Report: Martinez explains what he's looking for in any new Everton goalkeeper

Roberto Martinez

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he's not looking for a quick fix from any new goalkeeper.

Everton goalkeeper Roberto Martinez is quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times playing down the possibility of signing David Marshall from Cardiff City.

The paper claims that Martinez has been keen on signing another goalkeeper before the end of the January transfer window, after the club’s number one Tim Howard picked up a calf problem.

Martinez played down speculation surrounding Marshall when he was asked about the Scot, but didn’t rule out the possibility of signing a new long term shot stopper.

“No, nothing at all (interest in Marshall) – I'm not interested in bringing in a short-term goalkeeper - we'll look at the options, but if we bring in anyone, it has to be someone who can stay with us for the long term,” he’s quoted by the Evening Times.

The obvious advantage of the club signing a new goalkeeper, whether that’s Marshall or anyone else, is that it gives the boss extra options and allows him to rotate to keep his ‘keepers fresh.

Joel Robles is likely to take the pressure of the FA Cup replay against West Ham United this evening, but another option would allow Martinez to rotate across different competitions.

The main problem he has in terms of signing a new long term goalkeeper is that Howard is undoubtedly the club’s number one at the moment.

He may be 35-years-old but he doesn’t look set to hang up his gloves just yet, with his contract not due to expire until 2018.

Any goalkeeper coming in would have to accept being behind Howard and Robles in the pecking order and that creates a problem in terms of the quality of the goalkeepers Everton can go after.

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