Martinez coy on Everton January business

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has expressed frustrations with the January transfer market but refused to rule out any deals before its close, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

The Toffees saw Samuel Eto’o depart for Italian side Sampdoria on Tuesday having only signed for the club during the summer.

Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar have both been ruled out for an undefinable period of time along with goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Martinez believes that the winter window offers little “value for money” but did not rule out any transfers before its end – although he did reveal the club would not look to replace striker Eto’o, instead looking towards the midfield and goalkeeper as his priority.

He said: “You never get value for money, first and foremost, and you will not get players you have been following for a long time.

“And if you want to rely on January to find solutions for your season then it is a big gamble.

“But we will carry on working.

“With Arouna Kone being fully fit, I see him as a replacement for Samuel’s position and it is more about trying to get the players back from injury.

“Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman have been two players missing throughout the season which has been disappointing because they are important in the way we want to play.

“Leon played in every single game last season and we miss what he brings.

“So I am looking around that.”

Martinez admitted the club did most of its business during the summer months and last season only signed two players in January.

The Spaniard believes his side do not need an influx of players to arrest their worrying slump in form that has seen them win just one game in 13 attempts.

Despite sitting in 12th place, there are just four points between Everton and the drop zone.

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