Everton linked with Veli Kavlak. Do they need another midfielder?

The Turkish press reports that Everton have agreed a deal for Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak, but should Roberto Martinez be adding in other areas?

Everton already have Gareth Barry, James McCarthy, Leon Osman, Darron Gibson and Muhamed Besic on their books, so why they are being linked with another hard-working midfielder?

Veli Kavlak is a man with 30 caps for Austria to his name and is a no-nonsense performer who likes to get stuck in.

Those attributes would be expected to serve him well in the Premier League, but do the Toffees need him?

Roberto Martinez continues to favour a free-flowing passing game on Merseyside and will be reluctant to have too many ball-winners within his ranks.

That is a job Barry, Gibson and Besic have been brought in to do and they offer an intriguing blend of experience and potential.

The deal being mooted in the Turkish press by Milliyet suggests that they may be joined by Kavlak on a four-and-a-half-year contract, with personal terms already agreed.

You get the feeling, though, that the funds being pumped into that deal may have been better used elsewhere.

Everton still look shaky at the back, with clean sheets proving hard to come by, and Martinez possibly should have been prioritising reinforcements in that area before looking further up the field.

That may be his next task, with Kevlak a transfer which has progressed quicker than others, but Goodison Park supporters will be hoping that there are more to come if the 26-year-old does become the first New Year addition on Merseyside.

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