Toffees double deal softens blow

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Everton countered the departure of Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta on deadline day with the arrivals of Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi.

Drenthe, a versatile midfielder capable of playing in the full back position, arrives on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, with whom he only has a year left on his contract.

A Dutch international, Drenthe scooped the player of the tournament at the 2007 U21 European Championships, and went on to earn senior recognition from his country in November 2010.

The Spanish giants brought the player to the Santiago Bernabeu from Feyenoord, but after failing to secure a regular spot in the side, Jose Mourinho allowed the player to join Hercules on loan last term, and the Toffees this season before a likely release at the end of the season.


Drenthe is joined by Stracqualursi as summer signings at Goodison Park, with the 23-year-old moving to Merseyside on a season-long loan deal also.

With Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford hitting the exit door, pressure will be on the Tigre forward to hit the ground running when he makes his Barclays Premier League debut.

Nicknamed 'El Traca', the forward was joint top-scorer in the Argentine top flight last term, scoring a notable hat-trick against Boca Juniors back in April.

Stracqualursi has scored 27 goals in 84 appearances in South America.

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