DONE DEAL: Traore to Everton - a boost in bid to make top four?

Everton have confirmed the signing of Lacina Traore on loan until the end of the season, a move they will hope aids their bid for Champions League football.

The former Anzhi Makhachkala striker joined Monaco this January yet looked set to join West Ham on loan soon after. But the 23-year-old opted out of a move to the Hammers in the end, with Traore now officially confirmed as an Everton player for the remainder of the current season.

The question, though, is how much of an impact can the Ivorian have at Goodison Park?

For his last two clubs (Russian sides Kuban and Anzhi) Traore has averaged roughly a goal a game, with his huge frame of 6 ft 8 in giving his side a direct threat in front of goal each time.

Traore, however, can hardly be said to have come up against tough opposition week in, week out, which suggests he may need time to adapt to the Premier League.

Nevertheless, Ligue 1 big-spenders Monaco have deemed the 23-year-old good enough to boost their attack, while the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with the Ivorian in the past.

A statement on Everton's website read: "Everton have signed striker Lacina Traore on loan from AS Monaco until the end of the season.

"Traore, a 23-year-old Ivory Coast international, was granted a work permit on Tuesday and terms for the completion of the deal have now been agreed.

"The forward will require a visa before playing for the Toffees, a formality that is expected to be completed in the coming days."

Interestingly, Traore has Champions League experience with Romanian club Cluj. Now his biggest task will be to work alongside Romelu Lukaku and give Everton the goals to fire them to that very competition.

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