Toffees chief hasn’t gone back to raid former club.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has denied that he has gone back to raid former club Wigan Athletic for midfielder James McCarthy, Sky Sports reports.
The Republic of Ireland international consistently been linked with a move to Goodison Park ever since Martinez made the move over from the DW Stadium to take over the vacant hot seat that was left by David Moyes.
Martinez signed McCarthy during his time at Wigan and remains a big fan, but he said: “There has been no bid made.
“I think it’s quite easy to understand that James is a player I signed at a young age and I’ve got huge admiration for him, so it doesn’t take anyone (much) to create a little bit of a story. But there has been no bid.”
The Spaniard also reiterated his stance on the future’s of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines by insisting that there in no financial need to let the pair go.
Everton have seen star players leave the club in recent years with the likes of Joleon Lescott and Jack Rodwell both leaving for Manchester City, and before that, Wayne Rooney and his departure to Manchester United.
But this time Martinez is confident that they will be able to resist any offers on all fronts.
“There’s been no other news. I know there’s going to be talk about the transfer window but that’s not what we’re focusing on now.
“We are in a position where we don’t have to sell. I don’t think there’s been any misguidance. We know exactly where we are internally. We’re very, very strong financially, and we don’t have to sell at all.”