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Fabrizio Romano: Everton set to sign Vitalij Mykolenko

The January transfer window doesn’t open for another few days but Everton are already believed to be closing in on their first acquisition of the winter.

It’ll be timely for the Toffees who have struggled in recent months for form and with the fitness of their star players.

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Everton have been in discussions with Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev over the last week or so as they aim to bring full-back Vitalij Mykolenko to Goodison Park.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the defender is now on the verge of completing that move as the transfer journalist issued an exciting update on the progress of the deal on Boxing Day.

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Commenting on Twitter, he said: “Vitalij Mykolenko has successfully completed his medical as new Everton player one week ago, no doubt. Paperworks are ready between clubs to announce the deal for the Ukrainian left-back.

“Here we go confirmed, statement expected soon.”

Fans buzzing

Mykolenko isn’t exactly a household name but his imminent arrival in Merseyside should no doubt leave Everton supporters delighted.

It’s safe to say the Toffees didn’t get their recruitment altogether spot on with Marcel Brands in charge of things alongside Farhad Moshiri but after his exit a few weeks ago, they have needed very little time to adjust to new methods.

It’s timely for several reasons. Not only have Benitez’s side won just once since September but they have suffered a number of injury problems and Lucas Digne has fallen out with the manager.

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The Frenchman hasn’t been seen in the squad since the very first day of the month and with Mykolenko now arriving, it would be a surprise if we saw him in Everton colours again.

What’s pleasing for fans, however, is the swiftness with which Benitez and co have reacted to the situation.

After all, with the defender out of the reckoning for now, it leaves them with no out and out left-back in the squad.

The likes of Ben Godfrey and Fabian Delph have been used in that role throughout their careers but neither are long-term options.

That’s where Mykolenko comes into play. Importantly, he’s a particularly strong defender and has amassed some pretty consistent numbers for club and country.

According to WhoScored, the 22-year-old has registered 1.8 tackles and 2.2 interceptions per game which demonstrates he’d be a wise addition.

With Digne being phased out, it makes even more sense to bring him in next month. The Goodison faithful should be elated as a result.

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Article title: Fabrizio Romano: Everton set to sign Vitalij Mykolenko

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