Daniel Prodan looks set to become Everton's
third signing of the season (and the club's second defender on a
free transfer following the arrival of Alan Stubbs from Celtic)
after a successful trial during the Blues' pre-season training camp
in Il Ciocco, Italy.
Prodan, who famously failed to play a game in 18 months for Rangers
following a crippling knee injury, initially rejected the offer
of a week's trial at Bellefield from Walter Smith last month, but
obviously found the lure of a week in Tuscany was enough to persuade
him to accept the opportunity to resurrect his career in a major
Now the Romanian international captain, whose has regained fitness
following a season of action for Rocur Bucharest in his home country,
is making all the right noises about the prospect of playing for
Everton this season:
"My injury now is okay. I feel very good, very well," he said.
"I have played many games since then and I am training very
hard. I am confident in my ability, confident in my chances of signing
for Everton and confident of my chances of playing in their first
Prodan, who failed to sufficently impress Aston Villa boss John Gregory to earn a move to Villa Park before the transfer deadline last season, continued: "Everton
are a big club in England with some good players; Gazza, Campbell
and from last year, Richard Gough. They are not a big club in Premiership
placings at present, but they are a big club in spirit. They work
very hard in training and that will show in games."
If all goes well, the central defender could be an Everton player
by the end of the coming week, with Walter Smith apparently keen
to tie up the transfer when the squad returns to England this weekend.
by Lyndon Lloyd
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