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Everton manager Roberto Martinez is set to do some business in the January transfer window as he prepares to bolster the ranks at the club, Sky Sports reports.
The Toffess have been hit with the news this week that midfielder Darron Gibson and striker Arouna Kone will be facing lengthy spells on the sidelines through injury.
Both players have sustained serious knee injuries and are now likely to miss the majority of the season as a result, leaving Martinez short in some key positions.
And Martinez has admitted that a dive into the transfer market in the new year is likely to be inevitable now.
“Arouna and Darron are two unexpected absences and we need to be as strong as we can be in the final third of the season, so we’ll have to look into it,” he said.
“We’re always looking, and in January we’ll have to see where we are.
“What’s important though is we never bring in players for the sake of it.”
Martinez also hinted that he may be prepared to promote several members of the club’s younger players to fill the gaps in the interim now that there is limited competition in front of them.
“It won’t be a case of getting someone just to make up the numbers,” he added.
“If we find the right players we’ll look into it, but if not I will look at the U21s and younger players here and make sure someone steps up because I’ve been impressed in that regard and it’s important we keep that in mind.”