Roberto Martinez claims Everton will sign players in next few days

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has exclusively told talkSPORT that he plans to secure "three of four" players in the near future.

Martinez's men finished fifth last season but have only added Gareth Barry to their squad after his successful loan spell.


The Spaniard discussed the possibility of new signings on Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, and the ex-Wigan manager said: “The main priority was to have continuity in what we did last season. We have had a few players signing extensions and we got Gareth Barry becoming a permanent signing, which was huge for us.

“In the next couple of days we will have a few players coming in because it was important for me to assess the youngsters.

“The youngsters have done terrific and are showing the good work we are doing in the academy at Finch Farm, but there are areas that need to be strengthened and over the next few days we are going to get the three, four players we need just to finalise the squad facing the huge demands with European football ahead of us.”

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Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian international spent the last campaign on loan at the Toffees and has been linked with a permanent move to Goodison Park all summer. The 21-year-old striker scored 15 Premier League goals last season and it is believed Chelsea may be prepared to let the beast of a forward go.

In the same interview on talkSPORT, Martinez said: "Rom fits in really, really well at Goodison, we created a fantastic bond with the player and the player with the fans and that is something that we would love to extend.

“It is difficult to say because he is not our player and I would never be disrespectful in that respect. He enjoyed his time at Everton, he developed as a footballer and we hope the parent club, Chelsea, were very happy with that loan relationship.

“Whatever happens in the future, at the moment there is not much we can speak about.”

Everton currently have a lack of renowned striker in their squad and securing the signature of Lukaku would bolster their aspirations for next season.

Martinez will be looking to break into the top four next season after narrowly missing out last season and Lukaku could play a large part in helping the manager achieve his goal.

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