Aug 7, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT
Roberto Martinez doesn’t want to end Everton’s offseason action on the Lukaku signing.
The Toffees boss told reporters that he’s eyeing a winger to add to his roster, most likely in the form of a loan deal, just to prepare for possible injury cases by bolstering the position’s depth.
“It’s only one position (we need),” Martinez said, according to SkySports. “We want to take as long as we can to see how quickly we can get the injured players back to being available for the first-team.”
“Probably another body would help for the September month when we have three competitions to fight for, and we’ll carry on working hard on that.”
After dealings with Christian Atsu fell through the cracks, Martinez wouldn’t specify which players were on the table.
“Wide player is the position we want to bring in but in terms of names, it is too early to mention to our fans.”
Everton finished with the highest point total, 72, in franchise history a year ago, and the English squad kept expectations high when they inked 21-year-old forward Romelu Lukaku to a permanent deal and fee, a loaned man last year that was integral to the club’s fifth place league ranking.
Barkley drew interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea following an excellent showing for Everton in 2013-14, so retaining the services of the promising 20-year-old on a four-year deal was significant.
Everton smartly held onto their transfer budget last season with the acquisition of players via loan, allowing them to be competitive while they only had to pay wages in the short term. The opportunity to extend Barkley, Lukaku and Barry was then plausible, and now stands on firm ground to duplicate, or perhaps improve upon, their successes.
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