Five facts about Arsenal and Everton's reported Spanish target Edgar Mendez

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Almeria winger Edgar Mendez has reportedly attracted interest from the Premier League pair – so what do Arsenal and Everton fans need to know?

With the close of the January transfer window fast approaching, both Everton and Arsenal are being linked with moves for Almeria midfielder Edgar Mendez, according to a report from the Express.

Here's a list of five things Arsenal and Everton fans should know about the winger.

1 . He started out at Real Madrid

Born in Arafo, in the north east part of the island of Tenerife, Edgar spent a season at Murcia Deportivo before getting his big break with a move to Real Madrid at the age of just 16.

The winger spent three years with Los Blancos, from 2007 to 2009, playing 23 times and scoring a single goal for the Real Madrid C team during his final year at the club, before moving on the second tier outfit Atletico Ciudad.

2. He had to go down to come up

Despite earning a move up to Segunda Division B with Ciudad and moving on to Real Betis B the following season, Edgar found game time limited and took the brave decision to move down to third-tier side UD Melilla the following year.

It proved to be a smart move, with the winger scoring seven goals during a single season at the club, prior to moving to UD Almeria, though initially in the reserves and out on loan at Real Jaen.

3. He's faster than Real Madrid's finest

Edgar has already garnered attention in the Express as the winger who was "faster than Bale" in La Liga last season. The Almeria midfielder earned the tag after being named as the 9th fastest player in the Spanish top flight according to a poll conducted by Marca.

Valencia's Sofiane Feghouli racked up the highest speed last term with an average of 35.53 km/h while Edgar managed a speed of 34.97 km/h. Bale was not even ranked in the top 10.

4. He's one of Almeria's few bright spots this season

Third from bottom and only separated from the basement position by just two points at the time of writing, it's fair to say that Almeria are in the midst of a difficult season, having scored just 15 goals all term.

But one man who continues to shine is Edgar, with the 23-year-old his club's current second top scorer, having netted three goals in the league and another in the Copa del Rey, the winger's goals have helped Almeria claim an extra four points in the league.

The most notable of these strikes came against Deportivo, with Edgar scoring in injury time to win the game for the Primera Division strugglers.

5. He could be available at a bargain price

Valued at £880,000 by Transfermarkt, Edgar could be available for around £2.5 million if current reports in the Express are to be believed and that represents a bargain price for a player who is just 23 and is capable of playing anywhere across the midfield.

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