Everton close in on Wigan’s Martinez

Everton are closing in on Wigan manager Roberto Martinez as they seek to replace Man United-bound David Moyes, reports the Mail Online.

Martinez saw his Wigan side win the FA Cup just days before being relegated from the Premier League, and rumours have been swirling that the former Wigan player could be set to take the hotseat at Goodison Park this summer.

Martinez had been due to give chairman Dave Whelan a decision earlier this week, but has requested more time to consider his next career move and is spending the weekend with family in Spain while mulling it over.

While Whelan remains determined to keep his manager, it is also thought that he could be steeling himself for an official approach from the Toffees for the 39-year-old.

Whelan hopes, however, that Martinez’s indecision means there is still a battle to be won over the Spaniard’s future, and he hopes to keep Martinez at the DW Stadium to plot a quick return to the Premier League.

Other names have been linked with the job at Everton, including Celtic’s Neil Lennon, West Brom’s Steve Clarke and Cardiff’s Malky Mackay, but Everton have identified their top target and look set to make an approach when Martinez returns from Spain. They hope to discuss the level of compensation required, and hopefully get their man.

It is also believed that, should Martinez decide against a move to Everton, Stoke are also monitoring his situation following the news that Tony Pulis would leave the Britannia Stadium at the end of the season.

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