ROBERTO Martinez has dismissed reports he wants to sign injured Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall this month.
The Everton FC boss admits he has made inquiries in his search for a long-term rival for Tim Howard, but ruled out a rumoured swoop for Scotland international Marshall.
Martinez says he does not want to bring in a short-term fix during January to compete with back-up goalkeeper Joel Robles.
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The Catalan claims he will promote 18-year-old rookie Russell Griffiths to the senior squad until Howard returns if his search is unsuccessful.
“We have made enquiries and it’s something we have done for a while now,” said Martinez, who gave a categorical no when asked directly about Cardiff’s 29-year-old shot-stopper.
“But nothing conclusive and nothing in a way that we can announce any names.
When asked if he is confident of bringing a goalkeeper in during this transfer window, Martinez admitted he is unsure.
“I don’t really know,” he said. “I’ve said all along that it’s an area we need to look into.
“Tim has picked up an injury, which was unexpected, and it’s a long period to have a goalkeeper out.
“We started the season with two goalkeepers in our first team and Joel [Robles] and Tim give you incredible security, but once you lose one, you need to keep an eye on it.
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“I’m not interested in bringing a short-term goalkeeper in. If we bring someone in, it has to be someone who can stay with us long term and improve us in that area.
“We won’t bring someone in for the sake of it. We’re going to explore that avenue and if we find the right personality, we will act.
“If we don’t we will go a different way and give an opportunity to a youngster a little bit quicker than expected.”
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