Roberto Martinez denies John Stones transfer request, updates on other targets

Roberto Martinez Press Conference Considered

Everton boss Roberto Martinez addressed the media ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with Manchester City.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says there has been no change on the club's stance regarding John Stones, and has said there has been no suggestion of any transfer request from the defender.

Stones has been the target of Chelsea for much of the summer, who have reportedly had three bids turned down by the Toffees and it's been suggested that they are waiting for the defender to force a move before the Premier League champions make a fourth bid.

Martinez told reporters, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: "I'm not aware of any transfer request. Any individual matter is not the important issue with City ahead. John will be in the match day squad.

"There is not a situation. You want to go on and on and on - I can understand it. I've said along, it's not healthy while you have important games when the transfer window is open."

Everton have been increasingly linked with a move for Andriy Yarmolenko from Dynamo Kyiv but the Everton boss wouldn't be drawn on any specific names though it looks pretty clear the Toffees boss is looking to add new faces to the squad, and said they will use the transfer window to their favour. 

Martinez added: "We are doing a lot of work, you can imagine we have highlighted the ideal targets but there's nothing to be announced. Anything we can announce, the fans will be the first to find out.

"I'm trying to get a new dressing room in case all these names we're linked with actually come through."

Away from transfers, Everton are in a bit more of a confident mood than at the start of the season after a terrific win over Southampton last weekend at St Mary's, where Romelu Lukaku shone at St Mary's as his brace capped a great first half performance from the Blues.

This weekend's game against Manchester City is huge test for Everton and Lukaku is likely to be key again if they are to get a positive result along with Ross Barkley and Arouna Kone. 

Martinez added: "There were other players opening space for him and it became a lot easier for him to have time on the goal and get into good goalscoring positions. Ross and Arouna helped that. It was a great team performance [against Southampton]. When you have a team in which everyone carries a threat, when you have Rom in full flow, they're very effective for us."

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