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Everton boss leaves door open for Eto'o move

Samuel Eto'o Cameroon

Everton manager Roberto Martinez remains open to bolstering his squad before the close of the transfer window, and reported target Samuel Eto'o could be an option.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has left the door open for a potential move for Samuel Eto’o, with the Cameroonian striker still searching for a club at the start of the new campaign.

Eto’o has been a free agent since his Chelsea contract expired at the end of last season, having scored 12 goals in 34 total appearances during his lone season at Stamford Bridge.

Linked to the likes of Liverpool, Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks, a switch to Anfield, however, now seems doubtful with the imminent arrival of Mario Balotelli, while Ajax have since ruled out a move for the former Barcelona marksman after negotiations stalled.

Everton’s need for reinforcements up front was also well documented this summer, but the £28 million record signing of Romelu Lukaku has eased some of Roberto Martinez’s immediate concerns.

Nevertheless, in a season in which the club is competing on all fronts, the Toffees boss has admitted that he remains on the lookout for more firepower and didn't dismiss Eto'o as a potential option when pressed on the subject.

‘There’re going to be many links, we know that,’ he said on the 33-year-old.

‘There’s still a lot of time in the transfer window but it’s not an obsession like it could have been a lot earlier in the summer, when we had to get who we wanted in to make sure we started the season strong.

‘We’ll see what the final bit of the window brings.’

Martinez, however, also added that a deal could depend on the fitness of Arouna Koune, with the Ivorian still to return to first-team action after damaging his knee last October.

'Of course, that comes into the thinking,' he added. 'But we've got a bit of time, and the next two weeks are vital towards that.

'It's important Arouna is fully fit, it's important he can show what he can do.

'Every Evetonian has been so supportive because they want to see him back on to a football pitch, and we're all desperate to see that happening.

'But it is true that over the next two weeks, we need to take that into consideration, bearing in mind that the transfer window will close.'

Eto’o is no longer the star goalscorer he was during his prime, when he netted 182 times in 302 games between spells at Barca and Inter Milan, but the three-times Champions League-winner still has something left to offer the Premier League, based on last season’s performances.

While his reported wage demands might prove a stumbling block, if Everton could work out a deal then the 118-times capped international would be sure to provide solid depth to a squad which faces a packed fixture list this term.

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