Everton close in on Bryan Oviedo, with others set to follow

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 18: Bryan Oviedo #14 of Costa Rica is knocked to the ground battling for the ball against Oscar Boniek Garcia #14 of Honduras during the 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals on June 18, 2011 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Everton are set to make their fourth signing of the summer in the form of FC Copenhagen wing-back Bryan Oviedo.

The 22-year-old Costa Rica international can operate as a left full back or pushed forward on the wing and is believed to command a fee of around £2million, potentially rising to £5million including add-ons.

The owners of the Danish club, Parken Sport and Entertainment, confirmed a bid had been made on the club's website – and suggested a deal is very close.

"We can confirm that the stories saying that we have received an offer from Everton for Bryan Oviedo are true," read the statement.

"No further comments will be given at this time."

Reaction among the fans has been mixed, mainly due to an initial panic regarding the future of Leighton Baines. However, given his age he is likely to become a back-up player, albeit one with great potential.

With Steven Pienaar’s ability to play in the middle or on the right, Oviedo’s arrival will give us options and versatility – something David Moyes loves and something the fans should welcome.

The final days of this transfer window have been more about beefing up the squad as our first XI is strong. However, It is still encouraging to see Moyes going for youth rather than has-beens (see QPR).

Oviedo’s name has been mentioned before earlier in the summer but it seems the deal rested on Copenhagen’s progress in the Champions League. Their defeat in the qualifier to Lille on Wednesday evening appears to have given Everton the green light to push ahead with the deal.

That should not be the end of the activity for Everton however. BBC chief football editor Phil McNulty – a former Liverpool Echo journalist - confirmed on Twitter that Moyes is on the lookout for more midfielders between now and the end of the deadline.

Charlie Adam is a name that keeps cropping up, with a distantly muted response. Yossi Benayoun also confirmed he was in discussion with two Premier League clubs over a possible loan move.

Would those two former Reds fit the bill? What do you think of Oviedo?

Have your say below!


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