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Monaco striker Lacina Traore joins Everton on loan

Monaco striker Lacina Traore joins Everton on loan

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The striker only joined the Ligue 1 side on January 4 and looked to be heading to West Ham until the end of the season before Roberto Martinez came in with a late bid

Everton have confirmed the loan signing of Monaco striker Lacina Traore until the end of the season.

The 6ft 8in striker only joined the Ligue 1 side on January 4 and looked to be close to joining West Ham on a short-term deal - with Sam Allardyce making an appearance at his work permit hearing.

However, the former Anzhi Makhachkala man seemingly had a change of heart following a late offer from Roberto Martinez and will now compete with fellow loan signing Romelu Lukaku at Goodison Park.

Traore becomes Martinez's second signing of the January window, following Aiden McGeady through the door as the Toffees look to enhance their chances of finishing in the top four.

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