Martinez on Everton's summer plans; confirms one player who won't be signing

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Everton are expected to be active in the upcoming transfer window.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed at his press conference today, covered by the club’s YouTube channel, that the Goodison Park outfit are already identifying players they wish to recruit this summer.

The Toffees have had a disappointing season, but they are set to be backed with funds in the upcoming transfer window, according to a report in the Liverpool Echo, and Martinez says that many of his backroom staff are already on the lookout for new talent.

The Spanish boss believes that the Everton squad is already strong, but admits that the club are determined to bring in players that can improve it further for next term.

"Yeah, always [we are looking at players]," he said. "As a football club you always do that, even if you are restricted by the windows. We have got a lot of people working and identifying the players that we need to help the players that we already have in place.

"We have got a really special group of players. When we had to get results in the league, especially in the middle of a very busy period, we got those results and that shows the character and the focus of the group.

"The talent of some of the younger players is something we can build around. For me, the dressing room is very, very strong as it is now so we need to make sure the business we do in the summer is to put us in a better place."

Everton spent big last summer and were expected to have a chance of breaking into the Champions League qualification places this season, but instead it has been a battle to even finish in the top-half.

It means that Martinez will need to ensure that he spends wisely this summer, as there are a lot of improvements that need to be made at Goodison Park.

The Toffees lack options in a number of areas and supporters of the Merseyside outfit will be pleased to hear that they are already making plans as to who they could sign.

One player who won't be joining is Barcelona's Sergi Roberto, who Martinez confirmed the club have no interest in, but he did suggest that Tom Cleverley may be someone he looks at landing once the Aston Villa loanee’s contract at Manchester United expires.

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