Reports suggest Everton poised to move for Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu

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Everton are reported to be preparing a bid to bring former loan star Gerard Deulofeu back to the Premier League from Barcelona in the summer of 2015.

Everton are hoping it will be second time lucky in their pursuit of Gerard Deulofeu.

The Toffees handed the promising winger a senior stage on which to perform after taking him on a season-long loan from Barcelona in 2013/14.

His efforts in the Premier League drew widespread praise and saw him drafted in the senior Spain squad prior to the World Cup finals in Brazil – although he missed the final cut.

Roberto Martinez was open in his desire to strike a permanent deal for the talented youngster, with Deulofeu proving that he could be a useful asset at Goodison Park.

He was, however, eager to test himself back at Camp Nou and headed home over the summer in an effort to force his way into Luis Enrique’s plans.

Barca are blessed with a wealth of attacking talent, though, and another loan switch was sanctioned in August.

Being moved out to Sevilla has led Deulofeu to question his long-term future in Catalunya and reports suggest that he is now considering a fresh start.

Everton are among those closely monitoring the situation, with the Daily Star suggesting that an £8 million approach will be made in the summer of 2015.

Deulofeu will be given the opportunity to see out the season in Spain, with a full season of La Liga competition likely to benefit his development.

The Toffees will then make their move, with Roberto Martinez still convinced that the 20-year-old boasts the creative ability and keen eye for goal which can make him a success in England.

He already has the likes of Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas on his books – players offering an attacking threat from the flanks – but options and squad depth are imperative when competing on multiple fronts.

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