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Report: Everton open talks to sign Orjan Nyland

So say the Norwegian press

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Everton have apparently opened talks with Molde to sign Norway goalkeeper Orjan Nyland ahead of tonight's transfer deadline.

Everton were linked with Nyland earlier in January as manager Roberto Martinez looks for a long-term replacement for Tim Howard.

Howard has struggled for form this season and has been linked with a move to the MLS at the end of the campaign.

Now Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet says Everton have been in negotiations with Molde and Nyland's agent Jim Solbakken about a move to Goodison Park over the past few days.

The paper also revealed that Molde have already signed a replacement in the form of Sweden U21 'keeper Andreas Linde from Helsingborg, making a move more likely.

The 24-year-old is highly rated in his homeland after winning goalkeeper of the tournament at the 2013 Under-21 European Championships and is now a full international.

He also reportedly had a trial at Goodison while still a teenager under previous Everton manager David Moyes in 2008.

Everton have, unsurprisingly, been silent on the matter but with the clock ticking down we are likely to find out a definitive answer sooner rather than later.