Roberto Martinez is preparing to raid old club Wigan for a fourth time this summer for the talented winger should Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines move to Manchester United
By Paul Clennam
Everton have identified Callum McManaman as their primary target should Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini complete moves to Manchester United, Goal understands.
The Belgian midfield enforcer and the England full-back, who both featured in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against West Brom, were the subject of a £35 million joint bid last week, following an initial offer that was termed “insulting and derisory” by the Merseyside club.
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Everton have been angered by United’s very public pursuit, led by former manager David Moyes, of their two star players but have already drawn up a shortlist of targets they intend to pursue in the event of a large windfall.
Roberto Martinez has already raided his old club Wigan three times this summer, bringing Joel Robles, Antolin Alcaraz and Arouna Kone to Goodison Park, and also has designs on £15m-rated McManaman.
The 22-year-old winger shot to prominence towards the tail-end of last season with a series of eye-catching displays culminating in a man of the match performance in the FA Cup final victory over Manchester City.
Everton are also exploring the possibility of taking Swansea’s Korea midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung on loan and are monitoring Gareth Barry’s situation at Manchester City.
Ki has made just two brief substitute appearances over the course of Swansea’s four games in all competitions, while England midfielder Barry, 32, is out of contract at the end of this season.
Goal reported last week that the former Aston Villa man has grown concerned by the club’s lack of urgency, with talks over a new deal not forthcoming.