Martinez wants assistant boss Jones at Everton

Roberto Martinez hopes to have his Wigan Athletic assistant Graeme Jones with him at Everton by the end of this week but the Toffees will have to agree compensation with Latics owner Dave Whelan, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Jones has a three-year contract at the DW Stadium and Whelan is likely to want the deal paid off if he is to allow the former striker to head to Goodison Park to re-join Martinez, who was confirmed as successor to David Moyes earlier in June.

Moyes’ assistant for the last few years of his Everton tenure was Steve Round, who replaced Alan Irvine when Irvine took the manager’s job at Preston North End. Irvine later returned to Everton to head the club’s academy.

If the deal to bring Jones to Merseyside is likely to be a costly one, Martinez is expected to have no such problem appointing Kevin Reeves, who worked without a contract at Wigan. Reeves is termed a general manager by the Mirror and worked with Martinez on transfers. He would take up a similar role at Everton, the newspaper adds.

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