Everton boss Roberto Martinez has admitted that money may be an obstacle in the latter stages of the transfer window amid reports linking the club with Danny Welbeck and Samuel Eto’o.
Welbeck, 23, has been told he can leave Manchester United and will likely demand a fee in the region of £15 million, while Eto’o, 33, is available on free transfer following his exit from Chelsea.
A deciding factor regarding a possible move for either Eto’o or Welbeck will be an update on Arouna Kone, who suffered a serious knee injury last season.
When asked whether he was concerned over the age of Eto’o, Martinez said, “No, because every player can contribute in a different way.
“It is about trying to see what we need in the squad and how we are going to repeat our first-half performance over 90 minutes.”
Keep in mind, last season, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stirred up a mini-controversy by saying, “Eto’o is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?”
That’s why we love Jose.
Now then, regarding Eto’o and Welbeck, Martinez added, “There is a lot of money involved in those two. At the moment, if I am honest with you, I am looking at all the options.
“While the window is open we are looking at anyone who can help us and also looking at our injured players and seeing how they react.
“Oviedo and Kone will have a big say on how we end the window and I have an open mind about it. Our first-half performance shows what we have got in the squad.”
Klopp confident Reus will stay at Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp expects superstar forward Marco Reus to stay at Signal Iduna Park for “quite a while.”
The Germany international, 25, is under contract at BVB until the summer of 2017 but continues to attract interest from a host of top European clubs, including Atletico Madrid, Barcelona Liverpool and Manchester United.
Reus has already turned down United, according to reports; however, speculation continues to link the 25-year-old with a move abroad.
Nonetheless, Klopp has moved to suggest the player will stay in Dortmund for the foreseeable future.
“I can tell you I have a great feeling regarding Marco Reus’ future at Borussia Dortmund,” Klopp told Deutsche Presseagentur.
“Marco will definitely be around at our club for quite a while.”
Reus, who was ruled out of the World Cup due to an ankle injury, tallied 16 goals and 13 assists in 30 Bundesliga appearances, including 26 starts, for BVB in 2013/14.