Monday 24 October 2016

One player eluded him but Everton boss Roberto Martinez is happy with transfers

Published 02/09/2015 | 11:49

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is happy with his transfer dealing
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is happy with his transfer dealing

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has declared himself pleased with the club's transfer business despite not securing one of his primary objectives.

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Deadline day brought the arrival of Argentinian centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori and winger Aaron Lennon, who has returned permanently after a loan spell, for a combined £12.5million but attempts to bring in a player who could operate in the number 10 role fell flat.

But having already signed midfielder Tom Cleverley and former loanee Gerard Deulofeu, young Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez, Barnsley's Mason Holgate and David Henen, who had been on loan - and having hung onto John Stones despite a transfer request from the defender and three failed bids from Chelsea - Martinez is satisfied with the summer activity.

"I feel really pleased about the way in which our business during this transfer window will allow us to carry on with the continuity in our squad and develop some of our young talent while adding some outstanding characters to the football club," he told

"Four full senior internationals for England, Argentina and Spain reflect the huge calibre of players we have been able to bring in, with some of those - Gerard Deulofeu and Aaron Lennon - already knowing our dressing room and our home.

"They represent a guarantee in terms of settling in well to our club and adding to our squad.

"Keeping the main performers of the team that attempted that fourth-place finish in the Premier League two seasons ago and shared in some incredible memories in Europe last season will help us to integrate all of our new signings and to carry on reaching better levels of performance on a consistent basis.

"Our Copa Libertadores winner, Ramiro Funes Mori, will add some qualities that are needed in the team, alongside the bright goalscoring talent that Leandro Rodriguez will represent.

"On top of that, the window has been very positive for us in being able to bring in more exceptional young talent in the likes of Mason Holgate and David Henen, who represent a really exciting future, along with other talented players we're developing at our football club."

Martinez, however, will have to do without Cleverley for the foreseeable future as the midfielder sustained ligament damage in a tackle with Tottenham's Eric Dier on Sunday.

"We have mixed feelings because we feared the worst when that challenge happened," he added.

"We thought that it was a fracture and to have a fracture at this stage of the season for Tom would have been devastating because his form has been terrific.

"He has got ligament damage and the next step will be to see how long he is going to be out.

"It's an injury we need to try and recover as quickly as we can but clearly it's good news from when we saw Tom falling to the ground at White Hart Lane."

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