The Echo is reporting that Everton and David Henen have come to an agreement for the player to join the club on a permanent basis. In the final minutes of last summer's transfer deadline, Henen, 19 joined the Blues on a season-long loan deal from Olympiacos; a club that he had just signed with the day before.
Henen impressed in his first season with the under-21 squad notching four goals and two assists in fifteen appearances. His numbers could have been even better but he finished the season out of the squad due to an ankle injury. The injury has healed though and he returned to Merseyside with the U21s after a week of training camp in Austria.
Completing the deal comes off as good business for the club as the reported transfer fee is in the region of £200,000. Manager Roberto Martinez & Co. were keen on bringing the forward in on a permanent basis last summer but instead he was bought by Greek side after his parent club, Anderlecht. He never appeared for Olympiacos though as he immediately went out on loan to Everton.
Henen has great size, standing at six feet one inch (1.86 meters) with room to grow into his frame. Though he will not be in the team for this year, in the future he could be another part of the Belgian attack that also features Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas.
He is expected to go out on loan next season to a club in League One or the Championship. The expectation is to get him more experience with older professionals and to test his skills as he has already shown that he can handle U21 football. Before a club is picked though, they must guarantee that Henen will get a certain amount of playing time during the season.