Everton granted work permit for Lacina Traore

Lacina Traoré of FC Anzhi Makhachkala reacts during the Russian Premier League match between FC Anzhi Makhachkala and FC Alania Vladikavkaz at the Anzhi Arena Stadium on April 07, 2013
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Everton confirm that they have been granted a work permit to sign Lacina Traore.

Everton have confirmed that transfer target Lacina Traore has been granted a work permit.

The Blues are in talks to sign the tall Monaco forward, and manager Roberto Martinez admitted that he was "very interested" in signing the player.

A statement on the club's website read: "Everton confirm it has been granted a work permit for Lacina Traore. Talks are ongoing with Monaco to secure the 23-year-old's services."

Traore is now expected to join before next Friday's transfer deadline.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on November 30, 2013
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