Everton's Roberto Martinez looking to bring in three new faces, comments on Stones, injury update

Roberto Martinez Press Conference Considered

Roberto Martinez addressed the media ahead of this weekend's Premier League opening game against Watford.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said his side need three more signings in order to be competitive for the duration of the season. 

Martinez has confirmed that Tomas Andrade is close to joining the club on loan and will join the club's academy.

Speaking ahead of their Premier League season opener against Watford at a press conference, reported by the Liverpool Echo, the Toffees boss said: "We need three players to bring into the squad and there is a clear idea about certain partnerships.

"Two new arrivals: Cleverley and Deulofeu have hit the ground running. Deulofeu won't be injured for too long but it's been natural for Cleverley to join the group.

"Overall, we're very pleased but to be competitive we need three new signings.

"We'll never just bring a player for the sake of it. We're looking for the right characters, the right personalities."

Inevitably a small section of the press conference turned to the future of John Stones, whose future has been under the spotlight after Premier League champions Chelsea registered an interest in the player, but judging by Martinez's reaction, he seems pretty relaxed.

He said: "All we are focused on is Watford. John is an Everton player and there's nothing else to comment.

"You shouldn't worry about situations you can't affect or control, when you're a club who doesn't actively sell players we have to prepare individually and as a team."

It is expected that Stones will be fit enough to play in the opening game of the season, along with Kevin Mirallas while Romelu Lukaku is going to be assessed between now and the day of the game, though both Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar will not be available through injury.

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