Roberto Martinez had tapped his Catalan roots to bring in Gerard Deulofeu as a promising young winger from Barcelona. Now he is heading back to Spain to fill in another spot that needed reinforcing - left wing.
Villareal's Alfonso Pedraza has been turning heads for some time now playing for the El Submarino Amarillo's B-side. He's even made an impression on the senior squad in the La Liga, and has also played for the national U19 side, making seven appearances and scoring thrice.
Media reports say that a paltry sum of £2m is all it'll take to bring the teenager to Goodison Park, which looks quite a steal even if the player might need some time to break through into the senior ranks. Alfonso is a powerful, direct left-winger, a position that Everton have scant cover at beyond Kevin Mirallas. Martinez has often resorted to playing Tom Cleverley and Arouna Kone out of position in that left wing slot.
As a 19-year-old winger who has just broken into the first team at El Madrigal, Pedraza starred for the Spain team that won the European Under-19s Championship in Greece last year. His teammate at Villareal Aleix Garcia moved to Manchester City, while his international teammate Mikel Merino went from Osasuna to Borussia Dortmund.