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Francisco Junior leaves Everton for Stromsgodset on permanent deal

Francisco Junior made only one first-team appearance for Everton in four years.

Everton midfielder Francisco Junior has joined Stromsgodset on a permanent transfer after failing to establish himself at Goodison Park.

The 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder joined on a free transfer four years ago but managed just one first-team appearance in the Capital One Cup defeat at Leeds in September 2012 when he was withdrawn at half-time.

Francisco had a number of loan spells, including a period with Stromsgodset in February 2014, and after 12 appearances for League One Wigan earlier...

Martin Odegaard's father joins Real Madrid as youth coach

Martin Odegaard's father is also joining Real Madrid as part of the deal which has seen the Norwegian starlet move to the Bernabeu.

Odegaard, who just recently turned 16 but is already a senior international with his country, finally chose to join Madrid after being courted through recent months by a long list of Europe's top clubs reportedly including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton and Ajax.

A deal which could reportedly...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Martin Odegaard: Real Madrid move a dream come true

Martin Odegaard has said he believes joining Real Madrid was "the best option" as he was presented by his new club.

Odegaard, 16, had been courted by many of Europe's leading clubs and spent time with Liverpool and Bayern Munich in recent weeks, but Madrid announced on Wednesday that they had agreed a deal to sign the Norway international from Stromsgodset.

 By Lee Roden

Martin Odegaard: All about Real Madrid's Norwegian wonderkid

To fully grasp Martin Odegaard's age, consider the fact that he wasn't alive the last time Norway featured in a World Cup. Born little more than 16 years ago in Drammen, a small city southwest of Oslo, he was five months too late to be alive for his nation's run to the last 16 of France 98, though father Hans Erik certainly was. A midfielder for Stromsgodset between 1993 and 2003, Hans Erik is now better known as the man who took young Martin on a very public road show of Europe's top clubs throughout...

Michael Laudrup warns Martin Odegaard against Real Madrid move

Former Denmark international Michael Laudrup has advised much sought after Norwegian starlet Martin Odegaard to move to the less demanding Dutch Eredivisie.

Stromsgodset prospect Odegaard recently turned 16, but is already a senior international with his country, and is wanted by a long list of top clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton and current Dutch champions Ajax.

The hugely promising midfielder trained with...