Martinez to target Alcaraz, McManaman, McCarthy, Maloney and Kone

    The Spaniard is keen to succeed David Moyes at the Merseyside club, and would like to bring along his back-room team Graeme Jones and Kevin Reeves according to the Mirror

    And Martinez also wants funds made available to sign some of his Wigan old boys as he sets about changing Everton’s style.

    He plans to snap up Paraguayan centre-half Antolin Alcaraz – a free agent after his Latics contract expired – and striker Arouna Kone, who has a £6.5million release clause in his contract.

    The trickier captures in Martinez’s sights are Wigan midfield star James McCarthy – who is valued at £15m – and play-maker Shaun Maloney, who recently signed a new deal with the DW Stadium side.

    England prospect Callum McManaman, ironically freed by Everton as a kid, is also a potential signing even though he is likely to miss the start of next season through injury.

    Martinez may have to sell a player to fund some of those moves, with McCarthy – also wanted by Tottenham – likely to be so expensive that Marouane Fellaini, tipped to follow Moyes to Manchester United and also linked with Chelsea, would have to go first.

    Everton hope to unveil Martinez in the next 24 hours after Kenwright – who first made an approach last week, as we exclusively revealed – was given the nod to speak to him.

    Martinez will cost Everton a compensation fee, with Whelan wanting £2million, although the man himself thinks the fee may be less.

    Whelan was upset at the outcome of his talks with Martinez, and said: “I met Roberto and he feels he’s got to move on. He doesn’t feel equipped to take Wigan back into the Premier League.


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    1. Great all the players that got them relegated! I’m starting to worry shouldn’t we be aiming for better names??


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