Jan 292015

Roberto Martinez is working to try and bring a creative midfielder and a goalkeeper to Everton FC before the transfer deadline.

And the Blues boss will have money to spend before Monday night if he chooses to make a move in the market.

But Martinez maintains that the club will not be doing any significant business in the remaining days of the window despite clamour for him to bolster the squad with a clutch of signings.

The ECHO understands that Everton have narrowed their search for a goalkeeper but it remains uncertain whether a deal will be pushed through before Monday.

Martinez, meanwhile, continues to search for a player to fill the void left by the injured Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar.

Everton have lacked a creative spark of late and the 0-0 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion once again highlighted the team’s need for inspiration in the final third.

Martinez is looking to add to the squad in that area but the progress of Osman from a foot injury has made recruiting fresh blood less of a priority for the Everton boss.

Colin Lane Everton FC training at their training ground Finch Farm, Halewoood ahead oftheir Europa League match against Wolfsburg. Pictured Steven Pienaar

Steven Pienaar in training at Halewoood

Osman is recovering from a split tendon he picked up in December against Manchester City and has started running again.

Earlier this month there were fears the 33-year-old could be out until March but Osman, who has avoided surgery on his foot, is understood to be making good progress and could be back next in a few weeks.

“It is not my intention (to do any business) but we always try to use the windows to our advantage and we will carry on doing that,” Martinez said.

“We don’t see January as being a source of solutions.

“But in any window we will work very, very hard to identify any characters or personality that can help our football club.”

When asked if he would do any business before Monday’s cut off point, Martinez replied: “It’s hard to tell. It’s hard to give a straight answer.

“We are not looking in this window to try to find solutions. It would be fair to say that all the work we did in the summer was to try to find a squad which was strong enough to compete in all the competitions.

“I still feel that the work is to try to get the players back in a confident mood.

“Remember we haven’t lost any of the talent we had last season.

“I do feel that we have a very good and strong squad looking into the second half of the season.

“Saying that as a football club we will always try and use the windows in our favour.

“We’ll never stop trying to help the players we have at the club.

“The work is in more trying to recover the confident mood we always showed in our play and getting players back from injury and create a real competitive edge.”

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