Everton latest: Martinez lands coup as ex-Chelsea striker signs two-year deal

Leighton Baines

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Despite landing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in a big money £28m deal, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has made another move to bolster his attack with the signing of Samuel Eto'o. The Cameroonian legend left Chelsea at the end of last season after his contract expired, and the 33-year-old former Barcelona striker has penned a two-year deal at Goodison Park.

"I met him and we had a very good chat about football in general and I was impressed about the hunger he still has," said manager Martinez. "For someone who has achieved nearly everything, he still has the desire he had at 15 when he went to Spain and showed what he could do. For many reasons he has got a point to prove. We are very excited and I think Everton is the perfect home for him. The fans will make him ready and feel sharp but we have got to be a bit patient with the fitness levels and make sure he is back to his best."

Eto'o scored nine goals in the Premier League last season, and offers an ideal mentor for Lukaku. Upon signing for Everton, Eto'o revealed his delight at getting the deal done, which has been rumours over the last few days.

"I am very happy to be here, I am looking forward greatly to putting on the Blue shirt of Everton," said Eto'o. "I have been very impressed by the style of play Everton adopt. I could see straight away that at this club I will have the opportunity to play football. I had the chance to speak with the manager over the last few days and we agreed that this was what we would do.

"I was impressed with his enthusiasm but also by the knowledge of football that Roberto Martinez carries, his vision of football and how he reads football. I still think I can learn a great deal from him here."

Eto'o could make his Everton debut against former club Chelsea at Goodison Park this weekend, with concerns over Lukaku's injury status. The Belgian picked up a knock against Arsenal on Saturday, and whilst Martinez was optimistic, he says it's too early to know whether he will play

"Romelu, we will keep assessing him. He has reacted well in the 48 hours after the game. At the moment it is too early to know if he will be available at the weekend but I am quite positive with Rom."

Meanwhile, left back Leighton Baines has admitted that he could retire at Goodison Park having signed a four-year contract extension in January. Baines, 29, was linked with a move to Manchester United last season, but the England international says he has no intention of ever leaving Merseyside.

"I was happy to commit myself and over the next few years now, I will be doing all I can to help the team keep improving," said Baines "I may well retire here now. I'm not looking to go anywhere else. I'm trying to enjoy my football and to try and achieve something at this club because it's been starved of success over the last couple of decades. I would love to be a part of a team that brings success back."

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