Lorient defender wants Premier League move


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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