Toffees chase ex-United starlet target - reports

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Everton are being linked with a move for Fiorentina starlet Adem Ljajic.

The Serbian international midfielder has falled out of favour at the Serie 'A' side, and talkSPORT claim the player has emerged on the Everton radar in a possible January move.

Ljajic had previously agreed a deal to join Manchester United in January 2009, with the move set to be formally completed the following year.

However, the 19-year-old's Old Trafford switch fell through, and the Red Devils decided against the option of bringing the teenager to the club.

Work permit issues were expected to be one of the issues holding Manchester United back, although the player would eventually move to Serie 'A' and join the Viola in 2010.

Ljajic's Manchester United move was supposed to be alongside Zoran Tosic, who did join the ranks under Sir Alex Ferguson, but endured a far from successful spell with the English champions.


After a promising start to life in Italy, Ljajic has since struggled to impress, with claims now circulating that another move is on the cards for the playmaker.

Everton are reported to have been tracking the player for some time, with talkSPORT claiming scouts have been dispatched by the Toffees in the past to monitor Ljajic.

The radio station goes on to claim manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is willing to sell the player this summer, although with financial constraints on manager David Moyes at Goodison Park, a loan move may suit the Merseysiders best.

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