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Abdullayev Deal Latest

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Everton can confirm that Araz Abdullayev is set to arrive at Goodison Park before the end of the season - but only to train.

Reports in Azerbaijan suggested the 18-year-old Azerbaijani would join in February but this is not the case.

Instead he will head to Merseyside later in 2011 to train at Finch Farm, but will be unable to join permanently until such time that he acquires a work permit.

Everton officials were in Azerbaijan this week to check on the progress of the teenage midfielder.

In July 2010, the Blues confirmed that they had negotiated a deal securing the Club first option on the Neftchi Baku player, who is currently injured.

Abdullayev is Azerbaijan's youngest ever player and gained recognition after scoring a spectacular goal for his nation's under-21 side against Scotland.

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