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Everton confirm deal for teenage forward Henen

ESPN staff
September 2, 2014
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Everton have confirmed that they managed to complete a 12-month loan deal for teenage forward David Henen before Monday's transfer deadline.

The 18-year-old will be part of Roberto Martinez's squad this season after a complicated series of manoeuvres on deadline day.

David Henen, right, has featured for the Belgium Under-18s © Getty Images

Henen had looked likely to move to Goodison Park on a permanent deal from Belgian side Anderlecht after spending pre-season training at Everton's Finch Farm base.

However, he signed for Greek champions Olympiakos - who then immediately loaned him to Everton.

Henen will spend the season with Everton's Under-21 side, with whom he will link up after playing for Belgium's Under-19 side in matches against Israel and Hungary during this week's international break.

Martinez told Everton's website: "As we had said previously, he's someone whose potential we recognize and at this stage he will go into the Under-21 development squad. We are looking forward to working with him this season."

Luxembourg-born Henen joined the youth set-up at Belgian club Standard Liege when he was 12, then moved to Belgian rivals Anderlecht three years later.

The forward, who was linked with a move to Manchester United when he was just 15, spent last season on loan at Monaco, where he played for their reserve side in the Championnat de France Amateur, the fourth tier of French football.

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