Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has admitted that he is willing to allow his players to follow manager Roberto Martinez to Everton.

Martinez has taken over at Goodison Park replacing David Moyes after the club agreed a compensation fee of £1.5m for the Spaniard. Whelan has said that Martinez can sign some Wigan players as long as he pays the full price.

In the past some clubs have prevented players from leaving to follow their new manager. This was the case when Brendan Rodgers left Swansea to join Liverpool last season. However, this didn't stop Rodgers from signing Joe Allen from the Welsh club but won't consider any such clause.

The Wigan chairman told reporters: "If Everton want to sign any of our players for the right amount of money we will consider it. There is no agreement [preventing Martinez returning for Wigan players]. It is unfair and I don't believe in anything like that."

Several Wigan players have been rumoured with a reunion with Martinez at Everton with James McCarthy, Arouna Kone and Callum McManaman targets for the 39-year old. The latter was released by Everton as a 15-year old and could be open for a return to Merseyside.

It's also been reported that Martinez is intending to bring Wigan assistants Graeme Jones and Kevin Reeves with him to Goodison, along with goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara. However, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has revealed he wishes to keep several members of Moyes' coaching stuff.

After Wigan's relegation to the Championship last season, Wigan chairman Whelan knows that some players may want Premier League football next year.

Whelan continued by saying: "It is normally the case certain players want to play in the Premier League and I can't blame them for that.

"Players sign contracts but sometimes one or two want to leave and it is difficult to stop them. Players are players and I believe in freedom in football.

"But we have a lot of players who are loyal to Wigan Athletic so we will just wait and see."


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