Martinez wants Wigan defender Alcaraz at Everton

Roberto Martinez will turn to a player he knows well from Wigan Athletic as his first Everton signing, swooping for defender Antolin Alcaraz on a free transfer, while also lining up a move for former Toffees youth player Callum McManaman, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Martinez would also like to sign James McCarthy, the newspaper claims, but expects the midfielder to join Tottenham Hotspur instead.

Alcaraz, available for nothing after his Latics contract expired, would help the new manager implement his back-three formation, while McManaman would be able to move to Goodison Park for a knock-down price because of a clause in his Wigan contract that gives Everton a cut of any transfer fee, effectively reducing the cost for the Blues.

Martinez is also said to have considered taking Arouna Kone, who can leave Wigan for £6.5m, and Shaun Maloney, but backed off because of their age, with both players nearing 30. Everton last season had the second-oldest squad in the Premier League, behind only Fulham.

Everton are expected to sign a striker, however, with Martinez backing a move for Sevilla centre-forward Alvaro Negredo, who was the subject of interest from the club under David Moyes in the January transfer window and has already this summer been targeted by West Ham, but the London club’s offer was rejected by both Sevilla and Negredo.

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