All the latest news, views and transfer rumours from Goodison Park...
Everton are coming off their highest Premier League points total in the club's history, and manager Roberto Martinez has drawn plenty of plaudits for his work. As the Toffees are set to combine their Premier League campaign with a Europa League journey, Martinez has admitted that he has identified some of the transfer targets he wants to bring to Merseyside.
"Recruitment is vital. It's one of those moments of the season where you recollect the good work you've done over the last two windows," said Martinez. "The recruitment department have been working tirelessly to get the reports and highlight the targets and players that are going to fit in our football club. You can imagine it's a long process."
"We've identified the players and now it's about making sure we can get them to join. It's very much an important period, but it's not one where we need to panic. We don't have to make decisions just to bring numbers into the Club. Everything has to be measured and everything needs to be taken on the understanding that bringing the wrong player into this special group of players that we have could have a very negative effect," added the Spaniard.
One of the players Martinez brought to the club in January was Irish winger Aiden McGeady, but the former Celtic star struggled with his fitness levels after arriving from Spartak Moscow. Now with a full pre-season schedule ahead of him, the 28-year-old has set his sights on a place in the first team next season.
"I haven't played all that much at the club so far but I'm just looking to play as many games as I can before the end of the season and hopefully have a good summer, keep myself in good shape and come back to hit the ground running in pre-season," said McGeady.
"It's getting into that rhythm of playing 90 minutes every week and getting up to the tempo of the Premier League. Hopefully that's what I'll do next season. The aim for me is to be in the starting XI in the first game," he continued.
Martinez's reported summer shortlist is likely to contain players from this summer's World Cup in Brazil, and one of those is allegedly Ghana full back Samuel Inkoom. The Dnipro man has long been linked with a move to England, and Everton are believed to be watching the 25-year-old as Martinez looks to add depth to his squad.