In July Everton secured a deal to have first refusal for the next two years on eighteen year old midfielder Araz Abdullayev. David Moyes has now taken up that option only three months later and the Azerbaijan youngster will join the Toffee’s in January 2011 when the transfer window reopens.
Abdullayev has signed for Everton from Neftchi Baku in Azerbaijan’s capital. He broke into the first team in October 2008 aged just sixteen. He is also Azerbaijan’s youngest ever international (at sixteen years and four months old) having been called up for the World Cup qualifier with Finland in October 2008.
Despite breaking into Neftchi Baku’s first team two years ago Abdullayev has only played fourteen games for the club.
The option to sign the player so quickly after the initial agreement smacks of panic to me. Everton had two years to keep tabs on the player and to see if he was progressing into a footballer worth signing. Surely they’ve not seen all they need to know in three months, the majority of that being close season, that he’s good enough already?
It all seems to have been done very quickly to me. Why make an agreement to have first refusal for two years and then sign him three months later?
I would suggest it’s down to Everton’s ropey start to the season but Abdullayev is unlikely to be thrown straight into the first team so it makes no sense.
There were whispers that Arsenal were planning to make an eleventh hour bid that they could get away with due to some loophole in the first refusal deal, so perhaps that was the reason?
Have Everton fans any opinions on the player or transfer?
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