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Lorient defender wants Premier League move

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Martinez will be look to put his own stamp on Everton (©GettyImages)
Martinez will be look to put his own stamp on Everton (©GettyImages).

Lorient defender Ecuele Manga is eager to take the next step in his career by plying his trade in English football. 

Manga was brought to the French north-west club as a replacement for Laurent Koscielny who moved to Arsenal in 2010. 

Manga recently declared he had been close to a move to England before.

The defender told SkySports: "I want to play in England. Wigan were interested in me during the past two recent seasons but I just weren't ready for such a big challenge at that moment.

"My agent speaks to different English clubs so things can move quickly. Everton could be perfect for me and they are a huge club in England.

"I will realise my dream by playing for such a club." 

New Everton coach Roberto Martinez is in need of defensive reinforcements to his ageing squad and with John Heitinga linked with a move back home to Ajax, Manga may be the defender to get Martinez off to a flying start at Merseyside. 

Martinez's interest in the Gabonese defender is likely to lead to a quick deal as Manga is valued at around £4.5million - a fee that is in line with Everton's transfer budget.

 

 

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