamic introduction to the Premier League, with Everton travelling across the city to face rivals Liverpool on Tuesday night. Both Merseyside giants have genuine chances of making the top-four this season, with the Reds currently locating this position on 43 points, whilst the Toffees are in sixth place, but just a single point behind their neighbours.


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