Roberto Martinez confirms Everton "very interested" in Lacina Traore

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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Everton boss Roberto Martinez confirms that he is attempting to secure a work permit for AS Monaco's Lacina Traore in order to complete a loan deal for the 6'8" striker.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that he is keen to complete a loan move for AS Monaco striker Lacina Traore this month.

Speaking after his side's 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, Martinez explained that the Toffees are trying to secure a work permit for the 6'8" 23-year-old.

"Lacina is a player that we are very interested in," Martinez told the club's official website.

"We need to get over that [work permit] hurdle first and then if we can get through that it will be a good addition to the squad."

Traore, who had been strongly linked with a move to West Ham United, has been capped seven times by the Ivory Coast at senior international level, scoring four goals in the process.

General View prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on September 14, 2013
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