Toffees striker will seize chance

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Everton new boy Denis Stracqualursi will be doing everything he can to make the most of the opportunity presented to him after earning a move to the Barclays Premier League.

The 23-year-old Argentine striker signs from South American minnows Tigre, and despite finishing the 2010-11 campaign as the Primera Division's top goalscorer, he moves to Goodison Park from relative obscurity.

The deadline day sale of Yakubu to Blackburn Rovers, and Jermaine Beckford to Leicester City, adding to the prior departure of James Vaughan to Norwich City, leaves Toffees boss David Moyes with limited striker options, so there will be an inevitable pressure on Stracqualursi to hit the ground running this year.

"I know that Everton has a big history in England and is an important club. I am very excited to be here," he said. "It is a big opportunity for me and I will do everything I can to help the team.


"It is a pleasure to be here. It is a big club and I am very happy, I will fight as hard as I can to get in the team and play well."


Everton's well documented financial problems meant it looked for a long time that the club would not be doing any business in this summer's transfer window. So it was perhaps a bit of a surprise when Moyes pulled two deadline day signings out of the bag, with the addition of both Straqualursi and Royston Drenthe from Real Madrid.

But the young striker revealed that the Toffees had in fact been monitoring him for several months, and gave Blues fans an indication of what they can expect to see from him when he is given his chance in the first-team.

"In April some representatives of Everton were in Argentina and watched one of my games," Straqualursi explained. "That is where the interest started and from there on they were in touch with me.


"I am a striker who plays in the penalty box. I am good at heading the ball and I am strong but I am also good with my feet. But I am here to get in the box and score goals."

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