Martinez ‘trying to identify targets’ for January transfer window

The Everton boss is already looking ahead to potential squad additions

The Premier League season may only be five games old but Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has admitted he has already begun work on identifying January transfer targets for the Merseyside club.

Everton have enjoyed a fantastic start to the current campaign and are the only team to remain unbeaten in the league so far this season.

Much of that success has been underpinned by a series of shrewd deadline day signings including James McCarthy, Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku.

But with the latter two coming to the club as part of loan deals and the Toffees’ transfer coffers bolstered by the big-money sales of Marouane Fellaini and Victor Anichebe there is money available for further additions.

And despite the positive start to Premier League proceedings, Martinez has revealed he has already begun the long process of identifying new transfer targets ahead of the January window.

Speaking to the Liverpool Daily Post, the Spaniard admitted that the potential for injuries or loss of form within the team made regular scouting of this kind essential.

“We have got a little bit of money and will always carry on trying to identify targets that can help the group. That will never stop and it will be the same in the window coming,” he said.

“Over the next three or four months I’ll have a clear idea. At the moment on paper we’re very strong in every area but football doesn’t work like that.

One area Martinez could look to strengthen Everton is in the striker department, with Nikica Jelavic continuing to endure a barren spell for the Toffees.

Should the Croatian’s form fail to pick up going into the New Year, then Everton may be forced to make another foray into the transfer market.

But with no word yet on the potential targets, it could be an interesting few months for the club.

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