Everton loan target Lacina Traore has been granted a work permit ahead of a proposed move from Monaco.
The 23-year-old has already passed a medical, despite a hamstring injury and now talks between the clubs are on-going as Everton hope to seal a deal before the transfer window slams shut on January 31.
The Ivory Coast forward scored 12 goals in 24 games last season, playing alongside Samuel Eto'o at Kuban Krasnodar and was granted a work permit for a move to West Ham that never happened - but he now looks set to be heading to Goodison Park.
Manager Roberto Martinez told BBC Sport: "Lacina is a player I really like. He is someone who would fit in really well in the role we want.
"He is a very talented footballer and has already had a couple of moves costing nearly £30m, we need to go through all the necessary routes to try and hopefully we can do that over the next few days."
Everton are a striker short after Nikica Jelavic joined Hull City earlier this month as he looks for first team football to boost his World Cup hopes.
Traore was linked with a move to West Ham before the Toffees started to show interest in the striker, however it now appears as if Everton have won the race to sign Traore.
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