Everton get work permit for Banega

LIVERPOOL: Everton are set to sign Ever Banega on season's loan from Valencia after securing a work permit for the Argentina midfielder on Saturday.

The 21-year-old is expected to arrive on Merseyside shortly to complete the deal and Everton manager David Moyes is looking to employ Banega in a similar role to Spanish playmaker Mikel Arteta, who is currently sidelined with a knee ligament injury.

"Our application for a work permit has been passed and hopefully we will get to see him in a few days," Moyes said.

"He has very good ability and is a little bit similar to Mikel Arteta in lots of ways in that he can retain the ball and pass it.

"Ever is on a year's loan. If he's good then we will keep him, if he's not we can always send him back."