With Roberto Martinez and his playing squad due back at Finch Farm next week, the hunt for new players is due to reach a successful conclusion in the coming days with a number of transfers in the pipeline.
Bill Kenwright confirmed at last weeks EGM that enquiries had been made for two players, with discussions underway with their current clubs. Those players are rumoured to be Arouna Kone and Nathan Redmond, with a further deal close to completion for free agent Antolin Alcaraz, however a deal for Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda is unlikely to materialise with the CSKA Moscow superstar set to sign for Italian giants AC Milan.
The transfer of Kone has been expected by many, ever since the appointment of Roberto Martinez, with the Ivory Coast international impressing last season at Wigan Athletic, scoring 11 league goals for the struggling Latics. Kone is available for £6 million and although he will not be a universally popular signing he represents excellent value compared to alternative striking options. Kone will provide competition for Jelavic in attack.
Nathan Redmond has informed his current club Birmingham City that his preferred destination is Goodison Park and Everton are expected to firm up their interest in the coming days. A transfer fee of £2 million has already been agreed with Norwich and Swansea, but Redmond would prefer a move to Merseyside. A young and raw talent, Redmond would be an excellent signing for the future, while at the same time putting pressure on regular wide men, Mirallas and Pienaar.
Alcaraz has been looking for a new club since he decided not to renew his deal with relegated Wigan. That contract expires on July 1st and he is expected at Finch Farm on Wednesday for the first day of training. The arrival of the Paraguayan is likely to signal the end of Johnny Heitinga’s Everton career, with the Blues looking to cash in on the Dutch international who has only 12 months remaining on his current deal.