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Martinez On Transfer Talk

by Hamish Dufton @efchamishdufton

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez recognises that the Blues will continue to be linked with plenty of names as he assesses his squad ahead of their return on Thursday.
A number of media outlets continue to report that the Spaniard will make free-agent Antolin Alcaraz and Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone his first signings at Goodison Park.

The Toffees boss understands the media attention but has reminded Evertonians he will only sign players he thinks will add to the talent and personality within the dressing room.
“You can expect those sorts of names,” Martinez told evertontv. “They are players that I know really, really well. I worked with them really closely and they are players that are used to the Premier League and the British game.
“So you will always get those sorts of situations but at the moment we are still looking to try and 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.
“So I’m sure that we will have many other names mentioned around and hopefully we are going to get the right characters to represent our football Club.”

Martinez added: "I think we need to bring in three or four new faces - one per unit, and make sure we get an extra option or dimension into the squad. The most important aspect is to try to keep the squad together and get every player ready."

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