Everton are close to signing Lacina Traore on loan from Monaco as they try to strengthen their attacking options on Merseyside.

Traore has been at the French side for less than a month after he joined from Anzhi Makhachkalain in Russia, but he's set to join the Toffees to gain some first team experience.

Since joining Anzhi, the Ivorian forward has scored 13 goals in just 29 league games.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is looking to bring in attacking reinforcements after Nikica Jelavic moved to Hull City earlier in the transfer window and former Wigan man Arouna Kone has been sidelined due to injury.

Martinez admits the deal is close, but getting a work permit will be difficult will still prove to be difficult.

“Lacina is a player who I really like and is someone who would fit in really well in the role we want the player to come in," he said, according to Sky Sports.

“There are a couple of hurdles that we need to get over; the work permit is something we need to look into. Every work permit is difficult. We have a very strong case of showing why we need Lacina with us.

“He is a very talented footballer. He is only 23 and has already had a couple of moves (totalling) nearly £30million but every work permit is a difficult one and we will try our best.”

With Romelu Lukaku being Everton's only fit centre forward, this could prove to be a fantastic buy for the Merseyside club - who are currently sixth in the Premier League table following last night's draw against West Bro,.

The 6ft 8 inch striker had been linked with West Ham but they seem to have missed out with Everton closing in on the deal.

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