New Everton boss targets five from old club.
Roberto Martinez is widely expected to accept an offer to become Everton’s new manager, and according to the Daily Mirror, he will look to bring at least five players with him from Wigan.
The Spaniard nearly joined Everton’s rivals Liverpool last summer, but is still a popular choice for the club this year, even with FA Cup winners Wigan unable to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
And with the Toffees facing the prospect of losing their big names as they look to follow David Moyes to Manchester United, Martinez’s recruits from his old team could be very welcome.
It is reported that the 39-year-old would target Shaun Maloney, Arouna Kone, Antolin Alcaraz, James McCarthy and Callum McManaman from the Latics. Alcaraz is the most likely deal as he becomes a free agent in the summer, while the other players are also being targeted by other Premier League sides.
Kone has been linked with a move to Swansea after an impressive first season in English football, and it is thought that McCarthy and McManaman have both impressed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who will look to bring the pair to Anfield this summer.
Martinez had previously advised McManaman to reject a move to Liverpool to stay and play regular Championship football with Wigan to continue his development, but presumably won’t offer the same advice when looking to bring him to Everton.