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Roberto Martinez has reiterated that he still aims to make additions to his Everton squad in this month’s transfer window – but the Blues boss says reports Aiden McGeady is having a medical at Finch Farm are wide of the mark.

At his pre-match press conference on Thursday morning, Martinez said he had identified targets that could bolster his group to compensate for the loss of long-term injury absentees Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson.

But media speculation suggesting McGeady was undergoing a medical assessment with the Club was dismissed by the Spaniard.

Asked whether the Spartak Moscow winger is currently having tests on Merseyside, Martinez said: “I don’t think so, unless I haven’t been told.

“The situation is that he is still registered with another football club and I’ll never, ever be disrespectful to any other football club by speaking about a player who is registered with another club. Aiden fits into that category.

He added: “We are hoping to bring in one or two faces to cover an area where we are going to be a little bit weaker in the second half of the season.

“We are close but it’s not a matter of rushing things. We know exactly what we want and we will try to make it happen if we can.

“This window we have got something to lose rather than gain in adding players for the sake of it. It has got to be a very well measured window but obviously we don’t want to lose any of the top performers so far this season.

“We have got to make sure the squad doesn’t become affected by bringing the wrong personality into the Club.”

Following Everton’s FA Cup win over Queens Park Rangers, Martinez explained that he would be willing to let Nikica Jelavic and John Heitinga move on if either player felt that a transfer would boost their hopes of playing in the World Cup.

The Spaniard added that circumstances have not changed since last weekend.

“I’ve been very clear with their situations,” he added. “At the moment nothing has been agreed.”

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