Everton: McManaman and McCarthy can join Martinez

6Jun 2013

England - Premier League

With the Roberto Martinez move to Goodison Park all but sealed, Christian Crowther takes a look at who he may bring to Everton along with him...

Reports are suggesting that Dave Whelan has agreed a compensation fee with Everton for the services of Roberto Martinez, giving the green light for the Spaniard's protracted move to Goodison Park.

Whelan said: "After leaving Wigan, I think Everton is the next stop of Roberto before he goes to the very, very top," seemingly explaining Martinez's 1.01 price to become the new Toffees boss.

The seldom-shy Latics chairman has also hinted in the papers that Martinez would be given the pick of any Wigan players he wishes to take with him to Merseyside, provided the "full market value" is met.

This begs the question of just who the former Swansea manager would be tempted to raid from the squad of FA Cup winners he assembled at the DW Stadium.

One player that Martinez has consistently lauded this season, especially in the latter stages of the campaign is winger Callum McManaman, who was called up by England U21 but forced to withdraw injured.

McManaman certainly caught the eye with some dazzling performances on the flanks for Wigan, particularly in the latter rounds of the FA Cup. Being a former Everton youth player and reported Toffees fan, the gifted ball carrier seems like a natural fit to follow Martinez back to his Goodison roots.

Another player who has attracted both the attention of other Premier League clubs, and plaudits aplenty, is central midfielder James McCarthy. In light of the continued speculation surrounding Marouane Fellaini's Everton future - with the Belgian rated at 1.45 to leave for pastures new this summer - McCarthy's is another face which could easily fit the picture next season.

Meanwhile, Nikica Jelavic's dire season on Merseyside does bring into question his future at the club, with Arouna Kone a possible replacement or at least reinforcement in the striking department.

With Everton rated as the 18.0 outsiders from this year's top-seven sides to penetrate the top four in 2013/14, the forward department is an area in need of strengthening.

Furthermore, 35-year-old Sylvain Distin is possibly entering his last season at the top and this could tempt Martinez into pinching either Antolin Alcaraz or Ivan Ramis - who impressed in the first half of Wigan's campaign before succumbing to injury.

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