Everton latest: Martinez prepared to wait over striker Lukaku

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Everton head into Sunday's trip to Hull City searching for a win that will secure their spot in fifth place, even if a defeat should still see them finish there given Spurs' woeful goal difference. That means the attention can possibly be turned to this summer's transfer window, but manager Roberto Martinez says it's too soon to talk about a potential permanent deal for loan star Romelu Lukaku, suggesting that it may have to wait until after the World Cup - where the Chelsea striker can furhter improve his stock.

"I don't think that's my worry. The worry would be that if the deal was a cheap one, it would be because he has had a torrid time and hasn't fulfilled his potential. We are too close to Romelu to hope he has a poor tournament. We hope he has a really good World Cup - and then decides to come to us," said Martinez.

"We'll see what's the best thing for everyone but everything will be in stages: how Chelsea are doing in their own squad and how that frees some players. It's going to take a bit of time and I don't think Romelu's situation is going to be resolved before the World Cup, in truth. I think it will be after the World Cup," he added.

Another player hoping to impress in Brazil this summer is Everton midfielder Ross Barkley. The 20-year-old's impressive displays have in contention to make Roy Hodgson's England squad, and team mate Bryan Oviedo - who could feature for Costa Rica against The Three Lions this summer - says Barkley should definitely be on the plane.

"I hope he gets in," said the left back. "He is working for that and we saw in the last game against Manchester City, he had a fantastic game. It would be good for him to go to the World Cup for the experience and because he is a very good player.

"To have a player like him is very good for England because sometimes you need a player who can come on and win games. I think Ross is a player like that," Oviedo added.

Meanwhile, the Toffees continue to be linked with a whole host of players, and the latest name is Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton. The 24-year-old is out of contract this summer and will be available on a free transfer, and with Martinez looking to add depth to his squad, Albrighton could be a cost-effective option.

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