By David Craddock
Everton are weighing up a surprise move for Marseille outcast Morgan Amalfitano in the wake of Ross Barkley's injury setback, Goal can reveal.
Barkley picked up a medial ligament injury in training on Friday and could miss "anything from seven weeks to four or five months" according to boss Roberto Martinez, who is now in the market for an attacking midfielder.
"With the swelling we don't really know how bad the injury is," the Spaniard told reporters when questioned about Barkley. "He had a scan but it was a bit difficult to determine the extent."
Amalfitano, 29, has been looking for a move away from Stade Velodrome for over a year and spent last season on loan at West Brom, where he delivered a series of impressive performances and scored spectacular goals against Manchester United and Cardiff City.
West Ham, QPR and Hull City are also interested in the player, but Goal understands that Goodison Park would be his preferred destination should Everton match Marseille's £2 million valuation of the player.
Martinez has already made several eyecatching moves to bolster his squad for a renewed tilt at the Champions League places this season, splashing out over £30m to bring in Romelu Lukaku, Muhamed Besic and Gareth Barry.