Friday, May 25, 2018

Martinez eyes January reinforcements; Montpellier want Djibril Cisse

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed he could enter the loan market when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed he could enter the loan market when the transfer window re-opens in January, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Everton (8-7-1) have a number of players, including the likes of Arouna Kone, Darron Gibson, Leighton Baines and Gerard Deulofeu, sidelined due to injury and may need reinforcements in order to boost their hopes of a top-four finish.

Deulofeu, who scored Everton’s equaliser against Arsenal on Matchday 15, has been ruled out six to eight weeks with a biceps femoris muscle injury and Baines will not return until the New Year.

Meanwhile, both Gibson (knee) and Kone (cartilage problem) could miss the rest of the season for the Toffees.

“I do feel that Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson are two players who were going to have big roles for us,” said Martinez.

“So I will look if there are any options to bring in anyone in January, just to have that peace of mind and make the squad a little bit stronger.

“It could be the loan market. It is a short term situation the one we are in because I’d love to see Darron and Arouna back on the pitch. A short term solution would help in that respect.

“But overall I’ve been delighted with the way the lads have adapted.”

Everton will make the trip to Wales to take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday before hosting bottom-of-the-table Sunderland next week.

The Toffees, currently in fifth-place in the English Premier League table, are favoured to win both matches at 6/4 and 4/11 respectively.

Montpellier want Djibril Cisse

Montpellier boss Rolland Courbis has confirmed the club’s interest in signing former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse in the January transfer window, Sky Sports understands.

A season-ending injury to forward Djamel Bakar has forced the club to look for strike-options in the New Year, with Cisse among the players on the club’s transfer wishlist.

“Cisse? He is part of four or five players that could attract Montpellier,” Courbis told French radio station RMC.

“But there is financial problem with huge conditions. We are forced to get reinforcement as Djamel Bakar is out for the rest of the season.”

However, a move for Cisse must be funded by sales as La Paillade battle their financial woes.

“Maybe we will have to get reinforcements in the winter. But if there is no departure there will be no arrival,” club chairman Louis Nicollin told L’Equipe earlier this month.

Cisse, 32, has bagged five goals in 25 appearances in all competitions for Russian side FC Kuban Krasnodar this season.


Shawn Etemadi



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