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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Roberto Martinez remains hopeful of adding Christian Atsu to his squad in the near future.

The Blues are in the process of attempting to secure a season-long loan deal for the Chelsea winger and Martinez is keen to add him to his squad as soon as possible.

The manager told evertontv: “We are hoping that the deal can be formalised and finalised by Thursday.

That would be a really good positive move to boost the squad. How ready he will be to have him in the team, it's too early to tell. But we want Christian to be part of the squad as soon as we can. We are really excited and are desperate to welcome him to Finch Farm to allow him to feel the Everton way quickly.”

Atsu, 22, was in Ghana’s World Cup squad this summer and played for Vitesse Arnhem in Holland last season, scoring five goals in 28 league appearances.

Martinez explained why he has targeted the tricky speedster, who starred at FC Porto before being signed by Chelsea in 2013.

“Christian is a experienced young man and to be that experienced at a young age is incredible. He had a really good spell in Portugal then a big move and has played a lot of games in Holland. Playing in a World Cup with Ghana will give him a lot too.

“He can play on both wings, play through the middle and has appreciation of space. Technically he is a very gifted and will fit extremely well. He has the hunger and desire to want to show what he can do in the Premier League and we feel we are ready to give him that opportunity.”

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