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Teenager set for Goodison move

Tony Marshall

*UPDATE*

Belgian journalist Sven Claes says Henen passed a medical at Finch Farm on Monday and will wear the number 39 shirt, after his favourite player Nicolas Anelka.

Times Reporter Tony Barrett also confirmed that Henen was definitely at Everton's training ground for a medical on Monday and is set to sign for the club ahead of Arsenal.

Credible sources are suggesting Everton are close to signing 18-year-old Belgian striker David Henen from Anderlecht.

No, not Indykalia on Twitter.

Reporters from the Liverpool Echo and Sky Sports say that Henen could move to Goodison Park for a fee of around £1million.

The teenager has come through the youth ranks at Belgian side Anderlecht but spent last season on loan at Monaco B.

He has been a regular for the Belgian youth sides, representing his country from Under-15 through to Under-18 level, scoring 14 goals in 17 games.

His plays mainly as a forward but can also play out on the wing, which has drawn comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar - though there is a long way to go before he will reach that level!

Arsenal and Manchester United were heavily linked with a move for Henen earlier this summer but it appears Everton have won the race.

Should he sign then he would look like a natural replacement for Gerard Deulofeu. A young, exciting forward who can make an impact off the bench, playing just behind the main striker.

Interestingly his agent, Christophe Henrotay, also represents current Everton player Kevin Mirallas, Everton loanee Romelu Lukaku and former Everton target Vadis Odjidja Ofoe.

At £1million it would also represent a relatively risk-free buy. At that price he clearly must have some way to go to fulfill his potential buut the progress of Deulofeu last year shows how capable Roberto Martinez is at developing young talent, meaning it could be the ideal move all-round.