Everton have been successful in their attempt to find a work permit for Valencia’s Argentinian playmaker Ever Banega.
There was a cloud of doubt over the process as Banega has not played enough times for his country but Evertonians will be happy to see somebody else come in, albeit on loan.
The deal also includes an option to purchase Banega who spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid.
“Our application for a work permit has been passed and hopefully we will get to see him in a few days,” Everton boss David Moyes revealed.
“He has very good ability and is a little bit similar to Mikel Arteta in lots of ways in that he can retain the ball and pass it.
“Ever is on a year’s loan. If he’s good then we will keep him, if he’s not we can always send him back.”
It is unlikely he will feature in their trip to Burnley tomorrow but the rest of the deal should be completed early next week.
Moyes still hopes to strengthen his squad before the deadline with Steven Taylor and Vladimir Bystrov rumoured to be on their way in depending on a £22 million fee being agreed with Manchester City for Joleon Lescott.