Everton Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20

Matt Cheetham@@Matt_CheethamCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2014

Everton Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20

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    Back from warm-weather training in Tenerife, Everton have just 11 days to address any personnel needs before the end of the transfer window.

    Nikica Jelavic's departure makes finding a new striker a priority, while John Heitinga is still likely to move on.

    Once again, here is your weekly dose of transfer rumours and stories surrounding Everton. Be sure to check back later in the week for any further developments.

    For those keeping track of all Toffees-related links over the winter, last week's transfer gossip can be found here.


Complications with Traore?

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    Thursday, January 23

    Roberto Martinez fears Radamel Falcao's serious injury could potentially disrupt Lacina Traore's loan move to Everton.

    Speaking to the Toffees' official website, the Catalan said:

    We hope that is not something that should affect the decision to allow Lacina to go out on loan. I think it would go down to what the player needs in his development and I hope that (Falcao’s injury) would have no bearing on the decision.

    We are really far down the line and it would be a real disappointment not to compete it, so we will see what today brings.

    We have got the work permit and we feel quite excited about bringing Lacina to Everton.

    Having already sold Nikica Jelavic, Martinez will be keen to get this deal wrapped up as quickly as possible and bring in support for Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea After Barkley

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    Thursday, January 23

    With Leighton Baines seemingly close to agreeing a new deal at Everton, the tabloids have turned their attention elsewhere.

    Following Juan Mata's potential switch to Manchester United, The Telegraph's Matt Law anticipates Chelsea making a "big bid" for Ross Barkley.

    Law predicts this to be a summer saga, highlighting Chelsea's lack of home-grown players as a major reason for targeting English talent.

Traore Granted Work Permit

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    Tuesday, January 21

    The Daily Mail's Declan Warrington reveals Lacina Traore has a work permit and is on the verge of joining Everton on loan.

    Warrington includes a statement taken from The Toffees' official website: "Everton confirm it has been granted a work permit for Lacina Traore. Talks are ongoing with Monaco to secure the 23 year old's services."

    It seems Traore will be a short-term acquisition to cover the loss of Nikica Jelavic.

Baines Close to a New Deal

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    Tuesday, January 21

    Sky Sports claims Leighton Baines could sign a new contract by the end of the week.

    Roberto Martinez is quoted, highlighting his desire to keep his star left-back at Goodison Park:

    He's not just a player, but a real icon of our football club, so clearly we want him to stay as long as we can.

    There is nothing to announce at the moment, but the way he's playing, he's looking to try to progress and develop.

    Were Baines to sign a new deal, it would be some of Everton's best business this transfer window.

Traore on His Way

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    Monday, January 20

    Lacina Traore seems the most likely name to fill the void left by Nikica Jelavic. The Ivorian striker has been linked with a loan move to Everton by numerous outlets, including Ian Herbert of The Independent.

    Herbert reveals parts of a medical have already been completed, adding that the Toffees will apply for a work permit in the next 48 hours.

    Mike Whalley of ESPN FC adds another take, claiming the Toffees have concerns over a hamstring injury and are waiting to discover how serious it is before completing the move. 

Michy Batshuayi Staying Put

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    Monday, January 20

    One name frequently linked with a switch to Goodison Park is Standard Liege's Michy Batshuayi.

    However, according to Sky Sports' Kristof Terreur, the Belgium striker is now set to stay at his club, with Arsenal and Benfica also linked.

    Terreur uses quotes from Liege's president, Roland Duchatelet, who insists: "They (Benfica) are one of the teams that are interested in Michy. But we haven't been negotiating."

    Terreur also takes comments from Batshuayi, who told Het Laatste Nieuws: "The Premier League and the Bundesliga are my favourite destinations. Benfica is a big club, but I'm not really convinced by the Portuguese league."

    If Batshuayi is to arrive at Everton, it seems any move will have to wait until the summer. 

Bid Tabled for Onazi?

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    Monday, January 20

    Shina Oludare of Goal.com reports on an Everton bid for Ogenyi Onazi.

    The Lazio midfielder was linked with a move to the Toffees in La Gazzetta dello Sport. However, as Oludare mentions, it's not clear how much the offer was for.

    Lazio's president has already stated that Onazi will not be leaving for less than €9 million, which makes a deal seem unlikely during this window.