Everton linked with move to sign Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is reportedly targeting a January move for Shaun Maloney.

Everton may have started the season slowly, but Saturday's 2-1 win over West Ham United has taken them up to ninth place in the Premier League table.

The return of midfielder Ross Barkley has helped their attacking prowess, and with Romelu Lukaku finally starting to look like the £28m striker Everton paid for, things are looking up for manager Roberto Martinez.

With Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all struggling to hit top form this season, the Toffees will be quietly optimistic of replicating last season's fifth place finish - yet in order to do that, Martinez may need to add more bodies in the January transfer window.

Now, according to reports this weekend, Martinez will look to reunite with yet another one of his former Wigan Athletic stars.

Last summer, the Spaniard made the switch from Wigan to Everton, and brought goalkeeper Joel Robles, centre back Antolin Alcaraz and striker Arouna Kone with him.

It could now be Shaun Maloney who reunites with Martinez at Goodison Park, with speculation suggesting that a January switch could be on the cards for the Scotland international.

Maloney was signed by Martinez at Wigan, and racked up ten goals and 13 assists in his two seasons under his stewardship before the Latics' relegation and Martinez's departure.

The 31-year-old hasn't been quite as fantastic in the Championship, but with his contract expiring in 2015, Wigan know that they must sell him in January - for around £500,000 - or lose him for nothing next summer.

The potential bargain is catching Martinez's eye, with the former Celtic star likely to return to the Premier League at some point in the very near future.

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