Everton latest: Toffees linked with January swoop for World Cup star

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The January transfer window is fast approaching, and after a slow start to the season, Everton may need reinforcements in the New Year. According to new reports, the Toffees are lining up a swoop to sign Marseille's Andre Ayew.

The 24-year-old, who can play out wide or up front, starred for Ghana at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, and with his Marseille contract set to expire next summer, Everton could land him for a cut-price fee or even for free, should they offer him a pre-contract agreement.

Whilst Ayew could be arriving, Everton fans are today concerned about one big potential departure. With Inter Milan struggling for form under Walter Mazzarri, reports suggest that the Serie A giants want to lure Everton boss Roberto Martinez to Italy.

Martinez did a great job at Goodison Park last season but Everton's form has been patchy so far this term, and the offer a move to the San Siro could be too big to turn down - should they sack Mazzarri and make an approach, that is.

Losing Martinez would be a huge blow, and so would losing midfielder Ross Barkley. The 20-year-old remains one of the hottest properties in English football, and Chelsea and Manchester City have both been linked with big money moves to sign the England international. However, he endured a tough time in the 0-0 draw with Swansea on Saturday, and captain Phil Jagielka says the youngster can learn from the experience.

"That is what happens to the best players. They watch the videos of him and they do target him to make sure if they keep him quiet in a game it can affect his team," said Jagielka.

"He is going to have to deal with it and I can't see it getting much easier for him as he goes on in his career but he's more than capable than dealing with it. Nothing gets him down."

"If you look at this game, I wouldn't say it was his best game but he kept on going, kept on going, kept on going. A lot of people in that situation can hide and not want the ball but I'd never expect Ross to be one of those players," he added.

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