Everton latest: Midfielder bid denied, World Cup star set for move

Roberto Martinez Press Conference Considered

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After witnessing the likes of John Stones and Ross Barkley flourish in the Everton first team, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has vowed to continue to allow young players the chance to play in the starting XI - despite wanting to sign more players after the arrival of Gareth Barry.

"We want to bring in four more players," said Martinez. "But, if I’m honest with you, we have five young players whose programme we’ve been following closely since we set them out 12 months ago. We’ve been trying to develop them and they deserve an opportunity."

"We want to see how they react in the first team, how close they are to being ready - like John Stones and Ross Barkley were last season. And then we will make the final decisions."

The club will continue to look for new players in the transfer market this summer, and one of the players most recently linked with the club was Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez. The Elche man was tipped to join Everton for €2m this week, but the president of the La Liga club says there has been no offer from Everton.

"We have no knowledge of any offer from Everton by Carlos Sanchez," Jose Sepulcre said. "Moreover, not even the player, who is on holiday after playing in the World Cup, has contacted us to say something about it."

Whilst one World Cup star may not be heading to Merseyside, another one appears to be on the verge of signing. Bosnia and Herzegovina international Muhamed Besic, who plays for Hungarian side Ferencvaros, impressed in Brazil this summer, and the 21-year-old is on the verge of a £2.5m move, with Martinez seeing off interest from Premier League rivals Swansea City and Europa League winners Sevilla.

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