(GSM) – Everton are set to sign promising Azerbaijan teenager Araz Abdullayev in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.
Everton secured a first-option, which is valid for two years, on the Neftchi midfielder but the Goodison Park club want to wrap up a deal for the 18-year-old as soon as possible.
The player’s agent Tassos Anagnou said: ‘I hope that our negotiations are successful and in January Araz joins Everton.
“I first I saw him two years ago in Turkey, at one of the Azerbaijan junior team’s training camps.
“He is extraordinary, a talented player. He owns an excellent left foot. I think that he could play in Europe.”
Abdullayev may have difficulties attaining a work permit. However, he will surely have a strong case after becoming the youngest player to ever play for his country at the age of 16.
Abdullayev club confirmed talks but spokesman Elnur Asharoglu said: “Everton sent us preliminary conditions, but we have our provisions.
“According to Neftchi president Sadikh Sadikhov, new provisions were included into the contract for the sake of Araz’s interests.
“Thus, we will meet to discuss the details of the contract and set terms. If talks end successfully, Everton’s leadership will arrive in Baku and an official agreement will be signed about Araz
Abdullayev’s transfer to this team.”
Everton have been in horrific form since the start of the season after picking up only two points in their first five matches, a fact which has seen them slide to 19th in the Premier League table.
The Toffees were even embarrassingly eliminated from the Carling Cup at the hands of League One outfit Brentford.
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