Everton targeting up to seven summer additions

Roberto Martinez is looking to add to his Everton squad to allow them to compete domestically and in Europe next season

Roberto Martinez says that he is aiming to bring in ‘six or seven’ players over the summer as he looks to bolster his squad to compete in the Premier League and in Europe next season.

The Spaniard, who has had a brilliant first season in charge of the Toffees, still holds out ambitions of making the Champions League, but it looks more likely that he will have to accept a place in Europe’s secondary competition, the Europa League.

The increase of fixtures as a result, combined with the fact that some of the protagonists in Everton’s success this season loan spells end in May, mean that Martinez is going to be forced to have a busy summer if he is to fully equip his squad ready for new campaign.

"It's not about improving - it's about increasing," Martinez told the Express.  "When you're playing in europe you need to have another six or seven and that's the reality and we will do that - it's not an issue."

"Every summer is busy. We signed 10 players in the previous two windows and that's what you expect from window to window.

"I never worry about losing players. It's the opposite - I get excited about bringing new players in. You need fresh blood.

He added: "We've got incredible senior players at this club. You've got Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Leon Osman, James McCarthy - those players hold the dressing room together.

"(But) we need fresh talent. Fresh additions help the team."

Everton will be without Gareth Barry, Gerard Deulofeu, Romelu Lukaku and Lacine Traore, meaning Martinez will have to show great intelligence in the transfer market if he to fill the void that the quartet will leave him with.

There has not been too much talk in the press about incoming players so far, although the Toffees have been linked with a move for Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback in recent times.


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