Roberto Martinez has revealed Everton tried to sign Manchester United striker Anthony Martial when the Frenchman was still at Lyon.
Martial joined United in a deal worth an initial £36.7million on transfer deadline day this summer, with the Frenchman having impressed at Monaco.
Martial had previously struggled to break through at Lyon before joining Monaco for around £3million in 2013, and Martinez has revealed he tried to sign the forward during his first season as Everton manager.
“Yes, we did [try to sign him],” Martinez told talkSPORT before this weekend’s clash with United. “We followed Martial when he moved to Monaco, at that time he couldn’t get any playing time, he was with the Under-21s for France.
“I must admit we never had that profile of a number nine. He was always a wide player and that was the player we were trying to get on loan.
“We had a little bit of an opportunity but it never materialised.”
Our man Degsy reckons Everton at 23/10 are a tasty bet to beat the Red Devils on Saturday.