In addition to Arouna Kone, signed on Monday, new Everton manager Roberto Martinez has his sights set on a reunion with three more of his former players at Wigan, according to the Daily Mail: Victor Moses, who joined Chelsea last year, defender Antolin Alcaraz, and goalkeeper Joel Robles, who was on loan at the DW Stadium towards the end of last season.
With money tight at Everton, the club would prefer a loan deal for Moses, who spent two and-a-half years under Martinez at Wigan before joining Chelsea last summer, where he went on to make 43 appearances in all competitions.
Alcaraz has spent three seasons at Wigan after arriving in 2010, but as a result of the club’s relegation to the Championship, has been the subject of speculation regarding his future after his Wigan contract expired. The Paraguayan will join Everton subject to a work permit and add to an already experienced backline which includes 35-year-old Sylvain Distin, along with John Heitinga and Phil Jagielka.
Robles was signed by Martinez on loan from Atletico Madrid, and his first appearance was in Wigan’s 3-0 FA Cup win at Goodison Park. He went on to replace Ali Al-Habsi as first choice goalkeeper, helping the Latics to the FA Cup trophy, although unable to prevent relegation.
Aside from the players who Martinez managed at Wigan, the Spaniard is also working on deals to sign wingers Nathan Dyer and Aiden McGeady, from Swansea City – another of Martinez’s former clubs – and Spartak Moscow respectively.
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