Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Everton in Last-Ditch Swoop for Januzaj ; Transfer Deadline Day Special

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Everton in Last-Ditch Swoop for Januzaj ; Transfer Deadline Day Special

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EVERTON want Adnan Januzaj in a shock deadline day deal. But the Belgian international will have to inform United of his desire to leave if he is to complete a loan move to Goodison Park today.

Roberto Martinez is a firm admirer of the 19-year-old, who has struggled to establish himself under Louis van Gaal.

And the Everton manager is ready to test United's resolve by making a late move for the starlet. Martinez would like Januzaj to provide a mid-season boost to his side's flagging campaign.

But even if he cannot pull off a deal today, he will renew his interest in the summer, targeting a permanent transfer.

He knows it will require Januzaj asking for a move, if he is to have any chance of luring him away from United in this window.

Van Gaal is adamant the versatile forward will not be allowed to leave midway through the campaign - although there remain major doubts over his long-term future.

It is understood that the deal will now hinge on Januzaj's own desire to leave Old Trafford.

Van Gaal has already ruled out a loan move - dismissing the question at Christmas as to whether Januzaj would benefit from a temporary switch.

He insisted the loan idea was not on the agenda. But the battle is on for Januzaj to rescue his United career.

He was David Moyes' go-to player last January with no other senior appearing more than him at the beginning of 2014.

But Saturday's start against Leicester City was his first in the Premier League since early November.

Juan Mata has become Van Gaal's first choice creator in the engine room and Januzaj has been forced out of the picture - sparking speculation about his future.

The United manager says Januzaj has got to prove himself on the Carrington training ground to force his hand on a permanent basis.

"Every time you have to compare and that's also the same with (Darren) Fletcher, who is a very good player, but I have to compare him with Michael Carrick and Daley Blind who are playing in that position," said Van Gaal explaining his dilemma. …

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