Martinez to discuss extending Traoré's stay

, 22 April, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
Roberto Martinez has suggested that he will sit down with Lacina Traoré at the end of the season to discuss the possibility of him staying with Everton next season.

The Ivorian striker was signed on loan from Monaco in January but successive hamstring injuries have restricted him to just 60 minutes of action for the Blues so far and little prospect of him featuring again before the end of the season.

Martinez is convinced that Traoré can be a success in the Premier League, though, and is keen to negotiate either an extension to his current loan spell into next season.

“If we are competing in Europe then we will need four strikers," Martinez is quoted in the Echo.

“Steven Naismith and Arouna Kone are two players who are important in our squad and we need to make sure we are at the start of the next season with a strong squad and in my eyes, we will be having four strikers in the group.

“Lacina is someone we really believe can bring something different to the team and he is someone we will try to see if we can get an opportunity to sit down and see what is the next chapter.”

The 23 year-old only arrived in Monaco from Anzhi in the Russian League in January following a €15m move but there is a belief that manager Claudio Ranieri was not supportive of the transfer which was reputedly orchestrated by the French club's chairman.


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