Everton close in on Wigan duo

Everton are reportedly close to clinching deals for Wigan pair Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz.

Last Updated: 03/07/13 at 17:16 Post Comment

Arouna Kone: Could be rejoining Roberto Martinez at Everton

Arouna Kone: Could be rejoining Roberto Martinez at Everton

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez says he is focusing on making additions to his squad rather than worrying about potential departures, and has targeted two players he worked with at the DW Stadium.

Kone is likely to cost the Toffees around £5m but Alacaraz will arrive on a free transfer once his contract has been finalised.

"They are players that I know really, really well," said Martinez. "I worked with them really closely and they are players that are used to the Premier League and the British game.

"You will always get those sorts of situations but at the moment we are still looking to try to bring the right characters to the football club.

"We need to remember that we have a very strong team at the club, but in the same way we don't want to close the window without feeling stronger than we were when the window opened.

"I'm sure that we will have many other names mentioned and hopefully we are going to get the right characters to represent our football club.

"I think we need to bring in three or four new faces - one per unit (goalkeeper, defence, midfield and striker) and make sure we get an extra option or dimension into the squad.

"It is vital to bring the right characters in and whoever steps into the dressing room comes with the possibility of offering something different and extra."

"It is not a matter of bringing in numbers or bringing in players quickly. The most important aspect is to try to keep the squad together and get every player ready."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

B

enteke is an absolute steal for £32.5m, he would get into any team in the world (except Barcelona) at the moment. I've seen many very good strikers in my 30+ years as a Villa fan. This guy is the best without question.

sparkigol
Benteke's £32.5m release clause

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

Footer 365

David Gill confirms he will not take up FIFA executive committee post

Football Association vice-chairman David Gill has confirmed he will not take up his post on FIFA’s executive committee.

Sepp Blatter claims he knows how to fix FIFA after re-election

Sepp Blatter says he knows how to fix FIFA’s broken reputation after a traumatic week for football’s governing body.

Sepp Blatter will not last two years, says FA chairman Greg Dyke

FA chairman Greg Dyke is not surprised Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president but he does not expect him to even last two years.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company