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Martinez eyes Coleman and McGeady deals

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ROBERTO Martinez will reward Seamus Coleman's rise into the top bracket of Premier League performers with a lucrative new deal next summer.

But Martinez may have to wait until the season ends before he can bring Coleman's Ireland team-mate Aiden McGeady to Goodison Park on a free transfer.

"I'm sure at the end of the season we will look at his contract," said Martinez when asked about Coleman's long term future at Everton.

"His role in the team is growing, he is getting more important. He is getting stronger in the build-up play, in the positional play, and growing as a player. He is a young man but the sky is the limit.

"He is happy at Everton and has a long-term contract but I always said that players that do well and perform, it is my intention to sit down in the summer and reassess.

TERRIFIC

"That could be bad for everyone with big contracts as well! He deserves a reward. He has been terrific. His goalscoring record in that position is.... and it's not that he has been fortunate, he has put balls in the top corner.

"He has created at least two good opportunities in every game and has been getting better in taking those chances and is getting better.

"He is getting stronger in the build-up play, in the positional play, and growing as a player. He is a young man but the sky is the limit."

Martinez has made an intensive effort to sign McGeady during this window and may yet succeed but a more likely scenario is that the Irish winger will move from Spartak Moscow when his contract expires in the summer.

DIFFICULT

"We are very close to a deal with Aiden for the summer, that is true. You know I like him as a player," claimed Martinez, who tried to sign McGeady when he was Wigan Athletic manager.

"But as things stand now I don't think we will be able to do anything for January because there are too many difficulties. Many things can happen in the window, but right now it would be difficult."


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