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New loan signing Lacina Traore has admitted he chose to join Everton because he was excited by the style of play under manager Roberto Martinez.
The Ivory Coast international joined the Premier League outfit after securing a temporary switch from French parent club Monaco earlier this week.
Traore was fully expected to complete a deal with relegation-threatened West Ham, however after Everton showed late interest in the forward the Ivorian admitted the Blues’ attacking play was a huge incentive for him.
“The style of Everton suited my technical ability,” he said. “I looked at the styles of play of the two teams we are talking about and the way in which Everton play is more of a passing side – it was quite close but Everton was my choice.”
Everton return to Premier League action on Saturday with a clash against Aston Villa and the Toffees are 1.26 to return to winning ways after suffering a 4-0 hammering in the Merseyside derby in midweek.
Martinez will be without Traore and fellow striker Romelu Lukaku for the game but with the Villans priced at 7.00 to keep a clean sheet, the injuries to the pair do not seem to have affected Everton’s favourite’s tag.