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Everton complete second summer raid on Chelsea

Christian Atsu

Everton fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are eager to point out the last time their club struck a loan deal with Chelsea, it worked out pretty well.

12 months on from the loan capture of Romelu Lukaku, the Toffees have struck another loan deal with the Blues, according to the Daily Mail.

Roberto Martinez has completed the signing of 22-year-old Ghana winger Christian Atsu on a season long loan, after giving the young winger assurances he would get regular first team opportunities.

Sunderland and Swansea also showed an interest in Atsu, but his preference was a switch to Goodison Park.

Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez is hopeful the club will offer a new contract to midfielder James McCarthy, after just one season at the club.

He said: “It will be natural. James’s contract is already performance related so the longer that he plays he gets a bigger reward.

“We will always be looking at rewarding players as they do well and James, clearly, is one of those.

“We always want to keep our young players important at the club and keep rewarding them. That will never change. That goes along with players who change their roles in the squad. We talk a lot about our young players and rightly so, but sometimes we forget that without that solid base of experienced lads behind them you don’t go anywhere.

“We must remember that we have continuity too which is vital.”

Tim Howard, Ross Barkley Seamus Coleman and John Stones have already signed new contracts at Goodison Park this summer.

Everton fans, what do you make of the signing of Christian Atsu? Is he the right man to replace Gerard Deulofeu? Let us know your thoughts below.

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